Cephas Street, Stepney Green London E1 4AX
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John Scurr Primary School
John Scurr School honours the values of John and Julia Scurr who fought for equality and access to education for East End families 90 years ago. We offer an inclusive and enriched curriculum to develop all aspects of learning for children. We have a dedicated and skilled workforce who work hard with our governors and parents to promote good progress and attainment for all. The expectations for our pupils and each other are high and we strive for excellence in all that we do. We provide a friendly, happy school where children can thrive and succeed.
Bridget Fagan, Headteacher.
4th April 2014
Dear parent or carer,
School uniform for the summer
Children in years 1-6 should all wear a white or pale blue polo Tee Shirt
under their school sweat shirt. They should wear grey, black or jeans trousers.
Girls can wear a blue checked dress over white or black leggings together with the school sweat shirt.
If girls are wearing a headscarf it should be plain blue to match the sweat shirt or white or black. The headscarf should be one of the pull on ones which can be bought locally.
Have a great holiday everyone, Happy Easter to those who will be celebrating this festival with their families. Read some good books and enjoy playing outside and being with you families and friends. School opens again for everyone on Tuesday 22nd April.
Bridget Fagan and all the staff
Dr. Bike and SPORTS RELIEF EVENTS
Thank you to all the parents who supported their children to take part in Dr. Bike and SPORTS RELIEF EVENTS in the following ways:
Children from Reception to year 6 took part, and we spotted some excellent runners and confident scooter riders and cyclists. The children were very enthusiastic and cheered each other on in each activity. There was a great team spirit!
The swimmers in year 4 swam laps of the small pool and completed a combined distance of 6.1 miles – which was amazing and surprised everyone!
Overall, we raised £700! Some children collected over £55 each in sponsorship and promoted the event to their friends and families. We are proud of their achievement.
Thanks also to John Moll of Maze Cycling who provided all the bikes and also to Amy Berkhout from Sustrans Cycling Organisation who helped with Dr. Bike and with the arrangements for running the event in Bethnal Green Gardens. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
Attendance: 10th – 14th March: We aim for over 95% for the whole school every day.
On 14th March the attendance for the whole school was 96%. In order to maintain this figure we are meeting with some parents with children who have missed a lot of schooling and we are providing support when needed. On that week, 5 out of 12 classes were below 95%.
New Head Teacher appointed
The Governors and staff of the school are pleased to announce that Maria Lewington has been appointed as the future head teacher and she will take over from Bridget Fagan from September. She is an experienced Deputy Headteacher and currently works in a Newham school. It is a really exciting time for our school and Maria is very pleased to be coming to work here. We have already started a process of joint work and handover which will continue through the summer term.
The School Council were involved in the interviewing and acted very responsibly in asking good questions and listening well to each of the four candidates. They were excellent and gave very thoughtful feedback to the governors to help them in their decision-making with the help of Michael Kelly.
Thank you to the panel of governors, to the staff involved in the interviewing and to the representatives from the Local Authority School Improvement team who advised the governors on the appointment process. Governors took great care to get this important process right and gave up their time to work together and to listen to the views of all involved.
New Name for our School Garden: The Julia Scurr Garden
To celebrate International Women’s Day (8.3.14), we have named our special growing garden in honour of Julia Scurr, John Scurr’s wife. She was as important as he was in helping the poorer families of East London in the 1920s and used to run food banks and soup kitchens for people without enough to eat. We have just planted vegetables in the growing garden. Thanks are due to the Gardening Club who planted all the daffodil bulbs back in November. The flowers look lovely!
World Book Week: This was a great success, thanks to all involved! The dressing up day was amazing with more children than ever coming dressed up as different characters!
Pupil Progress: We are looking closely at how well children have done in their mid-term assessments and if necessary we will change the groupings in English and Maths to make sure children continue to achieve their full potential.
Important Dates for the second half of the school year
This Spring term ends on Friday 4th April. School will re-open after the Easter holidays on Tuesday 22nd April which is one day earlier than previously stated.
School will be closed for the May Bank holiday on Monday 5th May and we will close for the final INSET Day on Thursday 22nd May (because the school will be a polling station for elections). There will be a school holiday on Friday 23rd May followed by the half term week’s break.
Safety in the play-ground before the bell at 8.55am: your child can come to school early if they are registered for breakfast club but should not be left in the playground alone. There is supervision outside from 8.50am, before this time, parents are responsible for their children’s safety.
KS2 Pupil Data 2013
Pupils achieving Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths: 72%
Pupils making expected progress in reading: 93%
Pupils making expected progress in writing: 95%
Pupils making expected progress in maths: 96%
Pupils achieving Level 5 or above in reading: 23%
Pupils achieving Level 5 or above in writing: 37%
Pupils achieving Level 5 or above in maths: 33%
Link to DfE Performance tables:
Inset and staff Training Days
Thursday 22nd May 2014
The school is a Polling Station.
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