Dear parents and carers,
As we move towards the close of another school year, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to you for your continued support. We have made fantastic progress again and it has been wonderful to receive so many positive comments from parents, carers and the local and wider community. We were immensely proud to be judged an ‘outstanding’ school this year by Ofsted. Whilst the formal inspection report is amazing, for us, what really counts, is the difference that an outstanding school makes to your child’s education. Twenty children have secured places at grammar school this year – the largest percentage ever in the history of the school.
We are hugely proud of the children who are a real credit to our school, & to you as parents and carers.
Our Year 6 data is again above the national percentage for children achieving the expected standard in all three subjects of reading, writing and mathematics. We have further increased the gap between our children’s results and national data. This represents an incredible achievement for the children, especially given the new curriculum which has raised the standards required, considerably. Outstanding teaching in every year group is evident in your children’s success and is testament to their hard work and the skill and dedication of all the staff.
It is a joy to see happy children every school day, achieving and succeeding every step of the way. We have had children perform Shakespeare at the Marlowe Theatre and Stratford-upon-Avon, taken pupils to Warwickshire as world finalists in a prestigious mathematics competition and won Kent School Team of the Year. Ruby Tipple won the best book review award for the whole of Kent and our music council won the opportunity to use a professional recording studio to record their Walk to School song, which was the highly commended runner up in Kent. Our sports teams are always congratulated on their competitive flair balanced with fair play and sportsmanship. Mr Kirby commented on how humbling it was to see Year 5 and 6 boys all cheering on a girl at sports day last week – real evidence of our children living the school values.
I have been privileged to lead work in the Coastal Academies Trust on ensuring that the high primary standards of attainment continue from day one when children start in Year 7. Senior leaders at Cliftonville delivered training to nearly one hundred and fifty teachers from our four secondary schools and the impact of this work is being seen across the trust.
I am very grateful to parents who serve on the Parents' Forum. Their feedback, detailing both our strengths and areas for development, has such a positive impact on the success of the school. My thanks also go to Mrs Weitzel and Miss Powell for facilitating this group.
With your support, we have raised thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities. In addition, we have been very grateful to the fundraising for the school which helps us buy items for the children from our ‘wish list’. We successfully bid for nearly half a million pounds to replace the roof which meant that the school’s budget remained directly focused on teaching and learning...and not buildings.
Sadly we will be saying goodbye to two fantastic teachers at the end of this term. Miss Powell is moving to London, to work in another outstanding school, and Mrs Adams has been promoted to a leadership post in a local school. Both have been so committed to our school, going the extra mile week in, week out. Mrs Brockman is looking forward to the birth of her first baby and will start her maternity leave this Friday – she doesn’t know if it’s a ‘pink or blue’ baby, so we are all excitedly waiting to find out! Mrs Hedges, in our premises team, started her maternity leave last week and we wish her and Mr Hedges all the best as they await their new baby early next term. Two teaching assistants, Miss Perry and Miss Ames, leave to start teacher training in September and Miss Connellan will return as Mrs Mayhew following her wedding in August. Ms Johnson, in our office team, will be leaving to take up a new post in a local secondary school. We wish all the very best to staff leaving us and thank them for their commitment to the school and their relentless focus on making sure your children have the very best education.
Outstanding doesn’t mean perfect and we have some exciting new projects in the pipeline. We have developed a forest school area which is already being used and one of our new teachers is a qualified forest school practitioner. A key theme of our school improvement plan will be vocabulary development across the school which will impact on every area of the curriculum – there will be lots of vocabulary activities coming home next year.
I am so proud and privileged to lead this school. The teamwork and dedication of staff, no matter what their role, in making sure your child is thriving educationally, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually is second to none.
On behalf of the Cliftonville Primary School staff, I would like to wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer holiday. We also wish our Year 6 pupils all the very best for a bright and successful future – we hope they look back at their time at Cliftonville with fondness and happy memories.
For those returning in September, I will see you all as school starts at 8.50 am on Tuesday 5th September 2017. I look forward to seeing our pupils in their smart Cliftonville Primary School uniform, ready for the challenges of a new academic year.