Letter from Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                                                                                13th March 2017

Thank you for the feedback and support received since the publication of our Ofsted report. It is helpful to us to hear the support of the parent body in our collective mission to continue to make rapid improvements in our school.

Since my last letter we marked World Book Day at school, where we worked on ‘Drop Everything and Read’ as a whole school initiative. I really enjoyed seeing students in all lessons – PE and Dance included, dropping everything at 3 points in the day to focus on reading.

I wanted to update you on some changes to our staffing that are coming up. We welcome Mrs Merry to our school for one day per week after February half term. She is our new Director of English, and increases to 4 days per week in this role after Easter. She has worked in both Secondary and Primary phases, and will continue the excellent work in the English team. Your children may have told you the excellent news that three of our team are due to depart on maternity leave in the coming weeks. We will be wishing Mrs Church, Mrs Horne and Mrs Stoneham all the very best with their new additions to their families. All of their taught lessons will be covered by specialist teachers, and a familiar face will be returning after Easter to teach some English lessons in the form of Mr Harris, who has been appointed as a Lead Practitioner in English by Samuel Ward Academy Trust. We have also appointed Mrs Beaton to be our permanent SENCO.

In Mrs Stoneham’s absence Mr Gosden and Mr Stevenson will both be taking up the position of Deputy Headteacher to support me in the strategic running of the school. We are also expanding our leadership team to provide cover for Mrs Horne’s leadership duties and I have appointed Mr Dovaston, Mrs Nyberg, Mrs Vinall and Miss Cianciola to be Associate Leadership Team members. This gives us some excellent expertise to keep driving standards up.

Finally, Miss Weston has asked me to share with you that she is unwell and currently off school. She has been diagnosed with suspected Fibromyalgia, and is taking time to rest, and work with her medical team to enable her to make a phased return to school when she is well enough. She lives in our community, and welcomes your care and conversation if you bump in to her as she makes her recovery. We have science specialists teaching all science lessons in her absence.

We have Comic Relief Day coming up on Friday 24th March. This will be a non uniform day where children are encouraged to wear something red. Red noses and any other accessories are of course encouraged. Mrs Horne will be writing a more detailed letter to you this week to give more information about the day.

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe



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