School council representatives meet each week to discuss matters relative to our school. Mr Fletcher works with us and we use the 'Investor in Pupils' aims to guide us in our discussions.
In Autumn, 2019 and Spring, 2020, we have discussed the following:
- Pupil well-being
- Talent show
- Bike shed reinstatement
Summer Update, 2019
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you will be aware, the whole school has been working towards the ‘Investors in Pupils’ award this year. It has been an excellent programme led by the school council and Mr Fletcher. We have focused on the following areas: Behaviour, Attendance, Learning, Induction and Classroom Management/ School Management.
Each class has developed their own aims and targets related to at least one of these areas. As a whole school, we have focused on improving attendance. Thank you to everyone that has helped with this. We aim for our attendance to be above the National target of 96%. We are currently at 96.85%, which is an amazing achievement and means that our children are getting the best they can out of school.
Overall, behaviour is truly outstanding at Wold Newton. Children are very clear about the boundaries set by the school and love to receive the rewards when they do well. I hope you have seen greater communication between the school and home with regards to behaviour and we hope to send as many positives home as we can. The children regularly review the rewards in class and as a school and identify areas for improvement.
The children have worked hard on their own targets this year and as a result are making great progress. They understand what they need to do to improve in their work and behaviour either as individuals or with each other. They have also found out about the learning that staff take part in and the qualifications they have. They have interviewed staff to see how they continue to learn and how they best support each child.
Each class has produced induction material that welcomes new children into the school. These materials are shared with new children and the children have thought about how they could make each new child feel informed and at ease when joining us.
Finally, they have learnt about the management of the school, another area where they have made fantastic progress. They are beginning to think about the bigger picture and understanding how we can all work together to improve our school. They have met with governors and managed budgets. They’ve gathered pupil’s opinions about how we should spend a budget. As a consequence, they know that we are working hard to attract new children to our school as well as getting new resources that will be of benefit to all of our children. They have even written to the PTA to secure funds for new resources. As a result we should soon have the following: a new outdoor classroom, new play equipment (with significant support from the PTA), gardening resources and new lines on the playground (chosen by the children).
It’s been a pleasure watching the children develop as they have more responsibility. If any parents would be interested in talking to the assessors for Investor in Pupils, we would love to hear from you. Next year, we intend to continue the programme and extend the children’s influence beyond the school. We would like to see if any parents would be interested in talking to the school children about their jobs and we’d also like to set up links with charities and community work. Suggestions such as our children making a link with a local retirement care home and completing an environmental project in the local area are ones that we’d like to explore but if you have any ideas then please do share them with us.