Headteacher's Welcome 2018-19
It is the new academic year of 2018-19! St Thomas’ Leesfield CE School staff are ready to welcome all our children for another fun-filled and motivational year of learning. We look forward to seeing all Leesfield children again- grown up a year group –and a very special welcome to our new Reception children.
At the end of the last school year, we were pleased with the progress of all our children with our continued strive and commitment to ensure that all our pupils achieve their non-negotiable, age-related targets (Basic Busters -BBs). Our results in reading, writing, maths and oracy were very pleasing.
On the final day of 2017-18 we said goodbye to our Y6 children at their special Church Leavers and Prize Giving Service. It is lovely to be able to sit back and enjoy listening to success stories and happy memories - seven years of growth and achievement for some and only a short but successful Leesfield time for others.
Our topic-based approach is very motivational and covers all areas of the curriculum to ensure a broad and balanced learning approach. We encourage visitors in and trips out to support the topic learning wherever possible. You are welcome to view the yearly plans and/or the lovely topic work that is produced by any of our children.
In January this year, we were delighted to receive the grading of Good in all areas from our Ofsted visit –The full report can be found on our website under the School Information tab at the top of the page and then School Performance on the drop down menu.
We have no new staff from September 2018 though we are all enthusiastic, capable, keen, hardworking and caring practitioners and we very much look forward to working with your child/children. The leadership team remains the same as the previous year with ourselves – Mrs Ireland and Mrs Glynn – sharing the Headteacher role on a part-time basis and Mrs Ireland also supporting St Agnes as their Executive Head. The wonderful Mrs Ragan remains as our Assistant Head with fantastic Mr Whittaker training up with additional responsibilities as part of the Senior Leadership Team. The Leadership team look forward to continuing to lead the vision for our school along with our conscientious Governing body whom always ensure that we are challenged and supported.
Over the summer holidays we have been busy with general maintenance of our school areas such as newly painted external fence, indoor touch ups and a much needed new ceiling in the Annexe building.
Our school will continue to work in collaboration with eight other schools as part of the Dovestone Learning Partnership from which your children will have further shared opportunities regarding academic study and extra-curricular sport and the arts.
We want happy and motivated learners at our school so please make an appointment if you have any queries. We like to ‘nip things in the bud’ and pride ourselves on a quick, informal, friendly and understanding response.
Our motto for all at Leesfield is ‘To Be the Best We Can in the Sight of God’.
We wish a happy and successful year for all our children.
Mrs Caroline Ireland & Mrs Paula Glynn