Welcome to The Courier, Crescent School's electronic newsletter.

Year 6 Yellow House pupils had Playleader training with Mrs McCollin today.  The weather was perfect for a day outside on the playground learning new skills.  A report will follow in next week's Courier.

Do read our Around The Classes section to find out what the children have been up to this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

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Headmaster's Message

Headmaster's Message

Dear Parents

After an enormous hailstorm on Wednesday lunchtime put paid to the Year 5 and 6 netball fixture, we finally had our first competitive fixture in more than a year on Thursday this week. Girls in Year 3 and 4 provided a friendly welcome to their guests from Crackley Hall and it was great to see the raw enthusiasm of all the children involved. It felt like a genuine leap forward and the return of a much-loved part of school life.

It was without doubt the highlight of my week to see the children playing with such great energy and combining this with a genuine joy in being back playing competitive sports. The girls from both schools played with a real sense of sportsmanship and everyone who had the privilege of watching, (let’s hope we can have parent spectators back in really soon) went away with a feeling of genuine satisfaction.

With a cross country fixture planned for next week and football, rounders and athletics to come later in the term, the sports future is looking a lot brighter.

We had some fun earlier in the week in assembly when we talked about good table manners as part of our School Promise. We shared important messages about not using fingers but using cutlery, as well as sharing nicely at the table and waiting patiently in the queue. We took some fun photos of good and bad lunchroom behaviour (they all wanted to have a go at acting for the ‘naughty’ ones). The children responded in good humour and it has been great to see a real improvement in lunchtime etiquette as the week has gone by.

On another note, I have had some important meetings this week regarding the future plans for the nursery building. I will be able to share more with you in the coming weeks when we hope to get the official green light for planning permission, but I am able to say already that progress looks very positive and we hope to unveil the new name for the building and more details in the very near future.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Best wishes

Joe Thackway



Formal Assessments

Year 6 have completed all their final assessments for the year in preparation for Year 7 transition meetings with their new secondary schools. Over the next two weeks, it is the turn of 5F then 4M and 3Y to take online tests in maths, science, spelling and English as well as extended writing on paper.

These tests are important for us to know where pupils are achieving against national expectations. They are particularly important to Year 5 as these are the scores that will go on any application forms that they may complete next term.

All scores will be shared with parents in the final reports.

Good luck to all the pupils involved.

Ms B Forth 
Deputy Head - Curriculum

Learning Mentoring Partnerships

'Learning Mentoring Meetings' are now scheduled for Friday 21 May (this is a change to the published date of Friday 14 May). This is an idea that we implemented in the Michaelmas Term as part of our whole school target, 'To embed self-regulation to achieve high performance.' 

Children will meet with the same member of staff and review the academic targets they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. Children have been reviewing their targets throughout the year; this meeting was delayed from Lent Term during Lockdown. They have their targets on a postcard and will record their self-assessment on those; some children may set new targets until the end of the year.

This initiative is to give responsibility for their learning to our children from Year 1 to Year 6. Staff will not be telling them if they feel they have achieved their targets, but will only guide pupils through their books, feedback, comments, and last reports for the children to decide if they have.  We are pleased to give the children this empowerment and responsibility to strive to achieve their own set goals. 

Ms Forth
Deputy Head - Head of Curriculum
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Maths Mentoring Pilot For Year 5 Mentor Schedules

These are the schedules for the availability of Princethorpe Mentors until the end of term:

  • Thursday 5pm - 6pm: Emily and Poppy
  • Thursday 6pm - 7pm: Annabelle, Tom and Elsie
  • Saturday 10am - 11am: Ben, Tom, Emily 
  • Saturday 11am - 12pm: Ben and Emily
  • Sunday 11am - 12pm: Caitlin, Poppy, Annabelle, Remo and Elsie

Please use the App to access the service, you cannot email Crescent or Princethorpe direct.

