Headteacher's Welcome 2017-18

It is the new academic year of 2017-18! 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 and oracy were very pleasing and our outcomes in maths have really improved largely due to our focus last year on reasoning skills.

On the final day of 2016-17 we said goodbye to our Y6 children at their special Church Leavers and Prizegiving 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 April this year, we were delighted to receive the grading of Outstanding in all four areas from our Church of England Diocese visit – Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). Mrs Gillian Rhodes, our inspector, was very impressed with our Christian ethos and how well it is fully embedded into our school.  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 three new additions to our teaching staff from September 2017 – Miss Lawton in Year 3, Miss Bamber in Year 4 and Miss Blyden in Year 5.   All are enthusiastic and keen practitioners and we very much look forward to them joining our happy and hardworking team of staff.  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.  Our first year proved to be very successful and we strive to further improve in the new academic year of 2017-18.  Mrs Ragan remains as our Assistant Head.  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 and we are all excited by our new lunchtime furniture. A huge thank you to our School Council for their hard work in organising and deciding on the much-needed improvements.

Our school will continue to work in collaboration with eight other schools as part of the Dovestone Learning Partnership which will be officially launched in the next few weeks. Exciting times ahead!

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’.

Here’s to a happy and successful year for all our children.

Take care

Mrs Caroline Ireland & Mrs Paula Glynn