Welcome back to all our pupils and families for an exciting new school year. It has been lovely to hear all about the children’s exciting summer holidays and see how much they have grown over the break. Thank you to all our families who have ensured that the children have returned to school dressed very smartly in their uniforms with all the equipment they need.
As we start the sixth year of the federation between Catmose Primary and Catmose College, there is much to reflect upon and celebrate. The School has been transformed from a 120 pupil setting which was Satisfactory to a 210 pupil school currently graded at Good and aiming towards Outstanding. Staff, students and parents should be congratulated for their part in what continues to be a very exciting journey for Catmose Primary. We have had two successful Ofsted inspections, an increase from 4 to 7 classes and have seen fantastic improvements to the fabric, teaching facilities and outdoor environment of the School.
The outdoor environment has changed dramatically in the last 2 years. The very exciting Hobbit village and tree house makes our woodland area a magical place for children to explore their imaginations and play. The Key Stage Two playground has been developed into an outdoor gymnasium, with an all year-round trim trail and exciting raised wildlife walk and covered area. The Key Stage One playground has been remodelled to ensure our younger children have a safe, inviting environment to play in with smaller gym equipment to enjoy. An outdoor classroom has finalised our outdoor transformation and will enable teachers to take learning beyond the classroom. Our aim has been to provide the children with the very best environments in which to grow, develop and learn.
During the past 5 years, the School’s physical appearance has changed almost beyond recognition, with work on the roofing, electrics, refurbishment of every classroom and the hall, the installation of new IT systems, new reception area, new staff working area, new catering kitchen, new library area and, in the last break, the new children’s toilet facilities throughout the school. These have brought significant improvements to the environment the children and staff work in every day. This improved environment has supported the Good to Outstanding teaching seen in each classroom, enabling children to make progress. Seven classes with one year group in each has enabled teachers to tighten the differentiation offered and to monitor the impact of teaching. The addition of an eighth teacher in the form of Assistant Team Leader has increased the capacity to focus on groups of key children to ensure all our pupils make good progress.
Partner work with our federation College and Preschool will be continued this year. To support transition to College, PPA cover will be supplied in KS2 by College staff and Modern Foreign Languages teachers will be deployed from the College to support our provision of language teaching. The expertise of the College staff in teaching is invaluable and the pupils enjoy their ‘College’ sessions; the proof of transition support can be seen when relaxed and confident pupils move on to the College as Year 7 students.
A wider range of clubs during lunchtimes and at the end of the day will continue to be supported by the Sports Coach, who is an expert in physical development and sport across the School. We have entered far more sporting events in the last year with the support of the Sports Coach and the children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in these events. Our Catmose Team took double gold in recent Judo competitions with both the Primary and College team taking first place. Lunchtime activities have been a focus this year and will continue to be so as we aim to provide children with a top quality holistic school experience. We will continue to provide a wrap-around service to parents, offering an after-school and breakfast club. Engagement with both of these facilities has been very positive.
Catmose Preschool has been a welcome addition to the School and will strengthen our Early Years provision as the Reception Class and Pre-school join together for planning and various activities. The team in Ash Class and Preschool work together closely to create an EYFS unit, sharing best practice to meet the needs of children closely. The Preschool building is beautifully designed and Ash Class children will be able to use its resources. Preschool children will be using the School’s resources in turn which will strengthen our transition provision from Preschool to School. The Catmose Federation now includes and runs smoothly from Catmose Nursery, Catmose Preschool, Catmose Primary to Catmose College.
We welcome to the Catmose Primary family Amy Marriot in Beech Class, Foong Yee Cheung in Redwood Class, Stephen Lambert in Willow Class, Jeanette Wersching in Silver Birch Class and Lynn Nicholls in our catering team. Our team is ever growing and enable us to ensure you child has the very best of school days.
We have changed the school phone number which the new school signage shows: 01572 772583. Please ensure that you have this new number and if you numbers have changed over the past break; that you let the school know.
My work title has also changed to Head of School, to help delineate my role within the school. I will still be working very closely with Stuart Williams as Executive Head and the Vice Principals at Catmose College.
I am very much looking forward to an exciting and successful school year at Catmose Primary.
Head of School