Ms Forth
Year 5, Deputy Head (Academic)
Head of Maths and Geography


Crescent Out In Force At The Local Junior Parkrun

Crescent School children were out in force last Sunday for the recently restarted Junior Parkrun.  It was wonderful to see children from across the school taking part including Lucas and Joshua from Reception, Lewis and Zac from Year 2, Sam B, Maisie, Roisin, Alex T, Alex G and Hattie from Year 3 and Evie from Year 5. If we didn’t spot you and name check you then do let us know!

There was plenty of friendly rivalry, especially between siblings, and lots of the children gained personal bests but what was particularly wonderful though was seeing how all the Crescent children supported each other, cheering their schoolmates on and encouraging everyone, living up to the Junior Parkrun’s motto ‘It’s a run not a race’.

A super huge well done to them all!

Due to COVID restrictions the event is currently only open to children aged 4 to 10 years old.

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Alyssa Plays Violin In Assembly

For our musical treat in assembly this Friday, we all enjoyed listening as Alyssa playing her Grade 4 violin piece Portsmouth, accompanied by Mrs Barnes. Good luck to Alyssa as she now prepares for her next Grade 5 ABRSM exam.

Joe Thackway

National Book Token Competition

National Book Tokens are inviting children to submit competion entries:

"This summer term, we're asking children to send us their own dazzling National Book Token designs. Whether it's your school crest doodled in ink, a pencil drawing of the entire class, or something completely different, we want to see it all!

Six weekly winners throughout May and June will get their artwork made into up to 35 gift cards, each loaded with £10/€10 to spend on brilliant books – that's one for you, and one for everyone else in your class!"

The closing date for entries is Sunday 13 June 2021. 

Please follow this link to enter:

Book Token Competition

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head


Covid Restrictions - Parent's Spectating At Sports Fixtures

Please note due to Covid restrictions, parents are unable to spectate at school sports fixtures before 17 May 2021.  We will issue further information for any fixtures after this date.

Joe Thackway
Crescent School

Face Coverings On School Grounds

In line with other local schools and Warwickshire County Council’s message below, please wear face coverings on school grounds (if you are able) when dropping off and collecting children. 

Please remember there is plenty of space around school to socially distance.

Many thanks for you for your co-operation.

Joe Thackway

Covid Symptoms Guidance And School Process

Children or adults with symptoms must not enter school. Parents must check for symptoms each day before bringing their child into school.

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – please, if you have not already done so, source a thermometer to check temperatures at home
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Any children or adult who develops symptoms will need to leave the building as soon as possible and be tested for Covid-19.

Details on testing can be obtained at www gov uk/get-coronavirus-test or call the Test and Trace Helpdesk on 119.

Hand held thermometers will be used to check the temperature of any individual feeling unwell. Children who develop symptoms during the school day will be taken to the Meeting Room and their parents called to come and collect the child, as well as any siblings of the child.

Other members of the household should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, or until a negative test result is returned.

In the event of a positive test result the full protocols of test and trace will be followed www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works#

Children returning from restricted areas outside UK must self-isolate as advised by the government guidance before returning to school.



Class 6W Celebration Breakfast

Wednesday 19 May 2021 - 9.00am  - 10.00am

Year 6 will have a continental breakfast prepared for them by Mr Moore to celebrate the end of exam season and the confirmation of their secondary school places.

Mrs Webb
Class 6W Form Teacher

Crescent School Open Evening For Prospective Parents

Thursday 27 May 2021 - 5.00pm to 7.30pm

Please share news of our Open Evening for prospective pupils.

Prospective pupils and their parents are warmly invited to Crescent School's Open Evening on Thursday 27 May from 5.00pm - 7.30pm.

On arrival families will be greeted by the Head Boy and Head Girl before taking a tour of the school. Our Open Evening will give prospective families an insight into life at Crescent and the opportunity to ask our Senior Leadership Team any questions that they might have. 

In order to adhere to government guidelines, the evening will be by appointment only. A maximum of two family members will be able to attend with the prospective pupil/s.

To register your interest please click here

For more information or to talk to our Admissions Team, please contact our Registrar Mrs Helen Morley on 01788 523851 or by email admissions@crescentschool.co.uk.


Thursday 27 and Friday 28 May 2021

LAMDA exams will be held on the above dates for those children who have been registered.  

