Elmwood School marked Armistice Day on Wednesday 11th November by inviting members from the Staffordshire Regiment to come along and enjoy a meal prepared and cooked by students in the ‘Elms Restaurant’. The meal was organised by Ms Hilary Shaw, Food Technology Teacher, and students ranged in age from 11-15 excelled themselves with both the quality and presentation of the meal as well as acting as perfect hosts.
The whole School, with visitors who included the School Paediatrician as well as Medical and Teacher Training Students, then all congregated in an outside garden area where everyone observed the two minutes silence with the last post being sounded by one the old Soldiers. The pupils behaved impeccably and made Elmwood very proud of the respect they showed and in fact many students went and shook hands with the Soldiers on parade. The School were also presented with a copy of the latest novel written by one of the soldiers, Mick Power, entitled ‘It puts muscles on your eyebrows; which was gratefully received and will make interesting reading.
Feedback from visitors, staff and students was of a special day which Ms Shaw is already saying is one of the best she has ever had during her teaching career. This was further reinforced by Mr Singer, Secretary of the Regiment, when he delivered a thank you letter and stated that the pupils had been attentive, polite and a credit to the School and in his opinion Elmwood should be a Flagship School; he couldn’t praise the children enough for their behaviour and the respect they had shown.
We are planning a Christmas Fayre on Thursday 10th December to try and raise funds to help our young people. In order for this to be a success we are appealing to any local businesses or members of the community who could donate any items that we could sell. We will ensure that any donations are highlighted in our monthly newsletter circulated to all parents/carers, Governors and staff and also on our website. Please contact Bev Bailey on 01922 721081 if you are able to help. Thank you.
Students and staff took part in the annual ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign on Friday 16th October (a week early due to a training day) and helped to raise £76 for this worthwhile charity. Well done to Julie Burnell who won the staffroom sweepstake winning £21. A big thank you to everyone who took part and contributed.
Elmwood supported Macmillan’s fundraising event by hosting a coffee morning on Friday 25th September. Students in the nurture group sold cakes and ran competitions which helped to raise £112.35 for this good cause. A big thank you also to Starbucks in the Wharf, Walsall and Pelsall Village Bakery for their donations and to everyone who came along and made it a great success.
Parents and carers of pupils currently in Years 5 and 6 are warmly invited to visit Elmwood for their forthcoming open afternoon sessions. On Monday 12th October from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm there will be an opportunity for any Year 6 families to visit and from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm for Year 5 students. There will also be an additional for Year 6 parents and carers to visit on Thursday 15th October from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm.
Our annual sports day event took place on Thursday 16th July 2015. Parents and Carers were warmly welcomed to come along and support their child as well as having the opportunity to take part. Refreshments were on offer- a big thank you to Starbucks in Walsall for supporting this event. The day was a great success with many School records being broken. Many congratulatios to the winning house team Wiggins who scored 272 points with Ennis coming in second with 258. Well done to everyone who took part.
The School recently used the services of Sue Buckle, Therapist of Sentir Bien Aromatherapy, in an effort to support our Year 11′s students during their build up towards their final GCSE examinations. The positive experience was reflected in some of the statements made by students who stated ‘I feel ready for my next exam – I wish it was today’, ‘Can you come every day as this would really help me manage during the day’. We will certainly be looking to use Sue again in the future and will be welcoming her back on the 15th July when she will be supporting parents and carers. Please check out Sue’s Facebook page for more information –
Elmwood School has been highlighted within a local primary school’s recent Ofsted report (May 2015) reinforcing the impact we are having within the Lindens Teaching School Alliance and supporting staff and pupils with behaviour. Due to the impact of Martin Hawkes (SLE – Behaviour and Discipline) the School was able to secure a good judgement for behaviour and safety. The report highlighted the following:
“Behaviour and attitude to learning are good”
“Pupils say they feel safe in the school”
“Acknowledged working with Elmwood Special School as a partner”
“Effective behaviour strategies in dealing with behaviour have helped to improve”
“Pupils enjoy taking responsibilities”
This is a positive example of partnership and collaboration working across phases and raising the profile of the staff at Elmwood School and sharing our “unique” strategies to support the whole child with their behaviour.
A massive thank you to all parents and carers who supported their child at our Progress and Achievement event on 22nd April 2015. We are finding these events extremely beneficial as a means of communicating the next steps to pupils and this is reinforced by the 80%+ of pupils making outstanding progress in English and Maths as well as an opportunity to celebrate other subject areas where they have achieved success. At the Spring Term Progress and Achievement event we managed to see 53.3% of parents/carers, which is an improvement of 1% on the Autumn Term event. Here are the top performing groups:
Year 9a 100%
Year 8b 75%
Year 7b 66%
In addition to this we launched our “Structured Conversations” pilot which is an innovative way of raising parental aspiration for their child and providing parents/carers the voice to problem solve the reasons why their child may not be making at least good progress and what those barriers are/have been to progress.
Let’s end with a bang and celebrate your child’s success TOGETHER at our next Progress and Achievement event taking place on Wednesday 15th July 2015.
Have a look at what parents/carers have said about our school during the Spring Term 2015 in our recent parental questionnaire. Spring Term 2014-2015 Progress and Achievement Event satisfaction survey new.
Elmwood School will be taking part in the launch of Walsall’s Inclusion Strategy by participating in the sharing of good practice. The event is taking place on Friday 17th April and we will be celebrating how we have promoted inclusion in our School and made a difference to pupils. Mr Hubbard and Mr Cross will be representing the School at the EDC in Walsall which will be launched by David Haley, Executive Director of Walsall Children’s Services.