OfSTED Parent View Statements
As you are aware, we take your views and opinions about your children's educational experiences at Dyson Perrins C of E Academy very seriously. I am approaching the end of my first year as Headteacher of our school and wish to take the opportunity to seek your thoughts and feelings about the provision and support in place for your sons/daughters. Over the last twelve months I have made frequent reference to the high expectations and aspirations that I have for your children and at the core of my communication and work with the staff at Dyson Perrins is how best we can support our students to help them to achieve.
A tremendous amount of school improvement work has taken place in recent months and the academic results in 2013/14 showed the first fruits of the impact this is having on standards of achievement at our school. I have been incredibly impressed with the approach and attitude to learning of our students and how resilient and committed the staff have been to securing improved outcomes for your children. There is without question a positivity about our school and the findings from regular external reviews have described a school which is well placed to continue improving and building on recent successes. This is exactly what I am resolved to do as ultimately I want to make Dyson Perrins a high-performing, inclusive academy which develops our learners and prepares them well for the wider world.
I have thoroughly appreciated your support over the last twelve months and been encouraged by the high attendance at Parents Evenings, Open Evenings, Talent shows, Performing Arts Evenings, Prefect Celebrations and Sports matches. Your input and support is crucial in order to keep improving this school and to ensure that we do our best to cater for the needs of all our leaners.
I have attached the twelve OfSTED Parent View statements to this letter and I would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to respond to them (on the sheet) using the options provided and return them as soon as possible to your son/daughter's Form Tutor or by the deadline of Wednesday 10 December – alternatively, they can be handed in directly to Reception. I would really like as many responses as possible so that we get a true representation of your feedback in the key areas required.
I am conscious that there are areas where improvement is still required and that you may have had a negative experience in your contact with the school but I would equally ask that you record positive experiences, dealings or outcomes which you may have encountered.
I look forward to receiving your views and thoughts and to sharing a summary of the survey with you in due course.
Thanks again for your warmth and support in my first year as Headteacher at Dyson Perrins.
Headteacher's November Update to Parents/Guardians
We have had a very busy but productive three weeks since half term and I have largely been very pleased with the way our students have been approaching their lessons and learning. I am currently doing lots of monitoring work to ensure that we are both supporting yet challenging your sons and daughters in order that they achieve the very best outcomes.
Our Year 11 students are undertaking their first round of mock examinations this week and this will be a useful indicator for them and the school to see how far they have come, but more importantly, to highlight the areas which still require improvement. I have been very impressed by their attitude during lessons and attendance at after school revision sessions which run every evening. On Friday 21 November, we had over fifty students in a Period 6 after school lesson which just goes to show their desire and commitment to do well. Please see our school website for details of the various sessions and timings. I wish the Year 11 students well in their mock examinations and with their ongoing preparations towards next year's GCSEs.
There is a lot of activity on the horizon at Dyson Perrins. This Tuesday, 25 November (7.00pm) brings Dyson's Got Talent which offers a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their singing, dancing and other skills. It is always a thoroughly enjoyable evening and it would be great to see you there.
We are holding our Sixth Form Open Evening on 3 December at 6.00pm and this will be a very useful evening of information and guidance for our more senior students who are considering their next steps. With the school making steady steps of improvement, it is a great time to be thinking about joining the Sixth Form.
I am thrilled that we will be putting on a whole school production in March of next year – such an event can be an excellent way of bringing the school community together and give budding performers a taste of life in a show. 'We Will Rock You' promises to be a great school event and I look forward to watching the progress of the show through forthcoming rehearsals.
Thank you for your support with our drive for all students to be punctual to school in the morning. We have seen a huge improvement and the list of those late has reduced dramatically in recent weeks. I appreciate that traffic can be difficult in and around school in the morning and I am grateful for your efforts to get your children here for our 8.40am registration.
Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on moderating the various assessments that your sons and daughters will be undertaking in their various subjects and together with our School Improvement Partner, I will be leading middle leader training to ensure that Dyson Perrins keeps making good progress as a school.
I look forward to updating you shortly on all of our achievements and developments.
Thank you for your ongoing support
Exams Success Update
As you may have seen in last week's Malvern Gazette, following a successful appeal with a number of GCSE English exam papers, 2 students were awarded 'C' grades and the school's overall 5 x A* - C inc Eng/Maths has risen to 50%. This is great news for the individual students themselves and also highlights the progress being made at our school.
Stuart Wetson, Headteacher.
Welcome to New Academic Year
Welcome to the new academic year at Dyson Perrins. I hope that you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer; no doubt you are looking forward to your sons and daughters starting the new term. I would like to extend a special welcome to the parents/guardians of our new Year 7 students. Starting at secondary school is a big step not just for the children but for you as parents too. I would like to reassure you that we take this transition very seriously and that Mrs Jones and her team will be on hand to support your children as they embark on their time with us.
As you may have read in the local press and on our website, I am pleased to report that the recent examination results highlighted the progress we are making as a school. I am particularly pleased to see a 7% increase on the previous year in the number of students who achieved 5 x A*-C grades including English and Maths at GCSE and that rates of progress in English are increasing rapidly, something which is not the case at national level. There were improvements too at A-level and such gains are a credit to the hard work of our students, staff and the support that we receive from you as parents.
Dyson Perrins Academy has only really just started on its improvement journey and I am looking forward to continuing with our plans and to making more progress in 2014/15.
A number of new staff have joined the school including Suzie Bourne (Deputy Head), Yasemin Eroglu (Head of Modern Foreign Languages), Zoe Benson (Modern Foreign Languages), Laura Saunders (Science), Rebecca Harte (Geography) and Jennifer Young (Music). I believe that these colleagues will be strong additions to our team and help us to continue providing the very best education for your children.
I would like to take this opportunity to highlight to parents/guardians of those students entering Year 11 how important this year will be. Your support in helping us to work through what can be a challenging time will be much appreciated.
I look forward to updating you on our progress at regular intervals throughout the year.