Turning green…

Jan 10, 2017

Happy New Year! No I am not proposing a political direction, nor feeling particularly jealous… I have however been thinking about the environment and want to share some of the initiatives we are developing this year. It is quite easy to feel negative about the year just gone – certainly 2016 will go down as […]

More changes…

Apr 25, 2016

Managing change is something all school leaders have become experienced in over the past few years. This perhaps is not that unusual – similar changes have been happening in many other sectors and organisations, both public and private. The recent Education White Paper’s aim to convert all schools to academies however is a considerable change […]

Success!

Success!

Nov 18, 2015

This week I met with the Local Authority adviser who works with us to both support and challenge the school leadership in order to ensure we deliver the high quality education our children deserve. We carried out the annual data review, which most of the time for most schools involves looking at the areas that […]

Friday 24th April

Friday 24th April

Apr 26, 2015

It has been a week of meetings – with both a Full Governing Body Meeting and the Local Authority “Strategy Board” meeting. Both were challenging and positive as expected – but very focused on the important business of ensuring the very best possible education for the children who attend Patcham Junior School. The information the […]

Sunday 9th November

Sunday 9th November

Nov 9, 2014

INSET day on Monday was spent working in year group teams to further personalise our approach; ensuring that all pupils have the correct level of challenge and support. The emphasis is on ensuring that all pupils make at least expected progress in maths, reading and writing from the point at which they join us, and […]

Sunday 28th September

Sunday 28th September

Sep 29, 2014

We have just over a week until our next contact with OFSTED. I will be discussing the data and progress against the areas for improvement by phone next Monday with the HMI attached to our school. In the meantime, all leaders in the school are working hard, monitoring developments and progress and ensuring that the teaching […]

Sunday 21st September

Sunday 21st September

Sep 21, 2014

Its been a frustrating week. The safety of the children at school is everyone’s number one priority; and this does extend out into the community. Ladies Mile Road, whilst being a ’20 zone’ and in theory not a main road is very busy in the mornings and after school. As many of you know, it […]

Saturday 13th September

Saturday 13th September

Sep 13, 2014

The end of the first full week back to school actually marks one of the most positive starts to a term I can remember for a number of years. The new teams and classes are working well and the weeks of planning and preparing for September seem to have paid off. There is a sense […]

Friday 18th July

Friday 18th July

Jul 18, 2014

The picture shows some of our fabulous year 6 children independently raising money for charity by selling cupcakes – they were delicious! The weather is absolutely gorgeous, unless you are working or in a school… My favourite room this week is the ICT suite – the luxury of air conditioning… Still – I shouldn’t complain […]

Friday 27th June

Friday 27th June

Jun 27, 2014

Its hard to know what picture to use today – so much has been going on this week (I eventually chose a picture of our really helpful playtime buddies, who planned and organised playtime games with the children who will be joining us in September): Year 5 and 6, as part of our transition arrangements to […]

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