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Welcome back! September 28, 2017

27.9.2017

 

Welcome back

 

A very warm welcome back to all members of our school community.  Pupils are now settling back into the new school year. New pupils have settled well. We have exciting plans for the year and a calendar of events will be circulated before the end of the week.

 

We will be informing you of the date for your child’s annual review meeting very soon.

 

Good news- I am pleased to let you know that our head of Key Stage 4 , Katie Roberts had a baby boy yesterday. Congratulations to her and her husband.

 

Parent Governor- Our Parent Governor, Mrs Mary Mahon has resigned from her post. I would like to thank her for all the support she has given the school during the time her son attended the school. There is now a vacancy for a parent governor and we would welcome any interest from parents and carers.

 

I would also like to thank Sue Samuel for her many years of support to the school as Chair of Governors. She is stepping down as chair but remaining on the Governing Body.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have any queries.

 

Bernice Kostick

Summer 2017 Message July 19, 2017

Dear All

 

We are in our final week before the summer break. Parents visited school last week for parents’ evening. I hope you are all pleased with the progress pupils have made this year. The final assembly is at 1.30p.m. on Friday. All families are welcome to join us for assembly.

 

Our summer newsletter has lots of information about the activities we have enjoyed this term.

 

Work with Lancasterian School and possible federation

Some of you will be aware that the leadership team of North Ridge have been supporting Lancasterian School for this academic year.

We are at the informal stage of considering whether the 2 schools should federate. We are willing to receive any comments that will help in the decision making process. Under federation both schools will retain their unique characteristics and identities.

There will be a single Governing Body over the federation with representatives from the schools and services.

If the two Governing Bodies decide to take this to the formal stages we will write to you in the autumn term.

 

FINALLY

This year has been an amazing year for North Ridge. I feel very proud to be the head of our school. I would like to thank staff, pupils and governors for their hard work and support for North Ridge. I wish you all a very enjoyable summer. To pupils, families and staff leaving on Friday I wish you success in the future.

 

School closes on Friday 21st July for the summer break and reopens to pupils on Wednesday 6th September.

 

The summer play scheme starts Monday 24th July.

 

Best wishes,

 

Bernice

23rd May 2017 incident May 23, 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

 

The appalling attack at the Manchester Arena last night is currently being treated as a suspected terrorist incident. All our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones or been injured or traumatised. The police, hospitals, Council and emergency services are doing all they can to support them. As a City we will remain strong and it is more important than ever that our communities continue to support each other.

 

Our school leadership team will continue to ensure the safety of our children and security of our school building, and will remain vigilant at all times.

 

We appreciate these terrible events will be distressing for your children and the school community. We will remain open as usual and we appreciate your support in keeping the next few days as calm and normal as possible for the children. We have access to Educational Psychology Services should anybody require this.

 

There is an increased number of police, including armed patrols out in communities following yesterday’s incident. These are general patrols aimed at providing community reassurance and there is no need to be alarmed.

 

There is no intelligence relating to a threat to schools and GMP are not advising any schools to close.

 

As we receive further information from the City Council, we will update parents/carers via our website.

 

Please contact school if you have any concerns you wish to discuss.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Bernice Kostick

Head Teacher

Parent Governor May 3, 2017

Dear all

 

We have a vacancy for a parent governor due to the end of the term of office of Mary Mahon.

 

Please see the parent area of the website for more information.

 

Parents wishing to become a governor are welcome to contact school to speak to the head teacher, deputy head teacher or business manager. I would like to thank Mary for the excellent work she has done in supporting the Governing Body over the last 4 years. A letter is being sent home this week inviting nominations.

 

Regards

Bernice Kostick

Big Tea Party April 28, 2017

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Dear all

 

Welcome back.  I hope you all had a good Easter break and are looking forward to May Bank Holiday weekend.

 

I have written to families today inviting you to our annual Big Tea Party where we consult on our current priorities and how we are meeting the needs of our pupils, and what you would want as our priorities for 2017/18.

