The Gateway Primary Academy
Governor’s Newsletter, July 2020
Welcome to the Governor’s Newsletter of The Gateway Primary Academy for the Summer term 2020.
This year has seen unprecedented changes for everyone connected with The Gateway Primary Academy - pupils, parents, teachers and governors. The Governing body would like to extend their thanks to Mr Cassem and all the staff at The Gateway Primary Academy, for all their hard work in supporting the children and their families during time. The staff have worked hard to provide home-learning and support the children via google classroom. Staff have also supported pupils through phone calls, home visits and delivering food parcels provided by the YMCA.
As a Governing body, we have also appreciated the support from our parents at this time and we would also like to thank them for the support they have given their child, and the school during the home-schooling phase of lockdown.
The board of governors
The Governing body has welcomed two new members this year and with them they both bring a range of experience.
Over the period of lock down, we have continued to meet virtually, and have worked alongside the leadership team to support them when implementing government guidance. As chair of governors I visited The Gateway and it was great to see the guidance in practice, but more than that it was lovely to see so many smiling faces from the children, who were clearly so happy to be back at school.
We have continued to support the school in the strategic direction linked to the school improvement plan. Following The Gateway’s excellent results at the end of the 2019 academic year in English and Maths, this year’s focus has been on the wider curriculum and we, as governors, have each taken an area of the curriculum to support the school and this will guide our governors’ visits over the coming year when we get back to the new ‘normal’.
Within the curriculum, the school continues to be committed to developing the whole child, both socially, culturally, environmentally and academically. Up until March, there had been an array of school visits, visitors to the school, projects and workshops happening throughout the year. These enabled the children to link subjects that they are studying in class to the world around them, helping them to discover how academic subjects can equip them for later life.
In October, the children participated in a whole school ‘health and wellbeing week’ and benefited from visitors from: FRED and ‘Roots Into Food’ – the curry was great! This week gave children the opportunity to develop their understanding of how to be healthy and how to manage their feelings, computer use and the importance of asking for help.
Book week was again well received this year, with a focus on the children’s laureates across the school. The readathon was particularly successful raising over £1400. This meant the school was able to order over 600 new books across the school, which the children were involved in choosing. A big thank you to everyone who took part and supported the school.
Over the period of lock down, The Gateway held two theme weeks linked to VE day and the 7 wonders of the World. It was lovely to see all of the photos of the children getting involved when celebrating these whole school themes.
Before lock down, The Gateway continued to build on its sporting success from previous years. In boccia, a Year 6 child was chosen to become a coach in Dartford and this was really great to see them share their love of the sport with others.
The girls’ football team also did very well winning the football tournament on National Women’s Day.
The school has achieved two sports awards for the commitment to sport before lockdown and then providing virtual opportunities to stay health during lock down. The school was one of only six schools which achieved this in Dartford.
This year the parent survey will be conducted through Survey Monkey, please could I ask you to complete this, it is a great opportunity to share your feedback with the governors.
Kingfishers - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S7TFKYZ
Swallows - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S73XNJV
Woodpeckers - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S7BFBCD
Kestrels - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S76LPGV
We would particularly like to wish the Year 6 pupils good luck at their new secondary schools. We hope you have a very successful and happy time in the years ahead.
Best wishes to everyone associated with The Gateway Academy, we hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday and look forward to welcoming you all back to school in September.
Chair of Governors