Dear Parents and Carers,
As the school year draws to a close so ends my time as Headteacher of this amazing school.
I have led the school since 2002 and it is with great sadness I say goodbye to you all. After 17 years as head I can honestly say I have enjoyed every moment.
I will always remember with pride your wonderful children who never cease to amaze me every day with their laughter, joy and achievements. I will miss you, our parents and carers, who have always been so supportive and trusted me to ensure your very special children receive the very best education and care.
I would like to thank the Governors of the school for their support in meeting the challenges on the journey to where we are today as a three times outstanding special school. I also thank our hardworking, dedicated staff and leadership teams who will ensure that this school continues to be outstanding.
The time is right for me to say goodbye and I am so pleased that the new Headteacher, Jodie Colbourne, has the right experience and passion to enable this school to continue to flourish. She knows what is needed to ensure Old Park remains a warm, friendly and special place where our children can thrive and grow.
As our school year ends I have to say I am so proud of our children and the progress they have made in so many different ways. Individual targets have been achieved, pupils have become more independent and our children have shown great care and kindness towards each other.
We ended the year with our Celebration Assemblies. As always we celebrated our children’s achievements. Some of our youngest pupils celebrated completing their first year at whilst older pupils as they moved up the school from Primary to Secondary received their ‘Records of Achievement’.
At the end of this term we said goodbye to Nung Martin, Adam Jones and Zac Thompson. We are very sad to see these young people leave us but extremely proud of their achievements. We will miss them all so much and we wish them the very best for the future.
Our two ‘Child of Courage’ awards, The Hazel Thomas Award (Primary) and the Garth Allsop Award (Secondary) have been awarded to Rehaan Anwar and Zac Thompson.
Very well done to both students!
We look forward to welcoming our children back for the new school year in September!
Mrs G. Cartwright
The rescheduled dates for Sports Day, as of 24th June are:
Wednesday 26th June Primary:
10.30- 12.00 Middle
Thursday 27th June (changed from Tuesday of this week)
Upper and 14-19 phases 9.30-12.00
We look forward to seeing you there!
Thanks to all of you for your support this year in our fundraising. It was good to see so many of you at the Summer Fete last Saturday. We raised almost £950.
A staggering £2,693 was raised from our sponsored walk. Thank you all so much for your generosity on what was a fun, family event.
8th May 2019
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are all aware I am taking retirement and will be leaving Old Park School at the end of this academic year.
I am pleased to let you know that Governors have appointed Jodie Colbourne as the new Headteacher, who will lead the school from September 2019.
Jodie has a wide range of relevant experience and is passionate about working with children such as ours. As Deputy Headteacher of Pens Meadow School and more recently as Headteacher of Woodsetton School, Jodie has the right skills to lead the school team, drive the outstanding provision that our school offers and ensure that our children continue to be at the heart of all we do.
Dates for your diary- further details will be sent out for some of the events indicated below
Monday 6th May- The school is closed for May Day
Friday 10th May- Mufti Day
Monday 20th May and Thursday 23rd May are performances of our school production (details to follow)
Monday 27th- Friday 31st May- Whitsun Half term Holiday
Friday 7th June- Mufti Day
Tuesday 11th June- Primary Sports Day
Thursday 13th June- Secondary Sports Day
Saturday 15th June- Summer Fayre
17th June- Swimming Gala Week
24th June- Rebound celebration week
Friday 5th July- 14-19 Prom and Buffet
Monday 15th July- Welcome to class information sent home to parents
Tuesday 16th July- Meet the teacher
Wednesday 17th July- Primary End of Year assembly
Thursday 18th July- Secondary/ 14-19 End of Year assembly
Friday 19th July- Leavers Assembly and End of Year assembly
Friday 19th July- Last day of term for pupils
Monday 22nd July- INSET day for staff- school closed to pupils
April 30th 2019
Welcome back to all our children after the Easter break! We have the Summer Term ahead with many exciting events to look forward to.
Sadly this is my last term as Headteacher of Old Park School. I am privileged to have led the school since 2002. Governors have appointed a new Head to lead the school from September and I will be letting you know about this appointment as soon as I am able.
Last term we invited parents in to school to see us at work. It was a pleasure and a very positive experience to see so many families joining their children for lessons. Sessions offered included all aspects of the curriculum from more formal mathematics and phonics sessions to Forest School, PE and Art. Feedback on the evaluation sheets was very positive with 100% of parents and carers indicating they would like to attend future sessions.
