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Worthless Letter 10th October 2018

15th October 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

Update – School Funding Campaign

Firstly, thank you for the huge support that you gave to Headteachers who campaigned for improved school funding at Westminster on Friday 28 September.  Over 2000 head teachers attended in London with many more supporting their actions too.

It is clear from the emails that colleagues and I received, that parents overwhelmingly support the need for much improved investment in our schools.   As soon as we receive a reply from the chancellor, we will let you know. I am sure everyone will watch with interest to see how he responds to our requests during the Autumn Statement (Budget) on Monday 29 October.

Following recent headlines, Headteachers across the country hope very much that the Government and the Department for Education, in particular, will stop providing parents and the wider public with misleading information about spending on schools.  This week’s scathing letter (see link below) to the Department of Education from the UK Statistics Authority underlines all of the points that Worth Less? have repeatedly stated to parents over the past three years.

https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/20181008_Sir_David_Norgrove_letter_to_SoS_for-_Education.pdf

  “I am sure you (The Department for Education) share my concerns that instances such as these do not help to promote trust and confidence in official data, and indeed risk undermining them.”  Sir David Norgrove – Head of the UK Statistics Authority (8/10/18)

Frankly, it is entirely wrong to suggest that Government spending on schools is much higher than in other comparable countries, when the Department for Education tries to include spending made by families on university tuition fees (loans to students) and independent (private) school fees.  This adds billions of pounds to headline data but has absolutely no effect on funding received by schools. It is a completely unacceptable way of defending real term cuts.

The Department for Education must now work hard to rebuild trust and credibility. We hope that ministers will apologise unreservedly and put all of their efforts into investing adequately into school funding and supporting much improved recruitment and retention of teachers.

Parents have also asked how they can support the drive for improved funding.  In light of this we are able to let you know that parent groups have lobbied parliament (10 October) and there will also be a national day of parental action on 19 October.  For more information about 19 October, please search #parentsteachersunite on Twitter or Facebook.

We would again like to thank you for your support and confirm that our campaign will remain reasonable and determined with a single goal of ensuring that every school and pupil receive a much better deal in the near future.

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

WorthLess Letter 28th September

26th September 2018

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer

Mass Headteacher Action – 28 September 2018
I am making contact to let you know that on Friday 28 September, I will be joining hundreds of other Headteachers from across the country in support of a mass event intended to gain much improved funding for all schools.

Headteachers will have the full support of their Governing Bodies/Trusts as we continue to champion the best possible funding for all our schools. I/we will remain steadfastly determined, relentlessly reasonable and act without any political bias. These have been the hallmarks of our campaign work to date.

You will be aware of the challenges that schools up and down the country are facing. A mixture of rising costs and stresses on other support services has meant that for many years we have been being asked “to do more with less”.

Under a challenging period of austerity for the Government we understand that there is not a bottomless pit of money. Accordingly, schools have played their part to work even harder and with greater efficiency on behalf of the children and families that we serve.

It is clear to all Headteachers, however, that matters are unsustainable. Frequently, we do not have enough money to meet the demands placed on our schools. On the ground, services and resources are cut to the bone and class sizes are increasing. At times, schools are even having to prop up our budgets with monies that should be targeted at those students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, or those that have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Under the umbrella of the campaign group ‘Worth Less?’, Headteachers have shone a light on the funding difficulties that we are facing. We acknowledge that the Government should be given credit for introducing a new National Funding Formula. Unfortunately, however, the formula itself is not adequately resourced/funded and therefore our budgets remain in an unacceptably poor state.

In July, the Institute for Fiscal Studies echoed what we have been saying for a long time and confirmed that, in real terms, school budgets have been slashed by 8% since 2010.
https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13143

It is simply not good enough for the Government to state that “more money is spent on schools than ever before”, when independent evidence clearly states that in real terms, this is simply not the case.

Headteachers will gather at Downing Street to insist that the chancellor and his colleagues at the Department for Education use the upcoming autumn statement to invest properly in our schools and your child’s education. Many of the real terms cuts to our budgets should be reversed and urgent investment is required for SEND and post-16 budgets.

