Dear Parents and Carers,
Here we are already in the Summer Term and there are many things to be proud of at Little Munden School.
Just before the Easter break the Local Authority visited our school to carry out a Joint Annual Review (‘JARV’). The visit involves an assessment of all areas of the school and the feedback received has been very encouraging as we continue to strive for an outstanding status. The report includes comments such as:
“Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare is outstanding”
“The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good”
“…the school is demonstrating an increasing number of outstanding traits”
Mrs Breeze and I met with the advisor and he was very complimentary about the confidence and excellent attitudes our children have, so well done to all. Actions have already been agreed as the focus now switches to improving further.
Last term Little Munden had already achieved two outstanding grades; firstly in the SIAMS inspection that assessed that the school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very effectively. To achieve this is no mean feat as the assessment levels have been raised over the past few years. Secondly, the school received the highest grading in the County Council’s Health & Safety assessment of our premises.
In the coming weeks you will notice that the school building will be improved. All of the windows and doors will be replaced following a successful application to County for funding. The replacement windows will not only enhance the appearance of the building and save a considerable amount of money in energy costs but will also improve the comfort and quality of the children’s learning environment.
A recent focus for governors has been to review and approve the budget for the new financial year, something that will continue to be a challenge for all schools in the coming years. This term governors will continue to focus on raising standards and will monitor improvement through the priorities in the School Development Plan; it is our role to support and challenge.
We also welcome Jo Stephens on to the Governing Body. We are delighted Jo is on board and the skills set she brings are already proving to be valuable to the school.
Lastly, we value everyone’s thoughts and ideas and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the School Development & Learning Without Limits meeting at the school next Wednesday 27th April at 6.30pm.