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Archive for September, 2013

A new school year

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A belated welcome back to the Cherry Oak blog after the summer holidays.  Our returning children and new pupils have settled in well and the term is in full swing.

After a busy summer term we look forward to the start of another successful year at Cherry Oak. To share some of our successes with you, in 2012 we developed a five year plan for the vision for Cherry Oak and I am pleased to report that we have made great strides in achieving a number of outcomes already.  We have raised our profile both nationally and locally with ‘good news’ stories in the press. I am so pleased about this as sometimes the achievements of schools are not always reported! This has put the school on the map and we have regular parent visits with very positive feedback. Also, you will see from previous blogs that we re-developed the Backland area after years of fundraising and planning. We are continuing to develop leaders at all levels across the school and of course included in this is our very proactive school council who have inputted their ideas into this year’s School Improvement Plan.

Building work is due to start any day now on a new classroom. There is lots of demand of places at Cherry Oak – a testament to the hard work, skills and commitment of the staff – and I am delighted that the school is continuing to expand.  This is the second year running that we have increased our numbers I am looking forward to our new pupils arriving very soon.

I am pleased to welcome a Family Support Worker to the team and I’m sure she will be an asset to the school providing very valuable support to our families.  Also, we have an ICT Manager, new role for Cherry Oak, who will manage the development of the ICT facilities and infrastructure – one of our school improvement priorities.

Exciting times are ahead of us and with the celebrations for Harvest Festival; first anniversary of the Backland opening; the new class, and, dare I say it, Christmas productions (!) biting at our heals, it’s going to be busy time.

To end this blog, a reminder that at the heart of everything we do is giving all of our pupils the best education they can have in a safe, secure and supportive environment.