Parent Questionnaire Feedback
Headteacher - April Update
As we are approaching the Easter break, I am writing to thank you for your support in what has been a really busy but productive term. Since Christmas, we have had a second external review from the 'Incyte' team that went very well and this was swiftly followed by a Church School or SIAMS inspection in February. Such monitoring visits give us the endorsement that we are making progress but also indicate the areas with which we need to continue in our improvement journey.
Since my permanent appointment in January, I have been so impressed both with the professional determination of the staff and the positive approach and attitude of our students. I have invested considerable time in looking closely at the work your sons and daughters have been producing during lessons and in their exercise books and similarly at the quality and frequency of teachers' marking and assessment. I have largely been encouraged by what I have found and in a number of the books there has been some stunning work and excellent marking. Where deficiencies with marking exist, the Subject and Year Leaders are in the process of doing follow-up monitoring to ensure that all students have regular comments and targets in their books. Feedback is crucial for learning and progress and this will remain a key priority for the leadership team at Dyson Perrins in our subsequent development and monitoring of Teaching and Learning.
I want to retain and sustain a high profile around the school – visiting lessons is probably the most important aspect of my role and it provides me with so much information from which I can plan for development. I expect lessons to: start promptly; have a clear focus; have an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and students who are well behaved and focused. They are simple expectations but I believe they are fundamental if we want to keep improving as a school. I would like to encourage all of our students to be punctual in the morning – the daily presence of myself and members of my senior team out on the street corner has quickened the pace of some of our more tardy students but I need them to realise the importance of being on time, especially for later in life when they enter the world of employment. I also want your sons and daughters to take pride in their appearance and wear their school uniform appropriately in order that they are positive ambassadors for our school when out in the community.
I mentioned the importance of feedback earlier in my letter and I value your feedback and perceptions of Dyson Perrins greatly. Leaders at all levels evaluate the effectiveness of the school regularly but it is important that within such evaluation are your views. I have attached the twelve statements used by OfSTED on their 'Parent View Questionnaire' to this letter and I would really appreciate it if you could take just a few minutes to tick in the space provided as to whether you 'strongly agree', 'agree', 'disagree', 'strongly disagree' or 'don't know' to each of the statements. There is also a small space set aside for any additional comments or observations you may wish to make. If you could then return just the coloured sheet of paper with your son/daughter to the school Reception by Friday 4 April I can begin analysing the responses and acting on the issues that arise. I would obviously encourage all parents/guardians to complete this so that I can then get a 'true' reflection of the current thinking amongst you.
I am very aware that there are aspects that we need to improve but similarly, I hope you will be able to acknowledge areas that we have developed in recent months.
On a separate note, the Spring Term will end on Friday 11 April at 3.10pm. Acts of collective worship will be held on this day in the morning, involving all students across the school. School buses will run as usual. May I remind you that Monday 28 April is a Teacher Education Day and that the school is closed to students. However, some departments are organising catch up and revision sessions for students on this day and also over the Easter break; you should be notified separately if your child is involved.
Next term begins on Tuesday 29 April. Please note that this year's summer uniform will be plain white shirts, short-sleeved if required, but not polo shirts. The white polo shirts currently available are for PE use only.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, peaceful and enjoyable Easter.
The Armed Man - Update
We have now had three very successful lunchtime rehearsals with visiting animateur, Carol Green, during which the 26 students from across Years 9-13 have displayed an unprecedented maturity and enthusiasm. On Sunday 26th January, over half of our group were able to attend the first massed rehearsal of Worcestershire schools at St. Andrew's Methodist church in Worcester. The two-hour voluntary rehearsal led by the esteemed conductor, Malcolm Goldring, was incredible with a high standard of participation and motivation despite the fact that much of the material we looked at was new to us. The experience itself, together with the obvious educational benefits of developing aural and sight-singing skills, ensemble work and the broader cultural aspects, was awesome!
Student offered place at Oxford University
We are pleased to be able to congratulate Kate Whatley, a member of year 13, on gaining an conditional offer to Oxford University. Her form tutor Mrs Smith has said the following about her: