The school is now closed to all but children of Key Workers. Wherever possible, arrangements should be made for children of key workers to remain at home, limiting the days they access school.

If you believe you are a key worker, please DO NOT bring your child to school today unless you have made arrangements with us, which have been confirmed by a return email or telephone call over the weekend, or before school begins this morning.

If you feel you will need a school place because of your work, have not yet been in contact with us and your child cannot remain at home, please email and I will be in touch this morning.

Class emails have been set up. If you have not received a test email, please contact stating your child’s name and class and I will resolve the issue this morning.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Elspeth Geden

Governor Statement

Would you consider becoming a Governor of a school?

Due to relocation and changes to employment, we have had to say a sad farewell to three of our Co-opted Governors. These Co-opted Governors were not Parent Governors but individuals who lived and worked locally and shared a genuine interest in young people and their education. As such, we are looking for committed people to join the Governing Board of Montbelle Primary School to fill these Co-opted positions. If you feel that you may know somebody (or be that person) please do read on or encourage them to do so…

Montbelle is a friendly and welcoming two form entry school within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We have a well-maintained, airy and light building and are extremely fortunate to have large grounds, including a field, allotment and on-site Forest School. We are situated in New Eltham, close to transport links, and are proud of our status as a Royal Borough of Greenwich maintained school. At the same time, we recognise the value of working with others and work closely with a large group of other like-minded schools to support continued teaching and learning and staff development.

We believe our school has something special about it; indeed, visitors often comment on the purposeful energy in the school and the willingness of the children to share their learning with others. Our Governors recognise this: they have a genuine interest in the school and in the welfare of its pupils, together with the time and willingness to get involved and we are looking for others that can give this too.

We are very grateful of the support our Governing Board provides to our school: they follow through their strategic responsibilities but are also actively engaged in celebrating the day-to-day achievements of the school. They hold the school to account in respect of maintaining high standards and in upholding our vision and values. They do this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, through supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

Just as a school staff brings together a range of skills, the skills you may hold can be very useful to the Governing Board. Our current Governors represent a range of skills and we would like to add to that skill-set. We would, therefore, particularly welcome applicants with experience in:

– Finance (Accountant, Finance Manager, Banking, etc.)

– Health and Safety

– Projects Management

– Bid Writing

Governors also need to be able to build relationships with parents, children and other professionals and have the interpersonal skills to work effectively as part of a team; they also need to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information and all governors will need to be committed to reading reports and data on school standards in order to best hold the school to account.

Our Governing Board expectations are:

– To attend and contribute to seven meetings of the full Governing Board across the academic year. Four of these are evening meetings (5pm) and three are morning meetings (8am);

– As required, to sit on committees or working parties and attend associated meetings;

– To monitor an area of the school curriculum or school life, e.g. Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium or Early Years, meeting with the staff subject leader at least three times a year;

– Attend training to meet identified needs, including three Leadership mornings each academic year;

– To monitor aspects of the school to ensure high expectations are maintained and to hold the school to account;

– To meet the expectations set out for Governor conduct.

Our current Governors are keen to welcome new members to the board. You will be provided with coaching and mentoring as needed, have access to the NGA website and Royal Borough of Greenwich training and have the opportunities to develop your skills in strategic management.

If you would like the opportunity to make a difference to our school and the outcomes for our pupils and would like to find out more about how you can contribute to governance at our school, please contact the school office who will then arrange for Mrs. Geden or our Chair of Governors to contact you.Monday 23rd March



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