As the academic year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and especially for the recent flurry of emails offering kind words of praise and encouragement. With Covid behind us, the ISI inspection recommendations in play, a talented and united staff team, new additions to our governing body, a quality enrichment programme, and more enquiries from prospective parents than ever before, I am already looking forward to celebrating further success with you next year.

Spotlight on Staff

And this success will be in no small part down to a very special body of people that are often sadly ignored in conversations about the success of a school. I can assure you that without this group of staff, the school would simply cease to be.

The Office Staff

Anyone who has worked ‘front-of-house’ will understand just how difficult a job it is to minister to a large group of people. Ms McNamara (Registrar and Business Manager), Mrs Potter (Accounts Manager) and Miss Loftus (Receptionist) do this with aplomb and the pace at which they operate never ceases to amaze me.

The Domestic Staff

Sweeping, mopping, deep cleaning, sanitizing, refinishing floors, cleaning carpet, preventing messes are just a few of the jobs that Mrs Fishwick (left), Mrs Savage (right) and Mrs Hambleton do to keep our school clean, functional and presentable. They work at the end of the day to make the start of our day possible.

The Maintenance Staff

Beautiful well-kept grounds and a clean, safe and secure school are a given at Tower College but achieving them is quite a task. Add to this a rolling programme of refurbishment and managing the logistics of every event that takes place at the school and you have requirements that can only be carried out by a team of exceptionally dedicated individuals. Thankfully in Mr Barr (Site Manager), Mr Barber (Gardener) and Mr Morgan (Assistant Site Manager), we have that team.

The Teaching Assistants

A truly remarkable quartet! Mrs Gannon, Miss Byron, Miss Connelly and Mrs Phelan (left to right) are the epitome of compassion, flexibility, patience, skilled communication and meticulous organisation. They are pivotal in the care and development of our children and we are eternally grateful to them.

New Governors

I’m delighted to announce that the Tower College Governing Body has three new members. We have been very fortunate in gaining such quality governors who have a wealth of experience and expertise. Ms Beaumont (Middle) will oversee ‘Marketing and Admissions’, Mr Deane (Right) will oversee ‘Finance’ and Mr Stamper (Left) will oversee ‘Estates and Buildings. The image below shows the responsibilities associated with being a Governor.

Graduation Day

We aim to provide our pupils with a wealth of opportunities, both inside the classroom and beyond the classroom. More than anything else, we want our pupils to have a strong moral code so that they are able to take their place as responsible citizens, ready to contribute positively to their communities and the wider world around them. We encourage them to have a commitment to serve others, participate in a wide range of activities and develop the ability to lead others and of course, the skills to learn effectively.

This week, I was delighted to award our pupils their graduation certificates. For me, the graduation ceremony, by far, is the most important date in the school calendar. It is a day on which we acknowledge and celebrate the most important thing about Tower College – THE SUCCESS OF THE CHILDREN. I couldn’t be more proud to see well-mannered and gracious children receive awards for outstanding work and contributions whilst being applauded by their peers, parents and teachers.

I hope you and your family have time to rest over the coming weeks and that you have an enjoyable summer. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can support you with any aspect of your child’s learning and progress.

Ms Bingley (Principal)

MRS TURNER HITS AMAZON NUMBER 1

In May, our very own language teacher, Mrs Turner became a published author! Not only that, but the book reached number 1 in 11 different categories in the Amazon charts and even knocked the legendary iceman, Wim Hof off the top spot.

From the Ashes She is Ignited is a collaboration of inspiring and empowering stories from women who have overcome adversity and chosen to live with positivity and confidence. Compiled by former teacher and motivational coach, Louisa Herridge, Mrs Turner’s chapter which is entitled ‘Buy the Shoes’ features as the opening chapter. The book is available to purchase now from Amazon (click image below to open in a new tab).

TOWER TOTS REPORT

We are delighted with the success of our new conservatory pre-school room which opened in September of last year. The room is now full to capacity and their routine is well established, bringing us a huge sense of achievement to nursery life; the playroom is bright, airy and thoroughly enjoyed by all the staff and children.

The Platinum Jubilee was a great opportunity to gather on the tennis courts as a whole nursery and celebrate with a tea party bringing a valued sense of belonging to all staff and children. Our team is forever expanding as we grow as a nursery and staff go off to have their own children. We are really lucky to have recruited some excellent team members who feel as though they have always been part of our team, helping to create a home-from-home feeling for our little ones.

We have been enjoying the summer weather at Tower tots and making excellent use of the beautiful grounds. Our children are in awe of nature and have loved finding flowers under the shady trees, splashing in water pools and long walks across the field.

The parents love seeing the daily photographs we upload of their children exploring the varied activities and are often recommending us to their family and friends. We have had numerous enquiries over the last few weeks however, we currently only have limited availability and our baby room is full until May 2023!

We are really pleased to continue our 5* food hygiene rating after our recent inspection from environmental health; well done to our cooks who strive to achieve this and provide us with lots of healthy homemade foods.

