Newsletter 17 – 13th January 2017

Dear Parents

Meeting for Forest Of Dean Trip We invite all the parents of children in Years 5 & 6 to come to school on Thursday 19th January at 5.00pm to an information meeting about the residential trip to the Forest of Dean which will take place in May. We are very grateful to our governors who have offered to pay for half the coach fare from the school budget, and to Mr Amor who has offered to pay the other half from the PE grant, in order that the cost to parents is kept as low as possible.

Maths for Parents You are invited to come into school for 20 minutes on Wednesday 25th January at 2.40pm to enjoy a maths lesson in your child’s classroom. The teachers and the children will show you how we carry out the four main maths operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We do encourage every family to send a representative to this afternoon, since children get very confused when parents try to teach them a method that is different from that used at school.

Clubs Clubs that are run by school staff or school volunteers will start in the week commencing 16th January 2017 except for gardening club which will start once the weather warms up. All clubs that are run by specialists or are fee paying will have notified you about their dates for commencement.

Free Time for Children  A recent study has shown that children often work longer hours than their parents, once their school time, homework, clubs and other organised activities and duties are taken into account. There is a recommendation that children have between three and four hours a day of “Down time” with no clubs or organised activities and no television or iPads – time when they have to entertain themselves. During this time, they do essential learning and consolidate all that they have absorbed in the day. It might be interesting for parents to calculate how much time in each day their child has to play freely – outdoors, or with friends, with lego or similar toys, with creative activities.

Sporting fixtures Although we did not win the netball tournament, our children played very well and, as ever, showed great sportsmanship. Thanks to Mr Amor who organised and accompanied this trip. Sarum class will be taking part in a Hockey tournament on Monday 16th January – we wish them well!

Demographic of our school A recent analysis of the addresses of our children showed that only 38% of our children come from one of our four catchment villages (Great and Little Cheverell, Erlestoke and Coulston). All the other children come from other villages and towns locally. Without the children from “out of catchment”, our number on roll would be so small that the school would be facing closure. Because our school is full, we can continue to fund our rich and exciting learning programme provided by experienced and talented staff. Funding is dependent on the number of children in the school. Many rural schools are facing serious financial difficulties because of low numbers. We are very grateful to all of you for choosing our school for your child and for being engaged and supportive of the school – this is why we are so successful.

Data Collection The government is asking schools and academies to gather more information about their children for the compulsory census return. A data collection sheet accompanies this newsletter and we would be grateful if you would complete this and return it by Wednesday 18th January so that we can complete the census as required by the Department for Education (DfE).

Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information

We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:

  • support our pupils’ learning
  • monitor and report on their progress
  • provide appropriate pastoral care; and
  • assess the quality of our services

This information will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any exclusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information.

Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level

and sensitivity of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to pupil level data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.

For more information on how this sharing process works, please visit:

For information on which third party organisations (and for which project) pupil level data has been provided to, please visit:

If you need more information about how our local authority and/or DfE collect and use your information, please visit our local authority at ; or the DfE website at

Primary School applications    If your child will be four years old before September 2017 you must apply for a primary place at or you can request a paper copy of the form by ringing 01225 713010. The deadline for applications is midnight of 15th January 2017.

Pantomime Come along to the Pavilion to see the Erlestoke, Coulston & Great Cheverell Players’ production of “Prats of the Caribbean, Scraping the Barrel” on Friday 20th January at 7.30pm, Saturday 21st January at 7.30pm or Sunday 22nd January at 5pm. Tickets available from the cast or the post office – £7 (all proceeds to local charities).

Lataca are looking to hire a new member of staff to serve the school dinners at Holy Trinity. The hours would be 11:45am-1:00pm Monday-Friday, working in the KS1 dining area. Uniform and training will be provided. For more details please contact us on 07734219701 or alternatively you can email us at

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Thursday 19th January Year 5&6 residential trip meeting 5.00pm
Wednesday 25th January Maths for Parents 2.40pm – 3.00pm
Friday 10th February Last day of term
Monday 20th February Children back to school
Wednesday 15th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 16th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 7th April Last day of term – holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


Thank-you Emma for once again collecting the bags of recycle on Monday morning – 100kg! –This monthly collection is becoming our biggest regular earner – thank-you everyone!

The PFA Treasurers, Mike and Amanda, have finalised the last season’s accounts. It is wonderful to see that we are very safely ‘in the black’ (as opposed to red) for the last October to December period due to your generous and enthusiastic support. Particularly as this is often viewed as a season to break even, taking into account all the activities that are provided to the children over this time. So again, THANK-YOU!!!

Thank-you too to the person who left a bag of Christmas baubles in reception – fabulous! There are still a lot of plastic containers left over from food contributions over December. They will be moved to the PFA cupboard so please get in touch if you are missing something.

Next week we hope to announce a meeting for all to attend in order to view our latest figures and hear about our events & fundraising ideas for the year ahead. And more importantly, to hear all your wishes and ideas too!


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