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In May 2013 I became the Head of Heronshaw School after previously being the deputy. I am extremely proud of Heronshaw and everything myself and my team have accomplished most notably our Outstanding Ofsted in February 2016. Where Ofsted commented:

“Emanating from the headteacher’s strong example, staff have very high expectations of themselves and pupils. These expectations propel the work of the staff who ceaselessly strive to make the experiences pupils have, from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave, as good as they can be”

We have maintained our strong focus on children and their families, ensuring a settled a positive start to school life for each and every child. Which has ensured the best outcomes for all children.

Together we aim to maintain the school’s vision of “Inspire, Grow, Achieve” this has been made achievable through our open door policy and strong links with the community, while ensuring the highest possible standards.

The school has had many successes in the past of which it should be proud. Standards have been consistently high at Heronshaw and the school has been awarded the Quality Mark for basic skills three times, along with more recently the Afpe Sports mark with distinction for our commitment to quality PE and extended school provision. In addition to these awards we have received the climate mark in honour of the attitudes children, staff and parents have towards school, learning and their community.

The school continues to deliver a well-planned and child centred curriculum that both challenges and engages children in their learning while deepening and extending their knowledge.

“Teaching, learning and assessment across the school are of a very high quality; much outstanding, including in the early years setting. This is because improving teaching is placed at the heart of the school’s work. Teachers view themselves as professional learners; they ceaselessly seek to improve their practice.” OFSTED 2016


While recognising the achievements of the past, we are continually striving to improve standards and the environment for learning. The school already has links with the playgroups within its area and will continue to look to develop these further with our foundation team. 

Heronshaw has often been praised for the warm and welcoming atmosphere and for the way that staff work in partnership with parents, listening and acting on any concerns. We fully understand that happy children will always learn better and strive to ensure this will be your experience.


I look forward to welcoming you.


Melanie Saunders-Short
Headteacher


Kindness, Respect, Friendship, ChallengeHonesty, Community, Success

Latest Heronshaw Calendar Events

Summer holidays22Jul2017

First day of new academic year will be confirmed.

INSET day for staff01Sep2017

Staff will be in school. No children until Monday.

Foundation Induction Day04Sep2017

8:40 am - 12:15 pm @ Foundation classrooms

The Foundation children born in September, October, November and December have their first morning visit. The day starts at 08:40 and finishes at 12:15. The children will come through the Foundation gate and be picked up from the external doors by each classroom at the end of the morning. The children will be having their lunch at school on that day. Please bring a packed lunch. The induction continues on Friday 8th September, unless a member of the team requests an additional visit on that first morning.

Year 1 and 2 start new school year04Sep2017

Foundation Induction Day05Sep2017

8:40 am - 12:15 pm @ Foundation classrooms

The Foundation children born in January, February, March and April have their first morning visit. The day starts at 08:40 and finishes at 12:15. The children will come through the Foundation gate and be picked up from the external doors by each classroom at the end of the morning. The children will be having their lunch at school on that day. Please bring a packed lunch. The induction continues on Friday 8th September, unless a member of the team requests an additional visit on that first morning.

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