Welcome from the Headteacher
Headteacher - Mrs. Michelle Ravey
Welcome to our school. I have been Headteacher here for 6 years now I am so proud of the achievements of all the children and staff over this time. When I was first appointed as Head the school was in Special Measures. It was a long and challenging journey but all the hard work paid off and the school was judged as Good overall, with outstanding for Leadership and Management, Personal Development and well-being and Early Years, in April 2019. HMI found that;
‘Leaders have worked tirelessly since the previous inspection to improve pupils’ progress and raise attainment. Uncompromising, outstanding leadership ensures that all groups of pupils receive a good-quality education.’
‘The headteacher, staff and governors are determined that pupils should receive a high quality education. Pupils have a love of learning and a love of life itself. The school’s mission is lived out to the full. The first-rate support and good-quality teaching that pupils receive are raising aspirations and enabling pupils to, as the school’s motto says, ‘soar to new heights’. (OFSTED April 2019)
In an educational climate of raised expectations and more challenging SATs we are doing our very best to make sure all of our pupils reach the expected standard. One of the things I am immensely proud of is the way in which parents are fully involved in the life of the school. In 2019 we were awarded the ‘Leading Parent Partnership Award’ in recognition of our strong links and positive relationships with our parents. Throughout the year, I will be reinforcing how important it is for children to complete their homework and are heard read at home. I know you will continue to support the school with this. During ‘lockdown’ you have all proved yourself as the first and most important educators of your child/children.
Last academic year was one of the most challenging ever with Covid 19 coming out of the blue and changing everything literally overnight. What is a school without children? I can’t tell you how happy all the staff are to see our classrooms full again and hear the sound of children’s laughter and see their smiling faces again. We know challenges lie ahead but I am amazed at how resilient the children are. They have come back with joy in their hearts and are so eager to learn. Our focus will be on promoting well-being and positive mental health. These are essential before any meaningful learning can take place.
I believe in an education where all children can be happy, achieve well and know they are safe and secure. As part of the catholic life of the school we try to live out the gospel values and treat everyone as we would like to be treated ourselves.
After love the next best thing we can give our children is self confidence. The effects of having a positive self- image, high levels of self-esteem can never be underestimated. It is my aim to ensure that all the children at Holy Spirit believe in themselves and know they can be whatever they want to be. Through a rich and vibrant curriculum, underpinned by real life experiences, we aim to make Holy Spirit a fun and exciting place to be where everyone can be the very best they can be.
'Education is a passport for the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.’