The timetable will be circualted when available.

Miss Thompson
Head of Drama

Wonders of the World Culture Day

Friday 28 May 2021

Wonders of the World Day is an off-timetable day where the children will explore and experience some of the continents of the World, immersing themselves in a range of cultural experiences to broaden their understanding of the world around them.

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head


Non-Uniform Day In Aid Of Bwengu

Friday 28 May 2021

We will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 28 May with all proceeds going to this term's chosen charity, Bwengu Projects. 

Please send a £1 donation with your child to be given to the House Captains who will be collecting at the Pupil Entrance at drop off.

Thank you.

Mrs Monteith and Mrs Stapleton
Class 3S and 4M Form Teachers

Class Photographs

Monday 14 June 2021 - 0900 - 1200

Class photos will be taken on Monday 14 June 2021.  Please ensure children are wearing the correct summer uniform with blazers.

Crescent School

Years 3 - 6 Sports Day

Tuesday 15 June 2021 - 10.00am - 11.45am

We are all very much looking forward to our Sports Day for Years 3-6 on Tuesday 15 June. This is being held within the school day so normal drop off and collection times from school apply.

Please note that all pupils are to wear PE kit to school, blazers are not required but tracksuit tops or hoodies are to be worn. Please ensure that your child(ren) comes to school with the following:

  • suncream, applied before school
  • a school sunhat (these can be purchased from the school office)
  • a refillable drinks bottle of water (snacks will be provided)

Sports days are always very much anticipated by the children and really enjoyable for all involved.

More details regarding spectators will be provided in due course when further Covid restrictions are released.

Mrs McCollin
Head of PE and Games

Music Exams

Friday 18 June 2021 - 9.00am to 5.15pm

Music exams are scheduled for Friday 18 June 2021.  

Music Exams will be held on Friday 18 June 2021 between 9.00am and 5.15pm. The timetable will be circulated to the parents of children involved in due course.

Mrs Barnes
Director of Music

Pre-Prep Sports Day

Friday 25 June 2021 - 10.15am - 11.45am

We are all very much looking forward to our Sports Day for Pre-Prep on Friday 25 June. This is being held within the school day so normal drop off and collection times from school apply.

Please note that all pupils are to wear PE kit to school, blazers are not required but tracksuit tops or hoodies are to be worn. Please ensure that your child(ren) comes to school with the following:

  • sun cream, applied before school
  • a school sunhat (these can be purchased from the school office)
  • a refillable drinks bottle of water (snacks will be provided)

Sports days are always very much anticipated by the children and really enjoyable for all involved.

More details regarding spectators will be provided in due course when further Covid restrictions are released.

Mrs McCollin
Head of PE and Games

Around The Classes

Class 1S The Many Faces Of Picasso 

Continuing to develop our drawing skills in Art this week, Class 1S have been learning about Picasso and his unique way of creating portraits. I think you will agree that the children planned and created a fantastic colourful display of their work!

Mrs Stapleton
Class 1S Form Teacher
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Class 1S What Makes A Good Friend?

As part of our Relationships JIGSAW piece this half term, we have been discussing what makes a good friend. We chose which attributes were important to us in a friendship and then created colourful jigsaw characters to describe why we feel we are a good friend to others.

Mrs Stapleton
Class 1S For Teacher
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Class 3Y Record Breakers

After studying world records, Class 3Y decided on some of their own records to break. We took to the field and attempted records such as; most skips in 1 minute, number of push ups in 30 seconds and most high catches in 1 minute. They then wrote recounts of their record breaking experience.  

As you can see from the photographs, much fun was had by all.

Mrs Yates
Class 3Y English Teacher
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Class 4M Thinking Skills

As part of our non-verbal reasoning, we have to work out the rotation or compilation of 3D shapes, this is a difficult spatial concept; so, to aid their learning the children used cubes, so they could create the shape to help them workout the answers rather than just visualising. It was definitely worthwhile.

Mrs Webb
Class 4M English Teacher
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Class 4M WW2 Studies

The children have really engaged with our history topic for this term, WW2. We've talked about evacuation and the experiences of children during this time. It might be interesting for them to watch 'Goodnight Mister Tom.'

