Wednesday, 25 April 2007

I started the day at a fantastic primary school...

I visited Swarcliffe Primary School to have breakfast with the School Council, to unveil a plaque on their storyteller seat and to see the school.

I had breakfast with a talented group of young people... sportmen, dancers, artists, actors and academics. The amazing Swarcliffe School Council were brilliant advocates and adverts for this fantastic little primary school... confident, articulate, passionate, enthusiatsic and committed.

We then had a brief ceremony in the reception outdoor area in memory of Anne Lazenby, one of the teaching team at the school, who died last year. After Anne's very sad death the school organised a fundraising day which raised a staggering £1400. They split the money between Cancer Research and equipment for the reception outdoor area. The School Council chose to buy a wonderful and unique storyteller seat to remember Anne's passion and commitment to the school, it's children and the community. .. 'a very special teacher'.

After the ceremony, Sue Sanderson, the headteacher, showed me around the school with Philip Oddy, the Chair of Governors. This is an amazing school doing brilliant things. What makes Swarcliffe Primary School such a brilliant school?
  • a talented, brilliant, gorgeous and wonderful learning team;
  • strong and passionate leadership throughout the school;
  • clear, shared vision, values and beliefs driving all aspects of the work of the school;
  • inspiring and brilliant teaching within a wonderful learning environment;
  • strong, positive and dynamic relationships;
  • high expectations of every child and the whole learning team; and
  • some talented, brilliant, gorgeous and wonderful young people!

Sue and her learning team are doing a brilliant job and have created a fantastic learning environment for the children in a really great school.


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