 

The date for the Tea Party is Friday 12th May at 1.30pm. To provide feedback please click on the Tea Party part of the website where there is a questionnaire you can complete and return to school.

 

I look forward to seeing you all!

 

Regards

Bernice Kostick

Easter 2017 April 4, 2017

Parents / friends / Governors

 

This is the last week of the term and we have lots of Easter hats appearing in school for our assembly on Friday. Families are welcome to join us at 1.15pm for the final assembly of the term.

As the weather is becoming a little warmer we are starting to prepare our allotment for growing plants and vegetables after the break.

Our focus for this term has been on developing pupils’ reading skills. Staff have attended training and pupils are very excited to join in their guided reading lessons as well as attending intervention sessions. I hope you are enjoying reading with your children at home. Next term we will be offering workshops for parents.

The Easter holiday scheme runs next week.

School breaks up on Friday 7th April 2017 and pupils return on Monday 24th April 2017.

 

Wishing you all a good Easter break

Bernice Kostick

Christmas 2016 December 16, 2016

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I hope you are enjoying the run up to the Christmas break. Thank you to those of you who supported the Christmas fair and disco last week.  Here is a reminder of the plans for the last week of term:

 

Wednesday 21st December – Christmas dinner and staff pantomime – PUPILS CAN WEAR THEIR OWN CLOTHES.

 

Friday 23rd  December – Assembly at 1.00pm – PUPILS TO WEAR UNIFORM.  Parents and carers can take pupils home directly after the assembly – please join us for the assembly which will be a celebration of pupils’ work and presentations from each class.

 

School closes on Friday 23rd December 2016 and reopens on Monday 9th January 2017.

 

The termly newsletter will be sent home next week.  I wish you all a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

 

Yours sincerely

Bernice Kostick

Head Teacher

Super Learning Day and the Memusi Foundation November 28, 2016

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Dear parents and families

 

As we reach the final week of November and start the build up to Christmas celebrations I thought I would post a blog about our work this week.

 

On Wednesday 30th November we are holding a super learning day for our pupils to learn about our chosen charity. We are learning about the Memusi Foundation. All money raised during our academic year 2016/17 is being donated to the foundation. They support a school for pupils in Africa.

 

Wednesday will be a very exciting day for our pupils learning about the school, making bracelets, running a fair trade café and learning to speak Swahili.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the charity please see the link below. Every penny raised goes to the charity. Please try to support us in educating our pupils about global issues.

 

http://www.memusiforschools.com/

 

Regards

Bernice Kostick

 

November 2016 November 14, 2016

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Last Friday we held a two minute silence.

 

Apologies for being so delayed in updating the blog.  School is a very busy place and time seems to flash by very quickly.  Six weeks until Christmas and we are already planning the celebrations here in school!

 

Many thanks to those of you who attended our Harvest assembly before half term and parents’ evening last week.  Reviews for pupils started in October and I look forward to having conversations with our new parents.

 

We celebrated 10 years since North Ridge opened last half term.  The pupils sang Happy Birthday at our assembly and took birthday cake home.

Sadly we said goodbye to Mr Mukherjee at half term. He has moved on to promotion in a new school – we wish him good luck.

Congratulations to Mrs Stollar who has given birth to a baby boy.

 

Good bye to Recayer:

Sadly Recayer one of our pupils died at the start of term. We celebrated her life in assembly and her sisters joined us at our harvest assembly.  We have raised money as a contribution to the funeral and made a memory book for her family.  She will be missed by all of us.

 

I promise to write another blog very soon.

Regards

Bernice Kostick

 

Summer 2016 July 20, 2016

Summer message

 

We are now into our final week before the summer break. Parents visited school last week for parents’ evening. I hope you are all pleased with the progress pupils have made this year.

The final assembly is at 1.00pm on Thursday. All families are welcome to join us for assembly.

Our summer newsletter has lots of information about the activities we have enjoyed this term.

School closes on Thursday 21st July for the summer break and reopens to pupils on Wednesday 7th September.

