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Headteacher Blog


We really enjoyed Christingle and the KS2 concert. Well done to all the children and thank you so much for joining us and supporting the event. Thanks also to the PTA and to everyone who attended the fete.

Just a reminder that there's a Pacesetters course next week, but that there will be no sessions until February.

There will be a newsletter next week, along with reports to parents.

In the meantime, don't forget:

Tuesday 18th December (9.40am) - EYFS and KS1 nativity for parents and carers. All welcome.

Wednesday 19th December  - last day of term. Reports to parents.

                                               - Year 5 (Autumn 2 attendance winners) to have a non-uniform day






The children in Key Stage 1 have had a brilliant Gruffalo lunch today - they loved it! A group of KS2 children are representing our school at kurling this afternoon so we wish them all good luck and hope they really enjoy themselves.

On Friday we will be making our Christingles ready for the celebration in church on Monday 10th December. The whole school is invited to join us at 5.45pm at St. Mary's in Woodford. It will be followed by the KS2 concert, so please do let us know if your child isn't able to make it.

Please note that as parents will be bringing their own children to the event, that we expect a parent/carer to stay with us at church and bring their own emergency medication for children.  It's also worth bearing in mind that it can get quite cold in church so warm clothes are a must. Children will need to be in uniform still. Thank you.

Christmas cards

We'll have our Christmas post box out from 12th December. From that date, children are welcome to bring cards into school. Please make sure that cards have year groups on the envelopes in case there are several children with the same name. Thank you.

New Year 3/4 teacher

We're delighted to announce that the teacher for January until the end of the summer term is Mr Peden. Mr Peden is an experienced teacher who is really looking forward to working with our children at Woodford. He is hoping to be in school on 18th December at 2.30 in case any parents would like to call in and meet him.

End of term interim reports

Our reports will be out as usual at the end of term. This term, we will be asking parents/carers to sign for them at the end of the school day so that we know they have been received. It's fine to collect them from after school club. If your child is in Year 5/6 and walks home on a Wednesday, please call in on the last day or in the first week back to receive the report. Thank you.





Thanks for joining us for school events.

We've realised that some parents have thought that the Gruffalo lunch next week is a parents event - it's just for children unfortunately. Please do bring/book a lunch as usual in case children's tummies haven't been filled. Thank you!

Here are a few reminders about diary dates - 

Sunday 9th December - PTA Winter Fete, at school. 

Monday 10th December (5.45pm) - Whole school Christingle followed by KS2 concert. All welcome. TBC.

Friday 14th December - Christmas Dinner (please book via Dolce as usual)

Tuesday 18th December (9.40am) - EYFS and KS1 nativity for parents and carers.

                                        (12.20pm) - Parents of children in EYFS are welcome to join children for lunch. Please book a week in advance at the office (packed lunch or hot dinner)

Wednesday 19th December  - last day of term. Reports to parents.

                                              - Year group with the best attendance to have a non-uniform day. 




Thanks for your support for Children in Need and out PTA - it was much appreciated and the children really enjoyed their day.

We have done a lot of work on e-safety with the children in KS2 this fortnight. Please look out in your child's book bag for helpful tips for parents and see if they can remember the SMART rules at home!   



We'd like to remind everyone that outdoor PE kits are needed - jumpers and jogging bottoms are a must! Thank you.

Don't forget it's the flu vaccine on Tuesday 27.11.18 - return your consent form if you still need to! It's also the Year 5/6 curriculum information session next Monday - please come along if you can.

NEW information

Families are invited by the Church to the Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Sunday, 2nd December on Woodford Green at 4.30 p.m.



Thank you to families who have attended school events recently - it's much appreciated. Mrs Murphy was impressed with the children's work and their remembrance at assembly last Friday.

This week we're looking forward to Children in Need on Friday. Children are welcome to wear non-uniform for a £1 donation (this will be shared with the PTA).

We also say thank you, goodbye and good luck to Mrs Salter (lunch team) and Miss O'Flaherty (site team) who leave us at the end of this week. We wish them both well in the future.




Good morning all,


Please look out for a letter in your child’s book bag about leadership from January 2019.



We’ve had a few cases of headlice in school since the holiday. Advice from the NHS website is to:

  • Treat head lice as soon as you spot them. You should check everyone in the house and treat them on the same day if they have head lice.
  • Lice and nits can be removed by wet combing. This method should be tried first.
  • Buy a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) online or from pharmacies to remove head lice and nits if needed (repeat every few days for 2 weeks).
  • See a pharmacist if you need further help.


Our newsletter went out last week – this can be found online on our news page. Upcoming events -

9th November - (2.50pm) - Parents/Carers are welcome at our assembly to mark 100 years since WW1

12th November (2.30pm) - Come and find out about the Year 1/2 curriculum and how you can support your child - includes information on the Year 1 phonics screening and the Year 2 SATs

NEW DATE 15th November – Children in Year 5/6 will be visiting Wellingborough Mosque by minibus

NEW DATE 16th November – Children in Need. Children are welcome to come to school in non-uniform for a donation of £1. This will be shared equally between Children in Need and our school PTA . Thank you!

