I would like to wish everybody a very warm welcome to our new academic year. I trust you had a good summer and managed some "down time". Thank you for sending your children back well prepared, looking smart in their uniforms and neatly presented hair.
Last year we worked hard on updating our curriculum to ensure we offer the children the best possible learning experiences. We introduced four " Drivers" of the curriculum to help us shape the knowledge and skills into meaningful learning. These are : Initiative, Community, Opportunity and Growth. We will explain how these work in the parent information meetings. This year we will continue to improve our offer and are going to focus on PSHE, introducing a " Healthy Schools" initiative. We hope to engage everybody in learning about physical, mental and emotional well-being.
We will continue to develop our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. We have a strong values led ethos which helps us shape what we follow as citizens of our community and country. Information will have gone out with year one as they lead the Harvest Celebrations in September for the whole school. October is Black History Month, which is led by year five during assemblies.
The welfare of our families is of upmost importance. We continue to improve practice in Safeguarding and support. As a community we must look after each other. If anyone needs support then please speak to the teachers or directly to Mr Pearse, Mrs Allen or Mrs Clark who are our designated safeguarding leads, There is information and a secure email link in the Safeguarding section of this website.
You will be aware that education, like other public services, has faced massive cutbacks in funding over several years. We are not immune to this and are facing financial challenges. More than ever before we are having to look for additional funding through bids and other sources of income. We have also had to adapt our methods of procurement and are looking for cost effective means of service and maintenance. Something we will look into is a skills audit of parents and community who can help in reducing costs of school business operations. All ideas are welcome.
This year we are looking to launch a social media link to improve yet further our communication to our families. We will continue to use email and text service as well as Class Dojo and this website.
Please remember our "open door" policy and no problem is too small.
Richard Pearse and all staff