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Junior 27/2/15

27 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 very 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 progress 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 school. It was the best report, in terms of description of the school, that we have ever received. From our 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 learning how to pass tests. There are, as always at HTPD, exciting times ahead.

With best wishes, Richard


Events Week Commencing 2nd March:
Book Week all week
No Dodgeball this week
Thursday 5 March - Greek Day for Year 3

Book Week 3 March - Science Themed Visitors to HT include Neil Downey on Light and Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Histories books. There will be a book swap and the £1 book tokens for World Book Day. More details to follow.

Fluffy Friday
Fluffy Friday is fast approaching and we are looking for enthusiastic parents to take part! If you have a hobby or skill that you would like to share with a small group of children on Friday 20th of March, please let us know as soon as possible. Feel free to suggest new activities. We would really appreciate your help either by leading an activity or being available to support another teacher or provide transport. Please contact:
Cheryl Brace at cherylb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
Heather Havermans at heatherh@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
or Claire Cruddas at clairec@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

HTPD Prayer Group 
We are meeting at Jo Woodhouse's home on Friday 6th March at 1p.m. for coffee, cake and prayer, to which all are welcome! Contact Emma for details - emmalaporte@hotmail.com

Tag Rugby - We had a lovely mini tag rugby tournament on Wednesday with 4 schools involved; Holy Trinity, Boxgrove, St. Bede's and St. Joseph's. Great playing by everybody involved with two wins and a draw for our team.

Netball
- All of our Year 5 netballers were involved in playing matches with Queen Eleanor's on Tuesday with three lovley matches. It was fantastic to see so many talented players and lots of goals being scored. The results were 7-3, 3-1 and 3-3. Good luck to the year 6 team playing in the tournament at Holy Trinity tomorrow.

HTPD Prayer Group - We are meeting at Jo Woodhouse's home on Friday 6th March at 1p.m. for coffee, cake and prayer, to which all are welcome! Contact Emma for details - emmalaporte@hotmail.com

Dog Fouling
- Unfortunately, we have had reports from concerned parents and staff that people have been seen allowing their pets to foul the are outside of the school and not clearing up. Whilst this is not school property, it is an area that children regularly use coming to and from school. In the interests of the health and hygiene of the children (as well as keeping our school clean), can we please ensure that it is not HTPD parents doing this. We appreciate your support as always.

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.

HTSC - PTA News

Bingo Night – Saturday 7 March – 6-8pm - Please come & join us for a rip-roaring family BINGO night, this is a great night which the kids love. SEAFARE of Burpham will provide a Fish & Chip supper with a bar and soft drinks available on the night. All ages are welcome & back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller & host for the evening. Please would each person attending kindly bring a small, wrapped bingo prize, costing no more than 50 pence, this could be a sweet, a small toy or something silly! Tickets on sale now. Please return ticket request slip & payment to the school office by Tuesday 3rd March. Cheques to be made out to HTSC. This is a popular school event & tickets sell-out fast. We will need some help on the night if you are able to spare 30 mins to set up, help on the bar or clear up afterwards please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

“Thirsty Thursdays”
– All year group drinks night - As a reminder we are having a ‘once a month social’ for ALL HT parents across all years rather than as individual years. We plan to hold them on the first Thursday of the month at Rogues. The next one is on Thursday March 5 at Rogues from 8pm so please come along and bring a friend too! We would really like to get this once monthly event going strong! It would be great to see you there.

HT@Home - Calling all those who are up for arranging an event /social for your friends and turning it into a fundraiser by asking guests to donate contributions to HTPD. The event can be as diverse as the individuals that host and attend … Some ideas already proposed include coffee mornings, a children’s film night and dinner parties. An on-line fundraising page has been set up to accept donations. More details will follow after half term, along with an Event Registration Form. In the meantime, what HT @ Home event might you like to arrange and host? Have fun planning! …. Funds raised @ these events in March and April will go towards improving computers to which our children have access.

Dates for the Diary

“Thirsty Thursdays”! - All year group drinks night – Thursday 5 Mar from 8pm at Rogues
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March
HT@Home – March and April


For the Easter holidays - run by Guildford Borough Council - FISH @ Easter 2015 - paintballing, dj-ing, horse riding, circus skills, quad biking, mechanics and more! FISH will be running at Kings College, Guildford from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 April. Prices start at just £60 per child for 4 days, or £25 per child for families in receipt of certain benefits. Places are available for young people with additional needs. Families who are unable to get to FISH can access our subsidised Transport Scheme.
Come and join the fun. Book now at: www.guildford.gov.uk/fish 01483 444769

The Family Voice Surrey
, part of a national network, NNPCF, is holding a free Parent Engagement event on Thursday, 5th March 2015 at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford, Road, Leatherhead KT22 9BL. It is a great opportunity for all parents/carers to find out what is new and available to help the needs of their child. To find out exactly what is on offer and all other information about the network, please go to: www.familyvoicesurrey.org

Amazing Art Club: Engaging, Creating, Inspiring! @ Holy Trinity Pewley Down School (juniors) £154 for 11 x 2 hour sessions run Tuesdays 3.15 - 5.15pm ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED IN PRICE Tuesday 21st April -7th July 2015 Come along and have fun making and doing: from printing to mini books, painting, drawing and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt. Sophie has 2 sons and loves making books and painting (work collected by the Tate Gallery and the V&A Museum) in her studio in Guildford. Maximum of 10 spaces so book early.

Feel You Need A Break After 1/2 Term?
Too much to do and too little time? Come and experience NutriYoga - a fabulous blend of nutrition and yoga helping you live a calmer, happier life. Learn how nutrition can help you de-stress from Nutritional Therapist Jane Barrett (Freddy 6A) and enjoy a deeply relaxing Restorative Yin Yoga practice with Gunilla Hartman (Hanna 4JN) and leave feeling calm, relaxed and ready to take on the world again. You will also get to try fabulous healthy snacks, smoothies and vitality shots and leave with great take home yoga and nutrition advice and ideas. When: Saturday 7 March 14.00-17.00. Where: Yoga Mila in Godalming Price: £35.00 per person
To book contact: jane@nurturingnutrition.co.uk or gunilla@sunnysideyoga.co.uk or visit www.sunnysideyoga.co.uk for online booking.


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