It has been wonderful to have the children back in school for a full week. I have been really impressed by how quickly everyone has settled into the school and it is great to see the place full of so many eager leaners. This week alone we have had Lower, Middle and Upper School launch their topics with Lower School introducing Kenya, Middle School the Ancient Egyptians and Upper School, Crime and Punishment. It was fantastic seeing the breadth of experiences offered to the children and we hope that these events have really ignited their passions for the topics.
The expansion work is progressing forward and, for those who have not had the chance to come into school yet, below are pictures showing this. In the coming month we hope to be in a position to open the new Park Hill Lane gate which will give improved access to Nursery parents.
This term we plan to launch a number of exciting new initiatives including Twitter (a parent workshop will be organised to introduce this) for each phase – this will enable excellent work done by the pupils to be showcased to parents instantaneously. We also plan to introduce ‘Language for Learning’ across the school – this is a specific strategy for helping children to articulate their learning and how they are finding it. We believe that this approach will help our children become more independent and self-aware in their learning. Another development is that we aim to make further links nationally with innovative schools – this is already underway and will see us gain further creative ideas from the best schools across the country.
A number of parents have asked me about the crossing patrol across the busy junction. In May I received notification that the Road Safety team were interviewing for a new person. Since then I have been chasing to see whether or not they have recruited someone and, this week, I was notified that they now have a new crossing patrol that will begin following training. This is something that I have no influence over but please rest assured that I do contact the Road Safety team to put our concerns across.
Can I please ask that parents dropping off and collecting pupils using cars are mindful of the parking restrictions in and around the school site and adjoining streets. Since the start of the academic year we have had a number of parents park across the entrance to school and on the yellow lines which, at times, obscure the view of our crossing patrol lady, Rosemary. I understand that it can be difficult to find a space to park (particularly with the ongoing expansions) but the safety of our children is our primary concern. We do have an agreement with The Unicorn Pub that parents can park there before and after school – please consider this as it is only a short walk from there to school. I have also been asked by Councillor Steven Thomas to draw your attention to new parking restrictions on Chiel Close and Dialhouse Lane – to see this in full detail please click here.
Finally, can I thank you for your ongoing support and remind you that if you have any issues, no matter how small, I am always available.