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.
Being Head of School at Marhamchurch CofE VC Primary School continues to be my pleasure and privilege after successfully joining Celtic Cross Education on Monday 1st January 2018.
Most importantly, I would like to thank you for making me feel so welcome 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, we have well and truly begun a journey of improvement, which has and will continue to focused on:
·Developing the governance and leadership of the school;
·Strengthening assessments so that they more accurately identify the children’s next steps in learning and provide the children with more useful feedback. (In doing so, this has enabled us to plan more effectively, improve class interventions and endeavour to maximise the rate of children’s progress);
·Developing more consistent and effective routines and procedures across the school;
·Raising Teacher expectations and accountability to improve the quality of teaching and learning. (Resulting in, us having higher aspirations of all our children by improving the quality of work in books and on displays);
·Setting up SEND provision maps to effectively cater for the needs of children with special educational needs;
·Ensuring that the curriculum is rich and broad so that it provides real and purposeful learning opportunities that inspire and motivate the pupils;
·Developing the outdoors learning environment in class 1;
·Building children’s learning power and a growth mindset so that they see making mistakes as learning opportunities through pupil learning reflections and exploration of strategies to get unstuck independently;
·Ensuring that Teacher’s planning provides challenge for all our children;
·And continuing to review staffing so that it is effective.
Having recently reviewed staffing for 2018-19, we would like to inform you of the following changes:
·Firstly, Miss J. Shields needs to be congratulated for successfully being appointed as our new and fully qualified SENDCo;
·For Autumn term, Mrs A Wareham (class 1 learning support assistant) will be covered by Mrs C. Rice;
·And finally, we would like to welcome our two new lunchtime supervisors, Mr G. Lawrence and Mrs C. Rice to our team.
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.