The support that we have enjoyed from parents and carers has been very welcome and we will continue to update you on all of our forthcoming actions. We are determined to campaign until a much better and fairer settlement is reached in order to support your child/children and the future prosperity of the country as a whole.

Yours faithfully

Catriona Goldsmith
Headteacher

The Royal Wedding

31st July 2018

The whole school gathered today as pupils re-enacted the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle, complete with a royal guest list of the Queen, Prince Phillip and the Duke and Duchess of Cam-bridge. The bride and groom were supported by bridesmaids, ushers, flower girls and page boys and made vows and exchanged friendship rings in a ceremony led by a pupil taking on the part of the vicar. Many pupils formed a choir and performed two songs in the ceremony led by teacher Nathan Bird, and afterwards the press gang of pupil photographers took photos of the wedding party. To celebrate pupils enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine complete with special royal wedding themed packed lunches prepared by the lovely ladies in the school kitchen. In the afternoon pupils were treated to games, dancing and cake made by a member of staff and Wolves class. The reception party held on the field was supported by students from Sir Phillip Howard secondary school who entertained us with their music.

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Pal-Fest Day

31st July 2018

On Thursday 12th July, the whole school came together to create a wonderful festival experience celebrating Palatine school. Classes and children took responsibility for creating different aspects of the festival.  They made food, drink, games, rap songs and created dances to celebrate and share with their families.

The children took great pride in making and serving food to their community and they loved the sensory ball pit and trampoline area. There was also a camping area where they could explore different materials in the ‘chill out’ tents.

Pablo Dos Ramos created a wonderfully festive vibe by playing the steel drums and the children enjoyed having their faces painted or having a transfer applied.

It was a wonderful afternoon which was enjoyed by all of the children and their families.

 

 

Seahorse News

30th April 2018

Amazing activity in the hydro pool today!  Here is one of our Seahorses working through her movement programme which have been written by our physiotherapist.

Castles, Knights & Dragons

22nd March 2018

Dragonfly and Flamingo class have been learning about Castles, knights and Dragons. They went on a trip to Lewes Castle. Everyone climbed the steps and the spiral staircase to turrets.

We saw a very long way and all across Lewes.

We all got to dress up in Knight’s armour and chainmail which was great fun!

Thrive Federation’s West Worthing 5k & 10k, 11th March 2018

20th March 2018

Mothering Sunday saw the second West Worthing 5k & 10k run for the Thrive Federation.  The run was a fantastic success with over 500 competitors and the rain held off to allow lots of supporters to come and cheer the runners on making a great atmosphere for everyone.

The schools would like to give a huge thank you to Tesco at West Durrington for supplying the water for all the runners.  We would particularly like to thank Myra Jasper, Tesco’s Community Champion, for organising the water, contacting local councillors, Lionel Harman and Steve Wills, to come and volunteer by marshalling and inviting Bob Smytherman our local town crier and Sean McDonald, Worthing and local councillor, to come and support the event and hand out medals.  On top of all this she also ran the 10k!

Another huge thank you to Ridge Crest Cleaning Limited for their generous sponsorship of the registration marquee and donation buckets.

Thank you also to all the school staff and governors who gave up their free time on Mother’s Day to don their running shoes, marshal, hand out water, collect donations, bake and sell cakes, all without whom the event would not have been a success.

 

Big Lottery funding for ‘PLAY @ Palatine’ – refurbishing our soft play room!

20th March 2018

Big Lottery funding for ‘PLAY @ Palatine’ – refurbishing our soft play room!

THANK YOU so much to the National Lottery players and to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting Palatine’s soft play project.  Our room has now been completely refurbished with exciting new soft play equipment including a noisy slide, vibrating and sound bumpers, a sparkling fibre optic tunnel, mini trampoline and all sorts building shapes!

The children are all having a fantastic time exploring their new space and it is a wonderful resource for our school.

World Book Day

12th March 2018

On Friday the children dressed up for World Book Day.  They enjoyed listening to interactive stories, writing about their favourite book, making asks and book marks!

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