It was fantastic to see so many year 11 students and parents/carers attending our revision evening last week. It speaks volumes about how determined year 11 are to get it right and the support that we have from our families. This Thursday evening we welcome the parents and carers of our year 7 students to discuss how well students have settled in and to discuss if there is anything else that we can do to support students in terms of progress and well-being.

We are really keen to work with parents and carers to get it right. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are concerned about anything or have any questions or queries. Last week a parent pointed out to us that there was a mismatch between our uniform policy on the website and in the journal; we are working to fix that now. It is always helpful for us to know how things are perceived by parents and if there are things we could think about doing differently. We are absolutely determined to be a High school that the Sprowston community can be really proud of and your views and feedback are an important part of our reflection and development.

I hope you have all had a lovely half term break.

This half term is a busy one for us.  As we maintain our focus on ensuring that the culture of our school is as calm and purposeful as possible, we will concentrate this half term on supporting and rewarding positive attitudes to learning and independent learning.  This will be particularly timely for our Year 11 students as they approach their all important mock exams.  In addition, this half term sees our Year 9 students make key decisions about which subjects they choose to pursue further in Years 10 and 11. 

As we continue to make Sprowston the best school it can possibly be, we have increased our leadership capacity by creating 3 Associate Leadership Team posts.  These colleagues will support the existing 4 members of our leadership team to develop, lead and embed school improvement.

Neil Bugdale (Head of Technology) will play a key role in supporting SEND students.  I have asked him to focus particularly on how we support the progress of SEND students in lessons through effective teaching and learning strategies and personalised learning.

Wayne Chapman (Head of Biology) will lead on developing a whole school approach to homework and independent learning.  This role reflects parent and student voice which tells us that our approach to homework is not always helpful/consistent so that student's receive mixed quantities of work. As we face an exam system that is more knowledge heavy, we need to prepare our students for independent learning from Year 7.

Abigail Brierley will lead on whole school staff development.  This will add to our vision of Sprowston as a vibrant learning community where we all learn together.

Have a fantastic half term.

As we reach the end of the first half-term, I wanted to say thank-you to everyone who has helped make this such a successful and happy half-term.  There are lots of things I want to mention but here are just a few:
  • Our new behaviour and reward policy really making a difference and transforming attitudes and learning
  • Students really embracing the "no mobile" policy- it is really nice to see students talking to each other again at breaks and lunchtime
  • Y7 and Y12 students settling in so well and already making a positive impact on the school
  • The overwhelming support for "Hello Yellow", supporting mental health awareness.  Personally and professionally, it means so much to me to see our school community recognising and valuing the importance of mental health
  • The "feel" around school cannot be easily put into words, but there is a calm, friendly, supportive and purposeful "vibe" that makes the school a great place to be
  • Our new mini-buses arriving back fully "wrapped" with images of our students and an emotional recognition of the late Norma Smith who gave so much to our school and is missed so much
  • Our Open Day was an opportunity for us to showcase our school and I was so proud of our students and staff for the way they conveyed what we are all about as a school.  It was also lovely to meet prospective new students and parents/carers
This week we look forward to our Sixth Form Open Evening at 6pm on Wednesday evening.  We are excited about what our sixth form offers and we are keen to share this.  Wednesday will also see another non uniform day, this time supporting a student led charity "Serious Fun".  On Thursday, staff look forward to an inset day on the new Gatsby Benchmarks (promoting careers education), promoting speaking in the classroom, and supporting the needs of diabetic students in school.
Have a fantastic holiday when it comes.  Thank you for all your support, it is very much appreciated.

We are very proud of our school, our staff and our students and we are happy for anyone to come and visit us, at anytime. We are particularly keen to welcome the parents and carers of Y6 students as they make the important choice of which High school to send their children to in September 2019.

Our Open Evening will be held on Thursday 11th October at 6pm. Please come and hear about our vision and ethos and meet some of our wonderful staff and students.  In addition, we will be welcoming visitors on the mornings of Friday 12th October and Monday 15th October from 9.15am to 11 am.

We look forward to meeting you.

One of the key elements of our new approach is to raise the profile of rewards. We want to be better and quicker at recognising achievement and letting our students know that they are going above and beyond and contributing to their own success.

In less than 2 weeks we have recorded a staggering 2114 achievement points which students know about when they receive green cards in their lessons. This is an exceptional achievement.

Well done to all students who have received green cards already. This approach will make for a more positive learning experience and will drive success and well-being.

How many green cards can we get this week?


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