Unfortunately we don't have time in lessons to watch this, but it is currently available on Amazon Prime should you wish to watch it as a family.

Mrs Yates
Class 4M History Teacher

Class 4M Share Family War Stories

The children have been enjoying sharing their families' stories of WW2. Charlie brought in a very precious family doll which had been rescued from a tank in WW2 that had been blown up. The doll was a gift for Charlie's Grandma from her uncle, as driver of the tank he managed to escape but he returned to tank to rescue the gift he had brought but left behind!

Harry also told the class about his Great Grandfathers who had served in the Army and RAF, sharing photos of their medical papers and uniform. Family conversations such as these are so important for all involved and really bring history to life for the children. 

Mrs Yates
Class 4M History Teacher

Class 6W Wacky Music Is Back

Limited numbers hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm and several Year 6 pupils have joined in with the unusual challenge of ‘Bells & Boomwackers’. 

It certainly isn’t as easy as it looks but already shows great promise!

Mrs Fisher
Music Teacher
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School Promise

School Promise Rule Of The Week

This week’s promise is in the category of Good Learners and focuses on the theme of listening.

This is such a key attribute for learning. A pupil who really listens actively, takes on advice and feedback and takes action on what they have heard, genuinely does demonstrate the learner profile that makes such a difference in the classroom.

‘We listen and don’t interrupt’

It would be great if you could discuss this with your children at home and support the messages from our School Promise.

Mr Webb
Assistant Head


Junior da Vinci Students

It is great to see the full range of subjects and Year groups that are achieving JdV student badges, it is just the way it should be.

  • Roisin C, Asha for English.
  • Aria and Faris for Science and DT
  • Isla, Alyssa, Orla and Amy for Latin
  • Thomas, Everly, Kiran and Nimeeta for Art

Congratulations to you all.

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head

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Accelerated Reader Achievements

I am so thrilled with the way so many of the children are engaging with their reading, how fabulous to be able to celebrate them week after week. This week we have the following awards:

3,000,000 words:

  • Zahra (4M)

1,000,000 words:

  • Alice (3Y)
  • Hattie (3Y)

Keep up the good reading!

Mrs Webb
Assistant Head

Accelerated Reader Top Quizzers And Word Wizards

Top Quizzers this week are:

  • 3Y  Sam B
  • 4M Harry 
  • 5F  Liana
  • 6W Asha

Word Wizards this week are:

  • 3Y Hattie
  • 4M Poppy
  • 5F Rohan
  • 6W Sahana
Mrs Webb
Assistant Head

Class 3Y More Pen Licences Awarded

It is always an exciting time for the children when they gain their pen licence, enabling them to make the move from writing in pencil to pen.

For this rite of passage, the children have to show that they can write neatly and consistently in cursive, joined handwriting in all of their work, not just handwriting tasks.

Darius, Edward F, James, Leela, Maggie and Sofie have shown pride in the presentation of all of their learning tasks and have been awarded a Pen Licence and their first handwriting pen.

Their pens and licences were presented to them in Mr Thackway's assembly this morning.

Well done!

Mrs Yates
Class 3Y Form Tutor

Pre-Prep Reading Certificates

Super reader certificates have this week been awarded to:

  • Feranmi
  • Herbie
  • Isabella
  • Max
  • Maya
  • Penelope
  • Seren
  • Sophia

Well done to you all.

Mr Webb
Head of Pre-Prep


Playground Conduct Award

This week's Good Friend Playground Conduct certificate has been awarded to Sophia. 

Well done!

Lunchtime Supervisors


Times Table Rockstars - Weekly Class Battle 29 April - 6 May 2021

The following children will receive a JdV for Maths practice as they have reached landmark levels:

Landmark Level Pupil
L100+ 2W - Sophia

4M - Esme

5F - Eva

5F - Grace

5F - James


4M - Zahra

5F - Chloe

5F - Liana

Top Level 420

5F - Caspar

5F - Chloe (again)!

