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 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.

Open Day for School

The William Amory are very proud to welcome all parents with a child due to start school within the next year to come to our Open Day on the 11th October 2017.

We have two opportunities to visit – in the morning (tour starts around 09:15) and in the evening (tour starts around 18:30).

Please call us on 01782 394900 (office) to book a place. If you prefer to turn up at those times you will be made most welcome.

Should you be unable to make those times, please call us to book an appointment. The same applies if you wish to look at our nursery which takes children from three years of age.

 

We hope that the information we will give you during the tour will go some way to making the choices open to you clearer.
We aim to give you a taste of:

  • How Reception is organised in schools and this school;
  • The value of working together to raise your child;
  • Our school, nursery and after school club– our ambitions and aim, our ethos;

Please feel free to ask any question that you wish during the tour. Staff and I will be available for this.

We look forward to seeing you.

Mr B Wilken
Headteacher

Newsletter 22nd September 2017

The Next Fortnight

27th         Nutrition Workshops for Years 1 to 4

29th         Macmillan Coffee Morning

3rd Oct     Year 6 Transition at BBHS

T&L Governors

4th           PTFA AGM

5th           Year 4 trip – London

Year 1 trip – Meir

7th           Richard Greenwood Photographer

 

Looking Forward

 Mrs Deakin

It is with sadness that I announce that next week will be Mrs Deakin’s last week in school. During her tenure here there has not been an area of school where she has not worked, including the Nursery. I know she has touched the lives of a lot of children and thank her for that on the school’s behalf as well as the children’s past and present.

We very much wish Mrs Deakin a very fond farewell and wish her every success in her future endeavours.

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning for school and nursery families

On the 29th our doors will be open from 09.00 for parents, family members and friends to join us in raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

So please come and support our part in the cause. In the past we have had tremendous support in making the cakes as well. Remember, the more cakes we have, the more money we raise.

Please help us raise money by coming or by making some cakes for us to sell on the day.

 

PTFA

The PTFA do a fantastic job raising money to assist the school in so many ways. Much of the equipment we have in school is a result of their efforts and we value every penny they raise.

The PTFA have their AGM on the 4th October at 18:30. Please feel free to attend. Our group is so friendly and welcoming. It’s a good way to meet people, either at the meetings or in the events that they organise.

So whilst the AGM is a bit “formal” please do come along if you are interested in helping out, even just a little.

 

Nursery and After School Club

Thank you all for your custom, it is wonderful to see all the happy children in there when I visit. Thanks also to parents who have already filled in the details on ParentAdmin. We have moved over to quite a few new electronic systems in the last few years and I know that sometimes there are glitches and problems. But I also know that when they are up and running they are fantastic.

So please, if you have not entered your information yet, please could you do so as soon as possible.

If you have an issue or if you have not received an email, please could you let us know.

 

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.

 

Nutrition Assembly – PARENTS WELCOME

Parents are invited to attend our assembly (27th September 2017) at 09.10 when we have Grace Scott from Compass talking to the children about nutrition and keeping healthy.

Some classes will have lessons afterwards but, upon speaking to Ms Scott, I was told that it could be of interest to parents as well.

So please come along if you want.

 

Looking Back

Sgt Egerton

A fantastic well done to the Blythe Bridge community for commemorating 100 years since Sgt Egerton received his VC. It was a wonderful experience for our head boy and girl to meet the family.

 

Football

Well done to our B team for their stirling efforts this week. We’re currently top of the league so let’s hope we can stay there for the remainder of the season!

Newsletter 15th September 2017

15th September 2017

The Next Fortnight

18th         Academy Photos

19th         CADSSA (Cheadle and District School Sports               Association) B league

20th         William Amory Remembers – Sgt Egerton VC

21st         CADSSA A league

 

 

Looking Forward

Reminder  – Academy Photographers for school and nursery

Photographers will be in on Monday 18th September for photographs. Each visit has a different format. This term’s is Families, siblings and individuals.

What this means is that if you want to have a family photograph taken by them come in through the main entrance between 08.30 and 09.00 (no later) with your children and they will take photos.

After that we will organise for individual and sibling photographs to take place during the day. Sample packs come out a few weeks later for you to purchase if you wish.

 

Reminder – Macmillan Coffee Morning for school and nursery families

The school raises money for this charity on the 29th. Cakes are gratefully received and the session will start as soon as the children go in. More information will follow.

 

Sgt Egerton

We have been invited to represent the children of Blythe to remember the centenary of Sgt Ernest Egerton being awarded the VC.

Sgt Egerton was born locally (his blue plaque is on his house on Uttoxeter Road) and was one of many young men who went to fight in World War I.

 

Looking Back

Parent Information Evening

Thanks to all parents who visited class to meet the teacher and find out about this term and year. I hope you found it useful and gave you the chance to assure yourselves of the routines of the class.

 

Times and Echo

Our new Reception children were photographed this week by the Times and Echo so look out for their photo in the upcoming edition.

 

Some Reminders

Parking

Can I remind everyone that parking is very difficult around all primary schools and we are no exception. Please park considerately and bear in mind that you are subject to all the rules of the highway code and you are likely to be reminded of this by other road users!

 

Dogs

Very many children and adults are frightened of dogs and no amount of telling them a dog is safe will change their minds. Dogs are big with sharp teeth and they can and do hurt children. Even tiny dogs are hundreds of times bigger than spiders but that doesn’t stop people running away from a spider no bigger than a 5p piece!

For this reason we don’t allow dogs on our playgrounds. Please can you secure your dog well away from the school gates when you come to pick up or drop off.

 

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.