Thank you from Zimbabwe!

As part of the refurbishment of our school we put aside a large number of books that we no longer needed. Mrs. Huet organised the shipment of these books to a charity in Zimbabwe, the Ebenezer Trust.

Thank you to all of the children who took part in the read-a-thon to raise money to ship the books to Zimbabwe.

We have have received a lovely letter from the Ebenezer Trust to say thank you to everyone here at Selsdon Primary.

Our books have gone to a very good home.

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Important Message about Secondary School Applications 2014

Transfer from Primary to Secondary School 2015

To parents of children living within  the Borough of Croydon and transferring from Primary to Secondary School in September 2015 

Parents living outside the Borough of Croydon must contact their own LA for  information on how to apply.

For those parents and carers applying for Riddlesdown Collegiate, please follow this link for information about their admissions process. We are a feeder school and therefore if you apply for a place at Riddlesdown Collegiate, you will be guaranteed a place. You do still need to complete the LA’s Common Admissions Form as well as the application form for Riddlesdown. 

Your son/daughter is now about to move into  Year 6 of primary education and so will be transferring to secondary school in September 2015.  Croydon must receive your application setting out your preferences by the statutory closing date Friday 31 October 2014.  

Please note that, unlike previous years, the LA will not distribute copies of the secondary prospectus and the Common Application Form to primary and junior schools to be handed out to parents of year 6 pupils. The prospectus can be viewed online at www.croydon.gov.uk/admissions  from August 2014 and a step by step guide on how to apply online (click here), is included in the prospectus.

Croydon strongly recommend that you submit your application online; if you apply by post, please make sure that the Local Authority (LA) receives it by Friday 24 October 2014 which is the Friday before the half-term holiday.The Secondary prospectus which will be available on www.croydon.gov.uk/admissions in August,  explains what you need to do and where you can get further information.

The background and full details of secondary schools’ admission arrangements are set out in the prospectus which will be available online: ‘Admissions to Secondary school 2015’.  A list of secondary schools, which are located within three miles of Croydon’s boundary, is also included. Before you complete your application for a school place, please take time to read the prospectus so that you can gain a full understanding of the coordinated arrangements for school admission.

We strongly advise that you apply online and a step by step guide on how to apply online is included in the prospectus and is also enclosed with this letter. There are many benefits of using the online application process:

  • it is quick and easy and you can complete your application over several sessions
  • you can submit your application and make changes to it right up until the closing date.
  • you can attach documents to your online application in support of your application i.e. proof of address, medical letters…
  • after you have submitted your application you will receive an email confirming receipt and details of your application
  • you can see the results of your application from the evening of 2 March 2015 rather than waiting for your letter to arrive in the post

If you do not have a computer at home or do not have internet access, you can use computers at school, Croydon Council libraries and Access Croydon at Bernard Weatherill House, with staff on hand to help. However if you still wish to use the paper application form, please contact the council on 020 8726 6400.

You can apply for up to six maintained schools including all Grammar Schools outside of Croydon and you must list the schools in your order of preference.  Please note that some of the schools you apply for may also require the completion of a supplementary information form, which must be returned directly to the schools concerned.

The deadline date for return of your LA application is Friday 31 October 2014.  We strongly recommend that you submit your application online. If you apply by post, please make sure that the LA receives it by Friday 24 October 2014 which is the Friday before the half-term holiday. All applications received by 31 October 2014 will be treated as on-time. After this date, unless there is a good reason, applications will be classed as ‘late’ and will only be dealt with after the on-time applications have been processed.

If your child is attending a Croydon primary school and you are applying on a paper form, your form may be returned to your child’s primary school.  Independent (fee paying) schools are not included in the above arrangements.

You are advised not to make your application until you have attended the open evenings/days arranged by the secondary schools (open days/evenings timetable is included in the prospectus) and you are sure about the schools you wish to apply to.  You must ensure that you submit your LA application and where appropriate, the individual school supplementary forms by the due date(s).  If you do not complete both forms where necessary, or if your LA application and/or supplementary forms are late, you are unlikely to receive an offer of a place at your preferred school.

Offers of secondary school places at maintained schools throughout the country will be posted by the LA on 2 March 2015.  If you applied online, you will be able to view the result of your application on the evening of 2 March 2015 rather than waiting for your letter to arrive in the post.  In addition, you will receive an email notifying you of the result of your application during that day.

Staff in the Council’s Contact Centre on the numbers below will be pleased to answer any queries you may have on the arrangements for your child’s transfer to secondary school.

