A Message From The Headteacher…

A MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER…

I hope all our families are remaining safe and well during these difficult times.  I encourage you all to continue to follow the government guidance and we look forward to being able to welcome all our children back to school as soon as it is safe to do so.  The government have announced that schools will stay closed for most children until at least the 8th March.

In the meantime, I know that our staff have really enjoyed the weekly phone calls to parents and the children and this has been a great way to get a personalized message to each child and for parents to share their individual concerns.  I know that some families have received more than one phone call if they have needed it and we hope that this has helped.  Our FST (Family Support Team) is always on hand for any extra support that is needed.  Teachers will be continuing with their calls, however some pupils will be having these alternate weekly now instead of weekly.

We have been so impressed by the hard work and effort from the children during lockdown and the daily emails from children sharing work and activities has been wonderful.  Their teachers have enjoyed providing feedback to them and watching them make progress at home.  The government set a really high expectation on families this time to complete work at home and you have certainly risen to that challenge.  Well done!  We have been so pleased to have celebrated children’s exceptional work via our weekly celebrations email and post cards being sent home.  This will all continue after half term whilst school is closed.  We know how hard home learning is for parents and children alike.  Please keep up the amazing work that you have all been doing.  The juggling act of trying to home school, work at home and manage all the household chores is a real challenge.  The work towards supporting your children’s education is hugely appreciated by all of us. We have written to you to help support parents with some strategies to try to help engage children in remote learning and .  We hope these have worked for you.

The teachers are currently writing the annual school reports for the children.  At this point in the year we will not be sharing assessment data with you but more of a comment around strengths and an area for development for our core subjects and a general comment for each child.   An end of year data report will come out at the end of the school year.   You will be aware that the government have announced that no formal testing will take place this year and so we will be reporting our internal assessment and data for you.  Part of the report will mention the engagement with remote learning at home or at school (if children attended) as this has taken up a percentage of the school year and contributes to the children’s education.    We will inform you when the reports are being sent out and we will be offering you an opportunity to talk to your child’s teacher about them if you wish to.

I would like to personally thank all of those who have been in contact with myself or teachers with the lovely messages of support and positivity.    We have appreciated the time parents have taken to complete the remote learning questionnaire and we are currently working thorough the responses and looking at how to adapt our offer based on the results.

I would like to thank all my staff for their resilience and dedication to the children and their jobs at what is a very difficult time.  None of us as staff, children or parents signed up for schooling in this way.  We are trying to listen to your needs and help the children along in this difficult time.  We are all in this journey together and we can’t wait to have all the children back at school.

Please take care and stay safe.

Mrs Peden

Headteacher