19th November (2.30pm) - Come and find out about the Year 3/4 curriculum and how you can support your child

 22nd November (2.45pm) - Dali class Fabulous Finish - Space Music. Parents welcome at 2.45.

 26th November (12.20pm) - Parents of children in Years 5/6 are welcome to join children for lunch. Please book a place a week in advance.

                          (2.30pm) - Come and find out about the Year 5/6 curriculum and how you can support your child - includes information on the Year 6 SATs expectations 

NEW DATE  29th November (9 – 10.30am) – Come and see our Early Years provision in action!



Just a reminder that staff members cannot take earrings out for the children at P.E. time. If children are unable to take their own earrings out they will not be able to participate in the P.E. lesson fully.

Therefore because  earrings in newly pierced ears cannot be taken out for several weeks, we ask that ears are not pierced at any time apart from at the start of the school summer holidays. Thank you.




Thanks for joining us in church this morning – it was great to see everyone there and the children were great as usual. Thanks also for all the harvest festival donations which are being taken down to church.

Our end of term newsletter will go out next week, along with our responses to questions about academy status from the recent questionnaires.

New surveys are available on our website – please do complete these if possible as they help us to improve as a school. We do ask though that where families disagree with statements that you let us know of any concerns, so that we can make improvements. Thank you. You can either drop us an email, call into school or put a note in our office suggestions box.

Parent consultation appointments for Years R – 6 are tomorrow (10 October). If you’re unable to make your appointment time do please let us know. Thank you. Nursery appointments are also being sent out.

This week we also welcome back Miss Wright, a student working with us in Monet class.

On 17 October it’s the Year 1 and 2 visits to Lyveden New Bield. Children won’t need lunch with them. We hope they have a wonderful time.

We break up for the holiday on 19 October. On that day, the year group with the best attendance so far this half term will be able to wear non-uniform. The winners will be announced beforehand. We will also welcome families of children in Monet class to a family picnic at 12.20.

Don’t forget we’ve got a training day on 29 October, so school re-opens to children on Tuesday 30 October.

After the holidays, gardening club will be replaced by Science club (with Mrs Smart). If you would like your child/ren to attend the club please see Mrs Smart. Places are available on a first come, first served basis.



Thank you so much for your support for our coffee morning. The children were fantastic at their jobs, and really enjoyed the event. So far we have raised over £250!

Very well done to Elsabeth (and all those who entered the Get Caught Reading Competition) – she was the winner this year and will be awarded her prize in assembly. Great effort, Elsabeth!

Reminders -

Don't forget the parent information sessions around reading (how to help etc) on Wednesday 3rd October - these are at 2pm and 6pm. We do ask that you sign up with Mrs Fennell so that we have an idea of numbers - thank you.

We still have a number of outstanding privacy notices. Please ensure these are returned to school as soon as possible. We’ve added them to our general registration forms so that they don’t need to be repeated in the future.

It’s the Café Church Harvest Festival this Sunday (7th October) in the school hall at 10.30am. Families are invited to join in with crafts, food and coffee. All gifts would be gratefully received for a donation to the Irthlingborough food bank (tins and packets would be best).

Our parent consultation appointments are planned for 10th October. Please let your child’s class teacher know if you’re unable to attend. Thank you.

It’s our harvest celebration in Church (St. Mary’s) on Tuesday 9th October at 9.45am – please join us if you can. The children will be singing for us! We too will be collecting for the food bank – please send food into school as soon as possible. Thank you!

 2 year old provision

Great news – we are now taking 2 year olds in our Nursery. Please see Mrs Eldridge or contact the school office if you would like to know more.


Hotshots basketball staff have informed us that sessions start on Monday 8th October, and that letters went out last week for Years 2 – 6. Today, look out for letters in book bags to confirm your child’s place.

Online polls

Thanks so much for completing our online polls. The first two sets are now closed, but a new set will go up for the next questions soon.

Lunch time!

We’ve noticed that a few families haven’t ordered their children’s school lunches this term. We will of course do our very best to cater for children when this happens from time to time and to charge parents afterwards, but as the meals brought into school are based on the numbers ordered it does mean that options are very limited and that we can’t guarantee particular meals. Please do make sure all your children’s meals are booked in advance to avoid us needing to contact you about this. Thank you.

Parent forum

We would really like to introduce our parent forum to everyone on Monday 8th October at 2.45pm. Please call into school at 2.45pm for coffee, cake and to meet the members to find out more.




