Friday 14th November promises to be a very exciting day! Remember to come dressed as a sporting hero (watch out for the cricketers in the office!). If you are able to donate a pound towards Children in Need that would be great.
In the afternoon we are working with Sean Rose in our sponsored event. This will be followed by an assembly at which Sean will be present and where we will have our normal Friday afternoon assembly at 2.30pm. All welcome!
WE’RE IN THE NEWS! Follow this link to the Ely Standard website!
Thank you all for the impressive amount of food donated to the school’s harvest assembly. Ely Foodbank (their Autumn newsletter) collected the tinned and dried goods, whilst the fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers were distributed amongst some of the residents of Hazel Court.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to school on Thursday 4th September!
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