Newsletter 16 – 15th January 2016

Dear Parents

Trip to Southampton The children in Silbury class had a wonderful trip to Southampton on Monday – they learnt more about the Titanic, had a tour of the city itself and had a ride around the harbour in a boat. Although it was cold, they enjoyed the day and experienced a lot to enrich their studies on the theme. My thanks to Mr Amor and his team who arranged and accompanied the trip, and to Mrs Edwards who completed all the organisation of transport and other paperwork to ensure that the children were safe and had a good time.

Outstanding Achievement in Statutory tests, 2015:

The government has published the statistical analysis on the non-validated data (the validated data will be published later this year but will be essentially unchanged for our schools). Once again, we have been delighted with the performance of our children, which puts us well within the top 10% of schools in the country for both attainment and progress in all areas. A summary of the results is as follows:

In the Year 1 phonics screening test, 100% of our children passed. This puts us in the top 2% of the country.

In Year 2 (Key Stage 1) SATS: In all areas, our score put us statistically “Significantly Above” the average for the rest of the country.

KS1 SATS All subjects Reading Writing Maths
School Average Point Score 17.8 18,4 17.1 18.1
National Average Point Score 16.1 16.6 15.3 16.4


In Year 6 (Key Stage 2) SATS: In all areas, our score put us statistically “Significantly Above” the average for rest of the country. 100% of our children made the required 2 levels or more of progress in all areas. The Value Added score, which was also statistically “Significantly Higher” than national levels, was 101.3. All vulnerable groups achieved well.

KS2 SATS All subjects Reading Writing Maths Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
School Average Point Score 33.2 31.7 33.0 34.6 33.0
National Average Point Score 28.8 29.0 29.1 29.0 29.1


This outstanding outcome is result of the outstanding teaching and learning that takes place throughout every part of our school and I wish to thank our absolutely amazing team of talented, creative and aspirational teachers and support staff, our committed, hard working and aspirational children, our engaged and enthusiastic families and our supportive and encouraging governors. What an extraordinary outcome for a little rural school! Year after year, these impressive outcomes are sustained and indeed improved – this year we had the highest Average Point Score we have ever achieved!

As ever, I must remark that we are just as delighted with all other aspects of our children’s learning – their compassion and courage, their joy in life and their inspirational community spirit.

Snow and school Please send your children in with their wellies and very warm clothing if it should be snowing or forecast to snow. They are not allowed out unless they have wellies, but we do have extra long playtimes on snowy days! A few children can bring their sledges in, and we will share those. Children will be under close adult supervision as they sled down sledge hill, but we cannot guarantee that there will be no accidents, of course. We try not to be too risk averse in our school. Please check the website, Facebook and the local radio station if you are in doubt about school being open. We will text everyone if we have to close the school but please make sure that the school is open before you drive away. We aim to keep the school open unless there is real risk to the safety of our children or staff.

Clubs will start as follows:

Netball (Mrs Goddard)       yrs 3 & 4        Tuesday 19th Jan

Winter Sports (Mr Amor)   yrs 5 & 6        Tuesday 26th Jan

Cricket (Mr G) selected as last term         Wednesday 20th Jan – please bring hats and gloves to the session.

Bus Parking Bay We ask that you respect the parking bay that is marked out – please try not to park near the bus bay since we need our children to be able to embark and disembark safely. If you are parked right up against the bus parking bay, it is a struggle for the bus driver to park in such a way that children are safe.

Primary School Applications for 2016-17 academic year must be submitted to the Local Authority by 15th January 2016 (today)! If your child will turn 5 during the course of the next academic year, it is important that you apply for a place by this deadline.


Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www.

Friday 12th February Last day of this half term
Monday 22nd February Back to school
Wednesday 9th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.15pm -6.00pm
Thursday 10th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm-8.00pm
Thursday 24th March Last day of the term
Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April Holiday club
Monday 11th April Back to school
Tuesday 24th May Music Concert 5.00pm


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Lions Club Activity Weekend  The children in Years 4,5 & 6 have been given information about this sports activity weekend and an application form. The activities take place at several venues on 19th & 20th March. The deadline for the return of these forms to school is 29th January.

PFA News

We have some VERY exciting news! After months of hard work we have finally been able to commit to one of the children’s school council big wishes – that of an outdoor classroom to be situated by bluebell woods. Although we have a portion of the money needed we still have funds to raise for this project and we have a number of fantastic events coming up to help the children and parents get really excited about the project! More detailed information will follow next week as to what this Outdoor Classroom entails and what it will mean to the children so keep an eye out for a flyer in your book bag.

** SAVE THE DATE** Fabby Friday is coming, ladies only prosecco based fundraiser on the 26th February to raise money for the Outdoor Classroom. More information to follow, tickets on sale from next week.

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