The summer play scheme starts Monday 25th July.

This year has been an amazing year for North Ridge. I feel very proud to be the head of our school. I would like to thank staff, pupils and governors for their hard work and support for North Ridge. I wish you all a very enjoyable summer. To pupils, families and staff leaving on Thursday I wish you success in the future. Most of all we will miss Moe in the office who retires at the end of term. She has been a major support to us all especially lots of our parents and carers!!

 

Best wishes

Bernice

 

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This week Miss Read and I are doing our dinner lady duties again!! Hope you like our hats!

Strike Action 5th July 2016 June 30, 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

 

STRIKE ACTION TUESDAY 5th JULY 2016

Schools across the country are being hit by the NUT strike action on 5TH July 2016. I have been informed that there are a number of union members who will be striking at North Ridge. Having risk assessed and consulted with the Governing Body, school will be closed to pupils in the following classes:

 

  • Fiennes
  • Tenzing
  • Flinders
  • Hillary
  • Ross
  • Vancouver
  • Bonnington
  • Armstrong
  • Johnson
  • Bell

 

School will be open to classes Scott, Baker, Henson, Mallory, Macarthur and Nightingale.  If however there is a settlement agreed with the unions and the Government before next Tuesday then we will open North Ridge fully.

 

I apologise for the disruption this is causing to your child’s education. School will reopen to all pupils on Wednesday 6th July 2016.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Bernice Kostick

 

 

Summer half term June 9, 2016

Dear parents, friends and governors

Welcome back after a sunny half term break. This is our final half term before the summer.

As you are aware I visited Buckingham Palace with Simon Mullineux in celebration of 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh award. This is a picture with Andrea McLean (presenter of Loose Women) in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

D of E photograph

Thanks to all families that joined us for the Big Tea Party and contributed their views to the planning of our work for next year. The views are being collated and will be published on the website. The staff team have now written the plan for next year.

There are lots of exciting activities planned this half term – year 11 leavers’ assembly,  meal out, year 14 leavers’ assembly, parents’ evening and end of year 11 assembly on our last day

I look forward to seeing you all at the events over the next few weeks.

Bernice Kostick

Head Teacher

Summer Term April 25, 2016

Parents/ friends/ Governors

We have got off to a great start with the new term. As the weather warms up we are busy trying to develop our school grounds and in particular the new “Grow it” allotment area.

Letters will be going out to families to invite you all to the annual big tea party. This year it is on Thursday 12th May at 1.30pm – families, governors, staff and pupils are all welcome to join in the event having your say about the progress we are making as a school community and what we should be planning to do next year.

Questionnaires are going out to families so that if you are unable to attend you can still have your say. All this information is available on the website go to the parents area and the links on “The Big Tea party”

I look forward to seeing you all.

Bernice Kostick

Head Teacher

Spring Term update March 22, 2016

It is a long time since I have posted a blog to our school community website!

I would like to thank Mr Mullineux for organising an excellent Sports Relief Day in school last Thursday. We have raised approximately £600!

I would also like to inform you of the following good news for North Ridge:

North Ridge has been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

I am one of 107 head teachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

NLEs along with staff in their school – designated a National Support School – use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support or to those in transition to academy status. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive head teachers. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:

 “It’s fantastic that heads like Bernice have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people not just in their own but in other schools as well.”

“The aim of National Leaders of Education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,100 NLEs and we will be working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”  

 

Other good news:

In May Mr Mullineux and I will be going to Buckingham Palace to meet the Duke of Edinburgh to celebrate 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. We will report back to you after this event.

Watch out for the Easter Newsletter. I hope we will see many of you at the Easter assembly on  Friday 1st April at 1.00p.m.

I hope you all have a great Easter bank holiday weekend!

School is open again from Tuesday 29th March until the end of the week.

