Latest School Council Agendas and Minutes

Please find below the School Council Agendas and Minutes from the different meetings held. This page will be regularly updated, as the latest Agendas and Minutes are posted. Existing Agendas and Minutes can be found in the School Council Folder (only accessible by Staff at Ripple Primary School).

Westbury: Westbury Minutes will be added as soon as possible.

Suffolk Rd: School Council – Suffolk Rd – June 2018

Westbury: Coming soon!



Members of the Governing Body


Mr Toby Kinder ~ Community Governor ~ Chair of Governors.

  • Strategy Group Member, Finance and Resources Committee Member, Safeguarding Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: none declared.
  • Attendance – 100%
  • Term – 15/01/2018

Mrs Carole Spike-Robertson PASS

Mrs Carole Spike-Robertson ~ Parent Governor ~ Vice Chair of Governors

  • Member of Finance and Resources Committee, Curriculum and Standards Committee Member, Pupil & Sports Premium Link. Year 3 & Year 4 Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: none declared.
  • Attendance – 100%.
  • Term – 01/04/21.


Mr Roger Mitchell ~ Headteacher Governor.

  • Strategy Group Member, Curriculum and Standards Committee Member, Finance Committee Member, STEM Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: none declared.
  • Also Co-Opted Governor of The Albany School, Romford.
  • Attendance – 100%.
  • Term – NA.


Mrs Marta Dobrowolska ~ Staff Governor.

  • Curriculum and Standards Committee Member, Culture Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: none declared.
  • Attendance – 100%.
  • Term – 14/05/2019.


Mrs Nargis Shoaib ~ Parent Governor.

  • Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, PSHE Link, EYFS Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: none declared.
  • Attendance – 89%.
  • Term – 27/11/18.


Mrs Carly Bucknall ~ Co-Opted Governor.

  • Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee, Strategy Group Member, Numeracy Link, More Able Pupils Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: Works on the RM Education Contract in her role at LBBD.
  • Attendance – 100%.
  • Term – 03/12/18.


Mrs Tamkeen Shaikh ~ Co-Opted Governor.

  • Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, Training Governor, English Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: none declared.
  • Attendance – 100%.
  • Term – 03/12/18.

Ms Jade Brindley ~ Co-Opted Governor.

  • Chair of Finance and Resources Committee, Strategy Group Member, Website Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: none declared.
  • Attendance – 100%.
  • Term – 01/12/20.

Mr David Gomez ~ Parent Governor.

  • Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, Year1 & Year 2 Link, Looked After Children Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: none declared.
  • Attendance – 100%.
  • Term – 01/12/20.

Mr Swanjit Gulshan ~ Parent Governor.

  • Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, Yr5 & Yr6 Link, Health & Safety Link.
  • Declaration of Governor Interests: none declared.
  • Attendance – 100%.
  • Term – 01/12/20.

Recent Past Members of the Governing Body whose term finished during academic year 2016-2017:

  • Mr Muhammed Salik ~ Parent Governor
  • Mr Derek Kennedy ~ Parent Governor    
  • Mrs Linda Luby ~ Co-Opted Governor  
  • Mr Chris Bush ~ Co-Opted Governor ~ Vice Chair of Governors.


Governing Body

Every school has a Governing Body whose members are drawn from various sections of the community. Parents, teaching and other staff of the school are also represented and elections are held for these posts.

All parents are notified about elections for parent representatives and any parent with a child in the school is eligible to be a representative on the Governing Body.

The Governors meet at least once a term. Full Governing Body Meeting dates for academic year 2017-2018 are:

  • Thursday 30th November 2017 at 4:30 pm
  • Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 4:30pm
  • Thursday 5th July 2018 at 4:30pm

Contacting the Governing Body

The Governors are keen to hear the views from parents and carers who have opinions to share.

Parents or carers with a specific issue or complaint should follow the school complaints procedure which asks parents to contact the class teacher in the first instance. If they are still not satisfied with the outcome they should make an appointment to speak to the relevant member of the leadership team and then the Headteacher. It is only if this does not result in a satisfactory conclusion that a complaint should be brought to the Governing Body. Should this need arise then the Chair of Governors can be contacted by letter marked for her attention and handed in to the school office on either site. All such correspondence should be marked “Private and Confidential” and will be forwarded unopened to the Chair of Governors. Alternatively, the Chair of Governors can be contacted directly by email at

If a parent or carer has a more general observation or would like to suggest an area for attention this is always welcomed. Several of the Governors are also parents at the school and are always happy to chat to people if they are around at school drop off or pick up. Have a look at the Governor profiles to see who to look out for. Alternatively, parents can use the form on the Contact Us page of the website. NB – Please clearly mark any correspondence “For the Attention of the Governing Body”.

