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.
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.
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.
If you need to contact the school for any reason, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
- Breaktime snack (though fruit is provided for Year R , 1 and 2 children)
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 email@example.com. 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: