To all pupils, parents, staff and friends of Peterbrook Primary School:
As Chair of Governors of Peterbrook Primary School, it gives me great pleasure in welcoming you all to a new year of learning. We have said our goodbyes to the class of 2018 and welcomed a new cohort of children into the reception and nursery classes, and look forward to seeing them, and all the other children in the school grow, in more way than one,during their time with us.
In the summer term, we received our first Ofsted visit for nine years. While everyone in the school is disappointed with the overall judgement we received, we have taken the feedback on board and put in place a number of strategies to ensure we are better placed as a school when we receive our re-inspection in the near future.
In response to the Ofsted report, the Governing Body have commissioned two external reviews: one of the governance of the school and one of the effectiveness of our use of the Pupil Premium budget. These reviews will give us clear, impartial feedback about the quality of these two crucial areas of the school and ensure we have further clarity of any steps we may or may not need to take.
The most important measure of our effectiveness as a school is the amount of progress children in the school make in the short, medium and long term. It is clear that children’s progress in any school is influenced considerably by the support they receive at home. Whether it is from reading or writing together, practicing maths skills or just from the modelling of positive attitudes and behaviours every day, the influence of people involved in the outside-school lives of Peterbrook pupils is central to their success. We are fortunate at Peterbrook to have such a positive group of parents and carers throughout the school and I want to thank all of you who put so much effort into supporting your children at home.
Peterbrook’s year 6 pupils had some very positive results in both the English and Maths key stage 2 national curriculum tests in the summer of 2018. All the staff, past and present, who have been involved with those children since they started at the school will have taken great pride in this success, wish them well for their future and hope they keep Peterbrook School in their hearts for their lives ahead.
Finally, I’d like to pass my personal gratitude onto the many volunteers who work within the school. There are volunteers in the classrooms listening to children read, a dynamic and vibrant PTFA and a Parent Council whose work is so important in making sure parent views are heard and taken on board in the decision making of the school. Thank you to all of you for the countless hours you put in help enrich the experiences of the children.
I wish everyone associated with the school well for the upcoming year and look forward to meeting many of you at the various school events I attend.
Chair of Governors
Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR
Tel: +44(0)121 4302545 firstname.lastname@example.org