Newsletter 11th July 2014

Sports Days

We have been very fortunate with the weather this year and both sports days were a great success.  Well done to all the children who took part.

After School Athletics

Athletics Club has now finished for all children.  All children worked very hard and there were significant improvements in personal performances.  Children who attended regularly have achieved certificates and these will, hopefully, be awarded before the end of term. Continue reading

Newsletter 27th June 2014

Proposed Strike Action 10th July

It has been announced that the NUT, GMB and Unison propose to take strike action on Thursday 10th July 2014.

I want to make you aware of this because it is possible that the school will not be able to open fully on 10th July if staff are striking. At the moment, the picture is not clear and I will need to assess the situation as information comes through. I will inform you of my final decision as soon as I can do so. However, I thought it wise to alert you to the possibility that school will be partially closed on 10th July so that you have time to make contingency plans. I am very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. Continue reading

Newsletter 20th June 2014

Y6 Leavers’ Photos

The school photographer will be in school on Wednesday 25th June to take photos of the Y6 leavers.


Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 will be entitled to Free School Meals under a new Government initiative.  We would like to encourage you to read the information carefully and complete the registration form which should be returned to us by 11th July. Continue reading

Newsletter 6th June 2014

Hare Hunt

On Wednesday 17 children from Y6 went on a Hare Hunt around Cirencester.  They managed to see 16 hares from as far afield as Paternoster School to the Opportunity Group and the Leisure Centre to the Twelve Bells! Favourites included Flame, Harlequin, Hopportunity and Harebell.  The children had a wonderful time, despite the weather which eventually washed out our picnic and sent us back to school earlier than planned.  A quick change of plan meant that the afternoon was spent designing our own hares which are now hidden around the school.  There are 17 of them, have you spotted them all?  Special thanks must go to Mrs H Carter, Mrs S Carter and Mrs Leyfield who accompanied us, never complained once about the weather and shared their Kit-Kats with Mrs Dearsley when we were at our wettest and furthest from Chesterton! Continue reading

Newsletter 23rd May 2014

Staffing news

As you are aware Mr Mendum will be leaving us at the end of this year to take up the appointment of Headteacher at Kempsford Primary School. In order to plan carefully how the school should continue to lead and manage there will be a temporary arrangement in the Autumn term:

  • Mrs Kielty will lead as Deputy Head, with responsibilities for Special Needs and support for Busy Bees.
  • Mrs Gray will teach Y6 each Monday.
  • Mr Atkinson has been newly appointed to teach the Y5 class each day.

Following a review by the governors in term 6, interviews will take place in September or October 2014 to secure a permanent staffing arrangement from January 2014. Continue reading

Newsletter 16th May 2014


This has been a busy week for many children who have undergone assessment. The Y6s and Y2s have undergone tests and assessments as part of the statutory national program of Key Stage tests. Other children have taken part in school assessments.  It has been great to see how hard the children have worked and how the staff have supported them during this week. Well done to all.

We would also like to thank the Friends for providing bacon sandwiches for the Y6s this week. It was a great way to start the day. Continue reading

Newsletter 9th May 2014

Planning Consultation

Some Y6 children have recently taken part in a consultation exercise about the proposed Chesterton development, which involved them identifying positive and negative features of the area and suggesting ways in which it could be improved.  Following on from this, a small group of Y6s attended the public meeting this afternoon to speak about their ideas. Continue reading