Our Ofsted report is here, it is only a very brief report as it was a Section 8 visit; but even in such a short document there is much to celebrate and be so proud of:
“This is a school that celebrates the successes of all pupils. The school’s values of ‘we care, we learn, we shine’ are at the heart of all the school does. Pupils feel safe and valued because the staff team are ambitious and dedicated to doing their very best for all the pupils. Leaders have worked tirelessly to create a strong sense of community that includes all pupils, parents and staff. Parents know that the school will do all it can to help pupils and their families to succeed. Pupils are proud of the responsibilities they are given as they progress through the school. They feel listened to and play a significant role in the running of the school. Pupils take on a variety of leadership roles. For example, the head gardeners in Year 6 are responsible for maintaining the nature area and ensuring that the school site is tidy and well looked after. Pupils are polite and friendly to each other. Teachers set clear expectations for behaviour and pupils rise to these. Pupils say that bullying is rare and that teachers always help them resolve any problems they have.
Leaders are ambitious for all pupils to do well. The curriculum for English and mathematics is well planned and sequenced. Teachers use their good subject knowledge to provide clear explanations and address misconceptions that pupils may have. As a result, pupils achieve well in English and mathematics.”
The next development areas are already part of our School Development Plan, there were no surprises. We will be sharing our plans for these areas in due course. On we go to making Ash Grange better and better, thank you for your support during Ofsted and every day.
Do you have the time to attend a half termly meeting of the Parent Council to represent the views of your class? We have a vacancy in Preschool and Year 5, if you would be interested and want to know more ask one of the current team or pop in to discuss with me.
Following many months of increasing incidents with both supervised and unsupervised children, I can no longer be sure that the children on site are behaving safely before school. Therefore, I have decided to keep the whole site closed until 8.40am, to provide only 5 minutes before school starts to get to the correct entrance. The front, side gates and office will remain closed until 8.40am.
Pupils remain parent/carers responsibility until they enter the school doors.
This change does not affect pupils attending Funzone Breakfast Club who can enter via the school drive. Gymnastic Club attendees should now enter via the school hall door down the school drive.
Children come to school dressed as their favourite book character, this is not a mufti day to just wear any clothes, they need to know the book they come from. (Anyone who finds this difficult can wear their school uniform). We have lots of fun activities for the children during the day. Year 2 will be visiting WHSmith in Guildford, to meet an author and do book activities
There will be a special menu for the day with choices of
All served with carrots and sweetcorn and a Willie Wonka Bar (Chocolate Rice Crispy Cake).
Unfortunately, ‘The Book People’ company has moved into administration so we are unable to run a Book Fair.
During next week’s breaktimes Grace in Year 5 is raising fund for her dance school by selling Hot Chocolate. The Hot Chocolate is 50p, with 4 marshmallows costing an additional 10p (maximum of 8 marshmallows in total).
Payment is required a day in advance of receiving the hot chocolate to allow her to prepare. Those who paid today (Friday 28th) will receive their Hot Chocolate on Monday. Children can only have one serving over the week. The last day to pay for Hot Chocolate will be Thursday.
Swimming starts this week on Wednesday 4th March.
Parents please ensure your child has full kit in school - trunks/costume, hat, towel and suitable footwear (flip flops or crocs are ideal) to walk to and from the pool. We will have a small number of costumes/trunks available to purchase from the office. Swimming hats are available for £1.
In the interests of health and safety shoulder length and longer hair is expected to be tied back or up. All long hair must be tied up for swimming and PE lessons.
We also remind parents that if pierced earrings are worn health and safety rules state they must be studs only without claws that may catch and damage the ear. All watches, medical bands and earrings must be removed for PE/Swimming lessons and remain the child’s responsibility and the school accepts no liability. If your child is unable to do this, please remove earrings before school.
Funzone will be swimming each week on Monday night. Please ensure children who are using Funzone have their full swimming kit including hat and crocs/flipflops with them. They will be finished in time for the 4.30pm collection.
Please note that on this night it will be not be possible to collect prior to 4.30pm as the staff and children will be in the pool area.
Booking is now open for our Parent Teacher Meetings on Wednesday 25th March. The school will be closed to pupils on this day.
Book online at www.parents-booking.co.uk/ashgrange
Please contact the school office if you need any assistance.
We are looking for a School Cleaner, Monday to Friday, 2 hours a day (4pm to 6pm, no flexibility on this), 44 weeks a year, (39 term time/5 weeks/condensed hours during holiday), immediate start (3-month probationary period), £9/hour
To apply: please ask at office for application form or see form on school website (deadline Fri 13 March).
The school is following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Authority to ensure the health of our whole community, including pupils and staff.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (PHE) are carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and have published information and advice for the general public and for schools.
PHE published ‘Guidance to educational settings about COVID-19’, which is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
This guidance assists schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding:
Hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue is the best way to prevent the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.
Please check the online advice for the latest and most up-to-date information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
and the PHE blog for further information https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
Points are being awarded this week for trackers, any child who achieves 5,000 earns 100 points for their team, 10,000 = 300 points and there is an extra 100 points for every additional 1,000 steps. Get walking!
Week Beginning 2nd March is Week 2 - Recycling Week – Around school, children will gain points for putting recycling into the correct container in the recycling centre. In the classroom, points are awarded for accurate use of recycling, repurposing and compost. Also points are given if the class recycling paper has been used on both sides.
We are looking forward to celebrating fairtrade fortnight in school from Tuesday 25th February to Friday 6th March. In order to raise awareness and understanding of fairtrade, we will be holding a fairtrade raffle. If you would like to participate in the raffle, please encourage your child to find a food or drink item at home with the fairtrade logo. The packaging of this item is your raffle ticket. Please ensure that you clearly label the piece of packaging with your child’s name and class before popping it in the raffle box outside the school office. At the end of the fortnight, we will select an item from the box at random in a raffle style for the chance to win a fairtrade friendly prize.
Year 6 fundraised £28.50 from their chocolate stall held before half term. This goes to Shooting Star Chase, their class charity. Congratulations to Year 6 and thank you to everyone who purchase their delicious chocolates.
The 2020 Specsavers Surrey Youth Games promises to be one of the most exciting yet with a variety of new activities on offer for your son or daughter to try! This year, there are up to 8 weeks’ FREE, local training sessions available for your child to attend. These FREE sessions target both boys and girls aged 6-16, with the aim to increase their physical activity levels, build confidence and self-esteem, and give them a new interest with the possibility of representing their local community at Youth Games weekend in June at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford.
Activities on offer include:
• Badminton – Surrey Sports Park, Guildford
• Basketball – Kings College Sports Hall, Guildford
• Boxing – Ash Youth Centre, Ash
• GO TRI – Guildford Spectrum, Guildford
• Football – Kings College, Guildford
• Hockey - Surrey Sports Park, Guildford
• Judo – Guildford Spectrum, Guildford
• Netball - Surrey Sports Park, Guildford
• Obstacle Challenge - To be confirmed
• Squash - Surrey Sports Park, Guildford
• Table Tennis – Kings College, Guildford
• Tennis – Ash Tennis Club, Ash
Additionally, the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is offering FREE swimming sessions to help build water confidence ahead of completing their National Curriculum swimming requirements by Year 6.
Boccia and Cage Cricket
Disability activities (Boccia and Cage Cricket) are also open to any young person with a learning or physical disability.
This week’s class for best attendance was Year 5, this is their 10th win so far this year!
Kind regards, Mrs Curtis
School Dinners - Week 3