Winners of the class battle:

Well done Class 4M and good to see 1S moving up the podium

  • 1st place - Class 4M with 6,410 points
  • 2nd place - Class 3Y with 5,347 points
  • 3rd place - Class 6W with 2,133 points

The players contributing the most points to their class were:

  • 1st - Bryson (4M)
  • 2nd - Shiv (3Y)
  • 3rd - Theo Mc (1S)
The most improved speedsters in each class are:
Class  Name  Title
3Y Timi Rock Legend
3Y Alex T Rock Legend
3Y Edward F Headliner
'Jamming' has now been added to TT Rock Stars. This is where you can choose and practice what you want. It can be the tables, the number of questions and whether you try multiplication or division facts. Have a go - the harder you make it, the more coins you earn.
The next battle is Friday 6 - Thursday 13 May 2021. 

Stay Calm and Rock on!
Art Frizzmeister 
Deputy Head

Digital Learning

The CS Newsblast from Crescent Radio – Podcast Episode 4

Please have a listen to the latest instalment of our fantastic school podcast, all recorded and put together by our superb team of Year 6 podcasters! You’ll find this edition crammed with book reviews, gaming updates, terrible jokes, riddles and an interview with Mr Adkins. Let us know what you think!

CS Podcast Episode 4

Mr Adkins
Head of Digital Learning

Practice Your Programming At Home!

Computer programming or ‘coding’ is now a huge part of the Primary and Secondary computing curricula, and for very good reason!  It is an absolutely fantastic subject for fostering a wide range of vital transferrable skills including problem solving, reasoning, resilience, creativity, self-regulation and thinking outside of the box, not to mention the extremely useful cross-over with maths. Thinking to the future, computer programming and software games design is also one of the fastest growing global industries and most lucrative employment opportunities, and this  certainly shows no sign of slowing down. Above all it is immensely fun, can be done on your own or collaboratively and doesn’t require any expensive apps… just a device with an internet connection. If your child is keen to get stuck into some extra programming and coding at home, please take a look at the suggestions below.

For the younger children there several brilliant apps to try, all of which are free!

Daisy the  Dinosaur https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daisy-the-dinosaur/id490514278
Scratch Jnr https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/scratchjr/id895485086
Bee-bot https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bee-bot/id500131639

The hands-down best option for KS2 children is the Scratch website, which is free and just requires a parent’s email address to create an account. It has a lot of fantastic tutorials and ready made projects, as well as the chance to ‘look inside’ and tinker with all of the existing projects on there.


A couple of other great options include the https://code.org/ website, and if you have an iPad, the Swift Playgrounds app https://www.apple.com/uk/swift/playgrounds/

If you have any questions or would like a guide to any of these, please do get in touch.

Happy coding!

Mr Adkins
Head of Digital Learning
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First Fixtures See The U8 and U9 Girls Take On Crackley Hall

It is fantastic to have fixtures underway once again and we were really delighted that the U8 and U9 Girls were able to take on Crackley Hall out on the playground yesterday afternoon.

For some of the children it was their very first competitive match and there was plenty of enthusiasm and happy smiley faces out on the courts alongside some really good footwork and ball passing skills.

We will have a full write up in next week's edition of the newsletter but for now we hope you enjoy the photos.

All the girls worked really hard so a huge well done to them all.

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FoC Events

FoC Meeting - Monday 21 June 2021

Monday 21 June 2021 - 8pm

Our next FoC meeting takes place on Monday 21 June.  This will take place via Zoom, please come along and join us for this meeting where we will be discussing events for the term.

Log-in details will be sent out nearer the time. 

Nick Brosnan
FoC Chair

Bag2school Collection

We have arranged for Bag2school (www.bag2school.com) to do a school collection on Tuesday 22 June 2021. 

Bag2school is a fundraising scheme which collects unwanted textiles and sells them to importers and textile manufacturers in many countries of Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Asia - all of benefit to the circular economy. 

This is an excellent way to get rid of all the unwanted clothing etc you have been collecting during lockdowns!  After collecting the items they will weigh them and present FoC with a cheque.

