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Please click on the links below to view minutes/notes from governing body meetings.
Full Governing Body Meetings 2015-18
Langton School Governors are part of the largest volunteer force in the country. Our function is to make a positive contribution to the children’s education and raise standards in our school.
Our blend of parent, co-opted, local authority and staff governors, as defined in the constitution of the governing body, allows us to achieve a broad representation as well as a range of skills and experience.
Individual governors also undertake specific responsibilities on behalf of the governing body. These include Health and Safety, Child Protection and responsibility for specific areas of the curriculum. These governors work with the relevant members of staff to monitor progress and ensure the children are happy, safe and making satisfactory progress. However, governors do not act independently and any decisions taken are the joint responsibility of the whole governing body.
Full governing body meetings are held each half term. In addition, we have two committees to deal with the more detailed aspects of our work. At present, these are the Finance, Premises and Marketing committee and the School Performance committee, with all governors being members of both.
Governor's Details & Register of Interests 2018-19
No business or pecuniary interests were declared by any governors, nor do they serve on any other Governing Board, nor are related to members of staff.
Finance & Resources CommitteeChairHoward WiddallHead TeacherRachel RayStaff GovernorRosemary LaverackGovernorAndrew PriestleyGovernorChristine GilkesGovernorHeather TurnerGovernorPam AbbottGovernorAnne ConroyNYCC AdvisorFiona RobinsonClerkPauline Painter
School Performance CommitteeChairPam AbbottHead TeacherRachel RayStaff GovernorRosemary LaverackGovernorChristine GilkesGovernorHeather TurnerGovernorAndrew PriestleyGovernorHoward WiddallGovernorAnne ConroyClerkPauline Painter
Head Teacher's Performance Review CommitteeChair of GovernorsAndrew PriestleyLocal Authority GovernorAnne ConroyEducation Development AdvisorLisa Jones
Governor ResponsibilitiesMathsHoward WiddallH&S/PremisesAndrew PriestleyChild Protection & SENPam AbbottEnglishChristine GilkesEYFSHeather TurnerPSHE & CurriculumAnne ConroyComplaints
Complaints will be dealt with following the school Complaints Policy. Where it is not possible for a complaint to be resolved informally, through the HT or Chair of Governors, a Governor Complaints Panel will be set up as required, drawn from the appropriate membership of the governing body.
I am a Parent Governor, with both of my sons being pupils at the school. I became a Governor because I believe in the importance of Primary Education being the foundation of where our children get a life long love for learning. Growing up in a rural environment myself has also left me with a desire to see village schools continue and flourish. Professionally I am a Project Manager in the Oil and Gas industry and try to bring my professional experience to the Governing body.Howard Widdall Vice Chair/Co-opted Governor
Following my retirement from the position of Sales & Marketing Director at a Yorkshire based medical company I have been looking for opportunities to use my knowledge and experience, gained at Board level, to “put something back”. Becoming a School Governor is one way in which I feel I can do this as I believe that the challenges faced by schools, to effectively deploy scarce resources to deliver excellent results, are analogous in many respects to those faced by businesses and, as a member of the Governing Body, I look forward to helping Langton Primary School achieve its Vision, fulfil its Mission and deliver on its Values.Pam Abbott Co-opted Governor
I joined the governing body of Langton School in September 2014 having recently retired from teaching. During my teaching career I have been a teacher of Biology and more recently was Head of Health and Social Care at a secondary school in York as well as an adviser and exam moderator in this subject. I moved with my family to Burythorpe in 2001 and enjoy being a member of the village community and participating in a number voluntary organisations in the village.
I have recently completed my training to be a School Services volunteer for the NSPCCC and hope that my experience and skills gained over many years in teaching will help and support the team working hard to do the very best for the children at Langton.
My other interests include playing tennis, walking and enjoying my garden.
It is the school's policy to make every effort to remain open and have business as usual regardless of the weather. However, the safety of students, parents and staff is always of paramount importance. If the school is to close, a decision will be made by 8.00am. Please check the school website where closure details will be put on the home page. A text message will be sent to the mobile of the first named contact for each pupil. A message will also be posted on the NYCC website, and announcements will be made on the radio on Minster FM and BBC Radio York.