School Council meeting on 29th November

School Council Meeting –  Wednesday 29th November 2017  1.30pm.     

Please explain that one of the children’s homework activities for the week will be to design a leaflet or poster advertising the Childline telephone number… to be displayed around school and on our website.

Our school councillors will decide which posters will be displayed around school.

Barking Library Reading Zone World Adventure Winners!

Safer Internet Day! Tuesday 7th February

#DITTO is a free 6-weekly magazine to keep up to date with the latest online safety risks to children, with a view to enjoying technology, safely.

#Ditto ESafety Magazine


Safer Internet Day is Tuesday 7th February. Along with activities taking place at school, you can also help to keep your children, family, friends and yourself safer online.

This Safer Internet Day Education Pack provides a range of resources to help you deliver sessions with parents and carers, whether you are a school, youth group, library, police service, or wider.

This pack includes:

  • Presentation and script
  • Letter to parents and carers
  • Poster
  • Conversation starters
  • Factsheet

Pupil Premium Funding Strategy

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals and those who are not by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per Free School Meals pupil, is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils in their care.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. Since September 2012, the Government has also required schools to publish online information about how they have used the Pupil Premium. This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the impact of the funding on the attainment and progress of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

Our Pupil Premium

In our Mission Statement we state that at Ripple Primary School we are proud to provide a safe, stimulating and inclusive learning environment where every member of our community is valued and respected. Our use of the Pupil Premium helps us to ensure that our broad, balanced, creative curriculum and enrichment activities provide opportunities for all to achieve and succeed.

The Pupil Premium Grant

Ripple Primary School received a total of £385,440 in 2016-2017 from the Government as 34.3% of our pupils currently receive Free School Meals. This is well above the National Average. This compares to £429,100 in 2015-2016.

Below is a summary of how the Pupil Premium has been allocated during the current academic year to ensure that this funding has helped targeted pupils achieve their best. This grant is spent in different ways across the school. The main focus is on raising attainment and increasing pupil’s progress in their learning. The school also provides an extensive range of targeted and universal family support services. In addition to this the school offers a range of extracurricular enrichment activities aimed at providing both inspirational and aspirational opportunities for our children.

This has been achieved through a range of strategies and support including:

  • the Every Child a Reader initiative which includes Reading Recovery in Yr1 and also Better Reading Partners across KS1 and KS2.
  • additional teaching and non-teaching staff appointments to provide targeted interventions in literacy and numeracy, e.g. Toe-by-Toe, Numicon, Reading Stars.
  • universal family support initiatives, e.g. FAST (Families And Schools Together) programme, Incredible Years course.
  • targeted family support through our Family Support Workers and Youth Workers
  • extracurricular enrichment activities, including sports and music, where the school has achieved national success and recognition, e.g. cricket and football teams playing in competitive finals at Lords and at Anfield (not bad for a school with no grass or pitches), the samba drummers performing at the Royal Albert Hall three times, representing the UK at the International Children’s Festival in Fethiye, Turkey and performing by invitation in the 2015 and 2016 Notting Hill Carnival parades.

The Impact of the Pupil Premium

Our most recent Ofsted inspection (May 2016) noted that:

 “Pupil premium funding has been used effectively to narrow gaps between the progress attainment of disadvantaged pupils and others. Where gaps exist, they are closing rapidly. This reflects the school’s commitment to equality of opportunity.”


“Governors ensure that the school meets all its statutory requirements. They monitor the impact of spending on key groups of pupils within the school and make sure that pupil premium funding is used effectively to close gaps in achievement.”

Between 2013 and 2015 the gap between our Pupil Premium children and the National Non Pupil Premium children has narrowed in all areas and has exceeded National Pupil Premium in most areas. The graphs on the following document illustrate this very clearly:

The school’s Pupil Premium Champion (Roger Mitchell) and Link Governor (Jade Brindley) monitor the impact of the school’s Pupil Premium spending on a termly basis. At these meetings, the school’s termly assessment data is used to monitor the in year progress for Pupil Premium children as compared to the full cohort.

The next full review of Pupil Premium will be undertaken by the school in November 2017.

Sports Funding Statement

What is the Sports Premium?

The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years – at Ripple Primary School that will mean around £11,500 in each of the three years. This money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of the funding

All schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but there is freedom to choose how we do it. At Ripple Primary School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.

