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A message from Carly Ellis Posted on: 16/07/2021

A message from Carly Ellis

A message from Carly Ellis I cannot believe how quickly this half term has blown by.  It feels like I have never been away!  I hope that the next academic year has less challenges than we faced this year.  I would like to extend a thank you to Mrs Lancey and the whole Priorswood school community for the support you all gave during such a testing year.  I would like to thank Mrs Lancey for driving my vision for the school forward in my absence and for continuing to build on the progress in the previous year, despite all the obstacles along the way.    The visits we have had from the CEO, Deputy CEO and Paul Jones (an external reviewer) and many others who have visited throughout this term have all commented very positively about the school.  They have been impressed with how well the children settle to their learning and the experiences and activities that the children are being given.  Some of the experiences have made it into the local newspaper!  They also commented positively on the quality of the learning seen in class and in the children’s books.  A recent visitor (who had come to visit the kitchen) praised the school saying that she felt really welcomed and wanted to come back!  She said that the school is really calm and recognised how lucky we are to have all the outside space.    Although we have still had many restrictions in place we have managed to get a few trips in.  Stag class did a Dawn to Dusk day at Magdalen Farm, there has been a trip to French Weir and Otter Class did a trip to the County Museum to find out more about the Anglo Saxons.  The Year 6's took part in a Sports Festival run by SASP at Wellsprings Leisure Centre and are looking forward to their trip to Crealy next week too!   We have been lucky to be involved in a project called Priorswood Pollinators.  Children mapped the school grounds looking for areas that encouraged pollinating species.  They also identified areas that were poor and have now planted these areas with a range of plants including herbs, lavender and apple trees.  Part of the project involved our Year 6's working with a filmmaker to film the project.   We have a few changes in staff next year which were mentioned in more detail in the class structure letter that went home.  We are looking forward to welcoming Miss Ashleigh Thompson and Miss Katy Collard to the team.  I’m really looking forward to next year and I hope that you all have a wonderful summer holiday!  See you in September! Good Luck Year 6!  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Caroline Lancey Posted on: 28/05/2021

A message from Caroline Lancey

A message from Caroline Lancey Dear All, Well May has been more than a little cold and wet.   Who would have believed that at the same time last year during the first lockdown we could sit out in the sun!!!  As always it has been a busy month.  We have had visitors via zoom talking to the children about their jobs connected with science; a photographer in for Years 2, 6 and Reception,  we have had two reviews; one for the curriculum and one for the school, after school clubs have started carefully and we have had an action packed Health Week. Thank you so much for all the supportive comments we have had about the school review which was carried out by a trained OFSTED inspector.  The highlights were: This is a good school. It provides a calm, purposeful, organised learning environment for pupils to learn and grow. The school Team is fully aligned to the vision for teaching and learning and they talk positively and passionately about the vison for what the school should provide for pupils and families.  Well done, the school is on an exciting journey. The foundations are well in place for the next phase of the school’s improvement. Your hard work and dedicated professionalism is ensuring that Priorswood will become a very good school. The curriculum review also went really well, with the reviewer, Nick Hinds, saying the curriculum is ambitious and enriching. The school has been on a tremendous journey.  I remember talking during the Christmas Carol service just before Mrs Ellis joined us.  I said then that I felt like the school had trekked through the foothills of the Himalayas and were now at Everest base camp.  We are now at camp 2 which is half way up the mountain, we can see the summit but it will be hard work to get there.  I have every confidence that we will get there, we are on the up and up. Despite a horrible start to the week; weather-wise; we have had a great week.  The children have had a lot of opportunities to try sports that they wouldn’t normally.  I hope that they have enjoyed the balance of sporting activity and mental well-being sessions.  A big Thank you to Mrs Cullen who has spent hours organising all the different groups and making sure that all the classes get to do all the activities. I hope some of you have managed to get to Lyngford Park to make use of the Grass maze.  Otter class have visited as part of their local study.  I am sure you have noticed the improvements that have slowly been happening to the grounds of the school.  Mrs Collins always goes above and beyond but she has been helped by workers from the Community Payback service who have been painting, litter picking and gardening for us. We are looking forward to the return of Mrs Ellis after the birth of her son.  She will be back with us from the 7th June.    Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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