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Nov 22, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends If you need a break from the excitement of the build-up to the General Election, NYCC has asked parents and carers to comment on the Proposed School Admission Arrangements 2020/2021. This consultation is in accordance with the County's statutory duty under The School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and co-ordination of Admission Arrangements)(England) Regulation...

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Nov 15, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends We held the Year 11 Prizegiving ceremony on Wednesday night. The Year 11 students received their GCSE and BTEC certificates and some were also awarded subject and attendance prizes. The guest of honour was Mr Stephen Croft, our Chair pf Governors and the evening was presided over by Mr Brian Davis,...

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Nov 8, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends Paired Reading Every Thursday and Friday tutor time a group of 50 (mainly Year 7 and some Year 8) students engage in paired reading activities with sixth form students.  Originally planned for one day, the scheme has proved so popular that it is now held over two sessions.   The scheme, organised by Michelle...

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Oct 13, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends. A great evening on Tuesday night as we held our Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening in the hall and dining room. At the same time we ran a special Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening for 7GPN as Miss Pemberton was on the French exchange in Bordeaux last week.  The atmosphere...

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Oct 3, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends We held our Open Evening last night (Wednesday) for pupils in Years 5 and 6.  It was a really positive evening with a great turn-out of prospective students and their parents, carers and families.  There were two opportunities to hear a talk from me in the hall and, more importantly, time...

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Sep 28, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Lady Lumley’s School Year 5 and 6 Open Evening Wednesday 2nd October 2019 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent or carer can make.  All of us want our children to be happy, healthy and to be successful in their own way.  Every child is unique and...

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Sep 27, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends Kevin Hollinrake, the local MP, came into school today (Friday)  and spent 30 minutes with students in Years 8 to 13.  The students were able to ask Mr Hollinrake questions about such topics as fracking, global warning, the environment generally and Brexit.  The questions were very well researched and probing and...

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Feb 1, 2019

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Category:General,Headteacher,
Posted by: rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends

I was asked by Karen Darley at the Gazette and Herald for a comment about the recently published school performance tables.   I wrote quite a bit and, understandably, only a small section made into the article as Karen had to squeeze in comments from all four local secondary schools.   Seems a shame to waste it so here is the full piece I wrote.

 

I don’t like performance tables, even when we do well in them.  Can you imagine what it would be like to have performance tables for families? Would they measure the educational attainment  of your children as the most important factor in deciding whether you were a good or outstanding parent, or whether you ‘required improvement’ or even ‘special measures’?  Would your efforts be measured by how happy your children were, how well-rounded, how nice to other people, how helpful, caring or empathic to others? How resilient they were or their likely earning potential?   Bringing up children is too complicated to be measured by a few numbers and educating children in schools is the same.  The human mind is far better at making judgments  than a series of statistics, which are pretty much based solely on a few hours of examinations at the end of 11 years of education.  You only have to visit the schools in this area to know we have four good secondary schools, all working hard to give their students (your children) the best start in life they can.  Yet this job is made harder as schools search for better and better ‘performance’ as measured by GCSE exam examinations.  And this search can distort what we are actually trying to do.  Schools are suckered into narrowing the curriculum to concentrate on the ‘important’ subjects (these which score most in the performance tables), restricting student choice about which subjects they study,  focussing on getting examination answers correct rather than developing a love of learning.   There is a small glimmer of hope.  The new chief HMI, Amanda Spielman, has recognised the negative effect of performance indicators have and has changed the Ofsted Inspection to pay more attention to the quality of the education students receive and less to the examination results they get, which has always been the philosophy of Lady Lumley’s school.   Educating young people, like bringing up our own children, cannot be reduced to numbers and charts and by doing so we risk damaging that most important group of people, our children.

Richard Bramley   

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