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.
A big thank you to all students, parents/carers and staff who helped to raise £185.00 for Comic Relief. A fantastic day was had in School with competitions, events and a coffee morning all helping to make the day a success. A special well done to Marcus in Year 10 who helped to raise £25.60 with the sale of red noses and to Aldain in Year 11 for trying to keep quiet for the day!
As a result of Walsall Council’s review of Special Schools formal consultation has begun from 23.2.15 for four weeks of the suggested proposals; copies of an extract from the complete proposal have been put on public display around School for any interested party to peruse. Further details of the Notice is also available on the Parents/Carers page of our website. Further details can also be obtained by contacting Carol Douthwaite, Administration Manager at SEN Services on 01922 686377.
A big thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising event on Thursday 12th February. As a result we were able to raise over £200 for School funds and an additional £45 for Newlife Charity. Well done to all students who were involved on stalls and with the refreshments provided, you did brilliantly.
On Tuesday 10th March 2015 from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, in conjunction with Barr Beacon School, there is an opportunity to experience a taster day for any one looking for a career in teaching in English and Maths. Further details are available on the flyer under the Teaching School Alliance page on our website.
We are pleased to announce Elmwood School’s association with two new Teaching School Alliances across the borough of Walsall, these being Lindens Primary School and Evolve Teaching School Alliance – based at Barr Beacon. This is a massive achievement and recognition of the hard work and skilled professionals we have at Elmwood and in turn the skills we can ultimately share with other school settings across the borough (and beyond). Both host schools are outstanding in their own sectors but want an added dimension to strengthen the offer of school to school support; initial teaching training; leadership development; continual professional development; Specialist Leaders of Education and research and they have both certainly got that with Elmwood.
Keep your eyes and ears open as news spreads of the impact we are having with other schools and look out for the updates on the website regarding Teaching Schools Alliances.
In addition to this, being part of an outstanding alliance enables our staff to further develop their knowledge and understanding through high quality training and coaching-which will benefit all the pupils of Elmwood now and in the future.
We are also extremely proud to announce the achievements of Mr Martin Hawkes (Specialist Leader in Education – Behaviour & Discipline) and Mr Daniel Whittaker (Specialist Leader in Education – Learning outside of the classroom) for achieving this accolade and we look forward to sharing their skills and knowledge with other professionals in need of that support.
All parents and carers have the opportunity to attend School on 14th January 2015 when they will be able to discuss their child’s progress as well as look at their potential for the coming term. There will also be an opportunity for a satisfaction survey to be completed so that any areas of development as well as positives can be highlighted.
Parents and Carers are being consulted over budget changes at Walsall Council that will affect Home to School Transport next year. The consultation period is open until 5th January 2015 and a questionnaire and detailed letter are available on the Parents area of our website. Hard copies of the documents are available from the School Office.
Staff and pupils enjoyed a belated day of fun in aid of Children in Need on Monday 17th November due to the School being closed for training on Friday 14th. Children in Nurture enjoyed a host of activities including Pudsey biscuit making and so far £75.00 has been raised for this worthwhile cause. Photographs are available in the gallery section.