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  • Cold start to the Summer Term! Brrrrrrr

    Published 15/04/21, by Nic Newman

    Welcome to the Summer Term! A rather chilly start, with snow yesterday but it will get warmer and the sun will shine. This warmer weather will hopefully support us to continue to ‘get back to normal’ as the term progresses with more outdoor learning opportunities.

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  • short BLOG

    Published 25/03/21, by Nic Newman

    Possibly, the shortest blog message ever!

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  • Team work makes the dream work!

    Published 02/02/21, by Nic Newman

    "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."
    Henry Ford 

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  • Happy New Year!

    Published 13/01/21, by Nic Newman

    Welcome back and happy New Year to you all. Not the start to the year that any of us would have hoped for, but we remain optimistic for the future. Due to the current serious nature of the pandemic and the impact of the new strain of Covid - 19, we are educating some pupils in school and some will be at home. Our online learning has been set up and is ready for such a situation. Therefore:

    1. Many of our lessons will be live. There is much debate about if this is the best way to deliver such leaning. However, we believe that some social interaction each day is vital for our pupils.
    2. If you haven’t got a device, we will provide you with one-just ask. If broadband/data is an issue, please let us know (see letter sent out on Friday 8th Jan)
    3. It is different but it will still be fun and engaging. Many of our pupils have really enjoyed this new style of learning.
    4. Having written No. 3, we also know that it’s not for everyone! If your son/daughter has issues with this type of learning, let us know and we will provide other formats. We are using other formats of learning alongside live lessons during this time.

    We will get through this difficult time and all of our pupils will be back, where they belong at some point soon when it is safe for all parties.

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  • Community! It Matters!

    Published 11/12/20, by Nic Newman

    Christmas is coming!

    I think we are all looking forward to the holiday period this year, for some of the usual reasons (long term, being tired, the fact that we love Xmas etc) but also due to the extraordinary months we have had since March. However tough and challenging it has been, some things never change. Your children have coped brilliantly with all of the change, the worry and need to be careful on a day to day basis. They still bring huge smiles to our faces and so many of them have made great progress in different ways.

    Another aspect of life that stays the same os the amazing human spirit within our community. Our Toy Drive organised by Mrs Osobu and closely supported by Mrs Ford has generated some outstanding returns. I have written directly to those local companies that have supported us but would also like to thank them here:

    Kenny Arnold - People for People
    Sara Lawrence - Ad Bly Construction
    Rachel - Tesco Community Champion
    Michelle - Food/Toy Shed
    Laura Burrage - The Butterfly Room
    Numerous staff at Larwood School who have also very kindly donated

    During a period of time that could easily be seen as very dark, you have all shone a bright light that personifies the human spirit of kindness and community. My thanks to you all.

    Have a wonderful and restful Christmas break. Please ensure you read the letter published Friday 11th Dec re Covid tracing during the holiday period up until Dec 22nd.

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  • Covid-19 READY!

    Published 09/11/20, by Nic Newman

    Much of this month has been dominated by Covid, the substantial rise in infection rates and the associated uncertainty that it also brings to many areas of life. We continue to provide the following:

    • Different methods of entry/exit to school to reduce potential transmission
    • Revised lesson plans that include outdoor learning where possible and all activities are based on site
    • Pupils remaining in class bubbles whilst on site
    • Revised lunchtime arrangements to avoid classes mixing
    • Enhanced cleaning and the we have purchased our own ‘fogging machine’ as an additional cleaning measure
    • Regular hand washing by all staff and pupils
    • Limited entry to visitors to try and maintain our continuity of provision
    • Revised risk assessment and operating protocols. This deals with risk and procedures for when staff/pupils catch Covid 19
    • Dedicated planning and training for staff/pupils to use Microsoft Teams in a variety of situations

    We will monitor and revise our practice as we need to but we have ensured that we meet guidance and in fact where possible, go above and beyond any guidance offered. Staff and pupils continue to react superbly to the changes and I thank them all for their help and cooperation.

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  • Phew! We're back!

    Published 11/09/20, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #1

    Welcome back! It has been such a joy to see so many smiling faces coming back through our doors over the last few days. It’s great to be back and to be returning to some form of ‘normality.’ No matter what, the start of the academic year is exciting and we are planning lots of great activities/learning opportunities for our pupils.

    Please note that all of the staff and I, are very grateful for your kind words and gifts at the end of last term. Many of your comments help to remind us about our mission at school and that is to support our pupils ‘achieve, believe, expect and enjoy’ their time with us.

