July 21st 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been a wonderful end to a wonderful year. This morning, we learnt that we had been awarded a Gold Sports Mark! This is a fantastic achievement, and I am grateful to Mrs Day for her leadership of sport, and for all the children who have represented the school this year.

On Tuesday, Year 6 had a music concert, wonderfully organised by Mrs Bishop, where we were entertained by a jazz band, a rock band and a choir medley of Rolling Stones’ songs. A fitting end to another musical year!

It was lovely to see so many of you in church this morning, where we said goodbye to Year 6. They have been a wonderful year group, characterised by their strong friendships and generous hearts. We wish them all the best as they move to their secondary schools.

Do look at the attached newsletter to see pictures of this week.

Assessments

We are delighted to be able to share with you our assessment results for this year. After a very disappointing year last year, we are back to our usual strong position with SATs results, which exceed national in all areas.

Here are some of the details:

KS1 – Year 2

  • Reading 90% (national 2016 74%)
  • Writing 75% (national 2016 66%)
  • Maths 92% (national 2016 73%)
  • Reading, Writing & Maths 80% (national 2016 60%)

KS2 – Year 6

  • Reading 80% (national 2016 66%)
  • Writing 77% (national 2016 70%)
  • Maths 77% (national 2016 74%)
  • Reading, Writing & Maths 68% (national 2016 53%)

Thank you so much to all the teachers and teaching assistants and, of course, children, who worked so hard to achieve this.

Farewells

It is always sad to say goodbye to colleagues. Today, we are saying our farewells to:

  • Mrs Greenfield, who is retiring after 35 years at Christ Church! She has been an outstanding teacher who in her time here has taught over 1250 children. She has also been a value member of the leadership team, and I shall miss her wise advice.
  • Mrs Rumbol is retiring after 22 years at Christ Church, the last ten of which have been in Year 6. She has been a wonderful teaching assistant, as well as leading the junior midday meals supervisors. The children at the juniors have all enjoyed it when Mrs Rumbol has covered their class.
  • Miss Peto, who first came here as a student but has since taught Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6! She is an outstanding teacher, whom we have all learnt from and we think her new school is very lucky.
  • Miss Miller, who has spent a year at Christ Church, but is now moving to Kent. She has been an inspirational teacher and has given us all ideas to use. She has had a wonderful year in 4M, who have loved having her as their teacher.
  • Miss Nejad is moving to teach in Singapore, where we are sure her new class will love her as much as the two Green classes she has taught have done! We have told her, that when she comes back she is welcome back at Christ Church.
  • Miss Butler is leaving us after one year to move house. She is a very creative teacher, who has kept Purple Class looking beautiful, as we are sure she will any classroom she teaches in.

All these staff leave with our best wishes for the future.

Brave the Shave!

Those of you who were at the juniors at 2 p.m. will have seen Mrs Wogan have her head shaved. It is not a normal part of her holiday preparation, but to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. If you can, please support the charity by making a donation via Mrs Wogan’s page: https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/ruth-wogan

Autumn Term

School starts at the normal time on Wednesday 6th September. School will be closed on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th of September for staff training.

Holidays

We hope that you have a good summer and manage to get a break, too. We look forward to seeing you in September.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White

Headteacher