Our Week 28th -1st November 2019

Friday 01 November 2019

Ark Oval Primary Academy – News of the Week

Principals Summary

Dear Parents and Carers,

Ofsted have changed the way that they are recording the parent feedback and thus have deleted all previous response from before half term! Please help the school by completing the Ofsted parent survey https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/login?destination=give-your-views the more parents use this service the more representative the sample and the better we do.

This week the academy enjoyed a visit from Croydon Local Authority. This is an annual inspection that Croydon carries out as a partner to the academy. The feedback from this visit was overwhelmingly positive. The visiting team were blown away by the quality of behaviour in classrooms, the articulation and manners of the children and their dedication to classroom learning. We continue to grow and take feedback from all parties in our journey of bringing the academy to the highest possible standard and securing an outstanding level of education for the children.

In the spirit of this please don’t forget that Wednesday 6th November at 15:00 there is a parent forum for all parents wishing to spend some time talking through academy business and discuss any matters they feel strongly about. The agenda from previous meeting is below but can be amended or issues for discussion raised if you can’t attend via t.martlew@arkovalprimary.org

The Agenda is as follows:

  • Workshop attendance new model/old model
  • Academy calendar
  • Safeguarding – CEOP and Information security
  • Staffing
  • Newsletter/page

Notes from the meeting will be published in the following week’s news page.

Attendance Champions

WHOLE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE: 96.8 (-0.5% on last week  / +1% on National :))

Earning them an extra break time…

KS1&Reception: Bloom – Wonder – 98.2%

KS2: Bevan & Pankhurst – Franklin – 97.7%

Punctuality Champions

Earning them an extra break time…

KS1&Reception: Polo

KS2: Curie

Achievers of the Week


Be Brave

Be Resilient

Be Respectful

Be Honest

Aim High







































Taylor M




Dojo Champions – Exceptional Behaviour and Manners

Winning the Dojo Award for the week

KS1&Reception: Dylan (44) Bloom

KS2: Evangelina (71) Curie

Makaton Sign of the Week

Demonstrate the sign of the week for Mrs Desai and earn a Green Dojo!

Our Week


The academy themed lunch for Diwali was brilliant and children loved the special lunch. We will now be doing at least one themed lunch per term.

School Dinner Choices

Please note that children should be signing up for meal choices on a half termly basis. This means that if they choose school dinner this is the choice for the entire half term there is to be no swapping to and fro with packed lunches. Equally if children sign up for packed lunch again this is a half termly choice they cannot revert to School Dinner or chop and change within the week not even just for Fridays. As you can appreciate this is so that we know what the numbers will be for catering purposes.

Therefore the Dinner register that is taken on Monday 28TH October will be the choice made until the 20th December. A new Dinner register will be taken for January to half term in February.

Parent Association Meeting

Many thanks to the parents who attended the first prospective members meeting this week – the next meeting will be held on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12th 1900 in the library – ready for finalisation and a launch in January

There have been some requests for additional information regarding the content of this meeting and the content of the forth coming meeting. Both are the same - they will outline the areas of responsibility of a PTA, set the scope of the actions that will be undertaken by the PTA and set a clear time line for implementation.


The academy enjoyed more brilliant experiences and trips this week – most notably Year 5 had a great time experiencing a rich and interesting musical experience with the Roma Voice Choir at Fairfield Halls. With up coming trips to cinemas, Morden Hall Park, Churches and further afield it is clear that we put experiential learning at the very heart of our learning.

The Coming Week (s)

General Election

Please take note the academy is now going to be CLOSED on the 12th December as a polling station – the nativity and yr5/6 Winter Music festival and the 3rd Nativity show will take place on the 13th DECEMBER.

Pupil Parliament

In an echo of the larger political movements in the country the academy will be asking the pupils to go to the polls next week and elect a member of parliament for their class. Any children interested in becoming the Member of Parliament for their class will be expected to have produced a three point manifesto, speak to their class on why they should be elected and attend regularly parliamentary sessions in school to debate the topics they care about most with the school leadership.

Remembrance Assembly

On the 11th November the academy will be marking the remembrance of all those who were lost in both World Wars and since. The academy encourages the wearing of poppies to mark this event but would ask that they are not secured using pins as this can present a health and safety issue.

School Photos

Individual pupil photos will be taking place next Thursday and Friday. If parents wish their child to be photographed they need to return the Photo permission letter which is being sent home today.


The academy uniform has been steadily improving thought the first half term. It is noticeable this has declined in this first week back. Please make sure that school shoes, ties and uniform is consistent. We are professional in our attire, learning and conduct.

Other Notices

Local Football

Eversley Rangers FC are looking for boys and girls to join their u9 team (Y3 & 4). They play in the Tandridge League, train on a Saturday with their matches on a Sunday. If anyone is interested please pop along to a Saturday training session - 1000 at Harvington Playing Fields, South Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham, BR3 3AT. Or call Amanda on 07981 741 929.