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Headteacher’s Blog

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to my Headteacher’s Blog. This week we have some important messages to share so please read on…

Road Safety
It concerns me to say that we have had three near miss incidents on the roads outside our school in recent months. Thankfully, on these occasions the drivers were driving slowly and safely enough to be able to stop in time. I urge you to ensure your children are safe on the roads by keeping a close eye on them and reminding them of the green cross code (see link below).

The nature of the closely parked cars means there are few safe places to cross. This, however, does seem to be the main cause of our recent near-misses with children walking out from between parked cars. Please make sure you make use of our lollipop man, Tim, and avoid crossing in unsafe places.

This week we have sent our JRSOs (Junior Road Safety Officers) into action. One of the schemes we are keen to implement is the ‘Park and Stride’ to minimise the number of cars on the roads directly outside our school. A letter was sent earlier this week with the information you need.

http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/early-years-and-primary/parents/7-to-11s/the-green-cross-code/

Every Day Counts – a message about attendance
It has come to our attention that too many children are taking too much time away from school. Whilst we understand that some absences are unavoidable attendance for many children this has fallen below our minimum expected attendance of 96.5%. In fact, we have very high number of children with attendance below 95%, which is the equivalent of 10 days in a school year.

Attendance facts:

  • For every day of school missed by a pupil it will reduce their attendance by 0.5%;
  • Ten whole days of school has been missed if your child has 95% attendance;
  • Twenty whole days of school has been missed if a pupil’s attendance is 90% (4 weeks!);
  • If attendance falls to 85% a pupil will have missed 6 weeks or half a term of schooling;
  • Attendance has a direct impact on levels of achievement at the end of key stage 2, and;
  • Only half of children (52%) with attendance below 95% achieve 5 GCSEs A* to C, including mathematics and English, at the end of key stage 4) (source: The Link Between Absence and Attainment at KS2 and KS4 2013/14 academic year, Research Report March 2016)

Lateness
Did you know that being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two weeks of school over the year. Lateness is just as serious as non-attendance and could also lead to a Penalty Notice. The start of the school day is an important time for children to develop their social skills with their peers, as well as preparing them for their learning. Doors close at 8.45am and ‘late’ children miss out on the teaching of vital skills.

We will be promoting attendance and rewarding good attendance. Look out for our display to see which class has the best each week!

PTA Coffee morning
Next Thursday we are holding a PTA Coffee Morning. This will be to raise funds for exciting projects in the school. One of our aims is to raise an additional £10,000 to develop a new outdoor space for our children. There will be some example projects display at the coffee morning.

There will also be a special appearance from our choir and a short presentation from me on our school vision for 2018. There will also be attendance from some of our children to showcase their learning. If you are able to support the morning, either by helping to serve tea and coffee or if you are able to supply any cakes or biscuits then please let the office know.

If you are unable to make this session will share photos and handouts on the website. We intend for our next meeting to be an ‘Afternoon Tea’, followed by a ‘Cheese, Wine and Workshop’ evening. More info to follow on these soon.

Doors will open straight after drop-off so come along for a catch-up and to raise some funds for a good cause.

Wishing you a lovely weekend and, if I don’t see you before, I hope to see you at our coffee morning.

Best wishes,
Mr Woodford