Message from our Chair

A Message from the Chair of Governors

Welcome to Water Primary School, a School I am very proud to be associated with. My name is Tracy Cuthbertson and I have been a Governor here at the School since 2006. I progressed to the Chair of Governors a year after my initial election and I am proud to have held this position ever since as voted by the Governing body.

The Governing body is made up of a team of volunteers. We have volunteers representing parents, staff, local authority and community. We work together as a group in a strategic role to oversee the direction and leadership of the School for which the Governing body is legally accountable. The Headteacher and the Senior Leadership team manage the school on a day-to-day basis and the governors meet regularly to look at specific projects, developments and to monitor the work of the school.

Through employing well-planned lessons and by engaging in self-evaluation strategies, the teachers and support staff ensure that every child has access to a rich curriculum and are committed to every child’s success. It is important to us that pupils achieve and aspire and leave Water Primary School equipped with the skills to be life-long learners, whilst becoming moral, well mannered and respectful.

I am extremely proud of what we have achieved (and continue to achieve) at our school. Recent examples of our successes include obtaining the Sainsburys Gold award for PE & School Sport and I was immensely proud for us to be a nominee for the Rossendale ‘School of the Year’ award.

Running with a tight, yet well managed budget, we ensure that we continually update the school premises and equipment used. The new entrance and offices demonstrate how we keep our children safe yet it remains bright and inviting. The ICT infrastructure continues to move within the 21st century.  Considering IT did not exist when I was at school, I was thrilled to conduct my first ‘skype’ interview here at the school.

We explore the outdoors as much as we can and a National Lottery funding of £10,000 has been spent on the external play area for outdoor learning and the development of growing spaces. The school is seen as being the hub of the village with the wider community taking part in school life and we are proud to have our own garden in memory of Fran, our much loved school crossing Warden. We also utilise the forest for Forest School activities. This is an inspirational process, offering children and young people opportunities to achieve, developing confidence and self-esteem, through ‘hands on’ learning experiences in a local woodland environment.

I hope you feel that our website answers many of your possible questions. The school is always happy and willing to answer any concerns or queries you may have in person or via email. I am also available as Chair of Governors to discuss any matter relating to the school, once you have followed the usual procedures of talking to the Headteacher or Senior Leadership Team. We would like to extend a warm welcome to you as part of our community and hope you and your child will share some fantastic experiences during your time with us here.

Warm Regards

Mrs Tracy Cuthbertson