A big thank you to everyone that attended the talk with Frays on Monday 28th of January and the Presentation from Chief Executive Chris Cole.
There were some very challenging questions asked of Chris, and rightly so, and also asked of the IEB/Shadow Governing Body.
A set of minutes from the meeting is also attached and will available soon on the Governor Page of the Beechwood website.
As we head towards April and Academy conversion we have been working with Frays to provide a stable Senior Leadership Team whilst we recruit a new Headteacher for Beechwood and have made the following decision. From February 1st Mrs Rachel Minter will be acting Headteacher until the end of the Summer Term. She will be supported by Mrs Zoe Voisey as Deputy Headteacher until February 24th. We would like to place on record a huge thank you to Mrs Voisey for stepping up to the forefront and keeping the School moving forward.
Also from February 1st Chris Cole will take the role of Executive Headteacher and drive the school improvement strategy supporting the team day to day. We are also looking to provide additional support to the Leadership Team to make the rapid improvements needed.
We would also like to place on record a huge thank you to Miss Sarah Curtis for her role as Interim Headteacher of Beechwood at a very tough and demanding time for the School. She will not be returning to Beechwood but continues her recovery to full health and mobility.
The IEB are working in partnership with your Local Governing Body which will officially take on full Governors duties once the School has converted to Frays.
Your Local Governing Body is:
Lester Dennis-Chair (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
Rachel Minter-Acting Headteacher
Ilaria Warren – Parent Governor
Kirsty Billington – Parent Governor
Emma Caswell – Staff Governor
Vicki Hamer – Staff Governor
Stephanie Holding (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
John Ireland – Co Opted
Richard Skegg (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
Dave Fisher (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
Dave Williams (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
Alison Cowen – Associate Governor as SBM
We would like to place on record our thanks to Louise Connolly and Mark A’Bear (members of the IEB who will be stepping aside in April) for their time and commitment to Beechwood.
We would also like to invite Parents and Guardians to visit the Comments Box in Reception if you have any suggestions that the LGB can act upon and also if you feel a member of School Staff deserves some positive feedback as we would like to celebrate that with them.
Thank you for your continued support.
We hope you managed to all spend some time with your families and friends over the festive season and New Year.
Frays Academy Trust, the IEB and the Shadow Governing Body are currently recruiting a permanent Headteacher to lead the school from the start of the summer term. We hope to make an appointment on, or shortly after January 22, once candidates have completed the assessment days we are currently planning.
We would like to invite parents, guardians and carers to meet with Chris Cole, Chief Executive of Frays Academy Trust, at 6:30 pm on Monday 28 January. This will be an opportunity to talk with Chris, understand more about Frays, and how Beechwood will fit within the Trust.
Assuming the recruitment process is successful, we will also invite your new Headteacher, so that you can meet the appointed candidate.
Members of the IEB and Shadow Governing Body will also be available to answer any questions you may have. We are currently working through the logistics, but hope to be able to offer a creche at school so that parents and carers have every opportunity to attend. Details to be confirmed.
We welcome back Deputy Head Mrs Minter on a phased return and she is working along side Mrs Voisey for the foreseeable future. We are hoping that Miss Curtis will be returning as soon as possible this term. She is responding well to treatment and has been kept up to date with the progress the School and your children are making.
We have been given the details of some great training offered free to any parents, guardians or careers whose child may be affected by autistic spectrum disorder. Please see the attached link for details of when the work shops are in our area: http://www.autismberkshire.org.uk/workshops-parents-carers/
Beechwood IEB and Local Governing Body
Please be advised the date of the next Coffee Morning has changed to Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 9.00am.
We welcome any parent/carer to attend who has a child with SEN as the coffee mornings are an opportunity to meet with other parents to provide support for each other, sharing information, as well as an opportunity to have a good natter and a cuppa!
We are grateful to Mrs Narancic for running this coffee morning, and she looks forward to welcoming you.
May we take this opportunity to thank each and every parent and guardian for your support in the School during a challenging year for Beechwood.
On Friday 4th January we have arranged for all the Teaching Staff at Beechwood to receive some training at Keep Hatch School. This means that we need your help in moving resources from the Swimming Pool Area into the main School. If you are able to spare anytime from 10.00 on this day, it will be greatly appreciated and refreshments will be provided.
