Newsletter 37 – 26th June 2020

Dear Parents

Written Reports to Parents  We have uploaded your “Written Reports to Parents” onto the Parent Portal (this is a different site to the Eduspot/SchoolMoney site). Please log in to see your child’s report by going to If you cannot log in, let the admin team know and they will support you – you should have been sent a reminder of your parent portal password today. If you require a hard copy, we can provide that at your request.

If you would like to discuss the report with your child’s teacher, please contact us and we will arrange a telephone meeting between you and your child’s teacher. or 01380 813796 are the contact details.

To help with clarity:

  • Core subjects are reading, writing and maths.
  • Foundation subjects are all the others including history, geography, science, religious education, art, music, physical education, and design technology.
  • Children are judged to be working either “Below the standard expected for their age”, or “At the standard expected for their age”, or “Above the standard expected for their age”.
  • Sometimes the “Above the standard” is recorded as being “Greater Depth” since some of the Government guidance uses this term – it means the same thing.
  • Having first made sure everyone is settled and happy as our first priority when we return in September, we will be assessing children against their own attainment targets and we will put in place support for any child who requires acceleration of their learning because they have fallen behind what we might have expected. This is what good teaching is about and this is what we do so well at this school. Please do not be concerned about the hype in the press about a lost generation or children suffering with significant negative impact on their future. This will not happen in our school.

Parent Governor    As the result of a current parent governor term of office coming to an end in Term 1 of the next academic year, a parent governor vacancy to serve on the governing body of our academy has arisen.  Parents (or people with parental responsibility) of registered pupils are welcome to nominate themselves to fill this place.  Details of what you will need to do to be nominated are available at the office.  If we have more than one candidate, we will go to election at the start of the new academic year. If you wish to find out more, do contact our chair of governors (details on the accompanying documents).

September Opening The Government has, as you will know, eased the social distancing measures. We have not had any detailed direction on what this might mean for schools, but it probably indicates that we will be able to have all children back in school in September without any social distancing requirements within their individual Bubbles. We do not know what it means for drop off and pick up, lunch times, peripatetic music lessons, sharing staff across Bubbles and so on. As soon as the guidance is published, we will start to formalise our plans and we will let parents know the outcome as soon as we are able to. We are very much looking forward to having everyone back in school! Even if we do have to maintain the Bubble system, it will be wonderful to have the whole community back under one roof again.

Please remember that all children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6 will finish their term on Friday 17th July.

This will give us the chance to have all the children in Years 2, 3, 4, and 5 in for one day each on Monday 20th July and Tuesday 21st July as part of our transition programme. We will send home more detail about this later in the term.

Moodle We continue to upload work and support children who are still learning from home. The contact with their class teacher has, of necessity, been reduced but we do love hearing about your learning when we have the opportunity to get onto Moodle. Please do keep going with the work – it is through your great efforts that children will be able to come back into school with all their skills and learning rehearsed, honed and ready to go in the new academic year. There are great websites to visit which will enrich your children’s learning such as the natural history museum,

and there are some good projects and lessons on

Thank you to those who have already donated so generously to the Mathieson Music Trust. A report from some students from Strode College who visited the school in February 2020 is available in the office. It gives an insight into the things that are happening in our link school in Kolkata. Please do consider helping this school for the poor which is in such a desperate situation.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

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