11th October 2018 – Open Day for Prospective Parents

The William Amory Primary School & Nursery Open Day

On the 11th October 2018 we will be hosting an open day for prospective parents to come and view the school.

There will be two sessions available for you to attend:

  • The morning session runs from 9.00 – 10.30
  • The evening session runs from 18.30 – 19.30

We look forward to seeing you.

Newsletter 10th September 2018

FIRST NEWSLETTER OF 2018/2019

DATES FOR THE DIARY
9th November 2018 – WWI Day

 

10th September 2018
The Next Fortnight for School and Nursery
12th          Class Info Evening

17th          Academy Photographs

CADSSA starts promptly this year – as ever. Fixtures will be sent out to members of Football A and B as well as cross country and the other events this term.

Looking Forward
Welcome to all our new children, parents and staff.

 

Class Info Evening
Your class teachers will be available on Wednesday 12th September to talk to you about your child(ren)’s new class routines and structures. This is not the opportunity to talk about individual children though you may well want to book an appointment on that day. This is more about homework, trips, curriculum and so on.

KSI – 17.00 to 17.30

KSII  – 17.30 to 18.00

Year 6 will be arranged for a different day.

Communication
Term dates are coming out shortly. However, our school’s calendar is available on the school website (http://williamamory.co.uk/events/) with instructions on how to sync the school diary with yours (beware – you might get reminders at odd times of day. Alternatively, put this link in your favourites or bookmarks to access it quickly and directly.

On top of that we try to communicate via the following:

  • Weekly newsletter which is emailed and is available in the display boards in Reception Class entrance and the school’s main entrance,
  • Texts,
  • Facebook,
  • Notes or meetings directly with the teacher,
  • The KSI display board.

 

Photographs
Academy Photographers will be in from 08.30 on Monday 17th September 2018.

From 08.30 to around 09.00, parents are welcome to use this service to take whole family shots – parents, grandparents, siblings, whatever.

If you want a photo of your school child(ren) and older/younger siblings, this is the time to organise this. Just turn up and wait until the photographer is free.

From around 09.00 we will then take individual AND sibling photographs (including nursery) of all children in the school.

For anyone new, you will get a sample pack after a few weeks and request any copies you want via their order system.

 

Rocksteady for next year
There are a number of spaces available, especially for guitar, keyboard and vocals and children from any year group may take part. The best way to enrol is to visit www.rocksteadymusicschool.com and ‘enrol online’.

School improvements

  • Technology Suite

Please sit down as you read this – I don’t want anyone going weak at the knees from an attack of “unsurprise”… the work that was faithfully promised to be completed by this week has now been delayed! Our new deadline is October half term now that the roof is on (hence the big crane the other day).

  • Nursery Learning Area

You may recall we were looking to extend the EYFS playground to include a learning area in a plot where we were originally cultivating nettles. This is complete.

  • Nursery Physical Development

You may also recall that we were looking to replace the “pirate ship” in the EYFS playground and then look to develop the Physical Development area a little more depending on what was left in the budget. This is currently scheduled to happen on Thursday 13th September.

  • Staff Toilets

We have been offered a grant to develop the staff toilets. It appears that the grant can’t be used for pupil toilets or other work. To be fair, the staff toilets are in a very poor state as no headteacher has (or would) ever give priority to toilets over books etc. The work should be done in the October half term.

 

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 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.