Uses of the funding include:

  • Employing one qualified sports coach to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE to increase their professional knowledge, skills and confidence when teaching sport.
  • Greater exposure to a wide range of sporting activities whilst raising participation
  • Ensuring that every child in the school undertakes a minimum of two sessions of PE per week.
  • Ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity to take part in PE and Sport in a manner to suit their ability.
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/Sport.
  • Increasing the provision of places and clubs for pupils outside school hours.
  • Ensuring that all children are paid for by the school to have swimming lessons and to have intense sessions for all non-swimmers in the summer term.
  • Increasing the professional development opportunities in PE/sport for all our teachers which might include providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport.
  • Increasing access and participation in sport competitions and in the school games, particularly within Barking and Dagenham’s Cluster group of local schools.
  • Opportunities for inter school sporting competitions on House and Sports Days numbers.
  • Providing new or additional Sport clubs.

At Ripple Primary School the governors agree that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. We use our Sports Funding allocation to continue to place a very high priority on our PE provision.

The school employ a PE specialist coach who runs extra sessions, after school and holiday clubs and assists with special sporting events such as Health and Fitness Week and Sports Days.

Our Sport coach also works with small groups of children to support physical development and also to boost confidence and friendships.

Our staff work together to give the children a secure set of sporting skills. At the same time, we strive to inspire the children by inviting professional sportsmen and women to school. They share their passion for sport and inspire the pupils.

Ripple Primary strives for success and have been developing our sports teams who have done very well in inter-school and inter-borough sports competitions. Just have a look at our trophy cabinet. Extracurricular enrichment activities, subsidised by Sports Funding, have contributed to the school achieved local, regional and national success and recognition, e.g. cricket and football teams playing in competitive finals at Lords and at Anfield (not bad for a school with no grass or pitches).

We have supported sport, not just for pupils but also for parents in providing agility and fitness equipment in some play grounds to use in the morning. This not only improves fitness levels but ensures that parents are given the opportunity to participate and set an example for our pupils.

Ripple Primary School supports the strong school sport partnership infrastructure in Barking and Dagenham and we recognise this as key to the high participation levels in the school games competitions and festivals and CPD provision, as well as leadership and volunteering opportunities

The school is always looking for opportunities to develop sport and fitness and we have spent significantly more than the Government grant to ensure our children benefit from the best provision.

Impact of School Sports Funding

The Sports Funding Allocation has been used to develop healthy lifestyle choices and the physical wellbeing of all pupils. On-going teacher assessments, session observations and monitoring procedures are in place to gauge pupil progress and the impact that Sports Funding is having across our whole school. On the basis of this, in 2014-2015, the teaching of PE across the school was evaluated to be good. This included the excellent additional targeted group work that the Sports Coach undertook through the year with SEMH children and pupils at risk of being obese in adulthood. This judgement was also externally validated by Ofsted in May 2016. Through the further development of our middle leadership in PE, the appointment of a new Sports Coach, the procuring of a PE new scheme of work for the school and further CPD for all staff we aim to take the quality of teaching and learning in PE to outstanding during 2016-2017.

The most recent Ofsted report Ofsted Inspection (May 2016) notes that:

“Sports funding has also been used well to provide good-quality teaching in a range of sports. Pupils enjoy physical education and appreciate the wide range of sports on offer, such as athletics, volleyball and dance.”

The school’s Sports Funding Champion (Roger Mitchell) and Link Governor (Jade Brindley) monitor the impact of the school’s Sports Premium spending on a termly basis. At these meetings, the school’s termly assessment data is used to monitor the in year progress for Sports Premium children as compared to the full cohort.

The next full review of the Sports Funding will be undertaken by the school in November 2017.

Becoming a Parent Governor: Ripple Primary School

Becoming a Parent Governor: Ripple Primary School

Dear Parent / Carer,

Further to my letter of the 13th September, we have received 5 completed Governor Nomination forms for parents wishing to become a Parent Governor.

Linked below are their supporting statements for you to read and then select the person you wish to vote for.

Parents are asked to just vote for one person by printing out the document and then entering an X against the name of your selected candidate.

The closing date for voting is Friday 7th October 2016. Any voting forms after this date will not be counted.

Thank you,

T. Kinder

Chair of governors


Parent Governor Statements

Letter from the Chair of Governors


Reading Recovery children visit the ITV studios

We took four children to read to Adam Crozier CEO at the ITV studios in March. This was part of the Reading Recovery Read on Get On campaign. There is also a quote from Adam that could go with them.

He said:

“It was a real pleasure and great fun to welcome Alfie, Sajid, Wiam and Stacey from Ripple Primary School, and hear each of them read so brilliantly. The ‘Read Aloud’ campaign is a fantastic way of celebrating the achievements of these children, and the work of Reading Recovery.”

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Reading Winners!

This is Uswah Majid 1HP with the certificate she was awarded by the Institute of Education Reading Recovery Awards. Her work was Highly Commended by the judges.Uswah

Sally Gomez 6MD being awarded her certificate by Lena Smith from LBBD Library Service for the Pen to Print competition. There were over 400 entries and Sally reached the final 30.


