Welcome from the Headteachers

Spring Term 2017

We have certainly had a busy start to the new academic year (2016-17) and the Autumn Term 2016 has so many highlights to mention as below.

All our children have settled into their new classes from September and are making pleasing progress with their non-negotiable statements (BBBs – National Curriculum standards). Each year group has age-related expectations to fulfil by the end of the academic year (July 2017) in Reading, Writing, Oracy and Mathematics. We are continuing to work hard on our Maths curriculum with extra emphasis on ‘reasoning’ and ‘problem solving’ skills.

At St Thomas’Leesfield our learning throughout school follows our topic based approach which 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. Year 4 are looking forward to their Blue Planet Aquarium visit as part of their ‘Under The Sea’ topic whilst Reception and Year 1 are visiting ‘Jump Nation’ using their class Sport Premium Grant.

Our school council have been very active in our first term and into Spring too. They regularly meet to discuss ideas and issues about how we can further improve our super school. Furthermore, we now have our ‘Values Wall’ in the corridor to the back entrance (near Year 6)and opposite our new toilets which the school council and Ethos committee helped to design. It looks amazing! A special well done to Lucy Fountain in Year 6 for negotiating a discount with our supplier – Hive. Please go to the ‘School Information’ tab at the top of our website and then the drop down menu for ‘School Council’ and finally ‘School Council Initiatives’ to find out more and to look at our wonderful photographs.

Once again our Christmas concert was fantastic with the whole school theme of Christmas Around The World. Each class had a different country to find out about and many sang traditional Christmas songs and in a foreign language too! The whole occasion was uplifting and helped us all to appreciate other cultures and celebrations.

Outdoor provision is always at the forefront of learning for our Reception and Year 1 children and the new annexe installation has been a huge success. The equipment was funded by a lottery grant and we now have: a mud kitchen with large planter, tuff spot table with builder’s tray, two water trays, a sand tray a play house with blackboard and a trim trail and much more! We have brilliant pictures of our opening ceremony and our busy learners exploring all the new and exciting equipment on our website in the ‘Parent Zone’ and then ‘Gallery of Events’; it’s definitely worth a visit.

We continue to be part of the Oldham Linking Project with our partner school of Westwood. Year 3 and 5 are our focus classes and there has been a visit to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre for our Year 3 classes and Year 5s are looking forward to seeing each other again at Castleshaw for outdoor adventures later this term. Living in our multi-culture society, it is very important that we foster these links and learn new things together to show that we are all God’s children to be valued and respected. 

Year 6 have recently returned from their residential trip to Robinwood and what a marvellous time they had. Every child had the opportunity to improve their skills through team building exercises as well as trying new and thrilling activities. These included: zipwire, trapeeze, canoeing, climbing wall, big swing, archery and much more. Everyone loved the food (as usual) and the whole experience was unforgettable! Look on our Year 6 class page at some phenomenal photos!

Mrs Keiran in Year 5 and Mr Cruz in Year 4 are now firmly settled into school life at St Thomas’ Leesfield and they are almost like part of the furniture! We mean this in a positive way in that they are loving working at our school and are very much part of our Leesfield family. Our Senior Leadership Team structure has gone from strength to strength with Mrs Ireland and Mrs Glynn sharing the Headship whilst continuing to lead our school ‘To Be The Best We Can in the Sight of God’. The Governing body has had some changes too with Mr Mark Casella recently becoming a new parent governor. We are extremely grateful for our committed governors for their time, expertise and support as always.

Mrs Ireland and Mr Milwain (Chair of Governors) continue to investigate the possibility of St Thomas’ Leesfield forming a Trust with eight other school from our Saddleworth and Leesfield Collaborative. They are now part of a ‘working party’ looking into Memorandums of Understanding and Articles of Law. We will keep you updated with progress in this matter.

Our overall aim for our school and children is to carry on striving for happy, motivational learners who are caring and upstanding citizens. Achievement and progress are measured for each individual child in all areas of our curriculum whilst Christian and British Values are embedded in our ethos.

We look forward to a super Spring Term as well as a sensational Summer Term.

Take care

Mrs Caroline Ireland and Mrs Paula Glynn

Headteachers