In the future, we are planning to refurbish our outdoor area at the nursery creating a large green area for our older children to climb and explore but in the meantime, our children are loving the natural grounds and pathways of Tower College.

Good Luck to all our children who are leaving us to start school in September; we hope you all have a lovely summer.

Miss Lawrenson (Tower Tots Manager)

PRE-PREP REPORT

As the end of the year draws to a close, we have been busily preparing the children for the next stage in their school journey. We have focussed on the children’s personal, social and emotional development to hopefully ensure that their transition is a happy one. As the children move up, they will be joined by new starters from Tower Tots and other settings. To facilitate this, we had a lovely transition day where the new joiners spent the day getting to know the school and their new friends.

Inaugural Parent Workshop

With curriculums always being a work in progress and children gaining a deeper understanding from such an early age, we realise the importance of working together with parents. Children from Reception onwards often go home excitedly exclaiming that they can see ‘digraphs’ and ‘trigraphs’ in their reading books. Consequently, we thought it would be a good idea to invite parents to school to discuss what the children will be learning throughout the year, how they can support their child and how to provide opportunities and resources for children to use outside of school.

Miss Porter, our Early Intervention and Support Lead, led an engaging and successful inaugural parent workshop which focussed on Early Literacy in EYFS. Parents commented that the workshop was ‘extremely insightful’. We know that this workshop will benefit children’s academic performance and will also bring children and parents together in their learning. A maths workshop is planned for September and all the parents who attended the first workshop said they are definitely coming to the second one.

Reading Buddies

Year 1 pupils were delighted to be assigned leadership roles as ‘reading buddies’ to the Bluebird and Reception children. The interaction was inspiring, with wonderful conversations about reading. There’s no doubt that this had a significant impact on encouraging the children to become better readers and improve their comprehension skills.

Gruffalo Crumble

For me, the highlight of the term has to be Gruffalo Crumble Day when James, Classroom Kitchen’s master chef, made a special guest appearance. After teaching the children how to peel, chop, weigh and mix their ingredients, James encouraged the children to use their imaginations and create their very own Gruffalo Crumble.

What’s Next?

The staff are very much looking forward to welcoming the new children into our learning environment as well as supporting parents by providing them with the necessary tools to facilitate their children’s learning outside of school. We are confident that as a team, we can give the children the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.

Wishing you a happy and restful summer break.

Miss Nugent (Head of Early Years)

LOWER SCHOOL REPORT

It has been a jam-packed and productive summer term. As always, the staff went to extraordinary lengths to make the final two weeks something to remember. We will never forget Mr Southward’s new style Sports Day or the delighted faces of the children receiving their awards on Graduation Day.

Another highlight of the term was the children meeting police officers, scientists and computer experts when they took part in our Careers Day. It was great fun seeing the children dress up in the clothes of the career they would like to follow. Year 2 went a step further and looked at how children were forced to work in Victorian times. They now really appreciate the Children’s Act!

Whilst there haven’t been many sunny days this term, this hasn’t stopped the pupils from enjoying some excellent outdoor learning experiences and messy play. Enrichment sessions have again proved popular, with the children participating in LEGO design and construction, orienteering and nature craft activities. Mrs Miles’s class raised caterpillars and watched them turn into butterflies before releasing them on the school lawn. The children also celebrated the Queens Platinum Jubilee with a scrumptious picnic followed by party games.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing summer break and look forward to seeing you in September, ready for the year ahead!

Mrs Wright (Deputy Principal) and Mrs Gibson (Assistant Principal)

MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOL REPORT

Thankfully, Covid now seems part of the dim and distant past as the school has returned to something like normal with the children being able to enjoy a full enrichment programme, school trips, Sports Day, Gala Day and a host of other engaging activities. As well as this, our pupils seem to have shaken off the Covid shackles. They have demonstrated real growth and development and embodied the values instilled into our wonderfully tight-knit community at every opportunity. We’re thrilled that our reputation is spreading and we look forward to welcoming additional pupils and classes in September.

Teaching and Learning

It has been a wonderful term for teaching and learning, focusing on providing a well-rounded education. Alongside trips and extra-curricular activities, there has been a concentrated effort to inspire and engage the pupils inside the classroom. From September, we will be introducing more creative learning opportunities for the children to enjoy and improve their skill set.

Charity Ambassadors Excel

The charity ambassadors were appointed in February. Their dedication along with the generosity of our parents has led to some remarkable fundraising; the Tower College community is making a real difference to those in need. Here’s a small sample of what we have accomplished.

  • Poppy Appeal £454.35
  • Comic Relief £278.00
  • Blue & Yellow Day (Ukraine) £787
  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital 254 Eggs collected
  • Ukraine Appeal – copious donations of clothing and supplies

The ambassadors are busily preparing their 2022/23 programme. Firstly, there will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning on September 30th, 2022 – further details to follow.

