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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 26 - Friday 1 April 2022

Thank you so much for filling out the questionnaire we sent out this week in your droves. Again, I am thrilled that so many of you are so happy with Penshurst and your child's experience at our school.

The key headlines so far:

  • 98% my child is happy
  • 99% my child feels safe
  • 97% bullying is rare and school deal effectively with any cases
  • 99% the school makes sure its pupils are well behaved
  • 97% would recommend the school to others 
  • 98% my child does well 
  • 98% the school supports my child's personal development

These figures match those of the children themselves and it is so pleasing to know that the vast majority of our community love this school as much as myself and the staff do. Senior leaders and members of the welfare team will contact parents where there has been any ‘disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’ statements over the coming weeks to understand this further. I did add a sneaky extra question this time to gauge how parents would like information evenings in the future as we can now open our doors again following two years of strict sanctions. An overwhelming 70% of parents would like a return to face to face meetings and so it remains a challenge for us to see if we can maybe do a hybrid of both remote and ‘in person’ meetings in the next round to suit all.

It is shaping up to be a very busy last week with the last few assessments, P Factor performances, football matches and class photos. We also have videographers in on Thursday to take some footage of daily life in the Early Year Foundation Stage which the children absolutely love taking part in - it is like being a tv star for the day! We will of course only video pupils with external publicity permission. The video will be on our website for prospective parents to watch and gain a better understanding of what the EYFS daily timetable looks like. The children adore filming, it is the adults that struggle more!

More football matches next week with Year 6 boys on Monday and Year 5 /6 girls on Thursday. Both matches are at Penshurst. We have unfortunately had some unsportsmanship behaviour from some team members and, as in the real world of football, this has resulted in some match bans for some. We expect the highest standards from our pupils when they are in public representing our school and for the first time ever we have fallen short of expectations on two occasions. We will monitor this closely and continue to educate our young sports people on the importance of professional conduct;  however, I would ask that if you are a parent on the sidelines, you also support us by ensuring a sportsmanlike attitude as well. Please be careful of your language while on any of the school site and remember it is supposed to be fun - I keep reminding the year 6 boys of this as at times I am sure they think they have lost the World Cup.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy whatever weather is thrown our way next!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs J Spencer

Head of School

Key Dates:  
P Factor          Tuesday 5 April 3.30/6.00 Wednesday 6 April 9.15 
Class Photos/EYFS School Video     Thursday 7 April 
Young Voices, Sheffield         Thursday 28 April