Looking back, 2015 for Patcham Junior School was a year of unequivocal success. This time last year we were in an OFSTED category, judged as having “serious weaknesses” and anxiously waiting reinspection. This of course has been completely turned around and now the school’s efforts have been recognised in a ‘good’ judgement. More than this however – our results from last year were extremely positive, placing us top of the league table in Brighton and Hove for “average point score”. We were also featured in the Daily Telegraph’s “UK’s Top 1000 Primary Schools” and using this source of information, compared with similar sized Junior Schools, we are placed in the top ten in the country! It is important to remember that these sources of information can be incredibly unreliable (see my other blogs) however lets celebrate a huge achievement!
I am really looking forward to 2016 and we have started the new year in good spirits! We all really enjoyed the Christmas shows and the diversity on offer last year was really exciting. The Year 6 film project was an experiment, but I was so impressed with the quality of the short films. As for the year 4 Christmas Show – those of you who saw it will understand the reason I would write that it possibly was the best Christmas performance I have ever seen produced by a school.
On Tuesday this week I met with a creative art director about an exciting project Year 4 will be taking part in this year. I don’t want to give too much away, as the children will learn more in due course, however their creativity and ideas are going to be exhibited as part of the Brighton Festival this year! We are also lucky enough to be one of the schools chosen to “adopt” an author for the festival period. Again – more information will follow in due course. This term will also see our young performance poets prepare for a show at the upcoming Science Festival. Year 4 will be going on a new residential to Liddington PGL center – along with hundreds of other children from across Brighton and Hove. Mr Barker and Mr Rodericks went to visit the site and carry out a risk assessment on Wednesday and were blown away by how good it is!
2016 is also going to be a year of sport for us – with participation planned in even more competitions and events. Working with Tim Laing, a PE specialist from Westdene Primary, we will organise more ‘in school’ competitions too – similar to the Rugby Festival. We also aim to introduce cycling into the curriculum and working with Bike it Ben hope to increase the number of children cycling for fun out of school too. Finally, I am writing this with dance music bouncing through the walls as our Year 6 children begin to prepare for Lets Dance. It promises to be a really exciting year!