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Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                            9th November 2018 
 
Parents’ Evenings 
 
Thank you very much for your co-operation with the arrangements for this week’s Parents’ Evenings. Now in its second year, the on-line system appears to be working in securing appointments with relative ease. On behalf of Miss Greenwood, I re-iterate her apologies for having to postpone yesterday’s appointments. I’m glad to report that she is now much better and will conduct the remaining appointments on Thursday next week. 
 
School Enterprise Challenge 
 
What a fantastic response! Many thanks for supporting your child/ren’s initiatives that have not only re-paid in full the initial loans of £5 to each child but also have led to over £3,000 of income! In the next week or so, Mr Staley will write to you with more details but, for now, I can say that the original aim of funding a new water feature for our Spiritual Garden (estimated cost - £900) has more than easily been achieved. Additionally, the School Council is now engaged in deciding how the rest of the income should be used. Consultation is still going on but ideas emerging from its meeting this week include: a charitable donation (in place of our usual autumn term event); a sum allocated to each class to spend on ‘extra equipment for the class’ (we have some budding Chancellors of the Exchequer); and retaining a small amount as a means of funding a future enterprise initiative. I’ll keep you posted as things unfold. 
 
Parent Survey 
 
As many of you will know, every two years we ask you to complete a short survey – based on OfSTED’s questionnaire – to keep a check on how well you think things are going in school and where you think we can improve. This time, we shall conduct the survey online and Mr Staley will be writing to you early next week with the details of the link and the timescale for responses running between Wednesday 14th and Monday 19th November. May I thank you in advance for your co-operation in responding to the survey. 
 
 School Review 
 
It’s now some six and a half years since we had our last OfSTED inspection and, because we received an overall Outstanding judgement, the school is currently exempt from routine inspection. OfSTED and the Department for Education are currently examining whether such exemption should continue but, for now, it is the case. Following discussions with my colleagues at the Local Authority, I have arranged for an External Review of our school to take place on Tuesday, 27th November. The Review is not an inspection, nor even a mock inspection, but it is an opportunity for us to receive an external, professional view of aspects of our provision – what we do well and where we can make improvements.  
 
I have never met Elizabeth Cooper who will be our reviewer on 27th November. Mrs Cooper works as an Education Consultant for the Local Authority and has worked previously as a Head Teacher and OfSTED Inspector. She will arrive in school at 08.15 on the 27th and, from about 08.40, would be pleased to meet parents in the playground. If you happen to be here on that morning, I’d be grateful if you were willing to have a word with her as part of the Review.  
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
 
 
 
D G Davies

Head Teacher 

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