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Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors Brentwood Academies Trust (BAT) based in Brentwood, whose head office is based in St Martin’s School, seeks three new non-executive directors for its trust board. Board meetings are held in a rotation between the three trust schools. This unpaid voluntary role will provide the successful applicants with an excellent opportunity to develop professionally as well as give something back to the wider
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Extracurricular Clubs

Mission Statement Larchwood Primary School - Achievement and Enjoyment All children achieve their potential, enjoy their primary years and are given opportunities and experiences they will remember for life. Our children learn within a safe, secure and caring environment where their education, inclusion, well-being and social skills are promoted daily. Our mission statement encapsulates our ethos; what we value as a school. Part of this
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Reading Support

Good word recognition A child can read the word (this does not mean they understand the meaning). Good language comprehension A child fully understands the meaning of a word (but might not be able to read it). Poor word recognition A child cannot read the word (but they may understand the meaning, if the word was read to them). Poor language comprehension A child
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Author Visit

As part of promoting books and the love of reading, we regularly have visits from authors. We arrange these via the Chicken and Frog bookshop, whom we work closely with, in lots of different areas. On Friday, we had the pleasure of Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick. Philip is an author, poet and the winner of the The Roald Dahl funny prize. Elissa is a
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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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