As another year
draws to a close, we reflect on the last three terms at Alexandra
You’d be forgiven
for thinking that any one of the events described here would
qualify as ‘a busy school year’. But all in one go? This year
will go down as one of the most eventful in Alexandra’s history.
We began the year
in the knowledge that Dennis would step down as Headteacher
after more than 20 years in the post. Pinning down just when
exactly this would happen was a little trickier! When the
children and staff did say a final ‘Goodbye’ in the early
part of the Summer Term, it was in the knowledge that OFSTED
had just rated Alexandra as an Outstanding School for the
third consecutive time. The way the children are taught, the
progress they make as they learn, the amount of time they
attend school, and the way the school is led and run, were
all described as ’Inspirational’!
At the same time,
other National changes led to the school re-thinking the best
way it could continue to offer the best education possible.
For this reason, the idea of joining the Eden Academy was
born. On 9th July, after many meetings with Families, Staff
and Unions, the Alexandra Governing Body voted formally to
join the Eden Academy. In reality, there will be no change
in how the school is run for Children, Families or Staff.
This is simply the best way for Alexandra to continue to offer
high quality education for Primary Children with Special Educational
In the last few
weeks, Year 6 enjoyed a really successful visit to France.
The rest of the school camped (almost without a drop of rain!)
Some of the children’s Golden Moments are displayed in the
corridors. Do look out for them when you come into school
for the BBQ tomorrow.
Of course, all
of these successes are only made possible because of the unique
way in which all parts of the Alexandra community work together.
Thank you for the way you have continued to be a part of our
community by working with your children, the staff, and the
school. Enjoy the Summer Sunshine. Happy Honking!
Ivan and Catherine
Say good bye to...
We say good bye
to sixteen children in Year 6, as they move on to secondary
school. We wish them luck and will miss them all.
We also say goodbye
to some staff:
has been with Alexandra since the beginning of time. Every
child and staff member who has worked with Dave has benefitted
from knowing him.
and Freya have worked with us this year as
graduate teaching assistants. Vicky is going to start working
as a Nursery Nurse in Wales. Freya is going to take on a three
month internship as part of a Research Project. We wish them
both the very best of success for the future. You may still
see her around here from time to time.
to Nikki Attwood who is pregnant! She will
be returning home to New Zealand. We wish her the very best
as she begins a new chapter, raising a family.
has been a senior teacher at Alexandra for the last ten years,
with a responsibility for children with ASD and Complex Needs.
She takes with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, and
all of our good wishes. At our School, and across schools
in Harrow, she will be hugely missed. She leaves to take up
a post at Pield Heath School in Uxbridge.
Hurdle joined Alexandra in January 2007. She has
worked in nearly every class across the school. We will miss
Leanne’s warmth, humour, knowledge and experience. She leaves
to take up a leadership post in Nottingham.
Say Hello to...
Baluch will be joining us in September, to work as
an LSA in the Gosling Geese.
has been teaching for two years in Roxeth School, Harrow.
She joins us to teach the Atlantic Geese in Year 5.
has been teaching for over fifteen years. She will
be the teacher for the Barnacle Geese in the Autumn Term.
Thubron is a hugely experienced LSA, who has worked
at Alexandra for years. Supported by Jane and Pushpa, she
will lead the Pacific Geese in the Autumn Term.
Lawrence joins us a full time class teacher, having
been a cover teacher here since January.
returns to us after two terms away. We are delighted to have
Please come to
the school barbeque tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd July. All parents
are invited to join us from 11.45 a.m. for a delicious barbeque
lunch and the school prize-giving ceremony. This will be the
last day for the children.
1st September, 2013, Alexandra School formally becomes
an academy. We join Moorcroft, Grangewood and Sunshine
House Schools in the Eden Academy.
start school on Wednesday, 4th September, 2013.