Friday 30th April 2021
Mr Eardley, the Head Teacher, writes...
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope that you are all well and that there is a gradual sense that things are returning to normal. I have braved a Saturday shopping trip to Cambridge which felt very strange after all this time, and I am looking forward to when we can sit down for a coffee. It seems silly that the things that I took for granted before are now going to be the highlight of my week. In school, we have already started to talk about which restrictions we will be able to lift sooner rather than later and I hope that we will soon reach the point where we no longer feel that we should wear masks on the playground. I hadn’t realised how much I smile at the children and parents at the gate until I realised that you can't see my face. I now use a series of waves and thumbs up and feel a little like a mime artist!
It was lovely to hear the teachers speak so positively about last week’s parent consultations. I know that many parents were keen to share their experiences of being the ‘teacher’ whilst their child was at home during the last lockdown. It was also encouraging to hear about the children who have come on in leaps and bounds as a result of the support that they have had at home. I know that some children have found it harder to keep on top of where they were before Christmas and these are the children who we are focusing on in school even more than before. As a school, we want all children to do well and we see this as a collective responsibility. This week we reintroduced a new, improved version of our pupil progress meetings. Mr Marks and I met with each pair of year group teachers to discuss each child and how there were doing. We were also joined at the meeting my Miss Wyatt (Maths Lead), Miss Tansley (English Lead) and Mrs Simmons (Raising Standards Lead) so that we could all put our heads together to decide what more we could do for the children. We were all impressed by how well the teachers knew the children in their classes and just how much extra support and challenges they had already put in place. It was one of those moments when I felt proud of my talented staff.
As you will know from the message that I sent out earlier this week, we have advertised a KS2 class teacher post as Miss Jeffrey has decided to step down from her current role. I always have a mixture of feelings when someone is going to leave. I feel sad that we are about to lose a friend and colleague and excited about who might be about to join the staff. It is at this time of year that we start to think about who will be in each year group next year and how we will arrange the classes. As you can imagine, there is a great deal that goes on behind the scenes to make it all go smoothly.
You will also know from my other letter that I am keen for the children to look as smart as they can and for us to maintain the standards of dress and appearance that we have come to expect as a school. I like to think that our uniform code allows some degree of expression and hope that we can count on all parents to make sure that their child follows these expectations. As far as I know, all secondary schools have even stricter dress codes than us and it would be a shame if children didn’t follow our expectations just because they thought that they could get away with it.
I shall keep my fingers crossed that we have a sunny spell this long, May bank holiday weekend and that you get the chance to relax and to have some quality time with family and friends.