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Welcome and thank you for your interest in Dundonald Primary School. We know that choosing a school for your child is a very important decision and we have set up this site to provide useful information to our parents, children, governors and prospective parents.
 
We hope to provide you with the information you require but if you would like to know more please ring the school for further details or make an appointment to arrange a visit and meet me personally.
 
Fiona Duffy                                                                            
Headteacher
 
Mission Statement
Our school community will provide a caring, safe and supportive environment where everyone is encouraged to be creative, challenged and happy in their work and play, and where UNICEF Rights are respected and valued by all.

 
Thank you to all Year 6 parents that attended the KS2 SATs workshop.
Please click here for a printable pdf version of the presentation that was held by Mr McGavin (Assistant Headteacher Upper School).
Wednesday 11th January 2017 (7.45am and 9am)
KS2/Year 6 SATs/Transition Workshop
The workshop will cover the structure and content of SATs and how you can help your child prepare. We will also be discussing the school's transition programme for children to prepare them for Year 7 and secondary school. 

Wednesday 18th January 2017 (7.45am and 9am)
EYFS Maths Workshop

Wednesday 25th January 2017 (7.45am and 9am)
KS1/Year 2 SATs Workshop

Tuesday 28th February 2017 (7.45am and 9am)

PSHE Workshop

Monday 12th June 2017 (time tbc)
CHILDNET Online Safety Workshop 

All workshops will take place in the hall upstairs. Please sign in when you enter the hall.
We tested an unusual format this week at our half-termly Governors meeting.  As we have been through a period of reconstituting and reorganising the Governing Body to best meet the school’s changing needs, we are focussing on improving the pipeline of potential new governors. On Tuesday, we were joined (for the first half of our meeting) by half a dozen highly skilled, passionate and curious potential candidates as part of a renewed succession and induction process.

One key skill that we need to replace is George Stokes who has stepped down after over 6 years of service as a school governor. George has taken the lead in overseeing the School’s management of safeguarding issues and has established the school’s reputation as setting best practice in this area. It’s not a glamorous role or one that we discuss much – but it is a key part of delivering our responsibility to the children entrusted to the school’s care. We thank George for all of his hard work and quietly excellent contribution.

In the first half of our meeting we reviewed progress in implementing the School Development Plan (‘SDP’) – and as ever, there has been a lot going on.

·Surveys have been conducted of both pupils and staff to inform the continuing development of the SDP;
·The new Vision and Mission statements have been finalised and are about to be rolled out to the school community;
·Work continues on reinforcing and integrating the ‘thinking school’ and ‘growth mindset’ work across the whole curriculum.

The key committees reported back:
·Personnel committee had been appraised of the changes in the school’s staff complement and the increasingly important role of the Teaching and Learning Assistants. The Pay sub-committee had spent time reviewing the assessment of pay awards to fulfil our duty of ensuring the school’s finances are properly managed.
·Finance continued its review of the school’s financial position. We remain in a position of marginal (as in, ‘tiny’) surplus – every penny is watched and carefully spent.
·Teaching & Learning had spent time in deep review of the academic attainment and performance data with Head and Deputy Headteacher. Using that data, the school is able to adjust resources and create specific strategies to ensure every child’s needs are addressed.
·Premises continues to mop up the practical problems left behind by the Council-run building project over the summer. The snagging list runs to over 200 items. Eventually that list will be cleared down. In addition, the school will submit bids for funding to refurbish two of the unmodernised classrooms next year.
In the second half of the meeting, we dealt with the adoption of a number of policies, as required legally. Much of the legwork on these policies is done in the various committees – and it is hard, painstaking work. At the Full Governors’ meeting, we get a chance to debate some of the bigger issues that arise from the policies – all of which can be found on the school website and are commended to you.

Key policies discussed included:
·Behaviour – as we integrate the Rights Respecting School approach into all of the school’s activities, we will see a move from ‘Golden Rules’ and ‘manners’ to using Rights Respecting based language. Importantly, the children are understanding this language well and adopting the concepts.
·Anti-Bullying – we discussed what ‘bullying’ means and what the school does about it. Reported incidents of bullying are low – though responses from the parent survey indicate a higher level of incidence. This week was ‘Anti Bullying week’, during which this topic has been discussed throughout the school.
·Others discussed include Pay, Child Protection and Safeguarding, and Early Years.
As part of our review of data, we discussed how few eligible Dundonald parents complete the paperwork that allows the school to access extra funding to support their children’s specific requirements. We have asked the school to look at ways to highlight the availability of Pupil Premium funding and ways of making it easier for eligible parents to apply.

It would be remiss not to highlight the fantastic achievement of appearing in the Sunday Times Top Primary Schools survey. (56th= in England). That is a tremendous accolade and recognition of years of hard work by the school’s teaching staff and leadership. However, as a word of caution, the kind of ‘snapshot’ data of a single age group that creates these kind of surveys doesn’t reflect the phenomenal job done by the teaching staff providing a ‘whole child’ education at all age groups – regardless of whether that happens to be the chosen measurement of the month. It is also difficult to repeat year in, year out when the data sample size is so small, so a pinch of salt is required, please!

Lastly, do join me and all your Governors in raising a glass of Christmas cheer to all of the teachers and staff at Dundonald. We wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone in the Dundonald community.

Roderick Cameron
Chair of Governors
During Anti-Bullying Week the new Anti-Bullying leaflet for pupils was presented. It was written by members of the School Council 2015/16 after consultation with all classes.
All parents/carers were invited to attend the Anti-Bullying Workshop on 29th November that was hold by Fiona Duffy (Headteacher).
Please find below a copy of the presentation.
Thanks for attending the Literacy Workshop for Reception Parents that was hold by Jane Wheatley (EYFS Assistant Headteacher) earlier this term. Please find enclosed the presentation for your information.
We held the first meeting of the Full Governing Body for this academic year in one of the magnificently refurbished classrooms. For new parents – our role as governors is threefold:

Set and guide the vision and strategy for the school
Hold the Headteacher to account, supporting and challenging
Ensure prudent financial management.