Bernice Kostick

Welcome back!! December 8, 2015

A very warm welcome back to all members of our school community. Pupils are now settling back into the new school year. New pupils have settled well. We are all looking forward to the grand opening of our café and shop at the end of September. Pupils are already enjoying use of the new soft playroom. We have some exciting plans for the year. Watch out for important dates – we will put this on our web site at the end of next week. We are delighted to start our Open Futures work this term and pupils will be learning about growing their own food and enquiry based learning.
Next Friday 25th September will be a Macmillan Coffee morning so please join us at the school café.

On the 24th November the National Autistic Society will be running a sleep workshop in school for parents of children with ASD – further information to follow about this.

We will be informing you of the date for your child’s annual review meeting very soon.

Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have any queries.

Bernice Kostick

Goodbye for the summer!

Dear all,

We are now into our final week before the summer break. Parents visited school yesterday for parents’ evening. I hope you are all pleased with the progress pupils have made this year. The final assembly is at 1.00p.m. on Friday. All families are welcome to join us for assembly on Friday.
Our summer newsletter has lots of information about the activities we have enjoyed this term.
School closes on Friday 17th July for the summer break and reopens to pupils on Thursday 3rd September.
The summer play scheme is Monday 20th July to Friday 31st July.
This year has been an amazing year for North Ridge. I feel very proud to be the head of our school. I would like to thank staff, pupils and governors for their hard work and support for North Ridge. I wish you all a very enjoyable summer. To pupils, families and staff leaving on Friday I wish you success in the future.

Best wishes

Bernice

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Summer is here!

Dear all,

It has been a while since I have posted a blog. This has been a very busy few weeks recruiting new staff for September, report writing and completing our school development plan for 2015. The new buildings have been handed over to school. We have a fantastic new soft play room, independence area, café and shop. I know some parents have enjoyed the Cup and Cake experience at the Abraham Moss site! The project team have completed the work on time and provided wonderful facilities for the pupils of North Ridge to benefit from in years to come.

The café and shop will be up and running in September. We have a café manager joining us. She is a really good cook!! Watch this space!!

The year 11 students enjoyed their graduation assembly and meal out last week. This week has been sports week. We were very glad of the sunshine. Thanks to the North Ridge team especially Mr Errock and Mr Mullineux for organising the week.

As we move into the final 2 weeks of the year I look forward to seeing families at parents’ evening on Wednesday 15.7.15. and our final assembly on Friday 17.7.15.

Best wishes to you all

Bernice Kostick

Some photos of yesterday’s sports day events and our Cup and Cake cafe.

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The Head Teachers Blog

Dear all,

 

As we come to the end of a busy half term I thought I would post one more blog. We look forward to more international school staff from Slovenia, Spain and Turkey visiting North Ridge this week. Last week we had a very successful “Big Tea Party” event where our school community contributed to the evaluating of this year’s work and the plans for next academic year. The school staff went away over the weekend to a hotel where we continued the work which we will share with you after the half term break.

In the mean time I hope you enjoy some of the photos of the tea party below. I hope you all have a good break next week and we see some sun!!

Best wishes

Bernice Kostick

Big Tea Party 2015 video

The Head Teachers Blog

Dear all,

This week has been a very busy week at North Ridge. We welcomed our visitors from Romania, Madeira and Turkey to North Ridge.

The visitors enjoyed trips out to Museums, Manchester United, the Trafford Centre and a day in school. We celebrated with a Eurovision competition where classes represented different countries and performed to the school community. We were linked via the internet with the Romanian school partners. Everyone voted Eurovision style! Class Fiennes and Class Ross won the competition representing Italy.

I am sure our visitors enjoyed spending this week with us. Our understanding of international culture and schooling is far richer following the involvement in the Comenius project.
Many thanks to the staff team for organising all the activities.

Next week, Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 1.30p.m. is the Big Tea Party- all parents/ families/ governors are very welcome to join us to discuss our school developments for next year.

Best wishes

Bernice Kostick
Click here to see the video- North Ridge Eurovision 2015
The Performances

The Performance

The Vote

The Vote

The Presentation

The Presentation

March update!

