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July/August 2017

Outstanding SATs Results
The annual statutory tests in Mathematics, Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar have been marked externally. We have assessed and moderated our children’s writing. Teachers have also provided a Teacher Assessment in Science as there are no nationally marked papers. The table below gives a summary of the results.

2017 SATs Results Summary

Subject Percentage of Pupils Reaching Expected Level
Forefield Junior School National
Reading 87% 71%
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar 94%

77%

Writing 90% 76%
Maths 89% 75%
All Three Areas (Reading, Writing and Maths) 80% 61%

All of our Year Six students can hold their heads up high and be proud of their achievements. These are outstanding results! Well done!

Leavers' CelebrationLeavers' Celebration
Our Year 6 leavers, certainly gave a performance to remember in their Leavers Celebration. This year's event was particularly special as, not only were our Year 6 pupils preparing to embark on the next stage of their education, but our headteacher of more than 21 years - Mr Naylor - was also celebrating his retirement. As such, our talented Year 6 teachers wrote a very special script.

'Seas the Day!' tells the story of a retiring headteacher and his wife taking to the high seas on a luxury round-the-world cruise. Reluctant at first, Ron grudgingly joins in with a series of on-board and on-shore activities with hilarious consequences. Photographs of the performance will be appearing in our gallery later in the summer holidays.

Mr Naylor's Retirement
Mr Naylor's Street PartyThe whole school celebrated Mr Naylor's retirement in fine style with a 'street party'. Chairs and tables were moved from the classrooms and out onto the playground. With music, party food, balloons and bunting, this really was a party to remember. While the children ate, Mr Naylor walked along each row high-fiving each and every child. On behalf of the whole school, members of the school council gave thank-you speeches and presented Mr Naylor with a series of awards for his many achievements over the years. Mr Naylor then gave a speech of his own. Photos of the party can be found in our Online Gallery.

In his final 'Forefield Matters', Mr Naylor wrote the following message:

“May I express my sincere gratitude to my loyal and committed co-workers who have been absolutely wonderful, dedicated colleagues here at Forefield. So many colleagues have a true passion for not only teaching but also for cherishing, nurturing and caring for children. Thank you to our brilliant, supportive Governors who have been alongside me on our journey to provide the very best setting and education for our young students.

Thank you to all the Forefield families who have shared their warmth, enthusiasm and support for our truly exceptional school. And the biggest “thank you” goes to our children. The individual and collective joyous energy they bring to school each and every day is awesome. Their manners, behavior and respectfulness are exemplary. The combination of all these factors has made my career a true joy. Thank you for my splendid gifts and superb cards and messages – they will really help me treasure my memories.

Finally, I could not have wished for better retirement celebrations. The Year Six assembly was incredible. The street party involving all classes was tremendous. The pendant messages from all the children were beautiful and very special. My outstanding and inspirational deputy, Mrs Russell, has worked so hard alongside colleagues to make my final weeks truly memorable. Thank you to everyone.”

We are sure that you all share in our gratitude to Mr Naylor for all that he has done during his years as our headteacher, helping to make Forefield the fantastic school that it is today, and that you join us in wishing him all the very best for a long and happy retirement.

Goodbye and Hello
Also leaving us is Mrs Jackson, who has been a wonderful, inspiration Teaching Assistant here for the last four years. She is moving to a Higher Level Teaching Assistant position at Range High School in Formby. We sincerely wish her all the best for the future.

In September, we will be welcoming Mr Swift as our new headteacher. Mr Swift was appointed by our school governing body back in February, following a rigorous two-day interview process. Since that time, he has visited our school on several occasions, meeting with Mr Naylor, Mrs Russell and other members of staff to ensure the best possible transition to a new headship. He has also written a letter of introduction, which was sent home with each child.

We also welcome Mr Hetherington, who will be joining us in September while Miss Sprawson is on maternity leave.

New Classes for 2017/18
Children (and their parents) are always full of anticipation to find out who their new class teacher will be. This year, as well as the pupils, several teachers are moving to a different year group. The new classes for the academic year 2017/18 are shown below.

Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
3M - Miss Mawdsley 4L - Mrs Lambrianides
(formerly 3S)
5H - Mr Hetherington
(formerly 4S)
6C - Mr Croot
(formerly 5L)
3P - Miss Smith 4P - Mr Parry
(formerly 3M)
5M - Miss Morgan
(formerly 4H)
6P - Miss Cain
(formerly 5P)
3S - Mr Shannon 4S - Mrs Schwartz
(formerly 3C)
5S - Mrs Hill
(formerly 4W)
6W - Mr Wood
(formerly 5M)

Our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs S. Russell, will be teaching Mathematics in both Year Five and Year Six. Ms M. Thompson, our Special Needs Inclusion Specialist and acting SENCO, will provide bespoke learning to individual and small groups of children. Additionally, she will provide and manage intervention programmes throughout the school. Miss B. Khan and Miss E. Gerrard will also be teaching classes during the afternoons, giving curriculum managers time as appropriate to co-ordinate their subject areas. Mr I. Anderson will support the teaching of Maths in Years Three and Four.

Looking Forward
The new academic year begins on Wednesday 6th September, following two INSET Days on the Monday and Tuesday.

School uniform will be available to purchase from the school office on Thursday 31st August (between 1pm and 3pm) and Friday 1st September (between 9am and 12 noon). We can except either cash or cheques, but we do not currently have facilities to take payment by card.

In the meantime, we hope that you will enjoy the summer break and we look forward to welcoming our children in September for the start of the new school year.

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