Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 22 - 21st april 2017

From the Headmaster:

We are keeping our fingers (and toes) firmly crossed in advance of our whole school photograph on Monday; the forecast seems to be in our favour but it is April and you can never be too sure! Details of the associated logistics can be found in this edition.

We have much to look forward to this term (much of it dependent on the continuation of the good weather) including sports day, speech day, inter house cricket, trips to Isabella Plantation, Art Week and a host of after school clubs in addition to our very first house shout to which you are all very much encouraged to attend. Miss Georgina has been busy working on adapting lyrics to suit each house, it promises to be quite an event.

As much as we are looking forward to this term, this edition of the Deerstalker is largely concentrated on the Regulatory Compliance Inspection that took place on 22nd and 23rd March. Please read through this edition to learn more about the significance of the report.

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Regulatory Compliance Inspection

All independent schools throughout the country are required to receive a regulatory compliance inspection, conducted by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. There are eight standards against which each school is judged -

  1. Quality of education provided (Curriculum & Teaching)
  2. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  3. Welfare, health and safety of pupils
  4. Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
  5. Premises and accommodation
  6. Provision of information
  7. Manner in which complaints are to be handled
  8. Quality of leadership in and management of schools

For each of the eight standards, there are an additional 34 subcategories (broken down into another 150+ descriptors) that inspectors are required to satisfy themselves that the school is fully compliant with.

In addition to lesson observations, interviews with members of staff (teaching and administrative), interviews with the children and a detailed interview with Governors a considerable amount of time was spent with me in my guise not just as Head but also as the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

A peculiarity of the report is the relative brevity of detail for standard 4 - Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors. This standard concerns the recruitment process and ensuring that members of staff possess a current DBS Check, are aware of the relevant protocols for safeguarding, (Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016), PREVENT) and that the school has a complete and up to date Single Central Register. The succinctness of language in the report relating to this standard does not necessarily reflect the demands and importance placed on this particular aspect.

Some aspects of the regulations are quite specific. There are, for example, specific school policies that must be available to parents on the website. There must be a paper copy of the Health and Safety on display for parents. There must be signage prohibiting mobile phone usage on site and the prohibition of smoking on site, to name but a few.

It is all well and good having a policy but the inspectors must satisfy themselves that the policies are actually being followed. Registration, signing in procedures, absentee checks, supervision and the adherence to health and safety regulations (including COSHH) again, to name but a few, are observed. Staff and children are also quizzed to ensure that they know and follow these policies and regulations.

I am delighted to confirm that we were successful in meeting each of the eight standards and that we are fully compliant against the Independent Schools Standards and Regulations as judged by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

You are welcome to read the report by following this link -

However succinct the report might be, I have rarely been so happy to see the word 'met' especially because it appears next to each of the eight standards.

You will have been aware of my delight at the outcome of the inspection (I hope that you read 'between the lines') in the previous edition of the Deerstalker. It is important that I express my thanks to all members of staff for their extraordinary hard work not just during the two days of inspection but also in the last two years whilst we had been waiting for the call.

Our next inspection is likely to be within the next three years and will be an Education Quality Inspection.

I wil be discussing the content of the report in more detail at my coffee morning on Tuesday 25th April, 8.45am.

Uniform

I would be grateful if you could assist us in ensuring the children are wearing the correct uniform to school. Black school shoes should be worn, white socks for girls and grey socks for boys. Children from Reception to Year 3 are required to wear a blazer. Our school uniform is a source of great pride and I would be grateful for your assistance as we remind the children of the need to ensure shirts are tucked in and that they leave the school as smartly as the arrive.

Representatives of the School Council met with Mr Howard Cheyne of Lester Bowden to feedback the thoughts of their classmates on how we can further improve the uniform. Once I have received samples of the suggested alterations I will be contacting you all for your thoughts in advance of September 2017.

Mrs Barikor has kindly established a Facebook page where you can request, post, sell and even donate spare items of uniform. Please follow this link to access the page -

Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. We do what we can to return lost property. We would be grateful if you could assist us in ensuring that items are labelled.

Easter Camp

The feedback I have received from many of you and from our friends at Premier Sports following the Easter Camp has been overwhelmingly positive. I can confirm that they will be holding a half term camp at the end of May and again in the summer holidays. The booking form will be available in the next edition of the Deerstalker.

Whole School Photograph Arrangments

With fingers crossed, the whole school photograph will take place this coming Monday at 2pm.

All children from Reception to Year 3 must wear school uniform (summer dress and blazer for girls, trousers or shorts and blazer for boys).

All children in First and Second Steps must wear maroon jogging bottoms, white polo shirt and maroon sweatshirt with black school shoes.

Those children in First and Second Steps that attend on a Monday morning only can stay for the whole day, 3.30pm collection. The children that normally attend Monday afternoon can come in as normal at 11.30am and for those that do not usually attend a Monday can come to school for 1pm. Our photograph will be at 2pm. All children to be collected at 3.30pm. We would ask that Mrs Blower is informed by 5pm today in order to ensure the lunch arrangements can be made with the kitchen.

Breakfast Club

In order to ensure we can obtain accurate numbers for Breakfast Club each day we have adapted the form currently used to book a place for the after school club. If you wish to apply for a place for breakfast club for the next day or coming week, these requests can be accommodated up to 2pm each day, with the form being taken off line at 2pm to ensure we can make the necessary arrangements. These bookings will need to be made each week and will be 'online' from 3pm each Friday afternoon for the consecutive week.

Drop off and Collection Arrangements

The side gate is open each day from 8.00am - 8.05am for early bird drop off. It will then be opened again from 8.15am - 8.30am for drop off, and 3.30pm - 3.40pm for collection. Early bird drop off is for children only and you should leave your children with the member of staff on duty.

If you are running late, please inform Mrs Blower so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Breakfast Club

You are welcome to bring your children to breakfast club which opens its doors at 7.30am. £5 per session.

Parking

Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.

Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school or across driveways for the safety of all of our children.

Woodland School

Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.

After School Activities

Please note: all activities, clubs (including after- school and breakfast clubs and trips will be charged through schoolmoney.

Please follow this link to access the booking forms for after school club and for teacher led activities -

Dates for the diary...

24th April - Whole School Photograph

25th April - Headmaster's coffee morning - ISI inspection feedback

1st May - School Closed

15th - 19th May - Art Exhibition and Art Week

25th May - Start of half term holiday

5th June - Term resumes

6th July - End of term

Happy Birthday!

Joshua Fy and Felix Buss.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you would like to obtain a copy of an image of your child that is included in the newsletter.

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