Can we also thank all the parents and guardians that voted for and got behind, the PTA in winning £250.00 for the School in a local estate agent competition. It was extremely impressive to see the volume of support from Staff and Parents/Guardians alike.
At the start of next term we welcome back Mrs Minter on a phased return in the afternoons to work with Mrs Voisey until such time as an accurate assessment of a return date for Miss Curtis is known. We are extremely grateful to Mrs Voisey for her continued support in Beechwood.
We hope you all have a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.
As you may recall, the May 2018 Ofsted inspection required Beechwood to become an academy and join a multi-academy trust (MAT).
Since that time the IEB, in conjunction with the local authority, has been researching local MATs, and their suitability to support school improvement at Beechwood while maintaining our community ethos. Several options were explored, and the findings were submitted to the Regional Schools Commissioner for consideration.
The Headteacher Board met last week and appointed Frays Academy Trust as official sponsor of Beechwood. The remaining legal and technical aspects of conversion are expected to be concluded next term. This is great news, as it provides much needed continuity, along with specialist skills and a track record of school improvement. This is another positive step forward for Beechwood and will allow us to build on the support already provided by Frays.
As part of the process Frays Academy Trust were required to submit a detailed school improvement plan. This will provide Beechwood with additional capacity and allow us to draw on the many resources available to the Trust. Although the Academy conversion date is not expected to be before April 1, we will be working closely with Frays, taking advantage of the support and resources we need to improve outcomes for Beechwood pupils.
A shadow governing body has now been formed from the local community and this will meet for the first-time next week, gradually taking responsibility for governance of the school. It will formally become the local governing body when conversion has been completed.
In the New Year we will arrange a meeting for parents at which we will introduce Chris Cole, CEO of Frays Academy Trust, so that you can hear directly about Frays and ask any question you might have.
Seasons best wishes from the IEB and thank you for your continued support.
The PTA invite you along to their last event of the year which is a Family Christmas Movie Night taking place on Friday 14th December.
Elf has been voted as the film to watch and we encourage you to come in your pyjamas with blankets, pillows and anything you need to make yourself comfy.
At the end of the film, there will be a visit from a very special guest who will have a small gift to give to each child.
Tickets are £2 each and include a drink and popcorn. Tickets are on sale now until 12th December.
Adults do not need to purchase a ticket but must still sign the register as we have a maximum capacity in the hall that we need to be mindful of.
Over the last 30 years our Group has established a tradition within the Woodley Community for providing an inexpensive, fast and reliable Christmas Postal Service in Woodley, during two weekends prior to Christmas.
The public and local businesses bring their bundles of Christmas post to our base in the Woodley Precinct, near Barclays Bank, on the two Saturdays prior to Christmas between 10.00 am and 1.00pm.
This year we will be in the Woodley Shopping Precinct on Saturdays December 8th and December 15th.
Our base is manned by our Leaders throughout the day and they receive the post and a 20p charge for each item. They then emboss the post with our special Christmas stamp and sort it into the appropriate “round” for the Woodley area.
We aim to deliver the post by the next day, depending on circumstances.
Thank you for supporting the Woodley Community and our Scout Group.
All our Libraries will be closed on Tuesday December 25, Wednesday December 26, 2018 and Tuesday January 1, 2019. All libraries will be closing at 1pm on Monday December 24 and from 4pm on Monday December 31, 2018.
Finchampstead Library will be closed from 12.30pm on Saturday 22 December to Tuesday January 1 inclusive and re-open on Wednesday January 2. Arborfield Library will be closed on Monday December 31, 2018 and Spencers Wood Library will be closed on Monday December 31, 2018
Twyford Library Refurbishment Closure
Twyford Library is currently closed for approximately 4 weeks for repair and refurbishments from November 19, 2018. Customers will be able to use online library services and other libraries in the borough. There will be updates on Social media.
Wokingham Borough Libraries\u2014Events this winter
Wokingham Living Advent Calendar
Each day between December 1 and Christmas Eve a venue around the town hosts a performance of music, dance or drama lasting approximately 15 minutes but details of the performance are kept secret until the date itself. Wokingham Library will be hosting on Monday December 17at 6pm. For more details check http://wokinghamadvent.org.uk/
These are free events, just drop-in and join the fun!
