Head of School’s Message
It is the final newsletter of the academic year and it has been a rollercoaster start to my time at Sunny Bank!
I received a positive welcome from staff, pupils and parents and over the last couple of months have seen the hope and confidence of the community grow, pulling together to start moving the school forward. There is much to be done to improve the standard of education for the pupils and many challenges to overcome to ensure that this will be sustained for the future.
I am incredibly disappointed by the Ofsted report and pledge to keep working hard to ensure that the targets set in each inadequate area will be prioritised and improved quickly and effectively, whilst ensuring that the identified strengths of the school are still maintained. This will involve some changes to policies and practices within the school and I ask for your support in this from September.
Despite the overall outcome, we are so very proud of all of our Year 6 pupils, they have tried their best and worked hard to ensure that they are ready for secondary school. We will all miss them all and wish them well. Thank you to all those that have supported their performance of ‘Oliver’ which was absolutely fantastic!
We will be celebrating some of their successes and achievements at the Year 6 Leavers Service next Tuesday at 10:30am, which parents are welcome to attend. Before that the children will get the chance to say ‘Goodbye’ in style at the Year 6 Prom on Monday evening from 6-8pm.
Reports have now been sent home and should meet the high expectations that the school set. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your child’s report please make an appointment to see either your class teacher or myself to discuss.
This term has been full of hard work, fun and opportunities for the children to experience. KS1 and KS2 sports days were successful, with all children accessing the events and many parents attending, and joining in as well! We have had visits from the Road Safety team, DS Smith and the NED show – who would have thought that the humble Yo-Yo would be so popular!
The children have been on trips to Port Lympne, Margate, Herne Bay beach, Dover Castle and Sheerness and have been a credit to the school each time. Unfortunately, a trip for Year 2 was not organised in time, however I have already booked a trip for them during Term 1, details to follow in September.
The school fair raised a massive £1,096.61 which will be used towards enrichment activities for the children.
We will be having some rebuilding work over the Summer holidays to our Sunny Bank office, which will become more open plan and include an extension to our reception area. This will then become the main office and will help to streamline administration across the school.
Church Road office will be manned between 8.30-9.30/2.45-3.15 only. At all other times Sunny Bank office will need to be used.
Also from September we will be developing our school values to ensure that pupils understand how to be responsible citizens and the role they have to play in society. These values will still be at the HEART of the school but will extend to include additional values such as enjoyment, risk taking, creativity, independence and reflection.
I wish you all a happy, peaceful summer holiday and look forward to seeing you all back safe and ready to embrace the changes and challenges that we are sure to face together on our journey of improvement in September.
Mr D Waters,
Head of School.