Do you know what your child is doing online?
Does your child know more than you do?
Don’t stick your head in the sand – talk to your child!
Ask them to show you what they do online; explore the apps and the sites they use together.
For more advice, see the NSPCC website.
If you have not already signed up to parent mail, could we please ask that you
provide the School office with your e-mail contact so that we can sign you up
as soon as possible.
We are now fully into the swing of 2015 at Stretham and the children are loving their learning. Curriculum letters have been sent home this week and we look forward to the school clubs starting on Monday 19th January.
Following our Ofsted inspection in the Autumn term, we received our follow up monitoring visit from HMI, Ian Middleton. We were very pleased that he identified many strengths of the school and he was impressed by the speed of change and improvement in the school.
His letter to us can be read here monitoring visit feb 14.
We seem to have an outbreak of headlice!
Please check your child’s hair and treat if necessary. It is very infuriating for those parents who regularly do this, only to find their child’s hair reinfected days later. If we all make a concerted effort to check and treat we can reduce the problem!
The letter below has been sent out to all families and contains advice on how to treat headlice should you find them.
Friday 25th October 2013
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have just received our report from our Ofsted Inspection on the 10th and 11th October. The whole report can be viewed on the school website, or a paper copy can be requested from the school office. As you will see, we have been judged to require improvement to be good.
There are four areas within the inspection framework. We were graded as good in ‘Behaviour and Safety’. We were judged as requiring improvement to be good in ‘Achievement’, ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Leadership and Management’.
The Ofsted inspector recognised many strengths in our school and she particularly noted
- Pupils are happy at school and say that it is a warm and welcoming place.
- There has been good improvement in teaching since the previous inspection and pupils’ books as well as lessons observed show that teaching is now frequently good.
- Pupils’ positive attitudes to learning make a good contribution to their progress.
- Throughout the school teachers do their best to make lessons interesting for pupils and they instil in them an enjoyment of learning.
- Pupils show a real thirst for knowledge.
- The school has produced a very clear plan of action about how to raise pupils’ achievement.
Despite all these positive aspects, of which we are rightly proud, the key judgement – that of the Achievement of the pupils – is based on the published results of the pupils, especially on Key Stage 2 SATS tests. Our results have fluctuated over the past couple of years, ranging from in line with national figures (2013) to well above national figures (2012). To be judged a good school, our inspector was clear that the figures needed to be consistently above national averages. Because of this judgement for achievement, the judgements for both ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Leadership and Management’ were also deemed to require improvement to be good.
We were pleased that the Ofsted inspector recognised that the school had correctly identified its areas for development and was focusing on the right priorities to raise achievement and further improve teaching. Whilst she was with us she shared that if it were not for the historical data, she would have said that the school was currently good.
We are confident that we are building on the strengths outlined in the report and look forward to our next inspection where we will be able to show that we are a good school with good historical data.
Alice Travis Andrew Robertson
Chair of Governors Headteacher
Please click here for the full report – Ofsted Final October 2013