2017-18 WELCOME BACK
I would like to welcome you back or welcome you to the school for the first time. It has been great seeing all the children again after the school holiday, looking so smart with many new uniforms and shiny black shoes. We hope that you had an enjoyable Summer break and feel ready for the school year ahead.
It is my pleasure and privilege to be the recently appointed Acting Headteacher of Marhamchurch CofE VC Primary School; It is planned that I will continue in this role for two years as the school plans to convert to an Academy this academic year and join the Saints Way MAT, who employ me and support me in leading and managing the school.
Most importantly, I would like to thank you for making me feel so welcome last half term with your continued support as well as thank the children and staff for their hard work. I would especially like to congratulate those who achieved 100% attendance last academic year - an impressive achievement! Our children are well-behaved and are, quite simply, a pleasure to teach!
Since I began, there have been a number of positive changes. Most importantly, children’s reading, writing and maths assessments or attainment have been moderated both externally by County and internally to ensure that they are accurate. We now have a solid understanding of the true picture and so have a strong foundation to begin to build upon with you and the school staff working in partnership. The knowledge of exactly what the children can and cannot do independently will allow us to accurately plan the next steps and plug any gaps, resulting in the rate of progress increasing. In the new academic year ahead, we will be focusing on maintaining the accuracy of these assessments as well as provide the children with more useful marking feedback and improved class interventions when needed to accelerate progress.
In addition, with improved record keeping, parent surveys, pupil surveys and tighter attendance monitoring, we have further developed safeguarding at school. As well as this, our safeguarding section on the school website has been updated and improved. This academic year, we will be working hard to maintain these safeguarding improvements as well as develop them further by providing Governor, Acting Headteacher and staff training and improve other areas of the school website too.
We have continued to develop procedures, routines, and teaching & learning as well as reviewing the staffing. In class 2, we welcome Sophie Aldis (an experienced Yr 1/Yr 2 Teacher) to the team, who will be available to teach the class until Miss Davey is fully fit and ready to return to full time work. In class 3, Aimee Woodall (an experienced infant and junior Teacher) will be joining the team; she will be available to teach the class until Mrs. Whelan is fully fit and ready to return to full time work.
Additionally, we will be working hard to further develop the following school priorities:
Once again, thank you for your continued support. We hope that you feel well informed. However, should you have any concerns that are not already being dealt with, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with our secretary to talk to the most appropriate member of staff.
Mr. D. Hoare.
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