As we reach
the end of a long and busy term, it is good to look back at
some of the highlights:
we started the school year with 16 new pupils, 3 new teachers
and nine new class names to learn! We were pleased to
welcome parents to the school during Meet the Families
Week in mid-September.
we took our lessons outside during Outdoor Learning Week.
Our mantra for the week was “There’s no such thing as
bad weather, just the wrong clothes!” Nick and Jo led
the school to explore the great outdoors and learn from
nature. You can continue the exploring over the Christmas
holidays: find ideas at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50-things-to-do.
we ran a Making Changes Parenting Support Course. This
course was facilitated by Ivan, Jan and Catherine Sutcliffe
(SALT). The course was consistently attended and well-received
by a group of parents of some of our younger pupils. We
will hope to offer it to another group of parents later
in the school year.
we have been preparing for our Christmas Show and Charity
Appeal. This year we are supporting Save the Children
and will be raising money from the sale of tickets for
the show, by wearing festive clothing on the last day
of term, and by selling school merchandise including this
year’s school mug.
On behalf of all
the staff, I would like to wish our children and families
a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will see you
all again on Thursday 5th January 2017.
Parents / Carers
Thank you for
working with us and taking the time to complete the survey
at the end of the summer term. Overall, 50 forms were returned
and the results carefully analysed. All the signed responses
were put in a draw and the winning families were Juanita in
Goslings, and Beatris in Magpie Geese. They win vouchers for
a family trip to the cinema in the new year.
The results provide us with a valuable insight into how you
see the school and where we should make changes. The results
table provides percentage responses per question. Drawing
on the questions and the comment boxes, we have summarised
the most significant messages from you to us.
What do you like most about Alexandra School?
The survey results demonstrate an overwhelmingly positive
feeling about your and your child’s experience at Alexandra
School. In comparison to the last questionnaire, completed
in 2014, there was a greater percentage of parents ‘strongly
agreeing’ to almost every statement on the survey. 98% of
families agreed or strongly agreed with all wellbeing statements,
and all families felt their child was safe at Alexandra. Communication
between families and the school is vital for ensuring progress
and a togetherness in the way we nurture your children – 100%
of families felt comfortable to approach the school with comments
or concerns, and felt that contact with the class teacher
through meetings, email and via the telephone was good and
useful. Our approachable staff, of whom we are very proud,
were praised by over a quarter families in their final comments:
“A friendly environment with such lovely staff.” “The staff
How can we make Alexandra School even better?
All but two of the questions asked on the survey received
an overwhelmingly positive response, with 90% or more of families
agreeing or strongly agreeing.
Some families were unsure as to whether their child knows
who to talk to in school. If you feel this way, please approach
your child’s class team who will be happy to support you with
Some families had concerns about the level of homework set.
Since the last survey, homework requirements have been more
clearly stated to families at the start of the year via ‘Gates
Gossip’ sessions and Fronter. New reading records have also
been introduced and homework has been streamlined across the
school. We can see that there continues to be some questions
about the level of homework set and will work on this with
staff, building on the best practice in school.
Any other comments?
Finally, we would like to close with a few more quotes from
“Alexandra is such an amazing school. Everyone goes above
and beyond to make it such a great place to be.”
“My child enjoys coming to school every day.”
“I like the wonderfully warm and supportive atmosphere amongst
all the children from Year 6 down to Goslings.”
And finally, goodbye
Bethan, who has
been teaching the Emperor Geese this term, while Elena was
still on maternity leave. Although Bethan has been with us
only a short time, it has been quite long enough for us to
know that she is an excellent teacher and we wish we could
keep her for longer!
Simrit, who has been an LSA at Alexandra since September 2014.
She will be greatly missed, particularly by the Magpie Geese,
with whom she has worked this year and last.
Elena who will
be returning from maternity leave to teach the Emperor Geese
Richard and Jayna, who will be joining the permanent staff
team as LSAs in January.