Tel/Typetalk:  020 8726 6400

Fax: 020 8760 5514

Minicom: 020 8760 5797

Email:  school.admissions@croydon.gov.uk

Ask for School Admissions

 

KS2 Headteacher Award Trip to Bewl Water

A big thank you to all of the Selsdon and Heavers staff and parents who came along to help on our Headteacher’s Award trip to Bewl Water yesterday. It was a great day and the children had a lovely time (despite the rain!).

Also, a big thank you to Cleo for organising it for us all.

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Headteacher KS2 Reward Trip Friday 11th July 2014

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A reminder for those children who have invited to the Headteacher Reward Trip tomorrow.

As detailed in your invitation letter we are going to Bewl Water Country Park in Kent.

We have booked a range of exciting activities, including fishing, hydroball, crazy golf and a boat trip.

Children should come to school at the usual time and go to their class to be registered. When the coaches have arrived we will send for them.

 

The coaches will leave school at 9.15am and will leave from Bewl Water at 4.00pm. We aim to be back at school by 5.30pm at the latest.

 

You do not need to wear school uniform, please wear comfortable clothes and trainers.

It now looks like it might rain tomorrow so please pack a waterproof jacket. 

We would like the children to bring a packed lunch, which should include plenty to drink.

Please do not send any money with your child. Children will not be allowed to buy anything.

 

Federation Consultation – Minutes of Federation Consultation Meetings

Please find below the minutes from the two stakeholder consultation meetings that were held earlier this term.

The consultation period finishes on Monday 14th July 2014.

If you would like to add your thoughts and views to the discussion, please leave a comment below.

 

Here is a copy of the original Federation Proposal Letter:  Proposal to Federate Heavers Farm Primary School and Selsdon Primary School

 

Minutes of the Selsdon Primary Parents Consultation Meeting

To consider the issues in relation to proposed Federation with Heavers Farm Primary School

Held on Tuesday 10th June 2014 at 6:00pm

Governor Representatives In attendance

Michael Forteath              Parent Governor, Chair of the Governing Body

Simon Powell                     Parent Governor, Vice Chair of Governors

Graham Cluer                     LA Governor

Susan Papas                        Executive Headteacher

Jo Read                                 Head of School

Parents in attendance

15 parents from different year groups attended

 

The Chair opened the meeting at 6:00pm and welcomed everyone to the meeting.  Introductions were made.

The Chair explained the background and the reasons for the consultation.

Questions were invited from the floor:

Q: Will the change improve the consistency of teaching (i.e. teacher change and exchange)?

A: The improved performance and morale at the school is, and should continue to have a positive effect on the number of teachers leaving Selsdon. This will improve general stability. There will be times when it will be a positive step for teachers to spend time at Heavers Farm. If that activity is taking place, Selsdon will work hard to ensure that communication to parents is improved about what is happening around teaching with their child. There will always be circumstances relating to individual teachers and their lives that means some change is inevitable.

Q: Who makes the final decision?

A: Following consultation with all key stakeholder groups (staff, parents, local authority, etc) and consideration of all their feedback and questions, the two governing bodies will vote on a decision, and then come together to vote again as one on the proposal.

Q: Why this route and not academy?

A: Mr Forteath explained how by continuing our partnership with Heavers, Selsdon retains more control over the positive journey it is now on, and the financial benefits of the Academy Route were no longer clear cut. So much work has gone on in the last academic year, it is felt that Selsdon’s best outcomes will come from building on that framework.

Q: Are we due an inspection?

A:  Yes – we have only had one limited inspection this year. Mrs Papas hopes that the next inspection will be after we have received the SATs results and that a big improvement will be evident. The school has had regular reviews however with the local authority and these have been very positive.

Q: Will there be a change in school uniform?

A: this is being considered. It will not happen quickly, there will be discussion around it and if it occurs it will be introduced gradually. There are discussions around offering support to parents on initial introduction (ie the school would provide the first items).

Q: will the proposal affect Selsdon’s position as a feeder school to Riddlesdown?

A: These changes are unrelated to Selsdon’s position as a feeder school to Riddlesdown and there is no indication that the status there will change. Riddlesdown School has been supportive of the changes going on at Selsdon.

