Mrs Lisa Walsh
It gives me great pleasure to write to you as the new Headteacher of Grove Street Primary School and to welcome you to what will be a very busy and exciting year ahead. From the first moment that I visited Grove Street Primary School, I was hooked! This is a school with an extraordinary charm and a nurturing ethos which holds children at its heart. Every time I visited Grove Street, I was welcomed by a sea of inquisitive smiley faces, children who were so polite and immensely proud of their school. We are lucky to have a highly-skilled, committed team who strive for the upmost success for our children and who have a caring and supportive ethos at their core. Grove Street Primary School is undoubtedly a unique school and I feel privileged to be leading us forward.
This is my second headship and I have previously been a Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher in a variety of schools in Wirral and Liverpool which have undergone intensive change and have made remarkable improvements. It is my aim to build on the nurturing foundations and current achievements ensuring that our school is forward thinking and ambitious within a supportive environment. We have worked extremely hard over the summer holidays and I am sure you will be delighted with the fabulous new learning environments in the Early Years, we will continue to improve the classrooms and furniture in all the other classes over the year. I fully appreciate how important each year of a child’s school life is towards preparing them for life, from our youngest 2 year olds to our Year 6 children. I am passionate about teaching and learning, I have very high expectations, not only for myself but for all members of our school community. I hope you will support our high expectations in all areas, especially in attendance and behaviour which naturally impacts greatly on achievement.
I am passionate about safeguarding the intrinsic value of childhood, ensuring that all our children can enjoy a magical childhood at Grove Street, full of exciting and challenging learning experiences, nurtured well-being and friendships. I truly believe that every child has the ability to succeed whatever their starting point and I want each child to flourish to achieve their full and unique potential and are inspired to become confident, resilient learners.
To close, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the numerous staff, parents/carers and members of the community who have made me feel so welcome as the Headteacher of Grove Street, your well-wishes and positive comments have been greatly appreciated. I am looking forward to meeting you all in person and working closely with you in the future.
Mrs. Lisa Walsh
- will endeavour to provide every opportunity for each child to reach their full academic and social potential
- will endeavour to create an environment where mutual cooperation, self discipline and moral values are practised and encouraged
- will enhance and value the partnerships between school, home and the community
- is committed to conservation and will endeavour to sustain a reduced level of pollution and promote energy efficiency
At Grove Street we ‘REACH’ for the Stars:
R - Respect
E - Excellence
A - Achievement
C - Cooperation
H - Happiness.
"Quite simply, I left this school feeling so inspired and uplifted. The children were outstanding and the enthusiasm of everybody in the school has resulted in some fabulous eco work. Visiting a school like this makes my job worthwhile! Well done!”- Eco Assessor 2014.
IMPORTANT Free School Meals & Universal Credit
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ANY PARENTS RECEIVING UNIVERSAL CREDIT OR THINKING OF APPLYING FOR UNIVERSAL CREDIT**
There will be some changes to the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals from 1st April 2018.
From 1st April 2018, a wage threshold will be introduced to parents and carers who receive Universal Credit.
Anyone who works and successfully applies for free school meals before 31st March 2018 will get transitional protection so their child(ren) will continue to receive free school meals either until 2022 or until their child(ren) finishes their current phase of education, regardless of any increase in their earnings level.
Wage thresholds for working parents who also get Universal Credit will mean some parents/carers will not qualify if they make a new Free School Meals application after 1st April 2018.
The advice is to apply immediately for free school meals and certainly before 31st March if you think you may be eligible.
Applications can be made in the usual ways:
- Via the Wirral Council website www.wirral.gov.uk/free-school-meals (please ignore any negative messages received from the eligibility auto checker)