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Weekly Update: End of Term



Dear Parents/Carers,

Here we are at the end of another term. Despite starting the term with fears about the new 'Omicron' variant, it has been great to have a much more settled and sustained time in school. Children are continuing to learn really well and make excellent progress to make up for lost progress throughout the last few years.

It does, however, seem rather strange to think that we are already two thirds of the way through the academic year and, as we look to the summer term, we will begin thinking about the many exciting events to come including sports days, trips out and our productions and performances which we hope will be more 'normal' this year.

Please find below some news and notices:

Staffing Update
As we approach the end of the term, we say 'Goodbye' to two members of our team: Mrs Smeed and Mrs Harrigan. Mrs Smeed, who has worked as a teaching assistant within our Sunshine Room, will be moving into postgraduate training, returning to her previous vocation in counselling. Mrs Harrigan, who has been key in the growth of our Sunshine and Nurture Room provisions, is relocating to Eastbourne with her family, where her husband is becoming the Vicar of a church in the town. Mrs Harrigan will be continuing her work in schools, working in a Specialist SEN School. We thank them both for their time and commitment and wish them all the best in their new adventures.

We have recently welcomed two new teaching assistant apprentices to our team: Mr Ling (based in Year 5) and Miss Stacey (based in the Sunshine Room) and a new teaching assistant, Miss Churchill (Sunshine Room). We are also pleased to have two new Trainee Teachers, completing their final teaching placements with us this term: Miss Goss (in 1CS) and Miss Adams (in 5I). Finally, we welcome Mrs Topping to the staff team, who will be working as a teacher within our SEN Team.

Parent Survey
We would like to say a huge 'Thank You' to the 270+ parents who completed our survey. We are really pleased with the outcome of the results and will use this to reflect on our planning going forward. A few highlights are shown below:
  - 98.5% of parents 'Strongly Agree' or 'Agree' that their child is happy at school;
  - 99.6% of parents 'Strongly Agree' or 'Agree' that their child feels safe at school;
  - 94.8% of parents said their child had not been bullied or 'Strongly Agree' or 'Agree' that the school has dealt with it when it has happened;
  - 98.4% of parents 'Strongly Agree' or 'Agree' that their concerns have been dealt with when they have been raised;
  - 99.2% of parents 'Strongly Agree' or 'Agree' that the school clearly lives out its distinctive Christian ethos;
  - 98.9% of parents would recommend the school to other parents.
These figures are above 'the national average' for the responses so we are really pleased with the outcome of the survey and the steps forward we are making as a school. We will not be complacent though and will reflect on the comments given as we move forward.

Summer Term Learning
We are really proud of the partnership we have with parents/carers to ensure that we are all working together to support children in their learning. All children (in Year 1 upwards) will have come home with their Knowledge Organisers, outlining their learning for the 'Summer 1' term. This is a great opportunity to talk with the children about what they learnt before and how this links to what they will be learning this term. You can find electronic copies on our school website at: https://www.stedwardsva.net/The-Curriculum/

Holiday Closure
A reminder that we finish for the holidays today (Thursday). Tomorrow, Friday 1st April, is an INSET Day and school is closed to children. Children return to school on Tuesday, 19th April (as Monday is a Bank Holiday). During the holiday closure, our school email will be monitored throughout daily if parents/carers need to make contact with us: contact@stedwardsva.net

We hope that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday and a joyous celebration of Easter. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Kind regards,
Chris Speller
Head Teacher