Our school values are the 7Cs. We expect all children and adults to be Caring, Courteous, Considerate, Co-operative, Conscientious, Confident and Communicative. Many visitors to our school comment on the exceptional learning behaviour and exemplary courtesy shown by the children throughout the school.
Good communication between home and school is essential. We use a range of strategies including fortnightly newsletters, texts to parents, a comprehensive school website, regular parent evenings, suggestion boxes and parent workshops. I am usually available to you on a daily basis. Come and say ‘good morning’ to me at the entrance to the KS1 playground from 8.20am.
Teachers are available at the beginning and end of the school day. However, it is more relaxed to discuss concerns or celebrations at the end of the school day when the class teacher is not preparing for the day ahead.
Our staff work hard to ensure that every child does well. We were recently congratulated by the Minister of State for Schools as we are amongst the top one hundred schools in the country for ‘sustained improvement in attainment’.
We track the progress of every child to make sure they are making the progress we expect. If we find children have missed or not understood part of their learning we have specific packages of support to help them to catch up quickly. Although we hold regular parents evenings you can talk to teachers about your child’s progress at any time.
It is a joy to be the Headteacher of this really great school.
We have excellent staff but without the support of our parents and the efforts of our children we could not do the good work we do. Through working together we can achieve the very best for each of our children. This is why we aim to work in partnership with parents and take your views and concerns very seriously.
Our school day begins at 8.30am with English and Maths. Children are expected to be punctual and have high attendance.
Our recent Ofsted inspection was judged as ‘Outstanding’. It is perhaps the most impressive inspection report that I have ever read. Our key issue is to; Increase the opportunities for senior and middle leaders to share their excellent practice widely, both locally and across the local authority.
We have no choice in developing this key issue. To this end, I have recently been appointed as a National Leader of Education and many of the teaching staff are Specialist Leaders of education. We offer school to school support in Dorset and beyond.
I feel very lucky to be working with such a good group of staff, parents and children. St Nicholas and St Laurence School is “one big happy family”.