Big Breakfast 7th Jan 2017
The latest Big Breakfast on Saturday 7th January provided us with an opportunity to hear from Joanna Francis, the recently arrived Head of Copthorne Junior School. Joanna began at our school in September after 15 years as Head of a smaller school in Horsted Keynes.
Ofsted have just completed their latest inspection of Copthorne Juniors and although details could not yet be shared with the BB munchers, Joanna was able to tell us that she and her team were delighted with the outcome. Well done teachers and staff, supported by the Governors of course.
We learnt the school currently has 231 pupils and is almost at capacity. It was interesting to hear that 29% of the children come from outside the catchment area, including a few from cross county. The village location and reputation make it a sought after provider and with figures such as the Year 6 SATS which sit above the National Average, that is no surprise. Being a Church school CJ is also subject to a SIAMS assessment, here again the most recent findings are excellent with” Christian values being recognised by the children”, says the report. The school also accommodates non Christian faith children where options to be excused from some practises are available, although Joanna was able to tell us that in the school full integration is the choice adopted by the attendees and their families.
The school has a mission to prepare our Children for a world where roles will exist that today we cannot yet envisage and so team working and goal recognition and achievement are key components of the learning experience. Extra curricular activities support these objectives and we saw some beautiful pictures of the children experiencing Tudor, Victorian and World War 2 history on trips and stays around the South East. The children even produced job applications on one of these trips to be a servant in the grand house at Preston Manor. A most impressive application it was too, a potential Apprentice winner in the making! It was not just the past that engaged the children either, the use of technology is high on the schools agenda and a visit to the Science Museum underpinned the importance of exploration and creativity in the brave new world.
An enjoyable presentation and engagement, thankyou and good luck to you and your staff Joanna for the difference you make to our village life.
The next Big Breakfast at the Hub is on Saturday 8th April. We will be joined on this occasion by Felicity Dick, Founder and Trustee of the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. This brave new world I referenced earlier, is currently creating a refugee crisis of massive proportions where politics, security and economics make it very hard for simple solutions to be found to what is possibly the single most crucial social dilemma of our times. Felicity can help us first hand understand the background, challenges and human stories in evidence. With 3 Asylum Seeker Detention Centres in our locale and with the crisis shown on our TVs every day, this is a timely opportunity to hear from those directly engaged in the issue. See the GDWG link www.gdwg.org.uk
Tickets as usual can be reserved at the Parish Office, or by signing up at the back of church. The Full Monty breakfast is a bargain at £8.50 per head, using as it does several locally sourced products. I look forward to seeing as many of the village as we can accommodate there and once again thanks to Julia our wonderful chef and all the team who set up, wash up and put away after our events.
Trevor Hodsdon St John The Evangelist Church