Dear all,

Due to popular demand I am posting another blog that includes photos. I now know I have 2 avid readers Mr Rogers and Connor.

Whilst I was travelling back from Madeira I heard about the World Book day celebration and was sent a very scary picture of Miss Read as Miss Trunchball. Last week pupils had lots of fun raising money for Red Nose day.

Thank you to Mr Mullineux and the Duke of Edinburgh group for organising this. To date we have raised £615 from the cake sale and sponsored dance off.

Along with the rest of the country our pupils have been viewing the Eclipse. In true North Ridge style we made sure this was safe. Can you guess who the person with the mask is?

Bernice Kostick

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Back in the UK!

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Dear all,

I am writing to you all as we are sat on the plane travelling back from Madeira to Manchester. The last 4 days have been an amazing experience for the adults and pupils on the trip. On the visit are Nancy, Jordan M, Miranda and Lee. We met pupils and staff from our partner school in Funchal and visited some of the tourist attractions including the cable cars and the town of Porto Moniz. Lee and Miranda also managed to visit the Ronaldo museum which was opposite our hotel.

All the pupils have behaved like true ambassadors of North Ridge and I feel very proud of them. They have kept us amused with their comments, singing and dancing. I cannot thank the adults enough for the support they have given the pupils. Many thanks team Madeira- Sue, Katie and Pat. Last but not least many thanks to our partner school for showing us their beautiful island, organising sports activities, karaoke and cooking as well as providing lunch.

We look forward to the final Commenius “We talk” visit of all partners to Manchester in May 2015.

Best wishes

Bernice Kostick

Latest News!

Today is a very exciting day for some of our pupils and staff.  We are off to Madeira this week – Mrs Samuel, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Hodson, Miranda, Nancy, Jordan, Lee and I. We will be visiting our partner school in Funchal and touring the island. Hopefully the weather will be sunnier than Manchester!!

 

I will post another blog next week to let you know how our trip went.

It’s a while since I last wrote a blog. We are thinking about Hamzah and his family. Sadly Hamzah died in January. His mum visited us last week and we are currently making a memory book for the family.

Our new building extension is almost finished and will be handed over this week. The work to the café and shop on the Abraham Moss Site has begun and will be completed in March.

Congratulations to Mrs Stollar who had a baby boy last month.

Pupils will be dressing as their favourite characters for world book day on Thursday 5th March.

Next week we will be celebrating Red Nose Day.

Regards

Bernice Kostick

Welcome back!

Welcome back to pupils and staff! Happy New Year to pupils, family, staff and friends of North Ridge. The building work continues on the school site with the target date of February for completion. The project team are also working on the plans for our café and shop located near to The Abraham Moss School and Metro stop.

 

We welcome some new staff and pupils this term. Other exciting plans are a school trip to Madeira for some staff and pupils. Key Stage 4 and 5 students will be taking part in work experience.

 

Watch out for news about Comic Relief at North Ridge in March.

 

Regards

 

Bernice Kostick

The Head Teachers Blog

For those of you that have visited school in the last couple of weeks you will know that the building developments are well on their way. The playground area where the new building is located has been dug up and the pilling is complete. It was very noisy up until last week. We thought we had moved to Jurassic Park!!

This week is Anti Bullying week in school. The theme is ‘Let’s Stop Bullying For All’. Pupils will have daily lessons at the start of each day this week to learn about how to keep safe, feel safe, what bullying is and how to deal with bullies.

Sadly one of our pupils, Rimsha, died over the half term break. Pupils and staff have been making a memory book for the family. Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.

There have been changes in procedures for administering medication by our school nurse. A letter went home to families last night. The letter is also published on our website – Parents and Carers section – “More information”.
Regards

Bernice Kostick

Enjoy the break!

This has been one of the busiest first half terms we have had. There have been 2 groups of pupils and staff travelling to Romania and Turkey. There is another trip scheduled for staff to visit Turkey next week. It has been a positive experience for all meeting colleagues and pupils from our link schools in these countries.

