Newsletter 8 – 6th November 2015

Dear Parents

New Governors Our congratulations to Mr Vincent Albano and Mrs Gemma Ackerman who have been elected as Parent Governors. We are very fortunate to have a strong and skilful governing body and we thank our governors for all the work they put into ensuring our school is outstanding and continually improving.

Our Outstanding School We have just had the government’s statistical report on the academic achievement of our school compared with all others in the country. Once again, the attainment of our children puts us significantly above the national levels overall and in each subject in both KS1 and KS2 – a phenomenal achievement, with an average point score in KS2 of 33.2, a significant increase on our own result last year and the best we have ever done, widening the gap between our performance and the rest of country still further. The value added measure (measuring progress from KS1 – KS2) puts us in the top 11% of the country. All groups of children attain well above national levels, whether we look at boys, girls, those with SEN, those who are now classified as “Disadvantaged” or any other group at risk of underachieving.

We have also had a letter from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform, congratulating us yet again of being in the top 2% of the country for the Year 1 phonics screener.

A summary of the results is given below: (GPS = Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling)

KS2 SATS results 2015:

Subject % at L3Below the expected level for age 11) % at L4+(L4 Expected level for age 11) % at L5+(Above the level expected for age 11) % at L6+(Well above the level expected for age 11) 2 Levels progress or better from KS1
Reading 0 100 79 0 100
Writing 0 100 63 21 100
GPS 0 100 84 16 N/A
Maths 0 100 89 37 100
In all of Reading, Maths and Writing 0 100 58 0 100


KS1 SATS results 2015:

Subject % below L1 % at L1  (Below the level expected for age 7) % at L2+(L2 Expected level for age 7) % at L3+   (Above the level expected for age 7)
Reading 0 0 100 47
Writing 0 0 100 37
Maths 0 0 100 42


We are immensely proud of the achievements of our children, but, as we always remark, this is just one aspect of their education and development, and we are just as proud of their achievement in all other areas. Our children are people of compassion, courage, aspiration and joy. These are even more important than the academic achievements and will serve them well as they grow up and into adulthood. Thank you to our amazing children, outstanding staff, superb governors and supportive families who all work together to ensure great success in all areas of school life.


Braeside Thank you very much to Mr and Mrs Goddard, Mrs Jones and Mrs Trusler who worked so hard to ensure that our Y3 and Y4 children had a wonderful experience on their first school residential trip. The children behaved beautifully, were caring and supportive towards each other and showed great courage and resilience in attempting the challenges that they faced.

Assessment in the new curriculum It is no longer possible to use levels to measure children’s attainment in school, with the new curriculum. The Government has not given us much guidance on how the new system will work, but we are collaborating with the Diocesan Board of Education and other outstanding schools to find a successful way forward until there is more clarity from the Government. In the meantime, we shall continue to report to parents on children’s attainment by using the system you will be familiar with: Children are either working below the expected standard for their age, at the expected standard, or above the expected standard. We also subdivide the “At the Expected Standard” into three, so that we can report whether your child is at the bottom of the expected standard, in the middle of the standard or at the top of the standard. Most children will be working somewhere in this band – at the expected standard.

Parent/Teacher meetings The parents’ evenings will be held on Tuesday 10th November (3.15pm – 6.00pm) and Thursday 12th November (5.30pm – 8.00pm). In order to book your appointment, please log in to . Please note that we will, as usual, run our parental canvassing survey on these evenings – you can find a copy of the canvassing form on our website under the Newsletter tab, if you would like to reflect on your answers in advance.

Please be aware that the appointments are 10 minutes long – we adhere strictly to this time. If you would like a longer appointment, please feel free to arrange another meeting with your child’s teacher.

PFA Thank you to our wonderful PFA for a superb Film night at the end of last term – the children had a marvellous time!

This Sunday Breakfast Church – breakfast, poppy crafts and child-friendly reflection will take place for Remembrance Sunday at 9am in the Old School, Market Lavington. Contact 816963/ Facebook Sunday Breakfast Church.  For your diaries: Breakfast church will be coming to Great Cheverell church on the first Sunday in January with a Narnia theme – meeting at the lamppost at the foot of the church path.

Great Cheverell Autumn Fayre – Saturday 21st November from 2.00pm – 4.30pm in the village hall, please come along.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Welcome back to my favourite time of the year – Christmas! We are a busy PFA this term doing lots of fun things for the Children. 27th November – Cake Sale and Casual Clothes day 11th December – Christmas Fayre 14/15/16th December – Refreshments at the Christmas plays 17th December – CHRISTMAS PARTY DAY!   Every parent is a member of the PFA and your donations and time are what is integral to keeping us raising funds for the children and being the feet on the ground providing the above events. Whether you can donate cakes or tombola items or give us an hour or two of your time it all helps. If you can help, please talk to Louise Pye, Rachel Le Flem, Jen Albano, Debi Bell, Sarah Marshall, Annabel Mackintosh, Amanda Green, Julie Stone or Lisa Downing to name but a few!   Don’t forget while you are doing your Christmas shopping that we have an Easy Fundraising page. This is a great way for us to raise funds. Go to and search for Holy Trinity School PFA- Great Cheverell and become a member. The Donation Reminder tool is fantastic at letting you know which websites you are visiting will create funds for us!   **Reminder**Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes need to come into school next Friday November 13th.   The Christmas cards which were ordered will be back mid/ end November.




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