Headteacher’s Newsletter 12th Sept 2019

Good Afternoon VES Parents

Well the second week of term has proved to be busy but productive here at VES!

It was really good this week to get to meet so many parents at our introductory meetings. I believe it’s important to make contact early in the year, to lay out our plans and curriculum for the year ahead and give people the opportunity to talk with staff and ask questions. 

For those who were present at the meeting, you will have heard me talk about how we can have a meaningful dialogue between parents and school. I hope to receive lots of interested parents who want to help us develop VES to be even better than it already is. Please can I also remind al parents to check your access to Breeze is functioning well and to contact the school if you are facing difficulties.

This week Mr. Keyes launched the process to assemble the School Council. We believe it is important the students understand the rights and responsibilities that come with positions of authority. It is also important for them to try and build confidence, work with their peers, learn about project management and public speaking – and of course make a meaningful contribution to school life. I am excited to get the council up and running and working with them to improve VES.

It is also an important time for me and Mr. Keyes as new School Leaders, as we try to get some feedback about the school. Students in Primary and secondary have been completing surveys in their ICT classes, staff will be completing a survey too, and I would like the feedback from parents. The survey can be accessed from the link below and it should take around 10 minutes to complete. This will help us get a benchmark about the school and help us to target the right areas and measure our progress. Many Thanks in advance.

VES Parental Survey:
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY8IkZc-U6jWl14B…/viewform

Finally, for this week, the whole school community is being asked to vote on a project that can bring us all together. It is important that our young people be given the chance to take ownership of a project that will help them to create a better world. In my experience it is also another great way for our community to come together and work towards a common goal. I look forward to collating your votes via the link below….

VES Sustainability Project Vote:
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScISI7395m3ibCONv…/viewform

So, as you can see it has been a busy week of meeting lots of parents and students, getting lots of opinions and feedback and also trying to ensure that we use all of this constructively to lay the foundations for moving forward – both within the school and also in the wider community.

Have a lovely, restful, weekend.

Keith Sykes
Headteacher