Newsletter 3rd November 2017

 

Ofsted

The school’s latest Ofsted Judgment continues to be GOOD. The full judgement can be found on our school website and online via Ofsted.

It can be found HERE.

 

However, I thought it worth sharing some of the following positives:

  • The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection…
  • Pupils benefit from a rich and engaging curriculum that pays careful attention to their academic and personal development…
  • Pupils are very proud of their school and are keen to tell visitors about their learning…
  • Some parents also submitted additional comments about the school. Typical comments included: ‘The school is a welcoming environment, it’s lovely to see that teachers know all of the children, and everyone seems very happy’, and, ‘The extra curriculum activities are invaluable and teach additional skills to the children’…
  • The school is calm and ordered because pupils’ behaviour and manners are exceptional….
  • Children enjoy their time in the [Nursery and Reception] and get off to an excellent start in their learning journey at William Amory…
  • This [teaching] approach is clearly having a positive impact on outcomes….
  • Pupils unanimously report that they feel safe and that there is someone to talk to if they have a concern or worry…
  • Parents report that staff are approachable and caring…
  • Staff have created a culture of safeguarding at the school…

 

And points to develop:

  • Progress is not as strong in writing across the school [as reading and maths]…
  • There is also variation in teachers’ expectations and pupils’ presentation…
  • There is scope for [safeguarding] record keeping to be more rigorous…

 

Next steps for the school,

Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that:

  • Systems used to record and track any safeguarding concerns have greater rigour;
  • A clear strategic plan is devised for the further development of the expanded early years provision;
  • The outdoor learning environment in early years matches the quality of activities and resources found in the internal environment;
  • Teachers have more opportunities to share effective practice and thereby establish consistently higher levels of expectation and challenge;
  • Teachers participate in a wider programme of moderation activities so that they develop even greater confidence in the judgements they make about pupils’ achievement.

 

Looking Forward

 Reminder Parents Evening

It is parents’ evening on the 8th November. Here’s a chance to find out how your child(ren) has settled into the class and to see if there’s any issues that need to be looked at.

The appointment is not long so if you feel that you need to have a longer appointment, please arrange that with the teacher.

It is interesting to note that most backlogs happen after 18.00.

Please make your way into the hall and your teacher(s) will call for you. Teas and coffees are available. You are free to look at your children’s work before or after the appointment.

 

Poppies and other items

On behalf of the British Legion we are collecting donations for their good causes. We have a suggested contribution for items below. We can’t give change but many parents and children do prefer to donate more than our suggestions. These items will be on sale until the 11th. Please be aware that we recommend children write their initials on the back of these items as there is no possibility we can work out who’s poppy is who’s if they fall off a jumper, bag, etc.

Poppies – 50p

Rulers, bracelets, clip on poppies  – £1.00