HEADTEACHER WELCOME

Message from our Head Teacher

Welcome to Haydonleigh Primary School’s website and to a school where ‘I am talented, together we are amazing’ underpins our philosophy.

We provide a secure and happy environment where the work is varied and challenging and every child and adult is valued. We set the children and ourselves high standards to enable every child to develop his or her potential to the full and become confident learners.

All parents are very welcome at Haydonleigh, and we see home and school working together as very important for your child.

Our website will give you a flavour of our school’s aims, the activities that the children are involved in, the achievements that we have gained and the wealth of memorable experiences that the children encounter.

I hope you enjoy the website and if you'd like to visit the school, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Frances Billinge

I am talented, together we are amazing !

November 2015

 

 

You will be aware that the Government have removed National Curriculum levels. All schools can now adopt their own approach to internal assessment. The DfE does not specify what this should look like, but says that each school's assessment system should be designed to check that pupils are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, as set out in the programmes of study. It should also enable the school to report regularly to parents.

At Haydonleigh, staff continue to work on implementing changes to the curriculum and developing our internal assessment procedures.  Children in year 6 will continue to take Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) in May. Children in year 2 will continue to be assessed against National standards at the end of KS1. This year, results will be recorded as a standardised score not a level.

It should be noted that a standardised score or level at the end of primary school is one aspect to celebrate after 7 years of hard work, as one head teacher’s letter to pupils demonstrates.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2693045/Primary-school-headteachers-inspirational-letter-pupils-ahead-test-results-earns-praise-parents.html 

At Haydonleigh we too value the whole child and encourage children to develop skills and interests in many areas. Opportunities exist for children to learn and develop leadership skills through:

  • School Council
  • Travel ambassadors
  • House Captains
  • Munch Monitors
  • E-safety ambassadors
  • Eco club

Our curriculum offers children choices in how to present their work, work independently or as part of a team.  Our PSHE and citizenship programme alongside values based assemblies, consideration of British Values and life in modern Britain, encourages children to find their voice and form opinions. A wide range of extra-curricular activities both within and after the school day also contribute to a school experience that is broad and balanced.

 

I am reminded of the work that Andy Cope delivered to staff and pupils in 2013.

http://issuu.com/spydog/docs/a_brilliant_life

More than all of the above we aim to equip children with the skills that will see them flourish in life.  Skills of resourcefulness, respect, reciprocity and reflection. Qualities of self-control, friendliness, understanding and courage.

 First and foremost, SATs are there to help parents get a feel for how their child is progressing and for education officials to assess how schools are doing.  I am a complete advocate that schools are accountable; I’m just not convinced that testing is the correct method.

And of course remember that your child's year 6 SATs will NOT end up on their CV or job applications when they're grown-ups!  What will make their CV stand out will be the illustrations that they use to refer to themselves as well rounded individuals.