Newsletter 37 – 8th July 2016

Dear Parents

Midsummer night’s Dream What a tremendous performance our children gave! It is a real triumph for children of 8 and 9 years old to perform a Shakespeare play (albeit somewhat adapted and condensed), with both modern and archaic language, and an involved plot and complex themes. We are so proud of them all. Our very sincere thanks go to Mrs Jones (who rewrote the play after Shakespeare), Mrs Goddard, Mrs Trusler and Mrs Andrew for all the hard work that has gone into rehearsing the play, planning and providing costumes, arranging scenery and keeping everyone inspired through the whole term. Thanks to the admin staff who have worked so hard to ensure everything ran smoothly. And thank you to all the parents who have worked so hard to ensure that their children know their lines and cues and were prepared for this amazing performance.

SATS We are delighted with our results again this year – a year of curriculum and test turmoil and a year in which many schools have done very much worse than expected. We have, once again, achieved significantly higher than national levels and we are very proud of our aspirational and hardworking children, our committed and inspirational staff and our engaged and supportive families.

Measure School outcomes National outcomes
Number of children who reached the new expected standard in both English and Maths.  




Number of children reaching the new expected standard in Reading  




Number of children reaching the new expected standard in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling  




Number of children reaching the new expected standard in Maths  





Reports Your child’s written report will be available to download from the Parent Portal today, Friday 8th July. If you need a hard copy, please contact the school. If you are not sure how to access the Parent Portal, or have forgotten your password, please email us and we will help you.

We used to report on high achieving children being “Above the level expected for their age”. In the new curriculum, there are no higher levels – however, the higher achieving children are said to be working “At Greater Depth” within the standard. Low achieving children are said to be working “Towards the Standard”. Not every child manages to reach the standard expected for their age in English and Maths, of course, but each child has his or her own talents and gifts in other areas which are valued and valuable.

Strike Action My thanks to our committed staff who did not go out on strike this week – it is this level of commitment to our children that lifts our school to the outstanding level, and we need to acknowledge how much our staff do over and above the call of duty to ensure that our children are given the very best education possible in the face of serious budget and salary cuts in real terms.

Presentation on Bees The children in KS1 had a wonderful afternoon when Mr Farebrother came in to talk to them about beekeeping – our sincere thanks to him for a really informative and interesting afternoon. The children were spellbound!

Life Ed Bus All children were given workshops this week on how to take care of themselves, healthy living, resisting peer pressure and other important life skills through the Life Education Programme.

Leavers’ Trip to the Cathedral Our Year 6 children went to Salisbury Cathedral this week, for the Year 6 Leavers’ day. This involved a morning of activities on the theme of loyal friendship followed by a service in the afternoon with dancing and singing, as well as quiet reflection on their last days in primary school.

New Forest and Mosque trip Please send a packed lunch for your child and remember that children will need picking up at 4.00pm on Tuesday 12th July. It is very important that children are in school by 8.15am.

Sports Day Please join us at 9.15am on Wednesday 13th July for sports day – it will finish at about 12.00pm and then you are invited to bring along a picnic and share this with your child on the field. The bell will ring at the end of lunch time and your child will go into afternoon school at 1.00pm as usual.

Trip to Stonehenge Our history topic next term encompasses the Neolithic era and so we will be taking the whole school to Stonehenge in the first few days back – it is a lovely way to start a term, with a field trip. The children will find out about life in Neolithic times on Salisbury Plain.

Ukulele Please note that next week is the last week for ukulele and brass instrument tuition.

Judo The last session will be on Thursday 21st July.

Recorders Today is the last session with Mrs Jenkins.

School Clubs These have all finished for the term.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 12th July New Forest and Mosque trip 8.15am – 4.00pm
Wednesday 13th July Sports Day 9.15am – 12.00pm then picnic on the field
Thursday 14th July School Eucharist with Bishop Ed as the Celebrant 2.00pm
Monday 18th July Y6 Leavers’ trip All day
Wednesday 20th July Y6 Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Thursday 21st July Last day of term
Friday 2nd September First day back for children Year 1 – Year 6

No Sharing Assembly on this day!

Tuesday 6th September Year 1 and Year 2 children to visit Stonehenge – packed lunches please! Within the school day
Wednesday 7th September Foundation Stage children start – half days only 8.30am – 11.45 am
Wednesday 7th September Sarum and Avebury classes to visit Stonehenge – packed lunches please! Within the school day
Thursday 8th September Silbury class to visit Stonehenge – packed lunches please! Within the school day


Best wishes


Mercedes Henning

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