In December I sent out this communication:
Recently we have had a number of children coming into school, which is fantastic because with growth comes new opportunity. Immediately, the growth in numbers and the projections for the coming years gives the opportunity to get back to single classes for each year group. So we will be changing the classes so that the Junior children will be staying in year groups all day – like the Infant children do.
So, why are we doing this in the middle of a year?
Ideally we would have waited until September, however, we must act NOW to ensure we have the best provision available for the children NOW – when the need is greatest. To wait would mean we do not do the best for the children. It will mean a change of teacher for some children, however it will also:
- reduce the number of children in each class and allow the teachers to plan and teach within one national curriculum year.
- rejoin the split of children in year 4 and year 5.
- allow the teachers across two schools in the Federation to plan together more effectively.
The classes will be (and the teachers will be based in the same room unless otherwise stated):
|EYFS and Key Stage 1||Key Stage 2|
|Mrs Harding remains teaching Reception
Mr Hookes remains teaching Year 1
Mrs Bartlett remains teaching Year 2
|Mrs Speed will teach Year 3
Mr Hockley will teach Year 4 in the ‘Sea School’ room
Mrs Railston / Mrs Lewis will teach Year 5
Mr Guyler will teach Year 6
We will also be teaching to curriculum strengths in the afternoon as we have done this term, ensuring we maintain our unique Sea School provision which Mr Hockley is working on developing. Classes will continue to receive specialist teaching in languages, music, ICT and PE over the week on a rota basis.
We will be working very hard to ensure that all children make the very best progress at school and to do that we continue to need your help. Please ensure your child sees this change as positive and explain to them that it is necessary to ensure they meet our high expectations.
We held a parents voice, which 5 parents attended. I had a letter from one further parent. We had a fantastic discussion with the group about the school and the changes which we have had to make for the good of the children. Over the coming months I hope to implement much of what the group asked for. Until them, the next parents voice will be on the 21st of January. You are more than welcome to attend.