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Governor's Message 


December 2016 


As we approach the end of 2016, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the governing body, to thank you all for your on going support of Cherry Orchard Primary School.  I am pleased to report that the school has made great progress in pupil attainment and progress in all areas of the curriculum. Our pupils have made us all proud.

The governing body is appreciative of the hard work of Miss Taylor and her senior leadership team that is helping to shape the future of our young people. We are delighted that our pupils feel proud to be members of the Cherry Orchard family. We will ensure that every pupil is given the opportunity to reach their potential. 

I would also like to thank each and every member of the team, teaching and support staff, for their hard work, boundless energy and enthusiasm. I am honoured and humbled to be part of such a wonderful team. 

We wish you all the very best for this festive season and hope to see you all in the new year. God Bless.

Tariq R Begg (Chair of Governors)



September 2016 


Welcome to the new school year! We hope you enjoyed a summer vacation filled with fun and exciting memories with your loved ones. We are thrilled to welcome all of you back to a new school year of learning and growing.  Personally, I am grateful and elated to continue this journey with you as Chair of Cherry Orchard Governing Body.  At Cherry Orchard, Governors, staff, parents and children work as a team, building on  success, in a happy, creative, high attaining environment where everyone feels valued. We are proud of the high standards our pupils achieve across the curriculum.  As Governors we become involved with a variety of issues including finance, pupil welfare, policies, building/grounds maintenance and staff appointments.  However, without a doubt, we consider that our most important role is to ensure the welfare and education of the pupils.

We are justifiably very proud of the children in our school.  Indeed, our end of KS1 and KS2 SATs results show that in 2016, the children’s attainment was above the national average. This is an opportunity for me to thank all the parents who encourage and support their children so admirably.  In a good school such as ours, parents take a great interest in their child’s learning and development.  During the early years of primary education, academic, personal, social and creative skills are nurtured and developed. Please help us achieve an excellent attendance rate this year.

Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is both visionary and realistic. We are here to support and encourage our Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and all school personnel so that children have access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve.

The School Development Plan is at the heart of Cherry Orchard School’s vision and ethos.  It details our aims and objectives for the ongoing development of the School.  Our priorities focus on the following four areas:
* Quality of teaching, learning and assessment – continuous development of teachers to deliver more outstanding lessons.
* Outcomes for children – enabling excellent progress for all groups of pupils by providing appropriate challenge at all levels.
* Personal development, behaviour and welfare – improving the wellbeing of all pupils and embedding the school’s core values across the curriculum
* Leadership and management – developing our senior leadership team, subject leaders and the governing body.

Parents and Governors have key roles in helping Cherry Orchard Primary School to maintain high standards for all our children both now, and for future generations. I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Parent Governor, Dr. R. Shahid.  Only one candidate put themselves forward this time, which is why it was not put out to ballot.  In her personal statement, she explains that she is a senior teacher at a King Edwards School, so I’m sure she will be well-equipped to challenge and support during her term in office. 

Should you wish to contact me to discuss any matter further please do so by first contacting our Head Teacher, Miss Taylor or the school office.  I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible throughout the year.

Best regards,

Tariq R. Begg, Chair of Governors.



July 2016 


As we end the academic year 2016, I thank all Parents and friends of Cherry Orchard for your continued enthusiastic support for the School, the children and teachers.

First and foremost we want to recognise the hard work and achievements of our pupils – from the progress they are making in all areas of the curriculum to their success in wider activities such as the Handsworth School Games and the school choir. We will continue to support the school's efforts towards continued improvement in pupils’ attainment and progress.  Governors have been very pleased to witness the continued excellent learning behaviour of the overwhelming

number of pupils within the school. It is also very pleasing to note that punctuality is improving.  Also, congratulations to those pupils (and their parents) for 100% attendance during the year. Please help us in achieving outstanding attendance for the whole school in the next academic year.

All of the governors have had the privilege of witnessing the development academically of our young people. Their application to their studies has paid off and they have proved to be very hard working.  In addition to this our young persons have shown a great deal of interest in activities in and outside of school. Our Year 6 pupils are now reaching a huge mile stone in their lives, leaving primary school and moving on to new schools and opportunities. I hope they will take with them fond memories of their time at Cherry Orchard School and remember to believe in themselves and strive for excellence!  I wish them all the very best for the future, God bless and be happy. Remember, there are no mistakes in life, just lessons.

My heartfelt thanks go to Miss Taylor and her management team for their hard work in developing the professional skills of all teaching and support staff to support pupil progress.  I would also like to thank each and every member of the team for their hard work, boundless energy and enthusiasm. They work tirelessly for the benefit of the children and I could not wish for anything more.  My thanks to Mrs Flannery for her ongoing support to the Governing body and to me in particular. Your support is greatly appreciated.

We wish you all a relaxing summer break.

Tariq R Begg (Chair of Governors)



June 2016


Hello everyone, this is Deborah Bonnique, vice-chair of governors.  I can't believe that we have nearly come to the end of another academic year. So much has happened but I can say with confidence that it's been a positive and upward trend. I came into school last week to do a covenant link visit. I had the pleasure of visiting all classes to talk with children about spiritual moral social and cultural development SMSC in Cherry Orchard and to see how the school was supporting the policy.

