Friday, 19 September 2014

E- Safety Assembly

The assembly today was about:-

The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew


These cartoons illustrate 5 e-safety SMART rules and include a real life SMART Crew of young people, who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, and help them make safe online decisions.

Additional Videos:-
KS1 video- Click
KS2 video- Click
Advice for parents:- Click Here

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Year 1- IPC- Sensational!

Some pictures from our entry point-  'Sensational'. We had a senses day with lots of fun activities!






Welcome back to a new year at Wrotham Road Primary School. I hope you all had a wonderful summer and managed to spend an enjoyable time with your children. As we start the new year, may I highlight the new teaching structure for September 2014:
Year R- Miss Butt and Miss Baker
Year 1- Mrs Fox and Miss Gullifer
Year 2- Miss Walsh and Miss White
Year 3- Mrs Webster/Mrs Smith and Miss Wright
Year 4- Miss Mulroy and Miss Tremain
Year 5- Mrs Daniel and Mr Chenard and Miss Robson
Year 6- Mrs Grant/ Mr Bennett and Miss Smith
The new leadership structure for September 2014:
Deputy Headteacher- Mr Andy Bennett
Assistant Headteacher (KS1) - Miss Louise Walsh
Assistant Headteacher (KS2)- Mrs Emma Balderson
Last year the teaching and support staff worked extremely hard, driving the school forward in terms of achievement and progress across all year groups. On 7th July we had a monitoring visit on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspectors of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, following our recent Ofsted in April. During the visit, meetings were held with all leaders and governors and a representative of the local authority, to discuss the action taken since the inspection. They took a tour of the school, visiting every class and evaluated a range of documentation including: the school improvement plan; information relating to the monitoring of teaching; information about the progress pupils are making and records of governors’ meetings.

The visit was extremely positive and I wanted to share their findings with you.

Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. They assess what we had put in place and identify any areas that we need to focus on for the coming year’.

 The schools action plan is focused on the areas for development identified in the previous inspection. The actions it contains are the right ones to bring about change in the areas required”.

“Regular monitoring of lessons by the Headteacher and other senior leaders is beginning to improve the quality of teaching. It is good to see that marking has been a focus for staff training. Books are marked more regularly and teachers’ comments are more relevant to what pupils are being expected to learn. As a result, pupils are responding increasingly well to marking and editing their work”.

“Staff have higher expectations for pupils, which is contributing to the raising of standards. There is generally an improving picture of progress in Years 1 to 3. In almost all classes pupils have made more rapid progress in writing”.
I am pleased to see that you and other senior leaders are making increasingly good use of information about pupils’ progress to plan extra support where pupils are in danger of falling behind. Support for pupils eligible for pupil premium funding continues to improve, so their progress is accelerating”.
“You have taken further good steps to support families, for example where there are concerns over attendance. This encourages pupils to get to school and enriches their experience, such as through sports activities, aimed at making them feel more positive about themselves and their ability to learn”.
“Governors are very supportive of the school and benefit from a strong chairperson. They visit the school regularly and can talk in general terms about the actions being taken by the school leaders”.
Following this visit, I wanted to share the areas for development this year, which will drive the school forward.
ü  Tighter subject action plans that will have greater impact in shorter timescales
ü  Clear roles for staff to make sure all pupils learn to their full potential
ü  A review of pupil premium spending to ensure we use the money as effectively as possible
HMI will continue to monitor the school; a second visit in the spring term will focus on the impact of the leadership team in raising attainment.
You will receive new class curriculum letters from your child’s new teacher on the 17th September during “Meet the Teacher sessions”; this will explain what will be covered over the next term and inform you about the new IPC topics they will be covering. A list of important dates will also be attached. (The Reception teachers meeting will be held on the 19th September at 9.15am).

The term has already got off to a really positive start. The pupils are arriving on time and settling well into their new classes – they look smart, and there is a very positive atmosphere around the school. I am sure this will be a very successful year for all our pupils, and there is plenty to look forward to in the future as the school continues to develop and build on its successes. An important aspect of this is good communication between home and school- so please do not hesitate to contact me if there are issues which might affect your child in school, or if you have any concerns about any part of their school experience. Your first point of contact is, as always, the Main School Office. I look forward to working in partnership with you this year.
On another note, whilst I am a fan of modern methods of communication and can see the many benefits of email, texting and social networking, there are also some downsides. As a school we strive to foster very positive and open relationships with all of our parents, in the hope that whenever there are any concerns you will all feel comfortable coming to see an appropriate member of staff. Consequently I would be grateful if any parent who wishes to discuss anything about school policy, procedure or simply air their views, comes and sees me. Recently, I have been made aware of instances where Facebook has been used as a forum for unsubstantiated gripes and moans, which I do not think is the best way to resolve any problems.

Just a reminder that the school website is www.wrotham-road.kent.sch.uk which has all the relevant letters and information you will need to know. Our blog address has changed and the new address is wrpsblog.blogspot.co.uk

Kind Regards,
Sarah Green

Headteacher

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

First full week back

Welcome back to the school year of 2014-2015.

I truly hope that all our families had a wonderful summer. The children all look incredibly smart in their new school uniform. 

The children are having a fantastic first full week back and I hope they are returning home full of positive comments! Their behaviour throughout this week is superb and during my visits to every class this week, I was truly impressed with all the hard work going on in every room.

A warm welcome to the new Reception children that started today. 

Monday, 1 September 2014