Rothley Church of England Academy Newsletter July 2019

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Message from

Mr Richards

The last two weeks of term have been extremely eventful and busy here at Rothley: Year 1, 2 and 3 have enjoyed some great school trips; two excellent sports days; a Year 2 class assembly at the church; an open afternoon; an emotional leavers’ assembly and a lot more!

The children in Year 6 received their SATS results on Tuesday. The children have done themselves proud and have achieved some fantastic results to take to secondary school. The whole schools results, including Foundation Stage good level of development, Year 1 phonics and Year 2 SATS along with the Year 6 SATS results are broken down in the newsletter below – the children have performed excellently in all areas! A credit to their hard work and perfect attitude; excellent support and guidance at home and the dedication of all the staff at school.

The open afternoon this Tuesday was a huge success. This year, we welcomed more than 200 parents across the school, which was more than double the amount of parents that have previously attended. Thank you for joining us and I hope you enjoyed coming into the school and viewing the children’s books.

Another highlight of the week has been four teachers, Mrs Harmer, Mr Clark, Mr Dooley and Mr Phillips receiving a pie in the face as the children raised £800 more than the target that I set them for their Sport-Themed Fun Day. Picture evidence below

Four teacher pies!

That will teach Mr Phillips for beating me in the teacher race this year on sports day - even though he is 5 years younger than myself!

The children enjoyed a morning with their new teacher this Monday, where we welcomed two new teaching staff: Mr Bray, who has been teaching for 2 years and will be teaching in Year 5 next year and Miss Hocking, who was a student at Rothley this term and will be in Year 1.

We said an emotional goodbye to a number of staff today. Miss Utting, who has worked as an LSA in both Little Bunnies and Year 1 will be leaving us to start her teacher training and I am positive she will become an excellent teacher.

Mrs Rouse has done a fantastic job of leading Little Bunnies this year. However she is leaving us to take up a post nearer to her home and in a school that has the same holiday pattern as her own children. We wish her well in her position.

Miss Patel has been working at the school for 5 years now and has worked as an LSA in Foundation Stage and has taught in Years 3 and 1 over the past few years. Miss Patel recently got married and will be moving to Birmingham where her husband is from. Any school will be lucky to have her!

Miss Begum will be leaving us today. Miss Begum has been working at the school since joining us as an NQT 5 years ago. She has worked in Years 4, 5 and most recently Year 6. Miss Begum will be getting married in August and we be re-locating to Birmingham. I am sure she will be snapped up by a school in Birmingham and will continue her successful teaching career – we will miss her.

And finally Mrs Heselton, who has worked at Rothley for 7 years as a Year 1 teacher and more recently as our SENDCo. Mrs Heselton has been a fantastic teacher here at Rothley, and she will be hugely missed by all the children and every member of staff here at Rothley. Mrs Heselton will start her new job as SENDCo and Deputy Head at her new school in September.

What a fantastic year we have had at Rothley in 2018-19. The children have been amazing, the support from the parents has been second to none and all the staff at Rothley have worked tirelessly, which has all contributed to another excellent year.

I wish everyone a happy and restful summer holidays whatever you do and I look forward to welcoming the children back on the Tuesday 27th August.

Thank you again for your support this year.

Mr Richards

Sports Days 2019

The children have enjoyed two fantastic sports days in July.

Last Monday the children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 competed in their sports day, which involved a new format where Years 1 and 2 competed in some competitive traditional races, whilst Foundation did a circuit of sporting skills, ending in some sprint races.

Swithland ended up winning, the day by 1 point from Beacon: 850 and 851!


Key stage 2 enjoyed another competitive sports day with the infamous obstacle course, relay and sprints. With Bradgate winning the trophy by 3 points from Swithland. The first time Bradgate have won since 2016.

2019 Champions Bradgate

Miss Godfrey and Mr Phillips now hold the teacher sprint titles in Key stage 2.

Miss Godfrey with a 'slight' lead

Results 2019

For another year, the children at Rothley CofE Academy have performed fantastically well at all assessment points throughout the school.

At Foundation stage 78% of the children achieved good level of development (national 2018 = 72%).

At Year 1 93% of children passed the phonics screening - which is well above the national 2018 rate of 83%

At Key stage one: 87% achieved the expected standard for Reading (national 2018 75%) with 43% achieving the greater depth standard (national 2018 26%). 87% achieved the expected standard for Writing (national 2018 70%) with 25% achieving the greater depth standard (national 2018 16%). 87% achieved the expected standard for Reading (national 2018 76%) with 30% achieving the greater depth standard (national 2018 22%).

At Key Stage Two: 88% achieved the expected standard for Reading (national 2018 75%) with 33% achieving a high score (national 2018 28%). 93% achieved the expected standard for Writing (national 2018 78%) with 37% achieving the greater depth standard (national 2018 20%). 95% achieved the expected standard for Maths (national 2018 76%) with 44% a high score (national 2018 24%). 86% achieved the expected standard for Grammar Punctuation and Spelling (national 2018 78%) with 45% achieving a high score (national 2018 34%).

At Key Stage Two: the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in all 3 areas (reading, writing and maths) was 88% (national 2018 - 64%) and 19% achieving greater depth/high score in all 3 areas (national 2018 10%)

These fantastic results are all down to the hard work by everyone involved from the children themselves with their fantastic attitude to everything they do; the parents and family members who support the children at home with homework, reading and anything else; and the staff at Rothley, with their commitment and dedication to their role in the school

Well done Rothley!

