Dear Friends of The School,
Under the strong leadership of our Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and their team, the school has survived 2020! A year that no one could have predicted and which has tested us on many levels. Covid continues to be a part of our community and we thank all staff for their efforts and hard work during this time.
One consequence of the summer lockdown is that we do not have any academic results to share with you. This time last year we celebrated that the school had been placed in the highest 20% of all schools – significantly above average - for progress in Reading, Writing and Maths (as was also the case in 2018). Baseline data from September 2020 demonstrates that the closures over the summer months have had an impact on the progress that our children are making, as can only be expected. Teachers are working hard to try to compensate for this lost learning, but continue to battle with class closures and single isolations. We are extremely proud of the remote learning package that the school has in place, and the diligence that the staff have shown in putting it together, and maintaining contact with families once the package has been needed.
Over the past year, our attention has turned to our younger children and the provision that we have in place for them. It is with great excitement that we have seen the nursery building develop, and are now in the early stages of welcoming the extended age range to our Newbold family. The Governing Body are convinced the addition of nursery provision will in turn impact upon the progress that children make from a much younger age.
The Nurture Team at Newbold Church School has doubled in size, meaning that double the amount of children can benefit from the support that the team give, for the most vulnerable of our children. This provision, alongside support from our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA), Family Resource Worker and Play Therapy Team and newly training Art therapy assistant has meant that many more of our children are coming to school happy, secure and ready to learn – an important consideration during these difficult times.
We offer fabulous wrap-around care offer for families. ‘Shake & Wake’ breakfast club has now been running over 2 years, and continues to be popular for families requiring childcare from 7.30 onwards. This academic year we have extended the provision to include ‘Branching Out’ – after school care running until 6pm each evening Monday – Thursday. Both provisions, under the direction of five members of existing school staff, have been adapted slightly to ensure that they are Covid safe, but continue to provide a wealth of interesting activities for children, alongside refreshments. It has also been great to see the partnership with National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), supported by charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast come to fruition. School is now providing free breakfast food for over 140 children in school.
We maintain our close work with Derby Diocese Academy Trust (DDAT) to ensure that we harness all opportunities presented to the school.
On behalf of the governing body and myself, we wish you a happy and fruitful year. As we move ever closer to our goal of becoming an “Outstanding” school, we anticipate you will want to stay informed along the way, so look out for our newsletters, jotter messages and our school website (www.newboldchurchschool.co.uk).
If you need to contact me please send a letter to The Chair of Governors, Newbold CofE Primary School, Cranborne Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8PF.
Until next time,
Chair of Governors