Pupil Conferencing (Reading Focus) – Summary July 2015

Pupil Conferencing (Reading Focus) – Summary July 2015 

School staff and Link Governors for each year group spoke to pupils. They asked a series of questions to get an understanding of pupil attitudes to reading, how often they read, and where. The main findings from the discussions are outlined below.


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  • Children across all year groups seen displayed a positive attitude to reading.
  • Children across all year groups seen could express preferences in what they liked to read with many giving reasons for their choices.
  • Children spoke about their enjoyment when reading. They made comments such as: “I’m in the book”, “I get lost in a book”, “You escape when reading”.
  • Year 1 children said: “You read to make you clever” and “Reading make you happy and excited”.
  • One Y4 child said: “reading inspires me to write.”
  • Would like more dual language books in school. (Rec)
  • Model reading for pleasure for some children. (Y1)
  • Children have more strategies and opportunities for choosing their own books. (Y1)
  • One child said he was bored when reading – how can we motivate these children? (Y3) 
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  • Children across all classes talked about reading at home. The frequency varied, but further up the school a lot of children read every day. A lot of children talked about reading at bedtime.
  • A lot of children liked reading on Bug Club.
  • Children either read themselves or listened to reading in a variety of languages.

  • Reading books were changed more regularly. (Y1)
  • More teachers need to get more involved with their classes on Bug club. Would be a good idea if classes sometimes used it in school – ICT room? Then any password problems, more books needed… could be sorted out.
  • One Y6 class found Bug Club boring.
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  • Children all named various people in school who supported their reading. These included teachers, TAs, meals supervisors, volunteers, friends helping each other, during reading interventions.
  • Children across the school could talk about reading strategies they used if they were stuck.
  • Children talked about reading in class, in the book corner, the library, the playground, in golden time. A lot of children, mainly further up the school, said about reading in quiet areas.
  • Children across the school talked about posters, words on English walls, dictionaries, strategy cards, displays, recommendations for books, which were in their classrooms to help them.
  • Some children would like more books to read at playtime. (KS1)
  • One class said they did not use the book corner (3RB).
  • One child said he would like more non-fiction books in his classroom. (Y2)
  • Children in Y6 talked about the need for quiet areas in the school for reading.
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  • Reception children said they read every day in school.
  • Some children were eager to talk about what they are currently reading showing their pleasure and enjoyment in reading.
  • One Y3 class were keen to show a magazine they made in class.
  • One Year 3 class said they liked reading Shakespeare.
  • One Y4 child said a book “drags you into it” – gives you the opportunity to imagine.
  • One Y4 child said, “You need to read bills”.
  • Another Y4 child said, “Sometimes you can’t put the book down.”
  • A Y5 child said, “You escape when reading.”
  • In Y5 one child said in guided reading you read short books, although they are challenging.
  • Another Y5 child said “You must learn to read by reading what you love”.
  • A Y6 child said “If you don’t love reading, you haven’t got the right book”.
  • Another Y6 child said “Reading is everything”.
  • Year 6 said “Everyone should read.”
  • One class were reluctant to speak. (Y1) 

Ripple children love reading!

Check out some of the comments to a reading survey carried out in the school in June 2015:

“You read to make you clever.” (Y1)

“Reading makes you feel happy and excited.” (Y1)

“When I read, I am in the story.” (Y3)

“Sometimes you can’t put the book down.” (Y4)

“You must learn to read by reading what you love.” (Y5)

“If you don’t love reading, you haven’t go the right book…(Y6)

Policy – Recording and Monitoring Lates



Teachers prepare work to support the children’s learning which begins as soon as the children arrive in class. If a child is not in school on time then they are not ready to learn at 8:45am. Children who arrive even a few minutes’ late miss valuable lessons which have been planned carefully by the teacher to address the needs of his/her class. If a child was ten minutes late every morning for a week, they would have missed nearly an hour of learning time that week.


  • To promote and improve punctuality
  • To ensure all stakeholders are aware of their responsibilities in promoting punctuality.


Action Further Guidance Timescale
Gates are closed promptly at 9am. Any child arriving after 9am must enter the school via the Office. Children will be asked the reason for lateness and parent/carer will be asked to sign a form. Daily
Lateness will be monitored by the Attendance Officer. If a child has two late marks in one week a letter will be sent to parents informing them that the lateness will be monitored and asking for improvements to be made. Weekly
Lateness will be monitored by the Attendance Officer. If no improvement is made a further letter will be sent. If still no improvements Attendance Officer will write to parents advising that the lateness will be referred to the Borough’s Access and Attendance for action. 1 month
Access and Attendance will write a letter of warning to parents. If lateness persists a fine will be issued to both parents. 6 weeks


policy-recording-monitoring-lates (PDF)