We are 16 schools and 3 Children's Centres working together and in partnership with the community to enable better access to a wide range of services, activities, clubs and amenities for children and their families. Set up to raise standards by delivering the Government's Extended Services Core Offer (click for more information), we work to achieve a more ‘joined-up' approach to child and family issues in and around Godalming.
Our mission: Achieving More Together
In the blue 'Extended Services' box to the right, click on a page and you will find links to websites which can help children, parents, carers and teachers, whether it's finding local activities, seeking help and advice about issues affecting children and families, or seeking specialist advice advice for those with special needs.
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News & Events
Confederation Headteacher honoured with MBE
Our congratulations go to Wharf Nursery School and Children’s Centre headteacher, Mandy Heslop, who has been appointed an MBE in recognition of her services to education.
Amanda Heslop has worked at the Wharf for the past 12 years.
She told the press: “I am very pleased but utterly surprised to be given an MBE.
“It's lovely to know someone has nominated you and that the nomination has been deemed worthy of going forward. It feels very rewarding.
“I have been at the nursery for a long time and we have gone through quite exciting changes in that time.
“I have just been doing my job really and there are others around me who do just as much.
“I am glad the honour will hopefully raise the profile of early years education as I think this is a crucial thing. That is what my area of expertise is.
“Getting the award is a very nice way of seeing in the new year.”
Excellent 2012 results for our Year 11s
at Broadwater and Rodborough
GCSE results at Broadwater and Rodborough were again excellent and our congratulations go to all the hardworking pupils and staff for achieving such success.
At Rodborough, 83% of pupils achieved a grade C or above in five or more of their GCSE subjects with 68% achieving 5 including English and Maths. Headteacher Andrew Smith said “I am very proud of our students’ achievements. Staff and pupils have worked hard together to attain these results. Pupils deserve the success they have achieved. We wish them well as they go on to College and training.”
At Broadwater School, the
improvements made in recent years have certainly been consolidated this
year. The school saw an increase in the number of students gaining at least one A*/A to 45% and Chris Lee, Headteacher was particularly pleased that overall students achieved a 70% higher grade pass rate.
The school saw some of its best results in English with a 75% higher grade pass
Broadwater in top 10% for improving GSCE results
Results at Broadwater are some of the fastest improving in the country, placing them in the top 10 % nationally. The success of Broadwater, both in results and in its recent good Ofsted was recognised by Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of the representative body for schools SSAT, "There is plenty that other schools could learn from Broadwater. These results are a testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Broadwater School and a vindication of their belief in high expectations, good teaching and ambition for every young person."
Children’s Centre provision at
Loseley Fields, The Wharf and Elstead
Loseley Fields Children’s Centre offers childcare 8am-6pm, Mon-Fri, 50 weeks of the year plus a programme of services offering help & advice to families with young children in Binscombe, Farncombe, Shalford & Godalming, including Play & Learn sessions, one year health checks, ante-natal and post-natal groups, well baby clinics, baby massage classes, positive parenting courses, with an Outreach/home link worker who can visit parents with advice on the care & education of your child. Child nutrition courses, a support network for child minders, a toy library, behaviour management courses from 2s to teens, links to Jobcentre Plus & Next Steps & bringing together local health visitors, paediatric specialists, speech & language development officers, school & CAHMS nurses & local community & voluntary groups. The aim is to offer a service that can equip families to ensure their children are receiving the best of local health & childcare services.
Call the Centre on 01483 419325 or visit www.loseleyfieldscc.com
The Wharf Nursery School & Children’s Centre -’where care and education go hand in hand’ The Wharf Nursery School offers the free 15 hour entitlement for children from the term after their third birthday, subject to availability. Children can attend for five 3 hours sessions (mornings or afternoons) or for three 5 hour sessions (9-2) a week, subject to availability. We also offer Breakfast Club (from 8 a.m.), Lunch Club and After School Club (2-3.45 p.m.) for a small charge.
Holiday Club is held in most school holidays with various fun activities for children aged 3 – 7 years at the outreach site in the Eashing Building. Some drop-in Play and Learn activities continue to run through the holidays at the Town Site- see our website for up to date information.
Other services include:
The Wharf Nursery School & Children’s Centre also offers an outreach service. Our outreach team provides targeted support for local families and further information and advice is available at regular drop in sessions. We frequently run Parenting Puzzle courses, are linked to the local toy library and we work closely with our local partners, Job Centre Plus, Health visitors, speech and language therapist and local community and voluntary groups.
Call The Wharf on 01483 418652/415220 or visit www.wharf.surrey.sch.uk
Elstead & Villages Children’s Centre (based at St James Primary School, Elstead) Open Monday and Wednesday 9am-1pm. For information & advice drop in between 9.30-11.30am on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Centre offers Stay & Play sessions for 0-5s, Storytelling, Baby Massage, Healthy Eating sessions, Gym Club for 1-6s, Help at hand advice sessions, New Mums group. Not all the sessions are based at the centre. Call the team on 01252 706915 or visit www.evsscc.org.uk
Parenting Puzzle Parent Support Groups
The Parenting Puzzle, a 10 week course for parents & carers, has been running very successfully. We will be running more courses in the future. For more information or if you think you might be interested, have a word with your Home School Link Worker (HSLW) - you can contact them through your school office - or keep an eye on the Confederation website for details.
Confederation Language Group
2011 was championed as the Year of Communication. Within Surrey schools we recognise the importance of puils' speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and have set up a Language Group in the Godalming Confederation, co-ordinated by Mandy Hill, from Surrey's Learning and Language Support team.
Hosted by Milford Infants School, this is a support group, where teachers, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCos) and teaching assistants (TAs) can meet to discuss language related issues, share good practice, look at resources and exchange ideas.
How we are meeting the Government’s Extended Services Core offer?
A brief update
Childcare and/or A Safe Place To Be: Two of the three Children’s Centres and some schools offer childcare facilities on their premises; other childcare facilities are available locally (there is a list on the Confederation website). The two secondary schools offer a wide range of after school sport and other activities. Take a look at their websites.
A varied menu of Activities: All schools have widened the range of clubs and activities available before, within and after school. In some, pupils have set up and now run their own clubs. Music, sports, arts & crafts, dance, drama, language and volunteering are the main examples of activities taking place. Parenting Support is provided mainly by the HSLWs and Children's Centre Outreach Workers in a huge range of examples and circumstances. HSLWs see pupils, parents and carers at school, make individual home visits , run groups and courses and work with the County’s other services and with the voluntary sector as needed. The Children’s Centre Outreach workers work similarly with families of the under-5s, backed up by more in-depth provision at their centre.
Swift & Easy Access/referral to a wide range of specialist services has been helped by the HSLWs, who work closely with the PCT, CAMHS, Social Services, behaviour support services, speech & language services and others to help provide what some children and young people [desperately] need. The Children’s Centre Outreach Workers work similarly with families of the under 5s, again backed up by provision at their Centre.
Wider Community Access is being provided by schools and Children’s Centres where they can e.g. opportunities for using computers with associated ICT training & support, using grounds & facilities, particularly for sport & recreation and opening up other adult education opportunities such as maths and literacy.
These workshops run every Wednesday during the school terms, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
They are OPEN TO EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY, not just those with children at the school. So if you would like to learn a little more about how to use a computer, just call Tim Johnson on the number above and go along for a session.
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