Thankfulness Star

Mrs Ellaway has led the new Christian Value of Repsect over the last 5 weeks with her class performing their assembly at Rothley Church.

Two pupils from each class were awarded the star for Respect last week. .

Foundation: Molly F, Milan P, Phoebe B and Ted B.

Year 1: Bella B, George H, Ethan W, and Stanley B.

Year 2: Isla F, Joseph W, Jaxon L, and Rajan S

Year 3: Daniel B, Emma B, Rhys R and Natalia D

Year 4: Freya R, Esther P-M, Louis S and Leara J-D

Year 5: Isabella B, Jacob N, Oliver M and Lily M-S.

Year 6: Jack H, Nelly W, Cody H and Erin M.

Christian Value assemblies will start again in September on Wednesdays and the first one will be Perseverance led by Mrs Walton.

Trips, trips and trips!

Over the last 2 weeks the children in Year 1, 2 and 3 have enjoyed an exciting school trip.

Year 1

On Friday the 5th of July we visited the Botanic Gardens in Leicester. The trip supported our science topic on plants. We got to explore all the plants and wildlife in the centre and learned about different species that can be found all around the world. The children planted their own cress seeds and learnt how to ensure they grow well. They got to see a Giant Redwood tree and make their own wildlife sculptures. The children enjoyed looking at the fish in the pond and learning about the uses of different herbs in everyday life. We had an amazing time!

Sofia, Ruth and Mila enjoying their trip!

Year 2

Year 2 had a fantastic time on their trip to Conkers. It gave the children a chance to see in action the types of seed dispersal they had learnt about in school . There was also time for a train ride, a 4D cinema screening and fun in the adventure playground. All of the children behaved impeccably and were a credit to the school.

Year 2 enjoying the day at Conkers

Year 3

On Thursday 4th July the children in Year 3 got the chance to visit Bradgate Park to develop their geographical skills! They were shown how to use a compass and how to read maps through lots of different games and practical activities. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the children had fun learning about the geography and history of Bradgate Park.

Mr Clark's class at Bradgate Park

Speaker's Cup 2019

On Wednesday 10th July, seven Year 6 children (Sam B, Freya B, Jack M, Jess E, George C, Sana U and Isabel S) competed in the Speaker’s Cup, watched by an audience consisting of 120 pupils and parents.

The children spoke about their chosen charity, why they wanted to support the charity and how they were going to raise money for it. It took a great deal of courage for all the competitors to stand up and speak for 5-10 minutes about their chosen organisation, with guest judges Stephen Baum and Jerry Pilbeam commenting on how impressed they were with the children’s public speaking and presentations.

Eventually the judges came to an agreement and the trophy will be shared by Freya B, whose speech was for The Falcon Centre, who support vulnerable people and Sam B whose charity was CLIC, who supports children with cancer

Sam B
Freya B

Rothley Parents' Liaison Forum

We currently have around 70 replies to this terms Rothley Parents' Liaison Forum. We are going to leave the forum open over the summer.

The average time it takes to complete the survey is 3 minutes.

Please follow the link below and help support the school in the development of the History curriculum.

Leavers' Assembly 2019

Today we said an emotional goodbye to 57 Year 6s. Most of whom have been at Rothley from Foundation stage to Year 6.

The children performed an excellent leavers assembly to their family members today with awards, memories and some fantastic mini-videos created by Mr McLugash.

The winners and nominees of the awards were:

Winners and nominees

The children will move onto their new secondary schools in September and we are certain that the children will carry on going from strength-to-strength.

Any school inheriting the children from Rothley are extremely lucky, they really are model students.

Good luck to you all and we will miss you.

House point competition

On Tuesday this week, the children found out which house (Beaumanor, Swithland, Bradgate and Beacon) had won the house point competition for the 2018-19 academic year.

Throughout the year, children receive house points from the adults in school for excellent work, good behaviour, answering questions in class, respecting others and many other acts of kindness.

The children can receive 1 singular house point, a star house point - equalling 5 or a golden house point, which can only be given out by Mrs Riley and are worth 10 house points! A total of 23,387 house points have been given out over the academic year.

These are then placed in tubes in the main corridor of the school and counted throughout the year, with house winning non-uniforms days.

The points are then totalled up at the end of year resulting in an overall winner.

Swithland came out on top with a massive 6,926 house points accumulated over the entire year.

Final Standings

Swithland have more children in their house than any of the other 3 houses, but a fair adjustment was made to compensate for this, and Swithland still came out on top.

Adjusted standings

Well done Swithland!

Extreme Reading Challenge

George C from Year 3 and Sophia H from Year 1 were the winners of the extreme reading challenge and received a Waterstones voucher for their imaginative photographs. See below!

Sofia at an eye test!
George in Thailand

In addition to the Extreme Reading Challenge Mr McLugash ran a book review competition, which involved children writing a review of one of the 'Rothley Review' books.

The winners were Daisy and Kaelan in Year 1 and Matilda in Year 5. All received a brand new book!

The winners!

A selection of photos from the two sports days:

Spectacular Sports Day

A selection of photos from the Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 school trips to Botanical Gardens, Conkers and Bradgate Park:

Trips, trips and more trips

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