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Headteacher’s Report Autumn 2009

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

This has been a busy, but successful term so far at Sacred Heart, with our staff and children working hard to make progress in the core subjects, and several new ventures and initiatives working well in school. We have had many new children start school, all of whom have settled well, particularly our new Reception class.

Sacred Heart School

Staff Training

Training has recently occurred for AGT, CAF (safeguarding) training for teaching assistants, CAF level 2 for teachers, Creative Comprehension for all staff, Progression in Subtraction for all staff, Epipen training for all staff, SEN training for teachers.

School Council

The children have given ideas to help us prepare for the redesign of the content of the school website. The children have also identified issues for our representatives to share at the forthcoming inaugural Children’s Trust conference. The children also worked with their classes to identify social events for our FOSH to run this year, and worked with their classes to identify Children’s aims for the Mission Statement.

Every Child a Reader

Miss Holden has been working hard with her group of children to develop the early reading and writing skills of the group of children identified for the programme. The programme started after successfully bid for funding for a joint approach with St Mary’s to run the programme, with funding in place for two years. Kate has worked well to start up the programme, with colleagues in other schools turning to her for advice.


The music tuition continues to grow from strength to strength. Mrs Taylor is now leading the tuition of guitar and keyboard as well as flute. We have had several new starters, including new starters from Year 1. The children are being encouraged to constantly practice in order to improve!

Wildlife Area

We are looking at the possibility of using a heater in our greenhouse to help with seedling growth over the winter, preparing for spring and summer.

The nature area will be treated this month in order to suppress knotweed and nettles, as we look to control this next year.

The allotments proved to be very successful, and we will be looking at developing this further next term.
All of these developments contributed to Mrs Upton leading the school to the runners-up award in the school section of Wyre in Bloom, and we fully appreciate her hard work, and being so ably assisted by Mr Coleman and many children who contributed to the projects.

Progress and Assessment

The latest assessments are currently being undertaken by children, and the progress being made and areas to develop will be highlighted from this information.

Our underachievers and SEN children have been benefiting from extra SEN support throughout the afternoon in groups since September. This is in addition to the class support they get already, and small group work already taking place in the morning. The effect of support in class is being monitored.

Subject Developments

There have been developments recently in the following areas:

  • PE: we have continued to attend numerous sporting events across Wyre this year, including Football, Cross Country, Netball, Rounders, Athletics and basketball. Mrs Hogarth has worked extremely hard to develop the profile of PE and sport across school, and I believe it is extremely important that we continue along this path. Thank you also to Miss Holden for giving the children the opportunity to ‘Wake up and shake up’ in the mornings!
  • Swimming: all children are now swimming in the main pool at Fleetwood baths in Year 5’s weekly lessons, and with the lessons continuing for this group until February. We are also trialling and preparing our children for the swimming gala in February. There will also be a teacher’s qualification course in January, and I am looking to attend this!
  • We have been continuing preparing assessments and monitoring standards, as part of the school monitoring cycle.
  • Able, gifted and talented: after we were successful in gaining £5000 for the summer school, Mrs Hogarth led the week, with a good attendance from our Year 5 children and children from other local schools. The summer school theme of Space was commended by Lancashire LA, especially in terms of it’s creativity, and many of the resources can be used in school for curriculum lessons.
  • SEN: we have continued to be successful in identifying and receiving funding for additional support for several children, and we have increased the support in school for additional SEN provision for small groups and individual programmes.

Fit For Mission

We hope that now we have worked together as a school, with children, staff and governors, that we feel we have more ownership over the current Mission Statement, and we can work together to uphold this. We will incorporate the decisions to be made on the children’s aims into the Mission Statement.

We have also invested in a year’s subscription in the Wednesday Word, which focuses on the forthcoming Gospel on Sunday, and gives the opportunity for families to discuss ideas and undertake activities at home to consolidate the message in the Gospel.

Basic Skills Quality Mark

In recognition of the good work that our staff does within the basic skills areas of Numeracy and Literacy and for the progress our children have made, we received a plaque and certificate. We were assessed recently, and had to provide evidence to show we had met the quality mark standards.

School Dinners

We now have 107 children having school dinners (this was 42 in September 2007, and up from 88 in September 2009). It is with great thanks and appreciation to Mrs Watson that we have such a high number, and to all the staff involved in working in the kitchen.

Number on roll

We now have 194 children on roll, with 27 children (so far!) having already chosen our school for September 2010 (with 22 children leaving). Eighteen months ago, we had 143 children on roll. We are continuing to take names for 2011 and 2012 intakes, and hopefully this will be popular too. We are maintaining a waiting list for families who still would like a place for their child in our full classes when a place becomes available.

We also held an Open Morning on Thursday 1st October, which proved very successful in terms of the number of parents who attended to view the school in preparation for 2010 or beyond.


So far this term, we have received the £12000 funding to share the Every Child a Reader teacher with St Mary’s, and we were successful in bidding for £12125 to extend the hours of the potential learning mentor (family support worker, I mean!). We have also put in two bids for funding an Art Club through the Ernest Cook Trust and the Children’s Trust.

Friends of Sacred Heart

Our events this term include the disco, Christmas Fair, a trip to the pantomime at the Grand, and we are also holding another Craft Fair on 18th November, which has left us with money to spend even after paying a significant amount for the panto trip!

Thornton FC

We have enjoyed the link with Thornton FC, with coaches from the club coming in to coach football to Years R to 3 after school, and lessons for Years 1 and 2. We hope this continues after Christmas.

Thornton CC and Thornton Cleveleys RFC

We have continued our partnership with Thornton Cricket Club, as part of the Chance to Shine project. We hope that the children who receive the coaching will grow in enthusiasm for the sport. We are also receiving lunchtime and lesson time support for Tag Rugby, and despite the mud, the children have really enjoyed the activities provided.

Members of the governing body are always welcome to arrange a visit to school at any time, particularly if you are a class governor.

Thank you to all our staff, parents, volunteers and governors for their continued support and hard work.

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Christmas Fair Donations

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Just a note to highlight the generosity of our local companies, and their kind donations to our recent Christmas Fair.

Christmas Stocking

The following companies donated prizes or other materials to the school.

  • Foresters Investments
  • Twelve
  • Thornton Co-op
  • Plug n Play
  • Chinos
  • Monique Hair
  • Virgin Trains
  • Emmaculate
  • Mad Hatters
  • Gardeners Arms
  • Farmer Parrs
  • Nails Place
  • Wyre Farm Meats
  • Mrs Nova

We are grateful to all of these companies for helping us to have a very successful school fair.

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