Sunday February 25th

I hope you have all had a great half term break? I have had a busy week getting ready for our Estyn revisit on 5th March but also spending some quality time with family and friends. I am writing my blog on the return journey from a weekend in London where I managed to add at least 20 miles to my Fitbit! I love the ‘big city’ but I’m glad I don’t have to live their full time!!

The week before half term seems a long time ago now but it was a very productive week. Many thanks to all who turned up for the parents’ forum on Tuesday. It was great to see so many there and we had some useful discussions on categorisation, funding and budgets, progress on Estyn recommendations and our School development plan moving forward. I find these sessions so valuable to gauge parents’ opinions and it’s always good for us to get feedback on things like our homework policy and Eisteddfod competitions as well as wider school issues.

I also had a chance to catch up with Year 2 and Year 6 teachers to look at the progress their pupils are making towards achieving their end of year targets. We check these regularly so we can organise extra support and intervention if any children are are struggling or just need a little confidence boost. I will be checking in with the other year groups over the next few weeks.

Year 1 ended our half term with a fantastic Superhero assembly. Their confidence and expression never ceases to amaze me and they wowed us all with their fabulous performance. Well done to all involved.

Quite a short half term to come, just 4 weeks and 4 days. We are holding our Eisteddfod on Wednesday if this week with the parents’ performance on Thursday evening at 6. Estyn will be revisiting the school on 5th and 6th March to gauge progress since the full inspection in September 2016.

Looking at the weather forecast for the coming week we may be in for a bit of disruption so please keep your eye on Twitter and our website and School Comms texting service for up to date information.

Mrs Joanne Bayton

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