Newsletter 10 – 15th November 2013

Dear Parents

SATS All primary schools are judged by the government through Ofsted on the quality of their provision, mainly through their performance in the end of key stage tests and other external assessments. The results of these assessments are compared with schools nationally to give the school, parents and the government an idea of how well the school is doing compared to the rest of the country. The national analysis and comparison of all schools has been published (and will be released formally in the verified version in a few months).

We are delighted to tell you that our school has once again done outstandingly well in this analysis.

A school’s achievement is based on both attainment of their children (the precise level they reached) and also the progress they made from their starting point (called “value added”).  The progress measure shows that our school, overall, got 102.7 which puts us in the top 2% of schools nationally for this measure. For value added, we are in the top 1% for maths, the top 8 % for reading and the top 10% for writing. Overall, our average point score (the attainment measure) was 31.4, which is statistically significantly higher than national levels. Girls did better than boys overall in attainment but boys did slightly better than girls in the value added measure. Both boys and girls were still well above their national counterparts in both measures. Groups vulnerable to underachievement (children with SEN and those on Free School Meals) made much better progress than their national counterparts. The area identified for improvement (though still better than national levels) was reading and resources are being channelled into developing that further.

In addition, our results in the KS1 SATS are significantly higher than national levels overall and in writing, and higher than national levels in maths and reading.  In the Year 1 phonics screener, we had 87% pass rate whilst nationally the pass rate was 69%.

Whilst we are delighted with these outstanding results, we are always just as pleased with all other aspects of education in our school – our children leave this school as people of compassion, integrity and generosity. They are aspirational, happy and courageous and these values will support them on their journey to live fulfilled, happy and worthwhile lives.

My thanks go to all of you, our supportive families, our governors and most of all to our children and their teachers and support staff who all work so hard to reach these outstanding levels.

Parents Meetings Thank you to all who came to these meetings to discuss their child’s progress.  We do remind you that you are always welcome to make an appointment with your child’s teacher at any time to discuss your child.

Salisbury Trip KS1 (Years 1 and 2) and FS (Foundation Stage) children will go to Salisbury on Monday 18th November to explore the mediaeval parts of the town and the mediaeval Cathedral, and they will take part in various activities there. Children need to have a packed lunch when they go on their trip. They need to wear school uniform and must have warm, weather proof coats since they will be walking around the streets no matter what the weather.  They will be back at school in time for their usual pick up. All children with asthma MUST have their inhaler with them. Please ensure that your child has been given a travel sickness tablet before they come to school if they are prone to travel sickness.

Road Safety The Year 1 and Year 3 groups started their Road Safety courses in this week.  We are grateful to the charities that run these courses and help the children understand how to keep themselves safe on the roads. The course organisers bring little traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing into school to practice crossing the” road” in the hall for the younger children, and, for the older children, they present videos and later take them out onto the road to practise in the real situation.

Children in Need Thank you to all who contributed to this cause and wore spotty clothes to school today! It was great fun. My thanks to the PFA who triggered the fund raising.

Christmas play rehearsals The Year 6 and some Year 5 children will be required to attend Christmas play rehearsals after school. Letters have gone home with the rehearsal dates – please check that you have this information if your child is involved.  If you have any queries, please talk to Mr Amor or Mr Gyllenspetz.

PE Funding The government has given all primary schools a grant to support PE in schools. The grant will last for two years.  In our school, we have commissioned specialist sports coaches to come in and deliver PE for every class once a week, with the class teacher taking the other PE lesson each week.  There will also be some special interest lunch time clubs as well as opportunities for the most able and least able students to have support to progress further. We will also be improving our stock of PE equipment.  We always try to provide the opportunity for children to try out a wide range of sports in this school, so that each child can find something that they will enjoy and, we hope, continue to enjoy into adulthood.

Events coming up this term (please do diarise these dates):

  • Handbell club will be holding a Handbell and Carol service on Thursday 5th December at 6.00pm in the school hall – do come along, enjoy the handbells and sing some carols with us. The PFA have very kindly agreed to provide refreshments for this event as well.
  • PFA to decorate the school and wrap gifts whilst children are at the pantomime on Friday 6th December.
  • Christmas plays: Monday 16th December – KS1 at 10.00am and KS2 at 1.30pm

                                      Tuesday 17th December – KS1 at 5.00pm and KS2 at 6.30pm

                                     Wednesday 18th December – KS1 at 5.00pm and KS2 at 6.30pm

                The PFA will be serving refreshments at these events – my thanks to them for this initiative.

  • Carol Service at ErlestokeChurch at 9.30am on Thursday 19th December –do come along and share this with us.
  • PFA preparing for and clearing Christmas party and Christmas decorations  on Thursday 19th December

Forest of Dean  A reminder that the second instalment of £35 towards the Forest of Dean trip is due to be paid in November, if you have chosen to pay by instalments.

Soapbox Derby  The committee are holding a charity ball at Dauntsey’s School on Saturday 23rd November. The evening consists of live entertainment, a comedian, a mystery guest and the band, Soul Solution. There is a three course meal, an auction and a raffle for £35 per ticket. We have just a few tickets left. For details ring 01380 812439. 


Cake Sale/School Uniform Sale – Friday 29th November  Get those mixing bowls ready, for the first cake sale this academic year!! The PFA would love your biscuits and cakes to sell on this day, please bring in your contributions on the morning of Friday 29th November. There will be a stock clearance from Scholars with a few sweatshirts and polo shirts available at cost price. There will also be a wide range of good quality second hand uniform – come and grab a bargain!!

If you have any uniform that could be sold on, then just drop it into the school reception during the next two weeks. Thanks from the PFA!   

“Bags of Opportunity” textile recycling on Monday 2nd December – please bring along your bags of recycling to school at drop off time. We shall be running this scheme on the first Monday of every month.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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