Download: No39 July 21st

 

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors

We have had a wonderful last week of term. It started with the amazing performance by Years 5 and 6 on Monday evening with their rendition of Peter Pan. They performed so well and really rose to the occasion.
On Thursday we had our Sports Awards Assembly where children were recognised for their skill, attitude and motivation in PE and sports clubs over the year.
Also on Thursday we had our end of year assembly where we said farewell to Mrs Garner and Ms Mothersill and wished Miss Partlett the very best for her wedding in the summer. She will return in September as Mrs Howlett.
On Thursday we also celebrated the Silver Award for our Young Carers group. This group meet on a weekly basis with Ms Batchelor and Mrs Hickman for some fun and activities and the work they do and the support they give our Young Carers has been recognised by this award. Congratulations to them and to all our Young Carers.

Friday will see the end of era for some families as we say farewell to our Year 6 pupils. It promises to be a poignant moment for many. We all our Year 6 pupils the very best of luck as they move onto their secondary schools.

Update from Governors
This term has been an extremely busy one for the school governing body, culminating in the long-anticipated Ofsted inspection last week. We are still awaiting the official outcome from Ofsted and will let parents know as soon as possible when this is available. Governors would like to say a huge thank you to all the teaching and support staff for the hard work they have put in both throughout the year and for the inspection itself, well done!
SATS results for end of KS1 and KS2 show great progress in reading and writing, but initial analysis highlights that further development is required in maths (for KS2) and phonics (for KS1) to bring us in line with the national average. Clear plans are being put in place to step both these areas up to the next level and these will be rolled out next year.

Nursery provision, and how the school will manage the introduction of 30 hours free childcare has also been a regular topic of discussion at recent governor meetings. It is sad to hear that the number of children in the school nursery has been dwindling over the last couple of years and it was hoped that the increase to 30 hours would help in this regard. Unfortunately, this does not look to be the case, with only a small handful of children opting to take the full 30 hours in September. This has a major knock-on effect for the school budget, which is already extremely tight, so if you are considering using the nursery or know of anybody else who might be interested please get in touch with the school office.

This week we received fantastic news regarding academy conversion; after what has seemed like an eternity the DfE have approved our academy order! This means that the process is one step closer to completion and, all being well, we will officially be part of the River Learning Trust by Christmas.

Enjoy the Summer Holidays!

Catherine Frampton, on behalf of the Governing Body

Ofsted Report
At the time of writing the final report has not yet been published. Ofsted will only publish during school days so if it is not with us by the end of today it will unfortunately not be published until September. If it does arrive before the end of the day we will Parent Mail it on to you early next week.
Piano Lessons
Piano lessons at the school are available from September. For further details contact Liz McArdle on: 07970 497787

Parachute Jump
Kelly Hale is doing a parachute jump for charity. If you would like to support her, her details are as follows:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kelly-hale1?utm_id=25

Absences Explained
Some parents raised queries over the number of absences sent out with the reports last week. The register is taken twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. A whole day at school counts as two sessions so if a child is off for a day this counts as two sessions not one.

Play on words?
Great news, Madley Park Residents’ Association and Witney Town Council have been working together on plans for new play areas for our children and young people on Cedar Drive, which have now been officially approved. Now they need the community to come together and raise the funds!
The Madley Park Playing Field Project would like a new name to get it off to a good start so we’d like to set a challenge for our children to come up with a playful, snappy new name. Please send your best ideas to madleyparkresidents@googlemail.com by Friday 28th July. The community will vote on a short list of the best the following week, keep an eye out on Facebook @madleyparkresidents
Tina Hepworth

Newspaper
Our newspaper team have done an excellent job this term to publish the termly magazine. Year 6 have led the team in the absence of Mr Curtis to complete the final version and should be congratulated for their leadership and community spirit.

Attachments
Via Pupil Post
PTA 100 Cub Letter
Madley Brook Newspaper
Via Parent Mail
None

I wish you all a very pleasant and enjoyable holidays and thank you once again for the tremendous support you give our school.

School re-opens on Wednesday 6th September.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer