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Typical Week of a Chair?

Reflecting on this week I'm considering if this is a typical week of the Chair of a Board of Directors. It's certainly a week with variety.

Monday morning and my regular meeting with Mike Johnson (Executive Headteacher) at 9.00am. Another week's meeting with  a full agenda. This regular meeting helps me keep in-touch with the work of the Trust. This week we also met with Linda Morris (Business Manager) with a focused discussion about the 'business' elements of the Trust.

Following this meeting I was involved with a group of local councillors who were visiting the site at Chulmleigh Community College. The group included  our local County Councillor, our local District Councillor, and members of Chulmleigh Parish Council. It was a great opportunity to show the group the stage of progress of the building work in Phase 3 at the College. The discussion was very positive and they were impressed with the new art room, the new drama area, and the new technology facility.

I finished off my Monday morning with my weekly meeting with Adrian Wade (Company Secretary). Adrian is undertaking some significant work for the Trust and it is important that I meet regularly with him to keep well-informed.

Tuesday afternoon I was working with one other Director and an external School Improvement Partner on Mike's annual appraisal. This is a good opportunity to reflect on the year and recognise progress of the Trust and the many achievements. New achievement target are set for the coming year.

Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Presentation Evening of the students who left the College this year. This is a marvellous celebration event when students receive their GCSE Certificates and many other awards are presented for different aspects of school life and student achievement. The key note speaker at the Presentation was Emma Norton, a Visual Effects Producer, who has work on may well known films. This was inspirational and encouraged students to be positive about their future learning, careers and lives.

Wednesday and Pudsey Bear came to East Worlington. Local farmers created a Pudsey Bear from straw bales (see the blog photo). The pupils of the school did a sponsored walk around the field in which the bear was located. BBC Spotlight came to the event to film it and show it on local south west news. It was also good to learn about the support for Children in Need from all the Trust's school. Well done to all for supporting this very important cause.

Thursday afternoon was a scheduled visit to Chulmleigh Community College. The visit provided me with a further insight into the work of the school. I arrived at lunch time and spent time in the dining area to understand better what lunch time was like for students. Following this I had a discussion with Neil Payne who updated me on the strengths of the school and strategic progress in collaboration with other schools. Neil took me on a 'learning walk' to visit different subjects - PE, Music, Drama, Technology, and ICT. (I had visited other subjects on a previous visit.) My afternoon visit ended with me attend the school's Peer Parliament and see it in action. Very impressive and articulate students.

Following the visit to College there was a Directors' Resources Committee meeting which started at 4.00pm. These are regular committee meetings and focus on the resources element of the Trust's work.

Friday morning and a very warm welcome for me at Burrington School. I aim to visit all the Trust's school every half term and Friday was my half-termly visit to Burrington. I had time in KS1 class and in KS2 class and I talked to the children about their work and what they were learning. During the time at the school I had a discussion with Bob Walters (Senior Teacher) who was updating me on progress with the development work on Maths assessment.