Headteacher’s Letter May 2017

Term 5 Update

As always, all the children continue to be such a credit to Shorne Church of England Primary School in whatever they do. This term has flown by but the children have achieved many things, both in their learning and in extra-curricular activities.  This has included a very successful Sports Week, sporting competitions, and various trips alongside a residential trip to Swattenden. Year 2 and 6 completed their SATS tests and they should be proud of how hard they worked for these assessments.

Throughout this summer term we have witnessed our children grow and continue steadily on their learning journey. The revised Cornerstones Curriculum has provided the children with new learning experiences that are both challenging and stimulating. With the continued hard work and commitment of the staff, alongside your valuable support in learning at home, our children will be able to reach the high standards expected of them.  I know that the teachers are busy planning for their new topics for term 6.

Monitoring is regularly taking place to improve the quality of teaching and learning at Shorne School.  We will continue to focus on improving the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good or better in all year groups.  The Governors have been key in helping the school to move forward strategically alongside our School Improvement Adviser, Mrs Tunnicliffe. Together with staff, we will continue to embed our school values and move forward to achieve the vision for Shorne School.

One of our key values at Shorne School is respect and I ask that this behaviour is modelled by parents at all times when on school premises. We have had some incidents reported to school when behaviour has been inappropriate towards parents and staff.

We expect parents and carers to show respect and concern for others by:-

  • Supporting the respectful ethos of our school by setting a good example in behaviour towards all members of the school community
  • Working together with teachers for the benefit of children. This includes approaching the school to resolve any issues of concern and to discuss and clarify specific events in order tobring about a positive solution
  • Reinforcing the school’s policy on behaviour(this can be found on the school website)
  • Respecting the learning environment appropriately(both in school and off site)
  • Parking with consideration and respect for others when delivering and collecting children from school

Please can I also remind parents that children must have PE kits in school with appropriate footwear on the days of their PE lessons. Trainers are not permitted to be worn unless for PE lessons and hair clips should be an appropriate size suitable for school. Please keep them in line with the school colours. It is very difficult to specify a size for clips or bows so please use your discretion when sending your children in with hair accessories.

Next term is another busy term with residential trips, visits and preparation for the Year 6 school play. Dates regarding church services and other key dates are in the newsletter. We are trying to continue our links with the Church and the community and it would be lovely to see as many of you at the Patronal Service on Sunday 2nd July at 10.00 am.  This is at St Peter and St Paul’s church and is followed by refreshments at the village hall. Classes are also taking part in the family service once a month on a Sunday.  Dates for classes will be shared with you and it would be wonderful if you could attend the service.

As stated in the newsletter, the school day will finish at 3.20pm from September 2017. This will lead to an extra hour and fifteen minutes of curriculum time per week.

Thank you to you all for your continued support – parents, governors and FOSS. Everyone is working together to improve the standards, experience and education of all the pupils at Shorne Church of England Primary School.

We look forward to all that the summer term has in store!