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
Tom Hunt, the newly elected Member of Parliament for Ipswich, will be visiting Piper’s Vale Primary Academy to see how Paradigm Trust is improving education in the town.
Piper’s Vale Primary Academy has made huge leaps in academic progress over the last 12 months with Y6 SATS exceeding the national average in Maths and achieving it in English, and prides itself in ensuring pupils have every opportunity to meet their potential.
Commenting ahead of his visit to Piper’s Vale, Tom Hunt MP, said:
“I am delighted to have been invited to meet the pupils and teachers at Piper’s Vale today. We want to ensure that all the children of Ipswich have access to the best possible education and we can do this by learning from the best schools and academies in our town.”
Kimberly Morton, Principal, Piper’s Vale Primary Academy, said:
“We are pleased to welcome Tom Hunt MP into our school and community. We are all working together hard to ensure all pupils get the support they need to meet their potential and while we have had some fantastic results, there is still a long way to go. On-going support from Tom and his team over the next Parliament will be invaluable in helping us ensure the school reaches its potential.”
Pupils at Piper’s Vale Primary Academy benefit from modern buildings, extensive playing fields, outside space and a huge range of extra-curricular activities including swimming. Families benefit from wrap around care at the breakfast club and on-site nursery.
If you would like to find out more about the school and speak or meet with Principal Kimberly Morton, please call the school office on 01473 320413.
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All classes in years 3-6 at Piper’s Vale Primary took part in the Accumlator Challenge. Each class started with a £30 budget to try and think of something creative such as a bake sale or a raffle in order to make as much money as possible for St Elizabeth’s Hospice. An outstanding effort by all involved! See the tweet below for the result.
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.
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.
Paradigm Trust secures leadership for accelerated progress in Ipswich Primary School
Paradigm Trust has appointed Kimberly Morton to the position of Principal with the mandate to drive continual improvement at Piper’s Vale Primary Academy. The appointment comes after Kimberly managed the school successfully for a year as interim principal.
Kimberly has previously led teaching teams that turned around schools in Norfolk, and has earned this position by developing the staff at Piper’s Vale and delivering accelerated progress for all pupils. Her appointment will ensure that the improvements already secured are locked in, with a view to the school becoming one of the best in the town.
Alongside a clear leadership structure and an embedded knowledge-based curriculum, Piper’s Vale now offers an extended day that is free at point of entry, additional study provision for year six both after school and in school holidays alongside a wide-range of sport, music and creative clubs for all pupils.
Principal Kimberly Morton says:
“I’m delighted to have been appointed as Principal at Piper’s Vale Primary Academy. We have all worked exceptionally hard to improve teaching and learning over the last year and I am extremely proud of our pupils and the school community who have achieved so much. This role gives me the opportunity to ensure continued growth and excellence for years to come.”
Located on Raeburn Road, Piper’s Vale is a primary school for 420 pupils aged between 4 and 11 years, together with a nursery for pupils from 3 years upwards. As a Paradigm Trust school, it offers a fantastic education in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, supported by enrichment opportunities that ensure children have the best opportunity to reach their potential.
Parents and carers interesting in visiting or finding out more about the school should contact Principal Kimberly Morton on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01473 320413.
Every class at Piper’s Vale is taking a visit to the local library to help develop a love of reading.
Here are Year 2 pupils enjoying a talk from the librarian.
One of the values of the Paradigm Trust is:
Community -Working together; learning from, and supporting, others.
Student ambassadors from Ipswich Academy put this value into action by visiting Murrayfield Primary and Piper’s Vale Primary academies last week to talk to their student councils about fundraising ideas for the Elmer Project.