Becoming a Parent Governor

Dear Parents and Carers,

Coopers Lane School needs you!

The governing body of Coopers Lane School needs to elect a new parent governor and this could be you! Being a school governor is incredibly rewarding, so why not find out more about it.

Please come and talk to us! Governors will be available on Monday 11th, Wednesday 13th and Friday 15thOctober (next week) in the playground Gazebo to answer any questions and just to say hi!

Don’t worry if you can’t make it next week, we will also be available after school on 3rd, 4th and 5th November.

For any other questions, please contact via the school office info@cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk

  • What is a School Governor?

A governing body’s role is to ensure that the school is being run well. Governors use their mix of expertise to work with the Headteacher (who is also a governor) in setting the school’s vision and ethos, maintain policies, and monitor and support the Headteacher to ensure that it all comes together – within budget.

  • Who can apply?

The position is available to any parent or primary carer of a child registered with the school.

  •  A commitment to diversity.

After the death of George Floyd, Lewisham Education established a task force to address matters that are directly affecting black lives in our community and produced a pledge to embed race equality in all schools.  Coopers Lane School are proud to have signed this pledge and we are committed to ensure that the amazing diversity we have within our school is also represented in our governance and leadership. The governors at Coopers Lane recognise that a very important step in achieving equality in our school is to improve diversity amongst the governing body. We see the upcoming parent governor elections as an opportunity to make progress on our commitment that the governing body should be representative of the whole school community. Over the next two months the governors will be taking action to meet with, inform and support parents to encourage and welcome candidates, especially those from groups who are currently underrepresented on the governing body.

We will be delighted to see a strong showing of applicants from all communities within the school for this election.

  • What is required of a governor?

Being a governor requires a regular commitment to meet, learn, gather information about the school and ask appropriate questions.

Each governor should aim to attend:

*A full governing body meeting held once a term (roughly 2 hours)

*A focused committee meeting held once a term (roughly 1 to 2 hours)

*Attend an info gathering activity once a term (often a whole day spent in school, seeing plans in action and meeting staff and children).

*Liaise with a member of staff as a “link” to discuss progress in a designated area, and create a brief report for the governing body

*Attend Lewisham governors training as necessary (a few times a term) to improve their understanding (currently held virtually).

Additionally, governors can help to:

*Chair meetings

*Help on interview panels; We aim to have a governor at all significant interviews

*Very occasionally help on disciplinary and capability panels

*Represent the school at open days, fairs, important visits etc.

*Help with inspections, such as Ofsted.

We are always fair at sharing out roles and responsibilities according to availability, and many employers respect the need for this time.

All elected governors must obtain a successfully completed DBS check, and will be required to attend Lewisham’s new governor induction training (1 day).

Governors must have the ability to keep information and plans absolutely confidential when required, and conduct themselves in a sensitive and appropriate manner.

  • What a governor is not.

Please be aware, governors are not there to improve the schooling for their own children – they are there for the greater good of the school. The majority of information presented to governors is anonymised. Governors will be expected to avoid their own child’s classroom when visiting the school, and not focus any challenge towards areas that solely relates to their child.

Governors do not have any direct authority over any other staff. The Headteacher runs the school.

  • What are the rewards of being a school governor?

Working with Mr Hooper, the senior leadership team and the other governors is an absolute pleasure, and always very positive and productive.

In helping as a governor, you will learn and hone many universal skills, that translate very well to other professions. All of the training is provided for free.

Overall, making our fantastic school even better!

  • The dates and how to apply.

If you are interested in joining our team, please complete the “CLS Governor Introduction” to introduce yourself to parents, and email it to the school business manager, before Thursday 11th November info@cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk

We will then present parents with an online survey to elect a candidate on 15th November.

Thank you for your interest, we hope to hear from you soon.

James Green

Chair of the Coopers Lane Primary School governing body.

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Parent & Carer Presentations

If you were unable to attend the parent and carer meetings in school last week (w/c 20/09/21), you can catch up by watching the presentations at home. Use the following links to access the relevant presentation and remember to get in touch if you have any questions or need any help:

 

 

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Parent & Carer Survey 2021

At the end of July we asked you to complete a survey to let us know how we are doing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas, which have been used to help us plan our priorities for the year. We will be sharing our school development plan over the next few weeks.

