Over the past year students and staff have been busy working on our local allotment area, which from the photographs you can see the transformation. The site has been cultivated with clearing, shed painting, sowing and the best part, yielding crops which have then been eaten! Well done to everyone who has played a part in this project.
The big event takes place tomorrow with good weather predicted. Any parent and carer who would like to come along to support their child are welcome to join in. Attached is a copy of the programme of events for information.
Sports Day Programme of Events
Our new students joining us in September will be able to join in the fun at our summer scheme which runs for two weeks from week commencing 4th August. With lots of activities both in and out of School to take part in we hope our new students soon feel part of our community ahead of the start of the new term.
RE: STRIKE ACTION – THURSDAY 10TH JULY 2014
Unfortunately Elmwood School will be closed to all pupils on Thursday 10th July as a result of the industrial action affecting some teaching and non teaching trade unions. The decision to close the School has not been taken lightly but, in this instance where staff have elected to take lawful industrial action, the School has no choice but to take the appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all pupils.
Following consultation with Governors, parents, staff, pupils and the Local Authority, Elmwood School will be changing the times of the School day from September. This has been ratified by Rose Collinson, Interim Executive Director who wrote ‘I thought it was a compelling and evidenced case and support the way ahead. I can see some early nights for children and early walks for dogs on the horizon!’
Below is how the new day will operate.
|8.25 – 8.40
||8.40 – 9.00
||9.00 – 9.30
||9.30 – 10.10
||10.10 – 10.50
||10.50 – 11.00
||11.00 – 11.10
||11.10 – 11.50
||11.50 – 12.00
||12.00 – 12.30
||12.30 – 12.45
||12.45 – 13.30
||13.30 – 14.15
||14.15 – 14.25
Four students in Year 10 accompanied Mr Whittaker, Mr Holmes and Mr Middleton on a residential trip to Shropshire on June 10th. The students enjoyed preparing and cooking fresh fish and game as well as other activities such as cycling and a night walk. The expedition was enjoyed by all as you can see from some of the pictures on the photo gallery.
Elmwood School are celebrating again following a two day visit from Derek Bawden of Investors In People when we were awarded GOLD status. A selection of staff, both new and old, were interviewed during the process which recognised that the School not only cares for its staff and pupils but also the wider community through their Charity Work.
The School recently had a two day inspection by Ofsted on the 18th and 19th March 2014. Mr Martyn Groucutt was the Lead Inspector who spent time with the leadership team, observing lessons, meeting Governors and speaking with pupils. We are thrilled to inform you that the school was judged as GOOD which is a brilliant achievement. Ofsted reinforced this within their report by stating that ‘students achieve well’ ,’teaching is good throughout the school’, ‘Leaders have a clear vision of a successful school’, students and their parents believe that school is a safe place where students are well cared for’. A big thank you to Parents and Carers who helped contribute during the inspection either via parentmail or with verbal/written comments. Pupils were great ambassadors for the School during their discussions with the Inspector and also the students who were selected to read to him. Our journey to outstanding has now begun as we strive to make Elmwood simply the best!! The report is available to read on the Ofsted section of the website.
Pupils and staff will be raising funds for Sport Relief on Friday 21st March when the four house teams of Ennis, Ainslie, Murray and Wiggins will be competing for the title of making the most money! Pupils are busy seeking sponsors to claim the house prize having competed in three sporting activities – the pressure is on Ennis house the current cup holders.
Students and staff participated in the above event on Thursday 6th March when they dressed up as characters from their favourite book and helped raise money for books for Africa. In addition children in the nurture group travelled with staff to Rushall JMI where they enjoyed listening to a story with some of the primary students there.