Trips and Events

This year’s residential trips have been a huge success, especially Colomendy and Culmington Manor. The children have also visited the cinema, a pantomime, the theatre, a bowling alley, a ski centre, Winter wonderland, Gullivers World, Air Nation, and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We were delighted to return to running our traditional events. Speech Day, the Carol Service, Sports Day, Gala Day and Graduation Day. We received some lovely emails from happy parents (thank you) praising the organisation of the events.

The next academic year is promising to be even better with residential trips already filled for Willersey Castle, London and the Easter ski trip. We are also hoping to run a trip to Spain (read about this later). But perhaps the most adventurous is our African Project. The Duke of Edinburgh pupils along with our charity ambassadors will have the opportunity to work as volunteers in Kenya – safari included! There will be an information evening regarding this in September.

Enrichment

Our enrichment programme (which includes after-school clubs) has been a key area of development since the ISI inspection and we are looking to enhance the provision further in September by offering more activities. After-school clubs will run from 3:45pm to 4:30pm. More information will follow in September. Below is a list of the activities that will be available throughout the year.

  • Zumba with Miss Nash
  • World Traveller with Mr Taylor
  • Football with Mr Southward
  • Judo with Sensei Kerry
  • Netball with Mrs Davies
  • Maths Club with Mrs Gibson
  • Book Club with Miss Deane
  • Basketball with Mr Southward
  • Coding Club with Mr Glover
  • Playground Games with Miss Nugent and Miss Porter
  • Library Club with Mrs Christian
  • French With Mrs Turner
  • Handball with Mr Southward
  • Tennis with Mrs Boyd
  • Nature Club with Mrs Miles
  • Crafts with Mrs Riley
  • Cricket with Mr Southward

Spanish Report

It has been a joy to deliver Spanish to our lower, middle and upper school pupils since we joined the school at Easter and delightful to see our young people have their passion for language learning ignited and their appreciation for other cultures developed.

We had a wonderful term learning about festivals in Spanish-speaking counties, from the crazy Tomatina festival in Valencia to the mysterious Day of the Dead festival in Mexico. We also studied some Spanish-speaking icons such as the great artist, Frida Kahlo. Year 5 produced some incredible artwork in the style of Frida and were also inspired by all things Mexican and made salsa, mariachi instruments and more. We very much enjoyed sampling the salsa! Speaking of food, in Culture Club enrichment sessions, pupils have explored and sampled delicacies from many different countries. The Spanish tortilla was a hit!

We have also been highly impressed with the end-of-year test results and are confident they will excel as they move up a year in September.

We will be announcing a school trip to Spain in the new academic year that will take place in 2023 to the south of Spain. Keep a look out for more information coming soon. Meanwhile, if you are fortunate enough to visit any Spanish-speaking countries during the holidays, speak lots of Spanish, take lots of pictures and tell us all about it when you return.

Buen vacaciones!

Mrs Turner & Miss Riley (Spanish Teachers)

We would like to thank our teachers, support staff, parents and pupils for their contributions, and we wish you all a summer break filled with rest, relaxation and sun!

Mr Glover, Ms Gregory and Mr Taylor (Assistant Principals)

CAREERS FAYRE

STAFF LEAVING AND NEW STARTERS

Mrs Melling and Mrs Hannaford will be leaving us at the end of this academic year. We wish them well in their new ventures. In September, we welcome Mr Brown – Music Teacher, Miss Doughty – PE Teacher and Miss Hines – EYFS Teacher.

SAFEGUARDING

As part of their very important role, our new Safeguarding Team has attended several training sessions to prepare for September. As well as updating the school Safeguarding Policy, and preparing the staff for KCSIE 2022, the team will be joining forces with the police as part of Operation Encompass. The police inform the DSL when an incident of domestic abuse has taken place in the household. The DSL uses the information to strategize the best support for the child affected. Any information is confidential and shared only between the Safeguarding Team and any staff who will be involved in the support process.

Please visit the Operation Encompass website for more information (click me)

If you have any Safeguarding concerns, please do email a member of the Safeguarding team. The emails are on the poster above.

HEAT-HEALTH ADVICE ISSUED FOR ALL REGIONS OF ENGLAND

With temperatures rising to forecasted record levels this weekend, UKHSA and the Met Office are reminding people to take precautions to stay safe through the hot weather.

The hottest temperatures are expected on Monday and Tuesday, with highs of 40°C possible.

A Level 4 alert has been issued for the first time since the Heatwave Plan for England was introduced in 2004.

Top tips for staying safe in hot weather include:

  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun – and remember that it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
    drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
  • take care and make sure to follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down
  • check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA said:

Temperatures in England next week are likely to reach record levels, and it’s important we all know how to stay well in hot weather. Check up on vulnerable friends, family and neighbours to make sure they stay hydrated, keep cool and know how to keep their homes cool.

Professor Penny Endersby, Chief Executive at the Met Office, said:

This is the first time we have issued a Red National Severe Weather Warning for extreme heat and the first time 40°C has been forecast in the UK. In this country we’re used to treating a hot spell as a chance to go and play in in the sun. This is not that sort of weather.

Stay safe and have a wonderful holiday!