I was pleased to see such a good turn out from parents and families at our parents’ evening. Thank you to those of you who came to chat to me- even if it was to just get a biscuit and drink!!

We have held our first person centred review meetings with parents/ carers / pupils and professionals. Feedback seems to be very positive with the new approach. There is a coffee morning to learn more about this on 6th November here in school

Next week is half term I hope you all enjoy the break. School reopens on Tuesday 4th November – Monday 3rd November is a training day.

I hope to see many of you at our harvest assembly on Friday at 1.30p.m.

Regards

Bernice Kostick

Head Teachers Blog

I am pleased to inform you that the North Ridge “Local Offer” is now available to read on the website.

It can be found in the Parents’ section. I hope you find this information useful.

Information is being sent out this week about annual review meetings for each pupil. The plan is to convert all pupils’ statements to Education Health and Care plans. Please contact school if you want any advice about the changes. I will be attending the parents’ group on Thursday 6th November to provide more information.

We have a small group of staff and pupils going to Romania next week to visit one of our partner schools. Pupils are very excited and I am sure they will have a great time.

Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have any queries.

DATES TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
PARENTS EVENING WEDNESDAY 22.10.14.
HARVEST ASSEMBLY FRIDAY 24.10.14 AT 1.30P.M.

Bernice Kostick

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!

A very warm welcome back to all members of our school community.  Pupils are now settling back into the new school year. We have some exciting plans for the year. Watch out for important dates – we will put this on our web site at the end of this week. Our building work to the back of school will begin early in October and be completed by January. Pupils will then be able to benefit from using the new independence development area and soft play room. The plans for our café in the local community, run by sixth form students, will hopefully be starting soon with the aim of being open early in 2015.

We have new staff in school- Teachers – Ms. Conway, Miss Thornton, Miss Pumfrey, Ms. Hajdukiewicz,

Support staff – Mr. Scott, Mrs Parslow, Miss Bibi, and Miss Islam.

Good News- Mrs Whittle gave birth to a baby boy in August – Oisin Christopher. Ms Mottram gave birth to a baby girl in August – Aliza Daisy- Congratulations to both.

Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have any queries.

Bernice Kostick

Summer Message

We are now into our final week before the summer break. Parents visited school yesterday for parents’ evening. I hope you are all pleased with the progress pupils have made this year. This week is very busy for everyone with the after school club party tonight, leavers’ disco on Wednesday, leavers assembly Thursday and final assembly at 1.30p.m. on Friday. All families are welcome to join us for assembly on Friday.

School closes on Friday 18th July for the summer break and reopens to pupils on Wednesday 3rd September.

The summer play scheme is Monday 21st July to Friday 1st August.

This year has been an amazing year for North Ridge. I feel very proud to be the head of our outstanding school. I would like to thank staff, pupils and governors for their hard work and support for North Ridge. I wish you all a very enjoyable summer. To pupils, families and staff leaving on Friday I wish you success in the future.

Best wishes

Bernice

The Head Teachers Blog

WELCOME BACK!

We are now into our final half term before the summer break. A group of staff went to Slovenia during the half term break to meet up with our partners from Spain, Turkey and Slovenia as we are all involved with the Jobs4me project. We visited the university of Ljubljana and CUDV Druga. The CUDV Druga is a school similar to North Ridge. It was very enjoyable meeting all the staff and students. Slovenia is a beautiful and very scenic country and we were shown very warm hospitability. We look forward to their visit to Manchester in May 2015.

We have been able to catch some of the lovely weather since returning from the half term break. Groups have been to St Annes and New Brighton to see the seaside as part of their learning this half term. I hope to see many parents, carers and families over the next few weeks at out sports day, parents’ evening and end of term assembly.

Best wishes

Bernice

The Head Teachers Blog

Good News.

 

It is always a pleasure to share good news with our North Ridge School community. As you are aware we were recently inspected by Ofsted. I was notified by Ofsted this afternoon that their final report has been published and I can share the outcome with you all. I am therefore delighted to inform you that North Ridge was inspected on 28th and 29th April 2014 and judged to be OUTSTANDING in all areas. Well done to all staff, pupils and governors!