Ms Jaswal was very informative and talked in great detail about the journey the school had taken in developing the policy and practice around SMSC, as well as thoughts and ideas regarding future plans. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and was very pleased to see that Cherry Orchard is an environment where all of those aspects are supported on a daily basis. Visually, the images and the display work, and the children's interaction and engagement with each other all acknowledge the awareness of understanding that they have regarding the spiritual, moral, social and cultural way of their world and the community they live in. 

It is very evident that Cherry Orchard pupils are very proud of who they are and take every opportunity to celebrate this.  Well done to staff and Children, just continue the good work.

Debz Bonnique (Vice-Chair of Governors)



May 2016


As a governor it has been a pleasure to be part of the Cherry Orchard community in the early days of Miss Taylor’s leadership of the school.  I’m sure, as parents, you have all noticed the improvements in the way staff and children are approaching teaching and learning.

Governors are keen to work with parents, staff and children to further improve and develop our provision.  We face many challenges over the next few years ranging from rapidly shrinking budgets to the prospect of forced academisation.  We will need the support of the whole Cherry Orchard community to ride out the next few years and still raise standards within the school.

Like our children, we need to see these challenges as opportunities and be the best we can be.

Peter Harper (staff governor)


Governor's Message for the Month

March 2016


Our first Parent Forum was held on 7th March; thank you to all of those who were able to attend. It was a pleasure to meet some new faces as well as some familiar ones outside of the playground! The meeting was a good opportunity to listen to what some parents are thinking and we were able to address some questions. Some of these included:

1. The monthly school newsletter will now only be posted on the school website. Paper copies can be requested from the school office.

2. Permission forms for trips will not be online as confirmed by Miss Taylor’s letter last week.

3. Parents enjoyed the ease of booking Parent’s evening online, however, did struggle with copying the link into a browser. It was recommended that the link be available to click on the school website. This was an excellent suggestion from one of the parents (thank- you!) and will be implemented.

4. Some parents felt the school planners were not being used consistently between their children in different year groups.  This was highlighted to the leadership team.

5. Parents would like to have more involvement with their children at school, i.e. more workshops.

Our next Parent Forum is on Thursday 14th April, 9:00 – 10:00am.  

Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter holiday,

Rajni Gogna (parent governor)

"The forum allowed parents from both Key Stages to come together and share experiences, whether with gripes regarding certain issues or with stories of achievement. An atmosphere of togetherness and positivity was generated and will no doubt continue with future meetings."

Parent of Year 4 child.


Governor's Message of the Month

February 2016

My name is Rajni Gogna. Thank you for voting me to the role of parent governor.  I take this role as your representative seriously and am excited about working with the leadership team to make a positive contribution.

When I campaigned for this position I pledged to represent ‘parents’ views’ at governor meetings. So, in collaboration with our existing parent governors, we will be holding ‘Parent Forums’ to give parents/carers a relaxed and informal opportunity to meet us and share your views. We’d love to hear what’s going well and areas for improvement that we can address at governing body meetings.  Details of this forum meeting will be sent out shortly.  I look forward to meeting you!

Rajni Gogna


Governor's Message of the Month

January 2016

Hello Everyone,

I would like to welcome everyone in 2016, and hope that the new year will bring more success, happiness and achievements for students of Cherry Orchard.  Looking back as a parent, I always wanted to get involved in my children’s school so I attended most of the workshops, plays and trips.  I have accompanied the children on 7 trips so far.

After being elected as a parent governor, my commitment is to make Cherry Orchard a safe, positive and intellectual learning hub for all the children.  In Cherry Orchard, we care for every child, we learn with dedication and we succeed in all aspects of life.

I am also an active member of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association).  Since its launch, the PTA has organised many fund raising events.  All of our events have been a great success with kind support from everyone around the school.  

I am looking forward to enhancing my involvement to work towards achieving an OUTSTANDING school.

Thank you very much.

Poonam Kanda (parent governor)


Governor's Message of the Month

December 2015

Hello all.  My name is Shabia Khan and I am a Parent Governor at Cherry Orchard.  I would like to begin by welcoming all our new starter children, parents and staff to our Cherry Orchard family. I have been a Governor at Cherry Orchard for the past few years. I have two children at the school and my older daughter has moved to secondary school, armed with all she has learnt at Cherry Orchard, taking with her our motto "We care, we learn, we succeed".

During my time as Governor I have seen the school grow and progress. We have made great progress and big changes, all of which are part of our commitment to making Cherry Orchard a safe, positive and intellectual learning hub for all our children. I am very proud of our children's achievements so far, but believe things will get even better, under the watchful eye of our Head Miss Taylor and our dedicated staff. 

We hope to build on the relationships already formed and build new ones along the way while aiming to make Cherry Orchard the outstanding school it deserves to be. 

Shabia Khan (Co-opted governor)


Governor's Message for the Month

November 2015

We have had a terrific start to the year! Thank you, children and parents for supporting the School on Children in Need Day and our Anti-Bullying Week.  As a parent, I really know how chaotic it can be when we have to produce another superhero costume, and the school knows what they are asking of us.  They appreciate your support particularly on these days.

My role as a parent governor has evolved this year and I have tried to ask useful questions to gain a greater understanding of the school and to foster an ethos of continuous improvement. The school has been working very hard in putting into place new schemes and assessments according to the government’s new assessment criteria.  The ‘Life after Levels’ meeting will help us all to gain an overview of how the school is managing this process and give us a better understanding of how to support our children and our school.

Raz Gill (Co-opted governor)