Headteacher's News January 2018Download PDF

End of each term office arrangements

I would like to thank everybody for cooperating with the early closure of the office last term. This enabled administrative and teaching staff to better prepare for the new term rather than working in their own time during the break. You will be aware that OFSTED has now included the management of workload as part of its inspection process and, as a school, we are always looking for ways to maintain a high quality of provision in the most reasonable way possible. The school office will always close for one full day at the end of each half term in order to help with school organisation. The normal provision for emergency calls and child protection concerns will remain in place. Increasingly, more parents are referring to the school website, emails and text messages for information and this helps us greatly in terms of managing communication. Please remember though, only messages from the school – not parent WhatsApp / group messages – should be referred to as an official source of information.

Happy new year and a warm welcome to the new term. We start 2018 looking forward to an interesting and optimistic year, with the next two terms continuing our renewed focus upon teaching and learning, the school’s core purpose. We are as determined as ever to ensure our children achieve well within a happy, safe and secure environment, despite having to make some changes due to challenges being faced by all state schools. The latter part of the autumn term illustrated all that is great about Montpelier – inspired children enjoying lessons, trips and challenging activities, parents and carers sharing in events leading up to the holiday – including the highly successful PTA Disco and many performances – and staff whose dedication and commitment always give the school its particular “edge.”