Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to the weekly update – I hope your child has enjoyed this week.
With the onset of some sunny days (if not always accompanied by higher temperatures) and continuing decreasing infection rates nationally, I am hopeful this year’s summer term will be considerably more “normal” than last year!
This week, the key matters to draw your attention to are:
1) Salisbury Diocese Monitoring Visit
On Tuesday of this week, we welcomed our School Improvement Advisor from the Diocese of Salisbury to All Saints to review our progress over the last year. His feedback to us was very positive and confirms we are clearly moving in the right direction.
Pupils and staff responded superbly and really demonstrated pride in our school.
Key strengths include:
– Our new vision and the impact it is having
– Pupil and staff “buy in” to the journey that we are on
– The revised collective worship programme and the genuine links with local clergy
– The capacity for further improvement and the support in place from Ambitions Academies Trust
Areas for development include:
– Embedding some of the recent changes – this has been tricky this year in particular due to the stop start nature of education
– Ensuring consistency of delivery to pupils – I will be focusing on this with staff in the coming weeks and months
– Making sure that pupils continue to take responsibility for their conduct so that it is a genuine reflection of our vision and values
When I have the final letter, I will share this with you
2) Pupil Leadership
We have a fantastic pupil council and I enjoyed catching up with them today to discuss their ideas that they have planned for assemblies next week and beyond.
They are keen to develop and promote a “Respect” charter that means everyone treats others as they would like to be treated. Naturally, we are fully supportive of this and I look forward to seeing what the team deliver next week!
Also on pupil leadership this week, we have seen our Sustainability plans move forward with a group of pupils getting involved in this area. There will be some practical action – keeping recycling high on the agenda and looking after our environment – but there will be advocacy work to consider and the possibility of going for Green Flag status in the not too distant future.
I’m so impressed by pupils getting involved in roles such as these – well done to everyone involved so far and it’s not too late to take part if you haven’t done so already!
3) Pupil of the Week – Principal’s Award
I’m pleased to enclose a couple of pictures for this week’s award – thank you to everyone who has worked hard and received this. This week, we had over 60 nominations and so will be setting up a “nomination” certificate to recognise everyone put forward, whilst also continuing with the final award certificates themselves.
This is a great part of my week to be able to commend pupils for their work in so many parts of their curriculum – well done to everyone nominated.
In term of safeguarding this week, please do take a moment to read the letters on our website, particularly the one regarding mental health and self harm. Schools nationally have seen a rise in instances of this following covid and sharing concerns early is really important. Please do let us know if you are worried and reassure you child that help is available.
Also in terms of pastoral care, I will be talking with pupils again next week about the importance of kindness. Following the recent events, I think we are all in need of a little more of this being shown in the small things – inviting others into conversations, considering the impact of our words and actions carefully and not excluding others. Please do take a moment to discuss with your child.
5) Finally this week, let’s all enjoy the Bank Holiday and hope that the weather holds up – now that we can get out and about a bit more, it’s great to be outside, to ditch the TVs, computer screens and mobile phones and engage in real life!
Wishing you a restful time few days – with every blessing