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Newsletter 1st July 2022

Newsletter 1st July 2022
June 30, 2022 Sandy Pike

Dear Parents and Carers

As anticipated, the last few weeks of this term are proving to be very busy, with a wide range of extra-curricular activities making each day a bit different. This week, with Key Stage 2’s trip to the opera, the mini-Olympics, the Chestnut Class visit to Charmouth, Hazel’s Class Assembly, rehearsing for the play and swimming whenever we can, has certainly kept us all on our toes!

With time so pressured, it would be greatly appreciated if you would check the clarity of your child’s name in all their clothes. In one class this week, confusion over summer dress ownership revealed that none of them was named…


We are also now struggling to provide enough swimming hats for those children who have forgotten them or don’t have them. Our stock of spares has depleted to the extent that, if your child doesn’t have their own hat next week they will be unable to swim.

As the date of the whole school play is approaching, please complete and return the slip below to book your tickets.  As space is limited we can offer a maximum of 2 evening tickets per child.

We have been very pleased with swimming progress this year, helped no end by the increased confidence from having been able to swim in September. I am looking to ensure this can happen again this year, but will need to enlist another band of volunteers to keep the pool ticking over during the summer holiday. Please let Mrs Pike know if you are able to help with checking chlorine levels and adding chemicals when needed – full training will be given!

Tests and reports

The children have now almost completed their Summer Tests, designed to give us an accurate picture of their academic progress over the year. The national tests and assessments (Reception’s EYFS Profile, Year 1 Phonics Screening, Year 2 SATs, Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check and the Year 6 SATs have all been submitted and we should have the results of most of them by the end of term. We have also carried out some other tests for the various year groups which will ensure we know what the children have remembered, and what they will need to focus on for the rest of this term. Throughout this ‘exam season’, the children have tried their hardest and their approach to them has been outstanding. I am sure they will do themselves proud. The teachers are finishing off the children’s annual report which will summarise their attainment and effort in all areas of the curriculum; these will be sent home in a couple of weeks, and you will have the opportunity to discuss the content of the report with the class teacher before the end of term.

Covid update

You may be aware that numbers are rising across the country and we are seeing more cases within the school community. Please can you encourage your children to continue to practise good hygiene – washing hands regularly and well, and catching it, binning it and killing it!


At our recent Governors’ Meeting, the outcome of this term’s parental survey was raised. I was unable to give much feedback because Ofsted’s website only analyses returns once a sufficient number have been completed. It would still be very good if you could complete the on-line version, to be found at Welcome to Ofsted Parent View | Ofsted Parent View. In order to gain the most accurate picture of your feelings about the school, I am sending home a paper version for you to complete. As an incentive, attached to the questionnaire is a raffle ticket which, if it is removed from the form, your child’s name written on it and posted in the box in Reception, you will stand a chance of winning a fantastic prize…

With best wishes

James Stanford


Diary Dates


Friday 15th July                       PTFA Barbeque 5pm till 7.30pm

Tuesday 19th July                    Sports Day 1.15pm start (parents invited to picnic with their children from 12.30)

Wednesday 20th July              Leavers service 2.15pm


Whole School Summer Production

I would like to reserve tickets for Sleeping Beauty – the Ugly Truth (limited to 2 per child)

Wednesday 13th July at 2.15pm/ Wednesday 13th July at 6pm/ Thursday 14th July (please circle)

Child’s name: ……………………………………….