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September 2018

Posted 11/9/2018

Welcome back students, staff and parents!

What a hot and busy last term we had in June and July. I must say a huge thank you to all staff and students involved in all our end of term events which were so well attended, well done everyone!

In August we received our exam results and our students have achieved more than ever before! Accreditation in a minimum of 5 subjects; English, Maths, PE, ICT and Science. We even had one Year 6 pupil who took her SATs this year! All the data shows us that our pupils are making good progress and we will continue to push them to achieve their potential in all subjects! Thanks must go to all the teachers and teaching assistants who pushed themselves to the limit, doing extra work and making sure every student had access to accreditation. It was an amazing team effort and everyone is rightly feeling very positive about this year and making even more progress.

During the summer, the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) organised a camp for some of our students and I would like to say a special thank you to all their staff who volunteer their time every Thursday in term time and do so much work behind the scenes to put on events in the holidays or weekends. In particular we owe a massive debt of gratitude to Elspeth Crookenden! Thank you Elspeth for working tirelessly on behalf of our students!

On 31st August, several staff left us to move on to pastures new and we wish them all well, I will be writing to parents separately with all those details, but in the meantime everyone is ensuring that the transition processes for students are proceeding smoothly. Please remember Cath McGill is our Family Support Manager and you can contact her via the school office.

This academic year we have decided to have the theme of ‘Autism’ all year, including a focus on communication in general. By the end of the year all staff and governors will have been trained to have a comprehensive understanding of what autism is and the full range of autistic spectrum difficulties. More importantly, we seek to understand how the condition affects those children with autism as a primary or secondary need, i.e. approximately 30% of our students. I hope we can involve parents and students in this focus, as it is very important for the school’s development and offering the best practice we can.

Please remember at all times, if parents have any questions or needs to please contact your child’s teacher or keyworker, or raise issues with Cath McGill or myself if required and we will be very happy to help you.

In due course there will be information about the school’s staffing restructure which comes into effect after half-term. This has been sadly necessitated by sudden and unexpected cuts to our budget. As a result of this, we will be losing some staff members, which is very sad for us all, but we believe we have managed to create a strong team structure moving forward. More details to follow closer to the time.

Thank you as always to everyone for their support in continuing to make Welburn Hall such a special school!

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