Norbury Manor Primary School’s Successful Year 2015/16

Norbury Manor Primary School will be re-opening on after a well-earned summer break on Tuesday 7 September.

2015/16 was a successful year for the School. Pupil progress levels are up on previous years. Good and better progress is seen across the school. The quality of teaching has been assessed as being much improved. More  children are working at a level above national expectations in most year groups, while improved levels of support have been obtained for those with a range of difficulties to help them progress.

The summer term saw the Governors being very proactive in addition to attending the meetings of the Governing Body and its Committees, and staff interviews. They have also visited classes to observe lessons and make recommendations, attended meetings with parents and staff, Assemblies, Maths Week’s activities, and the well attended meeting for fathers about engaging in their children’s learning. They have also carried out a careful inspection of the interior and exterior of the building to identify repair and maintenance issues.

One Governor carried out a survey of the views of Year 6 children on libraries the results of which were submitted to the Council’s libraries consultation, and has also contributed sessions on class projects on the Romans and Jamaica.

There is an active Schools Council of pupil members. It has worked with the school meals provider on menus, surveyed pupils’ opinions on after-school activities, and helped draw up the rules for the use of the multi games area. The Governors have agreed that next year it will have its own budget of £100 to spend. A number of pupils who have been trained as Playground Leaders will start supporting their peers in positive play in the playground.

Staff from Norbury Library went into the School to talk to the children about the upcoming summer holiday events. There were several educational trips.

Following a number of concerns about traffic issues outside the school expressed at the two public meetings organised by Norbury Village Residents Association on the Council’s Controlled Parking Zone consultation, the Governors considering what steps can be taken to help ease them The main problem is the behaviour of some drivers. Staff work very hard to monitor the situation and the Head has written to all parents. The Chair has written to all the residents in Abingdon Road. None has responded with any complaints or suggestions. Police attend from time to time.

After two years of successfully leading the school and embedding the improvements, the Head Teacher Iffat Fariduddin is leaving to take up a post in another Borough. While the process of appointing a new Head is underway, the Acting Head will be the current Deputy Head, Kettisha Williams. The Governors have full confidence in Miss Williams and the senior leadership team to maintain the progress being made.

Sean Creighton

Governor

30 August 2016

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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