Welcome to Southway Primary School
A message from Miss Holland, Principal
A very warm welcome to our school! We look forward to a year of continued progress where children learn lots of new facts, figures and skills, delivered through our exciting curriculum that is filled with adventure, trips, events and visitors that bring their learning alive!
We feel very fortunate to have such fantastic learning environments, both inside and out. They provide a vibrancy that help to capture children’s imaginations and, along with high quality teaching and learning support, encourages a thirst for learning that results in their progress in all year groups.
Our sponsor, United Learning, believe very much in ensuring ‘The Best in Everyone’ and we fully embrace this in our aspirations in ‘building brighter futures’. For more information on our sponsor, you may like to visit http://unitedlearning.org.uk where you can find information about the group’s vision, ethos and its schools and academies.
As always, if you need anything from us, do come and find us. All staff are outside the school every Friday at 3.00pm to support you or alternatively you can book an appointment via the school reception.
We wish all our children a very successful and enjoyable year!
Recent good news:
Dominic Norrish, Director of Technology, visited our school on 16th November 2016 and said Southway had the best IT provision of any state school he had visited.
Pobble, the online writing publishing company, has made Southway its 'School of the Week' because of the large amount of great quality children's writing we published and the positive comments and involvement of our parents.
Worth Less? - Urgent update and action - September 2016
‘One click for fairness’
You will be aware that schools and academies in West Sussex remain massively underfunded when compared to the national average or London. This year, West Sussex children received £44m less than the national average and £200m less than the average London borough.
This unfairness is having a crippling effect upon schools across the county. During the last school year, ‘Worth Less?’ campaigned for interim funding support to help us overcome the current situation. The government refused to support and told us that matters would improve with the introduction of a National Fair Funding Formula that would be in place by April 2017. This is no longer the case and the introduction has been delayed with no clear future date set.
To make matters worse, the government continues to state that education funding has been protected. Again, this is simply not true. Costs in areas such as pensions and National Insurance contributions are estimated, by the Independent Institute of Fiscal Studies, to have further slashed our budgets by 8-10% year on year.
School leaders have made every conceivable cut to our provision and now we are faced with reducing basic services still further, all to the disadvantage of your child. Our finances are so bad that we are all having to consider the following types of action:
Modifying school opening hours.
As you can imagine, such radical considerations are the very last thing that any school wishes to do but we are being given no option. We do not understand why children in our school are ‘Worth Less?’ than others around the country. Even when a National Funding Formula is introduced, it will take at least three years to have a really significant effect on our budgets. We cannot wait that long.
Recently, the government has announced initiatives such as the ‘academies for all’ programme and the introduction of new grammar schools. £500m was earmarked for the academies programme with a further £50m for the grammar school policy. This proves that the money is there, should government wish to spend it on our children.
It is the belief of all school leaders that the time has come for immediate action that will enable us to provide the service that your child deserves. To that end, we are again urging the government to pledge a minimum of £20m to West Sussex for the new financial year beginning April 2017. This would still leave us lagging way behind the national average but it would mean that we can cope.
After your support during the last school year, we urgently need it again. This can be done in a straightforward way but it will have a massive effect on government.
Simply go to the Worth Less? Facebook page: (www.facebook.com/WorthLessWestSussex) and like the '£20 million transitional funding’ image. We already have over 13,000 followers of the Worth Less page - if we can get huge numbers to like our campaign then we can deliver the message, with your children, to 10 Downing Street over the next two to three weeks. We all hope that, with support from politicians, the message will finally get through and appropriate action will be taken. We believe that we are ‘one click for fairness’.
School leaders will always act responsibly on behalf of the children we educate and care for. We need your support in order to do this to the best of our abilities. Please help us to do this by clicking here now.
Head of School
A PDF of the above letter is available here.
Tuesday 3rd January is an INSET day, so children will not be at school on that day. Children return to school after the holiday on Weds 4th January 2017.
Term dates for the academic year are available on the black tabs to the left.
Our school has seven key words, called 'The Southway Seven', that form the basis of our ethos and values.
Southway Primary School is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.