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Dear parents / carers

For those of us who travel by train, seeing and hearing messages about reporting security issues/concerns is nothing unusual.  Some of us even use or see a similar message in our working life about things like Data Protection I.e. if a process doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t.  

However, we always need to remember that a risk/issue can’t be dealt with the right people don’t know anything about it.  

What has this got to do with OWPS?

This is where it gets interesting.  As you’d expect, the school is already vigilant in the areas of Anti-bullying and Safeguarding and is working towards the Anti Bullying Quality Mark. However, some of the threats and concerns come from outside the school environment and this is a different matter.  As with everything, there’s always a risk and the OWPS governors do what they can to put measures in place to help keep us safer, but we have limited influence over things outside the school gates.

The same goes with the proposed plans for Lynch Wood, unfortunately.  Sometimes we can’t stop progress, but we might be able to do something to help get measures introduced to reduce the risks of anyone getting hurt, especially around the safe routes to school.  The school is actively encouraging parents and the local community to register their concerns about the proposed planning application. As always, the governors are dedicated to supporting the parents/carers in this respect, but we need to be told about those things that don’t seem quite right and if there are any plans to address it.

 

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  • New Blog Post

    Published 13/11/18, by sue nalton

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    As you know OWPS is applying for the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark (ABQM) at bronze level. The evidence for the award has now been submitted and we should hear back within a few weeks to find out when the assessors will come to visit our school.

    This is part of our continuing approach to adopting new and exciting strategies, across multiple areas, to enable all our pupils feel safe, secure and give them skills now for later life.  Here's a short list of some of the things we've been doing:

     Is this list supposed to be ABQM related? If so,

    • Circle Times in classrooms across school
    • Midday supervisor training
    • Playground zones
    • Developing a quiet time area for break and lunchtimes
    • Termly Steering group meetings focusing on the action required to gain the ABQM award
    • Updating policies that link to anti-bullying such as e-safety, accessible user’s policy, child protection policy.
    • Developing a PSHE area in the library
    • Highlighting a focus on anti-bullying in the school i-plan as a priority target

    Alongside all of this, we’d also like you to know about how it links to OWPS becoming one of the Founding Member of a new Academy Trust. Like the ABQM, this is something that the OWPS Governing Body is excited about, but that’s not just because we’re part of a new evolution for the school.  At least one of our partner schools already has the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark, so this is gives us a great opportunity to have a mentor and enhance our growth and development in this important area of school life.  So, just like our children, the teachers, the school and other members of the new Trust will be listening, learning from each other and building some strong foundations for future growth.

     Regards,

    OWPS Governing Body

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  • New Blog Post

    Published 26/06/18, by sue nalton

    Secuity

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  • GOVERNORNORS BLOGĀ  GDPR

    Published 17/01/18, by sue nalton

    GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

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  • Governors Blog

    Published 03/05/17, by e4 education

    Annual Governance Statement 2016-17

    by Mrs Foreman (Chair of Governors)

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  • Governors Blog - Car Parking

    Published 09/03/17, by e4 education

    Dear Parents and Carers

    At the Full Governing Body meeting in January, we had a long, frank and involved discussion about the issue of parking and this letter aims to set out the key points as we see them and to address some of the suggestions that have been made.

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  • Governors Blog

    Published 19/12/16, by e4 education

    Dear parents and Carers

    This an outstanding report that reflects the continued progress of the school as the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, the staff and governors strive towards overall excellence.

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  • Governors Blog

    Published 05/12/16, by e4 education

    My name is Mary Foreman and I am delighted to introduce myself as Orton Wistow Primary School’s new chair of governors.

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  • Governors Blog

    Published 16/09/16, by e4 education

    Disappointingly after nearly 4 years as Chair of Governors I will be stepping down at the next Governors meeting as Chair due to work commitments, but will be staying on the Governing Body.

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  • Open Door Policy

    Published 23/05/16, by e4 education

    The OWPS Governing Body has always supported the school in an 'open door' policy and in so doing offers families and local residents the opportunity to contribute to the positive effect that a great school has on everyone's lives.

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  • Governors Blog

    Published 30/11/15, by e4 education

    As of 1st September 2015 OWPS was required to reconstitute its Governing Body following the DFE’s statutory guidance. This was in order that the Governing Body would be streamlined and Governors, wherever possible, would bring in external skills/experience that the school may not naturally possess.

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  • New Blog Post

    Published 17/03/14, by David Perkins

    Welcome to the OWPS Governor's blog. 

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