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Letter of Congratulations from Rt Hon David Laws MP



Dear Parents and Carers,


Following on from the rising trend of our KS2 results, governors are very pleased that Coley Primary is now ranked as 4th in the list of all 34 Reading primary schools (children reaching the government’s target of level 4 in reading, writing and maths).  We are proud of our staff and children, and the hard work that is being done. 



Governors work with the senior leaders in the school to help to shape strategic direction and hold the school’s leaders and finances to account.  We currently have an opportunity for parents to join our team - are you interested in directly contributing towards the development of your child’s education?


The role of governor has steadily risen in responsibility over the last few years, and is increasingly becoming more professional and accountable.  This is not a small commitment, but I can assure you it is very rewarding, and will greatly enhance your understanding of the school and increase your involvement in the local community.



We are a small school, based in a Victorian building which is attractive but a challenging space to work within.  Our cohort is very mobile and diverse: routinely in excess of 60% do not have English as their first language yet we also have many families who have attended the school for generations.


Our challenges immediately ahead include a high proportion of new teaching staff and a governing body largely made up of new recruits, although some of these are experienced governors.



We are recruiting carefully, as the school is on a swift journey of improvement and governors need to have the capacity not merely to keep up, but to actively contribute to the strategic role within the leadership and management of the school.  It can be a bit daunting initially, especially navigating through the acronyms and jargon, but there is a wealth of training and support available, and both me and my vice chair are very experienced governors.  One of us would mentor you as a new governor for the first two years.  The most desirable aspect that you would bring to our team is a parent’s/carer’s perspective, but we have identified that our governing body is weaker in skills such as coaching/mentoring and negotiation/mediation, and  in work experience such as HR, Legal, PR, work placements/careers and health services.  Any experience in these would be doubly welcome but is not necessary.



We meet 2-3 times a term, on Tuesdays at 5:30 and the meetings last for approximately 2 hours. In addition to preparing for and attending the meetings, there would be a commitment to attend regular training (at least once per term, evenings), and occasional school visits, including an annual governor day which would necessitate time off work.  There is additional information available on the governors’ newsletters section of the website so that you can get a better idea of what you would be signing up to (NB you would attend full governing body meetings plus one of the sub-committees).



If any of that sparks your interest, we would be delighted to meet with you to have a chat and answer any questions you may have.  Please let our clerk, Emma Goldring know your availability and we will set up a date.


Please be aware that as we place great importance in the safeguarding of our children, the governing body requires applicants to be checked with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau).


I look forward to hearing from you.


Julia Cottee

Chair of Governors 


Please contact via:

Clerk to the governors, Emma Goldring





Further reading (documents below):

Being a governor at Coley Primary

Timetable of meetings 2014-15

Code of conduct


SIP 2014-15 (introductory pages)