Upcoming Events

Monday 11th September

3.15pm-4.30pm Gol Football Club
3.15pm-4.15pm- Gardening Club
3.15-6pm-The Oaks after school club

Tuesday 12th September

1-3pm Guitar lessons
3.15- 3.45- Drumming lessons
3.15-4.15pm Tag Rugby with Curveball Coaching
3.15-4.30pm Gardening Club
3.15-6pm-The Oaks after school club

Wednesday 13th September

11.30am – Piano lessons
1pm- Flute lessons
12.45pm- Guitar
3.30pm- 4.30pm- Drumming lessons
3.15-6pm—The Oaks after school club

Thursday 14th September

3 .15-4.15pm Hockey with curveball coaching
3.15-6pm—The Oaks after school club

Friday 15th July

2.40 pm- Awards assembly
3.15-6pm—The Oaks after school club

Menu this week


Vegetable Pasta

Beef Bolognaise Pasta

Jacket Potato with Tuna Sweetcorn and Mayo



Iced Sponge




Priory Pizza

Chicken Supreme & Rice


Green Beans



Cheese and Chive Swirls

Roast Chicken with
Sage & Onion

Roast Potatoes
Roast Parsnips

Apple Crumble
& Custard
Ice Cream




Quorn Sausages

Sherfield Sausages

Mushroom & Herb Rissoles (v) & Tomato Sauce


Baked Beans

Roll or Mash

Lemon Spice Slices



Mixed Bean & Veg Chow Mein

Breaded Fish & Chips



Chocolate Cake & Chocolate Sauce



Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a very successful, albeit hot, first week back. The new Reception children have shown a lot of courage with coming into school for the first time for their half days. We are looking forward to them starting full days next week. Although it has been hot, we have had the opportunity to allow the pupils to play on the school field and socialise with their friends.  

Clubs and Childcare

At school we have external clubs and staff-led clubs. The external clubs have already started but if you would like your child to join one, please use the contact details below. 

School-led clubs will start in the week commencing 18th September once we have had reviewed the survey sent this morning and arranged the most appropriate provision.

Thank you

Over the summer holiday some very kind parents helped to renovate the staff room at school to make it a nicer place for our hardworking teachers to rest, meet or work. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Pengelly for repainting the staff room. It looks absolutely amazing and you did such a great job that several teachers are already looking to use Kingsley Trades to redecorate their own homes! Thank you also to Jen Price who donated a coffee machine and helped Mrs Adams source new equipment and furniture for the staff room.

Medical updates

If there have been any medical issues or developments with your child, please inform the school. This could be that they have been diagnosed with a medical condition, or that a dosage has changed on their regular medication. This also includes ensuring that inhalers and epipens have not expired. 

Communication pathways

If you need to contact the school for any reason, please email at office@priory.hants.sch.uk or call 01256 850062. Natalie Kingston, or Office Manager, will direct any communications to the correct staff member. 

Key staff members

Matt Walsh – Headteacher 

Debs Adams – Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Angela Selwood – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)

Natalie Kingston – Office Manager

Rob Henry – Site Manager

Mrs Ewins and Mrs Austin – Reception Teachers

Ms Hollingshead – Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Britt and Mrs Hughes – Year 1 Teachers

Mrs Sowden and Mrs Marzetti – Year 3 Teachers

Mr Cripps – Year 4 Teacher

Mrs Coe – Year 5 Teacher

Mrs Heathcote – Year 6 Teacher

Communications timings for school 

If you contact the school we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible, and you should receive an answer within 24 hours. Please note that we would not expect our staff to reply before 8am or after 5pm. 

Equipment check

Getting children ready for school can be a mammoth task for busy parents. Below is a quick look checklist for what you may need to pack:

  • Drinks bottle
  • PE kit/swimming kit
  • Trainers if playing football at breaktime
  • Reading book/Library book if it’s a book change day
  • Reading diary
  • Pencil case
  • Suncream/ sunhat
  • Musical instrument if having music tuition
  • Coat
  • Breaktime snack (though fruit is provided for Year R , 1 and 2 children)

Volunteers needed

We are always happy to welcome volunteers at The Priory. If you have any spare time, or would like to just give a bit of your time to make a difference to the education of the children, we would love to hear from you.

