Oxenhope CE Primary School

Believe and Achieve

Headteacher

on June 9, 2017

I can hardly believe we are starting the final term of the year – a term that is often filled with mixed emotions from children and parents. Moving to a new year group always creates excitement within the classes mixed with a little apprehension about starting the next year one year older. The Year 6 children will of course be moving on to High School and for everyone it is a time to remember and reflect on the previous year, and years, and then make plans for the future. There are many events planned for the final half term of the year which will be updated on the website calendar and have been sent out on a newsletter already (also available on the website).

As we come to the end of the first week I would like to say thank you to the whole school community for the work that has taken place this year – I started the year talking about a strength of purpose and clarity of vision for the school which would hold people together through times of change. As we approach the end of the year and look towards September this still holds true, although now that same strength of purpose will drive us forwards.

I also asked about communication earlier in the year and you responded  Рmore information on new ways of interacting with the school will be coming your way soon so we can be ready to hit the ground running from September.

The feedback on school reports was useful and has enabled us to improve¬†(I hope!) the format by which we tell you about your child’s year in school. We are using a new assessment tracking system this year so are unable to print reports in the same manner as previously. The overwhelming feeling from the parent responses was that you wanted to hear more about your child, the whole curriculum and their particular strengths and achievemnets and that while performance against national expectations for reading, writing and maths was expected this should be discussed in terms of targets and next steps during the year so it can be acted upon together rather than form the bulk of the end of year report. Teachers are currently working hard on the new format to complete them ready to send out later this half term.

I hope the resulting reports meet your expectations and, of course, we are always open to feedback.

Mr Parkin

Headteacher


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