Newsletter 16 – 10th January 2014

Dear Parents

Top performing school We were delighted to receive a letter from Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, congratulating us on the performance of our pupils in the KS2 SATS 2013. Our school was one of the top 250 schools (out of over 24,300 schools) in the country for progress, which puts us in the top 1% of state primary schools nationally. We have copied the letter on the back of this newsletter. Our thanks go to our inspirational and committed teachers and support staff, our engaged and supportive families and to our wonderful children whose hard work and aspiration resulted in this excellent outcome.

Clubs Letters to sign up to the following clubs will be sent out before the commencement date for each club.

  • This term, Mrs Abbott (who has a degree in Classics) will be running a Classics Club for children in Year 5 and Year 6 – they will learn a little Latin, and find out more about the ancient civilisations that founded our modern civilisation. Places will be awarded to the older children first if we are oversubscribed.
  • We will be offering a fee-paying dance club for the rest of this half term, after school on Tuesdays from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. Again, places will be offered to older children first in the event that we are oversubscribed.
  • In the second half term before Easter, we will have a fee-paying sports club on Tuesdays from 3.00pm – 4.00pm offering a variety of unusual sports such as urban polo – a different sport each week for 6 weeks for children in Key Stage 2. All equipment will be supplied.
  • After Easter we will offer a fee-paying Multisports Club to our younger children – all those in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2, also on Tuesdays from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. It will be a 9 week course, three sessions in the first half term of summer and 6 sessions in the last half term. They will try out a variety of sports.
  • We will offer a clay modeling club in the last half term as well – we usually run this in the summer term and it is very popular. 
  • We will notify you about Winter Sports club once we have seen what the uptake is on dance and classics clubs.
  • Bloodhound club meets on Friday 17th January for the start of this term’s work.

Themes for this term:

Stonehenge class: Bears,    White Horse class: Penguin Small and the Weather,      Sarum class: Antarctica,      Avebury class: Water and “The Iron Woman”        Silbury class: Water.  

The children will do most of their literacy, science and geography through these topics this term. Other areas of the curriculum will also be covered through the topics. Those areas of the curriculum that do not fit with the topic will be taught discretely.

Admissions policy   We are consulting on the 2015-16 admissions policy at present – it can be found on our website, . Our planned admission number, usually 21, will be lower for this year in order to comply with the statutory limit of 30 on infant class sizes. If you have comments to make, please let the Headteacher or chair of governors know. Once the policy is determined, in April, comments can be made to the Schools Adjudicator.


Don’t forget to keep all your clothing recycling for a collection on Monday 13th January.

Best wishes              

Mercedes Henning


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