Mr Bates’ Blog – May 2016

I guess that if you have got this far, you have discovered the new school webpage! As part of this, and in order to help improve communication generally, I will be regularly posting a Blog and updating the news and information on the webpage. The webpage will focus on information and parental communication whereas Twitter will remain as the main host of class and school based photos and reports, and Seesaw and Dojo the individual means of sharing class homework, good work etc.

So how are we faring post inspection? The inspection went well, which is credit to the staff and pupils, and the report will be published this coming Friday 20th May on the Estyn webpage. The mood around the school amongst the staff is certainly less stressed than it was pre inspection (and during!) and there is a sense that we can build positively on the findings. Thank you for your support.

Unfortunately, on a very much less positive note, we are currently going through a redundancy process with several members of the support staff. This is simply a factor of income not matching costs despite a consistently high roll (we are once again over-subscribed for both Reception and Nursery for Sept and are currently running at 479 out of a capacity of 480). Clearly this is a difficult time for the school and, in particular, those directly affected.

The Summer Term seems to have come around quicker than ever this year (possibly this perception reflects my ever increasing years?!) and with it will come the usual frenzy of report writing, Sports Days (this coming Friday for FP and KS2 with Nursery on Thur 16th June,) leavers’ ‘dos’ etc. Various trips and visits are planned with the Year 6s heading off to Paulton’s Park near Southampton for some roller coaster action! The PTA will once again fund a pizza party in addition to this so that they can sport their smart outfits for a final blast at the school.

On a personal front, I will once again be contributing to the road chaos this coming Sunday as I take part again in the South Wales Velothon! Last year was amazing; fantastic roadside support and a great showcase for Wales generally, so hopefully the sun will shine once again on a great event. Well done Wales for promoting cycling! We have some way to catch up with London, but Wales is becoming increasingly well renowned for road cycling and, in particular, mountain biking.

This is my first ‘Blog’ so thanks for sticking with me this far! I will look to do one a month. Any feedback via my email or a chat at the front of the school at the end of the day.