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Crigglestone St James
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EVENT 2 17/18 NOTES - MONDAY 22ND JANUARY @ 6.15PM

AGENDA

1) Academy Vision

Mr Denton has done a lot of work on this, including attending external training and speaking to and visiting different schools. One of the main differences between outstanding and good schools are that outstanding schools have a clear vision and everything they do relates back to this vision. After a whole staff meeting today, we came up with 'Ready for the Future' as our vision.

2) Extreme Rollercoaster Multiplication Tables

This is a new initiative that began last week. Every Tuesday to Friday, Years 1 to 6 will spend 15 minutes a day to learn their multiplication tables. A poster is coming out to parents tomorrow which explains National Curriculum expectations, rewards in place for the children and how we will assess how the children are progressing and then communicate this to parents. Once every half term, children will be assessed so we can measure how much progress they are making. Learning multiplication tables is crucial for the future so it is imperative that we have this push in school.

3) Book Banding

There have been lots of changes that have happened with reading books in school. Teachers spent the Inset day in January banding all of the books in school. Each child will be told which band they are and can take out any book in that band. There is a mixture of different reading schemed books and other books at a similar level. All children will have free choice within their band - if they don't like the look of a certain book then they do not have to read it - reading has to be for enjoyment! Reading records will go home for every child and we still expect the children to be listened to at home. Once children are ready to change their books, they will let the teacher or ESA know and then they will be able to change their books - there will not be a limit on the number of books that a child can have per week. Parents at the forum were asked about a task that the children can complete after they have read a book before they are allowed to change it. This will ensure that the children are reading and understanding the books that they have read. Parents seemed to be happy with some sort of task. It was asked whether parents have to listen to the children read or whether they can read in their head. Mrs Hambleton suggested that there should be instances where parents do listen to their children read - hopefully at least weekly. Each half term teachers will check every child so that we can see if the band is still correct or whether they need to move up a band.

4) Neverendingstories

Tomorrow is our next Collective Worship on Neverendingstories. Zapp the wizard will be visiting the children and announcing the winners of our reading competition. Every child that has entered will receive a reward for doing so and there are 6 winners throughout school that will receive a further prize. The next set of books will then be announced to the children. Thank you to everybody who had taken part in this - around 20% of school have done so!

5) Updates on Previous Meeting

Our together garden at the front of school has been competed with the help of HSBC. There is going to be an addition of a water feature and our school values are going to be written on the stepping stones.

Food Hygiene situation - our kitchen is now a 4 star kitchen. The areas that needed tweaking have already been tweaked.

6) Fund Raising

Clair and Sarah thanked everybody for their hard work over the last year. The partnership raised over £3,400 which is absolutely amazing. New members are always welcome - if you know anybody then please get them to contact Clair or Sarah. There is a disco planned - hopefully for next month and then the Quiz Night in summer term. Clair asked for any suggestions for further fundraising - a summer fayre was discussed but it was deemed to take far too much organising to do another fayre. A movie night was also suggested and this seemed to be like a good idea.

7) Open Questions

Have parents responded positively to school's request for parents to try and not use Paypal? The answer to this will be looked at at our Resource Committee this Friday.

Is there a way to get rid of any clubs that children do not want to attend? Miss Crowther will look into this; however Mr Duggan did say you can swipe on your phone and then delete.

Could we use Parentmail to book Parents Evening times? Miss Crowther will look into this.

Does there have to be an attachment for a letter or can the actual letter be copied and pasted into the email message? Miss Crowther will look into this.

What is the idea behind Star of Safety and what has the response to this been? There has been an excellent response to this and school are very pleased with the impact of this. The children know the 5 points of the star and have earned 53 minutes of 'Golden Time' for last term.

Mr Duggan asked about the bike shed and has said that if we can find someone to take the scrap metal of the bike shed away then he can sort out the dismantling.

Mrs Hanson thanked the staff who organised the Young Voices - it was a fantastic event and a night to remember!

Thank you to Miss Crowther for responding to emails that were sent to the admin email address. Could an automated response be sent when someone has emailed the admin email? Mr Denton will talk to Miss Crowther about this.


