E-Newsletter Issue 99
|E-Newsletter Issue 99: Friday 30th June 2017|
Staffing arrangements for the 2017-18 academic year are:
Year 5/6 Miss Steed
Year 3/4 Mrs Burnett/Mrs Thurley
Year 1/2 Miss Jenkinson
Reception/Nursery Miss Hillman
The job share in Year 3/4 will see Mrs Burnett teaching for the first part of the week (Monday and Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning) and Mrs Thurley teaching for the latter part of the week (Wednesday afternoon and then all day on Thursday and Friday).
All teaching staff are very excited about the forthcoming academic year and arrangements are in place to ensure a smooth transition for all children. Mrs Gookey will be working closely alongside Miss Steed for the first half term of the new academic year and teachers are already planning their exciting new Global Curriculum themes for their classes. Mrs Thurley and Mrs Burnett have planned time together over the coming weeks and Mrs French and I are in the process of finalising the support staff timetable.
Move Up afternoon
Next Tuesday is our 'Move Up' afternoon! The vast majority of our Year 6s are on their own transition sessions at secondary school and so the remaining pupils will all shuffle up to their new classes to spend some time with their 2017-18 teachers and classmates.
TES Schools Awards
Being in the company of some of the most innovative and successful schools from across the UK (plus Justine Greening and Julian Clary sharing a stage!) made us all feel very proud of Grendon CE Primary School’s involvement in the TES Schools Awards ceremony. It was a fantastic celebration of the very best in education and reminded us all of what a privileged position we hold in helping to shape the lives of the children in our school. It also reminded me of what a talented and cohesive group of staff and governors Grendon CE Primary School has at its disposal to continue achieving such great things. OK, we didn’t win. But it still felt like we did.
Due to popular demand, Popi Sterling will be school next Tuesday morning to take year group photos (the Year 6 group photo will be taken on Thursday morning as they are out on transition on Tuesday).
Photos will then be available to order in the same way as the recent individual photos.
If, for any reason, you would not like your child to appear on the year group photo, please let us know before Tuesday.
Moderation and Monitoring Visits
On Thursday, the Local Authority conducted its annual monitoring visit of our Early Years provision. The visit was extremely positive and couldn't praise the whole Early Years team enough. The range of exciting activities, the high expectations of the staff and the engaged and happy children were particular highlights as were the very high standards in both our Nursery year and current Reception cohort, where attainment and progress are fantastic. Well done to Miss Hillman, Mrs Pinnock-Attfield and Mrs Barratt!
The school was selected to receive a Key Stage 1 moderation visit this year. The purpose of moderation visits is to establish whether the teacher assessed levels are a true reflection of the child's achievements against nationally set criteria. The moderation process is extremely thorough and slightly exhausting but I am delighted to report that the extremely comprehensive evidence base of work accummulated by Miss Jenkinson over the course of year totally validated the school's teacher assessed levels. End of year data for Key Stage 1 is very pleasing, possibly even more so now that it has been put under the microscope and scrutinised by an external assessor. Well done to Miss Jenkinson for preparing so well for the visit and thanks to Mrs French and Mrs Gookey for lending their support and expertise to the process. A great result.
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