Ash Grove Primary School

Headteacher's Welcome

I have great pleasure in welcoming you to Ash Groves website. I am very proud to be the new Head Teacher of this wonderful community school. Ash Grove is moving forward at a very quick pace and right at the heart of our development is the community. This term the children have been working tirelessly to improve their reading, writing and maths, which they have done with enthusiasm and commitment.

Alongside the fantastic work that is going in school we have after school clubs for ICT, Spanish, football, dance and the arts. From 3.00pm – 6.00pm we also have an after school club run by Paula Rutter. Breakfast club has become very popular and only costs 50p per day (the session runs from 7.45am – 9.00am).

Some of our community events include learning to play a brass instrument on a Wednesday evening and street soccer to name but a few! Because we feel we are at the heart of the community we also run CAB sessions on a Monday afternoon and welcome any groups or associations to use our facilities.

Above all we want to ensure that the children at Ash Grove are happy, safe and above all enjoy their learning.

We always welcome visitors to Ash Grove and so if you would like to have a look around please email me directly, telephone the school office or just pop in!

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and I hope to see you soon.

Kevin Simpson

Message from the Chair of Governors

In October 2008 we had the good news that we have been granted a reprieve from closure providing we can show a significant improvement in standards. This is the right decision for the school, as we know this improvement is vitally needed.

Since then we’ve had an incredibly busy year. We’ve put many improvements in place and there have been a lot of changes. We know we’ve still got a long way to go, but things are getting into place for a really healthy future.

Our new headteacher Kevin Simpson started work in September, having been in school so much since his appointment that we felt he was already in harness! Kevin is an Early Years specialist and has a strong interest in community involvement, so we’re starting on a path of rapid development in these areas. His Deputy is Mark Avis, who is already making a significant impact on raising standards in teaching and learning.

We have a skilled and highly committed staff team in place now, and one of their great strengths is the way they work together for the best interests of the pupils.

The governing body is increasing in strength and expertise and we now have an efficient system of meetings and a clear understanding of how we can help the progress of the school in our role as critical friends.

Sue Bowen

Chair of Governors

November 2009