Specifically, we are looking for volunteers to help with

  • Reading with children
  • Someone to help organise and maintain the school library
  • Help maintain the school gardens
  • Support in class on art or DT projects
  • Practise maths skills with children
  • Support with school trips 

If you are interested, please contact the school at office@priory.hants.sch.uk. Thanks in advance. 

Measles and MMR

Measles can be very serious and spreads easily. Children and adults who contract measles can end up in hospital or suffer long term health consequences. In rare cases, it can be fatal.

Measles is completely preventable with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The first dose is offered to children at 1 year of age and the second dose at 3 years and 4 months. Measles outbreaks happen when not enough children have been vaccinated and can be very disruptive in educational settings.

Please check that your children’s vaccines are up to date. You can catch up on your MMR vaccine through your GP whatever your age.

Information resources (including in different languages) are available to download:

House Points…





Safeguarding and Wellbeing 

Welcome back to a new school year where we will continue to work hard in safeguarding the wellbeing and safety of all of our children, staff and families at The Priory Primary school. During our INSET day staff revisited the key principles of safeguarding as a refresher for the work that we carry out on a daily basis when safeguarding the children at our school. In addition, all school staff are now undertaking a range of online courses designed to refresh and update their knowledge and skills when it comes to spotting concerns and signs of abuse, responding to children’s worries or disclosures and recording and reporting concerns. 

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 – changes for this year…

As part of this ongoing training, staff have also learnt about changes to the key legislation related to the safeguarding for our children – Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) 2023. There have not been too many changes to the legislation this year but our Safeguarding and Child protection policies are currently being updated to reflect the changes that have been put into place and will be available on the school website

Two Key changes for 2023 include – 

  •  New emphasis on filtering and monitoring systems: Filtering and monitoring systems protect pupils and staff from harmful and inappropriate content online – 
  •   All staff should follow policies and procedures, report any problems, and monitor what’s happening on screens in school with greater responsibility for the school’s DSL (Mrs Adams) to lead on the filtering systems and monitoring that is in place across the school.
  •   Added clarity around the meaning of the terms ‘children absent from education’ and ‘children missing education’. By definition within the legislation this now refers to 
    • Children absent from education that are on the school roll, but are regularly not attending
    •  Children missing education that aren’t on any school roll or being educated elsewhere
  •   These are vital warning signs of safeguarding risks to a child and as a school we have policies and procedures in place to deal with both of these situations should they occur or impact children in our care. 

At the start of the year we also like to ensure that all of our existing and new parents/carers are fully aware of the members of our safeguarding team. Please see below for their names and photographs. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the team if you have any safeguarding concerns about a child or young person.

Reception Year News

What have we been learning about in Year R this week?

We are all incredibly proud of how well the children have settled in to their first week at The Priory. They have all been superstars! It has been lovely to see all the children happily playing with the different toys and getting to know their class mates.

The children have been on a school tour this week. They saw the hall, playground, met the kitchen staff, met Mr Walsh in his office and even got to walk into some of the other classes and meet the rest of the school.

This week we have focused on getting to know the children and the routines and expectations in Year R. The children are already beginning to get to know the daily routines.

We have already started to use Tapestry and have uploaded some photos this week so hopefully you have all seen these by now. You can also use Tapestry at home through commenting on anything that we upload and also sharing photos/videos of anything your child does outside of school. Please do let us know if you have any issues with Tapestry.

Next week:

Next week will be our first full week in school with the whole class. The school day is 8.40am-3.15pm.

The children will begin Phonics sessions from next week and will begin to learn the sounds s,a,t,p. We are also going to send home sound cards for you to practise at home. Once the children are secure on the sounds in their pack they will receive more. Please could you keep the sound pack in their book bags as we will use them to practise with in school too.

Your child should have brought home a brown paper bag today. Please could these be filled and brought back in by Tuesday as we will be using them in class to share our special items with our friends.

We will also be starting our PE lessons, which will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please make sure that your child is in PE kit on these days. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year R Team

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