|E-Newsletter Issue 100: Friday 7th July 2017|
I am delighted to report that, once again, the school has performed extremely well in national assessments in all parts of the school.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The single most important performance measure of a school's EYFS provision is the proportion of children who achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD).
For children to achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD), they must meet all of the Early Learning Goals in the Prime Areas of Learning (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language and Physical Development) and in the Specific Areas of Learning (Mathematics and Literacy).
In 2017, more children than ever before are leaving EYFS having achieved a Good Level of Development. You can see from the bar chart that Grendon CE Primary's data for its current Reception cohort is significantly above local and national averages.
The Local Authority conducted a monitoring visit of the school's EYFS provision last week and they were very impressed with both the Nursery and Reception cohort. It was noted that Nursery children are displaying a strong 'readiness' for learning and the performance of the current Reception children speaks for itself.
Miss Hillman, Mrs Pinnock-Attfield and Mrs Barratt have worked incredibly hard to ensure that the new structure of the school's EYFS has enhanced the school's overall provision.
End of Key Stage 1
Building on a strong EYFS foundation, standards in Key Stage 1 are similarly excellent.
More pupils than ever before will leave Key Stage 1 in 2017 having achieved the higher level of learning (currently known as Greater Depth). Matched against national data, school results are outstanding and mean that, overall, children are very well prepared for their next phase of education.
It is also important to remember that, this year, the school participated in a very comprehensive Local Authority moderation process which completely validated the endless, exhausting reams of evidence that were collected to support teacher assessments.
The school will never be a slave to external assessments where these impact negatively on the children's overall experience of our school and I am particularly pleased that Miss Jenkinson and her team have somehow managed to jump through the necessary but slightly tedious hoops around data collection whilst also exposing the pupils to a highly creative and enjoyable curriculum.
End of Key Stage 2
As with EYFS, whilst there are several pieces of data which contribute to the overall picture of attainment, there is one particular measure which is very significant in determining the effectiveness of the provision in Key Stage 2 and that is the proportion of pupils who meet the National Standard in all 3 of reading, writing and maths.
The school's results in 2016 were very pleasing and, this year, they are even better! I have no doubt that all of our Year 6 leavers are fully prepared for the challenges of secondary school.
Please join us next Friday afternoon at 1.30pm for our Sports' Afternoon.
We are sticking with the traditional, competitive approach and so come along and cheer the children as they whizz down the track with skipping ropes, sacks and eggs and spoons!
Sports' Afternoon normally finishes around 3pm so please feel free to pick up your child from their classroom at this time.
Open Afternoon will begin at 1.30pm on Wednesday 19th July.
We are just sorting out the final arrangements for the afternoon but there will be the opportunity to watch some dancing, visit your child in their classroom and see work from their current Global Curriculum themes and sample some Far Eastern cuisine.
We look forward to seeing you there!
|Grendon Church Of England Primary School
Tel: 01933 663208