For information on how to help keep your children safe on the internet, please see the attached advice from the NSPCC;
Parents Internet Safety Guide - NSPCC
The school is always keen on hearing how we can improve and so welcome feedback from parents. If you have any suggestions for improvements please don't hesitate to contact the school directly. A further way in which we collect feedback is via Parentview. Parentview is an online tool for collecting parental views on a school. If you would like to post views on our school please visit click here: Parentview.
ParentPay - our online payment service
Here at Langton, we accept payments online for items such as dinner money, school trips and uniform. Using a secure website called ParentPay you can pay online using your credit or debit card. ParentPay is our preferred method of making payments to school, as well as getting parental consent for children to attend trips and events.
What are the benefits to parents and pupils?
ParentPay is easy-to-use and will offer you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24/7
the technology used is of the highest internet security available ensuring that your money will reach school safely – offering you peace of mind
The 'Friends of Langton School' (FoLS) meet regularly to support the school, planning fundraising events or community events to enrich the education of our children.
FoLS Update - January 2019
Happy New Year!
We're straight back into it with a meeting on Tuesday 22nd January at 3.15pm in school. We will be discussing the next school social for the children as well as other fundraising opportunities throughout the next few months. If you can spare an hour, please come along and give your input with any ideas you might have - everybody is welcome.
We will keep you updated with any events planned.
Administration of Medicine in School
School staff will administer prescribed medicines to pupils providing that a Request for Administration of Medicine Form is completed in advance of treatment. These are available from the School Office or can be downloaded (see below) and completed in advance (or sent in with your child should they arrive on school transport). Staff will also administer Calpol or Ibuprofen/Paracetamol suspension on the same basis.
Request for Administration of Medicine in School - form
If your child is too ill to come to school, please call the school on 01653 658236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 9.00am, on the first day of illness, and make us aware of your child's symptoms/diagnosis. If your child is suffering from vomiting and/or diarrhoea, it is recommended that they do not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode.
Advice on Common Illnesses
Please see below for advice on common illnesses and absence from school.
Advice for Parents on Common Illnesses
The Big Breakfast!
Langton School's Breakfast Club runs every day in term time. For £2.50 per day, you can drop your child at school at 8.00am where they can enjoy a delicious breakfast before embarking upon their school day. We ask for 24 hours' notice when booking. Please contact the School Office for more details.
After School Fun!
In addition to our after school activities schedule, we also offer an After School Club. This is split into 2 sessions - 3.15 - 4.15pm (£2.00 per session) and 4.15 - 5.45pm (£6.00 per session) with a healthy snack served at 4.30pm. Children can join our After School Club team for fun activities and the chance to wind down after a hard day at school. Again, we do ask for 24 hours' notice when booking. More details are available from the School Office.
Our After School Club recently featured in the Gazette & Herald - Top Marks! Success for After School Club (Nov 2016)
Each year a number of our Year 6 pupils are selected to become prefects. These children have demonstrated that they are role models to other children within school and are given the title of prefect as a reward for their efforts.
Prefects are given extra responsibility such as lunch-time monitors, office monitors and playground buddies.
At Langton, we also employ a "Buddy System" for our new Reception pupils in order to help our new pupils settle in, build relationships across the year groups, and to give responsibility to our older pupils. Year 6 pupils are paired with a new starter, and will, for example, help reception children during playtimes. The system works extremely well, and many pupils stay in touch with their buddies after they have moved to secondary school.
Langton School runs a House system, with the four houses named in memory of some of those from Langton who lost their lives in the Great War - Howard Vyse, Hill, Turner and Boyce. On entry to the school, each child is assigned a house (the same as an older sibling if applicable) and remains a member of this house throughout their years at Langton.
House points can be awarded by any member of staff for effort, attitude and achievement and for competitions run at various points during the year, e.g. Sports Day, quiz competitions, Maths challenges etc. The house system fosters good relationships between children in different year groups and encourages a sense of team work and working together.