Hayfield Primary School - News and Events

Newsletter 3 - 23rd September 2016

Newsletter 3 - 23rd September 2016  

Hello Everyone It has been a challenging start to this new school year—both for staff and children alike. Following the seismic changes to assessment this year and the raised expectations of the 2014 curriculum, like most children across the country, our Year 6 children did not perform as well as expected in some key areas of the curriculum. Children generally across the school are making expected progress but because government expectations have risen sharply, especially in maths, we need to accelerate progress in order to raise attainment in Reading, Writing and Maths so that we meet and exceed national standards. We know that this cannot happen overnight and we know that we must do this whilst ensuring staff and pupil wellbeing is at the forefront of all that we do. How we are addressing this is to ensure that consistently good teaching is happening across the school, with a little more rigour and improvement in formative and summative assessment...more

Newsletter 2 - 16th September 2016

Newsletter 2 - 16th September 2016  

Hello Everyone Well, it’s a much chillier day today but we have been so lucky with the weather since we have returned to school. The children have been able to play on the field every lunchtime and it’s been lovely to see them enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Mrs Horne and Mrs Bennett are delighted with their lovely shiny-new reception children, who are all settling well into their new school routines. They are getting the hang of lunchtime arrangements and our Year 6 children are helping them with this. It gives us great pleasure to see these 4-5 year olds enjoying their new surroundings, learning new things and laughing with each other on the playground...more

Newsletter 1 - 9th September 2016

Newsletter 1 - 9th September 2016  

Hello Everyone WELCOME BACK! Hope you’ve all enjoyed the long summer break—the children have certainly enjoyed their holidays and have been full of exciting tales about the things they have done! And it’s wonder-ful to see how they’ve very quickly settled back in and are working hard! Our shiny, new Reception children have done particularly well and are being helped by Year 6 children to get to know the school and its routines, especially at lunchtime. I’m sure they were all very tired at the weekend and needed a lie-in! The staff are happy to be back and really looking forward to the year ahead at Hayfield. This year will be another busy one as we continue to develop our assessment system in order to raise standards and accelerate progress, especially in spelling, punctuation and handwriting. I am in the process of writing our school development plan, which will be based on pupil outcomes at the end of 2015-16, and I will write to you all once it is completed to tell you more about our areas for improvement this year. ...more

Newsletter 39 - 22nd July 2016

Newsletter 39 - 22nd July 2016  

Hello Everyone The end of the year has come around so quickly. As we look forward to a much-needed and well-earned rest, it’s good to reflect on the year and what we have achieved, and what we want to do better next year. I shall be working on this over the summer and will return with renewed vigour and enthusiasm for working with the staff, governors, parents and PEGS to make 2016-17 a very happy and successful year for the children in Hayfield. More about this in September! Today we say goodbye and good luck to the children in Year 6. This will be a particularly poignant farewell for me as this is the first class I have seen progress from Reception to Year 6—it’s the same for Mrs Horne; this was her first Reception class! It has been fantastic to see every child develop, mature and achieve, especially this year in Year 6, showing that they have grown into confident, happy and well-rounded individuals, ready for the next stage of their learning journey. They have come such a long way! Good luck, all you lovely children. You have been fantastic, and we will miss you all....more

New Deputy Headteacher for Hayfield!

Following a very comprehensive and thorough interview process this week, we have a new deputy headteacher, starting our school after the half term at the end of October.

I would like to congratulate and welcome Sarah-Jayne Kenyon, who is currently teaching at St Mary’s in Glossop. She is going to make an excellent addition to our staff and support the school on its mission to achieve the very best for every child and make this school the very best it can be. 

 

Goodbye and Thank You Mr Noakes!

We said goodbye and thank you to our Chair of Governors, Richard Noakes, during a special whole school assembly last Friday.

Richard has been a highly valued governor at Hayfield for over 10 years, and been Chair for the last four years.  Richard has lead the governing board with integrity, warmth and professionalism, and has been a great support to the headteacher in leading and developing the school on its journey to excellence. 

A huge thank you from everyone at Hayfield, Richard, you will be missed!

Richard has been temporarily replaced by acting Co-Chairs, Jane Creed and Peter Shaw.

Newsletter 38 - 15th July 2016

Newsletter 38 - 15th July 2016  

Hello Everyone One week to go and still plenty to do! It is always a bittersweet time as we head towards the end of the year and prepare to say our goodbyes to Year 6 and wish them well on their onward educational journey. It was absolutely wonderful last evening to see, through their wonderful and very polished performances in their production of the musical Dr Dolittle, how these children have grown, matured and developed. Starting in January 2010, this was my first Reception Class, so I have seen them pro-gress from busy little 4-year-olds ducklings into mature and majestic swans! These drama productions are so important in giving children the life skills and values of hard work, practice, perseverance, confidence, teamwork, compromise, resilience, responsibility and a ‘can do’ attitude. Well done, Year 6, you were all amazing! More photos next week, and on the website, as soon as we have five minutes!...more

Newsletter 37 - 8th July 2016

Newsletter 37 - 8th July 2016  

Hello Everyone Mrs McKenzie sends her apologies for not writing this introduction. We are incredibly busy and although we are approaching the end of the school year our work load is not getting any lighter! Your child’s report will be sent home in their post bag on Monday. If any family requires a second copy of the report please contact the school office and we will do our best to get that out on Monday too. Please check out the diary dates on the last page to ensure you don’t miss any of the exciting events that are coming up. More information on the ‘Pyjama Party’ will be sent home on Monday...more

Newsletter 36 - 1st July 2016

Newsletter 36 - 1st July 2016  

Hello Everyone This has been another incredibly busy week as we prepare for the end of term. Gathering assessment data, writing pupil reports, rehearsing for the Y5/6 play, new reception children visits, class photographs – it’s all been happening this week! Can I remind parents that school reports will be sent out on Monday 11th July. There is lots of important information in this newsletter, so please have a five-minute coffee break to read it! It’s great to hear all about our fantastic boys’ cricket team in Natalie’s report, Dare to Dream; see our list of great achievers in last week’s Sports Day; read Emma Parkinson’s report about the excellent and very successful Summer Smasher last Friday (and look at the photos showing everyone having a good time!); and read my reminder about keeping your children safe online....more

Newsletter 35 - 24th June 2016

Newsletter 35 - 24th June 2016  

Hello Everyone Another extremely busy week, where the children have had lots and lots of learning opportunities to participate in and enjoy. This wouldn’t happen without the support and hard work of so many parents and friends of the school. Thank you—you know who you are! We began the week with a whole school talk on water safety by NM Leisure Centre instructors. It was wonderful to see the children very excited and engaged in the presentation, and to learn that so many of them have swimming lessons and know how to keep themselves safe in and near water. Year 3 visited the Woodland Centre in Eccleshall Woods on Tuesday, where they spent the day learning how Stone Age man survived. They made shelters and tools, and learned how to shoot prey with spears and how to make a fire. The weather was fine and children’s behaviour was exemplary....more

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