Welcome to Nightingale Primary School
Dear Parent and Carers
I trust that you and your families have had an exciting and fun filled summer, and are looking forward to a new and challenging year at Nightingale Primary School.
As the new Head Teacher I have been working alongside Mrs Bradshaw, the Interim Head Teacher, and Ms Glassman, the Deputy Head Teacher, in the final half term of the summer and during the holidays to ensure that we provide a smooth transition for the children, staff and parents. You will be pleased to know that recent changes in the school, introduced by the SLT, will continue.
Inevitably a new Head Teacher will bring changes to a school, however I do believe that working in partnership produces the best results. I therefore look forward to working alongside the children, staff, parents and governors, to ensure that changes are positive and effective.
One significant changes will be the introduction of a 4th Reception class to accommodate a bulge in that particular year group, undertaken only after extensive and careful consideration by both the governors and myself. I believe the new Reception accommodation, and in being able to offer local school places for local children, will bring benefits to our school community, and we welcome these families, and all new families to Nightingale. The building works will cause some disruption, however I will endeavour to minimise these and to keep you informed of any changes.
The good news is that the school will also undertake a re-development of the school entrance, so that we are able to provide a better service to all families and children. Further good news is the expansion of the staff to provide specialist PE coaches from Reception to Year 6, an additional Modern Foreign Language teacher, so that year 3 to 6 will receive a full hour per week to include both written and oral teaching, and an art teacher for year 1 to 4. This will increase the school’s capacity to provide further enhanced teaching and provision.
I have already met with the PTA, and I must congratulate them, and all those that helped, on the very successful Summer Fete. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the PTA and all the children and parents that I met on my days at the school for making me feel so welcome. I will usually be in the playground before and after school and look forward to meeting more parents, so do pop over and say hello.
Nightingale has a strong tradition of being supportive and caring and I will ensure that this continues and the staff will strive to maximise the children’s full potential. Our school is one where mutual respect, good manners, politeness and high attendance and achievement is the expectation and this is shared by all our community.