Headteachers Weekly Update – 13th May 2016

This week started with a visit to our Nursery from an Ofsted inspector as part of their routine inspection timetable. He spent the day in the Nursery on Monday observing staff, talking to children and finding out about all the exciting things that happen there. He was particularly interested in the way that the school and Nursery are working together and to hear about the opportunities that are on offer to the children at King Offa. He will send us a copy of his report soon and we are looking forward to sharing the findings once it is published in a couple of weeks’ time. Watch this space!

Our wonderful Year Six children have taken their SAT tests this week and I have congratulated them on the mature and sensible approach they have taken to what can be a difficult week for them and staff. They approached the tests with a real ‘can do’ attitude and all of them tried their very best. There has been a lot in the press recently about the negative effect of the tests on children and the narrowing of the curriculum that they receive as a result of the testing. I am proud that the staff team here strike the right balance of making sure that children are as prepared as they can be but also manage to keep sight of the fact that there are many factors that make schools great, not just test scores. Our children are lucky to benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum and Year Six children still have much to look forward to before they leave us and move on to secondary school in September.

I am really pleased to say that King Offa has been chosen to take part in a school improvement programme that aims to help move schools from Good to Outstanding. We will be working with Essex Education Services to gather the views of everybody connected to King Offa in the form of questionnaires and this information will then be analysed by experts to help identify the most important areas for us to work on to keep the school moving forward. We have already gathered the views of staff and now need your help. Next week a short survey will come home with your child and we would be really grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete it. The information that we collect will help to inform our School Development Plan for next year and help to keep us improving all the time.

Pictured above this week are children from Year Two working hard on an art project that is part of their Paragon learning.

 

Thanks for your support,

James Freeston

Headteacher