Headteacher’s Blog June 18th 2021

We have really seen a change this week in the messages coming from other schools. The schools in our area are definitely being affected by the increase in Covid rates.

Previously we were starting to feel a little frustrated at our bubbles. Now that the rates are rising, particularly within educational settings, we are keen to remain in school.

We have had another busy week; the pupils are enjoying engaging with all their learning tasks and making the most of the outdoors. The Early Years pupils’ in particular have had a wonderful time. They have loved all of the Construction activities. Foundation Phase really enjoyed their ‘Sports Day’ which was celebrated with lots of smiles and stickers! I know the Junior pupils are really looking forward to having their sports day! Hopefully next year there won’t be the restrictions and we will be able to invite our families again.

We saw so many smiles in Forest School, looking at all the different trees. Painting them for the new display was great fun. This was based around their class book, ‘The Song of the Tree’ which was donated by Bishop Gregory from our Diocese.

We also finished our display about Religions around the World.

Our most important task was to finish the Father’s Day cards. We have to make Dad’s smile on Sunday!

The teaching staff are also having a busy time. We have the exciting task of appointing a new team member to cover Miss Roberts’ Maternity Leave. We have been really pleased with a very positive response to our advert with nearly 40 applications. We had lots of reading material last weekend!

With support from the Governing Body we shortlisted six candidates. Mrs John and I will be observing them teaching in school next week as part of the process. We have asked the candidates to take an LFT test before coming in to ensure we remain Covid safe.

We will also be asking the candidates to write a letter about themselves to the learners so that we can involve them in the process. We also have another written task to ensure that the process is rigorous.

The candidates who are successful in these tasks will then be invited to an interview with Governors on Monday 28th June. We will thenarrange for the successful applicant to spend some time in schoolgetting to know everyone.

We have also been working as a Federation to ensure that we are on track to meet the expectations of the New Curriculum. This is in preparation for September 2022.

We can already see that the Four Purposes which are at the heart of the New Curriculum very much in evidence within our Classes.

Pupils are enjoying activities and challenges that reinforce their learning as ‘Ambitious, capable learners’, ‘Healthy, confident individuals’, ‘Enterprising, creative contributors’ and ‘Ethically, informed citizens’. We have some super displays which showcase these.