Thursday, 4 October 2007

I went to another of our brilliant primary schools first thing this morning..

I visited Roundhay St John's Church of England Primary School where Georgina Winterburn and her colleagues are releasing a very special kind of magic. I met with the team for a coffee before school and we talked about the challenges we all face and why the work they do is so important... after all the most important thing we do here in Leeds is educate the future!

The school has made real progress under Georgina's leadership and the standards are flying, but it can seem like hard work in terms of all the changes we are managing.. changes to the curriculum, new assessment, tracking and monitoring, intervention programmes and everything that is going on with phonics, the curriculum and assessment in the Foundation Stage.

The key is to ensure that everyone is happy, healthy, safe and increasingly successful... children, the learning team and the patents and carers. Chocolate helps, red wine and laughter are also good but exercise is one of the keys. Not surprisingly then, we all went outside and took part in their innovative collective worship and 'Wake Up and Shake Up' session to, yes you've already guessed, YMCA! The whole session was great. Barbara, the Deputy Headteacher, passionately led the collective worship and the 'Wake Up and Shake Up' was led by Sarah, a really talented, enthusiastic and energetic colleague, and the children were fabulous!

What makes Roundhay St John's Church of England Primary School such a brilliant learning place? The answers...

  • Georgina's strong, focused and passionate leadership;
  • a talented, energetic and enthusiastic team;
  • clear values and beliefs driving the work of the school;
  • a focus on standards, behaviour and discipline;
  • good teaching within a positive learning environment;
  • high expectations and hard work!

This is a brilliant, talented, gorgeous and wonderful team led by a great headteacher. Georgina, Barbara, Sarah and their learning team are doing a brilliant job and are building something really special at Roundhay St John's Church of England Primary School .


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