Headteacher's Welcome

2021-22

 

On behalf of all the pupils, staff and governors I would like to welcome you to St Thomas’ Leesfield Church of England Primary School.

I am extremely proud to now be in my second year as the Headteacher at St Thomas’ and I am very fortunate to have a fantastic team around me including talented children, hardworking staff and supportive governors and parents.  This year too, Mr Whittaker will be the Acting Head on Fridays whilst I continue to be the Head on Monday-Thursday. 

It is the new academic year of 2021-2022 and St Thomas’ Leesfield CE School staff are ready to welcome all our children back for another fun-filled and motivational year of learning.  We look forward to seeing all Leesfield children again, grown up a year group, and we send a very special welcome to our new Reception children. 

As we are all aware, the last academic year did not quite go to plan due to the continued disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.  However, here at Leesfield, the staff, governors and families worked together to ensure the safety of all the children throughout this period. Once again, we have thorough plans in place to maintain safety for the return of all our pupils and we will continue to follow Government guidance.  We are hoping to return to a more ‘normal’ school structure, teaching our children (as ever) in a happy and safe environment.

St Thomas’ Leesfield is a lovely, friendly Christian school, with seven classes from Reception to Year 6.  The dedicated team of staff all seek to provide a stimulating and enriching environment for all ensuring each person is valued. 

We strive to provide an atmosphere of kindness and respect which enables children to achieve their potential, intellectually, spiritually and physically whilst building positive relationships with each other.  Our 'Always Rules' are the basis for how we all work and learn together in a harmonious environment. The Christian values also shape our ethos throughout school whilst at the same time encouraging freedom of speech and sensitivity to others.

Our school continues with its topic-based approach as it is very motivational and covers all areas of the curriculum to ensure a broad and balanced learning approach. We have always been proud of our curriculum intent, implementation and impact and are continually striving to improve even further.  We recognise that there will be gaps in age-related learning throughout school due to the pandemic and the subsequent interruption to school-based lessons. We will continue to work hard to assess and fill the missing areas in your child’s education as well as re-visiting prior learning.  The children and staff will soon get back into well-established routines and our expectations remain high throughout school.  Thank you to our families for all your hard work with home learning, you have done a great job under very difficult circumstances.

All our staff are enthusiastic, capable 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 the wonderful Mrs Ragan and Mr Whittaker as Assistant Heads.  We are dedicated leaders of our school along with our conscientious Governing body who always ensure that we are challenged and supported. 

Over the summer holidays we have been busy with general maintenance of our school areas and the second phase of the new roof (annexe) has been completed.  Although our buildings are old, they are brilliantly maintained to ensure a welcoming and stimulating learning experience.

You will find lots of useful information about the school on this website which we hope will give you a flavour and feel for us!

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 for academic study and extra-curricular activities.  We hope that we can return to face-to-face partnership learning but this may be towards the end of the first Autumn half-term and into the second as an added precaution.

An integral part of our whole school approach is the positive relationships that we develop with families.  We always work closely together to ensure that any concerns are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly.  We want happy and motivated learners at our school so please contact us via your child’s planner, send an email or telephone school if you have any queries.  We prefer 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 and staff. 

Take care 

Mrs Paula Glynn