Ofsted rates us as a good school

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We are delighted to announce that our Ofsted report has now been published – and we are officially good! It’s the school’s best report since 2006. We’ve always believed in our students’ potential and have been proud of them, knowing how fabulous they can be. We’re also pleased that the Ofsted inspectors recognised how hard working and caring our staff are too, going the extra mile for the students in their care.

A team of inspectors spent 8th and 9th June in school, visiting lots of lessons and tutor times, talking to different groups of students from Discovery up to EPCS6, and to a range of staff, governors and Local Authority advisers. They also looked at what our parents said on Parent View and any letters that parents chose to send to them.

The report talks about all the things that we do well and the comment that we are most proud of is that ‘pupils feel safe, happy and confident so that they learn well’.

The inspectors also said:

  • Teaching, pupils’ behaviour and their willingness to learn have all improved so that the school has a ‘peaceful atmosphere’.
  • Progress in English has been well above average for the last two years.
  • The sixth form is good with improving progress and results, and students mature into thoughtful young adults.
  • Pastoral care is of a high quality.
  • The development of pupils’ knowledge and understanding of spiritual, moral, social, cultural and topical issues permeates the school’s work.

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There’s lots more in the report to be proud of and the full report can be viewed by clicking here.

Well done to everyone in our EPCS community – ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’.

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Parking on the school site

Please can we remind all parents not to park on the roundabout when dropping off or collecting their children. This is a hazard and could lead to an accident. If you are collecting your child, there is plenty of space to park on our long drive.

Thank you for your consideration.

Chessington reward trip update

We are pleased to confirm that we have been able to extend the deadline to midday on 30 June 2016 for receipt of payment and OHA2 forms for the Years 7 – 10 Chessington trip on 8 July 2016.

If your child wishes to go please ensure you have made payment and we have received your OHA2 form by midday on 30 June 2016. After this time we cannot guarantee that all who wish to go will be able to as this is the date on which we have to confirm our coach requirements.

All payments received thus far have been updated in ParentPay and all these places are guaranteed; if you believe you have made payment but this is not showing please do not hesitate to contact me via email; finance@epschool.org

Art Exhibition – next Thursday 23rd June

It is with great pride that I invite you to attend the 2016 Art Exhibition at EPCS. This is our opportunity to showcase all the amazing hard work completed by our Year 11 and Year 13 students this year.
There will be an impressive array​​ of Fine Art, Photography, and Graphics work on display in our Art Department from 5;00pm until 7.30pm on Thursday 23 June. We really hope you can come along and celebrate the hard work of our students this year.
Mr Proctor, Head of Art and Photography
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We are the ‘Big Pedal South East Regional Winners’!

IMG_2334We are delighted to announce that we have come out top across the whole of the South East, for Secondary School participation in The Big Pedal. Our Bike It Crew entered our school into The Big Pedal this year and worked hard throughout the two week competition to raise awareness of healthy and sustainable travel. The crew promoted cycling to school by sharing top safety tips with the students on a daily basis, holding assemblies with every year group to discuss the effects of carbon in the atmosphere, by selecting random prize winners and by holding a cake sale to raise further funds for our school environment fund. The crew really did an outstanding job in raising awareness and the percentage of students travelling by bike, scooter, or on foot did increase – although we already have a huge percentage of students who do this everyday! Well done crew – a timely award to recognise your efforts and prove that our school really does go above and beyond to make the world a better place!

Kindness Day turns into Kindness Week!

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Students in Year 7 and year 10 worked together to create persuasive speeches about why it is important to always be kind.

 

 

 

On Friday 10th June we participated in the second annual Kindness Day. Kindness Day offers students the opportunity to think about what kindness is, to actively pledge and commit to kind actions and to consider how they would act differently in a past negative situation, should the issue arise again. Tutors encouraged students to showcase kind behaviours which were rewarded throughout the day with a small prize!

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A student kindly picks up some litter on site.

 

 

 

Miss Pettipas, Mr Wedge, Mr Hall and Mr Stephenson all took small groups to complete workshops for the day. Miss Pettipas and Mr Hall, two of our English teachers, took the opportunity to have Y7 students taught by our higher ability students in Year 10. It was a great combination of skill and students really took to the challenge. Some wonderful work was created collaboratively on kindness speeches – inspired by the novel Wonder, students had to create a persuasive speech to deliver in assembly this week.

Mr Wedge took a group of Y7 students interested in Media pathways. They then worked with current Media students in Y10 to create videos demonstrating kind acts, using the Macs to edit and share their work. Mr Stephenson, worked with some of his Year 9 students on projects that are kind to the environment. His Science class used recycled items and scavenged materials from the site to create bird feeders!

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Aneta creates her bird feeder to be kinder to birds in her garden.

 

 

 

Our assemblies this week will inform all students of the work completed and encourage students to be kind! It will also serve as a reminder to our Y7 students who have only 4 weeks left to complete their community pledges before rollover!

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A student kindly holds the door open for a member of staff.

 

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Miss Swift and Mr Lane kindly organised a fun sweepstake for staff to get involved in.

 

 

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Mrs Williams kindly went to the shop to buy hundred of doughnuts to thank staff for their hard work!

Krakow Trip – on Facebook!

Mrs Woodgate, who is going on the Krakow excursion with our students, has kindly offered to send us updates throughout the three day trip (14-16th July). If you’re a parent and have a Facebook account, simply like our school page if you haven’t already and you’ll get to see pictures and updates almost immediately. This will also be the best form of communication for parents wanting to have an update to check their child arrived safely.

Give us a like: https://www.facebook.com/Easthampstead-Park-Community-School for more information.

New features in ParentPay for Parents

ParentPay have added a new feature called ‘My Account’. This acts as a ‘purse’ so you can place funds onto ParentPay without selecting an item to purchase. This may be helpful for some families when budgeting.

When you wish to pay for an item in ParentPay, you will now top up and process your card payment in the ‘My Account’ area. The money will remain here as a credit balance until you choose to apply it against an item / trip / school meal purchase.

To apply money against a trip / school meal account you will then need to select that item and apply the ‘credit money’ against it for it to go through.

Should you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact our School Business manager on  bursar@epschool.org and she will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Attached below is a guidance document which you may find helpful:

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Consultation on the school day

In January this year we changed the school day so that students finished at 2:50pm rather than 3:10pm on a Monday only. The original letter from the Governors explaining the rationale for this is attached below.

At the time, Governors said that they would consult with parents about whether this would continue next academic year and they are inviting parents/carers to email Mrs Thompson, the Clerk to the Governors, with their comments:

clerktothegovernors@epschool.org

The deadline for this consultation is 4pm on Thursday 23rd June.

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