How the Friends of Morley Support the Learning Journey
When our children begin primary school, they take their first steps on a learning journey that will have a significant impact on the rest of their lives and the choices that they will have available to them in future. At Morley we aim to help all our children reach their full potential to give them the widest choices in life, so that they may go on to enrich the communities in which they live and work and have the best chance of being happy, healthy, fulfilled members of their families, communities and wider society.
To do this we work as a team of Staff, Friends of Morley (who include parents, carers, grandparents, other people significant in the family life of our children and staff) and Governors. We are proud of the results that we achieve. Children from Morley go on to secondary level study at a wide range of schools, including Netherhall, Coleridge Community College, Parkside, the Perse , St Bede’s, Sawston and Impington Village Colleges. Our results show that we successfully support all our children, whether they face particular learning challenges, are making the progress expected for their age-group, or show special talents – they are all encouraged and nurtured so that they make the best progress that they can.
As Governors, we are fortunate to have the invaluable support of the Friends of Morley, whose contributions to the school take a number of forms.
- Friends volunteer in the classrooms, from undertaking regular individual reading with children and accompanying school trips, to teaching taster sessions in Mandarin. Adults and children alike enjoy and benefit from these activities as they widen the children’s educational experiences, help them to progress by supporting their group learning and encourage them to explore each subject in greater depth.
- The other very important contribution from the Friends is fundraising. Morley, like all state-funded schools, has a limited state budget and our Victorian buildings have limitations for modern teaching methods and are expensive to maintain. The school staff and governors steward its resources carefully and also try to maximise the income that the school can receive from hiring out facilities such as the Community Room, whilst also meeting its community remit. The Friends try to support our staff by reducing some of the resource and facilities pressures so that they can concentrate on what they do so well – supporting each and every one of our children as they discover the world and translate that into the skills and understanding that children need to do well in life. In recent years funds raised by the Friends have paid for two trolleys of laptop computers that can be moved from class to class as needed, new play equipment for the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes and refurbished the school library.
The Board of Governors is pleased and grateful to have the volunteer and financial support of the Friends of Morley to enable the school to provide experiences and resources to support the children’s learning in ways that would otherwise be extremely difficult, or impossible. Having the Friends of Morley as part of the school community enriches the learning opportunities and outcomes for all children at the school.