In preparation for our future Ofsted visit, we would like to invite all families to complete a very brief (14 question) survey on the official Ofsted ParentView survey site. The questions are very straight-forward and, once you have registered, it should not take more than a few minutes for you to respond. We think this is a wonderful school for all children who attend, but you are the ones who experience what is on offer, hence asking for your help in gathering key information. When Ofsted do visit us, they will use this information to help formulate their judgement of the school. One thing they do look at is the response rate – a high response rate suggests that families are highly engaged with the school and the education of their children. In addition to Ofsted using this information, we will also use it to take a temperature check on how things are going and see if there is more to done to improve things for the future.
The questions are listed below and the link to ParentView is https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/login?destination=give-your-views We will also send a separate Parentmail with this information. You need to select Sandringham School, St. Albans and then respond.
If you have problems with the link, simply search for Ofsted Parent View and this will take you to the site. Thank you in advance for helping with this survey and we look forward to analysing the outcomes. Some examples of statements to consider are; my child is happy at this school, my child feels safe at this school, the school makes sure its pupils are well behaved- and other questions.
You will see from the content of the SandPrint this week, that there has been plenty of activity once again, particularly with Extended Learning Day 2 on Tuesday. I would like to thank Ms Borman for her wonderful coordination of the day, and all of the lead staff who prepared the various activities. I would also like to congratulate all of our students for how they approached the learning activities on the day, and I hope you all enjoyed doing something different.
We also have reports on STEM club, Music, Maths Challenges, Christmas Boxes, MFL spelling Bees, student spotlight and a plethora of sporting updates. And of course, there are some things that take place and do not get into the SandPrint. I was talking to one of our younger students the other day and they mentioned that they were participating in five different extra-curricular activities each week which just shows how our students are taking advantage of what is on offer.
On Thursday, we held our Remembrance Service for the whole school at 11am. Because of the size of the school, and prompted by lock down restrictions last year, we now broadcast this service live to all students and their tutors in tutor rooms across the campus. This works really well and allows everyone to see the service ‘close-up’ and gain a full experience of the moment. I would like to thank all those students who came in uniforms representing their various external groups such as the cadets, St. John’s Ambulance, Guides and Scouts. You represented your groups incredibly well. And a special thank you to James Cooke who provided a wonderful rendition of the Last Post.
Next week is the whole school show, The Sound of Music. The set arrived on Thursday and is being put together over the weekend, ready for final rehearsals on Monday. Good luck to all of our performers and a massive thank you to the arts team for staging this wonderful show. Look forward to seeing you there.
Mr A Gray