Settling into the new academic year ...

This term is a very busy time at the school. Our new pupils have settled in very well and our new teachers are making a valuable contribution to the school.

At our school we sincerely believe that a close relationship between parents and school is key to ensuring both emotional and academic success. We are always very happy to meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have. If it is a pastoral matter, please speak to your child’s form teacher, if it is about an academic lesson, please speak to the subject teacher. My Deputy Heads, Mr. Jefferson and Mrs. Lillie and myself are also happy to speak to parents if their concerns cannot be dealt with by either the form or subject teacher.

The Friends of the School

The Friends of the School are helping us to provide many fun events for the children and parents this term.

On Friday 7th October, they will be holding a Welcome Drinks for parents from 3.30 – 5pm in the School Hall. Friday 21st October is the children’s Halloween Party, and Friday 4th November is our annual Bonfire Party and Firework Display.

We hope to see you at one of these events as they provide an excellent opportunity for us all to get to know each other and exchange news and ideas.

The Friends are exactly what the name suggests, friends of the school. They help arrange fun and educational activities for the children. This year funds raised will be used to pay for events during Science Week (next March) including a Falconry Display and Mobile Planetarium amongst others. They also help with catering at the events we organize and when our sports teams play matches at home.

Morning and Afternoon Drop Off

For the benefit of our new parents, and a reminder to existing parents, please can you note that the car park at the front of the school becomes very busy at the start and end of the school. Last year we took the decision to make the car park for staff use only unless a permit has been issued. If you feel you need a permit, please see the office staff. Please note that parents with children in the Nursery will be allowed to drop off and pick up their Nursery child using the car park.

Pedestrian Path

This runs along the side of the school car park, next to the church wall. Please use this path when you enter or leave. Please avoid walking across the car park among the moving cars. Older children can be dropped off at the road end of the path to walk safely into school on their own.

Clubs

We run many after school clubs for our pupils. Last term we were very pleased to be able to add Archery to the list. After half-term Karate will also be held weekly after school. Clubs are integral part of your child’s education, giving them opportunities outside the classroom. If your child hasn’t tried a club, why not make this next half-term the time to try a new activity.

Harvest

This year’s chosen charity is once again EACH – East Anglian Children’s Hospice. We have worked very closely with the hospice over the past few years raising well over £2000 during the last academic year. This is not just through fundraising activities in school but also through our strong link with St. Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir who our choir our proud to perform with on a regular basis.

And finally....

We are continually endeavouring to make our communication as clear as possible. With that in mind we are about to launch a new secure Parent’s Area to our, already successful, website. You will be hearing about this in the very near future but I am hoping that you find it useful and informative.

The partnership between home and school is one we consider vital, ensuring the highest possible quality of educational provision. Could I remind you that if you have an issue, whether it is pastoral or academic, your child’s form teacher is the first point of contact.

On behalf of my family and all of our staff, may I wish you all a healthy and successful Academic Year.

Mrs. E Laffeaty-Sharpe

Judged by Ofsted to be OUTSTANDING in March 2009 and OUTSTANDING in ALL Areas in November 2014. See the full report on the Ofsted website.