My name is Peter Sprinz and I am Chair of Governors. It is my intention to improve the communications between the Governing Body and yourselves. To this end I will be writing to you termly and also inviting you to an evening event to meet the members of the Governing Body – probably in June 2014.
You can find photos of the full Governing Body on https://swisscottage.camden.sch.uk/our-school/our-governors.
The full Governing Body meets 6 or 7 times a year. In addition we have the following committees which meet six times a year:
Pupil Progress and Provision which deals with the curriculum and general education matters;
Pupil Wellbeing which deals with pupils’ health, safety and general wellbeing both in and out of school;
Finance and Premises which deals with the school budget and the general running of the school premises;
Pay and Personnel – is self-evident;
Health and Safety which deals specifically with all matters relating to the health and safety of children whilst on the premises.
The duty of the Governing Body is to challenge the school’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in all areas and ensure the school maximises the potential outcomes for each and every pupil. It is not the role of the Governing Body to interfere in the daily management of the school. That is the responsibility of the Principal and the SLT.
Through the Parent Council you are able to raise any issues (not specific to your class teacher) with the Principal. Governors are also available to address your concerns but you should always use the School’s existing channels of communications before raising an issue directly with a Governor.
After a great deal of work and anguish for many of you, we are now happily settled in the new school building. Of course there continue to be problems – but that is to be expected in a new build of this size and complexity. Personally, I am delighted with the new building, both from aesthetic and practical points of view. We have the most wonderful facilities and our pupils are extremely fortunate when compared to similar schools elsewhere.
What is particularly pleasing is that despite a large increase in pupils and even larger increase in staff number, the ethos and feeling of the “old” Swiss Cottage School still continues and the SLT are determined that Swiss Cottage School will provide outstanding teaching and care for all pupils.
Despite Government cutbacks and pressure on budgets, we continue to provide more for our pupils than the funding from Camden would allow. This is possible through the Charity “Friends of Swiss Cottage” which, through the generosity of parents and our neighbours, raise funds to be spent solely for the benefit of the School and its pupils. This year one benefactor alone gave us £20,000 to be spent on musical equipment and tuition – an incredibly generous action.
Fundraising is a key element in helping raise much needed resources to help the school help your child. The school has two fundraisers who are currently working hard with parents planning the school’s Christmas Fair which will take place on Sunday 15 December. I hope as many of you as possible will support this event and, although somewhat early, may I wish you an enjoyable Christmas and a fruitful New Year.
Chair, Governing Body