A list of the items they will collect can be found here.

Weather permitting, the playground will be open to drive your vehicle in and unload any clothing bags from 3pm - 5pm on Monday 21 June.

Friends of Crescent


Preloved Uniform Wanted

We will happily accept any of the following Crescent pre-loved uniform:

  • School Blazers
  • School Coats
  • School Cardigans and Jumpers
  • School Dresses (winter and summer) and Skirts
  • School T-Shirts/Polo Shirts/PE Shorts/Skorts
  • School Boaters
  • School Bags
  • School Tracksuits

Please do not include anything not on the list above e.g trousers, shirts etc. 

Uniform should be put into carrier bags and left by the box outside the main school entrance.  It will then be removed and kept in quarantine ready to be used when safe to do so.

Preloaded uniform enquiries can be made by emailing Vicky on the link below:

Preloved Uniform

Crescent School 


FoC Year Group Reps

Below are the details of the FoC Year Group Representatives. These reps will communicate with you on all our events via email, whatsapp or facebook. 

Year Group 1st Rep 2nd Rep
Reception RE Hannah Gowney-Hedges  
Reception RP Zainab Remi-Omosowon  
Year 1 Vicky Morley Nicole Kemp
Year 2 Sanda Mocanu Sally Husbands
Year 3 Inez de Koning Karen Williams
Year 4 Emilie Crowfoot Laynie Osborn
Year 5 Semma King Anita Somerset
Year 6 Kal Mistry Elizabeth Coulson
Nick Brosnan
FoC Chair


Weekly Calendar

The weekly calendar can be viewed by clicking on the link below.  It details all the clubs, events, fixtures and additional information for the week. 

Weekly Calendar - 10 May 2021

Please note Philosophy Club is not running this week due to the Cross Country competition.

You can log into SOCS here to view your child(ren)'s activities:


After School provision can be booked through My School Portal.


Crescent School


Lunch Menu Week Commencing 10 May 2021

Please click on the link below to view the lunch menu for next week: 

Lunch Menu - 10 May 2021 

Children are able to have either of the main options.

Olive Catering


Term Dates 2020/21 And 2021/22

Please find below term dates for 2020/21 and 2021/22:

Trinity Term
Term starts Monday 19 April 2021
May Bank holiday - Monday 3 May 2021 (no school)
Half Term Saturday 29 May to Sunday 6 June 2021
Term ends Tuesday 6 July 2021

Michaelmas Term
Term starts Monday 6 September 2021
Half Term Saturday 16 October to Sunday 31 October 2021
Term ends Tuesday 14 December 2021

Lent Term
Term starts Wednesday 5 January 2022
Half Term Saturday 19 February to Sunday 27 February 2022
Term ends Tuesday 5 April 2022

Trinity Term
Term starts Monday 25 April 2022
May Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2022 (no school)
Half Term Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June 2022
Term ends Wednesday 6 July 2022

School Uniform Items Stocked At School

The following items are stocked in the School Office and can be added to your account:

  • Winter hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Ties
  • Swimming hats
  • Sports socks
  • Hair bands
  • Hair scrunchies
  • Hair clips
  • Sun hats
  • Music group badges - Choir, Orchestra, String, Brass and Wind

Please do contact admin@crescentschool.co.uk in if you need any of the above items.

Crescent School Office

Anti-Fraud - Reminder

Cyber-crime – please be extra vigilant

Parents are asked to be vigilant when reading emails relating to the payment of school fees and any other items to the Foundation. You can protect yourselves by only making payments to us in line with our normal, published methods. Any email offering a large discount on fees for the coming academic year if paid immediately is fraudulent.

There has been no change to the bank details of Princethorpe College, Crackley Hall or Crescent and there is no intention to make any changes in the foreseeable future. Any electronic notification that appears to be from any of the Foundation schools changing these details may be fraudulent.  Our bank details are available on the Parent Bills, the Online Payment Portal and in the Information Booklet for each school, and only those details should be used.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleagues in the Bursary if you are have any doubts about the correct details or indeed if anything appears suspicious.

Eddie Tolcher
Foundation Bursar