Principal’s Message

And that’s the end of another half term!

Today we say farewell to Miss Whiteley who is starting her maternity leave. We will still get to see her, and the new baby, over the next two terms as she drops of her older son off at KS2. I know you will all join me in wishing her well and I will update you all once the baby has arrived.

This week we successfully appointed a new caretaker for our Key Stage Two site. Tom Davie will begin his post in early March and I know you will all make him feel welcome when you meet him on the gate. Tom has held several caretaking roles in the past and will bring lots of experience to the role.

Next half term we will be performing at the Great Big Primary Dance Off at The Victoria Theatre for the third time. Our dance club have been working so hard on an amazing pirate-themed performance, which blew me away when I watched it this week.

Last week we had a visit from an OFSTED inspector to look at our provision for RE. The purpose of this visit was to inform their research into the teaching of RE across the country. Whilst we won’t be named in their research report and there was no official judgement given, I was so proud of our children and teachers and would like to share with you just a few of the comments that the inspector made:

This school is exceptional like it says in the first line of your OFSTED report.

There is a fluency amongst your children about how they are talking about religion. They clearly have a deep understanding about religion and why they learn about it.

You should be really proud of what you have achieved and I would happily send my own children here.

You have taken children and turned them into little diamonds.

Our CEO , Mrs Bennett, and Trust School Improvement Team also visited us this week to look at English and maths across the school and were yet again full of praise for our amazing children and staff.

This week we have marked LGBTQ+ Month with a special assembly at KS2 and some new additions to the story time libraries for KS1. It was fantastic to hear our children talking with such knowledge, compassion and understanding about how wonderful our diverse world is.

I attended a FOGS meeting on Wednesday and they are putting plans in place for our Mothers’ Day shop, World Book day pre-loved costumes and the summer fair . More information will follow in due course.

I would like to wish you all an enjoyable half term break and we will see you on Monday 20th February ready for the next half term which will end in a parents’ evening to update you on your child’s progress.

Happy holidays!

Mrs Crowther