Dear Parents and Carers, 

How time flies when you are enjoying yourself – the last two weeks have simply whizzed by and it is hard to believe that we are already a month into term.  

In the last newsletter, I commented on the endless rain and since then, we seem to have had nothing but cold and ice.  I would like to express my deep gratitude to all the staff for going the extra mile, gritting, salting and making sure that all the children could come to school safely during the icy weather.  Thank you too to the children for being so patient with the consequent restrictions on their movements.  

Attendance monitoring has begun and I am delighted that we have several children who have 100% attendance  – this is definitely to be celebrated!

Every lunchtime we run a Quiet Club for children to play games, draw or do any homework that they haven’t been able to complete at home.  Homework is set each week for children to consolidate learning they have done in class and teachers take time and care to ensure the work is pitched correctly.  We know that it isn’t always possible to complete homework at home so the children are invited to come to Quiet Club to do so and they will get support if they need it. 

I am delighted to inform you that we have been successful in recruiting for one of the Teaching Assistant posts that we have advertised and as soon as all checks and references have been confirmed, we will be delighted to welcome them onto the Bampton staff team.  We still have a SEN Teaching Assistant post outstanding so if you feel this would be something that you would like to know more about, please do come and speak to me. 

Next Wednesday 1st February, is the first of the strike days for teachers who are members of the NEU teachers union.  As things currently stand, the school will be open as usual on that day.  

The Ofsted report has now been published and a separate letter, along with the report,  has gone out to you regarding this from Neil Moir and Rachael Sharpe. 

Well done to the Youth Speaks Teams who took part in the first leg of the competition today!  All three teams were very impressive and the judges decided to send all of them through to the final which will be on Saturday 4th February at Park Hotel in Barnstaple.  Many thanks to Mrs Davey and Mr McCutcheon for supporting the teams. 

I wish you all a very happy and relaxing weekend.

Best wishes, 

Lully Newman

Head Teacher

Bampton 27.1.23 Newsletter

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