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WASP Social Networking Letter

The working party planned for the coming weekend 22nd / 23rd August has been postponed.  We hope to reorganize this for a weekend in the first half of the autumn term.


9.30am Wednesday  22nd July

Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly All are welcome, but it will be of particular relevance to Year 6 parents!

2.30pm Wednesday 22nd July

End of Year Assembly – including birthdays over the summer break, Bronze, Silver, Gold and  Platinum awards, attendance certificates, final goodbyes to leavers.     All welcome!

Year 6 depart on Monday 8th June and will return on Friday 12th June. Mr Robertson and Mrs Lund will be leading this trip. We hope to be running a blog from Walnut Tree Manor. Please click here.

The staff and governors trust all our families had  a lovely half-term.  We look forward to an exciting final half-term of the year, full of both sunshine and learning!  School starts on Monday 1st June.

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.

Do you want to set parental internet controls?  Click here


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.

Well done to all those who took part in this event.  All 35 entrants from the school completed the course, with the school’s first group completing the run in less than 30 minutes.  Quite an achievement.

We have to date raised £700 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.  A superb effort all round!  If you still would like to donate, please follow the link below!  Thank you!



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.

Letter re headlice

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.

Yours sincerely,

Alice Travis                                                                  Andrew Robertson

Chair of Governors                                                      Headteacher


Please click here for the full report – Ofsted Final October 2013