SEPTEMBER 2018 - WELCOME BACK!
This is always a very exciting time of year for all of us as we start afresh and expectations are always high. The children all look very smart and pleased to be back in school with their friends and new teachers.
I hope you have had a really good Summer break and have enjoyed the really hot weather that we were fortunate enough to experience. The past 6 weeks seem to have flown by. We remain committed to work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure pupils achieve the very best possible outcome. It is always a pleasure to watch our children learn new skills, overcome challenge and grow. We are privileged to have the opportunity to share in their successes.
Weather at this time of year can be a bit unpredictable - the recent heavy rain at 3pm meant many children were caught out without coats. Please send your child to school with a waterproof coat.
As usual I remind everyone of the importance of regular attendance and there is a clear correlation of regular attendance and pupil attainment. I urge parents, where possible to organise dentist, doctor and optician appointments after school and during the holidays rather than during the school day. We are unable to authorise holidays booked during school times. Please contact your child’s school if you would like to discuss an attendance issue.
Both schools will be circulating key dates for parents shortly.
Both schools were visited by Ofsted during the summer term. Highlees’ maintained the good judgement. This outcome reflects the efforts of the whole team since the last inspection. Plans are already in place to continue to drive the school forward as we can never ‘rest on our laurels’ so to speak.
Eyrescroft’s report was shared with parents on the last day of Summer term. The inspection team confirmed the school’s own self evaluation and the overall judgement indicates improvement since the inspection that took place prior to conversion to Academy status. The team are very positive and are keen to continue the drive for improvement across the school. Leaders and Governors are keen to maintain successful initiatives and plans are in place to facilitate further improvement in provision.
Developing provision for SEND pupils was identified as a priority in both schools. By working closely with the newly appointed Federation SENCo and Senior Leaders, a programme of actions to bring about improvements in provision are being formulated.
Both schools will continue to work closely with the Elliot Foundation to ensure the improvement plans in place are having the intended impact. Leaders, Governors and Staff continue to be ambitious for all the children across the Federation.
Your continued support is vital to secure improved outcomes for the children. We will endeavour to keep you updated on the progress of your children and the schools progress going forward. Across the federation, we pride ourselves on our care and commitment to both the children and parents. Please do not hesitate to talk to us if you have any concerns or other issues that you would like to discuss. Our teams are always ready to help and keen to establish good, positive relationships with you.