Our Herb Garden is Open!
We have launched our new ‘Community Herb Garden’ at the front of the school. Everyone knows that we love gardening at Heathland and we want to involve our families too. We have planted a selection of herbs, including rosemary, mint, chives and parsley in recycled car tyre planters. You are welcome to pick a handful of leaves to try in your cooking at home. Happy tasting!
Recognition for Whitefriars School!
Government Initiatives IQ recognises Whitefriars School as a Top Performing and Improving School.
To view the article please click here: Government Initiatives Article on Whitefriars School
Thank You from all of Us!
A big thank you to our parents, carers, pupils and friends who came along to our Summer Fair in July.
The focus of our fair was to raise money for a Federation minibus and due to your wonderful generosity we have been able to purchase Heathland’s share of the lease.
The new bus will be used for moving pupils between our schools to share facilities like science labs, art and dance studios, teaching kitchens and sports halls. We can also get many more of our children to sports competitions, forest school and a wide range of educational visits.
If you would like to see the outstanding facilities at Whitefriars School, there is an Open Evening on Wednesday 5th October 6.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. and Open Mornings on Wednesday 12th October and Monday 17th October 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. when you can see the Secondary Section in action.
Heathland School has been selected for a 2016 Pupil Premium Award for being one of the highest achieving schools in the country in terms of the progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils since 2011. As a local winner, Heathland is the only school in Harrow to have won this award. It recognises the exceptional achievement of our children, the support of parents and the hard work of our staff team over the last five years. The Secretary of State for Childcare and Education has written to congratulate our Executive Head, Mr Spruce, and thank everyone at Heathland. With Whitefriars School being recognised as one of the Top 100 schools nationally, it has been a great year for both schools in the Federation.
World Book Day
This year our theme for World Book Day on 5th March, was ‘Out of This World’. Children and adults were invited to dress up as a character from a book of their choice and it was spectacular! Teachers chose pupils whom they thought put some extra special effort into their costumes and a winner from each class chose a book to have as a prize.
The day was filled with many different activities aimed to celebrate our love for reading including ‘Designing a Book Token’ for a national competition and creating a picture book for young children. Year 5 children visited Reception to read some stories to groups of children and in Year 3 the teachers swapped classes and gave a reading workshop based on a book they love. We even tuned into a live feed with Frank Lampard who was introducing his new series of fiction books.
The children had a fantastic day celebrating all things reading and all the funds raised will be going towards purchasing new dictionaries and thesauruses for the schools.
Further Success for the Federation!
The Heathland Whitefriars Federation schools have both been nominated for a national award recognising the outstanding education that they provide for some of the most disadvantaged children, not only in the borough but in the country.
Every year, David Laws MP, the Minister for Schools, selects schools that provide the best service for the communities that they serve using their Pupil Premium allocation. This is additional funding given by the government to ensure that the gap between all children and those from the poorest families is closed in terms of academic achievement. Last year both schools were commended by Laws as being in the top 250 nationally for their work with disadvantaged pupils and this year’s recognition builds on that great start.
This year Heathland School in South Harrow and Whitefriars School in Wealdstone have both made it on to this list. Riding high in the primary league tables, the schools are unique within Harrow in that they are the only primary multi-academy trust having converted in July 14 and are run by a single leadership team.
As a result of their high performance and the outstanding leadership recognised by OFSTED, Whitefriars has also been given a £16 million building to create 900 new high school and sixth form places. The expanded through school welcomes its first Year 7 students in September 2015 and is already over-subscribed!
Executive Head Teacher, Chris Spruce, said “We could not be prouder of these awards. The fact that we have been able to close the gap in both our schools to this extent shows that our teaching and systems are working for all. All of our staff should be justifiably proud of this achievement and our families know that we ensure every child who joins us makes outstanding progress regardless of background or starting point.”
Heathland School was inspected by OFSTED on 12th and 13th February 2014 and judged to be outstanding in every area.
Inspectors noted that our pupils achieve ‘exceptionally well’, behave ‘extremely well’ and ‘show a real enthusiasm for learning’. They described our school as ‘a very happy place where pupils of different backgrounds enjoy being together’.
Many parents let inspectors know how pleased they are with the school via parentview. ‘Highly effective teaching’ was seen as enabling rapid pupil progress, along with the imaginative topics, trips, performances and exciting experiences like the TV and Radio stations that make our curriculum outstanding.
Praised for his ‘visionary leadership’, Executive Headteacher Mr. Spruce responded to the OFSTED outcome saying ‘I am delighted that all the hard work of our passionate staff team and governors over several years has been recognised. I am very grateful for the support of parents and I am immensely proud of all our children.’ He continued, ‘Now we aim to make the school even better!’
The OFSTED report follows on from letters received earlier in the year from David Laws MP, Minister for Schools, congratulating both Heathland and Whitefriars Schools for being in the top 250 primary schools nationally. There are over 17,000 primary schools in England.
Art at Simpson House
On Wednesday 22 January a group of children went from Heathland School to their local Medical Centre, Simpson House in Eastcote Lane, to present them with pictures to decorate and enliven the public areas of the Medical Centre. The pictures will be put up when the waiting areas have been redecorated. Dr Daniel Goldwater thanked the children for their pictures – he said that what we see makes a difference to how we feel. “When I’ve had a tough day I’ll come and look at your pictures and I know that will make me feel happier.” Executive Headteacher of Heathland School, Chris Spruce, said that it was exciting to make a link with another vital organisation in our local community in such a creative and vibrant way. The pictures were created on the theme of “My Harrow” and reflect the local community in many different ways. The children are aged from 7 to 11 and their pictures used a variety of media including charcoal drawing, watercolour painting and paper collage.