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Top 3% in England

Today I received a letter from the Department of Education. It was signed by the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, who is the Minister of State for School Standards. You can read the full letter here, but the main headline was: Larchwood Primary is amongst the top 3% of schools in England in terms of the progress our pupils make between Key Stage 1 and
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Parent Survey Feedback

During the parent consultation meetings (7th and 8th February) we asked parents to answer 12 questions. All of these we directly linked to Ofsted Parent View questions. Recently, we have asked parents to register with Parent View and answer these questions online. You can see the results of this here. The reason for asking them at the parent consultations meetings were for three reasons: We gather
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Mental Health

Quote from the 3rd February 2017 News and Views: Children’s Mental Health One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years have a mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. Schools are seeing more and more mental health related issues (children and parents) and we have to work together to eradicate any taboos linked to this. Starting Monday
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RSPCA Visit

Yesterday, the Reception children were visited by Lucy and Joe from the RSPCA. Their visit was linked to the book Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, that our Reception children have been reading. Lucy and Joe not only talked about dogs, they brought in one with them (albeit a soft and fluffy one). They discussed how to train dogs, how to stay safe around dogs
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Chinese New Year

Today, we welcomed the Don Rae Academy! They ran Chinese New Year workshops for the children throughout the day that were fantastic. At one point, we have a dragon running freely around the school!! Not only did the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, I learnt an interesting fact. The number 8 is considered lucky in China and the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics (held
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Photography Competition

During half term, we will be running another photography competition! Hooray I hear you say, as they have been popular in the past. This one is slightly different though. Historically, we have not specified a category or topic but this time we are. I would like photos of Pilgrims Hatch and Brentwood around the school and what better way to get them is for
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11th in Essex

The Real Schools Guide is compiled nationally by Trinity Mirror’s data unit. A league table has been produced using this data. As you will see, Larchwood has been ranked accordingly. Brentwood – 2nd (just behind St.Peter’s) Essex – 11th Nationally – 273rd Fantastic!! Well done everyone! The Brentwood Gazette visited on Monday (to cover this story) and by Wednesday, we were in the paper! Read the
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Blog is Back!

Due to using Twitter, which we constantly update, our blog has taken a backseat recently. But it’s back!! Bigger and better than ever! We will post messages (that are longer than 140 characters) on the blog and then tweet them. It’s just the next step in getting our parents and wider community updated.


Deputy Headteacher

After a robust and rigorous interview process, which saw an array of strong candidates apply, I have great pleasure in announcing our new deputy headteacher, who will be joining us straight after the Easter break. Mr Stephen Bowsher, is an outstanding, highly experienced, senior leader at his current three form entry primary school, located in Redbridge. Mr Bowsher has also been a leading teacher
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Excellent Job Opportunity

Come and work for Larchwood! We are looking for an Administrative Assistant with Financial Responsibilities Job Description - Administrative Assistant with Financial Responsibilities Salary – £19,742 to £22,212 plus Outer Fridge Allowance £573 Full time – 37 hours a week 52.14 weeks a year Job Purpose Administrative / Reception Support Finance / HR Support Co-ordinate breakfast and after school club Full details on job description
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