EVENT 1 17/18 NOTES - MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER @ 6.45PM


1) Academy Development Plan Priorities

  • Increasing the independence and resilience of children specifically through the development and deployment of Educational Support Assistants.
  • Review of reading, including home/school reading systems, teaching of reading and developing the love of reading.
  • Further development of RE, including implementation of Understanding Christianity and Diocesan schemes of learning and links with our partner school in Tanzania.
  • Review of wider curriculum, including Science and non-core subjects.


2) Streamed Classes - This enables all staff to take into account individual children's starting points. In Key Stage One, children are streamed for reading, writing and maths. In Key Stage Two, children are streamed for reading and writing.

3) Star of Safety - The children have already begun to hear about the Star of Safety. The children have come up with a number of things that would make them feel happy, safe and respected in school.
The 5 points are:
1. Feeling safe online (e-safety)
2. Kind hands and feet (not hurting others)
3. Saying the right words (showing more tolerance)
4. Nobody will be bullied (everyone will feel safe)
5. Safe movement around the school (sensibly walking down corridors etc)

In the centre of the star, there will be information about who the children can go to if they feel they need help with anything.

4) Fund Raising & Priorities for 17/18 - It was agreed that the fund raising efforts from this year would go towards buying resources to extend the curriculum e.g. more medals at sports day.

Events for this academic year

    • Christmas Fayre - Thursday 30th November
    • Disco - Spring Term
    • Quiz Night - Friday 11th May


Sal's Shoes Initiative - This was a great success. There was in excess of 500 pairs of shoes. Chris Duggan kindly drove down south with a van full of shoes to where the charity is based. There was agreement that something like this would be pursued - maybe with Clarks shoes

5) Open Questions

- There was a question relating to Caterlink and the food hygiene rating that it had been awarded. Mr Denton will look into this.

- A question was asked relating to Parentmail where the payment for the pantomime went live before the letter came out. This was noticed in school and discussed as to how this can be made better.

- A question was asked as to whether parents could be given some information about credit unions and advertising this for people in hardship. Mr Denton will look into this.


EVENT 3 16/17 NOTES - FULL FORUM THURSDAY 4TH MAY @ 6.15PM

1) Home/School Agreement - Final Draft for 17/18 - Mr Denton shared the Home/School Agreement with parents linking to their suggestions last time. Parents agreed with the expectations suggested from school and the expectation from parents/carers.

2) Re-development and refurbishment plans for St James - Summer Term 2017 and beyond - Mr Denton explained the need to make better use of the space we have. The school wants to create more learning spaces so the children's starting points can be considered more precisely within grouping. To ensure this 'streaming model' can happen, more learning spaces need to be available. Also, the oldest classroom will be moved so it provides an updated, appropriate learning environment. A leadership block will be created at the front of the school and the ICT room will be developed to a larger learning space. 32 new portable laptops are now available to develop the use of ICT across school. Parents were taken on a tour of the school to show them where the changes will occur and explain the impact it will have on the children's learning.

3) Parent views sought on: Recent LKS2 Show/Parents Evening/Election Day/Sports Week/School Information for September 2017/Attendance & Punctuality Policy - Parents support the idea of altering the LKS2 show to two evening performances on different nights. Everyone was happy about the Parents Evening format. Mr Denton shared the general 'I can help session' which will be combined into one session at the beginning of the year. Mr Denton explained the attendance and punctuality policy, which everyone agreed with and supported. Mr Denton discussed the election day school closure developments and the ongoing search for a solution. The Sports Day arrangements will remain as highlighted in his recent letter even if election day changes.

4) New International Community Partnership - Mr Denton shared the partnership with Ragata School in Mara, Tanzania. He shared the 'shoulder to shoulder' celebration/launch day in June. He outlined how the partnership will have both an understanding, communication and fundraising aspect to it. Members of St James Church, the diocese and teachers from the school in Tanzania will be present at the celebration event, the academy will continue to work very closely with St James Church upon all aspects of this.

5) Open Questions from Summer Term

What is the development in the playground like? The parent partnership have bought new equipment for the area and the friendship 'Sunshine' zone is almost complete. The 'Positive Pals' ideas has now been developed to other year groups and has been given a set area on the field.

