July 1, 2014
Governor Visit Reading - May 2014
April 29, 2014
Governor Visit PE - March 2014
January 31, 2014
SELEfirst Community Governor Vacancy
Please see the attached information detailing our current vacancy for a Community Governor and how to apply for this position.
December 17, 2013
Governor Visit - RE - November 2013
November 11, 2013
Parent Governor Election Results
After a count of the results on Friday 8 November at 9.00am I am delighted to confirm John Chilton as our new Parent Governor.
Thank you to both candidates, John Chilton and Sarah Stobbart for putting themselves forward for election and thank you to those parents who voted.
October 11, 2013
Y4 Question Time with our Chair of Governors Chris Little
September 23, 2013
Governing Body Vacancy
Our Governing Body consisting of 18 Governors. Members are made up from parents, staff, members of the community with particular knowledge and expertise, and local authority members. The standard term of office for all categories of governor is four years.
A full Governing Body meeting is held each term starting at 6.00pm. In between these a variety of committees meet to discuss Curriculum, Resources, School Development and Premises. Other than emergency meetings (which are rare) these also start at 6.00pm. In addition, at least two governors visit school each term to look in detail at an aspect of school development - usually a curriculum area.
Parents of registered pupils at this school are eligible to stand for election. (Reception to Y4 only) Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Once nominations are received candidates will be asked to provide an outline of their details and interests to circulate to parents with ballot papers. Parents will then have two weeks to return ballot papers to school before votes are counted. If insufficient parents stand for election the governing body can appoint parent governors. To be elected you need to:
· Have a child registered at this school - Reception to Y4.
· Get together the names of two people willing to nominate you.
(Please note that nominators must also have a child registered at this school - reception to year four.)
· Complete the attached reply slip and return it to school no later than 4.00pm on Friday 11 October 2013.
We look forward to hearing from you.
M A Anderson OBE
July 16, 2013
Governor Visit Science - June 2013
July 2, 2013
Governor Visit Arts - June 2013
June 25, 2013
Science Focus Outside SET! A Message from Chris Little, our Chair of Governors
I was pleased to be able to take part in a governing body visit last week, looking at the teaching of science across the school. I was in good company with governors Bridget Da Silva, Andrew Sails and Philip McGowan who are professional scientists. The school is currently working towards achieving Primary Science Quality Mark. This isn't just a nice plaque or certificate to put on the wall, but has real value in giving guidance, benchmarks and clear aims to help the school organise it's approach to science.
On our visit to the school we saw a wide range practice and scientific thinking being developed with the children. Reception were being treated to a talk on the arrival of the new honey bees and were full of questions, my favourite being 'why do bees buzz?' Plants were being dissected and the parts labelled by Y1 children, and in Y3, children were looking at the structure of teeth. Y2 were organising animals into different groups, a really important foundation for understanding and describing the natural world
As usual we were able to observe that children were able to use literacy, numeracy and problem solving on scientific challenges that were interesting to them. We noticed that children were confident in using scientific language, but not constrained in their thinking or communication by jargon. Andy and Philip, as working scientists were particularly keen to see science being presented as part of the real world and not stereotyped as being about people in white coats in laboratories ..(although Andy confessed that sometimes his job does require it!)
The part of a governors visit we all enjoy is 'Pupil Voice' when we get to talk with groups of children about their experience at school. We met groups from both Key Stages who were confident in expressing their honest opinion on science at Sele First. The children confirmed for us that science comes up in all areas of the curriculum. A really good example of this was the use of sports science in PE. They were also brimming with enthusiasm that visitors to SET will know well.
We are hopeful that Selefirst will gain recognition of its work on science teaching and I would like to thank Mrs McVittie for leading this work and all the staff and volunteers who contribute to its success.
Our full report will be available soon.
May 7, 2013
Governing Body - Names and Roles
February 5, 2013
Additional Funding Pupil Premium
Update February 2013
Pupil Premium funding has now been increased to £623 per pupil. This funding applies to Free School Meals (FSM) pupils and Looked After Children (LAC) and children of service personnel Service Children from Reception to Y4. It does not include children in Nursery. 12.4% of the children at SELEfirst are eligible for this funding. The total funding in this financial year is £32,396. This money has been used to fund the following:
Training and resources for staff to teach support programmes including ELSA, (Emotional Literacy Support Activities) Read Write Inc and LEXIA support for children at risk of Dyslexia or those with difficulties with acquiring basic skills in reading or spelling, Talk Boost and an individual spelling provision called Stareway to spelling.
December 21, 2012
Governor Visit - Writing - November 2012
September 28, 2012
Governor Visit - Reading - June 2012
June 12, 2012
Governor Visit - PE and Outdoor Learning - March 2012
January 17, 2012
Governor Visit - Child Protection - November 2011
January 12, 2012
Governor Visit - Maths - November 2011
December 5, 2011
Message from Chris Little, Chair of Governors
As usual, there is a lot of work going on at the school and I thought it was about time you had an update.
By now, you will all be familiar with the new Den that has arrived in the school playground. This was the culmination of a lot of hard work by Y1 pupils and it has been great to bring the creation to life for the children to enjoy. You will be aware from the signs that unfortunately we have needed to stop the children climbing on the Den. However, we are looking at some further investments in low level play equipment specifically designed to develop the children's climbing skills. This will mean the children can enjoy climbing as well as having a great Den for socialising and imaginative play. We will keep you up to date on developments.
The other work we will be taking forward is fencing at the back of the school. After much thought, we have concluded that we have to improve security at the back of the school and that fencing will help protect the new garden area and generally improve security for children, buildings (and indeed....chickens.) Fortunately, the aesthetic impact will be minimal as the fence is located at the back of the school and will be screened by the buildings and existing trees and greenery. We will also make sure that planting further softens the impact of the fence in the garden area.
Finally, I am proud to say that the school has once more achieved the Basic Skills Quality Mark, recognising the standard of teaching in literacy and numeracy. This is great news. Our recent Governor's visit in school during November also looked at how Maths is taught in school. I will post an update to let you know what we learnt and how we got on.
Chair of Governors
November 11, 2011
Governor Visit - Arts - June 2011
September 21, 2011
Governor Visit - Sustainability - 2010 - 2011
May 24, 2011
Governor Visit SET - February 2011
February 7, 2011
Governor Visit - Pupil Voice - January 2009
December 12, 2010
Governor Visit - ICT - June 2010
November 1, 2010
Letter From Chris Little, Chair of Governors - Academies