All posts by Clare Benson

Good Bye and Good Luck!

After 11 very happy and successful years as Headteacher at Greenfield, I am very sad to say good bye to all our Greenfield children, staff and families. Throughout my headship, the three elements of partnership between children, parents and school have been central to my philosophy and vision for our school. This close co-operation between home and school has helped each child to feel secure, gain confidence and meet with success. I thank all our parents and carers for being such an important part of your child’s education and for working so closely with us. Please keep it up in September!

I know I am going to miss our Greenfield children. They are special in many ways. They are warm, kind and considerate. I have really appreciated their enthusiasm for getting involved in life at Greenfield, making the most of learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom. We have worked to develop an engaging curriculum, which produces high standards, alongside a rich range of educational experiences for all our children and they have immersed themselves in both. I hope this will be nurtured, extended and improved in the future. The value of an excellent primary education combined with creative and physical experiences cannot be overestimated. Our Greenfield children have benefited from and will remember the music, art, dance, shows, Eisteddfods, recitals, whole class instrumental tuition, Arts Weeks, performances at Symphony and the NEC, residentials, athletics, sports competitions, swimming at the Crystal, Share the Learning assemblies, Open Sessions and their teachers.

I congratulate our staff for their tireless work in continuing to build on our ‘Outstanding’ status and the 2018-2019 school year has brought us considerable, continued success. We are delighted with our excellent SAT’s results, which are significantly above national outcomes yet again. Our recent academic and creative achievements are well-deserved rewards for our children, staff and everyone connected with our school.

I would like to say a final thank you to every single member of our superb staff team for all their hard work, creative thinking and absolute dedication to the children and families of our school during my time at Greenfield. We have worked relentlessly to ensure that all our staff share the highest of expectations for our Greenfield children. I know that our staff always do whatever it takes not only to enable the children to be happy and develop as well-rounded individuals, but also to make progress and achieve success in their learning. I shall be eternally grateful to my brilliant Leadership Team colleagues, Sarah, Phillipa and Sarah, our committed teachers, our innovative teaching assistants and our superb office and site staff for putting in such a huge effort to make each year so successful and memorable for the pupils with a happy school environment, high quality learning opportunities, stimulating curriculum enrichment and outstanding academic outcomes.

Thank you all so much for your continued involvement, support and warm words of praise and congratulations. I would also like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all our children and families for your thoughtful end of year presents and wonderful cards. Your kindness has overwhelmed me and I promise you that your generosity is greatly appreciated by us all.

I wish you all the very best of future health, happiness and success, and hope that our paths will cross again.

Peter Bravo


Onwards and Upwards

It was a pleasure to attend the Prom and Prize Giving on Tuesday, when the parents of our Year 6 pupils were treated to a showcase of the children’s gifts and talents. We are especially grateful to our Year 6 staff team for putting in such a huge effort to make this last half term so memorable for our pupils with the excitement of our Year 6 Show, Leavers’ Trip and Prize Giving.

Saying goodbye to our pupils, who are moving on to the next phase of their education, can be difficult for our staff, who have got to know them so well over so many years. While we feel happy celebrating their achievements, we are sad that they are leaving us and feel privileged that we have had the chance to be such an integral part of each child’s life and learning at Greenfield. This year, we are saying farewell to 21 of our families, whose youngest or only child is about to move on from Greenfield. We wish each of our Year 6 pupils all the very best for future success!

To be or not to be …. on a Year 5 Residential

Have a thought this evening for our Year 5 children, who have just returned from their Shakespeare residential at YHA Wilderhope. Situated near Wenlock Edge in Shropshire, Wilderhope Manor is a beautiful Elizabethan manor house, which was restored by John Cadbury in 1936. The children have worked with Shakespearean actors to develop their own acting skills bringing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to life in a series of drama workshops. I am sure the children will be keen to share their excitement and experiences of a night away from home with their classmates. Many thanks to Mrs Remmers, Miss Midgley and Mrs Hewines for accompanying the children.


Going for Gold

Please keep your fingers crossed for warm, dry weather for our Sports’ Day next week on Friday 5 July. Early Years and Key Stage 1 Sports will run from 9.30-11.30 am and our Key Stage 2 Sports from 1.15-3.15 pm. We look forward to seeing as many of our parents and families at both of these exciting events. Please feel free to bring your picnic blankets, camping chairs and parasols. Refreshments will be provided by our Friends of Greenfield.


Get me to school on time!

The end of the school year is in sight but it is still essential that all our children get to school every day. As our teachers bring the year’s learning to a conclusion, the final three weeks of term are packed with educational visits, our Sports’ Day, end of year performances, Share the Learning Assemblies and outdoor learning opportunities. Late arrivals miss the start of the school day and this can make it very difficult for a child to get fully involved in his or her learning. A child who is persistently late by only 5 minutes a day will miss 3 whole days during the course of a school year! We all know that good school attendance gives children the opportunity of success and helps them to develop skills for life, so we expect all our children to attend school every day, unless there is an unavoidable cause such as illness.

As you are aware, holiday during term time cannot be authorised and extended absence will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice from the Education Investigation Service. Four Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to Greenfield families so far this term, resulting in a fine of £60 for each parent. We hope there won’t be any more.


Time to Inspire

All our Year 3 and Year 4 trombonists in Mars had the privilege of taking part in the Dudley Performing Arts Inspire Concert at Dudley Town Hall on Wednesday this week. The event is a culmination of a year’s work for many hundreds of pupils and gave our boys and girls the chance to play in a 500 strong orchestra with other children, advanced students, students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and a small group of professional musicians. The children were also treated to an excellent performance from the professional group.


Play it Again

We invite parents and families to join us for our Summer Recital, which will take place at 2.00 pm on Thursday 4 July. This showcase for the musical talents of our Greenfield children is always a well-attended and enjoyable event. What originally started as a small performance eight years ago has grown into a proper concert. We are all looking forward to being entertained by vocalists and individual performers on the piano, guitar, clarinet, flute, trombone and violin, ranging from new starters to more seasoned players. You will also have the chance to hear our choir.