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News and Updates

NEW SCHOOL REPORTS

The school governors have been looking at the end of year reports and deciding how they make them more focussed on the next steps children have to make in their learning. It was felt that previous reports just explained what the children had learnt rather than their next steps. They also wanted parents to know how much progress they had made during the year and where they are in relation to other children across the country. This will be shown with an attainment box for each subject.

As Mr Webster will be unable to make a comment on each child and it was unfair to ask Mrs Sarbutts to do so, the head teachers comment box is not included. Governors will reflect on whether this returns in future years.

Below are links to the new reports:

Foundation report

KS1 reports

KS2 reports

At the end of the year there will be a chance to review the new format and we will include a parent evaluation so parents are able to have their say about the changes.

 

MRS SARBUTTS

After half term, we are very excited that Mrs Sarbutts will be joining us and beginning her role as Head of School. She has already been in on a number of occasions and is looking forward to having half a term to get to know everyone at the school.

 

She will be leading an assembly for the children to introduce herself on the first day back and would like to invite parents to meet her on Wednesday 14th June at 9.15am or 7.00pm. This will be an opportunity to put a face to the name and ask any questions you may have. Mr Webster will also continue to give some time and support the school.

 

Together we are fully committed to the vision of creating an outstanding school for the children and families of Old Stratford.

 

BONNIE VISITING THE SCHOOL

As part of the continual drive to excite children about reading, we are trialling a dog visiting the children for them to read to. Mrs Wilsdon’s dog, Bonnie, has had to go through a number of weeks training before she has been allowed to carry out the role, but successfully passed and is now eager to listen to the children read.

This is part of a nationally recognised scheme, but if you want more information please look at the following website or pop in to discuss it with Mr Webster:

http://petsastherapy.org/what-we-do/read2dogs/

We understand some children may be nervous, but this is done on a one to one basis and only if the child is happy. Bonnie will be on the lead at all times and Mrs Wilsdon will be with the children.

We have decided to start with Reception class and hope, in time, everyone will have the opportunity to experience reading to Bonnie. We have already introduced Bonnie to the children at an assembly and everyone is very excited!

Finally we would like to thank Mrs Wilsdon for giving her time to make this a possibility for the children.

CROSS COUNTRY

Well done to the cross country team who have just competed in the EWS cross country championships. The school did really well and when we totalled all the scores we came first out of all the schools at the event.

There were some excellent individual performances also - Nikolas Reynolds and Mollie Knox came second in their respective races and Liberty Young came first.

Well done to everyone involved and thank you to those adults that supported at the event. We now are looking to take a smaller team to the Woodford Halse cross country event.

YOUNG VOICES CONCERT

It seems so long ago now but we would like to thank all the children who went to the Young Voices concert from Years 5 and 6. They represented the school superbly and I’m sure they will all agree that the whole experience was fantastic.

Children, though tired the next day, shared all the things they had enjoyed and wanted to go again! 

Thank you to all the staff who volunteered to go with the children on this trip.

INDOOR ATHLETICS SUCCESS

Congratulating to our indoor athletics team for representing the school so well over the last two events.

At the first event, which was run for local schools, the team came first and were then put through to the county finals. We found the county event more challenging but, as the organiser said, we came 8th out of the 95 schools in Northamptonshire who entered the event. It also gives us a challenge for next year!

 

Well done to everyone involved.

 

NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL STARTING

 

We are pleased to announce that, after a tough day of interviewing last term, we have successfully appointed a new Head of School. Her name is Mrs Sarbutts and she will be joining the school after the summer half term.

 

We were pleased that we had a strong field of over ten candidates apply and we were able to put six of them through to interview. After a number of tasks and a focussed interview, Mrs Sarbutts was the unanimous decision of everyone involved – even the student council!

 

There is now planning being put in place for a successful transition, to ensure that the work the school has started is continued, while allowing Mrs Sarbutts the chance to put her own stamp on the school in the future.

 

As part of this planning, Mr Webster will stay working with the school as the Partnership Head for two days a week and will then reduce this to one day a week after the summer half term to ensure there is support in the first few months. Governors will then decide if they want this role to continue, which is most likely, until the school has achieved its’ good status from OFSTED again and is on its way to an outstanding grading.

 

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to talk to Mr Webster

 

BUILDING WORK

As you will have noticed the front entrance is well on its way to completion and the builders have now moved into the old ICT suite and the library area. These are going to become a food technology area and arts and craft space for the children to use. There will also be a bigger library at the heart of the school.

 

This has meant that space is at a premium and areas of the school will be blocked off for the rest of this term. We have talked to the children about being safe in these areas

We also have a brand new perimeter fence being erected and our new bicycle shelter should be with us in the next few weeks. On Friday 13th January parents will not be allowed to access the playground from the Dickens Drive entrance. This is because a new gate is being put in which needs 48 hours to set.

 

We have been told that all the work will be completed by Easter and we are looking forward to using all the new areas that will then be available to the children at the school.

 

Thank you for your patience and particularly those parents who have children in Reception for the longer than expected move. This was due to the concrete under the carpet being soaked and therefore no new flooring could be laid until the concrete was fully dried.

 

However, we are now happy that we are all moved back in and the children were really excited about their new floor.

 

50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS 

What a wonderful day! Thank you to everyone who was involved in, or attended, our 50th Birthday celebrations. The day was a real success and the children really enjoyed putting on the assemblies for the parents. It was lovely to hear some of the memories of ex pupils and staff - a superb end to our half term.

 

We have already received phone calls from Horsham, Hove, Thame and Maidenhead to say that our balloons have landed in their garden!

 

CHANGES TO THE DAILY ROUTINE 

We have been looking at the timetable for the day and changed a number of things to try to give more and aid the smoother running of teaching time. We are going to trial this for a number of weeks to see the impact and reflect towards Christmas. Nothing has changed in regards to the start and finish times of the day.

 

 

8.55-9.00

9.00-9.15

 

9.15-10.15

Lesson 1

10.15-11.15

Lesson 2

11.15-11.30

 

11.30-12.30

Lesson 3

12.30-1.30

 

1.30-2.30

Lesson 4

2.30-3.30

Lesson 5

 

 

Monday

 

 

REGISTER

Assembly

 

 

Break

 

Lunch

 

 

 

As you can see children will get five, hour lessons during the day with English and maths being normally taught in the morning. However some of the lessons may be broken down to fit in things like spellings or mental maths practice. We are all going out to morning break together and more adults will be on the playground to support this. Fruit or vegetable snacks can be eaten outside. Remember those children in KS2 can bring in fruit or vegetables from home. The school council will discuss at their next meeting what else might constitute a healthy snack that we could allow at this time. Lunch has moved to 12.30-1.30. Lunch food should be ordered in exactly the same way. We are also trialling having no break in the afternoon.