It’s official – Roseberry Academy is a GOOD school!

January 19th, 2018

I am delighted to inform you that we have received our final report from Ofsted, following a very successful inspection in November. The report reflects and celebrates the hard work and dedication of staff and children and their positive attitudes to learning. It highlights the many strengths of our school and the areas for development that we are already working on.

I am so very, very proud of every member of our school family and congratulate them wholeheartedly – well done!

The grades for each area are as follows:

Overall effectiveness: Good

Effectiveness of leadership and management: Good

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment: Good

Personal development, behaviour and welfare: Outstanding

Outcomes for pupils: Good

Early years provision: Good

Ofsted Report November 2017

What an achievement! Our Governors and senior members of the Enquire Learning Trust have congratulated us and the following was received from the Local Authority this week:

Ofsted Inspection of Roseberry Academy

Please accept my congratulations for the successes that were recognised in your inspection report.

Receiving a good outcome, especially under this challenging framework, is a significant achievement and I am really pleased for you, the staff, governors and children.

It was a delight to read about your nurturing and inclusive school where strong leadership has developed a ‘family atmosphere’, resulting in outstanding and impeccable behaviour and exemplary attitudes to learning. You must be pleased that the significant improvements that you have made with regard to pupil outcomes, not only for all pupils but also for the most vulnerable pupils in your school, and the high quality start they receive in EYFS was recognised by the inspection team.

Thank you so much for all that you are doing and please accept my very best wishes for your future achievements. I know that you and the school team will build on these successes and continue to provide good provision.

Once again well done, thank you for your hard work and good luck with the next stage of the journey.

Yours sincerely

Paul Brennan

Assistant Director, Education and Skills


Register with the Co-op to raise money for our children!

January 12th, 2018

In November we were thrilled to be told that Roseberry Academy would be supported by the Co-op of Great Ayton via their Local Community Fund. This support will last until 27th October 2018.

So far the fund has generated £40 for our school. The great thing is that the more we use it and tell people to nominate us, the more the children of our Roseberry family will benefit.

What to do:

Step 1: Become a member at the Great Ayton Branch
Step 2: Register your card online and nominate Roseberry Academy as your chosen charity.  There may be others so this is important!
If you are already a Co-op member make sure you log in to your account and change your chosen charity to Roseberry Academy.
Step 3: Spread the word – encourage family and friends to become members and nominate Roseberry Academy.

Let’s see how much money our community can raise for our children!

Happy New Year!

January 8th, 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and that you are looking forward to the new year.

A new year brings hope and optimism. It gives us an opportunity to reflect upon the past and be excited about what the future holds. It’s a time when we make resolutions and promises.

This year, I have promised never to take a day for granted. Every day is precious and I’m looking forward to sharing every school day with my Roseberry family!


Good luck, children!

December 6th, 2017

I know that everyone has been practising hard for their fabulous Christmas performances – learning lines, stage directions and songs. Although I can’t be with you to see your magical performances, I wish you lots of luck and know that you will make your grown ups feel very proud indeed! I am looking after my very poorly dad at the moment but think about my Roseberry family every day. Be good – I’ll see you all very soon.

Keeping children and data safe when buying smart toys and devices

November 27th, 2017

The 12 ways that Christmas shoppers can keep children and data safe when buying smart toys and devices (ICO)

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Planning to spend a couple of hours in a Christmas Market or even on Amazon? This Christmas there will be more tech toys than ever before, and many of them will use bluetooth or wifi to link to apps and the wider internet. Some of these toys will have cameras and microphones recording the environment and the child’s play. The Information Commissioner recently published an article looking at the risks of using smart toys and it is well-worth sharing it with parents.

Safety alert: see how easy it is for almost anyone to hack your child’s connected toys (Which?)

Which? Magazine have also surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.

The Which video below shows just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to children. Which? found that it is easy enough for almost anyone to do, not only skilled hackers.


Ofsted Guide for Parents

November 20th, 2017

School inspections – a guide for parents

We are going to be inspected by Ofsted on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Please see the guide for parents above for further information.

Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch us, we’re from Roseberry!

November 16th, 2017

I am so very proud of the children who represented our school in the most recent inter-schools Cross Country event. Huge congratulations to Magda and Alex who got through to the finals. What amazing runners you are!

We’re getting ready for Children in Need!

November 10th, 2017

This week, I met with the School Council to plan what they would like to do to raise money for   Children in Need on Friday 17th November. This is what they decided…                                                                                                                  Children may come to school dressed in spotty or multi coloured clothes and bring along a selection of coins for the activities that will take place from 1pm until 2pm. Children will be in their team point teams and take part in Pudsey’s money metres, Pudsey’s colour dash, Pudsey’s pennies and Pudsey’s follow the leader. I think everyone will have lots of fun!


We love it when you comment on our blogs!

November 10th, 2017

I often hear comments from parents about how much they enjoy reading the blogs on our website. I recently spoke with one of our dads who reads his child’s class blog when he is working abroad as it enables him to feel that he’s in touch with what his son is doing in school – how lovely! Please feel free to comment on our blogs, as teachers and children love to know that you have read them!


Why do I love my job?

November 10th, 2017

People often ask me why I love my job. I love it because every day is different, because it offers challenge and professional fulfilment, because I have a love of learning and am surrounded be people who share the same passion. Most of all, I love my job because of the people I am with every day. Our Roseberry family is unique – a community of adults and children who care for one another and want to succeed. The buzz in the hall during Parents’ evenings this week was a pleasure to witness. Hearing parents and teachers sharing goals and aspirations for children and planning how to work together was wonderful and the positive feedback about how families feel about our school was a pleasure to receive!