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We hope...

Posted on 22 July 2017 by Mr Roundtree

…you have a happy and healthy summer holiday.

There’s a lot to get up to in and around Leeds. Breeze is a good place to start looking, and also check out What’s On in Leeds and Leeds List.

The summer holiday is a long one, so keep up with reading. Encourage your child to continue to read often – quarter of an hour, most days will be a great way to keep their reading skills strong and their love of reading alight.

It’s not just about books – reading a comic or magazine, a website, a recipe, First News newspaper are all good ways to keep your child reading. Why not take a trip to one of Leeds’ libraries – a local one, or why not try the Central Library in town for an afternoon trip out?

You might also want to keep your child’s number skills fresh, too. For younger ones, knowing their number bonds is a good start. For older children, knowing their times tables and corresponding division facts is so important.

Taking up these top tips for learning will be a great way for your child to return to school in September hitting the ground running as a confident learner.

Don’t forget our summer competition, too. Whether you go away or not, we want to see some maths done in an unusual place or using unusual things, or a pic that shows somewhere/something ordinary but which shows lots of maths.

Take a photo and send it to scholesoffice@spherefederation.org or print it out and bring to school in the first week back in September – entries must be in by 08.09.17. There will be prizes for great examples of the Extreme Maths. We’re looking forward to seeing your entries!

Whatever you get up to, have a great holiday. See you on Tuesday 05 September.

Well done...

Posted on 22 July 2017 by Mr Roundtree

…to all these children, and one or two others, who have all got 100% attendance this year – that’s an amazing achievement!

Goodbye...

Posted on 22 July 2017 by Mr Roundtree

…to all our wonderful Year 6 friends. We wish you lots of success and happiness and high school.

We also want to say goodbye to the staff who are leaving us today: Mr Cope and Miss Plienar; Mrs Ramsden (good, again!); and goodbye to these two characters…

Ask your child why Miss Walker is dressed so bizaarely, and why Mr Mills is feeling somewhat boxed in!

Newsletter feedback

Posted on 18 July 2017 by Mr Roundtree

We recently sent you you a newsletter with your child’s class next year, plus various summaries of the changes to uniform, homework etc, plus lots of key dates for the year ahead.

We’ve had a number of people comment favourably on this end-of-year newsletter. Here’s one comment:

I’ve just read the newsletter ‘Next Year’s Class’. Just thought I’d say thank you as it’s a really well thought out, informative document. It’s so useful to have the information on homework and also those dates for the diary early on.

‘Talk Time’ discussions sound great.

[We] appreciate all the hard work that is happening in school. Hope you all have a great summer.

Fab feedback

Posted on 14 July 2017 by Mr Roundtree

A little while ago, we posted some comments, the views of ‘outsiders’ – educational advisors, consultants and other Leeds headteachers. Here’s an update… Someone has recently visited our school to conduct some pupil interviews, much like what an inspector would do. Here are just a few of extracts from the feedback:

  • ‘Without exception, the children proved to be extremely open and articulate.’
  • ‘…it was clear that children at Scholes do indeed feel safe within the school environment. The children are trusting of adults in school and know they can approach them with any worries regarding bullying, they are confident such issues, which are infrequent, will be dealt with appropriately.’
  • ‘Without exception all the children interviewed enjoyed school.’

Super swimming

Posted on 14 July 2017 by Mr Roundtree

We’re looking forward to awarding some superstar swimmers their first swimming certificates next week!

Election of a parent governor - voting now open

Posted on 11 July 2017 by Mrs Craggs

We recently wrote to all parents and carers regarding the Parent Governor vacancy, and to seek nominations.  As the number of nominations received exceeds the number of Parent Governor vacancies, it is now necessary to hold a ballot.

There are seven candidates and you may vote for one candidate only.  The ballot can be accessed via https://goo.gl/LUCBGF

The ballot closes at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

The attached letter provides full details of the voting process and the candidates’ statements.

David Roundtree, Head of Federation

EPOSS Summer Programme

Posted on 11 July 2017 by Mrs Craggs

The EPOSS Extended Services summer holiday activity programme still has places available.

There’s something for everyone: cooking, multi-sports, snorkelling, lifesaving, water polo, synchronised swimming, athletics, racket sports, Gaelic football, squash, arts and crafts and even a ‘Little Mix’ party!

Take a look at the EPOSS Extended Services brochure and download a booking form to reserve a place for your child today!

Fab feedback

Posted on 08 July 2017 by Mr Roundtree

Over the last few months, since our Ofsted inspection, we’ve been working hard to respond to recommendations.

To ensure we’re heading in the right direction, we value the views of ‘outsiders’ – educational advisors, consultants and other Leeds headteachers. Here’s a selection of the feedback we’ve had:

  • ‘…the impact of the school’s work since the inspection can be readily observed in pupils’ books.’
  • ‘Senior leaders already have clear and realistic plans to address [any remaining issues].’
  • ‘The demand for pupils to apply their reading, writing and maths skills across the curriculum is impressive and can be identified readily in Topic Books.’
  • ‘…the frequent opportunity for pupils to complete purposeful extended pieces of writing is to be celebrated.’
  • ‘…it became quickly apparent the work in books, aligned to the quality of marking and feedback, supports the quality of teaching and the rates of progress pupils make.’
  • ‘As the year has progressed, there is clear evidence of progress from pupils’ different starting points in September.’
  • ‘The use of a neat, cursive style is becoming consistent and is having a direct impact on high quality presentation in books.’
  • ‘…high demand in terms of productivity and presentation are invariably the norm.’
  • ‘Presentation throughout all [KS1] books was brilliant and it is clear that children take great pride in their work.’
  • ‘Good subject knowledge appear common from year group to year group.’
  • ‘School leaders make excellent use of [research] to ensure a range of impactful interventions…’
  • ‘Much evidence was produced to show the school is working hard to secure high quality teaching for all pupils.’
  • ‘Since the establishment of Sphere Federation… processes are very much in line with what would be considered best practice.’
  • ‘[Post-Ofsted] action plans are really detailed – so thorough and clear for everyone involved. The plans must have taken so much time to get right and it is clear that you really know your schools.’

Children's Day 2017

Posted on 08 July 2017 by Mr Roundtree

Children’s Day 2017 takes place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Sunday 16th July. The gates for the event will open at 10am and close at 4pm; admission is completely free for everyone, as are the activities when inside the ground.

Families attending the event can make a suggested donation of £3 per adult and £1 per child attending on entry; all proceeds will support the work of Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.