On Thursday 10th May 2018 we were invited to the 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills Pro Bono and Community Awards. HSF have been our business partners for almost 20 years and in that time they have read with our children, played chess and provided lots of exciting opportunities for us all (they have hosted certificate ceremonies, allowed us to use their amazing offices for meetings, as well as funded special events in school). It was great to see Sharon Gates be recognised for her significant contribution in organising the partners for Thomas Buxton Primary as well as doing her very busy job at the law firm. Ms Redpath and Mrs Bahar were also thanked for their part in making Reading and Chess Partners so valuable for our children and fun for the HSF staff too. It was a very special occasion for everyone.
Dear School Councillors,
Thank you for your letter dated the week beginning Monday 30th June 2015. As you know, as part of our School Improvement Plan work, we ask children what they think about the school and then ask for ideas on how we can all work together to make it an even better place. Ms Knutsson has been working with you, the school council, to gather feedback on the recent surveys
In the results to the survey, we were worried that only 87% of children felt that the school “responds well to any concerns I raise”. This is a low number of children who feel that their voices are heard and we wanted to know what you felt we could do to improve this.
In your letter, councillors have come up with ideas that we are going to trial in the Autumn Term.
- Each classroom will have a “Worry Box” so that children can raise concerns about anything which affects them or the wider school.
- Each Key Stage will have a “Suggestions Box” in the corridor which children can use if they have any ideas to improve things or to raise concerns about whole school issues.
I will ask our School Councillors to implement this during our Establishing Weeks curriculum time when we come back to school in September. I would also like to say a very big thank you and well done to our School Council and to Ms Knutsson for supporting children with their work this year.