Thank you to all the parents who came in yesterday to talk to us about the direction the school might take. We have gathered together your ideas, comments and questions and will consider them at the Full Governing Body on Monday 9 December. It is clear that you have confidence in the way the school is moving and your questions and concerns match ours. We hope to see you all again soon to discuss some other issues affecting your children’s schooling.
There was discussion on a variety of topics, ranging from opinions on the nature of the DfE’s role in shaping education to the improved nature of Priory school over the past few years. Specific challenges concerning the Academy Trust options were:
- How would the other school remain Outstanding? What accountability do we have to keep them there? If they are no longer Outstanding, what happens?
- What can they deliver in actual services? What will these look like?
- There needs to be an agreement about how the Trust money is spent
- We need to define how they will impact on our/their ethos and culture
- We need to be cautious about being ‘guinea pigs’ – we should try and find examples of what we are proposing and find out more about how it has worked elsewhere
- There are reservations from some – the government just want Academies and we should resist this unless we have to
- We are preparing pupils for the reality of the world – current political climate can’t be altered by one school
- We are trying to improve the status quo – and the Headteacher is brave to do this!
- Headteacher needs to be confident with the agreement and if he is, we will stick by him
- Make a decision and get on with it!
- Academy chain takes 4% – would other schools we could join with take that?
- Looking for enrichment opportunities
- Need agreement that the Trust are not going to take on other schools for an agreed period of time
- Ring-fence money that comes into the Trust
- Is this the ideal partner school?
- Lack of support that one school can give us?
- Who would the governing body be made of?
- Keeping curriculum balanced is important
- Mindset important, don’t want to be an exams factory
- What is our timescale?
- How do the staff feel about this?
- Can staff be shared? Where does the resource go?
- Do they have the resources to help us?
- Anti big chain, better to go with a choice, not someone making a lot of money
- How much joint pupil working would there be?
- Is there an exit clause?
- Keep our individuality, keep our branding
- No uniform change!
- Support idea of seeking partner and establishing a relationship with accountability
On Monday 2 December Priory School began using a new web based system to set homework. The system called ‘Show My Homework’ is used very successfully in several schools locally as well as over 400 schools across the country.
Over the next couple of weeks staff will begin to set homework via the new system, which pupils and parents can view by clicking on the ‘Show My Homework’ logo on the school homepage.
After Christmas pupils and parents will receive usernames and passwords to allow them to log in to their personal accounts. An app will also be available for both iOS and Android devices reminding users of homework due dates, as well as up and coming class tests and exams.
We hope you find the system informative and easy to use and that it helps you support your child when completing homework tasks.
A parents’ evening to introduce the new system will be arranged soon. If you have any questions or queries in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the school on email@example.com
On November 21 Priory celebrated the achievements of last year’s Year 11 pupils with a certificate evening that reunited old friends and gave us the opportunity to say a huge ‘Well done’ to all those who were there.
Special prizes for outstanding success and effort were awarded throughout the night as well as the presentation of GCSE certificates to the many ex-Year 11 who turned up. It was great to see so many familiar faces and an inspiring speech from Jan Shute PhD, Professor of Respiratory Pharmacology, University of Portsmouth made us all look forward to hearing what exciting journeys lie ahead of the pupils who leave us.
We hope they keep in touch!
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On Saturday 7 December all skiiers will be visiting The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead for a two hour lesson on artificial snow. We will be leaving school in two mini buses at 11:30am promptly, returning later that day at approximately 6:30pm. All skiiers must have notified Mr Atkins of their shoe size, height and weight via confirmation slip by Monday 2 December, in order for The Snow Centre to prepare equipment prior to our arrival. Thank you to those who have already responded to my letter dated 9 October. Any non attenders must also confirm their absence from this trip to Mr Atkins by Monday 2 December.
The cost of The Snow Centre visit is included in the overall price of our trip to Kitzbuhel in April next year. A small charge of £6.50 is required should your child need to hire a ski jacket, salopettes and gloves upon arrival at The Snow Centre.
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On Wednesday 27 November 2013, artist Sandy Curry from Sea Sky Art Gallery, Hamble was invited to school to work with a group of year 10 GCSE Art pupils. She showed us examples of her work and then demonstrated how to experiment with different materials and techniques.
First, Sandy demonstrated the materials and techniques on A2 paper using oil paint, white gloss paint, tar, hot wax, white spirit, palette knives, large paintbrushes, which we used to paint our final seascapes on.
This was something different than we normally do in our art lessons, so it was fun to experiment with more unusual tools and techniques. We could be as we creative as we wanted, as the first part of the day was all about getting used to the materials and experimenting. After that we moved onto painting our seascapes on A1 canvases, which were provided for us. Sandy, Ms Westwood, Mrs Hurdle and Mrs Houghton helped us out throughout the workshop. At the end of the day we all enjoyed ourselves and were glad to have worked with Sandy.
Report by Gabriele Matuzeviciute