Hertford Juniors

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Wednesday 29th Nov 

Friday 24th November

What do I do in a day? I write this question because I am reflecting on work-life balance and as I often plan to do 10 things, I complete 15 but only 2 were on the original list, I am always behind in my work. I do, however, have fun every day and I and lucky to laugh and joke about something with a brilliant group of people.

Over the past 4 months we have not had a school caretaker. So the job has fallen to me. That's ok as I don't believe I should give a job to someone if I am not willing to do it myself. However, when I find myself welcoming the Premises team from Downs Juniors & Infants to the school while I was unblocking the boys urinal I decided enough is enough. I need to put education back at the top of my list.

The Government again has decided not to give more money to support education so the jobs we do will continue to be diverse but whatever the funding is our core purpose is education. Our reason to get up in the morning is education and our reason to continue even when it's hard is because we believe in education. So even if there is no money, no resources and too much to do, I will continue. I love it every day.

Monday 6th November

At the start of the school year I posted the vision statement for the school. Over the term we continue to look closely at the 5 key words that make up our vision. The words are CHALLENGE, CELEBRATE, LEARNING, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY. Learning is at the centre of everything we do but would not be so strong if we did not keep the other  values in high priority. 

I was proud to be at Brighton Town Hall this week when Jo Wilding presented her petition to the city council. Our families have put together this petition to celebrate the strength of the schools here at Hertford. Let’s hope the council show us respect. Don’t forget to respond to the consultation that B&H are undertaking.

Friday 13th October

The first half term of this school year is just about to end. Staff and children are spending the last hour together reflecting on the learning from the past week and half term. We have a two week break which sounds great but I am concerned that children who find it tricky to settle may be more disturbed than rested.

Today we have been wearing yellow to raise money and awareness of Child Mental Health issues. Many children suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental health problems in a class there are likely to be over 5 children with such issues and they need someone to care, they need someone to listen. Over the holiday, we hope all children rest, relax and reflect on how they feel and how they can help themselves to stay strong. If they cant stay strong it's important they know where to go or what to do for help.

Let's help our young people be trouble free. That's what they deserve.

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Our Vision for the school: At Hertford Junior School, everyone is valued and respected for the work they do and the contribution they make to the life and character of the school. We believe in equality of opportunity for all and seek to develop an ethos of understanding and tolerance, where differences are acknowledged and celebrated.

We are committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum and nurturing a love of learning. We value academic achievement and encourage excellence in all things we do. We are also committed to developing personal and social skills and providing opportunities for creative, artistic and physical development.

We have high expectations and challenge pupils to achieve the best they can. We endeavour to promote positive attitudes to learning through rewarding children’s achievements and celebrating their successes, however small. We have very high expectations of behaviour and support children to make the right choices through positive reinforcement of good behaviour and attitudes.

At Hertford, we work as a team. We encourage pupils to develop independence in their learning, but also offer opportunities to work co-operatively and collaboratively. We recognise that children are unique and should be treated as individuals, but strive to promote a sense of collective responsibility and pride towards our school. We aim to offer a safe, stimulating, well-resourced and culturally rich learning environment, which reflects and contributes to the excellent teaching and learning that takes place.

We value the partnership between home and school, and encourage family and friends of Hertford to take an active part in the school. We recognise we have an important role in our community and endeavour to develop links with other schools and organisations who have much to offer our school.


Monday 11th September 2017

School started last week and we welcomed back to school our Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 children. We were also pleased to see 50 new children joining us, 45 in Year 3, 2 in Year 4, and 3 in Year 6.

We welcome back last years staff. Joining us this year we have Ms Charlie Burge in Year 4 (Willow) and Ms Peddy Knowles in Year 5 (Cherry) and Caroline Gorton as support staff.

The staff have worked hard over the holiday to plan an exciting year for your children. Learning journeys are being started with some exciting visitors and visits already planned. We aim to keep you informed as much as possible and always value your input. We look forward to seeing you as well as your children here at Hertford Juniors.

As Head teacher I love to meet with children to hear their thoughts on what we can do at school and also enjoy meeting with parents to work on developments. If you have any questions about school, how we help your child or just want a chat, please call me or grab me at the end of the day and we'll have a cup of tea.

This blog aims to show something about the school and what I, Joan Marshall Headteacher, am thinking about our school and its daily events. I may write daily, weekly or monthly depending on events so please watch this space.