 

The report will be available on the Ofsted website from Wednesday 21st May 2014. In the meantime it is also available on our school website, please follow the link.

 

North Ridge Ofsted Reports

 

Regards to you all.

 

Bernice

The Head Teachers Blog

The last two weeks have been a very busy time at North Ridge! We had a visit from Ofsted inspectors on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th April. I look forward to sharing the outcome of the inspection as soon as we receive the final report.

We have been recruiting for new teaching assistants and look forward to new colleagues joining us in September. Members of the school council helped with the interviews. I am pleased to say we all agreed on the best candidates.

This week the whole school community of staff, pupils, parents and governors will be attending our annual school big tea party to share our views on the progress we have made as a school and our priorities for 2014/15. The architect designing the new extension will also be attending to gain our views on the designs.

I would like to thanks pupils for their excellent behaviour and conduct during the recent inspection and all staff for their hard work.

On a less serious note well done to the staff football team for winning the match against St Monica’s High School on Friday. Mr. Mahon managed to score a goal!! Look out Manchester City we might be joining the premier league!!!

My next blog will be after the half term break. I am off to Ljublijana in Slovinia with Mr Jones, Miss Read, Miss Harris and Miss Brewer to meet our European link schools. We will be there for part of the half term break. I look forward to sharing what we learn about life in Slovinia on our return.

Bernice

The Head Teachers Blog

Can I start by welcoming all our staff and pupils back. I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are all feeling totally refreshed (despite the chocolate overload!).

 

I would just like to take this opportunity to keep you up to date with a few things that are happening within our school.

This week Miss Read and I are meeting with the design team to put together the plans for our new extension!! The extension will probably be on the playground near the MUGA but don’t worry we won’t lose the MUGA so lunchtime ball games will not be disrupted!! I am interested in your ideas of what we should include in the new soft play room. Have a look on the following website for ideas:

 

www.houseofplay.co.uk/case_studies

 

We plan to put the draft plans on to the web site so you can all have a look at what the new building will be like.

 

We are planning a Holocaust Memorial Day assembly for Monday 28th April. Thank you to Miss Jahoda, one of our governors, who is going to share the story of her father during World War II.

 

We welcome our Careers adviser to school this week. Mr Wyse will be visiting every Wednesday to support our leavers with college applications and visits during this term.

 

Finally, please watch out for information about North Ridge’s “Big Tea Party” (a must date for your diary!), this will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 15th May.

 

I look forward to updating you again very soon.

 

Bernice

The Head Teachers Blog

I am writing my first blog during the Easter break whilst most of you will be tucking into Easter Eggs or if you’re lucky (some of the staff) away in the sun!!

 

For those of you who know me well it has taken the last week to file and sort all my many papers and catch sight of the wood on the desk in my office. The play scheme was a great success during the first week of the Easter break. Some pupils were out at the cinema, bowling and the Crocky trail whilst others stayed in school making Easter eggs, decorating chocolate bunnies, enjoying a visit by Lubby Lou and going on the bouncy castle. My best memory will be Mr Hall getting Georgia to the top of the slide and Georgia’s look of delight when she slid down the slide!! Thank you to all the staff for your hard work and making the activities for all pupils so much fun.

 

Some exciting news for you all is that the planning team at Manchester City Council have started to look at the plans for another extension to the school with more classrooms, kitchen area and if we’re lucky a soft play area. I am going out on Thursday with Miss Read (second week of the holiday) to look at a possible venue for our café/shop in the local community that we hope to open in April 2014.

 

Mr Rogers has asked me to add a footballing comment to the blog!! As my expertise lies more in shopping and drinking coffee I will wait until next week for further guidance from him. I do not want to risk upsetting the blue or reds that attend North Ridge. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your Easter break and I look forward to seeing all pupils and staff on Tuesday 22nd April.

 

Bernice

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