July 17

As ever, the school has been very busy since we returned after the Easter Holidays! To begin with, we were busy settling back into our school routines, taking part in a couple of Chipping Norton Partnership tournaments, and also surviving the KS2 SATs! We were delighted to win both The Tag Rugby and The Athletics Small Schools Tournaments! We are very proud of our Year 6 children’s performance in the KS2 SATs; they have exceeded national averages once again!

We have had links with Vasa Oviningsskola, a school in Vasa, West Finland for 10 years now. Thirteen children and three staff from Great Rollright travelled to Vasa on 19th May and enjoyed wonderful hospitality from our Finnish friends. The children enjoyed being in school, as well as visiting local museums, shopping and exploring the famously beautiful Kvarken Archipelago.

However, probably the most noteworthy part of the last few months was our Ofsted Inspection. Schools await such inspections, often for months, with mixed feelings, preparing endless paperwork, and then the call comes, giving the headteacher about 19 hours’ notice. Our inspection was on 20th June and, following our day, we are delighted to report we had some very positive feedback. If you would like to read our report, it can be found at: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/123183.

Comments included: Good teaching now challenges pupils to think more deeply. Of note is the way you have developed effective ways of supporting pupils in overcoming any barriers to success. As a result of the support you provide, overall attendance improved last academic year, as did the attendance of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

On the day of our inspection, we had a visit from The Longborough Opera Company who were working with our Year 6 children creating a very original version of The Magic Flute. In July the Year 6 children went to Longborough to watch the dress rehearsal of the same opera, which every pupil thoroughly enjoyed! We are grateful to Longborough for the fantastic support they give to our school.

The Ofsted Inspector, observing the children listening to the operatic singing, noted: Despite this kind of music being unfamiliar to most of them, the pupils responded rapturously to their new musical experience and dedicated themselves fully to the project.

The end of the year was fabulosly rounded off by class performance from Thr oCean and The Mlountains Classes! Well done to everyone involved!

So, another busy year is ended. We are, as ever, grateful for all the fantastic team work that makes Great Rollright School an exciting and fabulous place to teach and learn!

April 2016

As we start the first half of the summer term we have lots to look forward to. Hopefully you have all had a good break and enjoyed some of the beautiful weather we have had!

It was great to see so many of you at our Easter Service. I thought the readings written and read by The Mountains Class as part of their R.E. work told the Easter Story beautifully – thanks to all of them for sharing such good work with us.

We left the church and then paraded to The Village Hall in our Easter bonnets which were fabulous! The Friends organised our Easter Egg Hunt – many thanks to everyone who sent in eggs and everyone who hid the hundreds and hundreds of eggs! The children thoroughly enjoyed the egg hunt and the drink and chocolate crispy cake which followed in the hall. Thanks to Saya Buxton for once providing the cakes for this event.

This term is another busy one. The Finns arrive on 20th April, then we have the Year 6 Test Week which begins on 9th May and ends with their flight to Finland on 13th May.

Attendance has generally been good this year and we very much appreciate all of you who have tried to support us in raising our overall percentage. However, this figure has dropped a little in the last term due to the various illnesses suffered by the children. It now stand s at 97.5%. This week we gave out 57 certificates for excellent attendance; 53 of those certificates were for children whose attendance was 100% in Term 4 – well done to all of those children. We currently have 21 children whose attendance to date this school year is 100% - that is fantastic! Well done to all of those children!

Next Wednesday (20th April) we welcome our friends and colleagues from Vasa in Finland who will be visiting Great Rollright until 25th. They will be in school during their stay. Listen out for news about the Finns from your children!

March 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

Next week sees the end of The Spring Term and it has been a very busy one!

Following our assessment period in January and February, it was great to see so many of you at Parents Evening recently and to hear how pleased you are with the progress of the children.

Many thanks for all your support during the recent instalment of our building programme. Our steps are now finished and all of the doors in use.

I especially wanted to write following the Year 5 and 6 trip to Hooke Court last week to tell you how fantastic the children were whilst we were away; it was a pleasure to be away with them! To have a group of happy children ready to engage so enthusiastically with every activity was wonderful and ensured a successful trip. 

Our coach journey to Dorset on Wednesday was eventful as we travelled through heavy rain and then heavy snow, finally finding lighter sleet and then just dull cloud! However, on arrival we were once again in rain and so the staff at Hooke Court changed our itinerary to accommodate the weather and, instead of archery, we have team building and orienteering that afternoon. Archery was re-scheduled for Friday instead. Both activities were outside so thank goodness for all those waterproof trousers and coats that were packed!

After a delicious evening meal we had our Barn Dance. Lots of the children were a bit worried about this at first but everyone joined in and enjoyed our dancing immensely!

On Thursday, after breakfast, we headed to a large hall where the children worked for most of the morning to prepare a delicious lunch of bread, quiche, trout, salad, Dorset Apple Cake and fruit salad. Where possible local produce was used. Everyone enjoyed their lunch as well as a walk round Hooke Court to look at the pigs, the sheep and the very little lambs! Later in the day we visited the trout farm and then watched milking at a local dairy farm. |Helen, the farmer’s wife, explained the whole process to the children.

After our evening meal we visited the Tudor in the old Hooke Court Manor and then enjoyed some quilling and decoupage. We were very impressed by the beautiful boxes the children made.

Friday was a very busy day which started early as we had to pack our bags and strip our beds before our 7.30 a.m. breakfast. That morning the children were challenged on the Low Ropes Assault Course and worked hard at the Archery until 11a.m. and then after a drink we loaded up the coach and left. Having eaten our picnic lunch in The Education Room, we caught the bus from The Visitor Centre to Stonehenge itself. We were lucky to be able to walk round Stonehenge in beautiful sunshine. We were even luckier to have a very speedy journey home meeting none of the expected traffic! Many thanks to all the families who came to pick up earlier than expected!

As ever, we are grateful to the staff who put their own lives on hold to accompany the chidlren on these visits.

 I hope you all have a good Easter holiday and we will see you on 12th April! 

 Yours sincerely

  Anne Hewett         

November 2015

As we begin Term 2 it's incredible to think about how busy we have been since we returned to school in September. The children are all settled into their new classes and the four year olds, who started school in September, are now confident bubbly successful learners; it seems like they have been here for ever!

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