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11.9.17

What a brilliant first week back at school - the pupils have settled well into their new classes and routines and all look very smart. New friends have been made and there was a real excitement about catching up with old ones. We also welcome Ms Patricia Kernevez, to Year 2, and Mrs Claire Walsh to Year 1.   

The school currently has 200 pupils on register with waiting lists for a number of classes - spaces available only in Y1, Y5 & Y6. This is obviously great for the school, but with the new Knighton Road development, yet to have residents, it is even more essential that the LA and government consider our ongoing request for additional funding to support the additional learning spaces required, particularly in F/KS1. Perhaps when details regarding the WeST MAT are finalised, and we are officially part of this MAT, we will be able to access other funding avenues?

 

Today was our new intake of Foundation Stage pupils' first day. I was only witness to one set of tears, and yes it was a child! FroWS (Friends of Wembury School) have very kindly offered a 'Teas & Tears' morning, for new parents and families to meet. This will take place on Wednesday 13th September, straight after drop-off, in the staff room, where you will be warmly welcomed.

For further photos of some of the Foundation's first day please click here.

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As ever staff have already had training days, in English and Mathematics, working alongside staff from Oreston and Dunstone. Not only is this economically better but it also allows for further professional development, ensuring a consistency in outcomes for our pupils. Data from summer 2017 indicates that our pupils continue to do well, with obvious variances for different cohorts. With this in mind our objectives for continued, school development this year are:

 

  • Continue to embed teaching sequences, grammar subject knowledge 
  • Continue to embed writing across the curriculum
  • Further develop pupils’ application of key grammatical skills
  • Promote and embed high quality writing across the curriculum
  • Further develop mathematical reasoning and maths across the curriculum
  • Enhance provision for the creative arts
  • Extending the EYFS/KS1 facilities to meet need
  • Refining, creating and adopting systems within a Multi-Academy Trust, ensuring the ethos, values and uniqueness of Wembury remain.
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As many of you will be aware, we have gained our fifth GOLD kitemark for sports and PE provision. We are due to be presented with this on Wednesday, where we also hope it will be announced that we are also eligible for a Platinum award, having gained gold for five years. This is the first year this has been available and we hope to be one of the first schools to gain this. We will let you know more details soon.

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We maintain our contact and partnership with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust, (you may recognise the first image?) with clubs starting this week. They will also be working across the school, delivering additional PE sessions.  We are also fortunate to be working with partners, delivering cricket.  Although many opportunities tend to be for KS2, Argyle football club is open to all, including our new Foundation pupils. We will also be providing Bikeability for KS2 and Balanceability for KS1, later this month, so please check book bags, website, texts and emails for relevant forms and information.  

A reminder that our 'Meet & Greet' will take place on Wednesday 20th September. Letters will follow shortly, inviting you in to meet your child's new class teacher, understand expectations for this academic year and how we can support you to support your child. It is an opportunity for you to get to know the classroom environment and have a better understanding of topics and how children learn, as well as rules and routines. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Thank you for adapting to the adjusted drop-off and collection routines; this had made it much easier for all. There may still need to be some tweaking, regarding siblings, but on the whole it appears to be working.

 

I know that this year will be full of new, creative, challenging and varied opportunities and I look forward to working with you all and your children. 


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