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Headteacher's Roundup 25 January 2019

I can’t quite believe that I have been Headteacher at Chinthurst for nearly two years.  It is a privilege to come to work every day and I am incredibly proud of all that has been achieved during this time. We have continued to meet our academic and estates targets through our two year school development plan and it is rewarding to reflect on all that has been accomplished.
 
Many of these estate improvements will be evident to you as a parent body and some less so.  We are currently investing in updating the heating system, an absolute necessity to ensure the classrooms are of optimum temperature for learning.  Over the Summer, the school financed the upgrading of the IT network, with a new server and a designated internet line to ensure that the 23 new computers in the IT suite and 6 new Smartboards all operate correctly. Thanks to the support and further investment from the RGS group we were able to not only lay new tarmac to revamp our playground (at an eye watering cost of around £100k), but also upgraded our Nursery and second Reception classroom with their help.
 
To maintain academic excellence there are always necessary and continuous improvements that good schools adhere to.  Chinthurst is no exception to this.  Two years ago I addressed the points raised in the last inspection as areas for improvement, including a more thorough tracking and differentiation system to meet the needs of all our children.  As a team we identified further areas and introduced Read Write Inc. this year to further advance the teaching of phonics and reading.  The ICT teaching and curriculum has also been modernised with the appointment of Mr McWilliams and for the first time at Chinthurst Coding and Robotics is now being taught.
 
The above highlight just a few of the achievements that have been a part of our 28 page two year plan. Over the coming months I will be working with my team to plan the next two years.  This is certainly an exciting time for the school and I look forward to continuing this journey with you.
 
I must also mention the CPA’s role in the schools development which has been considerable.  The funds they raise have allowed us to make huge improvements to the children’s play areas with new climbing equipment, a Wendy house, the playground markings, table tennis tables, the gazebo and so much more.  I am extremely appreciative of all of the parents who are a part of the CPA and those who have supported events.  I am particularly grateful to Karin Wooden and Claire Stockhausen who have been joint Chair for the last two years, under their leadership the CPA has gone from strength to strength. Karin and Claire will be stepping down at the end of this year, as such if any parent/s would like to take up the extremely rewarding role of Chair then please do let them know. 
 
With best wishes
Cathy Trundle