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Wow! This term has absolutely flown by and I have absolutely loved being the head of such an incredible school. I feel like I have been here for years, which is definitely a good thing! It doesn`t seem long ago that we had warm September sunshine but there is no hiding from the winter weather now and Christmas is not far away.

Christmas is a special time of the year - especially so at a Primary School. Glemsford Primary Academy is certainly no exception. We have had the brilliant KS1 and Reception Nativity, where our children showed great confidence on the stage. We have had our ‘Christmas Cheer’ that was extremely well attended and helped raise over £1450 for the school (a huge thank you to the FOGS and anyone else that helped on the day). I was delighted to be invited to go to the Pantomime in Bury with KS1. The children loved it and it was especially pleasing to hear members of the public comment on the excellent behaviour of our children and how they got into the spirit of the show! They certainly did and showed the rest of the audience some tremendous and spontaneous dance moves. On Thursday, we had our Christmas dinner. It was organised with military style precision by Mrs Martin and Miss Sorrell and a huge thank you to Gill and Sue in the kitchen and the MDSAs for all their efforts. The final Christmas event at Glemsford was the church service on Wednesday.

As most of you are probably aware, mainly due to the fact they saw me pacing around and looking a bit flustered, we had an OFSTED inspection two weeks ago. Although we were expecting this and were well prepared, it was a stressful time for staff. I am pleased to tell you my staff were superb and so were the children. It was lovely to hear from the inspectors about the positive feedback they received about the school in the playground. In the New Year, I will be able to share the outcome of the inspection and you will be able to read the report.

I am pleased to say that all of our teachers and teaching staff will be the same next term. One member of our staff who is leaving is Paul Myers. Paul has been our part-time caretaker and I would like to thank him for all his work in helping maintain a very unique building. He has promised that he won’t be a stranger and will be a regular visitor to the school, helping out by listening to our children read.

On a slightly less Christmasy note, please can I remind you that if you have any safeguarding concerns it is really important you speak directly with Mrs Martin (Safeguard Lead) or Miss Sorrell or myself (Alternate Safeguard Leads) rather than discussing these sensitive matters in the playground. Similarly, any concerns regarding behaviour and teaching: if you do not feel you can talk to the class teacher please speak to Mr Scott or myself.

Finally, I would just like to thank everyone for all the support you show to the school. To see so many parents helping the school in whatever way they can and just being so friendly makes a big difference. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. The first day of term for children is Monday 8th January.

Kind regards

Ben Jeffery


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