North Crawley CE School April update

North Crawley CE School April update

The last month has proved to be another very ‘mad’ yet busy and productive time at North Crawley CE School. The children enjoyed exciting and stimulating activities during our recent Book Week. The week was launched with a special story time when children wore pyjamas to school and enjoyed hot chocolate whilst listening to the ‘bedtime’ story ‘Billy’s Bucket’. Other book related activities included children relishing a ‘bind date’ with a book where they excitedly chose and wrapped a book and then wrote a short blurb on the plain cover. They could then swop their book with someone else. It was a case of swap….sit back…. And enjoy!

‘Billy’s Bucket’ by Kes Gray proved to be a very popular book during ‘Book Week’ as it was used as inspiration for story writing. The children were presented with their own bucket which they were asked to fill with 5 objects. This formed the basis for an imaginative speaking and listening and writing activities. The children invented some fantastic and creative stories from their props.

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There was even more excitement as the week progressed when all the children and staff dressed as fairy tale characters and the school was overrun with dragons, princesses, wolves, princes and even a wizard!

North Crawley CE School is extremely pleased with our recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). All areas inspected achieved outstanding grades as expectations of schools are constantly being raised. The report highlights –

ü  The distinctiveness and effectiveness of North Crawley as a Church of England school are outstanding.

ü  The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.

ü  The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding.

ü  The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding.

The continued hard work and dedication of the staff, governors and parents of North Crawley CE School throughout the inspection should be acknowledged.

It is extremely gratifying that the inspector recognises that “the positive impact of the school’s Christian character and values in meeting the needs of all learners is evident in the outstanding progress that pupils make from their different starting points resulting in standards that are well above average by the end of year 2”.

The report highlights “exemplary behaviour”, “accelerated progress”, “high standards”, “creative approaches”, “positive relationships” and “outstanding act of worship”. The report states the “Christian vision of the school has a positive impact on standards of achievement and the wellbeing of the whole school community”.

The new full 2014 SIAMS report for North Crawley Church of England School is available via http://www.churchofengland.org/pdf/schoolreports/2013_2014/Oxford_North%20Crawley_10.03.14_110406.pdf