Governors Meeting Update May 2015

Following the recent parent governor elections it was a pleasure to welcome Kristian Rose to his first governors meeting. I must also congratulate Richard Brind on his re-election. He will continue in his current roles as Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance Committee.

The school budget for 2015-16 was agreed. As ever, our settlement is tight but governors are satisfied that all essential expenditure has been protected.

Come September the number of pupils in our Post 16 provision will have increased to 35. In order to accommodate this number of students we have two exciting projects under way. The first is the work that is starting this week to refurbish and extend the school bungalow, providing additional learning and independent living spaces for our students. The second has involved us in discussions with Weymouth College to locate some of our teaching and learning on their site. The students will be placed in their own building and taught by Westfield staff. Full management responsibility for the facility, with the exception of building maintenance, will remain with Westfield staff. It is hoped that Westfield@Weymouth College will open in September and the bungalow will re-open in October.

The school has now completed the work required to meet the government requirement to record and report pupil progress without National Curriculum levels. Analysis of this year’s results is ongoing and early indications show that pupil progress remains strong.

Finally the end of this term will see the retirement of Penny Hamer, Alison Crawford and Nancy Casey. They have all worked tirelessly for the school over many years and we wish them well in their retirement

Bruce Bonwell
Chair of Governors
May 2015