Dear Parents and Carers
I am writing to let you know that Mrs Swinson will be retiring at the end of the summer term.
Mrs Swinson has been our Headteacher for twelve years and in that time the school has gone from strength to strength, as the recent Ofsted report is testament to.
Her departure gives us a real challenge and over the next few weeks the Governing Body will be working with Herts For Learning to recruit a new Headteacher to continue Mrs Swinson’s work.
I will write to you again when there is more to report which should be by the end of April.
We will have the opportunity to properly say goodbye to Mrs Swinson in July, but for now, on behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to thank her for everything she has done for The Lea and wish her well in her retirement.
Chair of Governors
We have installed a new lost property bin in our reception area outside the school office. Please note that all lost property found in school will be put here. If your child has an item of clothing or footwear missing, please direct them to this bin. Alternatively, parents/carers are welcome to come and look at the end of the day if they wish to.
Another plea to all parents and carers at drop off and pick up times to please park considerately on the roads near our school. We have had one or two complaints from our neighbours recently about various incidents that have occurred. Thank you for your co-operation.
When booking non urgent dentist, doctor, eye appointments etc for your child, please do so outside of school hours. Taking your child out of class during the day can be disruptive for both the child and the rest of the class. Thank you for your co-operation.
We welcome Ms Bentley, who has joined our school as teaching assistant in Year 3 and is also working with our team of MSAs at lunchtimes.
The school governors have now approved our Home Learning Policy which is available to view on the school website and can be found by clicking on the ‘Information’ link, then ‘Policies and Reports’.
The letter from Ofsted confirming the outcome of our inspection on February 6th is being sent out with the newsletter today. It’s a good read!
From January 2018 a new Ofsted framework came into place which meant that schools that were previously judged Good, would have a one-day inspection to see whether they remain Good. I am delighted to say that it was a very positive outcome and that we remain a Good school.
The report recognises that The Lea is a very inclusive school where all children can flourish and are at the heart of everything that we do. It is so rewarding to see that the improvements we have put in place to ensure that our children receive the very best education have been highlighted too. Ofsted only identified one ‘next step’ (most schools have two or three) which shows that the school is at the very top of the Good category.
Once again a massive, massive thank you to all of you, to the wonderful staff who work so hard, to your fantastic children who make it all worthwhile, and to the Governors for all their support. It makes me feel very, very proud.
I hope you will enjoy reading the report with its very many glowing comments.
[Update 9/3/18: Thank you for all the lovely comments we have received from parents and carers regarding the Ofsted report on our school. It is very much appreciated.]