Every year, the Governing Body is required to re-elect the chair and deputy. I am continuing the role of chair this year, but now with the assistance of two deputies. Simon Horner is the Deputy with responsibility for ensuring the Governing Body does the right things to support the school. Katie Weig is the deputy charged with ensuring that we monitor the performance of the school effectively.

Other changes to the Governing Body include welcoming Vidya Sujalini as a full governor (previously an associate) and Sophie Russell as a staff governor, helping us relate what we do to the teaching staff.

We have said farewell to Joe Smith, a doughty campaigner for the sports and technology aspects of our work, and to Louise Aikman who has performed her role as Chair of the Teaching and Learning committee with great professionalism and charm. We would like to thank both Joe and Louise for their contribution to the Governing Body and to the school.

The appointment of two deputies is the first in a series of changes we are making to reflect the larger campus and journey towards becoming a two-form-entry school. We are working on ways to ensure how we monitor the school’s performance matches the expanded senior leadership team at the school and that our work is time efficient – for governors and critically for teaching staff whose time remains under enormous pressure.
We continue to interview prospective governors to ensure that we have the right skills for the challenges ahead. Do contact me via the school office if you would like to be considered.

Many parents will have seen first-hand the fantastic results of the summer building project. We now have a magnificent asset in the Early Years building with a spacious hall and a well equipped kitchen capable of producing high quality lunches. The refurbished classrooms in the main building are bright, well-equipped and create a super environment for the teaching staff and children. The change has been great for everyone’s morale and enthusiasm.

The work has come at no little cost – staff only had access to their rooms at the last minute and so everyone has been on the back foot in terms of preparation for the year. By prioritising the quality of the teaching environment, we have ensured that the children have not been disadvantaged by the building work. However, there is a substantial, unseen, backlog of ‘back office’ activity caused by the delay which will take some time to mop up. The Governors would like parents to join us in paying tribute to the office staff, teachers and teaching and learning assistants who expended so much energy to ensure the school was ready to open on time and with a warm welcome for the children.

The building works continue with another ‘push’ at half term to address the lengthy ‘snagging list’ and to finalise the new office and reception area. The playground is due to re-open after half term; the final phase will see the old Pavilion demolished and a third ‘court’ created on the Multi Use Sports Area. We are promised all this will be done by Christmas.
A key part of our discussions was around pupil achievement. We review the data to ensure that the school remains on track to deliver our expectations. Last year was (another) year of significant changes in curriculum and assessment, with new approaches to marking of classwork in particular. As a result, we have to bear in mind that the year-on-year results are not directly comparable; though we still subject them to the same scrutiny. We saw some uncharacteristic results which were below the school’s expectations. A series of specific actions are being implemented to address the issues raised by these results.  While determined to see the actions in place to improve results, the Governors reconfirmed the school’s commitment to a ‘whole child’ approach to primary    education whilst also recognising that each cohort of children is different.

This led us into a discussion of the work that has been done to redevelop the School’s Mission and Vision – there are exciting changes coming which are close to being finalised and will be revealed to parents soon. The Governors applauded this as a strong piece of work which draws on input from all of the school’s stakeholders, and facilitated by insightful support from Richard Addy.

The revised Vision also underpins the strategy for the year – contained in the School Development Plan. This document, produced to reflect the Senior Leadership team’s evaluation of performance against Ofsted standards, sets out a comprehensive plan across all areas of the school’s activities. Progress in delivering the plan is reported back to Governors by the Headteacher over the course of the year. That process is now firmly under way.

In response to the Parent Survey (and thanks again to so many parents for completing it!) we are looking for ways to help parents understand what Governors do and how to help us do it! Next week sees an early morning ‘formal’ introduction to some of the Governors at which we will explain what we do, feed back some highlights from the Parent Survey and the Headteacher and Deputy Head will explain elements of the School Development Plan. On Friday night, I’m delighted that the PTA have asked us to join their ‘Welcome to New Parents’ event where the speeches will be very short and hopefully the conversations long and engaged.
We do encourage parents to use the wealth of information about the school and its governance that is available on the school’s website. We will be looking to improve that over the course of the year.

Roderick Cameron
Chair of Governors


We are pleased to announce that PTA funded 30 new laptops to be used in Lower School (Year 1 to Year 3). 

T
hank you for your generous support by attending school events  organised by PTA which enabled to support the school with this important learning resource to improve computing lessons for our pupils. This is especially important as the number of pupils increases as a two-form entry school.

We offer children at Dundonald Primary School the opportunity to take part in a wide range of extra curricular clubs.

In the Autumn term extra curricular clubs will resume in the week beginning Monday, 18th September 2017 and finish on Friday, 8th December 2017.

We are pleased to be able to offer some new clubs next term:

  • British Sign Language (Y5/6)
  • Cooking (Y2/3)
  • Art (Y5/6)
  • Coding (Y5/6)
  • Ukulele (Y3)
  • Poetry (Y4 to Y6)
Please note that there will be no clubs on Tuesday, 17th and Thursday, 19th October after school as there will be parent consultation meetings.
Start and finish dates/times for each club might differ depending on the supplier's availability so remember to note these dates on your family diary. 

Please find below the information/application forms for extra curricular clubs run by external providers

Thank you to teachers, support staff, community volunteers and parents who give up their spare time to help run our clubs and ensure the children have access to rich and wide experiences.