Festive Quiz Evening at Woodley Library – Quiz evening to raise money for charity. £3 charge, places must be booked on 0118 969 0304. Friday November 30 at 6.30pm.
What’s on in Wokingham Libraries for Children
Storytime with the Christmas Fairy – Come and hear festive stories and meet the Christmas Fairy.
° Finchampstead Library Friday December 7 11am to 11.30am
° Wokingham Library Tuesday December 11 4pm to 4.30pm
° Woodley Library Saturday December 8 11am to 11.30am
° Lower Earley Library Monday December 10 11.15am to 11.45am
For children aged 8 and under, Just drop in! With thanks to The Enchanted Players Theatre Company.
Festive Sand Art – Just drop in and create a sand art picture with Kids Bee Happy with Maddi. £4 per picture, for children aged 4 to 11 years old. Sunday December 2, 10.30am to 1pm
Wokingham Borough Libraries Christmas Events at Dinton Pastures
Christmas Rhymetime – Come and join Wokingham Borough Libraries for a special Festive themed rhymetime. Dress in your favourite Christmas jumper and sing along with festive tunes. Suitable for families with children aged 5 and under. £2 Charge per family – up to 2 adults and 2 children . Friday December 14 11am to 11.45am
Snowy Tales\u2014Come and hear some snow themed stories and songs, then create your own snowman mask to take home and a fun Christmas jumper activity. Suitable for 2 to 8 year olds, £2 Charge per child. Saturday December 15 11am to 11.45am
Reindeer Stories and Craft – Come and hear stories about reindeers with fun songs and create your own reindeer mask to take home and a fun Christmas jumper activity. Suitable for 2 to 8 year olds, £2 Charge per child. Saturday December 15 9.45am to 10.30am
Winter Mini Reading Challenge for Children
The Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to keep reading through the winter holidays by rewarding them for reading and reviewing three books. This year we are thrilled to partner with publisher Nosy Crow for an extra special challenge inspired by There’s A Yeti in the Playground!, the hilarious new book from Blue Peter Award winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham.
Taking part online – To take part in the Mini Challenge, children simply read three books of their choice, then rate and review them online at www.winterreadingchallenge.org.uk The Challenge starts on Saturday 1 December 2018 and finishes on Friday 11 January 2019, so there’s plenty of time to get involved! Books added to the website during this period will count towards unlocking the Mini Challenge rewards: a special certificate to print off and keep, and a Winter Challenge badge that will appear on the user’s website profile. The website will also feature printable activities and recommendations for great winter reads.
For even more suggestions, try the Book Sorter, our unique database of children’s peer-to-peer recommendations.
All the books it recommends have been rated and reviewed by children using the website. https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
Local Plan Update Survey
Wokingham Borough Council is consulting on an update to our Local Plan, which will guide where and how growth will take place in the borough in the years up to 2036. Wokingham Borough is a popular place to live, with a strong economy and high quality of life. This popularity causes a huge challenge to provide the homes we need. We need to provide these homes for the future in the right way – and with your involvement.
The consultation asks you where you think development should go and whether there are locations suitable for higher densities and taller buildings. There are also questions about land for new employment centres. You will be able to see all of the land being put forward for development as part of this process and provide comments on its suitability. The consultation runs until 4pm on Friday 15 February 2019.
We are running a number of events during the consultation. Come along to the following locations to find out more and ask any questions.
4 December 2018, Tuesday 7pm-9pm Winnersh Winnersh Community Centre RG41 5DU
7 January 2019, Monday 7pm-9pm Wokingham Without St Sebastian’s Memorial Hall RG40 3BA
10 January 2019, Thursday 7pm-9pm Twyford Loddon Hall RG10 1AS
16 January 2019, Wednesday 7pm-9pm Wokingham Wokingham Town Hall RG40 1AS
22 January 2019, Tuesday 7pm-9pm Shinfield Ryeish Green Sports Hub RG7 1EP
30 January 2019, Wednesday 7pm-9pm Arborfield Henry Street Garden Centre RG2 9JY
6 February 2019, Wednesday 7pm-9pm Earley Trinity Church RG6 5HZ
12 February 2019, Tuesday 7pm-9pm Woodley Oakwood Centre RG5 4JZ
For more information, please email LPU@wokingham.gov.uk
We are pleased to announce that we have continued to be partners with the Bracknell Bees Ice Hockey team and members of their schools outreach programme. This programme gives us unique offers and discounts for parents and children to attend the game.
