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You will be pleased to know that Sitwell Junior School has once again ACHIEVED Rotherham’s Charter for Parent and Child Voice. The development of the Charter was funded by the Department for Education (DfE) as one of just six Innovative Practice Projects nationally following the publication of the Lamb Inquiry: Special Educational Needs and Parental Confidence. The work has been highly acclaimed by Brian Lamb OBE and the DfE.
The Charter shows the commitment of Rotherham schools and services to care, include, communicate and work in partnership with parents, children and young people. Essential to each of these principles is trust. The principles first came from interviews that took place with children with additional needs in Rotherham, and their parents. This research showed that although there is much good practice in Rotherham schools and services, they can do even better; it is small changes can make big differences to the wellbeing of parents and children. It is now agreed that the Charter principles are relevant for all Rotherham parents and all Rotherham children.
We would like to thank all of the children, staff and parents who have helped us to work towards achieving the charter gold award. Please read the Sitwell Accreditation report which details reasons for our achievement.
Jennifer Dawson (Headteacher)
Nicky Doughty (Charter Champion)
Dear Staff Team, Children, Parents, Carers and Governors,
I am delighted to confirm that Sitwell Junior School has been reaccredited with Rotherham Charter Gold. Congratulations!
Our visit to Sitwell Junior School included: a video presentation showcasing Charter practice, informal discussion with parents and a grandparent, a tour of the school with two Year 6 children, and a fully updated portfolio that we looked at in discussion with Nicky Doughty (Charter Champion).
The ‘Sitwell Seven’ values are brought to life throughout the school with fantastic personalised photographs of children living the values. There is a healthy emphasis on self-improvement and personal progress rather than comparison with others. Photographs celebrate children making progress together in a way which values all. A child told us, “I feel supported. The teachers help us to show improvement.” Individual success is also celebrated in ‘Pupil of the Term’ assemblies.
There is an exciting curriculum celebrated with high quality displays throughout the school. Children are proud of their own and other pupils’ work and are passionate and engaged about the topics they are working on. Parents and carers are given regular opportunities to share children’s work through ‘Express Days’ and weekly morning activities.
Transitions from Key Stage One and to Key Stage Three are strong and successful. There is a programme of transition meetings for parents new to the school and transition to secondary school is well planned. Children in Year 6 experience moving between classrooms for different subjects and taking responsibility for their own equipment in readiness for secondary school. The children showing us round school explained that whilst they did not want to leave they felt ready for secondary school because they have already had experience of moving classes and being with different teachers.
During the visit it was clear that there is a relaxed and friendly ethos and all voices are heard, valued and respected. The parents, grandparent, children and Charter Champion we met communicated openly and honestly. There are regular questionnaires and feedback forms.
The portfolio of Charter evidence is impressive and well supported by our experience and discussions with others.
It is a pleasure to reaccredit Sitwell Juniors with Charter Gold!!
Rotherham Charter Team
Joanne Askew Jemma Wilkinson