Parents will be aware that following a recent monitoring visit of the school in June, which reviewed progress since the inspection in 2014, Estyn have placed the school in special measures. The report can be found on the school website.
The school continues to work hard to address the recommendations of the 2014 report, however, as I have indicated previously, it is clear that performance in specific areas needs to improve more quickly. Work on developing teaching, learning and leadership will continue but more rigorous monitoring is required. Our progress will also be supported and monitored by the Local Education Authority and Education Advisory Service (EAS).
Following Estyn feedback on June 22nd 2017 and the judgement of Special Measures, the local authority has reviewed its use of statutory powers and has appointed a further three additional governors to the governing body, and recommended that the Chair of Governors is replaced with the LA’s chosen chair (Tracy McKim). This decision was agreed at the governing body meeting in July.
Both the local authority and governing body were keen to acknowledge the work of Andrew Goddard, at the aforementioned meeting. Mr Goddard has held the role of Chair of Governors for the past three years and has worked tirelessly to increase the effectiveness of governance at the school.
St Julian’s School is keen to continue to work in partnership with the local authority and the appointment of a new chair, along with a challenge advisor will support this. The use of statutory powers is a clear sign that standards within the school must improve quickly and this will be jointly monitored through the governing body and Intervention Plan Monitoring meetings.
The governing body is fully committed to the school and will be working with staff and parents to ensure that we do the very best for the young people and the community.
I write to inform you of changes that have been made regarding the provision of instrumental lessons for the next academic year.
We are pleased to be able to continue to run lessons in collaboration with the Gwent Music Support Service who provide high quality teachers for all instruments. We are continuing to provide free lessons for students in Year 10 and 11 who are studying Music as a GCSE option, as they are examined in performance as part of the course. However, we are not able to continue to offer free tuition for other students.
Parents/Carers of students who are taking GCSE Music do not need to sign up using the GMSS Parent Pay site for their first instrument but if you would like your son/daughter to learn a second instrument then you will need to sign up and pay for lessons via the Parent Portal.
Parents/Carers of students who are not taking GCSE music, or those taking a second instrument, will need to sign up and pay for lessons via the Parent Portal.
Students form KS3 and KS4 were invited to a superb reward event this week. We were promoting High Attendance, Positive attitudes to learning, Excellent Behaviour and Punctuality.
Well done to everyone involved – really well deserved!
A group of Year 6 and 7 students, representing each house at St Julian’s Primary, Glan Usk and St Julian’s School were rewarded with a trip to USW Treforest on Thursday 13th July following the success of their collaborative projects on E-Safety.
The day consisted of a tour of the campus and working further on the Citizenship strand of the New Digital Competence Framework. Pupils picked up a number of tips for creating their presentations. The work that they produced was judged to be excellent and at the end of the day the pupils were able to graduate.
As we draw towards the end of another academic year I wanted to take the opportunity to keep you updated with news from St Julian’s School. Our recent Estyn monitoring visit and subsequent response has been very much central in our day to day activities. Thank you to all parents/carers who were able to attend the meeting on the 5th July. Thank you also to the many parents/carers who have been in contact with the school either via phone, email or through meetings. I hope we have been able to answer your questions. As we are all aware, the continued success of all the young people who attend St Julian’s School rely on a collaborative and supportive approach from staff alongside parents/carers. Our Post Inspection Action Plan will be available for all to read once it is officially agreed by Estyn early in the Autumn Term.
Congratulations to Finley Richards on receiving his first Welsh Vest. Finley who recently ran a
personal best of 1.59.14 in the 800m has been selected to represent Welsh Schools Athletics in an
International Meet in Dublin on Saturday 15 th July 2017. Finley will be running against athletes from
England, Ireland and Scotland in the 800m. Best of luck Finley.
For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
It is very important therefore that you make sure that your child attends regularly and this policy sets out how together we will achieve this.
St Julian’s is committed to ensure regular attendance at school is a priority which will in turn provide students with the best possible chances in life to succeed and to achieve their goals. Regular school attendance is essential for all children and young people. Failure to regularly attend can increase the risk of leaving school without any qualifications, and can also increase the likelihood of students being drawn into criminal and antisocial behaviour.
Our school will endeavour to work with parents/carers, students, the local authority and the Education Achievement Service (EAS) to ensure that all students receive an appropriate education and to attend school regularly. This attendance policy reflects the local authority’s Attendance Strategy.
This policy aims to ensure that attendance and punctuality remains a key focus for all, including governors, teachers, parents/carers, students and partner agencies. We will strive to:
● offer a safe and friendly environment which welcomes children regardless of race, gender or ability
● raise standards and ensure all students reach their full potential, through a high level of school attendance and punctuality
● ensure all stakeholders receive communication about information on the importance of regular school attendance
● identify those students with irregular attendance at an early stage and work with partner agencies to try and address any barriers that stop pupils from attending school regularly
● keep accurate and up to date attendance data
● ensure all students are safe, and for the school to follow the local authority’s ‘Children Missing Education’ guidance
● reward those students who have made significant progress in raising attendance levels