Headteacher’s Blog

Welcome back after the half -term break!

Last half-term saw pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 sit their SATS – the compulsory end of Key Stage national curriculum assessments. Pupils worked hard in preparation and during each test period  and we are extremely proud of how well they managed. Although we do our best to gently prepare pupils for the test content and conditions, we appreciate that it can sometimes feel very daunting and different to normal school life and learning, especially for pupils in Year 6. You may have seen the press coverage about the Year 6 reading paper and the significant concerns expressed by teachers across the country about its level of difficulty and notable difference to previous papers. It is fair to say that it was extremely challenging! Our wonderful pupils gave it everything and handled this and the other papers brilliantly – they really did themselves proud.

After nearly thirteen years at Bowmansgreen, Rebecca Robertson has left her role as the school’s Business Manager. As a member of the school’s leadership team, Mrs Robertson has worked closely with many members of staff, parents and carers, governors and outside agencies, advising on and managing the school’s admin and finances. It has been a pleasure to work alongside her and I would like to thank her for the hard work and commitment she has shown our school community over the years. I am sure you will join me in wishing Mrs Robertson the best of luck and happiness for the future as she embarks upon a new role in a local academy trust.

A very warm welcome to Mrs McGrath who joined our office team, this week. She will be working closely with Mrs Clark and Miss Mates, liaising with families across the school. If you have not already met or spoken with her, please do pop in and say ‘hello.’

Next week, we will begin an audit of Blue Badges to help us understand their prevalence across our school community and to inform decisions about the use of the staff car park by families and visitors. As previously mentioned, we can no longer safely meet the demand for the two disabled parking bays in our staff car park. Parents and carers can therefore no longer drive into the car park unless in exceptional circumstances. Due to the number of families wanting to use the staff car park, it seems that having a Blue Badge is no longer exceptional and the situation is unsafe and unsustainable. If you hold a Blue Badge, we will be asking you to complete a short questionnaire so that we can hopefully find a safe and fair way forward.

Are you registered with the Hertfordshire Family Centre Service? The Hertfordshire Family Centre Service provides services to children and young people and includes Family
Support Services, Health Visiting and School Nursing. A short survey has been developed to understand your experiences of the current service and the support families with young children in Hertfordshire require. Family Centre Service parent feeedback questionnaire.

Last night was disco night! Thank you to FOBS for organising another successful disco event for Bowmansgreen pupils. Both discos were great fun and very well attended. It was lovely to see pupils having such a good time together. Thank you also to the parents, carers and staff who helped out on the night – it couldn’t happen without you!

Stay safe in the sun! Enjoy your weekend.