Welcome to Park view school, I am Noreen Fraser, Chair of governors, we hope you find our website informative, please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance at all.

Park View School

Park View School is a small local authority special school, with a focus on providing a service for learners with an SEMH Education Health Care Plan between key stages 3 and 4.

Main Characteristics

  • Our students break down as follows: KS3 = 18, (39%) KS4 = 28  (61%)
  • 100% of learners on roll have an EHCP for their emotional, social and mental health.
  • 2 (4%) students are BME
  • 20(43%) pupils have been assessed as eligible for free school meals (22% average for the borough)
  • 9(20%) are currently “looked after” (LAC), many have involvement with Children’s Services.
  • 38(83%) of students qualify for additional funding through the Pupil Premium.
  • 3 (7%)require medication, usually associated with ADHD.
  • Out of authority Children –  4 (8%)
  • The vast majority of our students have current or previous involvement with the Children and young people service (CYPS/CAMHS).

Figures based on 46 students 10.10.16

Significant changes- ‘Context’

  • Feb 2012 The school (previously Galsworthy School) entered into special measures category.
  • June 2012 Section 8 Inspection, The progress made against the OFSTED recommendations was inadequate.
  • Nov 2012 Section 8 Inspection, satisfactory progress made since being put in special measures and ‘Good’ progress made since last inspection
  • January 2013 School opened under a new name (Park View) and in a new building.
  • March 2013 Section 8 Inspection, ‘Good’ progress made since being put in special measures and ‘Good’ progress made since last inspection
  • April 2013 major school staffing restructure, all members of the previous and inadequate L&M have been moved on.
  • June 2013 OFSTED Section 5 full inspection, Park View graded ‘Good’ across all areas.
  • May 2014 PVS becomes part of the newly formed (NESSTP) and had to undergo rigorous assessment to support the national initiative of the BIG 6.
  • Sept 2015 The school has made significant progress in raising the profile of PVS and ensuring better student outcomes.
  • April 2015 The school appointed their new Head Teacher.
  • January 2016 Support staff underwent Job evaluations in conjunction with the LA, and 1/3 of 14/15 staff have moved on. Throughout the year we have appointed the following outstanding professionals, a lead practitioner, school business manager, 2 HLTA’s, Science teacher, Art Teacher and administrator.
  • April 2016 The school Awarded Investors in People Gold Award
  • May – School Improvement partner graded all areas as good, teaching and Learning and the effectiveness of leadership and management as good with outstanding features for the first time.
  • June 2016 – School win HLTA of the North East and a year 10 student wins a schools national competition.

Issues facing Governors

The issues facing us in 2015/16 were connected to our School improvement plan, self- evaluation cycle and CPD work. We also had to deal with several staffing issues, including replacing teaching and support staff, these were:

  • To further expand and offer a diverse and innovative curriculum that will meet the needs of the student’s at Park View.
  • To manage a small financial carry over to ensure the school is appropriately resourced for the year ahead.
  • To fill vacant positions within the governing board and for them to have a greater role in school life.
  • To further increase the profile of Park View within the borough and beyond.
  • To move teaching from good to outstanding
  • To ensure progress was micro tracked and appropriate interventions were swiftly in place.

Additional factors to consider

  • 50% of current year 11 cohort joined the school during KS4 having multiple school placements prior to this.
  • Planning for student recruitment and admission is made problematic due to the right of placement controlled by the local authority.
  • Learners come from all over the local authority (and even the region) to Park View.
  • The majority of students are transported into school by staff in school vehicles. This has helped improve attendance. Other students are transported by taxi or travel independently.
  • The school has attained a range of highly regarded certification such as ‘Youth Sports Trust Silver Partner’ and Sainsbury’s Gold games award and the Healthy Schools Award
  • The school currently runs external courses for support staff to reach HLTA status in conjunction with HLTA North East.

