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Veritas is a ‘GOOD’ school!

Veritas Primary Academy has received its first Ofsted report following the inspection earlier this month. It is very pleasing to read such positive things about our school and I am very happy with the conclusions the inspectors came to after spending two days in school. It is testament to the skills of the inspectors that they were able, in a relatively short time, to recognise the many things that we are so proud of here at Veritas Primary Academy and to sum up our school so succinctly.

The Ofsted framework is designed to challenge schools to achieve the highest standards. The lead inspector told me at the conclusion of the inspection that we were within touching distance of the top grades and it is my intention to continue to drive improvements so that our school continues to offer the very best we can for the children in our care.

There are many comments that I could pick out to highlight that we are very proud to read, but I do not wish to repeat what is written in the report – the words speak for themselves. However I would like to comment on what the inspectors said really stood out for them and that is the ethos and atmosphere within the school. This is nothing that can be manufactured or prepared for when the inspectors call – it is something that takes years to develop and will only be in place when all members of the staff are pulling in the same direction with the same expectations.

I am eager and keen to meet the challenges ahead and will do everything in my power to continue to raise attainment, as will my staff. Underpinning that, however, is something less

tangible – the values we try and teach the children, the way they treat each other, the way they behave both in class and out – ultimately the way we want them to develop as members of a community where respect and care are paramount. Having this surely makes us better placed to address the areas we can get even better at, as does having as a committed and skilful staff as I do here.

I feel great satisfaction as we head towards half term that we are doing everything we can to support and guide your most prized possessions – your children – and this has been recognised in such a positive report. I would like to thank all parents/carers who support our work so well because without that partnership children would not flourish as they do.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Kerr
Head Teacher

Veritas Primary Academy 10048311 PDF Final
https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/140381

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Attendance Matters!

Did you know that children are far more likely to succeed academically when they attend school consistently?
Let’s give them the best possible start.

We want all our children to have the best possible attendance to enable each and every child to achieve their full potential.

Parents and carers have a duty to ensure their child has a suitable education by regular attendance at school. Parental support is critical in ensuring that children achieve in education and Ofsted expect a minimum of 95% attendance for each child. Just 10 days absence from school will cause your child’s attendance to drop below this level. Our attendance target at Veritas Primary Academy for each child is 96% and we strive to encourage this at every opportunity.

All children get ill. We understand that the occasional absence for illness may be necessary. However encouraging regular attendance is one of the most powerful ways both you as a parent, and we as a school, can prepare your child for success. Some absences we simply cannot authorise. The Government changed legislation in 2013 and schools are no longer allowed, by law, to approve time off for holidays. Only exceptional circumstances can be authorised – this may include family bereavement or religious observance etc.

Veritas monitors children’s attendance on a weekly basis. Where we have concerns you will be notified in writing. For example, if you child’s attendance falls below the recommended minimum we will make first contact with you to inform you of our concerns and to offer guidance and support. If regular absence persist we will ask you to attend a meeting in school to discuss this in more detail. If these measures do not help to improve your child’s attendance we may deem it necessary to refer the case to the Education Welfare Service to issue a fine.

More details on our absence procedures and attendance policy can be found here.