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Chair's Annual Report

Stepgates Community School 2021-2022

It’s been another successful year at Stepgates. We saw the return of most activities within the school including school trips, full in person assemblies, school sports days and SAT’s. Governors continued to both support and challenge the school to ensure we are delivering the best possible outcomes.  

Governors are responsible for

  • Ensuring the school has a clear vision, ethos, and direction
  • Holding the Headteacher and SLT to account for performance of the school and the outcomes for pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school.

The governing board were at full capacity at the start of the academic year. Sadly, during the Autumn Term Mrs Lye resigned as a governor. Mrs Lye had been a governor for over 8 years, and we wish her all the best for the future. Thank you for all your contributions, service, and support. We are now actively recruiting for a co-opted governor to join the team.

Governors held 8 Full Governing Body meetings last year discussing school business, resources and the curriculum. The Board continued to meet virtually in the autumn, before moving to a hybrid approach in the spring. We were very pleased that we could again meet in person as a whole school for our development day in the summer term. We discussed and heard feedback from the Senior Leadership Team, subject leaders and staff on topics such as wellbeing, curriculum and school life.

All the governors have been engaging with subject leads, class teachers and support staff throughout the year discussing teaching, learning and wellbeing. Governors have also been active within the community promoting the school at the Black Cherry Fair and working to raise funds to provide a permanent cover for our swimming pool.

Throughout the year governors have all attended various training sessions utilising The Key, SAfE and The National College for our CPD. We have also utilised the Star Partnership; we are very fortunate to have this strong network of schools which helps us to collaborate as an extended team, giving additional training and networking opportunities and extra support within school.

On behalf of the Stepgates governors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Ford and all the staff at Stepgates for their hard work and outstanding commitment over the school year.

Lastly, I would like to thank all the parents and carers for all your continued support, and I look forward to seeing you all after the summer.



Michael Pope

Chair of Governors