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Dear Parents,                                                     5th July 2019

 

Many Thanks! 
 
With just two weeks remaining of this final half-term, my colleagues and I extend our thanks to you for all your support across the range of recent activities and events. These include our visits to the Summer Concert, the establishment of and planting in our new Vegetable Garden, the Science Festival, the Y6 Leavers’ Service in Gloucester Cathedral, the Tombola mufti day, the PTA Summer Fair (preliminary figure raised: £2,500!), last week’s Arts Week and, of course, in preparation for next week’s infant show, Daisy the Moosical! 
 
Swimming 
 
The two responses we received following my last letter were both broadly in favour of the suggestion to focus swimming provision to just one year group (Year 3) and, in the absence of any dissenting views, will adopt this model from September. Thus, Year 3 will have swimming lessons for the Autumn and Spring terms and we shall make separate provision, during the summer term, for any older pupils who have not managed to achieve the National Curriculum (NC) requirement of being able to swim 25 metres. Obviously, as pupils progress through the school, their turn will arrive as they reach Year 3.  I’d like to assure you all that pupils will not lose out on physically active time in the curriculum as a result of this arrangement. Historically, the swimming sessions have taken up one of the class PE slots. The new arrangement, therefore, will simply reinstate the second PE session. 
 
Class arrangements: 2019-20 
 
We are in the process of making appointments to both teaching and teaching assistant posts – which are taking longer than could reasonably be anticipated – and I shall keep you posted as they progress. For next year, therefore, the arrangements are as follows: 
 
YR  Mrs Prescott

Y1  Miss Carter

Y2  Mrs Bedwell/Mrs Riegler

Y3  Mrs Davis/Mrs Mason

Y4  Miss Greenwood

Y5  Mr Staley

Y6  Mr Hayden 
 

Supporting pupils with medical needs 
 
May I draw to your attention the recently updated and approved Governors’ policy on support for pupils with medical needs – which can be seen here. During this last year, we have seen an increasing number of requests from parents for staff to administer medicines, often non-prescription, when there may be no need to do so. 
 
Having said that, we are clear that we must take our responsibilities in this area very seriously and will always do all we can to ensure our pupils’ good health and wellbeing. In essence, we see this as a partnership with you, the parents, on behalf of your children. The policy sets out how we intend to achieve this and I commend it for your attention.    

 

Yours sincerely, 
 
D G Davies

Head Teacher 
 

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