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Friday 6th May 2022

I can’t believe two weeks has whizzed by since I embarked on my first day of Headship. I am thoroughly enjoying the role and am so excited for the future. This is the beginning of a regular blog, one week dedicated to Hope and the following week dedicated to Edale, which may cover a whole host of thoughts and topics so feel free to follow and keep up with them at your leisure. 


At the forefront of my thinking this week is ensuring we are all set to deliver SATs to our Year 6’s next week. Everyone has their own view point on such standardised assessments. Love them or hate them, I am committed to ensure that they are a positive experience for our children and not a hugely stressful one for our staff! Hopefully, the children will see them as an opportunity to show what they know and can do. It’s a great opportunity for teachers to support positive mindset strategies that will help children as they move onto secondary school. For children who find such tests overwhelming, the right room with the right people can make all the difference and hopefully this will be the case for our mighty Hawks next week. I often find the following website useful for parents and they have tips on supporting your child through SATS week 


I have just finished a lovely sing-along celebration assembly with Mr Corker and the KS2 pupils from Hope and Edale. The children have been reminded of our Federation’s three golden rules: listen well, be kind and show respect. Teachers will nominate pupils to be celebrated each week with these rules in mind. The children are currently learning the words to two songs – a thoughtful and reflective one based on the current war situation in Ukraine and a motivational one which links well to our PSHE themes called Beautiful by Anne Marie Anne-Marie - Beautiful [Official Lyric Video] 


It would be great to have families humming these tunes and learning lyrics together so that when we all come together at the end of term for a summer celebration, we can power them out!