Newsletter September 2017
15 Sep 2017

Ofsted 2017

Many of you will be aware that we had an Ofsted in June. I am delighted to be able to share the report with you. With this newsletter you should receive the summary key findings for parents and pupils.

Ofsted says Petts Hill is a Good School with effective teaching and learning.

If you wish to see the more detailed report it is available on the Ofsted website.

Some of the highlights of the report are the positive comments regarding pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning. I am proud of how well pupils presented themselves when talking to the Ofsted inspectors. Comments such as ‘Pupils are confident and mature, highly motivated and ambitious’ is how I want our pupils to be, thirsting to learn more and taking responsibility to work hard and always do their best.

Other highlights of the report include:

  • Very good relationships between pupils and staff support pupils’ learning.’
  • There is ‘a strong community spirit and sense of belonging for pupils.’
  • Our youngest children ‘behave well; they are confident and polite’.

We will be using the development points arising from the Ofsted report, to inform our school improvement plan, this academic year. As with our own self-evaluation, we still have a lot of work to do in developing children’s reading skills to include inference and deduction to enable all children to meet the current expectations by the end of KS2.

KS2 2017 results

  At standard National At standard Exceeding standard National Exceeding
Reading 63.3% 71% 6.7% 25%
Writing 83.3% 76% 20% 18%
GPS 76.7% 77% 36.7% 31%
Maths 76.7% 75% 16.7% 23%
RWM 60% 61% 6.7% 9%

The table above shows how well our last year’s Year 6 children achieved and how children achieved nationally in the new style harder SATs tests taken in May 17. These will be published by the Department of Education in December when all of the results are confirmed.

Important - contact details

At the beginning of the new school year we like to check that we are up-to-date with everyone’s current contact details and information. On Wednesday 13th September, when this newsletter is released, we will also send out a text alert. If you do not receive this we do not have your latest contact details.  It is vitally important that we are able to contact all parents in case of an emergency. Please contact the school office immediately if you have not received the text alert.

Please remember that the school monthly diary has a collation of all the main school events that are going on for all year groups. Please keep it somewhere handy so you can keep up-to-date with what is happening and also when there is a change, such as no afterschool clubs when another after school event is being run.

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Speech and Language

Supporting children with their language development is a high priority at Petts Hill. We therefore have continued to buy-in a Speech and Language Therapist from the health service, so that we can ensure all our children are supported in their language development and understanding.

This year we have a new therapist called Laura Miller. She will work as a member of the Petts Hill staff team every Monday. Her key role will be to support us in developing children’s language which includes developing attention and listening skills. As a member of staff she may work with any child in the school either individually or in small groups. She will be able to meet and support parents that have concerns with their child’s speech. If for any reason you do not want your child to be seen by the speech therapist please let me know. Obviously if we have concerns about your child’s speech development we will discuss the issue with you and let you know what action we are taking and how we will support their language development.

Star of the Week

We will be continuing to celebrate when children are especially kind and thoughtful or work particularly hard at something at Petts Hill. Last year many children counted it as their proudest moment when they came into assembly to be named as ‘Star of the Week'. Each class is going to make nominations of a child who has excelled that week and they will be nominated as the ‘Star of the Week’ for that class. Each class has a board outside their room celebrating their ‘Star of the Week’. Special rosette stickers have been made to be awarded to the child to wear. Ask your child who their class’s star was this week and why..

In the school hall you will be able to find out about this year’s Summer Holiday Project using Espresso as a starter. There will also be an opportunity for parents to see the new KS2 reading scheme that was introduced earlier this year.

Children's University

The Children's University (CU) Trust is a charitable trust that provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.

All children wishing to take part in the CU need to purchase a passport from the school office. This programme is based on a system where pupils collect attendance stamps in their passports, for every hour of attendance, where they are learning outside of school hours. The hours are totalled up to gain awards - bronze (30 hours), silver (65 hours) or gold award (100 hours).  These awards can then presented at the end of the year in a Graduation Ceremony at Brunel University, to which parents will be invited.

CU provides an excellent opportunity for parents to take children to worthwhile out of school learning centres, such as The Natural History Museum and more local destinations such as Gunnersbury Park and even free workshops at places such as Pets at Home. More information can be found at

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club runs every day from 8.00 am until the gates open at 8.40 am. It costs £1 a day and places must be booked the day before via the school office. Currently Breakfast Club is often full so please do check before trying to book your child in. Priority will be given to children who attend regularly and book ahead.

Petts Hill Staff

The full staff list for 2017 can be seenm bt following the Staff link here.


Sadly our attendance rate dropped last academic year. The national rate is 96.1% for the 16/17 academic year. This was highlighted in our Ofsted report as a key area for us to work on with some families.  All our data shows us that children that have attendance rates above average have better attainment scores than those with below average attainment. The table showing the trend can be seen in the downloadable version of this newsletter via the link at the end of this page.

Good school attendance is a key factor in children achieving well in school. 

Mrs Bovell and the local authority attendance officer will be monitoring children’s attendance and following up with some families where attendance was an issue last year.

School Meals

Harrisons is the school meal provider for Petts Hill along with the majority of other Ealing schools. The school liaise regularly with the managers regarding the menu and the service. The school does not deal with the money side of the contract other than being informed when parents have not paid for the meals. All school meals should be paid for in advance, before the meal is eaten.  If you let the debt build up and exceed £20 then Harrisons will refuse to provide a school meal for your child. You will be called to bring in a packed lunch until the debt is cleared.

Currently all children from reception to year 2 are entitled to a free school meal. That entitlement stops as soon as they move into year 3.

The Harrison’s log on details for meal payments is this can also be found on the first page of the school’s website.

After School Club.

The After School Club is run by Northolt Park Children’s Centre. It provides after school care for school aged children until 5.45pm daily. Children are picked up by qualified staff from Petts Hill and taken to the centre. The children are given a snack and enjoy participating in a range of different activities across the week. They also have a quiet area for children to complete their homework, read or just relax. Outside there is a fantastic new play area suitable for all ages.

The club can be booked via Ealing Play Service 0208 864 7614. The cost of this childcare is £9 per day, the club is OFSTED registered.

Important Dates for this Term

October – Black History Month

Parent consultation Meetings: Tuesday 17th 3.30 – 5.30 & Thursday 19th October 4.30 – 7.00 

There will be an opportunity for parents of children in Reception through to Year 6 to talk to their child’s class teacher about their child’s progress and how to support them in their learning. The teachers will have sign-up sheets outside their rooms from Monday 9th October for you to book appointments.

Friday 20th October - Wear it Pink Day: Children can come to school wearing something pink and make a donation to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign fund.

Half –Term Break Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October

November -  Anti Bullying Month

Wednesday 20th December – Last Day of Term

Class assemblies:

Classes 1 to 6 will all deliver a class assembly this term to the school and their parents and friends.

  • Friday 22nd September Year 6
  • Friday 13th October Year 3
  • Friday  20th October  WEAR IT PINK DAY
  • Friday 3rd November Year 2
  • Friday 10th November Year 5
  • Friday 24th November Year 1
  • Friday 1st December  Year 4

All assemblies will start at 9.15 am

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