Record breaking weather this week with the heat wave. Thank you to staff, pupils and parents for taking the extra precautions of sunscreen, water bottles and so forth so that it’s business as normal at school, just with a sunny twist.
The assembly was amazing today. The awe and wonder experienced by all pupils was a joy to experience. Thank you Alice and Mrs Catton for such an inspirational, motivating and thought provoking activity. I loved how the pupils were questioning the experiences.
Congratulations to the school on the successful outcome of our recent Ofsted short inspection. The inspector considers Ashton is continuing to provide GOOD education and our safeguarding is EFFECTIVE. These headlines clearly do not capture the whole picture and underlie what we know to be true and what we value about the school. It is still a report to be very proud of and will be made public on Monday. It contains observations and findings that show the school in a highly positive light and makes for encouraging and pleasing reading. Please do take a look and we welcome feedback to staff and governors. Thank you for your support and be assured we have conveyed special thanks to Mrs Peacey and all the staff.
A huge well done and thank you to all the children for The Golden Ticket production. It’s a wonderful story and performed to such a high standard. We hope you found it fun and are proud of the show. We certainly are proud of you all.
Governors also understand and appreciate the huge amount of planning and work needed to put on a production, particularly when it is so eagerly anticipated by children and adults alike. Congratulations and thank you to all the staff as this is certainly one of the best!
Governors see the play as a key feature of life at Ashton and one aspect we hold dear. It forms an essential part of the curriculum on offer and a rich source of personal development and learning for everyone.
None of this however is possible without the wholehearted involvement of the parents. Encouraging your children to participate; acknowledging the educational value of whole school activities and drama, song & dance. Thank you for resourcing costumes, making sure the pupils are available & ready to perform, coming along to watch and inviting grandparents & friends to share in it too. We also know this list is not exhaustive and many of you have talents we call upon to help. Your support is deeply appreciated. Thank you again.
The Golden Ticket was a golden and truly memorable event.
On Thursday, 2nd March, I was privileged to be a part of the “Bedtime Story”, I hope the children enjoyed it as much as I did. What a huge success it was too with over 75% of the children returning to school in their pyjamas and dressing gowns accompanied by their cuddly toys, then listening so intently as the stories were read. I am always so encouraged when going into school, enthusiasm greets you at the door Alison and the staff work tirelessly to enhance the lives and learning experience of all the children, which extends far beyond the “normal” school day. How tremendously different things are since I was at the school in the 1950’s.
Part way through my regular weekly meet with the head, Mrs Peacey we took a walk into Acorn class to look at the new window blinds fitted over the half term. A fabulous improvement, long overdue that provides privacy at appropriate times and options to change the light & ambience in the class for more impactful lessons. They are in matching blue too. A final touch to the sliding door & toilet addition improvements. It struck me the classroom is looking bright, organised and the wall displays are impressive and inspiring. A lovely classroom to learn in.
We wished to extend our thanks to Mrs Peacey, Miss Hughes and all those who were able to come to the E Safety parent meeting this week. The turnout was excellent and the feedback received very useful. I am sure it will get a mention in the Friday update Mrs Peacey sends to the governors. This email highlights the exciting, varied and demanding nature of the head teacher’s role and captures the level of governance in action at the school. It is read by the governors along with the school newsletter, which I sure you will agree is something we all look forward to.
It was such a pleasure to be part of a full complement of enthusiastic governors, with a shared vision and individual skills. The pupils and parents are fortunate that Aston Governing Body are so supportive and hardworking.
Alison, as our new headteacher, and Anne our new secretary, are both fulfilling their roles efficiently and effectively, in a very calm and professional manner.
Along with an outstanding staff, the school can only move onward and upward!
I was pleased to have attended two very different events at school during the last few days. First of all, the Remembrance Day Assembly last Friday which was a very fitting and poignant time that gently gave the children an insight into the Great War and of those from Ashton had gone to fight for their country. After the welcome by Mrs Peacey and an explanation on what is Remembrance. Mrs Dodge read out the names of those who gave their lives, then candles were lit for each of them by the children followed by the poem “Flanders Field” and the reading “They shall not grow old”. The Assembly finished with the singing of “One day the sun will rise on a bright new morning” which was so apt for this morning. We then gathered around the War Memorial for “Last Post” as heads were bowed and the two minutes’ silence were observed at 11.00am. The sounding of the Reveille was then played followed by Mrs Shiels reading “When you go home” and Mrs Emond concluding with the Poem “We shall keep the faith” It was a very special occasion
On Tuesday afternoon there was a real treat from the Choir Club who sang their hearts out, the children were really pleased to be singing with Mrs. Stephenson and Mrs Emond helped by Olivia. We are blessed at Ashton in having such a dedicated teaching staff who at the end of their working day throw themselves wholeheartedly into running after school clubs. Thank you all for your commitment and dedication.
The governor’s sub-committee for School Improvement and Data met on 1st November with the main agenda item being to review and approve the School Development Plan which has been written by Mrs Peacey. She was keen to point out that the Plan was a result of not just her work, but that of the staff as a whole. The plan is very thorough, and outlines the vision of the school, covering such areas as: Leadership & Management Systems; Teaching & Learning; Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare; and Assessment.
The governors present approved the Plan and nominated individual governors to monitor specific aspects of the Plan as the academic year progresses. These actions will be fed back at the next Full Governors Meeting on November 15th.