Guest post by Christian Judd – Chair of Governors
Firstly, I would like to thank my predecessor, Mark Hetherington, for the fantastic job that he has done over the past four years. As I now take over as Chair of Governors from Mark, I feel that the school is in a strong position to continue to provide an excellent standard of education for our children.
For those of you who do not already know me and my family, Sarah and I live just down the road in Cumrew with our three children. Bella and Alice are currently in the school, with my eldest child, Jamie, having just “graduated” from Castle Carrock School in July. I am a director of an architectural practice in Carlisle and I have been a member of the governing body for a little over 2 years now and for the last 12 months have been the Vice Chair of Governors.
My focus as Chair of Governors over the coming years will be to support Rebecca and the excellent teaching and support staff as we strive to address the issues raised by the recent Ofsted report. It should be noted here that, although the final judgement of the assessment that took place in June was disappointing, there was a significant amount of praise for the school’s Early Years and Special Educational Needs provision as well the overall approach to learning that the school adopts. A number of improvement plans and strategies are now being developed and implemented that will address the issues raised by the latest Ofsted Report.
Whilst our focus will always be on maintaining and improving academic standards, we continue to face considerable restrictions and constraints from a funding regime that does not adequately reflect the requirements of a small rural school such as ours. Despite this, I thoroughly intend to enable the governing body to provide the focused support, management and leadership that puts the best interests and learning experiences of our children at the heart of all that we do.