Thank you so much for your support for school visits. Year 1 and 2 have thoroughly enjoyed their first trips of the year and the learning that is coming from them is really strong. Please do support our Macmillan coffee morning this Friday between 10.45 and 11.30, either by calling in for a cake or by donating one. The children have also asked to do a toy sale for Macmillan, so unwanted toys would also be very welcome.

Don't forget the parent information sessions around reading (how to help etc) on Wednesday 3rd October - these are at 2pm and 6pm. We do ask that you sign up with Mrs Fennell so that we have an idea of numbers - thank you.

Academy conversion


Last week we held a consultation session for families about conversion to the Nene Education Trust (previously known as Manor Trust), and families were given the opportunity to speak to members of both our Governing Body and that of the Trust. We outlined our reasons for wanting to join the Trust, and there was a chance for discussion at the end. We also distributed questionnaires – if you would like to complete one please look out for this in your child’s book bag today and return it by 5th October. We will then review the questions and publish our responses on our website.

We believe that joining The Nene Education Trust will give our school backup and support to continue the positive direction of improvement and make sure our progress continues strongly in the right direction. It will further strengthen our governance and leadership capacity, help us to make sure that we are setting the right strategic direction, give our staff team further opportunities and support to develop their careers within a family of schools, and also provide some economies of scale which will be important for the years ahead. Importantly, we feel that working with a local Trust rather than one perhaps based in London or further afield will be incredibly beneficial - to the whole school community. Please let us know what you think!

Medical needs

We’re really sorry – there was an error on our parent registration form this September. If your child has medical needs, you may be sent another slip to check and sign. Apologies for this!

Online polls

Thanks so much for completing our online polls. The first set of questions are now closed but new questions are available. We'll use the responses to plan for further school improvement. We're really pleased that the majority of responses have been positive. Please do come into school to talk to us if you ever have any concerns about school life and we will be happy to listen and find solutions.

 Huxlow Open Evening

There’s a brochure and information about Huxlow’s open evening going out for families of children in Year 6 going out this week – please look out for it. The open day is on Wednesday 3 October between 6pm and 8pm.


If your child took part in the violin taster sessions please let us know if you would like to take up the lessons. The cost is £47 per term. Thank you.


Please see the flyers in book bags today for both term time and holiday courses. Thank you






Good afternoon all,

Parent consultation eve appointments for 10 October have been given out today (Years R - 6). Please contact your child's class teacher in advance if you're not able to make your time.

Nursery appointments are on the morning of 11 October - please contact your child's key worker to arrange a time.

Thank you,





We hope everyone managed to see our newsletter last week. There is already more news….

September 2018 newsletter

Get reading!

Well done to everyone who ‘Got Caught Reading’ in our summer competition – we’ve seen some great photos. The deadline is this Friday if children still want to enter. The winner will be announced in assembly on Monday.

To carry on our reading promotion, there will also be a bookmark incentive running this term. Children will receive a star on their bookmark every time they read at home for 15 minutes to an adult and their reading diary is signed by an adult at home. When children have completed a book mark they will receive a certificate.  The child in each class who has completed the most bookmarks by the Christmas break will receive book tokens in assembly.

Bookmarks will be ready for the children this week.

Visit our website…

Please visit our website – there are five survey questions on the homepage. We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to complete these to help us with our school evaluation and planning. The current questions will be available until 26.9.18. Thank you!

Earrings and PE

We’ve had a few questions about earrings this term.  Please note that no jewellery is to be worn for any physical activity, to protect against injury. Staff members cannot take earrings out for the children, but will remind children of the need to take them out. If children are unable to take their own earrings out they will not be able to participate in the P.E. lesson fully. Staff will, however, make every effort to liaise with families to ensure that children have access to P.E. lessons. If you’re not sure when your child’s PE day is, please check the class noticeboards. Thank you.

Hotshots Basketball

Hotshots Basketball leaders will be visiting our school on 21.9.18 for children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) to try a taster session of their after school clubs. Details about these trips will follow after the taster sessions.

Come for lunch on 26.9.18

The deadline to request a place for the Nursery/Reception lunch is 19.9.18. If you would like to share a packed lunch or a school lunch on 26.9.18, please make sure you book in time at the school office. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to take bookings on the day. Thank you.

Come for coffee and cake on 28.9.18

We’re having a coffee and cake morning for Macmillan on 28.9.18 (10.45 – 11.30). Cake donations would be very much appreciated! Please list the ingredients or leave the packet intact. No nuts, please. Everyone is welcome so please do join us. Children are allowed to bring a maximum of £2 to school to spend at the cake shop.



Keep up, not catch up!


We have a new mantra in school – keep up, not catch up! We are working hard to ensure that children who have found concepts difficult at school have the chance to go over them before the next lesson, so that the pace of their learning can be maintained. We may also ask for your support to reinforce something (small) before the next day through discussion. Please don’t worry if we ask for your support. It doesn’t mean that there’s a problem – we would just like your support and to keep you updated. Thank you!


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