Impact of Governors work

  • A new timetable that embedded Literacy across the curriculum, included Religious Education, Person and social development as well as planned SMSC days were incorporated in to the timetable. Governors visited school on a regular basis and completed link governor reports on what they observed. Governors also challenged subject staff at governors meetings where staff presented their subject.
  • The governing body were quick to support the school business manager and appoint a link governor from a business background. Monthly meetings have ensured that the school seeks best value and prioritises any spend. Governors and Link SLT staff have reported back at Termly meetings, we have a healthy carry over for the 16-17 financial year.
  • The governing body quickly came together over the autumn and spring term, we now have a full complement of Governors for the first time in Park View’s history. The impact of a full governing board  has allowed us to identify peoples strengths and allocate lead governors to areas of school improvement work. This has seen senior leaders challenged in all areas, amendments to governor’s information packs, school policies and SIP’s have taken place because of this. Governors have taken on the responsibility of gaining the governors kite mark, this is close to completion.
  • The School has worked tirelessly at improving the perception of Park View School. We have made regional headlines 3 times over the year and have been congratulated by the Head of Education on our success. We have also had national recognition; a year 10 student won a national competition (show racism the red card) and was awarded her prize in London.  Governors have kept a keen interest in the number of Kite Marks the school is gaining, we have been awarded several this year including the prestigious Investors in People (Gold) award.
  • Effectively utilising  the governors skills matrix allowed us to quickly appoint our Vice chair as lead governor for teaching and Learning.  The schools lead practitioner met with her in the Autumn term and she gave links to Harton technology college, an outstanding local mainstream school.  As a result 2 staff members worked with outstanding practitioners at Harton.  In the summer round of observations 75% of staff were graded outstanding.
  • A new governor was appointed in September 2015, given his well-established education background he was designated as link governor for Outcomes for Pupils. In partnership with the Deputy Head this governor has played a key role in devising a new tracking system to highlight the progress of both groups and individual students. With this system in place, the Deputy Head was then able to work with the Lead Practitioner and English Lead to identify a cohort of students for whom weekly numeracy and literacy interventions would facilitate better progress. The programme of interventions is now well established and the progress of students in core subjects now exceeds that of previous years.
  • The Deputy Head, through consultation with the link Governor, is now devising individual progress graphs for each student to demonstrate accelerated progress rates and the impact of interventions for each student in Maths and English.

Composition of the Governing Board

  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 head teacher
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 5 co-opted governors

Committees of the Governing Board

  • Resources Committee
  • Policy Committee
  • Pupil Discipline and Parental Complaints Committee

Chair of Governors

  • Mrs N Fraser

Vice Chair of Governors

  • Mrs Alison Parker

FGB Chart

  • One
  • Two
  • Absent
  • Apology

Committees Chart

  • One
  • Two
  • Absent
  • Apology

Total GB Attendance

  • Attendance
  • Apologies
  • Absence

Register Of Govenors Interests

Category Appointing Body Terms of Office Committees (if associate member has voting rights) Official responsibility
Mrs Noreen Fraser Co-opted Governing Board 29/06/2015 – 28/06/2019 Head Teacher Performance Management Group Resources Committee Policy Committee Chair of Governors
Mr Terry Haram Co-opted Governing Board 29/06/2015 – 28/06/2019 Chair of the Policy Committee Head Teacher Performance Management Group Resources Committee
Mrs Alison Parker Co-opted Governing Board 29/06/2015 – 28/06/2019 Head Teacher Performance Management Group Policy Committee Vice Chair of Governors
Mr Adam Pringle Co-opted Governing Board 29/06/2015 – 28/06/2019 Policy Committee
Vacancy Co-opted
Mr Chris Rue Head Teacher By Virtue of position 20/04/2015 Policy Committee Resources Committee
Cllr Gladys Hobson LEA Local Authority 12/12/2012 – 11/12/2016 Chair of the Resources Committee Policy Committee
Mrs Francesca Cowan Parent Parents 09-02-2016-08-02-2020 Policy Committee
Ms Michelle Bland Parent Parents 29/06/2015 – 28/06/2019 Policy Committee Resources Committee
Mr William Bell Staff Staff 29/06/2015 – 12/06/2018 Policy Committee Resources Committee

Register Of Govenors Interests

Category Nature of Interest Date Interest Registered Date Interest Ceased Notes
Mrs N Fraser Co-opted None 28-09-2016 Governor at Harton Tech college Governor at Jarrow School
Mr J T Haram Co-opted None 28-09-2016 Chair of Governors Ashley Primary
Mrs A Parker Co-opted None 28-09-2016
Mr A Pringle Co-opted
Mr C Rue Head Teacher None 28-09-2016
Cllr G Hobson LEA None 28-09-2016 Governor of Ashley Primary
Ms M Bland Parent None 28-09-2016
Mr W Bell Staff

Governor information required for ERDU database

Date of Birth Postcode Nationality Previous Names
Mrs N Fraser 11-10-1947 NE34 6JT British
Mr J T Haram 16-06-1949 NE34 8ND British
Mrs A Parker 20-12-1951 NE36 0LD British
Mr A Pringle 12-09-1988 NE23 2QB British
Mr C Rue
Cllr G Hobson 05-04-1943 NE33 2NN British
Ms M Bland 16-04-1981 NE9 7NN British
Mrs F Cowan 12-04-1979 NE25 8NG
Mr W Bell 31-01-1962 NE35 9ND British

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