Infant 27/2/15

28 February 2015

Dear parents

I hope by now that you have all received the Ofsted inspection report either by electronic means or by a paper copy. It is now uploaded to the website and will be published by Ofsted early next week. I hope that you have enjoyed reading it – we certainly did! Although we missed ‘outstanding’ overall by a ‘whisker’, we are well satisfied with the outcome and believe that we are now on a trajectory which should result in ‘outstanding’ in all areas by the next inspection.

It was gratifying to be inspected by an efficient, competent team who were genuinely interested in the school and wanted to engage in reflective discussion with children, governors, parents and staff. As a result of this they grasped what the school was all about and recognised its strengths.

The section about how to become outstanding highlights two areas. The first was that a small proportion of teaching observed was not judged to be outstanding, but was judged to be good. In the second point all children were judged to be making progress but a small proportion of that was judged not to be rapid. This was thought to be due to children not always having enough time to follow up on feedback and marking. We will work really hard on these two areas.

I was so pleased that the inspectors used such positive language and included so many aspects of the school. It was the best report, in terms of description of the school, that we have ever received. From values to respect and from sport to ‘first name’ policy – all these and many more were commended.
I am genuinely humbled to be working with such a fine group of people who have made this great result a reality. Everyone from the children to the governors have played a great part. I would particularly like to acknowledge the staff and the senior governors who from the day after the last inspection worked tirelessly to achieve this result. I would also like to thank colleagues at South Farnham School and Howard of Effingham who we asked to work alongside us on the journey. The local Diocese and Surrey County Council also gave support and encouragement and at no point lost faith and trust in us.

So what happens now? At both Pewley and Holy Trinity we continue to strive for excellence and the provision of a first class educational experience for everyone. We are about to have a ‘blitz’ on handwriting and a full review of our teaching of English from year R – 6. I also hope that we will be able to teach slowly and deeply so that children are thoroughly educated and not just how to pass tests. There are, as always at HTPD, exciting times ahead.

With best wishes, Richard


World Book Day, Thursday 5 March

On Thursday the children will be bringing home a £1 book token which can be used in any of the town book shops.

Red Nose Day, Friday 13 March

Red Noses will be available from the school office from Monday 2 March, £1 each. On the day itself, Friday 13th, the children are invited to make their face ‘funny for money’. If you are stuck for ideas have a look at the website: www.rednoseday.com. More details about Red Nose Day activities will follow in next week’s newsletter.

Fluffy Friday, Friday 20 March

Letters with activity choices for Fluffy Friday went out yesterday. Please return your completed form by Friday 6 March.

Nicola Bridal

You will all be very interested to hear that Nicola Bridal will be returning to the school on Thursday 19 March. She will be working two days a week spending most of her time in Oak Class but also picking up some of her whole school responsibilities. She is especially looking forward to catching up with the children and will be keen to get to know our new Reception families as well.

Parking

You will no doubt have seen the new road surface on Semaphore Road and we would just like to take this opportunity to remind you to park respectfully when you drop off and pick up children from school. There are plenty of parking bays slightly further away on Pewley Hill. Perhaps you could park up and walk especially now that the weather is getting warmer.

FOPS

FOPS meeting, Wednesday 4 March
The next FOPS meeting will be on Wednesday 4 March at 8.00 pm in the staff room. All welcome.

Year 2 coffee morning, Friday 13 March
There will be a coffee morning at Laura Sabharwal’s (Rohan, Chestnut) house after school drop-off on 13 March (Comic Relief Day). All welcome!

Year 2 drinks, Wednesday 18 March, at Rogues from 8.30 pm onwards


Pedometers
During the next few weeks Year 2 and then Year 1 will be lent a pedometer for a week to measure how many steps they take each day. A letter will come home with all the details about it, but if you'd prefer your child not to take part then please let Julia Brown know. Many thanks.

2016 Admissions Consultation

A final reminder that the consultation on the 2016 admissions arrangements for HTPD closes on 1 March 2015. Further details are available on the website:
www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx
Please send any comments to Jane Bennett, clerk to the governing body, janeb@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk.

Cake Sale
The children really enjoyed choosing and buying their cakes at the cake sale this afternoon. If you forgot to send in 50p, please bring it in to the school office on Monday.

Lost
• Zach Rolton, Beech Class, has lost his (un-named) bright blue fleece – it is not a school fleece.
• Thomas Birkett, Chestnut Class, has lost his yellow ELC binoculars and his blue whistle.
• Owen Price, Hazel Class, has lost his blue PE shorts and joggers – both named.
• Molly Marsden, Beech Class, has lost her named leopard hat.
Found
House key on small black and white fob found in the playground.

Menu for week beginning Monday 2 March
Mon: Salmon Crumble Bake or Lentil & Tomato Stew, Wholemeal Pasta; Iced Orange Sponge
Tues: Sausage or Quorn Sausage Volcano, Mashed Potatoes; Jam Tart & Custard
Weds: Steamed Gammon or Cauliflower & Leek Bake, Roast Potatoes; Jelly & Fresh Fruit
Thurs: Yum Yum Chicken or Sweet Potato & Bean Pitta, Rice Pilaf; Pear and Oaty Crumble
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Lasagne, Chips; Apricot Flapjack
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.