I can’t quite believe that another year has passed so quickly! However I do feel that this has been a year of more change and one in which Nevill Road Junior school has moved forward once again.
The focus this year has very much been on developing the quality of teaching and learning in school.
As we approach a new curriculum in September 2014, the children at school have become much more used to being active and independent learners. Being able to discuss their ideas with partners; helping each other to edit and improve their work; frequently working in different groupings; and being able to talk about their next steps in learning are now all features of the majority of lessons in school. These skills will be built on and further developed as we introduce a curriculum which engages the children and aims to ensure that skills in Maths and Literacy are transferred across all areas. I will keep you fully informed of these developments via the weekly newsletter.
Since arriving at Nevill Road my aim has been to ensure a consistent approach to all areas of school. Last year we introduced a new tracking system and this year we have worked on securing consistent levelling of work. To further develop this we will be making the children’s APP sheets available to parents from Monday 15th September. These are the sheets which children refer to during their lessons and they show the next steps in learning for Reading, Writing and Maths. Teachers update these as the children show that they have mastered the skills and can apply them to their work, both consistently and independently. If you wish to have a copy sent home please contact your child’s class teacher at the start of term.
I really would like to develop the good partnership that we already have with parents and enable you to know how to support your children even more at home.
I was delighted with our recent Ofsted inspection and would like to thank all members of staff for their commitment to school. A number of key issues have been identified that we will be focussing on next year. Everyone involved with school is determined to make our school the very best possible.
Mrs Jordan joined us in November as Deputy Head and has been an invaluable asset to the school. She has worked tirelessly to raise standards and support other members of staff and has competently managed the day-to-day logistics of running a school. Her roles and responsibilities have been shared between senior leaders for the next two terms and I will provide a full staffing structure for you in September, so that you are fully aware of who to contact should the need arise.
I would like to wish Mrs Jordan all the best for her new role as a mother and we look forward to having her back after Easter next year.
Due to the increasing numbers coming through from the Infants, and from new entrants from other schools, we have new members of staff starting in September. Miss Lannon and Miss Smith will be with us for the whole year, with Mr Elias and Miss Walters available until Mr Cardwell and Mrs Pratt are fit to return to work.
As you know, there will be 3 classes in each year group in September, which brings me on to the building work! We are having a double mobile classroom unit installed on both playgrounds. The one in the Year 3 playground will be occupied by children in Year 4 and will be operational in September. Work has already begun on the foundations for this classroom. The mobile on the main playground will be occupied by Year 5. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be ready before the start of October so classes Y5L and Y5P will use the existing mobile classrooms until their new rooms are available. The existing mobiles are then scheduled to be demolished during October half term.
Building work will be taking place throughout the summer holidays and you may well see pieces of classroom being craned over the school if you are around on August 4th and 5th!!!
At the start of term, all children in Years 3 and 4 will need to line up on the existing Year 3 playground. Entry to all Year 3 and 4 classes will be from that playground. Children in Years 5 and 6 will need to line up on the main playground to enter school. The children will also leave school at the end of the day by the same door that they entered in the morning.
The standard of school productions has continued to impress me this year and I have also been delighted by the development of our school band. Mr Stonehouse, director of music at Bramhall High School, has provided his expertise to really get the band up and running. I am now hoping to see it grow over the next year or two so that we can refer to it as an “orchestra” rather than a band!
I should also like to mention the wonderful Mrs Bailey, who has taught recorder to all our Year 3 children. Their concert on Wednesday of this week was wonderful, with lots of smiling faces and confidence too. Hopefully the skills that they have learned this year, and not just those in music, will enable the children to thrive in the future.
Finally I should like to wish all our Year 6s the very best of luck for their futures as they leave Nevill Road and move on to the next phase of their education. We are losing a wonderful year group who have always been incredibly hardworking and kind. I thoroughly enjoyed the time that I spent with them in the Lake District.
I hope that you all have a very restful summer and that the sun continues to shine.
We start again on Wednesday 3rd September and I look forward to seeing what the next year at Nevill Road brings with it.
Miss Sheila Harrison