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"OUTSTANDING" OFSTED (Feb 2019) ................... Thank you to all our pupils, parents, staff and governors for your support during the recent Ofsted Inspection. THE SCHOOL ACHIEVED OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS. 'OUTSTANDING EDUCATION PROVISION' Local Education Authority. SOME THREE YEAR OLD NURSERY SPACES AVAILABLE.
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Meet the Governors

Dear Parents and Friends


What I like best about Christ Church Bentinck is that you know it is a happy place where learning is fun. It manages the task of combining a religious foundation with being fully inclusive, welcoming children from all sections of the local community, of all abilities. Our latest SATS results (SATS is the national testing system) have been fantastic over the years with our Year 6 pupils obtaining above national results in reading, writing and Mathematics for both progress and attainment. These amazing results are achieved through a vast amount of carefully planned, individualised teaching to meet the needs of all groups.


We still have our 'Healthy School Status' and will continue to work with both parents and children to maintain this.  We have recently gained the Gold Sustainable Travel Award which makes us very proud because our children understand the value of keeping fit and healthy and also the need to look after the environment.  The school has also recently achieved the Gold Games Mark. The children in KS2 are taught a modern foreign language . Pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have enjoyed learning Spanish. In additional to this, our extended school programme, includes a range of after-school and community based activities.


Mrs Tyrrell is continuing to develop the school so that it plays its full part in the community as well as assuring the smooth and sympathetic day-to-day running of the school. We are working very hard to maintain our very high attendance and punctuality levels and we continue to rely on the support of our parents to achieve this goal.


I am sure we all appreciate how much the staff (including support staff) contribute to the success of the school and respect their hard work and cheerfulness. I would also like to say a word about the volunteers who support reading and mathematics – people who freely give some of their time to come into school and work with individual children, according to need. They are making a unique contribution, which the Governors greatly value.


The school achieved "OUTSTANDING" by Ofsted in February 2019. This is a true testament to the hard work of all members of our school community.


Your feedback on what you think about the school and how you would like us to develop is always welcome. Do feel free to write in with your comments to Mrs Tyrrell or to the Governors, or come to one of the informal meetings for all parents that the school organizes on a regular basis.


Samantha Spring
Chair of Governors
July 2021

Position Name
Clerk  Ms Emma Brooker
Headteacher  1/1  Mrs Sandra Tyrrell
Staff governor 1/1  Miss Sophie Upfield
Foundation   1/7
Rector ex off
 Rev Clare Dowding
LDBS   1/2  Mr Colin Hitchin
LDBS 2/2  Mr Brandon Soeiro
PCC   1/2

 Mrs Samantha Spring (Chair)     

PCC  2/2  Mrs Lana  Awaily
D/Synod 1/2  Mrs June Savage (Co Vice Chair)
D/Synod 2/2  Ms Helen Richardson Co Vice-Chair    
LA   1/1  Miss Susannah Robinson
Elected parents 1/2          Mrs Sherry Robbins
Elected parents  2/2 Mrs Fatima Lowri

THE IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - The Governors looked at the work in books to monitor the impact of the school's Marking and Presentation Policies.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Governors viewed evidence of our broad and balanced curriculum during a learning walk.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Some of our Governors accompanied families on the Floating Classroom during the half term break.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Members of the Curriculum and Assessment Committee looked at samples of literacy and numeracy work that illustrated pupils working at greater depth. We are actively working to increase the number of pupils exceeding age related expectations.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Governors know the school well.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Members of the PPPC committee were looking at the standard of work in RE books, Portfolios and whole school RE writing folders. The governors enjoyed looking at the range of creative work taking place in RE and the opportunities for extended writing.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Clare Dowding came to view the talk performances of Year 5 pupils as they shared their creative school playground designs. This session followed input from members of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Clare was able to listen to the pupils' ideas and feedback to governors.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Mrs Savage visits the Reading Garden and listens to readers.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Lana (elected parent governor) attended the reading workshop for parents. She was able to appreciate how the school is promoting creative ways of teaching reading at home.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Clare, our rector, leading the Harvest Service at St. Paul's Church with pupils reading prayers, singing in the choir and displaying the harvest message. Clare also leads the weekly whole school assembly on Monday mornings.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - June Savage, our Deanery Synod governor, viewing RE lessons across the school. Mrs Savage is also our safeguarding governor and has been an active member of our interviewing panel.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Developing close links with the Church

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Mr Harris, our staff governor, promotes competitive sport and the importance of keeping fit and healthy. We have been Westminster netball champions four times over a six year period.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Lana, a parent governor, actively supports our fund raising events and works very closely with our school home support worker to promote home school partnerships. Lana also does a lot of voluntary work in her link class, the nursery.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - Samantha Spring, the Chair of Governors is a member of three committees: the Parents, Pupils, Parish and Community committee, the Leadership and Management committee and the Curriculum and Assessment committee. Mrs Spring knows the school very well and has an important role in both supporting and challenging the school. Mrs Spring meets regularly for assessment updates to ensure there is an ongoing focus on raising standands. She is also involved in learning walks to gain first hand experience of teaching and learning and work scrutiny sessions. As an extremely pro-active member of the governing body, her attendance at site meetings during the expansion programme has been invaluable and greatly appreciated.

IMPACT OF THE WORK OF THE GOVERNORS - The governors have encouraged the school to continue to develop links with local universities. Over the past three years, our Year 6 cohorts have worked in partnership with The University of Westminster.

The Chair of Governors, Samantha Spring, met with Neil Roper (assistant headteacher) to look at how we track progress and attainment across the school. Now that the school is no longer using levels, we are tracking progress against assessment objects on our 3BM SMART tracking system. This allows us to view and analyse the progress and attainment of whole cohorts, individuals and identified groups. Appropriate steps are taken to accelerate progress and raise standards.