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Posted on: November 19th 2021

A Message From Joanne Crocker

Dear Parents & Carers,

The one thing you can rely on in life is change, and it is always fascinating to watch how our resilient children respond to challenges and take them in their stride. The biggest change to Ashill recently has been the installation of the new safeguarding fencing around the perimeter of the school.

It was interesting to get the children's perspective on this development, which was on the whole very positive. They understood that the fencing was to keep them safe, they observed that they could now see into the hedgerow around the trim trail and saw the gate area as an opportunity to display work they are proud of.

Life is all about change, and I am very proud of our children who adapted and used a situation to their advantage. Keep positive and inspire hope.

Best wishes,

Joanne Crocker
Executive Teaching Head Of School


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