Last week, we wished Mrs Terris a fond farewell after 12 years at Summercroft supporting the children and teachers in year 6. Anne has been an absolute treasure and we will all miss her great sense of fun, encouragement and caring nature. We also welcomed Mrs Louise Blaney to the team in her role as Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). Mrs Blaney wowed us at her interview by using a ‘hairy fairy’ to exemplify her creativity and support a story she was reading with children. It left a lasting impression as I’m sure you can understand! Sadly, I need to share with you that Mrs Helen Smith, our SENCo, will be leaving us at the end of this term to work with the Specific Learning Difficulty Base at Thorley Hill School. Helen has an immense range of knowledge that she uses so successfully to support children and teachers and I know parents have valued her caring and practical advice that she gives so readily. Helen will be such an asset to the Bishop’s Stortford community in her new role, sharing her expertise with other professionals but we will miss her dearly. It’s been really important to us that the person we recruit as Helen’s successor will have the children at the very front of everything they do and I’m thrilled to share with you that Mrs Cate Phillips will be joining the team in January. Cate is a SENCo in a primary school in Essex and has already begun to work alongside Mrs Smith to ensure a smooth transition for the new term. Those of you who know Cate will understand why she is perfect for the role here at Summercroft with her boundless energy and enthusiasm and passion for education!
The Senior Leadership Team spent a day last week working with our School Improvement Partner, Ann Keen. It was a very positive meeting looking at the performance of the school based on last year’s SATs results (published on the website) and the progress of children currently in school. It has been two years since our visit from Ofsted and we look forward to welcoming them back in the near future!