Message from the Chair of Governors
I have had the honour of being the Chair of Governors of the Federation since its inception back in September 2014. I am well supported in the role by Andrew Whitehead as Vice Chair and a fantastically experienced and enthusiastic governing body.
I was Chair of the Carlisle Infant School governing board at the time we were responsible for deciding how to respond to our much-loved Headteacher, Clare McCann, announcing her retirement. As governors we worked alongside staff and the community to find a way to provide our children with the best possible caring and cohesive education. It has been a very exciting time within the Federation over the past few years and I have been hugely impressed with the way the two schools have come together, with a strong leadership team and support from all the staff to make our Federation an amazing place to be for our children.
We know it is and has been a tough time in primary education, with new assessment regimes, revised SATs and ever toughening budgets. However, both schools in our Federation continue to meet those challenges.
Despite the challenges, as a governing body, we have seen improvements across the Federation. Transition across all year groups is much better and performance management is strong with collaborative and consistent assessment across the Federation. The work to deliver the seven year curriculum has been significant and I believe appreciated by the parents/carers. We also reviewed the challenge of closing the gaps for our Pupil Premium Grant children, and continue to work on our increasingly tight budgetary targets.
The leadership team has formed and developed since federating and we are proud that staff can develop their careers with us. The schools are led by the two Headteachers (Alan Went and Karen Allum) and supported by two Deputy Headteachers (Mandy Appleyard at Hampton Hill Junior School and a new Deputy Headteacher joining us after Easter at Carlisle Infant School).
I am a Human Resources professional and have one daughter, called Lauren, who had seven wonderful years at both Carlisle Infants and Hampton Hill Junior Schools.
Alison de Lord