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An update from Julie Stockdale

Dear colleagues,

Another busy week draws to a close. I’d like to start by saying congratulations to our oldest and longest serving Monarch (for royalists amongst us).

Primary places were offered this week with 82.4% of Surrey pupils being offered their first preference. This is down slightly on last year’s 83.1%, but once again demand for places has increased. We are very grateful to all the schools who have helped us to meet the increasing demand this year. See Surrey News for more information on September 2016 allocations.

In the world of special educational needs and disability (SEND) we are progressing with our preparation for the possibility of a local area inspection in early May. We will be approaching some schools to request their attendance at our inspection focus groups, but inspectors can still request to come and visit any school in Surrey, so I would be really grateful if you could be as accommodating as possible. If you are part of a focus group or meeting with inspectors, we will provide you with a full inspection briefing pack as early as we can so you know exactly what to expect. In the meantime please read the article inspection preparation and I will keep you updated on any developments in future bulletins.

I also met with Ofsted earlier in the week  to review outcomes for pupils in our schools, which was a well received message around strong universal outcomes. We acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our school staff and Governors for this achievement. Some challenges were of course put back to us with regard to narrowing the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils and I gave reassurances that it remains a high priority focus for us as an local authority too.

Finally, good luck to any members of staff running the London marathon this weekend.

Best wishes

Julie Stockdale
Head of School Commissioning and Acting Assistant Director for Schools and Learning. 

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