The children deserve a good break this Easter – they have worked so hard this term and made some fabulous progress. I hope that the weather stays fine for us all so that we can get some fresh air, relax and recharge our batteries ready for another long and busy term in the summer. The summer term is always full of activity and is typically a time of lots of change. This year will be no different and I will keep you up to date through this blog. If you know anyone who does not look at the blog or, even better, subscribe to receive news to their email address, please let them know how to do it.
This is the peak time for staff movement in the school system and, as we are a big and growing team here at Whitkirk, we can expect lots of changes over the coming months. So far I have the following changes to announce for you:
Mrs Barton is leaving Whitkirk today to take up a post in a school nearer to her home. We will say goodbye in the traditional way here in school and I know that Mrs Barton has received many good wishes and thank you’s from the children and parents in her class. Mrs Nicola Baum is taking over straight after Easter, with Mrs Carter teaching the class on Fridays.
Mrs Smith, one of our Learning Mentor team, is leaving today to take up a promotion in another team in Leeds. I am sure you will join me in thanking her for her work with so many of our children and families and to wish her well in her new job.
Mrs Lindley, is leaving today to take up a job with a company in Leeds. Mrs Lindley has worked with us for over six years in classes across our school and we wish her every success in her new role.
Over in maternity corner – Mrs Styles and Miss Diggin begin their maternity leave today and we are really looking forward to meeting their new arrivals soon. I will keep you posted!
Talking of new arrivals…we have been really busy with our recruitment of new staff and we have already appointed some new teachers for September. I will give you details of our new staff early on in the summer term.
We are still expecting a visit from Ofsted as it is now over three years since we were last inspected. I am surprised that they haven’t been yet. I wrote in a previous blog that our end of key stage 2 data for the past two years was not very good and that usually triggers an inspection. When there is a dip in performance, like the one we have experienced since the last inspection, Ofsted will send a team to find out if there are any problems or reasons for the apparent decline. As I said in my previous message, the chances of us retaining our ‘Good’ judgement this time are very slim, given our recent data. We are really looking forward to showing Ofsted what we have done to improve the results over the past two years and share the progress data that we have recently collected. Things are looking really good and we would like to be able to celebrate our success on the back of a positive Ofsted report. We would also like to share this work with our parents/ carers, so…
MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM – Focus: School Self-Evaluation
The meeting we have planned for Monday 27th April at 2.15 p.m. is a great opportunity for us to share our self-evaluation with you. Every school is required to assess their own performance and we share this with Ofsted inspectors when they visit. We would like to share our current evaluation with you at this meeting so that you know what to expect from our next inspection. Please try to get along and spread the word amongst your friends. We can always promise a cup of tea and a biscuit, so it’s worth coming just for that! Look out for a note after the Easter break.
Our Silver Friends group is brilliant. They come into school every week, come rain or shine, and work with our Year 4 children on aspects of the PSHCE curriculum. Actually, what they really do is cause mischief and make the children laugh, which is why we love their visits! The other week, they all turned up wearing masks, as this picture shows. They really are unbeatable.
Mrs FitzGerald and the children hosted another very successful morning this week. Once again, the feedback was terrific and the photograph shows children and their parents enjoying sharing news about their progress.
We have recently extended the access to this online reading resource to our Reception children and it was really nice to see some positive feedback on our Facebook page this week. Reading Eggs is a very engaging resource for our children to use and anything that makes them enthusiastic about learning is brilliant. If I was better at using Facebook, I would have replied to the lovely feedback, so thank you – you know who you are!
Cubs 1 95.8% Cubs 2 93.6%
Tigers 94.2% Cheetahs 99.2%
Snow Leopards 97.3% Lynx 91.3%
Dolphins 98.7% Penguins 96%
Polar Bears 93.8% Sharks 97.8%
Panthers 93.8% Golden Eagles 91.8%
That gives us a school attendance of 95.4% this week, some way below our target for this year. Well done to Cheetahs for their brilliant 99.2% this week!
CAFE CLARK IS CLOSED FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAY!
Have a really good break and we will see you again on Monday 20th April at the usual time.
Steve Clark, Headteacher
Thursday 2nd – PTA Easter Disco
Thursday 2nd – School Closes for Easter Holiday
Monday 20th – School Opens for Summer Term
Wednesday 22nd – PTA EGM at school 6.30 p.m.
Thursday 23rd – Y6 parents meeting SATs and Residential
Monday 27th – ‘Meet the Leadership Team’ at 2.15 p.m. * Please note time change
Monday 11th – Assessment week, including Y6 SATs tests
Monday 18th – Y6 Residential all week. Kingswood, Doncaster
Friday 22nd – School Closes for Half Term
Monday 1st – School Opens after Half Term
Monday 6th – Training Day. School closed for children