We enjoyed another beautiful day for our annual sponsored walk in March when our theme was ‘Colours of the Rainbow’. We certainly brightened up an already sunny day and had great fun. A special thanks must go to those families who raised over £100. These are the families and friends of Faith Hands, Brooke Bailey Dylan White, Anna Buckler, Jessica Pitts, Callum Chesworth and Raymond Wang. A staggering £2,473.34 has been raised so far to date for our school funds.
Well done to our Makaton Choir who took centre stage at the Vivo Concert at Dudley Town Hall on Thursday 28th March. Our children were a credit to the school and a delight to see.
For the many parents who were able to come to our Easter Assemblies, I am sure you will all agree that the pupils were amazing and they all performed so well. The decorated eggs you sent in are featured in our April newsletter. It was impossible to select one winner from the huge selection of wonderful and imaginative creations- they were all winners and all entrants received a small gift and certificate.
Thanks to the Easter Bunny and FOOPs who provided all the children with their Easter gift.
I look forward to seeing all of you over the coming term!
Our Secondary Easter Assembly is Tuesday 9th April at 9.30 am.
The Primary Easter Assembly is Wednesday 10th April at 9.30 am.
All our children will be taking part with singing, dancing and sharing their learning about Easter Celebrations. Both assemblies will also have an Easter Bonnet Parade.
The wonderful decorated eggs that you have sent in from home will all be on display for you to see.
Our sponsored walk is taking place on Tuesday 26th March!
Our walk will take place from 10.30-11.30.
Family and friends are all welcome.
A buffet will follow
The theme this year is colours of the rainbow so feel free to dress your child in bright rainbow colours.
Dates for your diary!
Tuesday 26th February- Parents Evening
Thursday 7th March- World Book Day.
More information nearer the time. FOOPS have kindly organised mascots to visit
Tuesday 26th March- Our annual sponsored walk, 10.30- 11.30 am. The theme this year will be 'Rainbows'
Tuesday 9th April the Easter Bunny will be visiting all the children in the school
Tuesday 9th April- Secondary Easter Assembly
Wednesday 10th April- Primary Easter Assembly
Saturday 15th June- Summer Fayre
20th December 2018
An exciting time of year with so much happening! The children have enjoyed parties, trips out to see Santa, visits to the cinema and the Sycamore Centre. The school has been buzzing with very excited children who all received a gift from Santa- thanks to FOOPS for these Thanks to all of you who came to our Festive Family Evening! We had a wonderful night and FOOPS raised £764.00 for the school.
Christmas always starts with the Special School Concert at the Dudley Town Hall. It was a wonderful evening and so good to see some of our pupils taking part on the stage. A special mention must go to Isabel in Eagle Class who played the piano on her own in front of a packed town hall! This week we have been treated to our youngest children perform the Nativity whilst we have all enjoyed singing Christmas songs together.
Thanks to June and the kitchen team who were in school at 5.30 am to make sure Christmas Dinner day was a wonderful one for the children.
Well done to all our pupils for working so hard this term, both within school and out in the community. Parents evening was very well attended this year and you all had the opportunity to see the great work your children are producing.
As you are all aware we had an Ofsted Inspection in November which judged us to be ‘Outstanding’ for the third time. We are delighted that the behaviour of our children, their hard work, our very relevant curriculum and the care and support we offer our children was recognised.
Governors are now starting the process of finding a new Headteacher for the school ready for next September. The Post will be advertised in the New Year.
From the staff and Governors at Old Park School we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.
We look forward to seeing the children on Tuesday 8th January.
Reminder- our INSET day is Monday 7th January.
Mrs G Cartwright
Dear Parents and Carers,
It is with great sadness I need to let you know that Garth Allsop, a long serving Governor at Old Park School, sadly passed away in October.
Garth became a school Governor at Old Park in 2003 and rarely missed a meeting. He was passionate about getting the best for our children. When we were at the old site he could very often be seen with Gavin, who was a pupil at this school, fixing and mending the building. He was also Santa each year for all of our children, and Gavin was his trusty helper.
Garth will also be remembered for the annual presentation he gave to the outstanding school leaver each year at our end of year assembly.
A kind and generous gentleman, our thoughts and prayers go to his family at this sad time.