New School Year 2023/24
A warm welcome back to all our Four Swannes community and in particular our new children and families. An exciting year is ahead where I have the privilege of being headteacher of such a wonderful school, with a dedicated team of people who are all focused on making your school a fun, safe and engaging place to be.
I am happy to say that all our new staff have settled in well and it has been pleasing to see the relationships blossom between staff and children. With the continued work being carried out on our curriculum, I am confident that the children will receive many vibrant and engaging learning opportunities throughout the year.
Our new initiative of ‘meet the teacher’ received a high level of attendance and some great feedback from parents. Thank you to all parents/guardians that made this a success. This is an indication of how we would like to ensure that you see Four Swannes as a school where all staff are open to communicating in a transparent and supportive manner to all.
I will be having a focus on attendance this year, a continuation from the messages that we started from last year. It is imperative that children attend 100% of sessions available to them to ensure they receive the best learning opportunities possible. I will not authorise any absence apart from medical appointments that cannot be attended outside of school hours. All other absences will be classified as unauthorised. Unfortunately, we have had quite a few families that have taken time out of school for vacations which will have a negative impact on the education of your children. Please ensure that holidays are taken during school breaks (half - term and full - term breaks).
A celebration of our new values is being developed and the website will slowly change in appearance over the coming days. The three key values being: Diversity. Inclusion. Belonging. These values will be seen through our curriculum approach. Within school, there will be the values according to the acronym B.R.I.G.H.T. These values will form part of our behaviour expectations and staff will refer to them in all situations. It will take time for all these changes to become embedded, but I am certain it will make the school environment an even more positive place to learn in.
Thank you for helping to make such a positive start to the school year and I look forward to sharing another year of developing and building an even better Four Swannes for the future.