    Clearly we cannot forget that we are still in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. I have shared the measures that we have taken with you, and will continue to do so, over time. It’s still hard to work in this way. We all want to return back to how we were, but we cannot do that without creating further risk to health and well-being. Therefore, we have to continue to have different protocols for entry/exit for pupils, lunchtimes, curriculum provision, movement around the school and the way that we interact with parents (Teams meetings/calls etc. rather than physically based meetings). All of these measures are designed to keep children, staff and families as safe and healthy as we can. It will be interesting to see what happens with infection rates during the next few weeks/months.

    Although I have no doubt this will be another unusual year, please be assured that we will do all that we can to make it as enjoyable and progressive for your children, as we can. We remain guarded but optimistic and I look forward to seeing your children make the amazing leaps of improvement that they usually do, as the year takes place.

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  • First Do No Harm

    Published 07/05/20, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #5 Covid 19

    Please see the weekly letters sent to all parents and carers in relation to this. We continue to adopt a ‘first do no harm’ approach to this crisis and are open for Key Worker pupils and those classed as very vulnerable only. Frequent weekly communication is taking place with you all, to check in and see if there is any other support that we may be able to help with, where appropriate.

    Please also see our Larwood School YouTube Channel for lots of activities. This is updated daily.

    Stay safe out there, keep your distance and wash hands regularly.

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  • Everyone loves a bullet point!

    Published 25/02/20, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #4

    Did you know that at Larwood School:

    • Our pupils follow the Chris Quiqley Essentials curriculum and you can find out more about this by clicking on The Curriculum section on the website
    • We have Buddy (I think everyone knows Buddy!) our day-to-day therapy dog as well as Frank. Frank spends one afternoon per week with us and works specifically with one pupil at a time. He features on our front page of the website
    • Our pupils are out in the community every week! Usually litter picking or at Jubilee Court with the elderly residents. They also go on a variety of trips and visits throughout the term
    • During the last few years, we have had one pupil achieve the maximum score in in a SATs test possible for reading and mathematics?
    • That Mr V is running a holiday club?
    • That Brandles School officially joined Larwood Academy Trust on Feb 1st?

    We always have lots of exciting projects and activities taking place and if you ever want more information about any of these, please do see our website or just call us.

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  • I'm possible!

    Published 21/01/20, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #3

    Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope that you had a great time during the festive break. 

    On behalf of all staff, I would like to pass on thanks to all parents that sent in gifts of appreciation to staff at the end of term. It was very much appreciated by all concerned.

    We have started the year considering the word ‘impossible.’ The first assembly back reflected on the many things we now have, or do, that are taken for granted but were once thought impossible. Staff shared with pupils their own historic ‘impossibles.’ We also discussed some challenges that we all have in our future that may seem very daunting or impossible. The main message of the start of this new term is that anything is possible! Hard work, reflection and support where needed, means that whatever goal or challenge we each may set for ourselves, we can do it!

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  • #2 DECEMBER 2019 - Ofsted: The RESULTS!.....

    Published 09/12/19, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #2

    The Ofsted report is live on the Ofsted website:

    https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/25/143604 This link will take you to the Larwood Academy Ofsted page, which includes the Academy conversion letter published on November, 10th 2016. The Larwood School Ofsted page, now reads as CLOSED.

    You should have received your own personal copy of this via email. If you haven’t, and you would like a paper copy; then please do let us know.

    I am very pleased and proud to report that the inspection led by Fyfe Johnston identified the tremendous work that staff undertake with our pupils and the amazing progress that they make with us. As always, your support is essential with this process, alongside the challenge and support of the governing body.

    However, we have no time to ‘sit on our laurels’ and therefore we are continuing with our development plans to make our school truly outstanding in every way.
     


     

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  • #1 September 2019 - Welcome Back!

    Published 05/09/19, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #1

    Welcome back. It’s the start of a new academic year and a chance to be successful in lots of different ways. This has formed the basis of my first assembly back, where we discussed what success is and what it may look like. I was shocked that nobody recognised Jayden Ashman as part of this assembly, bearing in mind how popular Fortnite is, and that he had recently won £1.8 million in the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Please note I am not a player or fan of the game but came across this in the news! Our definition of success was not rooted in fame or fortune. It was firmly grounded in making a small change in the right direction, which can then lead to another and another etc. With this type of attitude, you can quickly become a great reader, artist, mathematician or be great in a sport of your choice.

    As it is the start of the year please I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that just as in previous years, we do not expect you to take pupils on holidays (unless truly exceptional circumstances and agreed with us). This is detrimental for your son/daughters learning you do have the extended October break where better value holidays can be sourced. In similar fashion to last year, Mr Van and I will be personally seeing any parent that takes this course of action.

    Thanks you for your support with this matter. 

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