Well, our feet haven’t touched the ground this week as there has been so many events and activities taking place…But, we wouldn’t have it any other way at Lea Forest! Attendance has been really poor over the last few weeks as families have been taking unapproved holidays. Attendance will remain a huge focus until the end of term - please make sure children are in school on time, every day!
Last weekend, we invited along our new Reception pupils and parents starting with us in September for a picnic. The weather wasn’t very kind to us but it was a brilliant opportunity to meet some familiar, but also lots of new faces. Some of the children were really nervous at the start, but didn’t want to leave us by the end. We can’t wait for our new children to start with us in September. Staffing in Early Years for September 2022 is as followed:
NPH - Mr Haw (with Mrs Hopkins and Mrs Peachey)
RCG - Mrs Gonzales (with Miss Freeman)
RMH - Mrs Hicklin (with Miss Clarke)
RFH - Mrs Hartwell (with Mrs Byrne)
I know this is an exciting time of the year for the children (and especially for parents), but the rest of the school will get to find out new teachers and classes on Monday 4 July when we have our transition morning planned.
Mr Taylor will be leaving us at the end of this school year as he has gained a headship at Warren Farm Primary School in Kingstanding. Mr Taylor and I both joined Lea Forest together in September 2015 and have been on a real journey, leading Lea Forest to where we are today. I’m sure you will join me in congratulating Mr Taylor and wishing him the best of luck in his headship. We will not be replacing Mr Taylor’s Deputy Headteacher role in school as we have 7 Assistant Headteachers (Mrs Gonzales, Miss Evans, Mr White, Miss Francois, Ms Purcell, Miss Ward and Ms Wale) who all support me in leading the school.
Most of our Year 6 children with have a transition day at their new secondary schools on Wednesday 6 July, but some schools may have different arrangements. If you have any worries or concerns about transition, please speak to a member of our pastoral team who will be able to offer some support.
Year 1 have been tested to track their progress in Phonics. Mrs Gonzales carried out the Phonics screening tests with every single child and we have been blown away by the amount of progress made. I am very pleased to share that our Phonics results reached a remarkable 92%. Well done to all of the children and also a HUGE well done to all of staff working with the children. Year 4 have completed their Multiplication Checks Tests this week and await the results...I will share these next week!
Have a great weekend!