Headteacher's End of Term Newsletter July 2021
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End of Term Newsletter – July 2021
This last half term has finished with a bang! We have managed to dodge COVID in virtually all classes with children’s attendance being fantastic. Thank you!
School trips, a Book Fayre, a visit from an author, a musical showcase, class masses at church, a whole school photograph and the finale of a Year 6 production. Now that’s what I call a productive term!
A huge thanks to Charlene Riviere (Chair of PTFA), who organised the visit from Serena Patel, the author of Anisha (Accidental Detective). Our children enjoyed this immensely; thank you Charlene.
I must also thank Steve and Alex McHiggins, who along with our young guitarists gave us a beautiful musical feast for the end of term. Not a dry eye in the house.
It was so nice to see both Year 2 and Year 3 at the seaside. Though our time on the beach is always short, the memories of the occasion will always stay with the children. Thank you to the teachers and the office staff who have made these trips happen.
As a school we chose to conduct formal assessments this academic year to compare with the 2019 outcomes (the last set of recognised National Data).
The proportion of pupils leaving FS2 working at a good level of development was 88%. This cohort has a high proportion of pupils exceeding the expected level in writing.
Year 1 Phonics
- We gained 86% pass in the Phonics Screening test. The results remain well above average.
KS1- 2021 results
Reading: Children within School reaching Expected National Standard was 82%
Writing: Children within School reaching Expected National Standard was 86%
Maths: Children within School reaching Expected National Standard was 86%
KS2 - 2021 results
Reading: Children within School reaching Expected National Standard was 94%
Writing: Children within School reaching Expected National Standard was 90%
Maths: Children within School reaching Expected National Standard was 85%
Grammar: Children within School reaching Expected National Standard was 80%
These assessment outcomes across the school, show that staff have continued to work hard to reduce any gaps in learning and the pupils are on track to achieve well.
S U M M E R L E A R N I N G
- Morrisons have teamed up with White Rose and are giving parents free White Rose booklets to use at home with their children. Follow the link:
- Please encourage your children to engage in the Summer Reading Challenge:
Staffing for September
Mrs Valerie O’Sullivan, from the office will be retiring after 22 years at the school. Val has been a great servant to the school and she will be greatly missed by us all. We wish her well as she moves to Dorset.
We will also be saying goodbye to Miss Gavure after 4 years, Miss Dwyer (3 years) and Miss O’Neill
(3 years) who will be leaving for pastures new. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our teachers who are leaving. They have done so much to assist the learning of our children and we wish them all the very best for the future.
In September we will be welcoming some new colleagues to the team. Many will bring their experience from other schools with them, and some will be new teachers starting their career at Our Lady of Grace Primary School.
The Governing Body has also invested in leadership development which has secured a cohesive approach across all phases of the school.
Teaching staff from September
EYFS -St Francis – Mrs Adeyemi (3 days), Mrs Coghen (2 days)
EYFS - St Bernadette – Miss Moore
Year 1- St David – Miss Maddison
Year 1- St John Bosco - Miss Russell
Year 2- St Joseph - Miss Barrett
Year 2- St Gerard – Mrs Okereke
Year 3- St Peter - Miss Okudu
Year 3 - St Martin – Mrs Odubanjo-Odutayo
Year 4 - St Martin De Porres – Miss Hill
Year 4 – St Francis of Assisi- Miss Grogan
Year 5 - St Elizabeth – Mrs Huynh
Year 5 – St Patrick - Mrs Hall
Year 6 - St Teresa – Mrs Antwi-Bosiako
School leaders have identified key areas of improvement in readiness for September:
- To embed the consistency of high-quality maths teaching and learning across the school.
- To improve communication skills of the children, through greater speaking and listening opportunities.
- To secure the standards for the more able pupils across the school.
After-school provision / Clubs
Wrap around care provision with ‘All Kids Can’ has continued to be a success, even in this difficult year. My sincere thanks go to Chris and his team for the enriching environment they provide for the children. I thank them too for their professionalism and positive relationship they have with the school.
Finishing Times for Friday July 23rd
Year 5/6 - 1.20pm
Year 4 - 1.30pm
Year 3 - 1.40pm
Year 2 – 1.50pm
Year 1 - 2.00pm
Reception - 1.45pm
**COMING BACK FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR**
You would have already read in the papers that as part of the Government's drive to ease Covid restrictions in schools, it is expected that as part of Step 4 ( July 19th), 'bubbles' will end for all children under 18.
From September, as a school we have agreed to continue to use 'bubbles' and staggered times for the first 2 weeks of the new academic year, enabling the school to make informed decisions about any new information released over the summer holidays. Reminder of our drop off and pick up times:
Drop Off Times Collection Times Accessing Gate
Year 6 8.20am 2.20pm Car Park
Year 5 8.20am 2.20pm Car Park
Year 4 8.30am 2.30pm Car Park
Year 3 8.40am 2.40pm Car Park
Year 2 8.50am 2.50pm Car Park
Year 1 9.00am 3.00pm Car Park
St Francis 8.45am 2.45pm Lime Kiln Drive
St Bernadette 8.50am 2.50pm Lime Kiln Drive
Finally, a big thank you to the parents for your overwhelming support and appreciation for all the staff of the school. Your wonderful children are a real credit to us all.
If I didn’t manage to say it in person, on behalf of the Governors and staff of Our Lady of Grace, can I wish you all a peaceful and restful summer.
We look forward to welcoming the children back on Thursday 2nd September.