Headmaster's Message

Headmaster's Message

Dear Parents

Next week will see two important dates in the school calendar. Firstly, on Wednesday 24 June it is our annual move-up session. With the risk assessment for group bubbling in place, teachers will not be able to physically enter the teaching spaces to meet the children and of course many children remain at home. Instead, these important sessions will take place on Teams and the children will have done some preparation work beforehand to think about their hopes and aspirations for the year ahead.  Children will receive their invitations to these meetings via Seesaw.

I wrote to you back in March with the new form allocations for next year. I suspect now might be a good time to remind you of that information:

Year Group Form Name Form Teacher Room
Reception RE Mrs Emery M1
Reception RP Mrs Pullen M2
Year 1 1S Mrs Stapleton Room 7
Year 2 2W Mr Webb Room 8
Year 3 3Y Mrs Yates Room 4
Year 4 4M  Mrs Monteith Room 3
Year 5 5F Ms Forth Room 1
Year 6 6W Mrs Webb Room 2


The second important date next week is the Welcome Evening on Thursday 25 June. As you will no doubt have expected, this will also be a virtual event this year, with a general meeting on Teams at 7.00pm followed by a session with your child’s form teachers at 7.30pm. We will also welcome two new teachers to the school in September, Mark Adkins as Head of Digital Learning and Helen Plenderleith who will teach Art to the older children from Year 3 to 6. Both of these teachers will introduce themselves to you as well as sending short video messages to the classes they will be teaching next year to be viewed during the move-up sessions.

We announced earlier in the week that we will be welcoming back the children from all the other year groups before the end of the school year. I do understand that not everyone will feel it is right for their son or daughter at this stage, but we are delighted that we can offer them the opportunity after so many days of working at home. Having seen how the other children have embraced the return to school and quickly accepted the special measures we have in place, I have every confidence that he children who do come in will have a positive experience.

Of course, I would urge you to share with them that things will not be ‘normal’ and there will be procedures in place for visiting the washroom and lining up after break, as well as coming into school and the regular hand washing. I know that many of them will be excited to return and if we get the balance right between providing positive social interaction and rigorous health and safety measures, then I'm sure the end of term will be a happy one for all.

Please do check elsewhere in the Courier for an update on all of our end of term events.

In the meantime, I wish everyone a peaceful and enjoyable weekend with their families. 

Joe Thackway

School Promise Rule Of The Week

For a two or three week period this year we will be focusing on one of the sayings in the School Promise. We will talk about this in assembly and in form period. It would be great if you could discuss this with your children at home and support the messages we are emphasising in school.

From now until the end of term we will be looking at a very important idea from the Good Citizens section of the Promise:

"We keep our school tidy and take pride in our clothes and our uniform."

Joe Thackway