As we start a new half term I thought it would be nice to update everyone on what Governors have been doing so far this academic year. I need to start by saying, the start of our year was very sad, as you’re all aware, we lost a very lovely and dedicated member of staff following a tragic accident. The whole school community came together at this sad time, comforting and supporting each other whilst coming to terms with Lyndsay’s passing.


Mr Barrowclough tells us our new Year 7 pupils have settled in nicely and are embracing the change to Secondary school very well. We also welcomed new staff to Forge Valley, I have now met and had a chat with most of them. I can tell you that all are very happy to be with us at Forge Valley .


The full Governing Body met the first week of the new term and also later in September . We evaluated recent exam results and performance and continued our work with Mr Barrowclough and senior leaders on the Strategy and development for our school . We have no doubt that Forge Valley is a rapidly improving school and is having a great impact on the education of our pupils.


Governors attended the recent Year 6 open evening and had much positivity from families, we like to attend as many events and parents evenings as we  can .  At the recent Year 11 parents evening,  we had a very positive response from the parent questionnaire governors handed out on the night. It is vitally important that we engage fully with our whole school community whose opinions, positive or negative can really help us shape our future developments.


I personally finished last half term on a “high note”, not just because I feel so positive about our school but because I had the privilege and pleasure of listening to The Band of the R A F College- Music for Heroes concert. Oh my, it was absolutely A- maze- ing !,  our very own Forge Valley Community choir performed alongside them for a couple of numbers, they too were fantastic. What a brilliant way to bring the wider school community together, can’t wait for next year !!


Governors are looking forward to our first “Governor in School” day this year. We like to take time to focus on specific topics, this term we will focus on SEND, Safeguarding, Pupil Premium and Literacy and Maths catch up . We will meet with relevant staff and members of the school council during the day.


I want to share with you a real “good news” story. During the summer holidays one of our teachers, Miss Devine, travelled to Armando Aid School in Oinofyta refugee camp, where she taught for most of the summer. Since her return Miss Devine decided to set up “Pen Pals for Oinofyta”. When I recently saw photographs of the children living there receiving letters from our pupils, I have to admit I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. These children have suffered so much for whatever reason and to see the sheer joy on their faces when they received their letters was fantastic. The power of words, the impact a simple letter can have, knowing someone cares can make such a difference. I understand the children have now written back. Long may these new friendships last.


Finally I would like to thank you all for your continued support,


Very best wishes




Chair of Governors




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Sheffield S6 5HG

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