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Come_InI would just like to say thank you to all of the parents, carers and family members who have taken the time to stop and say hello to me over the past two days. Thank you for making me feel so welcome. It is lovely to meet you all, and so useful to hear your feedback about the school. Selsdon is a fantastic school which has already won my heart!

I have listened to a lot of your comments and ideas. You may have noticed that the gates are now opened earlier, so that you have access to the playgrounds from 8.30am in the mornings, and 3.00pm in the afternoons. I am struck by everyones willingness to support the school and how upset many of you have been to feel that this has not always been welcomed.

I have taken this on board and would like to see you all in and around school as much as possible. With this in mind, from Monday,  I will be asking the staff to open the school doors at 8.40am every morning so that you can bring your child(ren) into their classes – if you wish! I know some children prefer to come in on their own, but the offer is there. Children will be brought to you in the playground at the end of the school day as normal. 

I am very much looking forward to the year ahead. I believe, that with your help we can achieve great things here at Selsdon!

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11 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Susan how very glad I am to see that the parents views are being taken into consideration and acted upon!!
    As a working parent, I for one appreciate your decision to open doors earlier, such a help when one is racing to work.
    Many many thanks


  2. Hi Susan

    I would like to thank you for all the good work you are doing at the school already, as a parent I can already feel the positive changes in terms of making parents feel welcome; there is a very noticeable change! I love the new focus on dealing with behaviour in a positive way. You have the interests of children and families at heart and for that I am very grateful.

  3. Hi … i love the gates being open earlier but am horrified about the choice to allow parents in to the school in the am …. as a parent of more than one child in your school i am un able to walk both children to there class so i now have to wave one of them off to somewhere that should be safe but no longer is i do not know all the other parents that will now be free to walk your school and yiu can not assure me that my children will not come in to contact with an adult that is not crb checked while in your school

  4. Hello Sam,

    I am sorry to cause you anxiety. I did speak to some of the parents about this, and they said that they already had a problem trying to drop off children at different doors. They felt that the older children could take themselves in safely. I would tend to agree.

    To reassure you, there will be a lot of staff on duty in the school in the mornings, there will also be a lot of other parents in the building too. The school has a lovely sense of community and I would like to encourage a sense of openness to all parents whether they have a CRB or not.

    We have done this at Heavers Farm for years, it creates a much better (and safer) school environment for all of our children, and we have never had a cause for concern to date.

    Also, the doors are opening at 8.40am well before the start of the day (8.55am), so it is entirely possible to drop one child in their class, before taking the other one in to their class within this 15 minutes.

    I do hope that this reassures you.

    Best wishes


  5. Evening Susan,

    Firstly I would like to say a big Hello and a warm welcome to Selsdon and secondly, what an absolute breath of fresh air you have been to the school already, I love the feel of openness and transparency that you have brought to the school, something that was seriously lacking previously, you have regained the connection between parents and the leadership which is a vital link and it is a huge relief to see real leadership with a strong leader at the helm.

    Thank you for all the improvements you have made so far, and I for one, am very excited about what the future now holds for Selsdon under your excellent leadership.

    Thanks Again

  6. Hi Susan, Please could you confirm wether the year 6 ties have been abolished, because alot of parents are talking about this, and the children that are currently in yr 6 are coming home upset because they were looking forward to being able to gain one, like in previous years.

  7. Hello Susan
    First of all welcome to Selsdon Primary school. As a working parent, I would like to say that opening the classroom door earlier is a great plus for me as it helps to settle my child in reception before rushing to work in the morning. I have noticed that the school has had a big turnover of staff last year, even at nursery level and I do hope that this is something that will improve under your leadership as I feel that at this stage, children need stability in the classroom.

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