The school welcomed Mr David Selby from OFSTED on Tuesday 10th October. His report will be published in a few weeks but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those parents and children who took the time to fill in questionnaires to give your views. I also know that many parents spoke with Mr Selby on the playground on the day of his visit.
Thank you for your overwhelming support – it means so much to all the staff in school.
I hope everyone has settled back into school for the start of this new academic year. A special welcome to all our new starters in Reception- I’m sure they are settling well into life at Ellel.
Unfortunately I have missed the start of this new year following an operation I had in the summer holidays. I hope to be back by the end of this month. I have kept in almost daily contact with Mrs Fitzgerald as she steps in to cover my absence. She probably just wants me to back off and leave everything in her capable hands but I am missing everyone so much!
I look forward to being back in school soon.
This week has seen the pupils in Year 6 sitting their SAT’s – a reading paper, grammar, punctuation and spelling papers as well as three mathematics papers. The tests were long, hard and in some instances very challenging. We have been so proud of how all the pupils have met the challenges of this week, applying themselves to the best of their ability in all they have done. They will just be one small measure in the midst of many when we assess our young people as they leave us. This week has already shown us they have developed skills of resilience, perseverance and dedication. Add to that their compassion, motivation to serve and sense of fun and adventure. Only when we look at the whole child can we truly get a true picture of their achievements at the end of primary school.