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Posted on: May 26th 2022

A message from Mrs Joanne Crocker

A message from Mrs Joanne Crocker

Term 5 has been a full and exciting one. As I greet the children in the morning and walk around school chatting to them I am always amazed by how much they have to tell me about what they have been learning and the pride with which they show their latest successes.


Ofsted named us, "The small school with a big heart." This is how we approach each day as staff and as children, to set the best examples of kindness, acceptance and patience. These values were very obvious when Squirrel class went to Hatch Beauchamp for a D.T day, where they had the chance to make new friendships and help one another to succeed. 


Road safety remains of paramount importance, especially as our entrance is so close to the road. We have had the road safety officer in to talk to the children and would ask all the adults dropping off children to park thoughtfully, especially next to the pub to ensure there is a safe route for the children to walk away from the road.


The children are looking forward to all the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and we are slowly adorning the school ready for our, "Red, White and Blue day." We will be taking lots of pictures of our day to share with you and we would love to see how you and your families celebrate.


I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome Mrs Sara Orlowe, our new MDSA who will be working alongside Mrs Poole and Mrs Burgess. I would also like to welcome Mr Nate Mee who is our new classroom volunteer.


I hope you all have a safe, happy and sunshine filled half term break.

Best wishes,

Joanne Crocker


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