Farsley Farfield Primary School

Head teacher blog 12th June 2015

It has been a lovely, sunny end to a good week at the school. It was the first week for a while that has been a ‘normal’ week: no one on a residential and a week that hasn’t been dominated by tests. I have been showing lots of new families around the school prior to their children starting Nursery or Reception  in September and they always seem amazed by our outdoor spaces and impressed by the curriculum that the children are experiencing. Many times, I have heard comments such as: “I wish I was coming to school…” or “It wasn’t like that in my day…”

We are looking forward to next weekend’s PTA Camp-Over: the bird of prey display man has visited the site and has assured us that the chickens will be safe! We are anxiously watching the long range forecast; so far, it seems dry (but not that hot) but I fear we could go mad over the next eight days with our continual checks!

This week, we have been visited by representatives of the local authority to moderate our assessments in Year 2 and Year 6. This follows on from a successful moderation visit to the Reception classes in May. These sorts of visits only happen every 5 years or so, so feel like an important and potentially stressful process. In fact, all the visits have been affirming and useful and the feedback from the ‘inspectors’ could hardly have been more positive. A big ‘well done’ to all the staff involved. I wasn’t nervous about the visits at all – I know that our teachers and senior leaders do a wonderful, professional job.

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