It’s been a long but very enjoyable week at QE with the children working incredibly hard on their new topics. We are approaching the Year 3 and Year 4 residential trips as well and I was so pleased that enough children signed up to ensure the Normandy trip for the current Year 4 takes place next year. As you will appreciate these trips need to be booked so far in advance that it sometimes means, as it has this year, asking you to commit as parents before your child has even gone on their current year group trip. We are looking very closely at all of our trips this year to see if we are able to make them more affordable. This is something we do every year and your feedback is of course more than welcome.
I am sure many of you will have heard this week about the evacuation of Boxgrove School following a security threat. It is my understanding that a number of schools across the country received this identical threat at exactly the same time as Boxgrove. I also know that the joint Headteachers Mrs Fitch and Mrs Stacey handled the situation superbly and that there was no safeguarding concern to the children. They followed their emergency procedure as all schools in this situation would and it shows why we have them. We have a similar procedure and our evacuation school is Guildford County. At some point this year we will have a practice.
I want to focus a little now on parents evening and in particular the feedback you gave us. We were pleased to see so many forms were given in on the night and had some very constructive criticism around things we need to improve and I was particularly pleased that every form contained both strengths and areas for development. There were essentially three key areas that came out of the feedback. Next week I will be sending out a summary of the feedback along with some notes around what we are doing and plan to do to address the issues raised. The three key issues were around school parking and dropping off, school lunches and behaviour in classroom. I wanted to pick up on the comments around school lunches as we discussed this at our last parents’ focus group meeting. A number of you have commented on the portion size of the meals. What I would say is that the portion size children at QE are given is larger than it should be. Lesley and her team always give the children a good sized portion of every aspect of the meal. The children do also have the opportunity to use the salad bar to supplement the main course. The salad bar includes pasta, coleslaw, etc. and it’s constantly topped up. There is also bread on offer for children as an extra if they would like it. The biggest issue we have is children not eating the food they have been given. Many of the children will leave or throw away the side part of their meal and this will mean they are hungry despite what’s on offer at the salad bar. Please could we ask you to talk this through with your child and next week when we send out the parents’ evening feedback we will be asking for your opinions on this and other aspects of school. As for the roads, I am sure you can appreciate that’s out of our control but we are keen to explore ideas for making the roads around QE safer.
Mr Blackburn & the QE Staff