School Continues to be Good

As you will have been aware on the 28th November 2017 Ofsted visited the School.

“Parents are extremely positive about the school’s work.” 

We have now formally received the news that the School continues to be Good. This is great news and we would like to thank all our staff, governors and parent for their efforts in the build-up to and during the inspection. Especially all those parents who completed the Ofsted survey providing evidence for the inspector comments below

Parents are extremely positive about the school’s work. They praise the approachability of you and your staff. They greatly value the school’s caring and nurturing ethos, where pupils are encouraged to be considerate and look out for each other. They state that their children go from ‘strength to strength’ in their learning because lessons are enjoyable yet challenging. Many say that the school is ‘fantastic’, with several commenting on the interesting curriculum that focuses on outdoor learning and local history. Parents clearly see the school as an important feature of the local community.

Sandra Woodman Ofsted Inspector – December 2017

If you would like to read the full letter from Ofsted, including the findings it can be found on the Ofsted Page of the school website

 

Otter Adoption

Our School Council’s initiative this term was to adopt one of the WWT otters.

After some fundraising, we raised enough money to pay for one year’s adoption.

Last week, the School Council members went to the WWT to test out some brand new educational resources and at the same time, purchased the adoption pack. They were very excited – especially about the cuddly otter toy we got as well – another welcome addition to our school!

As a school, we feel really supported by the WWT who are always very generous when we visit them for class trips. The school council felt that we ought to ‘pay it forward’ and support our local environment by adopting one of their many animals. The whole school are interested in adopting a bird from the WWT in the new year, so fundraising will no doubt begin again – but this time with a brand new school council.

**SCHOOL CLOSED**

School will be closed today – Monday 11th December due to icy weather and roads.

 

Year 5 Maths Challenge

Well done to four of our brilliant Year 5 mathematicians who participated in a maths challenge Friday 24th November at St Edward’s School in Cheltenham.

They had to work very quickly to solve some tricky maths puzzles but really loved the experience.

Super Effort!

 

 

New Term and New Governors

Firstly, a huge thank you to Laura, who has stepped down as Chair of Governors and a Parent Governor after an amazing nine years – nine years that have seen huge successes in the achievements and progress of the school. Thank you very much, Laura – a very tough act to follow!

We have two new governors joining us this term – the Governing Body is very pleased to welcome Adrian Jordan onto the team as our newest Parent Governor and Linda Dibley becomes our latest Co-Opted Governor (what used to be called Community Governors).

For the first time in over a year, this means we now have a full complement of governors (the Governing Body comprises ten governors – the Head Teacher, a Staff Governor, four Parent Governors, three Co-Opted Governors and a Local Authority Governor). With a number of relatively new recruits in the team – Emily, Lucy, Linda and Adrian have all joined us within the last six to eight months – this influx of ‘new blood’ will be invaluable, providing fresh perspectives on the challenges we face through the year.

We have had good results from last year – attainment and progress improved on the previous year, with the focus on reading and spelling having significant effect. The staff and governors will obviously be looking to maintain this momentum across the school this year, as well as focusing on supporting disadvantaged pupils, challenging more-able children and developing greater awareness of our multi-cultural society

Tricia Carrington and I are now sharing the role of Chair of Governors, with Sarah Kiddle as Vice-Chair. As you probably know, Sarah also set up the Parents’ Forum last year, with parent representatives from each class involved. This gives a great opportunity for parents to have their say – and I believe there is still a vacancy for a parent from Reception class if anyone is interested?

Communication is always a key issue, and we are going to be looking at the best ways to communicate children’s progress to parents. We are always keen to hear your thoughts about the school, so please either contact Sarah through the Parents’ Forum or, if you would rather contact Tricia or me directly, email us on chair@slimbridge.gloucs.sch.uk, or contact us via Nikki Elliott in the Office.

Steve Williamson

Co-Chair of Governors

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