What a wonderful end to the final full week in school. The whole school gathered on Friday morning together with parents and grandparents to watch our Y6 lead their final assembly before leaving us on Tuesday. It was an emotional occasion and everyone was moved by their confidence, enjoyment and mutual support.

Every year, we are amazed by how quickly time passes. During the assembly our Y6 treated us to a vision of the future whilst also remembering their past. They reminded us of memorable moments in each of their seven years at the school and then shared their aspirations for the future. It was lovely to see the genuine affection shared by this group of children and the support and pride of their families and school staff. We all reached for the tissues when they sang their ‘moving on’ song!

The children in Y6 have worked hard this year and have achieved well in their learning. They have also grown as people and we feel they are well equipped for the move to high school. Over the years we have developed excellent partnerships with the parents and carers in this class and this has been reflected in their success. Well done, Y6, we are so proud of each and every one of you.

Earlier in the week, we showcased the musical talents of pupils across the school. A large audience of parents attended the music concert organised by Miss Geelan and were astounded by the considerable skills of our musicians. We heard individual musicians, ensembles and whole class performances. The quality of the singing and playing was evident and everyone left feeling uplifted. Our music curriculum is given a high priority and concerts like the one we experienced on Tuesday show why this is important in the development of our pupils.

After sending home the children’s annual reports this week we have received some excellent feedback from parents. We read all comment slips and respond to parent queries or concerns if requested. This year we have had some queries about our use of effort grades. Having considered these we will provide some descriptions of the different grades next year so parents can understand the differences between the grades and why they are selected and why they might change year by year.

In addition, we have also uploaded a parent view survey onto our website. This is similar to the Ofsted questionnaire used when the school is inspected but also includes some additional questions. In particular, we are asking for views on homework and on this year’s ban on photography. It would be very helpful if as many parents as possible added their views to the survey. It only takes 5 minutes to complete.

As the year comes to an end, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our lovely children for their hard work, enthusiasm and determination to do well; our staff for their dedication and commitment to our children and our parents for their involvement and support. Our 50th year has been a great success and we have enjoyed every moment of it!

On behalf of the whole staff I would like to wish you an enjoyable summer break. We look forward to seeing you all again on Thursday, 3rd September.

Mrs. Reynolds

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