Updated Post-Ofsted Action Plan February 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, the updated Action Plan can be found here.

The meeting will give you an opportunity for myself and my colleagues to answer any questions you may have about the action plan and our progress in driving it forward.

I will also feedback on the points that you raised in the previous meeting.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday in the Training Room at 0915.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae
Head of School

School Development Plan Jan 20

WELCOME BACK! I hope you all had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing break.

In the parents’ meeting following our recent OFSTED inspection, many of you requested regular updates on the school’s development plan and to have the opportunity to give feedback to myself and members of the trust.
The first meeting was on December 17th and the next is on February 4th at 3.30.
A copy of the School Development Plan (with education jargon removed) can be found here: School Development Plan for parents.
The ‘Progress’ section of the plan will be updated by Friday January 31st

Parents’ feedback and suggestions are vital to Kingsley’s improvements and I look forward to seeing you not only at the meetings, but at any time you wish to speak with me.

Yours as ever,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 07/10/19

Some of our wonderful pupils went to see Banksy’s new installation at a disused shop in Church St. I wonder if the anonymous artist – who no one has ever seen – was there, too………..?
It’s also great to see Kingsley pupils catching-up on current affairs on the tram!
Huge thanks to Miss Lassiter, Ms Banfield and Mrs Collins for taking them.

Kingsley pupils at Banksy’s new installation in Church St.
Catching-up on the latest news…….

Heads’ Blog 03/10/19

Firstly, can I thank you all for your commitment to Kingsley’s uniform and for ensuring that your children are well-presented at school. Secondly, I’d like to thank you for the feedback you’ve been giving about the cost of uniform and, because of children’s growth, the need for regular replacement.

With this in mind, and because grey items are often more expensive than black (and black still looks smart!), I have added black as an alternative to grey in our uniform list. Shoes must always be black with no decoration

Can I also remind you that the purpose of a uniform is to focus pupils’ minds on school work and not on what each other is wearing. So, hair bands, hijabs and other items where a colour is not specified must be darker colours (eg black, grey, dark green, dark blue, etc) and must not display patterns or other decoration.

The uniform list can be found in the ‘parents’ tab on the Kingsley website

With very best wishes,
Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 25/09/19

This week, in our assemblies, we’ve been talking about GOOD ATTENDANCE!
Numerous research studies have shown that attending school regularly and on-time is one of the BIGGEST factors in determining pupils’ success – not only at school, but also in adult life.
We say that the MINIMUM percentage pupils should be attending is 95% – that figure can only be achieved by having 9 OR LESS days off each year.
It’s worth bearing this in mind and maybe keeping a record of how many days your children are away from school.
If you have any issues with attendance, please contact the school office who will put you forward to Ms Brooks (attendance officer), Ms Kelly (senior leader responsible for attendance) or Mrs Hogg (Attendance officer for the Cirrus Primary Academy Trust)

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Ofsted Parent View

As in the letter sent home a couple of weeks ago, we would be really pleased if parents would complete Ofsted’s Parent View survey about Kingsley. We’ve been on a considerable journey over the past three years and when Ofsted next visit us, they will look at this site to get your views.

We do hope that the results recognise all the hard work of the staff and how much better the school now is.

Please click here for the link to our page on Parent View – it will only show results once we have at least 12 completed surveys this academic year.

If you’re reading this on a mobile device, the direct link is here.

To give your views you need to click on the orange link on the left of that page and either sign in or register on Ofsted’s site.

Head’s Blog 17/09/19

I hope everyone has settled-in after a very rewarding and relaxing break. It’s been fantastic to see our pupils working so well in their new classrooms and being given challenging and inspiring work by their wonderful teachers!

Thank you also for your comments about the new school day and the positive effects it’s having on pupils. We really value your feedback and it is a key factor in our ongoing improvements. My door is, as ever, always open if you want to discuss any issues with me.

Following the success of our nurture provision last year, we have expanded it!
This allows us to provide the support for pupils who struggle with school and allows us to give them the quality of education they deserve. The provision is led by Ms Banfield and staffed by our exceptional team of Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs). In time, the pupils will even be running a cafe – more details to follow!

One of our new Nurture rooms
A place where pupils feel safe to express there concerns and worries
A place where they can access the curriculum at a pace that keeps them confident

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 15/07/19

Many thanks to all the Year 5 parents who came to the Secondary School Transfer meeting on Thursday. It was great to see so many of you there!
If you missed the meeting and would like to find out more, I have uploaded the Power Point presentation below and I am always available to talk you through the process. The office staff can also help you with the on-line application process if you are having difficulty or do not have access to a computer.

The Power Point can found here.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 21/06/19

It’s the longest day of the year and I hope you all have a fun-filled weekend of good weather and long nights!

Our wonderful School Council have produced their own newsletter so you can keep up-to-date with their numerous, varied and successful initiatives.

Not only will it provide our community with useful information, but they’ve also made the decision to keep it electronic so that its environmental cost and legacy is as small as possible. As you’ll see in this issue, recycling and environmental awareness are big priorities for the School Council. We’re all really looking forward to seeing this develop across the school.

This issue of their magazine can be found by clicking here.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Blog 11/06/19

As you know, feeling SAFE is one of our core values and we do everything we can to ensure that everyone in our community feels safe and their health and well-being is secure.

In our classrooms, we have introduced worry boxes to help with the children’s health and well-being. And to tackle any anxieties big or small. The idea being that the box keeps the worry so that the child can let it go. Then teachers can address the worries in a sensitive and private way.

Best wishes,

Ian McCrae