Headteacher’s Letters

Dear Parents,
I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break and as we begin the summer term, I am taking the opportunity to update you on some important developments and planned events.

Parent Questionnaires:
In total, we received 180 questionnaires which represents 50% of the school’s pupil roll. This is a really high response and we are grateful for the time taken to complete them. A summary of the questionnaires will be available on the school’s web site and this will include the break down in each year group. Thank you again for the positive feedback, comments and suggestions; these are very helpful and will be included in our new school improvement plan for September 2014. We are intending to hold a parent forum meeting later in the summer term to share details of the new national curriculum and discuss further any of the key points arising from this year?s survey. The date for this meeting will be confirmed later this half term.

Fun Run 2014:
Please note the date for this year’s Fun Run which will take place on Saturday 17th May. We are looking forward to as many children and parents as possible taking part, in what is a major fundraising event for the final phase of the children’s adventure play facilities. Further details and a sponsor form for your child will be sent home next week and I would be grateful if you could return the reply slip to the school office by Monday 12th May, in order to give us an idea of the number of people taking part. I hope that once again, we can call on your support for this very worthwhile venture.

Diary Dates:
Will parents of Class 5SH please note that their class assembly has now been confirmed as Wednesday 11th June.

East Dene Residential:
We wish our Year 5 team all the very best for their forthcoming visit to East Dene on the Isle of Wight. Miss Bridges (Class 3HB) will be accompanying the staff in Year 5 and we have arranged for Mrs Patricia Townson, a regular member of our teaching staff, to cover Class 3HB while she is away.

School Dinners:
We would be grateful if parents would ensure that their child is aware of the meal options available on each week’s menu. The only choices are those that are published and due to the substantial number of meals prepared each day, children can only order from the menu selection; the kitchen are unable to provide alternatives. Should your child not like the choices available, we would suggest a packed lunch is provided.

Catering Assistant:
I have asked to share details of a catering assistant’s position available at the Infants School from September in their new kitchens. This has come about due to the provision of free meals for all pupils at Key Stage 1. The post is for 10 hours per week over the lunchtime period and no experience is necessary as full training will be provided. If you are interested and would like further details, then please contact Mrs Rachael Foden on 07718 146874.

Finally, in in the interests of everyone’s safety, please can I remind parents that we have a ’20 is Plenty’ speed restriction in operation outside the school gates. Allotment Road is heavily congested at the beginning and end of each day and therefore your patience and understanding would be much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,
Mr A. J. Stockton
Headteacher