Welcome to Christ the King Primary School
As we come to the end of our first half term of this critical school year, we wanted to share with you some of our successes or 'Quick Wins' that we have achieved from Sept 5th to Oct 24th.
We have just completed our first set of assessments and, following discussions between leaders and class teachers, pupil attainment progress is on track to achieve end of year targets. Further information will be shared with you about your child during the Parents’ Evening after half-term. Please ensure you return your slip to get an appointment.
At the start of term, Year 6 parents were welcomed into school to share their learning at Celebration Assembly. Many of you were able to attend and the children really enjoyed showing off their work so far. Most recently, parents joined us in celebrating Harvest at our recent service. It was fantastic to see so many of you there. Well done to the children who presented their contributions so enthusiastically!
We received an email from Macclesfield library to say that there had been an increase in the number of children attending the library over the summer holiday following our drive to raise the profile of reading. Great news and well done to all of you who managed to get there!
We were invited to participate in ‘Kites of Peace’, a local community project to commemorate the First World War and promote peace in our communities today. Miss Goddard and Year 4 worked with members of the local community to create their own ‘Kites of Peace’ which will be flown today at Tegg’s Nose and displayed in St Peter’s church after the half-term. We are pleased that Macclesfield Express will be reporting on this next week so look out for more news then J
You will be aware of the work we are doing to continue on our school improvement journey with a number of external partners, several of whom have commented upon ‘the calm environment in school’. Staff are working hard to use a range of strategies successfully to manage behaviour. There is still some work to do to ensure this is consistent across all age ranges.
We regularly monitor attendance and are pleased to say that this term it has improved overall (94.7%). Thank you to you all for ensuring your child attends regularly. This will help to ensure they feel a sense of belonging to their class communities and contribute to them achieving their best in their learning.
We have welcomed three new pupils to Christ the King and are supporting them through our ‘strong, caring outlook for all’ as praised in our OFSTED report. We have now recruited new members to our pupil safeguarding group, the SSN group (Stay Safe, Stick Together, Never Be Alone). The children had their sweatshirts (kindly donated by Cheshire Demolition) presented by PCSO Luke Burns and Mrs Wheelton during assembly this week. Their role in school is to promote keeping safe in school and in the community.
We introduced a revised homework policy (relevant parts shared with all classes at the Welcome Meetings) which has been welcomed by parents and pupils. We are pleased that many of you have been able to join ‘showcase’ opportunities to view children’s topic work, most recently in Year 2. There were some fantastic rockets and other pieces of work on the theme of space.
We were pleased that OFSTED recognised the caring and supportive approach and atmosphere in school. Children are often given opportunities to work across age groups to develop this approach so it permeates throughout school. This term we have set up ‘Buddy Systems’ with Year 6 supporting Year 2 and Year 5 working with Reception children. It is early days but so far the older children are doing a great job of supporting their learning and ensuring they feel our caring ethos.
It was a pleasure to welcome many of you at the Welcome Meetings, held for all classes. Consistent information was shared about our approaches in school and those which are particular to your child’s class. Recently, Year 5 held an ‘open afternoon’ where parents joined their children in class to build Stone Age Settlements!
A number of you were able to attend the reading meeting for Reception parents and gained helpful information about supporting your child with their reading at home.
Our Parent Council meetings have been a really useful opportunity to hear your thoughts and have encouraged ‘Parent Voice’ to be heard and responded to in a structured, constructive manner. It would be great to have more parents attending next half- term.
This half-term Mrs Poirrette held three Special Needs Consultation Days with parents and staff to ensure all children with additional needs had personalised plans and where needed, submitted assessments to the Local Authority to gain extra funding. These processes often take time and your involvement is crucial in ensuring the right support is identified and put in place.
As you will be aware from the letter last week, we launched our new initiative today in collaboration with Bee Active to promote active and healthy lifestyles. Many of you will have been able to meet Mr Bee and receive some free gifts for your children.
One of the enquiries at the Parent Council was regarding our bid for funding to continue to develop and improve our school. Critically, we have secured significant extra funding from the Department for Education for additional resources for pupils and training for staff. The funding is linked to the priorities on the school improvement plan which were shared with you in summer and are on the school website in the governor section. Two significant actions linked to this will be the two INSET days this week for ‘Read, Write, Inc.’ and ‘Literacy and Language’ training.
Our school football and netball teams run by Mrs Church and Mr Acton are now members of the local leagues and have played a number of games. We are really proud of their team spirit in all the games they have played. Well done to our football team who played a ‘local Derby’ and won 1:0 on Monday evening against Ash Grove Primary School.
We began our work on ‘boosting’ our curriculum to better meet the needs and interests of our children. Staff have each worked with an external advisor to plan the learning for the children next half-term. This support will continue throughout this school year. A joint trip between Year 2 and Year 4 is planned next half-term, linked to their topics.
We are encouraged with our progress during the past 8 weeks and continue to be determined to do more to achieve the best for our school and community. We will continue to ensure the momentum and pace of change is appropriate to meet our needs and secure school improvement. We look forward to returning on November 5th to drive forwards with our school improvement priorities. We are determined to build a sustainable learning environment for our current and future pupils so that they can all reach their individual potential.
Thanks for all your support
Claire Gurden (HeadTeacher) & Jenni Hardy (Chair of Governors)
The Interim Executive Board have updated the school improvement plan on 20/11/18 and published a summary of their meeting on 20 November on the IEB webpage.
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