You can view the results of the survey below.

 

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Dates for the Diary

You can download the key events we have planned for this school year here:

2021/22 School Events Calendar

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Class Adults for September 2021

You can download the class arrangements for September 2021 here:

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The Big Pedal 2021

Don’t forget, we’re taking part in the Big Peddle this year.

Let’s see if we can get the whole school walking, riding, scooting or wheeling to school from the 19th-30th April.

There are daily prizes for the top schools across the country too!

What a great way to start the summer term.

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A.P.D Easter Break Sports and Activity Camp

Follow the link to book – https://advance-player-development.class4kids.co.uk/camp/6 

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Comic Relief 2021

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Comic Relief collection today helping us to raise (so far) an incredible

£701.26

The money raised will help Comic Relief to support organisations all over the UK and around the world.

This really demonstrates how important our school values are to the whole Coopers Lane community.  Taking Responsibility for making a positive change in the world, showing Kindness towards others, and giving Love to those who need it most.

 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s pupils from Coopers Lane Primary School channelling their 

inner superhero for Red Nose Day!

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 19 March and this year it aims to bring the UK together (although we may be apart) to show just how powerful humour can be 

through the toughest of times.

REMINDER: At Coopers Lane, will be joining in by dressing up and donating our spare change. If they want to, on Friday 19th March, children can come to school dressed up as their favourite superhero, dressed in red or just wearing a Red Nose/Red Nose Day clothing! We will have collection buckets out at drop-off and collection for any spare change that you might have.

From Wonder Woman to Superman, the day of dress up will put the power to change the world in pupils’ hands as they take part in some superhero-inspired activities to raise money for Red Nose Day. By channelling their inner superhero, pupils will be able to unleash their superpowers to support people living incredibly tough lives across the UK and around the world. The money raised by Red Nose Day will support people in the UK around the world, and help tackle homelessness, abuse and mental health stigma.

We look forward to sharing this event together and showing the ‘power of funny’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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School Street

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We are pleased to confirm that Pragnell Road is now a school street, meaning that it will be closed to most traffic from Monday 8th March at key times in the day. Only residents or blue badge holders will be able to access the road at drop off and pick up times. This will help to make the journey to and from school much safer for our whole community. Please plan ahead! We hope that many of you will decide to walk, ride or scoot into school, rather than driving. If you do drive, please be respectful when parking on neighbouring streets. Do not park over drive ways. Park sensibly and then walk the rest of the way into school.

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School reopening to all pupils 8th March

Re: Schools Reopening to All Pupils

24/02/21

I hope you all had a lovely half term break and managed to enjoy time with your families. As you probably know by now, the government announced on Monday that schools will reopen to all pupils on Monday 8th March. This is fantastic news and I am sure like me you are really pleased with this decision. The staff at school are very excited about welcoming the children back to Coopers Lane.

We are already making plans and putting in place everything needed in order for the children to return safely on the 8th March. For the most part, everything will remain the same as it was throughout the Autumn term. The government guidance remains relatively unchanged and we will be continuing to work in year group bubbles, keeping the need to mix between year groups to a minimum.

We have updated the parent/carer handbook, which has all the information you need concerning the school reopening to all pupils. You can access this, along with updated drop-off and pick-up times, on the school website Covid page:

https://www.cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk/covid-19/updates-guidance/

In order to give teachers time to prepare the classrooms and to meet in teams to plan for all of the children being back in school, there will be no live zoom sessions or feedback given on Friday 5th March. However, lesson videos and activities will be provided on Google Classroom as normal on this day. If your child has been in school during this lockdown, but you are able to keep them at home on Friday 5th March, we would really appreciate it.

This has been a really challenging time for everyone, but thankfully we can now begin to see a brighter future. Thank you for your incredible support throughout the lockdown, both to your children and to the school. Our community has really pulled together throughout this time and we should all be proud of what we have achieved.

I look forward to seeing you and the children on Monday 8th March.

Kind regards

Paul Hooper

Head Teacher

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Fun In the Snow

Thank you for sending in your fabulous photos showing what fun you have had this week. It’s lovely to see so many of you taking the opportunity to get outdoors and make the most of the snow. We’ve put the photos together in a short film for you:

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World Book Day 2021