Further to our message yesterday (Monday 23 March), we can confirm that from next week we will be issuing an £11.50 Tesco voucher, each week during term time, for pupils who are eligible for a free school meal. We are in the process of confirming contact details so that we can get vouchers to you (by email, by default). Please do not contact the school – wait for us to contact you – we will be in touch as soon as we can. Please do **not** come to school to collect a packed lunch. A £10 voucher will be provided, today, for this week. If government guidance changes, we will follow this. We will keep the situation under review and intend to move back to distribution of food once the current restrictions on movement are relaxed.
The Government has now provided its definition of key workers. This is available here. Parents/carers have already been asked to indicate to their child/ren’s school if they feel that they qualify as a key worker. If you have already done so, but your status may now have changed or be unclear, please contact the school. If you have not yet contacted the school to say that you qualify as a key worker, and you would like your child to be in school, please let the school know urgently so that we can make plans. Our intention is to be pragmatic in determining who qualifies as a key worker – so please do get in touch for a discussion if that would help.
Following the government’s announcement this evening that all English schools are to close at the end of this Friday 20 March, I can confirm that Paradigm Trust schools will be closed to pupils from Monday 23 March onwards. I will communicate a likely re-opening date as soon as I am in a position to do so.
These are unprecedented times and I appreciate that this will be exceptionally challenging for pupils as well as their parents/carers. We have made preparations to ensure that learning can go on in the coming weeks – physical and digital materials will be shared with pupils in the coming days and arrangements will be made for materials to be collected/distributed to pupils who are already absent.
Arrangements are being made to provide free school meals to those pupils who are eligible, and to open for pupils who are vulnerable and pupils of key workers, as defined by government. We will communicate these arrangements as soon as we can.
We will provide as much information as we can, as soon as we can.
For the remainder of this week, our intention is to keep all of our schools open. There may well need to be partial closures at some or all of all schools – these will be communicated to you absolutely as soon as we become aware of the necessity. Please check the websites of individual schools – these will include information as to any partial or full closures. We will also make announcements via text message and Twitter (and Facebook where appropriate). We will endeavour to return phone calls and emails in a timely fashion but there are likely to be greater delays than normal and I ask for your patience and understanding.
Thank you for your support.
Bill Holledge, CEO
The recent visit of Amanda Spielman to Murrayfield Primary Academy has been recognised by Essex television and the Ipswich Star. Please follow the links below to read these amazing articles:
Paradigm Trust’s Murrayfield Primary Academy was chosen by Ofsted, the body responsible for inspecting standards in English schools, as the place to launch its annual report.
Ofsted chose Murrayfield because of the dramatic transformation that has taken place since Paradigm Trust took over its management in 2017. Previously judged to be failing, the latest report from Ofsted rates Murrayfield as ‘good’ and highlights the considerable progress made.
The report also notes that the school’s subject leaders have benefited from being able to work with other leaders across Paradigm Trust.
Bill Holledge, Paradigm’s CEO, said: “Our vision is to develop and sustain great schools where we can make the biggest difference to pupils. Murrayfield is a wonderful example of what that vision looks like in real life.”
Murrayfield principal Neil Winn said: “We are thrilled that Ofsted chose Murrayfield as the launch pad for its annual report. It’s a vindication of what we’ve been doing here and recognition for the efforts of pupils, parents and staff.”
Speaking about her visit to Murrayfield, Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector, said: “Murrayfield is just a very lovely school. It was great to be able to see the children at work and reading so well. I was also pleased to see such a well-thought-through curriculum in action and the staff pulling together and having that shared vision of what they can achieve.
“Each year, when we film for the launch of our report, we choose a school that’s really interesting to highlight. I asked our inspectors to name a school that had been inspected under our new framework that had been particularly interesting and good and they suggested Murrayfield.”
This week, Paradigm Trust celebrated pupils who have been awarded all three values awards and have become the first values champions in the Trust. Paradigm shares the same core values throughout all of its schools:
- Integrity – doing the right thing even when no one is watching.
- Excellence – enabling everyone to achieve more through education.
- Community – working together; learning from, and supporting, others.
Each week, pupils are nominated for positive behaviours that link to a value and each half term winners are chosen to receive a values award. Once a pupil has received an award for all three values s/he receives a values award. This week, 12 pupils from Culloden Primary Academy, 5 from Murrayfield Primary Academy and 4 from Piper’s Vale Primary Academy were recognised for receiving all three values awards and becoming values champions. Here are a few examples:
- Integrity – for always doing the right thing and being a role model for the rest of the class
- Community – for being kind and helpful to all and offering to help out around the classroom
- Excellence – for completing work to the highest standards and responding to feedback given.
Pupils were presented with a certificate and values champion badge by Bill Holledge, CEO, Paradigm Trust and enjoyed a festive afternoon tea with their families.
Please click below to read a feature from the Ipswich Star on the success at Murrayfield Primary Academy:
The report credits quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision. This is a highly commendable improvement since Paradigm took over the school, which was previously judged as inadequate.
The inspection report recognises that parents and carers are now highly positive about the school, and that pupils are happy the school has “got a lot better over the last two years”, with older pupils saying that behaviour is now “fabulous”. Pupils referred to feeling safe at school because the teachers were like their parents, and the other pupils like their brothers and sisters.
Standards in English and mathematics have risen dramatically. Prior to the inspection, Murrayfield had achieved its best overall attainment results in the school’s history. Year Six SATS saw 63% of the pupils achieve the national standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined, with 80% of pupils achieving the national standard in mathematics, and an excellent 87% doing so in their writing.
The school was praised for ensuring that its pupils are prepared well for secondary school, with a real partnership between primary and secondary teachers and strong subject knowledge found across all areas.
Murrayfield Primary Academy has 60 children per year group, as well as a 26-place nursery.
Paradigm Trust ensures that all its schools offer a fantastic education in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. This is supported by enrichment opportunities that enable children to have the best opportunity to reach their potential.
For more information please contact Lena O’Shea on email@example.com or T: 0797191084310110188-Murrayfield-Primary-A-Paradigm-Academy-143550-Final-PDF
Year 6 pupils from Murrayfield Primary Academy recently visited a Victorian workhouse to gain some insight into the way in which lessons used to be taught in schools. Oh how times have changed!
The East Anglia Times today ran a feature celebrating the amazing success of out Ipswich Academies:EastAngliaTimescutting
Year 6 pupils across our Primaries have been sitting their SATs tests. We are very proud of all their hard work.
Here are Y6 pupils from Piper’s Vale enjoying a well earned visit to the park after their tests finished.
Spring has sprung, and our pupils have been waiting for chicks and ducklings to hatch, after carefully looking after their eggs.
Chick from Culloden
Sunshine the first duckling to hatch at Murrayfield
Ducklings at Old Ford
Bouncer, first duckling at Solebay