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

Newsletter 20th October 2017

The Next Fortnight

6th Nov   PTFA meeting 18.30

7th           Year 5 Assembly

8th           Parents Evening

12th         Blythe Bridge Remembrance March (Sunday)

INSET – 30th October – Children return to school Tuesday 31st October

Looking Forward

 Invoicing

I was really hoping to get Nursery and After School invoices out this week. I regret this ambition was somewhat derailed by events this week.  It is my intention to get invoices out at the beginning of the month within the next few cycles to allow parents time to see what’s due.

In the meantime – I hope that you will be invoiced by the 25th October.

 

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. We shall be sending out a booking letter which will provide more details.

 

Looking Back

 Ofsted

Given that we are at least 2 years overdue and have established a new nursery, we knew it was inevitable that we would be getting a call at some point this term. As soon as we are allowed we will inform you of their judgement. Until that point, thank you for your thoughts and wishes.

Thank you to all parents who responded to the inspectors. I was so proud of the children during the visit.

As this is a matter of public record, I thought I might just show you a screenshot of the first of many very positive graphs from the ParentView Portal. Many thanks to the parents who took the time to fill that in as well.

Harvest

Thank you to everyone for your very generous donations to Homelink yesterday.

 

 

 

As always, I will always do my best to speak to you about any concerns you may have on the day so please feel free to approach me, either on the playground or book an appointment if you prefer.

Mr B Wilken

Headteacher.

Newsletter 13th November 2017

The Next Fortnight

16th      Y5 CPR training at Library

18th      Nursery Governors meeting

Y3/4 Tag Rugby tournament

19th      Discos

20th      End of first half term

6th Nov PTFA meeting 18.30

INSET – 30th October – Children return to school Tuesday 31st October

 

Looking Forward

 

PTFA

On behalf of all the children, staff and governors, I’d like to thank Mrs Wagstaff and Mrs Herdman for the absolutely fantastic support they have given the school over the past years. We thank you for your time as Chair and Vice Chair as well as those years as members.

Thank you to Mrs Hayes, Mrs Falconer and Mrs Fox for stepping into the roles of Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary and to Mr Dicken for continuing as treasurer.

 

Governors

On a similar note, I’d like to thank the tireless services of Mrs Shufflebottom who has supported the school as governor for very many years. Your input and help has been very much appreciated and will be greatly missed.

 

Reminder – Discos

The PTFA discos will take place on the 19th October 2017. Key Stage I children party from 17.30 to 18.30 and Key Stage II children from 18.45 to 20.00.

Parents are more than welcome to stay for the event. Please drop off and pick up from the main school entrance. Snacks, drinks and glow sticks amongst others will be on sale.

 

 

Looking Back

Open Day

Thank you to all those children and parents who came back in the evening to support the school last week for our Open Day. You made the school look special.

 

Year 4 Off to Hogwarts!

5th October 2017

As part of their topic this term, Year 4 visited the fantastic Warner Studios to see where the Harry Potter films were set. Reports back say that it was a fantastic day and (almost) no one was turned into  horrible creature.

A fabulous day’s learning.

Newsletter 6th October 2017

6th October 2017

The Next Fortnight

7th           Richard Greenwood Photographer

9th           PTFA AGM

10th         CADSSA B football

11th         Open morning/evening

12th         CADSSA A football

16th         Y5 CPR training at Library

18th         Nursery Governors meeting

19th         Discos

20th         End of first half term

 

Looking Forward

Reminder – PTFA

PTFA have moved their AGM to Monday 9th October @ 18:30 in school.

 

Discos

The PTFA discos will take place on the 19th October 2017. Key Stage I children party from 17.30 to 18.30 and Key Stage II children from 18.45 to 20.00.

Parents are more than welcome to stay for the event. Please drop off and pick up from the main school entrance. Snacks, drinks and glow sticks amongst others will be on sale.

 

Harvest

We are asking for donations of non-perishable food items (ie tins and packets) to be sent to school on Thursday 19th October for us to give to Homelink.

On that day we shall have a regular assembly led by Mr Wilken but with the theme of giving thanks for our food. Should any parent wish to attend to also give thanks our doors will be open but please be aware that, in trying to balance the needs of the curriculum in one of the busiest terms of the year, the children are not putting on a performance.

 

Pound Coins

As of end of business today we shall no longer be able to accept the old pound coins.

 

Looking Back

Farm to Fork

Year 1 had a brilliant morning learning all about the production chain and about how our food gets to our plates. Such a lot of great questions and learning and a particularly big thanks to all of those at Tesco who organised the teaching and for showing us around.

 

Harry Potter

Our Year 4 pupils appeared to have had a simply magical time at Hogwarts this week. I’m looking forward to seeing how this stimulates their work

Newsletter 29th September 2017

The Next Fortnight

 

3rd Oct     Year 6 Transition at BBHS

T&L Governors

5th           Year 4 trip – London,  Year 1 trip – Meir

7th           Richard Greenwood Photographer

9th           PTFA AGM

10th         CADSSA B football

11th         Open morning/evening

12th         CADSSA A football

Looking Forward

Mrs Fox

I would like to welcome Mrs Fox to the team. She comes to the school to work in Year 3. We are very pleased to have you on board.

 

PTFA

PTFA have moved their AGM to Monday 9th October @ 18:30 in school.

 

Sickness

Sickness spreads rapidly in schools. So this is just a gentle reminder to all parents that we ask children to stay off for 48 hours from the last bout of sickness or Diarrhoea so that we can limit any cross infection as much as possible.

 

Reminder – Richard Greenwood Photographers –  PARENTS WELCOME

On Saturday 7th October (09.30-12.30) Richard Greenwood will be at The William Amory Nursery for any families who wish to have portraits done in time for Christmas. Saturdays have proved popular as whole families and extended families can come. There are many packages to choose from at very reasonable prices. Please speak to Tracey or Shirley (01782 394900 – Nursery) if you wish to book an appointment time.

 

Looking Back

Macmillan Coffee Morning for school and nursery families

Thank you to all parents who came to support this charity or gave cakes or money for this worthy cause.

 

Nutrition workshops

Reception to Year 4 had a great time learning about nutrition with Grace Scott from Compass Group.

 

Football

Well done to both our teams for reaching the semi-finals of the BBSSA football tournament this week. And some cracking scores from the CADSSA A team who played at home this week, 1-0 and 7-0. Great scores. Great skills. Let’s keep this up.