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Caren Earp

I am delighted to introduce myself as Headteacher of Henlow Church of England Academy and to welcome you to our website.

My role in recent years has included curriculum development across Years 9 to 13 and the quest to provide seamless learning, as pupils transfer from Year 8. I am now fortunate to have the opportunity to lead staff and pupils at Henlow in Years 5 to 8 in the next stage of our educational journey.

We are all proud of Henlow Academy’s ethos and our values of Honesty, Enthusiasm, Nurture, Love, Originality and Wisdom, which underpin all activities and relationships within our community. The inclusive, positive atmosphere within our Church of England academy is noticeable as Ofsted (2012) noted,” Behaviour and relationships are excellent and contribute well to the positive and respectful atmosphere in lessons and to pupils’ moral, spiritual and social development.” The SIAS (2012) inspection also commented positively on the ‘vibrant energy’ and ‘vigorous enthusiasm’ exuded by the Henlow staff and pupils alike.

At the start of this academic year, we have positively embraced the national changes in education, including those in the national curriculum for primary and secondary pupils. Assessment processes are also in the midst of change, as all schools begin the process of moving away from using levels. At Henlow, our unstinting focus will be on teaching challenging and rewarding lessons, which will inspire pupils to love learning. In this way, we shall rise to the changes brought by national agendas and raise the number of outstanding learning opportunities we offer in our local community.

We are proud of the results for pupils who sat Key Stage 2 tests in Year 6 last academic year. The overall results for Henlow Church of England Academy are a significant improvement on the previous year, with a rise of 10% in the number of pupils achieving Level 4 and above in Reading, Writing and Maths. The rise to 83% compares favourably with the national average of 79% and the local authority figure of 77%. Progress between Key Stages 1 and 2 has also increased and reflects the fact that a higher number of pupils have made expected or above expected progress between Years 2 and 6. We are setting ourselves even more challenging targets for this year and believe that our focus on progress for every pupil will ensure that these are met.

It is often the pupils themselves who can best articulate the strengths of their school and therefore the last words will be theirs. The following quotations are taken from a questionnaire given to Year 8 in July 2014, as they reflected on their four year journey here at Henlow.

“The biggest improvement during the four years has been in my confidence.”

“The highlight for me has been meeting new people and collaborating on projects.”

“Year 8 has just flown by because I’ve been really involved.”

“Super Learning Days, Arts Week, Christmas productions, Ambleside and Kingswood Trips were special.”

“When I moved from Lower School the support meant it was all fine.”

Caren Earp