A wonderful harvest celebration!

October 23rd, 2016

I was overwhelmed on Friday morning when I saw the vast array of flowers in the lower school entrance. Seeing children walking up the street with bunches of beautiful flowers was a wonderful sight and made me realise how our generosity can impact upon others. The children and adults who delivered flowers to members of our local community did an amazing job and certainly brought smiles to people in need of a bit of ‘cheer up’. Our harvest assembly was lovely. Children from Year One to Year Six spoke clearly and the singing from the school and our wonderful choir made me tingle. Thank you to Mrs Murton and Mrs Stanley for their hard work during hymn practices – it paid off! Huge thanks go to Mrs Dawson, who coordinated the flower deliveries again this year – it’s a mammoth task!

Finally, I’d like to express sincere thanks to the members of our school family who came to join us at this special event. We had anticipated one hundred guests and were delighted when we had to find extra chairs! Thank you for your ongoing support for our amazing school. I hope you all have a very well deserved half term break.


A very proud Principal!

October 18th, 2016

Yesterday, we held our Open Day. This was a chance for members of our community to visit our school throughout the day and see us learning through fun. As I showed people into classrooms, I felt very proud indeed. Children were actively engaged with learning and were keen to talk about the skills they were using. They made great use of the working walls in their classrooms and used their coloured cups to show whether they were confident with the tasks they had been set. What really made me smile was the way in which children within the Roseberry family collaborated. It’s lovely to see children going out of their way to support their friends with learning – without being asked! On my way home, I thought about our Keystones for Learning and felt a smile spread across my face when I realised that I’d seen every one of them in every classroom. Well done, everyone. You make me feel so very proud.

Nursery provision on Roseberry’s site

October 14th, 2016

As you know, Mrs Sturdy has made the decision to close Scallywags Nursery from Christmas 2016. Whilst I understand the frustration and concern of parents faced with needing to search for alternative provision for their children at short notice, I must stress that the nursery is a private company and that the decision to close has been out of the school’s control. Mrs Sturdy rented part of Roseberry Academy’s building from which to run her company and, consequently, the school had no control over her business decisions.

Although Mrs Sturdy had spoken with me regarding her wish to sell her business on numerous occasions, the Enquire Learning Trust was only formally notified in writing of Mrs Sturdy’s intention to close Scallywags in September 2016, which left too little time for the Trust to set up alternative provision on site. Schools, whether Local Authority or Trust schools, are bound by procedures which, unfortunately, prevent them from opening their own nurseries within short time frames. It must also be noted that our current funding agreement with the Education Funding Agency does not allow us to offer nursery provision at this moment in time.

The Enquire Learning Trust is aware of the situation and I have already met with key members of the Trust, and sought legal advice, regarding future nursery provision for the children within our community. In the meantime, Little Bears nursery will move into the school building after Christmas to enable children to continue to use the excellent indoor and outdoor provision on site.

Again, I empathise with parents’ frustration and concern but must stress that I cannot change the current situation. I will, however, keep you updated as and when decisions are made in the future.

Open Day fun!

October 6th, 2016

We’re having an Open Day on Monday 17th October!

Come along and receive a guided tour of our fabulous academy with our senior staff.

Enjoy the opportunity of seeing our children learning collaboratively through fun and experience our beautiful learning environment.

Tours will take place at the following times:

9.15am – 10.15am         10.45am – 11.45am       1.15pm – 2.15pm                          

3.45pm – 4.45pm       5pm – 6pm

No need to book – just arrive at our brand new Lower School Main Entrance and we’ll meet you there!


Quality Mark Success!

October 6th, 2016

On Tuesday we were visited by a Basic Skills Quality Mark assessor. The Basic Skills Quality Mark is an award that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy. It is awarded to schools to recognise their provision, practice and performance in literacy and numeracy, and is valid for three years. A school must demonstrate a whole school approach to improving standards in literacy and numeracy, with evidence of the impact of its approaches.

As well as conducting a scrutiny of our self evaluation and Academy Improvement Plan, she met with staff, children, and a Governor. She also visited every classroom to see for herself what a fabulous place Roseberry Academy is! At the end of her visit, she stated how impressed she was that everything we do is with reference to research and best practice from within the Enquire Learning Trust, nationally and internationally. She expressed her delight that we are forward thinking and innovative and that our children benefit from great learning experiences. She had no hesitation in awarding us with the Quality Mark.

Congratulations to everyone in our school family!