Our Leadership Teams’Blog
Learning Environment and Pride
Posted on 3rd May 2018
Before you can be an outstanding place for pupils to learn we believe you have to have an outstanding learning environment. We are working hard to improve the environment in which the children learn in by introducing bright colours, engaging displays and ensuring that we recognise that the learning environment is the ‘silent teacher’. Keep going everyone! A great effort!
Our new Deputy Headteacher
posted on 27th April 2018
“Since I have been in role I have visited classrooms to monitor handwriting and presentation, as it is a big focus in our school. I have been pleased to see children show me work they are proud of and talk about it enthusiastically. Furthermore, the 'Green Party' was a success! However, for the children who could not be a part of the celebration due to their persistent poor behaviour. It was a shame.
As as the countdown to SATS has begun , I have been supporting Year 6 with the preparation.
-Leading our Improvement journey
Posted on 20th April 2018
When I was appointed as Headteacher at Hawbush Primary on the 31st March, I knew that it would be the start of an exciting journey both personally and for the children of Hawbush.
Having worked in education for 10 years and leading in schools ranging from RI to Outstanding, while also working as part of two teaching school alliances, I recognised straight away that the challenges the schools faces are unique and that Hawbush is a very special school to lead.
I quickly recognised how wonderful the children at Hawbush are and that my overall aim had to be ensure that the children are our ultimate focus and offering enriching experiences was our main aim. As a team we set about developing our new vision which became about ‘Dreams’ as we want our children to be the exception to the guidance that children living in challenging circumstances can struggle to achieve. We developed our six core values - Perseverance, Resilience, Hope, Ambition, Fairness and Respect. The families, staff and governors have pulled together to develop a ‘no excuses culture’ and the recognition that our children will achieve the best.
In the two terms since I started as Head from September 2017, we have worked hard to make sure that children are always the focus of the decisions we make. We have focussed upon ensuring the children are safe, prepared for learning and aiming to achieve and the children are very excited every day by the interesting and engaging opportunities we offer. As you walk around the school there is a buzz in the air as the children are becoming passionate about the topics they’re learning.
We have transformed the curriculum we offer with the development of our text led approach which is leading to much improved outcomes and are aiming to develop a ‘you can do it’ culture.
We were visited by Ofsted in February 2018 and many of the strengths were recognised - our new vision, aims and values were coming to life and the children are incredibly proud to attend the school. Parents were also incredibly supportive of the changes we are making and the governors are fully on board.
Some of our biggest achievements this year have been:
*the development of nurture provision
*raising pupil outcomes as we are currently on track to receive the highest results for the school in recent years
*enhanced the curriculum
*focussed upon developing pupils’ pride
As we continue to move forward, I shall keep you regularly updated on the developments of our school as will the leadership team
Developing Teaching and Learning
Posted on 16th April 2018
As we start another exciting term at Hawbush, I felt that it was important to share with you some of the developments we have made since our ‘Requires Improvement’ Ofsted Inspection. Although it was hard to hear the words ‘Hawbush Primary Requires Improvement’ we fully agree with this as for too many years the results have been below national in all areas of the school. Therefore I am pleased that throughout the school these are improving, and I’d like to thank all of the staff for their hard work and thank the children for the effort they are putting in every day.
Early Years Foundation Stage – The EYFS really has been transformed this year. The staff are working tirelessly as part of a project to really improve standards and ensure the children
get the best start to their education. Mrs Evans leads the staff to develop a personalised curriculum for the children and it is great to visit
and see how engaged in learning the children are. The children are
absolute treasures and are really proud to be here. The staff work together incredibly well and ensure the learning environment is exciting
and the children have a range of opportunities. They are focussing upon developing the children’s spoken language to support them in writing and
every time I visit the children are writing things for me and giving me invitations to take back to Rupert in my office. So thank you to the children for making Hawbush a great place to be!
Years 1-6 – There have been huge developments in how we teach as a school such as through the enhanced development of the working walls and the improved focus of the basic skills curriculum. We are teaching in a very different way and the role of Teaching Assistants has hugely developed. The staff have really taken all advice on board and once again the children are doing wonderfully well – many of them are sharing their own ideas with me for how they think we should improve and the school values and mission statement are really becoming part of how we work as a school.
It is very difficult when a new Headteacher joins a school and there is so much change – but the Ofsted judgement confirmed what we’re doing is right. It was just too early to see the impact. The staff have all done a wonderful job in taking the changes on board and putting it into practice for the children. I am very proud to be Headteacher of this school and know that we will improve to be a good or outstanding school in the future.
Happy Easter from everyone at Hawbush!
Posted on 16th April 2018
We are delighted to welcome everyone back to what we are sure will be another exciting term at Hawbush Primary School. The children all looked great this morning in their uniforms and we are hopeful that the weather will improve so please feel free to send children in school shorts or summer dresses. The summer term is going to be a very exciting time as we work towards the end of my first year at the school – I can’t quite believe how quickly time has gone! Once again it shall be a term filled with exciting learning as the children are being given access to an engaging curriculum. A huge thank you to all parents/carers who attended
arents’ evening last term – it was a great success.
One development recognised by Ofsted as a strength was the new way we are teaching the curriculum using a quality text focus. This is something that we shall continue this term. Each class will be starting a new topic – check
out the new blogs that we shall be putting on our school website to find out what your child has been learning. We are also pleased to have the text service up and running! From next week, all letters (unless a reply is needed) shall be published on the school website and a text sent out to tell you that they are there. We are hopeful that this will reduce our photocopying bill – if you would still like paper copies then please let the office know. You will find lots of useful information, such as key dates for this term including sports week, which this year shall be World Cup themed on our Newsletter.We shall also be
celebrating the royal wedding and holding a special theme day for this of
course. The Year 6 SATS will take place the week beginning the 14th May
2018 – so please aim for children to be here all of that week. As always if there is anything I can help you with then please don’t hesitate to contact me.