Statutory Inspections of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)
As many of you will recall we had our five year Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools on 21/11/19. The Inspector looked at many aspects of school life including our vision and values as a Church of England School, how these impact on the pupils’ behaviour and attitudes towards others; the way we collaborate with our local churches and the Diocese, as well as outside agencies and the school’s interaction with the community beyond its gates into the wider world. Our academic standards were also looked at, as well as how well pupils perform in all subjects, including RE, and the progress of pupils with SEND.
I am very pleased to tell you that the school received an “Excellent” grade in all categories which we are told is quite difficult to attain. It goes without saying that I am very proud of the children and staff for all they have achieved. Thank you also to all those parents who were able to find the time to talk to the Inspector. The Report can be viewed below.
Mrs Eland led an assembly with the whole school talking about Reverence. She explained that we can show reverence for God by the way we live – letting our light shine. Sometimes we let things get in the way and our lights get dim. By saying sorry and trying to live God’s way, we can shine brightly and reflect God’s love for others to see.
A blue prayer box was introduced and the children were offered the chance to place their card into the box if they felt they were sorry for something.
We start with a THANK YOU …. to all the parents and carers who were able to join us at the start of day, not always easy on a Monday morning with work commitments and after a busy weekend! We value all your contributions, in person or otherwise, and rely on your input to help us keep moving the school in the right direction for your child(ren).
The ‘Dig Deep Day’ does what it says on the tin! Once a year, the Governors spend a full day at school, seeing the creativity, listening to the interactions and getting a taste of the learning in the classrooms, chatting with the children and looking to pick up on any needs which are more easily identified from seeing the staff and children in action; delving a little deeper into the school day environment to support the meetings and discussions we have throughout the year.
We were kept very busy, there was so much to see – we…
visited each class for their first lesson of the day,
joined the whole school assembly,
were invited to lunch (they really have improved the quality immensely!),
spent break times with the children and their playground buddies,
had a very informative and in depth conversation with the School Council;
updates on Safeguarding
met with individual members of staff regarding their lead in areas of the curriculum;
…after lunch we settled down for the Full Governing Board meeting.
Just one Norfolk – a new website about children’s health
Published: 8th March 2019
Have you seen JustOneNorfolk? CLICK HERE JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk
The new ‘go to’ online health resource for families in Norfolk. JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk has been live for 3 months and has already had over 57,000 views!
At the beginning of Self Care Week, November 2018, JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk launched into the digital community. The new NHS resource is aimed at helping children, young people and their parents in Norfolk better understand the pertinent issues relating to younger people’s health, wellbeing and care.
The platform was created by NHS Norfolk Children and Young People’s Services in partnership with the Eastern Academic Health Science Network, Best Beginnings (the Baby Buddy app creators), Norfolk County Council and families in Norfolk.
The site focuses on user experience, keeping its content interesting and entertaining through the use of interactive graphics, custom made animations and a whole host of films starring families from Norfolk. Whilst being very visual the resource is also very accessible, anyone with computer or mobile device can access the site. For users that need more flexibility, JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk has multiple font sizes, high resolution formatting for extra magnification and also translates into 80 different languages.
All the content on the site has been created, sourced and approved by qualified NHS professionals in the NHS Norfolk Children and Young People’s Service, so families know they can rely on the advice. Topics include: Childhood Illness, Staying Safe, Child Development, Additional Needs and Healthy Lifestyles.
In July a local artist, Ted Cullum, came into school and invited the children to produce a painting of St Mary’s Church. The response was amazing and all the pictures were put on display at St Mary’s Church on Sat and Sun 15th and 16th September. Please view the photos below of the colourful display of your children’s paintings.