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Crawley’s Thomas Bennett Students Celebrate Christmas with a Winter Concert

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Students at Thomas Bennett Community College celebrated Christmas with an amazing Winter Concert held last night.

More than 25 students performed and showcased an amazing array of talent.  Performances included some Christmas classics as well a vast array of music and songs from all genres.

The school hall was packed to the rafters with family, friends and staff all of whom came to watch.  Decorated beautifully for Christmas the atmosphere in the school was fantastic.  The highlight of course was the students, whose talent was just incredible.  Students played a range of instruments including keyboard, guitar and drums.  There was also plenty of vocal performances from students whose outstanding talent was just phenomenal.

Lots of hard work and commitment went into making the evening such a success.  Students have been practising tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the event to ensure that they were able to perform with confidence.  The schools Sixth form students also played in a big part and helped organise the event and made sure it run smoothly. 

However, the concert wouldn’t have been such a huge success without the hard work of the schools entire music department.  Mr. Dobson, Ms. Wookey and Ms. Harvey all worked phenomenally hard to ensure that the evening was brilliant.  Their passion for music and teaching really shone through.

The event was the perfect way to finish the winter term. 

Headteacher, Stuart Smith said:

“The Winter Concert was just incredible.  I really couldn’t be prouder of the outstanding talent shown by the students last night.  The event was a real highlight of the year and wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Mr. Dobson and the music department.  We have some incredibly gifted students and watching them perform last night with such confidence was amazing to see.”

The whole school community enjoyed the experience so much that they are now busy thinking ahead and are getting ready to prepare for their Easter music concert.

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Crawley school thrilled after latest Ofsted inspection

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Teacher Mrs Loftus with: Back row (L-R) Nicole, Ayden, Rohan Front row (L-R) Jonah, Anais, Bilal

Teachers, parents and pupils of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School in Langley Green have cause to celebrate after a recent Ofsted inpsection found the schools to be a ‘good school, doing great things, with many outstanding features.’

The school underwent a Section 8 Ofsted Inspection in the run up to Christmas last year.

Section 8 Inspections are used by Ofsted to determine whether or not current gradings remain accurate.  Inspectors cannot change these gradings.  For gradings to be changed, the Inspectors must order a full Inspection (known as a Section 5 Inspection), to take place at some point over the coming 2 years.

The Ofsted Team were very positive about OLQOH (see the full report attached) making just one suggested improvement to the way in which the Reading Programme in EYFS and Key Stage 1 continues to be developed. 

Other than this single action, the Ofsted Team, who visited the School for 2 days in the final week of the Autumn Term, found no further actions for the school to be working to achieve.

Chair of Governors, Maja Jasko, said:

‘We are delighted with this report, which underscores the progress the school continues to make in our continuous pursuit of excellence’. 

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, went on to highlight the glowing feedback made about the children, staff & Governors of Our Lady’s, which was summed up by lead Inspector, Leah Goulding, in the comments she made in relation to the children ‘being rightly proud to be members of Our Lady’s’.

  Mrs Goulding went on to write:

“The school’s mission of ‘listen, love, learn’ is important to them and they are committed to live by this. Pupils’ conduct around the school is of a high standard and this contributes to a very calm, pleasant atmosphere.  Further, Teachers and School Leaders are relentless in their pursuit for the very best for their pupils; the school’s philosophy that ‘getting better never stops’ runs through everything it does!”

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