Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Jan 11, 2016

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 […]

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Jun 21, 2015

The inaugural spelling bee was a success and hopefully something we can build upon next year. Learning spellings is a complex process and quite personal for different children. The competitive element for some children was really motivating and anecdotally at least I know of a number of children who’s spelling has improved considerably as a […]

Now we are Good!

Now we are Good!

Jun 7, 2015

It has been a strange week in some ways. Although, obviously the outcome from the recent inspection is a huge relief and a well earned accolade that reflects the  considerable effort undertaken by everyone, it has taken some time to get used to the idea. I guess after so long yearning for this outcome, we […]

OFSTED

OFSTED

Jun 1, 2015

The Governing Body is extremely pleased that Ofsted has recognised the improvements made in the school since the last report, published in January last year and has now judged the school to be good. In describing Patcham Junior School as a good school, Ofsted is using a description of our school that we fully recognise […]

Saturday 9th May

Saturday 9th May

May 9, 2015

The image shows last week’s children’s parade – more pictures to follow! This week, OFSTED finally arrived, inspecting the school in a full section 5 inspection on Thursday and Friday. Whilst I am giving myself the weekend off, I do want to say thank you for the overwhelming support given to us by our parents, […]

Sunday 3rd May

Sunday 3rd May

May 4, 2015

so I thought I’d use new technology this week by using my phone to write my blog. i am using voice recognition software which possibly could revolutionize writing 4children. obviously there are a few issues to sort out. such as the use of capital letters to start each sentence… {I have edited the rest using my […]

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 […]

Friday 17th April

Friday 17th April

Apr 17, 2015

So far it has been a ridiculously busy week. After a holiday of resting and recharging I have spent most of the week trying to get back up to speed. It is interesting to reflect on how much is expected of educational professionals in an ‘average’ day – comparing this week with my previous week of […]

Saturday 7th February

Feb 7, 2015

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted”, a moral from Aesop which still has resonance. The story of the lion and the mouse is illustrative of something which at times seems out of kilter with the modern thrust of much of our culture. Yet at school, in general, the children are incredibly kind. Sometimes […]

Friday 16th January

Friday 16th January

Jan 16, 2015

Dare I say it… no snow yet! The annual scattering of the white stuff is greeted with screams of delight by most of the children in the country, but presents a huge dilemma to headteachers… Lets hope for a continued mild winter. This week I have been busy working on the School Self Evaluation summary. […]

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