It’s Great To Be “Good”!

Summer 2013I would like to apologise for the absence of a school newsletter for the last two weeks. Due to reports, OFSTED, productions, Sports Days and the usual end of term/year arrangements, I have had precious little time to put a newsletter together. Thankfully, Mr Handy has, as always, done an amazing job by keeping a steady flow of news via the school website – our website is amazing and Mr Handy has created a site that I know other schools view with great envy!

On Friday 19th July the OFSTED Inspection Report was formally released into the public domain. I would like to thank you all for the support you have given our school and the faith you have shown in Holy Trinity over the years. Furthermore, I would like to thank you for your contribution to the Inspection process via Parent View – it was staggering to see the level of support for our work, thank you.

I would like to pay tribute to our staff. OFSTED have, year on year, placed more demands and higher expectations on schools; but everyone at Holy Trinity was determined to get the right result for our school. The OFSTED report is a tribute to their hard work and dedication; whether it is planning and organising memorable trips, giving up their time for productions and disco’s or improving the quality of teaching and learning, they are a truly wonderful team to work with. On a personal note, I would like to thank them for the support they have given me, especially on occasions when I have been forced to take a step back in order to look after my wife. I would especially like to thank Jakki Sibley, she has provided me with wonderful support during some very difficult times. I have been very fortunate to have been blessed with your kindness and good wishes; almost everyday a parent or child asks me about my family, Caroline and her health; I want you all to know that we really appreciate your kindness and support.

The best feature of our school is our children. The children at Holy Trinity are a joy to work with. Inspectors spoke with genuine warmth about our children, they praised their work ethic, impeccable manners and the fact that this is a school where incidents of bullying and intimidation are incredibly rare. It is ironic that in 2005 when I joined Holy Trinity that behaviour was identified as one of the schools weaknesses – now it is one of our greatest strengths; our children should feel very proud of themselves because they have transformed this school and the way it is perceived.

After chatting with one of our long-standing parents last week, I have been thinking about when I first joined Holy Trinity in 2005. There was a time when so many people left Holy Trinity, but there were also lots of families who had faith in us and stayed with Holy Trinity during those very difficult times – on behalf of all the staff thank you for your support, your loyalty has never been taken for granted.

The OFSTED Report is a fitting tribute to our whole community, and especially our teachers, children and families who are moving on, they will leave a significant legacy, that they played a big part in making sure that Holy Trinity Primary School has finally been recognised as a GOOD school!

Thank you for a great year. To all our Leavers, thank you for the wonderful memories, we’ll never forget you. For those of you returning in September, have a great summer, we will see you soon.

Best wishes,

Jon Smith

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