It’s coming home, isn’t it? I think so - I thought so when I walked in the King’s Hall in Stoke yesterday for our annual Speech Day. There is a shield inside with the three lions on it. Is that a sign or what? We talked in assembly on Monday with the children and said that it’s hard to believe that in a week the World Cup will all be over. Of course, there will be other things that will also be over, as our current Prep 6 will have left Edenhurst.
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I may be nearing the end of my time as Head of Edenhurst, but that doesn’t stop me being excited about the future of the school and it’s been a pleasure to help to prepare the team of teachers for next year. Over the years I have seen many retirements of experienced teachers: parents have often been concerned about “what will happen when so-and-so leaves?”. Of course, what happens is - new teachers join and refresh the team, the Edenhurst ship keeps sailing on, and the children keep learning and ACHIEVING.
It’s always very sad to read the kind of article found in the TES this week (link here), detailing the decline of music teaching in UK schools. Edenhurst parents are well aware of the importance we attach to music as a subject, whether that be in class lessons, or as individual instrumental teaching. We know the various benefits to children in terms of their learning across the curriculum and how music can INSPIRE them to perform in public.
The Bellevue Learning Review of Edenhurst took place on February 5th and 6th, involving two days of lesson observation and interviews with staff, pupils and parents. The Reviews are conducted by Bellevue Heads who take teams of experienced teachers from the group into the schools. Indeed, I was doing the same a few weeks ago at another of the schools. The emphasis is on the development of teaching and learning across all the schools.
It was lovely to see the children returning after their Christmas holidays: they looked so eager to start the new term!
It was therefore very appropriate that one of our first assignments was for them to undertake a Pupil Attitude survey, which they did willingly and efficiently.
As this was the first time we have used this particular survey, which comes as part of the digital assessment system from GL Assessments, it is taking some time to wade through the enormous amounts of data.
However, the headline figures are really interesting and encouraging
At the end of a truly wonderful term, in which the children of Edenhurst have ACHIEVED so much: scholarships and entrance exam success; sporting achievements and musical performances to name a few. At the time of writing I am looking forward to my last Carol Service as Head of Edenhurst and I know the children will be INSPIRED by singing in St Giles Church.
“I don’t believe it!” Another half term has whizzed by and we are thrilled by the start the children have made to their learning, in and out of the classroom. Based on the conversations we had at Parents Evenings last week, I would say that parents are delighted too!
Welcome to the new School Year!
It’s been a pleasure to see how well all the children have settled back into school life and we extend a particularly warm welcome to all our many new starters and their families throughout the school. I know all the form and subject teachers are looking forward to meeting their children’s parents at our Parents’ Evenings in October.
IT'S OFFICIAL - WE'RE EXCELLENT!
Another half term has passed in the usual busy and productive fashion of Edenhurst, with many events and achievements to celebrate. Of course, the biggest news this month has been the receipt of the full ISI Inspection report.
Edenhurst was visited in the last week of last term, as part of the current cycle of inspections, combining a ‘Compliance’ check, an EYFS inspection (Nursery) and an Educational Quality inspection (School).