Friday May 5th

I’m writing my blog from London today as have spent the weekend here celebrating my daughter’s 17th and son’s 13th birthdays. Now the fun begins with 2 teenagers in the house! I’m sure school will be a peaceful haven in comparison! 

The view is from the cable car at Greenwich – very high but great views over London! 

Back in school this week Jayne Arthur our challenge advisor and Nicola Allen EAS principal challenge advisor were in on Tuesday morning looking at our levelled and moderated samples of work to corroborate our end of year levels. As you know we are doing national tests at the moment but children’s work is assessed continually through the year and children are given levels at the end of each year, though we only report on years 2 and 6. The end of year levels are used to set targets for the following year too.

I had the pleasure of showing one of my Church in Wales Headteacher colleagues around on Friday afternoon. Mark Durbin headteacher of Henllys church in Wales school in Cwmbran visited to chat about some school to school working and support. It was great to see how busy our years 5 and 6 pupils have been in the grounds this week – a big thank you to Mrs Price who helped dig over the allotments too! 

Darren Hickey delivered an assembly to years 4,5 and 6 about youth club provision after school, Sali Marsden and her colleagues delivered the second session of Kerbcraft for year1, year 2 sessions should be starting shortly, Chris Mills carried out a health and safety check and Andrew from iteach our support for our i pads also attended to update our support plan. 

More tests next week and Mrs Balkwill and I are out on training this week, on Monday for ‘Plant’ part of Monmouthshire’s safeguarding development and on Thursday for developing our middle leaders. Hopefully the glorious weather this afternoon is set to last! 

Mrs Joanne Bayton


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