We have been an academy since June 2011. This has allowed us to consider how we can use our new freedoms for the benefit of our pupils. Our funding allocation, whilst not hugely different, has improved somewhat. With careful management of that money we have been able to appoint some additional staff. We have been able to strengthen the Humanities staff, particularly in History and RE, enabling most pupils to be taught by subject specialists. In addition three new Teaching Assistants have been appointed to work with pupils who are on the SEN register within classrooms and also to enable more withdrawal of pupils to get their literacy and numeracy “up to speed” to enable them to access the curriculum.
With literacy and numeracy being so important across all subjects, we have two members of staff now co-ordinating this across the whole school. These members of staff will be working with all teachers and Teaching Assistants in every subject area to support consistent delivery of literacy and numeracy skills. It is planned that they will also be able to provide you, as parents, with relevant information to help your child at home when needed. This should be available on the website soon. I will let you know where and when via the next Newsletter.
Looking forward over the next year, there are many exciting day visits, sports events and residentials planned. If your child already receives Free School Meals please let us know if you would like him or her to participate in any “extra-curricular” activities like these but you find the cost prohibitive. On the same lines, if you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals, please contact Warwickshire County Council on 01926 742060 to find out more. Not only does it mean Free meals (£10 a week) but the school is also given the Pupil Premium (currently £600 a year) to support each child on Free School Meals at school. The cashless catering means that no one else need know – so your child will not be embarrassed.
Mrs E E Young, B.Ed.