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Principal’s Blog – 23rd January 2016

Principal’s Blog – 23rd January 2016

A first taste of winter – and the building on Monday – despite our state-of-the-art new boilers, really reminded us of what low temperatures felt like!  Tomorrow is due to be beautiful, and I am sure that for all of you standing at touchlines cheering on your children, that will be a relief.

We have had the privilege this week of visiting every class as part of our programme of formal observations.  It is a delight to share with the children their enthusiasm for learning and see the progress they are making.  In order to ensure our judgment is kept sharp we work alongside other Trust colleagues and external School Improvement Partners, one of whom, from KCC will be with us next week, another team in March.

We are well established with our parent and pupil questionnaires, the term 3 tranche has been sent out and returns are arriving back in school.  We read every one and Mrs Orchard produces a summary.  A recurring theme is about parents wanting to know more about what their child is studying.  We give out at ‘Meet the Teacher’ in September a yearly overview and we do our best to keep the website up to date.  ‘Tapestry’ in Foundation stage is a wonderful communication tool and perhaps suggests a standard which parents expect us to be able to maintain as children move through the school.  Unfortunately, this is not the case!

If you have not yet returned your survey we will be pleased to receive it next week.

I cannot believe it is only, for the children, two and a half weeks to half term!  We have training days on the 11th and 12th February – but hopefully you will be able to make the most of the extra two days and beat the Travel Agents to a less expensive holiday. Happy hunting!

Lorraine Hollingworth