Message from the Chair of Governors

 

12th March 2016

Dear Parents,

Another year has passed and the Governing Body continues to work closely with the school to ensure that it is a happy and safe place for your children to learn. Above all things, governors value the stability and calmness of the learning environment, but inevitably many things contribute to potentially unsettle that peace. Not least is the continued financial pressure on the school and the challenges faced by the Head Teacher, staff and the Governing Body as a result of reduced budgets.

Once again this year the performance of pupils at the school at the end of the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 has proved very high with pupils meeting or exceeding their expected targets. We as a Governing Body are most aware that this is due to the excellent learning experiences and teaching provided by the very strong team of teaching practitioners and support staff at the school on a daily basis. Pupils’ needs are met individually and their progress towards targets is tightly tracked starting with their wellbeing. Times and society are always changing and Mrs Guest reports that at school, ‘It is of paramount importance that in partnership with our families we ensure that children attend school each morning ready to learn and for this to happen their daily well-being must be the very best it can be. We make it our duty to ensure that this is the case and are working increasingly closely with our families and outside agencies to support their needs’.

Following a highly successful inspection in May 2014 we entered the year ready to address the recommendations outlined by Estyn via the Post-inspection Action Plan prepared by the Head Teacher. This was carefully monitored by the Governing Body; our consortium Challenge Adviser and the Local Authority. Early in the Spring Term of this year the school’s progress towards each recommendation was reviewed and judged as ‘Fully Met’.

As you are well aware during this year we underwent a significant programme of remodelling and construction in order to extend our provision to 3-11 years with the incorporation of a Nursery. These were exciting times for the staff and governors and we very much appreciate the co-operation and support of our parents and families during the programme and the inevitable upheaval for the school. The challenge was extremely well managed by the Head Teacher, the Deputy Head Teacher and other members of staff to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum and provision continued to a high standard. I am very proud to state that the Nursery has proved to be an asset to the school and is already securing higher numbers of pupils in attendance and creating a seamless pathway for our learners at Malpas Park for the first eight years of the educational journey.

On behalf of the full Governing Body I thank you for your support of the school through the last academic year.

Yours sincerely,

Denis Mills

 

Dear Parents,

Thank you for visiting Malpas Park's website.  I hope that it proves to be a useful tool for you.

Another year has passed and the Governing Body continues to work closely with the school to ensure that it is a happy and safe place for your children to learn. Above all things, Governors value the stability and calmness of the learning environment, but inevitably many things contribute to potentially unsettle that peace. Not least is the continued financial pressure on the school and the challenges faced by the Head Teacher, staff and the Governing Body as a result of reduced budgets.

The advent of the new Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks which became statutory in September 2013, has brought significant change and the Governors have been impressed with the way that the Head Teacher and staff have adapted to and implemented the change, embracing the opportunities as well as tackling the demands that have come about.

Once again this year the performance of pupils at the school at the end of the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 has proved very high in comparison with other schools in Newport and across Wales.  We as a Governing Body are most aware that this is due to the excellent learning and teaching provided by the very strong team of teaching practitioners and support staff at the school on a daily basis.  Pupils’ needs are met individually and their progress towards targets is tightly tracked starting with their well-being.  Times and society are always changing and Mrs Guest reports that at school, ‘…we cannot expect children to learn unless their well-being at the start of each day is the very best it can be.  We make it our duty to ensure that this is the case and are working increasingly closely with our families and outside agencies to support their needs’.

Following a challenging but successful inspection the school can now look forward to a new chapter in its life. During the summer work began improving the exterior of the school to make it more pleasant for the staff and children. The decision to introduce a Nursery at Malpas Park will bring a positive impact on the school. With a projected date of the Nursery opening in September 2015 staff and governors are excited for the future of Malpas Park, we hope that parents will get behind us and support the school in the coming year which will be difficult as major building work will be undertaken to build the nursery within the school building.

Yours sincerely,

 

Denis Mills

Chair of Governors