Summer Term 2020

It’s the start of the Summer Term 2020 and what an odd start it is too! I hope all our families, staff and friends are safe, well and looking out for one another.

I am tremendously proud of the way in which the school has continued to remain open for children whose parents and carers are key workers and for those that are vulnerable. I am also proud and thankful for the efforts made by the staff as they continue to set and check work for their classes through Google Classroom. Feedback from parents and children has been very positive and after looking at the photographs from our Twitter feed below, I think our Sitwell children are doing a marvellous job!


Silver Level Modeshift STARS Award

Modeshift STARS is the national school’s awards scheme established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. I am therefore pleased to announce that we have achieved the Silver Level Modeshift STARS Award! To achieve this we have:

  • Completed a Pupil & Staff Survey
  • Established a working group
  • Delivered 20 Sustainable Travel Initiatives
  • Delivered 10 Supporting Initiatives
  • Delivered 7 Consultation Initiatives

Well done to all the children and staff at Sitwell Junior School and a big thank you to Dom, our Active Travel Officer, for supporting us throughout!

Modeshift STARS - Travel Plan in Education, Business & Communities

Parent Views

Thank you to the 221 parents/carers who took the time to complete the recent parent questionnaire, which was handed out during the February Open Afternoon and Evening. On the whole, the responses were very positive. 98% of parents/carers feel their child is happy and safe at this school and the school has high expectations for their child. A further 99% think that the school supports their child’s wider personal development and that their child does well at this school. Furthermore, 100% feel there is a good range of subjects available and their child has the opportunity to take part in a variety of clubs and activities. In addition to this, 96% of parents/carers think that the school ensures the children are well behaved.

A further 99.6% of parents/carers feel that the school keeps them well informed of what their child will be learning during the year and 95% trust that any concerns they have raised with the school have been dealt with properly. An additional 97% believe the school lets them know how their child is doing in school. For those parents/carers who felt their child has been bullied, 91% agree that the school dealt with the bullying quickly and effectively and for those parents/carers who have a child with special educational needs or difficulties, 99.2% agree that the school provides their child the support they need to succeed. Finally, 97.2% of parents/carers would recommend this school to another parent.

Feedback is important and we always welcome open discussion about any issues arising, through our open-door policy.