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Mapledown School

Mapledown School


January 2018

I hope you all managed to get some sort of rest over the holiday period. I expect 2018 will be as busy as ever. We start the year with our annual surveys of staff and families and start to look ahead and draft our improvement plans for 2018-19.

In late November Andriya De Silva joined our ‘front office’ as our new full-time Administrative Assistant - she will work alongside Kristina McGoldrick and Jill Krasniqi.

Also in November Kath Delaney Wetherill stepped down from our Governing Body after spending almost 25 years as a Governor -for just over ten years Kath was also the Chair of Governors. That’s an incredible record of support for the school and all of our current Governors passed a unanimous vote of thanks to Kath for her commitment to the school. Sue O’Halloran was elected our new Chair of Governors and can be contacted via the main school office.

School Improvement

We will send a copy of our Annual School Parent/Carers Survey to you. It’s a two sided sheet and we really appreciate your help when you fill in the form. It only takes five minutes and the results always feedback into our annual ‘School Improvement Plan’. We really want to increase the number of responses so that we get a better picture of your views. PLEASE fill in the form and send it back to school as soon as you can. The louder you are the better we can be! Remember all replies are anonymous and confidential. At the end of the Survey, there is a web link to a part of the Ofsted website called parentview. Would you mind going to this link and filling in Ofsted’s Parent Questionnaire too – it’s also very short - thanks. We can expect Ofsted to return at any time as it’s been four years since our last inspection so your responses matter.

Parent Support/Workshops

Sharon St Louis to come into school each Wednesday morning to provide practical support and advice to parents and families. If you have any issues that Sharon can help with please call the school office and we’ll make an appointment for you.

Our next Parent Workshop will take place on Tuesday January 30th and the one after will be on Wednesday March 21st.

Both workshops start at 10:30 and should last an hour or so – details to follow.

Governor News

Our next Governing Body Meeting takes place at 7pm on March 26th. All Governors can be contacted via the school office or website.

Friends of Mapledown

The Friends of Mapledown will meet to discuss future fundraising plans at 5pm on Wednesday February 7th. Please come if you can. The Friends have raised thousands of pounds over the years and so many of the good things that we have are due entirely to the efforts of these volunteers. Last year we raised enough funds to replace one of our minibuses and we are looking to make some major improvements to our Soft Play Cabin this year but if you have any bright ideas or know any rich and generous people with a good heart let us know.

Please call Mapledown School and join the ‘The 100 Club’ – please buy as many numbers as you can – family and friends can join too.

2018 School Calendars are still on sale – great pictures and practical too. Only £5 from the school office. We don’t have many left so don’t delay.

Just in case ………………….

Annual reminder …………. Snow Days/School Closure

Almost every pupil at Mapledown is bussed into school on a minibus or taxi. The decision to close the school is made by the headteacher but largely rests with the Transport Department. If they feel that the roads are unsafe or will become unsafe, all school transport is cancelled. In the past this has happened even when the main public transport system remains open as most people live on side roads which take time to grit and make safe. Once Barnet Transport tell us they are not running school we will text all families with the news that school is closed – usually before 7:30am. Fortunately most years pass without a ‘snow day’ so please be understanding if this happens – better safe than sorry. ‘Snow Days’ are very rare although we did have an early and unexpected surprise on December 11th – the last one before that was five years ago.

Happy New Year


Steve Carroll