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Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition of Newsline

As we reach the end of a long and busy term, it is good to look back at some of the highlights:

In September, we started the school year with 16 new pupils, 3 new teachers and nine new class names to learn! We were pleased to welcome parents to the school during Meet the Families Week in mid-September.
In October we took our lessons outside during Outdoor Learning Week. Our mantra for the week was “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!” Nick and Jo led the school to explore the great outdoors and learn from nature. You can continue the exploring over the Christmas holidays: find ideas at
In November, we ran a Making Changes Parenting Support Course. This course was facilitated by Ivan, Jan and Catherine Sutcliffe (SALT). The course was consistently attended and well-received by a group of parents of some of our younger pupils. We will hope to offer it to another group of parents later in the school year.
In December, we have been preparing for our Christmas Show and Charity Appeal. This year we are supporting Save the Children and will be raising money from the sale of tickets for the show, by wearing festive clothing on the last day of term, and by selling school merchandise including this year’s school mug.

On behalf of all the staff, I would like to wish our children and families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will see you all again on Thursday 5th January 2017.
Best wishes



Parents / Carers survey 2016

Thank you for working with us and taking the time to complete the survey at the end of the summer term. Overall, 50 forms were returned and the results carefully analysed. All the signed responses were put in a draw and the winning families were Juanita in Goslings, and Beatris in Magpie Geese. They win vouchers for a family trip to the cinema in the new year.
The results provide us with a valuable insight into how you see the school and where we should make changes. The results table provides percentage responses per question. Drawing on the questions and the comment boxes, we have summarised the most significant messages from you to us.

What do you like most about Alexandra School?
The survey results demonstrate an overwhelmingly positive feeling about your and your child’s experience at Alexandra School. In comparison to the last questionnaire, completed in 2014, there was a greater percentage of parents ‘strongly agreeing’ to almost every statement on the survey. 98% of families agreed or strongly agreed with all wellbeing statements, and all families felt their child was safe at Alexandra. Communication between families and the school is vital for ensuring progress and a togetherness in the way we nurture your children – 100% of families felt comfortable to approach the school with comments or concerns, and felt that contact with the class teacher through meetings, email and via the telephone was good and useful. Our approachable staff, of whom we are very proud, were praised by over a quarter families in their final comments:

“A friendly environment with such lovely staff.” “The staff are wonderful.”

How can we make Alexandra School even better?
All but two of the questions asked on the survey received an overwhelmingly positive response, with 90% or more of families agreeing or strongly agreeing.
Some families were unsure as to whether their child knows who to talk to in school. If you feel this way, please approach your child’s class team who will be happy to support you with this.
Some families had concerns about the level of homework set. Since the last survey, homework requirements have been more clearly stated to families at the start of the year via ‘Gates Gossip’ sessions and Fronter. New reading records have also been introduced and homework has been streamlined across the school. We can see that there continues to be some questions about the level of homework set and will work on this with staff, building on the best practice in school.

Any other comments?
Finally, we would like to close with a few more quotes from your responses:
“Alexandra is such an amazing school. Everyone goes above and beyond to make it such a great place to be.”
“My child enjoys coming to school every day.”
“I like the wonderfully warm and supportive atmosphere amongst all the children from Year 6 down to Goslings.”

And finally, goodbye to...

Bethan, who has been teaching the Emperor Geese this term, while Elena was still on maternity leave. Although Bethan has been with us only a short time, it has been quite long enough for us to know that she is an excellent teacher and we wish we could keep her for longer!
Simrit, who has been an LSA at Alexandra since September 2014. She will be greatly missed, particularly by the Magpie Geese, with whom she has worked this year and last.

Hello to…

Elena who will be returning from maternity leave to teach the Emperor Geese from January.
Richard and Jayna, who will be joining the permanent staff team as LSAs in January.


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