Warnham CE Primary School Newsletter
October 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

This half term has gone so incredibly quickly.  The children have been very busy and are already making exceptional progress, we are very proud of them all.

Our new Hedgehogs have settled in without a hiccup and are now confidently strolling up to the playground first thing in the morning.

We are also delighted by so many parents coming in to learn more themselves about phonics, in order to help children at home.

Deer Class

Deer Class have had so many exciting challenges this year. Along with browsing secondary school options, they have also had fun doing Bikeability.

We are so proud of how the children have grown in their confidence and resilience when working outside of their comfort zone at PGL and their week of Forest School.

We are sure that they will transfer these amazing new skills into their class-based learning and wow us even more!

A busy term!

We have only been back a few weeks and children across the school have already been out and about engaging in sport, having a go at archery, meeting poets from other countries and authors to inspire their writing.

We also have some exciting activities coming up such as meeting an author who writes all about space and visiting the planetarium.

Looking ahead to next half term – it is going to be another busy one!

As always, we will keep you posted about events coming up via ParentMail and feel free to look at the school calendar at your leisure.

I love the run up to Christmas in a primary school, it is such an exciting time for the children and we have some special activities planned for the whole community.

Staff news

Along with all of these wonderful adventures, we also have some sad news.

Mrs Weedon, after working at Warnham for a staggering 17 years, has decided to leave to explore new ventures.

Mrs Weedon is very sad to be leaving us but is very keen to come in to school, as a volunteer – which we are delighted about.

Some of you may know Alex Lawrence, our dance teacher, who will be joining our staff team on a Friday.

Alex will be working as a midday meals supervisor and is also very excited about joining our Forest Schools Team on a Friday afternoon. We are sure that you will all make her feel incredibly welcome.

Ofsted …

Some of you may remember that the last school Ofsted inspection in 2016 graded the school as ‘requires improvement’.

The whole staff have been working tirelessly to make the necessary improvements which, above all, the children deserve.

Children are now making good and accelerated progress across the school and the attainment of the children has also increased enormously from significantly below the national average in some areas to significantly above the national average in others.

As you can imagine, this has been an incredibly challenging task within a relatively short time frame, but I am sure that you will join me in congratulating both the staff and children for their exceptionally positive attitude throughout.

… Ofsted 

Our visits from both the Diocese education department and West Sussex County Council have been increasingly promising and they feel that we are now to be regarded as a ‘good’ school.

We are hopeful for this same seal of approval from Ofsted, due from November.

May I also take this opportunity to thank parents for their understanding, kindness and support during this time of rapid improvement and transition –
it has really helped to keep everyone motivated and buoyant.

We have also been humbled by the exceptionally positive responses in the recent ‘parentview’ survey – these will be published for you, along with the staff and pupil views as soon as they are complete.

Jigsaw

One final thing that I would like to share with you is about ‘Jigsaw’.

Jigsaw is a scheme of work covering personal, social and health education.

This half term the children have been discussing ‘being me in my world’. The children have been learning more about themselves, their likes and dislikes and their learning skills.

We are fortunate, to have good behaviour at Warnham already but I have found that children’s good behaviour has increased even more since reflecting upon themselves.

Children seem much more able to express and take responsibility for their needs and frustrations, which has empowered them in their behaviour choices – well done children!

Jigsaw has also been closely linked with our Christian value of ‘responsibility’ this half term and our daily worship, so it has been great to see the impact of this.

I hope that you have a happy and safe half term together and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 29th October.

Mrs S Kirby

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