Whitkirk Primary School Blog

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Week Ending 25.01.19

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted to share with you some of the highlights of this week...

This week, I have had the pleasure of meeting all the Redkite Headteachers in the Trust. I believe sharing best practice is crucial to school improvement. With that in mind, I have made plans to visit the schools in the Trust to look at their outdoor provision for Early Years to support Whitkirk in designing an outstanding Early Years outdoor area. Miss Emery and her team are ambitious to further develop the outdoor area for our children and we hope to update you soon on our exciting plans.

There have been some exciting moments for the pupils this week which included Miss Pashby popping into KS2 singing, where children (and staff) sang their hearts out! It was also great to see our New Eco Councillors wearing their new badges with pride around school. Finally, it was pleasing to see (and smell) the number of ‘hot chocolate’ rewards in the class reading cafes this week – I look forward to hearing our superstar children read over the next couple of weeks.

The Redkite Trust have launched with all the schools the values that underpin the vision and work of Redkite. As you know the children, staff and governors recently reviewed the school values to ensure all the children from EYFS to year six understand the golden rules they need to keep to succeed in becoming lifelong learners, exceptional citizens and be the best they can be! It is intended that our school values will also reflect the values of the wider team of Redkite.

Miss Pashby has collated all the parent views regarding the proposed values. I would like to thank you for your positive response and for the time you have taken to contribute. The overwhelming majority of parents were welcoming of the proposed values and the linked, golden rules. Following feedback from parents, some of the golden rules have now been amended to reflect your view point. Miss Pashby will be in touch soon to confirm the agreed values and rules, following a launch next week in a whole-school assembly.

I appreciate that not every member of our school community wanted the values to be changed and it is always a challenge to include all viewpoints when an important decision needs to be made. Advice was also taken from our linked school improvement advisor, who agreed that to enable all our children to flourish and thrive, whilst creating a positive culture across our school and community, a refinement to our school values was essential.

As a staff team, we are always looking for opportunities to welcome parents into the classroom to work alongside their child and celebrate their achievements. With that in mind, Y1 and Y2 have asked for an extended period in an afternoon for parents to come into school for a creative afternoon. The afternoons will be practical and an opportunity for you and your child to engage in practical tasks such as maths games, art work or science work whilst having fun!

The afternoon sessions will run between 2.15pm and 3.15pm. The sessions will provide quality time for parents with their child and will replace the Friday morning slot after February half term. Mrs Heaton will be in touch shortly with a letter outlining the dates and the theme for the afternoons. The sessions will run for 1 afternoon each half term. If this is successful, we hope to extend the opportunity to years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

And finally, thank you for your continued support and feedback. Enjoy a well-deserved and restful weekend!

Kind regards,

Michelle Kouni

Attendance update


Cubs 1 -91.36%

Cubs 2 – 95%

Year 1

Tigers – 94.67%

Cheetahs -98%

Year 2

Lynx – 94.48%

Snow Leopards – 90%

Year 3

Dolphins – 94.64%

Penguins – 99.62%

Year 4

Polar Bears -100% - WELL DONE!!

Sharks – 97.59%

Year 5

Golden Eagles –93.93%

Panthers –99.23%

Year 6

Pumas –96.54%

Jaguars – 94%

School average: 95.69% - BELOW National Average

National average: 96%

Some Top of the Ladder Highlights...

Improving school results

You may recall that school had been classified as 'coasting' due to progress measures. This was the case in 2016 and 2017.

We are delighted to share with you that, as a result of the sustained improvements that we have made across school, we no longer meet the coasting criteria.

The better outcomes that we have achieved at the end of Key Stage 2 are a result of the hard work and ability of pupils and adults in every year group in school.

Why not follow your child's class on Twitter?

Reception - @2025whitkirk

Y1 - @2024whitkirk

Y2 - @2023whitkirk

Y3 - @2022whitkirk

Y4 - @2021whitkirk

Y5 - @2020whitkirk

Y6 - @2019whitkirk
Whole school - @whitkirkprimary

Upcoming dates

Key dates can be found on the school calendar here.


Recent letters can be found in previous blog posts here.


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