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.
March 10th, 2014
Dear Parents, Carers and Governors,
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!
Sports Relief Day: We will be having a dress in red day and many sporting activities on Friday 21st March. Dr. Bike Day is on Tuesday 18th March – letters will be given to children with bikes which can be brought to school for repair.
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.
Year 2 Rubicon Class: Tanzin Khatun will be off this week and covered by Khasana Khan.
Important Dates for the second half of the school year
School closed for 4th INSET day: Friday 7th March when staff will be studying ways to improve children’s writing.
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.
Head Teacher Interviews: 4 candidates have been interviewed this week !
World Book Week: We are focusing on Myths and Legends for World Book Week. Children are going to meet famous authors, visit the Stratford Picturehouse Special Events, go to the main Foyles Book shop and DRESS UP on Wednesday 5th for the assembly. Don’t forget to read to your children or tell them stories at bed-time – it really helps!
Magic Breakfast: Thanks to the London Mayor, Boris Johnson’s special fund we have great breakfast food and juice for your children to enjoy for free. Breakfast club opens at 8am when staff are ready for children in the bottom hall. See Shazna Begum.
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
Friday 7th March 2014
Thursday 22nd May 2014
The school is a Polling Station.
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