Some of you may know that a main role of the governing body at Herne Bay Junior School is to set and oversee its strategic vision. This vision is enshrined in the School’s strap-line, ‘One chance, let’s get it right’.
But how does the School make sure that it ‘gets it right’? For this to happen we believe that every child must:
Be given the best opportunity to excel mentally and physically.
Be willing to conform and contribute to community values.
Be responsive to the high expectations set by the School.
Most of the governing body’s work focuses on how well the School meets these criteria. Its many monitoring activities – which stretch from observing lessons and following pupil progress to inspecting the buildings, validating the finances, to even asking about the lunch menu – are all motivated by this core vision of ‘getting it right’.
So next time you see the School strap-line, please take a little time to reflect on what it means for your child and how best it can be supported at home.
Please take a moment to look through the new Top 20 Curriculum Programme 2015-2016 for Herne Bay Junior School. This programme is designed to move our curriculum to outstanding. It gives every child the opportunity to participate in experiences which they will remember for a lifetime.
Each one of the Top 20 is designed to push boundaries of experiences traditionally associated with school. We know our children will learn from these experiences. Please dive in and have a look!
The staff at Herne Bay Junior School wanted to give something to our children on their final day of the school year. The song was chosen, the dances choreographed, many rehearsals took place and if you click on the link below you will see the result. Enjoy!
Pupils and staff at the Herne Bay Junior School are celebrating a great round of improved SATS results, just a year after OFSTED said they "required improvement".
The new results saw the school making leaps and bounds across the board, with improvements in reading writing and maths by almost 20%, putting the school well above the 2014 national average. Speaking to the Times, the school's new Headteacher, Frances Nation said the results had put children and staff in a good mood.
"People are very happy. We've been working very hard since I started here in September, and I always say, there's no point working this hard and not getting the results.
It has been a real team effort : the students, the teachers, the people on our reception desk, the dinner ladies: everyone has played their part.
"We've made changes everywhere; it's about keeping everything spinning. There's no one thing we've been doing. It's a challenge , but I like a challenge."
Mrs Nation added that the children were enjoying the recent changes as well, with a bigger focus on extracurricular activities.
"A lot of the children have been saying there's more for them now: more clubs, more drama. We are currently doing Macbeth the musical at the King's Hall, there was some scepticism, but people who have come to see it say it's phenomenal. From the parts I've seen, you can see the children's confidence has grown, I can feel it. They're going to be performing for the younger children, and that is what those children will aspire to."
In 2014, 76% of the children at the Herne Bay Junior School reached a combined level 4 on their SATs, and 24% reached level 5. This year, 87% of children reached level 4, and 42% reached level 5. By comparison, the national average for 2014 was 79% level 4 and 24% level 5.
The school will now look to improve their standing with OFSTED, who gave the Requires Improvement rating in March 2014. The low rating means inspectors are required to revisit the school sometime before March 2016.
Please click on the link below to see more detailed information regarding our results.
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