The Chair of Governors, Chris Price, delivered a report on behalf of the school’s head, Nick King, who was unable to attend the Annual Parish Meeting held on 15th April 2024.  Before delivering the report, Mr Price noted that Scarning is a Voluntary Controlled school, not an academy and not part of an academy trust. Scarning has worked very hard to stay like that and that the school currently sees no benefits in being part of an academy. He said that Scarning is a thriving school, with twelve governors, half of whom live in Scarning. He noted the school has an extremely good Head and experienced staff. He noted the school experiences no difficulty in recruiting staff. He noted the Pre School plays a massive role in attracting pupils/parents to the school. He delivered the school’s report as below.

“I am pleased to report that for Scarning VC Primary School the last 12 months have been very positive.

Our school remains a popular school. Attendance and outcomes have been strong (both above national average) and parent surveys positive.

An Ofsted inspection in February reported positively and we were proud of the outcome. As an appendix to this note I have included the letter I sent to parents and carers on receipt of the report.

The opening line of the report was that ‘Children flourish at this school.’ We were, perhaps more than anything else, pleased with this simple observation. Overall the judgement was that we remain a ‘Good’ school.

We would normally expect to see Ofsted again in 4 years time. However, we know that the Ofsted framework may well be changing in the near future, so this date could shift.

The school roll remains at over 400 and we remain popular, with an intake of 60 anticipated for September.

The governing body has continued to provide invaluable support and challenge to the leadership of the school. We have been able to attract new recruits and the governing body continues to be a strength of the school.

The Seckar Trust has maintained their support in a range of ways and we remain thankful for any financial assistance that they give us.

I note last year that I reported: ‘It is fair to say that financially the current educational landscape is the most challenging it has been in my experience.’ The financial picture remains difficult, but the school continues to be led well by the Finance Committee and the school- based finance team. This is enabling us to feel confident that we will be able to operate on a stable footing in the coming years.

Sports, arts and cultural activities have continued to take place throughout the year.

Highlights since my last report have included:

• Multiple sports events attended within the Sports Partnership

• An artist in residence project which will soon see the front of the school improved with the installation of 7 mosaics that the children have helped produce

• Assembly interviews with a vet, a historian and a police officer

• Some excellent termly debates. (The most recent of which saw the motion ‘It would be best if every day was warm and sunny’ rejected by 263 votes to 113)

• The Playground Proms project visiting for a special performance to the whole school

As ever the staff at school remain a pleasure to lead – the families we work with crucial to the overall team effort – and the children a delight.

Chris Price – Chair of Govenors, Scarning School