Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you have enjoyed a good week this week. Please do take a few moments to read about the key messages from this week at school.
1) Initial Feedback from Salisbury Diocese Monitoring Visit
We have received the final report for the visit last week and it is in the final stages of QA. Once I have the finished version, I will share it with you, but here are some excerpts:
Strengths identified included:
“All Saints Academy has a strong vision for education and through the biblical underpinning this is distinctively Christian”
“There is a culture to support and develop the whole child”
“Students identified the strong sense of community at All Saints and gave examples of how they act wisely to support the community”
“The teaching observed in the RE lesson was of a high quality; the resources used was engaging and captured the student’s attention in an emotive and thought-provoking way”
Areas for development include for us to make sure Collective Worship is always consistent across year groups, to embed our new pupil voice plans and to help pupils think farther afield in terms of advocating courageously for others. We will share more on each of these as we go forward!
2) Site improvements
I am pleased to confirm we will be upgrading pupil WC facilities in The Cross area over the summer area as well as shortly completing the additional facilities being installed in Science. I am aware that this has been a much needed area of investment in the school and I would ask for a couple of months more patience from everyone as we finalise the summer works programme at the moment.
The Drama Studio has also been identified as another area that will be refurbished during the summer break. I am pleased that we have a production planned for the summer term and will write with formal details of this in the near future.
We are also looking to begin the upgrades to our Science department and again, are planning to begin works in this area in the summer.
3) Children’s Society – Research Project into children’s happiness
This week I met with the Children’s Society who will be visiting the school in the second half of the summer term to research pupil views on the happiness of children and young people in the UK. This is a large scale national research project that is used by government and other agencies to strategically identify how children can be happier. There certainly seems to have been a decline over a number of years, sadly, in the rates of happiness expressed by children about their childhoods. Doing all we can, therefore, to protect, preserve and cherish childhood is so important.
If you would like to read the Children’s Society 2020 report, you can do so here: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-11/Good-Childhood-Report-2020.pdf
4) Final updates
Also this week, I’d like to thank all Year 8 parents and pupils for returning your Guided Choices options forms. If your child has not done so yet, please ask them to hand them in so that we can complete the planning process for next year.
Finally, please remind pupils to wear PE kit correctly (black shorts / bottoms, not grey!) and to respect the grassed area at the front of school – this is a special area and pupils are not allowed on it.
Well done everyone – a shorter week than normal but still a busy and positive one as we continue the road back to something resembling normality.
Enjoy a great weekend and we will do it all again next week