Newsletter 30 – 15th May 2015

Dear Parents

SATS and other tests We were very proud of our children this week as they sat the assessments we use to secure our judgement of their progress and attainment, and to evidence the quality of our work to you, the parents, our governors and the government.

The Year 6 children had to sit the external exams and will not know the results of those until early July. As ever, we salute their courage, resilience and determination, as they sat day after day of gruelling tests under strict exam conditions. The children themselves seemed to enjoy the challenge, as they always do, and we feel sure that they will have done very well.  

Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 wrote tests compiled by the NFER (a well-respected institute for educational research) based on the new curriculum. We have worked hard to find out whether the new curriculum is indeed much more difficult than the old one (as many schools and headteachers are reporting), and whether children will score lower in the new tests. We have asked children to write both the old and the new tests to get some kind of fair trial. Our results show that the children achieved comparably in both tests. There were no significant surprises. However, it is true that most of our children at Holy Trinity are working almost a year ahead of the national expectations so other schools might be finding the new curriculum harder.

I was very grateful to Emma Farebrother, Sam Gaiger and various school leaders from Lavington School who came into our school to observe our procedures for running the tests fairly and accurately. The following comments were made by Miss Hayley Syrett, Head of English at Lavington School.

“I was really impressed with the maturity of the students – who settled beautifully to complete their test – and the high standards with which you, and the school, have upheld the responsibilities of conducting fair and accurate tests.”

Gardening Club  Please note that Gardening club is cancelled next Monday 18th May. The next one will be on Monday 8th June.

We were delighted to be mentioned on the Diocesan Board of Education’s website, following our outstanding SIAMS inspection. The article on our school can be found on the following link

Summer concert choir starts on Monday 18th May (all Mondays in June and 13th July) and is for anyone in Key Stage 2 who would like to sing at the summer concert. Songs that are being considered for the summer choir are:  Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel), Make You Feel My Love (Adele), Rather Be (Clean Bandit), Feed the Birds (from Mary Poppins), The Cuckoo (Benjamin Britten).

If you are interested in joining the choir please ask at the office.

Demographic of our school:  We have done the demographic analysis of our school population and thought you might be interested to know that only 39% of the children in our school come from the 4 villages of our designated area (Great Cheverell – 24%, Little Cheverell – 3%, Erlestoke-10% and Coulston-2%).  From out of the catchment, 14% come from Edington, 8% from Potterne, 7% each from Devizes and West Lavington, 6% each from Bratton, Market Lavington and Worton, and smaller percentages from Tilshead, Steeple Ashton, Littleton Panell, Marston, Easterton, Poulshot and Broughton Gifford. My thanks to Mrs Yates for preparing this data for us.

Residential Trips    Children in Years 5 and 6 will be going to the Forest of Dean for their residential trip from Wednesday 20th May – Friday 22nd May. Children in Years 3 and 4 will be going to Oxenwood on Thursday 21st May – Friday 22nd May. Please make sure that any medication is handed directly to the teacher along with the correct form giving clear dispensing instructions on the Wednesday morning (prescription medication only, unless your child requires medication for travel sickness). The correct permission slip must be signed before we can dispense any medication. Bags must be small enough for children to carry by themselves and easy enough for children to pack at the end of the trip. No huge soft toys please! And no electrical equipment except a watch and a torch. There is plenty of food at the centres – no snacks are necessary.

Oxenwood trip children must bring a packed lunch with them on Thursday. Please send the lunch in a bag which can be disposed of (not a packed lunch box) and don’t send fizzy drinks. It would be useful if the lunch bag/drink bottle is labelled as the lunches will be packed into a crate for all the children.

Quilt making Please let us know if you can help with this project! We have two people involved already but the more we have the easier the work will be.

Friday Fun Tuck Shop Every Friday at the Pavilion from 3-4pm, drinks and snacks will be served raising funds for the school PFA and the Pavilion. Please ensure that an adult accompanies your child/ren. We look forward to seeing you there.

Bratton Silver Band & Training Band Concert in aid of Edington Parish Hall will be held at Edington Church on Saturday 16th May from 4pm.

Tickets – 12 and under are FREE and £7.50 for everyone else and this includes tea/coffee and cake and an excellent and entertaining early evening of music.

Many children from Holy Trinity Primary Academy play in the training band and the band is conducted by the fabulous Mr Gundry.  It would be lovely to see as many friendly faces at the concert as possible.  Tickets are available from the school office or Edington Post Office or on the door on the day.  Hope to see you there.

Upcoming events

Residential trips, KS2            Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd May

Last day of Half term                Friday 22nd May

Back to school                           Wednesday 3rd June

Pilgrimage day with other schools    Thursday 4th June

Class and team photos                     Tuesday 9th June                                             

French Concert                                  Wednesday 1st July   at 10.45am

Reports on Parent Portal                    Friday 3rd July

Sports Day                               Wednesday 8th July at 9.15, then picnic on field

Shakespeare show by our children       Thursday 9th July at 2.30pm

Music Concert                                        Tuesday 14th July 5.00pm

Parents’ AGM with Governors                Wednesday 15th July at 6.00pm

Leavers’ Assembly                                  Monday 20th July at 2.00pm

Last day of term                                      Tuesday 21st July

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

The PFA are beginning to gear up for the summer fayre on Friday 19th June and we are starting our plea for donations of bottles, teddys and ”U” and “PG” rated DVDs and games. Please leave them in reception. Thank you!

We also wanted to offer parents /guardians the opportunity to run an independent stall at the fayre as they were such a success at Christmas. This would be in return for a £5 “pitch fee” and a raffle prize donation. If you are interested please email


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