General Discussion

There was also some discussion around how visibility of activity has been limited. There was explanation of the history of the previous 12 months around governance and

Attendance at the consultation was limited. This was discussed and several conclusions were drawn:

a) many parents and staff are happy with the proposal so felt no need to attend

b) some parents may have been unaware of the meeting and it was agreed more could be done at the school with signage/posters, etc to remind people of such meetings

c) some parents are not concerned/interested

 

Minutes of the Heavers Farm Parents Consultation Meeting

To consider the issues in relation to proposed Federation with Selsdon Primary School

Held on Thursday 12th June 2014 at 6:00pm

Governor Representatives In attendance

Graham Cluer                     LA Governor, Chair of the Governing Body

Alan Tigg                             Parent Governor

Janice Sprouse                   Parent Governor

Susan Papas                        Headteacher

Sarah Faulding                   Staff Governor

Cleo Douglas                        Staff Governor

Andy Rushton                      Community Governor

Parents in attendance

Gaby Hunter

The Chair opened the meeting at 6:05pm and welcomed everyone to the meeting. Gaby Hunter was the only parent in attendance and introductions were made.

The Chair explained the history of the school’s association with Selsdon Primary School, and said that the LA had approached the Headteacher and Governing Body a year ago to ask if it would be prepared for Susan Papas to take on an executive headteacher role at Selsdon.  It was noted that during the 8 years that Susan had been headteacher at Heavers Farm, the school had developed enormously and gone from strength to strength, and Susan’s leadership skills were well recognised and appreciated by the local authority.  Last year Selsdon was lacking leadership and needed support hence the request.  Since that time the relationship between Heavers Farm and Selsdon has developed strongly to the point where the Governing Bodies of both schools now wished to recommend federation, to formalise the relationship between the two schools.

The Chair explained that the Governing Body considered that there were lots of mutual benefits to both schools which included:

  • Provision of lots of opportunities for staff from both schools to work together, to share best practice and ideas.
  • Provision of opportunity for staff to work across the schools as and when appropriate, enabling staff career development.
  • An opportunity to retain high quality staff because the Federation can offer more opportunities and experiences than a single school.
  • Benefits of scales of economy
  • The added protection of having a partner school to support the other in unplanned/unpredicatable situations eg when key staff leave.

Gaby Hunter asked if there were any concerns that teachers from Heavers Farm could move to Selsdon, draining the talent currently at Heavers Farm?  The Headteacher and Chair explained that there are very high quality staff at both schools, and it was envisaged that the movement of staff will be to both schools’ advantage.  Any decisions to move staff from one school to another for a period of time would be taken with a full undertaking that a vulnerability would not be created.  The Headteacher emphasised that that there was a key priority to ensure that Heavers Farm remains strong.

It was noted that Heavers Farm SATs results the previous year had seen a dip, due to a combination of factors.  The whole school team and Governing Body had been focussed on rectifying the weaknesses of the previous year and it was strongly anticipated that this year’s results will be very good.  The decision to federate will not be taken until the SATs results are confirmed, (and it was recognised that it would not be right to proceed with federation if for any reason the results were poor this year).

A question was asked if there would be any more schools joining the federation in the future?  The Headteacher said that whilst she would not rule this out in the longer term, this would not happen for some time.  Heavers Farm was likely to be undergoing expansion works, and Selsdon was a three form entry school, so between the two schools there were up to 7 forms of entry.

The issue of training was discussed, and it was noted that the two schools have been working together and holding in house training sessions attended by staff from both schools during the course of the year including Child Protection training, a Leadership programme led by the Institute of Education on site at Heavers Farm, and a TA training programme run by Surrey university.  It was noted that training on site for groups of staff was much more efficient and cost effective than individual members of staff going out for training.

Andy Rushton said that in preparing and undertaking research on federation of schools, he had read the two key studies on the subject, which both indicated that there is a wealth of evidence to show that results at the schools improve over time and the schools do well.

The Headteacher highlighted that staff have in recent months been sharing planning across the schools and explained that a recent visit to Kingswood Primary School, a very successful school which is part of the Gypsy Federation, had been very beneficial.

Governors observed that from their perspective the schools were already working well in partnership and they fully anticipated that Federation, if formally approved, will be a formalisation of the relationship which will enable even more positive development for both schools.

It was noted that a year ago there had been some trepidation when the request to work with Selsdon had been made, but in the consultation on Federation, having experienced a successful year, governors were fully confident in the process and recommendation.  It was felt that the lack of parental representation at the current meeting was probably an indication that parents were happy with the proposal.  However, the chair said that he would like to encourage any parents or members of staff who may have any queries or concerns to respond to the consultation.

It was also noted that governors would be present in school the following week for the Governors’ Day in School when they hoped to meet with parents and if any questions arose on the issue of Federation they would be able respond accordingly.

At 6.30pm the Chair drew the meeting to a close, thanking Gaby Hunter and governors for their attendance and input.