Thanks for coming along to our discussion about home–school learning and the little red books we used in the Early Years. You’ve give us lots of ideas about how we can develop these next year including sharing more information about our approach in different areas of the curriculum. We discussed having a growth mind-set at the meeting and a video called, Austin’s Butterfly. You can find out more about these ideas in the video collection below.
Parents, carers and children in Year 6 have been receiving confirmation of their offers for secondary school places this week. This year has been a particularly difficult one across London. There has been a 2% rise in applications to secondary schools. As a result, many more children have been unable to secure their first choice of school. The problem is particularly bad in London—affecting around a third of applicants.
The first thing you should do if you don’t get your preferred school is not panic! It’s worthwhile finding out more about the school you have been offered a place at. If you haven’t visited before, it might be enlightening to go along and see the school in action. Schools change very rapidly and you may not have applied because of an undeserved reputation. It’s worth keeping an open mind.
If you want to appeal the decision we can support you in various ways. If you want to make an appointment to see me, I’m happy to help where I can. We can’t directly influence the decision but we can help you navigate the appeals process. Any appeal about a decision has to have a strong argument and a sound basis for making the appeal. It is considered by lay people who make a final decision for each school. We can also come along with you to appeals if that helps and we can arrange translators if that’s required.
You should also bare in mind that it’s a long period between now and September. After this initial round of offers some places will be declined, some people with move away and some children will take up places in the academy sector. This opens up school places for you– if you’re high up the waiting list you often stand a good chance of getting into school by September, 2017.
Finally, congratulations to those children and families who received their first choice or were admitted to schools in the independent sector. We know you’re going to leave our school proud Cassians with many lessons learnt which have laid excellent foundations for your future.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher
We’re excited to announce that we are launching a new programme to support the teaching of reading in Key Stage 2.
This week we have introduced Accelerated Reader to your child.
Accelerated reader is simple. A child reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
When a child finishes a book and completes a quiz in school, the teacher gets really useful information about the child’s reading level and what would be best for them to read next. One of the great things about AR is that children are given a range of appropriately challenging real books to choose from; challenging enough to keep them engaged but not so tricky children give up.
It’s so important that children read a suitably challenging book every day. Recent studies indicate that, when students spend 25 minutes a day reading, they make excellent progress in their reading skills.
Reading is also part of our homework in every year group. It’s so important that you make the time and encourage good reading habits from a very young age.
You can find out more about AR by visiting http://www.renlearn.co.uk/accelerated-reader/ where you will find videos, resources and lots more information. You can also access a list of books closely matched to your child’s ability level via the ARbookfinder website, which has a link to the parents’ guidance on its home page. This is a great resource for borrowing or purchasing books based on your child’s interests and ability level.
At Cass, we’ve purchased a number of iPods for each class in Key Stage 2 and children will be using these to complete their quizzes in school.
We’re going to be holding an information session about Accelerated Reader on Thursday 26th of January after school and we’d love you to come along. We’ll start at around 3-30 pm in Class 5.
For several years the governing body and the City of London have been actively pursuing one-form entry expansion and a major capital building project to invest over £5 million into the school site.
The City of London have worked with us to try to secure the necessary permission from the Sir John Cass's Foundation, the school’s trustee for the project to go ahead. At their board meeting in October the Sir John Cass’s Foundation considered the representation made by the City of London and have decided not to consent to grant a licence to build on the school site to enable it to expand. They have decided to await the opening of the new City of London Primary Academy Islington before re-visiting the situation in the 2017/18 academic year.
The bulge class admitted this academic year, at the request of the City of London, has been a great success, but governors did not feel able to open the school to a further bulge class in 2017.
The governing body remains keen to secure the long term future of our school and is enthusiastically committed to providing outstanding education for our children
If you'd like to find out more about this topic or have further questions or comments please don't hesitate to speak with a member of the leadership team.
Our new school council met for the first time on Thursday 22nd September, 2016 in the Board Room. School councillors discussed the quality of food, the new interactive whiteboards, problems with the toilets and made suggestions for the playgrounds. Thanks to Class 3 who have come up with the excellent idea of having a Class Teddy who will have adventures at different children’s houses each week. We’ll let you know more about this soon!
Who's on School Council this year?
Harvey and Edie– our head boy and girl are automatically members of school council.
Class 1: Florence and George
Class 2: Florence and Darius
Class 3: Contance and Ikram
Class 4: Bradley and Monika
Class 5: Hosna and Dhanyaal
Class 6: Zahra and Ubayd
Here are the slides in case you missed the governor's annual meeting this week.
As the building work on the new building on Mitre Square comes to a conclusion, the focus is shifting to the development of the public square.
We’re excited about these improvements but there will be very significant changes to parking arrangements over the coming months. Old style permits for cars will soon be no longer valid and will be replaced with a new permit arrangement. You will need a valid permit to park on Mitre Street if you need your car to pick up or drop off children.
It’s expected that there will be a limited number of spaces to park on Mitre Street which you will need a permit to use. Permits will issued on the basis of need and we will invite applications from parents and carers later in the autumn term. We strongly encourage parents to travel to school by public transport or on foot.
Please look our for further announcements. You're also welcome to pop in to chat to a member of the leadership team about matter.
We welcomed the City Policy today to lead a workshop on using technology safely at home and being aware of the issues related to digital parenting today. Here are the handouts and video in case you missed out!
We're busy thinking about how to stay safe on-line this year in school. We always suggest you:
There are lots of useful website you can visit to find out more about internet safety. The Metropolitan Police suggest the following golden rules:
Think You Know is an excellent website for children to use about internet safety. There are lots of games to play, videos to watch and detailed information about the risks as well as the benefits of the internet. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Here is the full list of destinations for children in Year 6 at Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School.
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