Welcome from the Head of Lower School
I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer holiday and that your children are relaxed, recharged and ready for the new school year. The children all put in another great effort last year and were rewarded with fantastic success. The children have returned to school with such enthusiasm and are all looking very smart in their uniforms. Thank you to all parents for helping your children to look so smart and wear their uniforms with such pride.
Each year brings positive changes. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome the following members of staff: Mr Walker, who is a trainee teacher teaching in 6 Rowan, Miss Day, who is teaching in 5 Willow and Miss Greenspan, who is teaching in 1 Yew. I know that all our children and parents will welcome our new staff into the Preston Manor Family.
Thank you to the PTA and their helpers for all the wonderful events that they ran last year, all the money that their fund-raising brought into the school and the very generous donations that they made for the benefit of the children. I am especially thankful for the donation that the PTA made towards the year 6 leavers gifts and donations towards workshops that our children participated in last year. The PTA AGM will be on Thursday 26th September from 9:00am in the school hall. If you are able to donate some of your expertise or time to the PTA, please could I encourage you to attend this meeting. Alternatively, there is a yellow PTA box in the school reception where you could write your name and contact details and a member of the PTA will ring you.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our children on the fantastic effort that they all put into their learning last year and the outcomes that they achieved. It was especially pleasing to see how well our children from our reported year groups have done. Year 6 SATs Outcomes are expected to be above the national outcomes in Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) and Maths and only 2% below national outcomes in Writing and Combined Results. In fact, Maths and GPS were at an all time high of 88% of children achieving the required standard. The Maths and GPS results should put us in the top 20% of schools across Brent, if not higher in these subjects.
Year 2 results are equally as impressive and the school are expecting to be above national expectations all reported subject areas; Reading, Writing, Maths and Combined results.
Year 1 Phonics results are the highest the school has ever attained at 86% which will be above national expectations.
In Reception, despite lower than average starting points, 73% of our children have achieved a Good Level of Development. The school is expecting this to be above National Expectations in GLD as well.
As you can see, the academic achievement of the children at our school has improved significantly over the past 4 years and I am very proud of everyone’s hard work.
As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Are in the right frame of mind to start the day and use their developing ‘Learning Behaviours’
3) Completes all home learning given by teachers to the best of their ability
5) With your child, read through the ‘Knowledge Organisers’ that are sent home half termly and discuss the new vocabulary therein.
Support your child in completing the ‘Home Learning Projects’.
4) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills and that a parent / carer signs their reading record
5) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
6) Practises their spellings, number facts and multiplication facts every day
7) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and set their goals on going onto further education, be that at college or university.
The staff and I are very excited about the forthcoming year and know that with your support our children will be even more successful than we were last year.
Head of Lower School