Rob got talking to Jo Chandler, Chair of Governors at St. Saviour’s, a primary school in Lewisham, and their conversation turned to schooling. Jo mentioned how she had recently set up a Governor’s fundraising committee with the remit to raise much-needed funds to redevelop under-utilised spaces within the school; areas that would make a real difference to the children’s learning and school life but due to underfunding are not a possibility within their current budget.
Rob listened with interest to hear how the school had met the education challenge head on and was currently one of the top-performing primary schools in Lewisham. At their last Ofsted inspection, the recommendations for next steps were focused on developing the Year 6 reading and monitoring the reading of all children throughout the school.
Jo explained how hard this was, as the school currently has no real library facility and limited space to spend time in small focus groups. When Rob asked to visit the school, Jo was a little taken aback but was delighted to arrange to show him around the premises. During his visit, Rob was incredibly impressed with how every child he interacted with was polite, happy, confident, and genuinely looked like they were having fun.