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Friday, 27 January 2023 

We are working hard to become a dementia friendly school. We want dementia awareness to become part of school life, so that we name and face dementia together. We want to be a school which supports people affected by dementia – both someone with a diagnosis and their families/carers.

We want:

All our school community – pupils, staff and families affected by dementia to be welcomed, understood, respected and supported.

We are working with The Diocese of Lichfield to take action on dementia through forming a three- point Action Plan for the academic year. This authorises the school to use the ‘Becoming Dementia Friendly School Logo’ for the academic year.

Becoming a dementia friendly school does not mean that we have everything right, but it does mean that we are taking action and we are willing to learn and change together. 

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain. The Dementia Research UK website explains: “Our brains are amazing. They work hard to store memories. They help us to make sense of the world. They control everything we think, feel, say and do. Our brains make us who we are. Like all parts of the body, brains sometimes become ill. There are illnesses that stop a person's brain from working properly. When a person has one of these illnesses, their brain starts to have problems doing all the jobs it has to do. The person may start to have problems with remembering, thinking, speaking or seeing what or where things are. They might say or do things that seem strange to us. They may find it more difficult to do everyday things. They may not seem like the same person they used to be. Doctors use the word dementia to describe these different problems.

Our Action points are:

ACTION PLAN:

To raise awareness of people living with Dementia in the school community- by planning a focused Collective Worship, Staff meeting and sharing age appropriate story books written for children.   

Our School Governor living with Dementia will deliver a talk (with the support of his wife) with the children and staff on the challenges of living with Dementia and how the school community can best support those in the community.

To set up our school prayer areas to invite children to spontaneously write prayers for those individuals suffering with Dementia.

Your Dementia-Friendly School Lead is: Mrs Angela Alkureishi

Your Diocese of Lichfield dementia-friendly contact is: Alex Wolvers

Tuesday, 6 December 2022

A huge thank you to Ashley Williams (Friends of Norton ) and the Leek building society for choosing Norton in Hales as their charity school. 


Tim Edwards, Chair of Trustees for the Leek Building Society Charitable Foundation, said:

 

 “It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to help the school with the refurbishment of their outdoor area. We hope the children enjoy their new playhouse once built, which we look forward to seeing in the new year. Thanks to the staff and  children for giving us such a warm welcome and introduction to their vibrant school.”



Funds will be spent on replacing the very old and tired play house. Thank you to Ashley for taking the time to complete the application.

 

Ofsted      

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: OFSTED Inspection Report, 1 November 2022

I have pleasure in attaching the Ofsted report from our recent inspection which confirms that the school continues to be a good school. The report has just been released today and will be published on our school website as well as the Ofsted inspection website.

The purpose of the section 8 inspection was to confirm whether the school remains good under the definition of overall effectiveness as set out in the school inspection handbook. As such, the inspection did not result in individual graded judgements for different aspects of school provision. Instead, the school received a report setting out the inspection findings.

We are pleased that the report recognises and highlights some of the many strengths of the school. For example:

  • Staff know pupils well and care for them as individuals.
  • Our School values are a strong feature of school life.
  • Pupils feel safe at school. Pupils know staff will help them if they have any worries.
  • Pupils are polite and well-mannered.
  • Pupils have the opportunity to reflect on their work, behaviour and values.
  • Each day pupils select an activity from their ‘kindness jar’ and do their best to carry it out.
  • Children with special educational needs/and or disabilities (SEND) receive the extra help they need so they make good progress.
  • Leaders give reading a high priority. Well trained staff teach phonics consistently and effectively. Older children talk with enthusiasm about stories they have listened to and books they have read.
  • Friday quizzes ensure pupils recall what they know. This helps them remember their learning over time.
  • Staff promote pupil’s personal development well. Pupils enjoy visits from artists and storytellers, and everyone learns to play a musical instrument.
  • Pupils know how to keep themselves safe online and when they are in the community.
  • Older pupils learn about appropriate touch and consent.
  • Every single member of staff feels very well supported by leaders and value the training they receive. They all say they are proud to work at the school.
  • Governors use their knowledge and expertise to provide leaders with appropriate challenge and support.

 There is so much to be proud of!

Other notable strengths include our work to promote pupils’ wider development, the wide range of extra-curricular clubs we provide, the strong emphasis we place on social and emotional support for pupils and very importantly the support we provide for children with Special Educational Needs.

 Of course, in all inspections there are a number of areas for us to continue improving, however, all of the recommendations made by the inspectors were already included in our School Improvement Plan, Funding from the LA and Friends of Norton are already on the case with improving our Early Years outdoor space.

There are three areas for improvement identified in the report.

  • Staff to use assessment information effectively in the foundation subjects to ensure pupils build knowledge and remember their learning in the longer term.
  • A few pupils with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties are sometimes taught separately from other pupils to help manage their behaviour. Inspectors would like these pupils to have more coping strategies to be abler to work alongside their peers more regularly.
  • Leaders should implement their plans to develop the outdoor area to promote children’s imagination and curiosity.

 Thank you again to all the parents who completed the online survey and to those who spoke so positively about the school to the inspectors.  Although it is not included in the report, they told us that the overwhelming majority of parents would recommend the school to other parents.

 A huge thank you to the children for being ‘themselves’ and to the staff for all their hard work commitment and dedication over the years. Every member of staff goes above and beyond their job descriptions.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the inspection and thank you for your ongoing support.

 Yours sincerely

 Mrs Alkureishi

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