What are the next steps in early years after the re-development last Summer? A planting area is being developed at the moment to cover aspect of the early years curriculum. The small intervention room has had a positive impact on the pupils development and we continue to use this. We are continuing to prioritise the independence of the children, building their stamina and developing the layer of challenge in readiness for year 1.

Would you be interested in Code Club? This was shared by a parent as some downloadable materials for 9 to 11 year olds. The information is going to be passed on by a parents to Mr Denton.

6) Parent Partnership Fund Raising - the Sal's Shoes initiative was discussed and updated with donations, collections and delivery to London highlighted. Guidelines about packing for safe transportation were considered. It was agreed that correspondence will be sent to parents in July.

Quiz Night will be on the last day of this half term. Sponsors and donations of prizes continue to be sought for this event.

A 'MacMillan Coffee Morning' has been proposed for Saturday 30th September - after the previous success.

Partnership leaders will contact volunteers for support around the forthcoming Sports Week events.

UPDATES UPON PREVIOUS QUESTIONS WERE GIVEN.



EVENT 3 16/17 NOTES - FULL FORUM THURSDAY 4TH MAY @ 6.15PM

1) Home/School Agreement - Final Draft for 17/18 - Mr Denton shared the Home/School Agreement with parents linking to their suggestions last time. Parents agreed with the expectations suggested from school and the expectation from parents/carers.

2) Re-development and refurbishment plans for St James - Summer Term 2017 and beyond - Mr Denton explained the need to make better use of the space we have. The school wants to create more learning spaces so the children's starting points can be considered more precisely within grouping. To ensure this 'streaming model' can happen, more learning spaces need to be available. Also, the oldest classroom will be moved so it provides an updated, appropriate learning environment. A leadership block will be created at the front of the school and the ICT room will be developed to a larger learning space. 32 new portable laptops are now available to develop the use of ICT across school. Parents were taken on a tour of the school to show them where the changes will occur and explain the impact it will have on the children's learning.

3) Parent views sought on: Recent LKS2 Show/Parents Evening/Election Day/Sports Week/School Information for September 2017/Attendance & Punctuality Policy - Parents support the idea of altering the LKS2 show to two evening performances on different nights. Everyone was happy about the Parents Evening format. Mr Denton shared the general 'I can help session' which will be combined into one session at the beginning of the year. Mr Denton explained the attendance and punctuality policy, which everyone agreed with and supported. Mr Denton discussed the election day school closure developments and the ongoing search for a solution. The Sports Day arrangements will remain as highlighted in his recent letter even if election day changes.

4) New International Community Partnership - Mr Denton shared the partnership with Ragata School in Mara, Tanzania. He shared the 'shoulder to shoulder' celebration/launch day in June. He outlined how the partnership will have both an understanding, communication and fundraising aspect to it. Members of St James Church, the diocese and teachers from the school in Tanzania will be present at the celebration event, the academy will continue to work very closely with St James Church upon all aspects of this.

5) Open Questions from Summer Term

What is the development in the playground like? The parent partnership have bought new equipment for the area and the friendship 'Sunshine' zone is almost complete. The 'Positive Pals' ideas has now been developed to other year groups and has been given a set area on the field.

What are the next steps in early years after the re-development last Summer? A planting area is being developed at the moment to cover aspect of the early years curriculum. The small intervention room has had a positive impact on the pupils development and we continue to use this. We are continuing to prioritise the independence of the children, building their stamina and developing the layer of challenge in readiness for year 1.

Would you be interested in Code Club? This was shared by a parent as some downloadable materials for 9 to 11 year olds. The information is going to be passed on by a parents to Mr Denton.

6) Parent Partnership Fund Raising - the Sal's Shoes initiative was discussed and updated with donations, collections and delivery to London highlighted. Guidelines about packing for safe transportation were considered. It was agreed that correspondence will be sent to parents in July.

Quiz Night will be on the last day of this half term. Sponsors and donations of prizes continue to be sought for this event.

A 'MacMillan Coffee Morning' has been proposed for Saturday 30th September - after the previous success.

Partnership leaders will contact volunteers for support around the forthcoming Sports Week events.

UPDATES UPON PREVIOUS QUESTIONS WERE GIVEN.