The next Bracknell Bees School Zone game is on Saturday 8th of December and with your ticket we have included an exclusive `Skating with the Bees’ after the game. Exclusive to School Zone ticket holders is FREE skating and FREE skate hire if required.
Please find below the voucher to receive your exclusive school discount.
Please call 01344 789000 and quote `Schools Zone’. All you then need to do is bring a copy of the voucher with you on the night or this email on your mobile device.
All pre purchased tickets will be available from the Rink Reception and all Complimentary Tickets will be available from the Rink Reception.
All tickets purchased on the night for the School Zone are from the Bees Shop, outside of the Rink.
All tickets bought in advance or purchased on the night are at the exclusive discounted price of £10 per adult and 2 kids go free!!
Doors open 5:15pm with the match starting at 6:00pm
Following the unfortunate accident to Miss Curtis, the IEB has asked Mrs Voisey to take on the role of Acting Head. At the present time, we are not sure exactly when Miss Curtis will be returning to work, although we hope it will be shortly after Christmas. We will also be welcoming back Mrs Minter, with a phased return, following major surgery. Thanks to the hard work of Miss Curtis, before her accident, we have a full complement of staff for January.
There continues to be a great deal to do at Beechwood, although progress has been made in a number of areas. We are very grateful to pupils and parents for the improvements in behaviour. The vast majority of the children are very polite, engaged in their learning and move quickly and quietly as they transition around the school. Mr Compton has been working on a new approach to behaviour based on positive reinforcement, and this is bearing fruit. We are also working closely with the local authority and their specialist services, to support the school where a few challenges remain.
We’ve also moved forward with the Shadow Governing Body, a group of 12, that will meet for the first time on December 13th.
We await confirmation of the academy sponsorship process which we’ll share as soon as we can. This will not only provide certainty for staff and the community, but will also give Beechwood additional resources to call upon. The IEB is very conscious that this has been a challenging time for the school and community. Staff are doing everything they can to make sure that the children’s learning is uninterrupted and that they continue to make progress.
Moving a school from `inadequate’ to `good’ is a journey that can’t be completed overnight. There is so much to do that some `bumps in the road’ are inevitable. While the school is making good progress, we can only be successful with the continued support of the school community.
Thank you for your continued support,
A big thank you to all the parents that helped make the library visit a success. The children had a fabulous time listening to stories and looking at books.
We are continuing with our tricky words and sight words in class and are consolidating all the words they have learned so far. Can you practice reading the words at home?
For maths this week children have been counting 1-10. Children have been able to count out the corresponding objects and the have counted lots of our toys, beads, pegs in FS. Can you ask your child to count stairs, pots, tomatoes or anything else at home or out and about for you?
Children are busy in our Winter Wonderland writing letters to Santa, making decorations or creating intricate pictures for our art wall.
Please continue to practice our Christmas songs with your child. A slightly updated version is attached.
It is important as parents we take measures to protect our children online and always be vigilant when they are play games or watching you tube online. Inappropriate content can easily be accessed or viewed, sometimes children can be using an age related app or website when an inappropriate pop up can occur. More information on E-Safety can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/article-internet-use-and-safety
Homework this week is a mini M booklet that will be given. This is to reinforce the sounds and to use some of the skillsets used in school to develop correct letter formation. As there are many sheets for your child this may take time to complete. Therefore we will be giving children a whole week to complete their homework and will give the work booklets every other week.
Reading books need to come to school with your child every day.
Please do write a comment and sign their diaries.
Dates for your diaries:
On Thursday 13th of December FS Children will be walking to the precinct in the morning to sing carols with the whole school.
In the afternoon FS children will be performing their very own Christmas sing along for you.
We are looking forward to seeing you all.
Enjoy your weekend