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Welcome to our primary school.

"This is a good school which is helping pupils successfully to overcome barriers to learning and become ambitious for their future."

Mrs. C Lorne - Headteacher

Miss. A Lacey - Deputy Headteacher FS &KS1

Ms. C Shenton - Deputy Headteacher KS2

Mrs. A Pattison - Assistant Headteacher for SEN/Inclusion

Mr. A Greenall - Assistant Headteacher for Learning

UPDATE from Mrs Lorne

 (15th April 2021)

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT - Please read the letter on Class Dojo from yesterday (14/04/21)

 

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back everyone and I hope you had a lovely Easter. Our order for a few days of sunshine came through for you all but I have no idea who ordered the hail?!!!!

With the National Road Map for Covid on track, and measures beginning to ease slightly (hooray!) we are hoping that this long term (14 weeks) allows us all as a school community to get on with some exciting, quality face to face teaching and learning, as this is what we do best!

 However, please be aware that we are continuing to strictly follow our Covid risk assessments and there has been NO easing of this (maintaining appropriate social distancing, wearing of masks by adults on site, bubbles, staggered start/finish times etc

One grumble…..

A continued thank you to the vast majority of our parents for working with us and following every aspect of our Covid Risk assessment to the letter-fantastic! Please can ALL parents continue to follow the reasonable expectation of social distancing and wearing of masks on school site at ALL TIMES. This is a collective responsibility to not only keep ourselves safe but others safe and others FEELING safe by seeing everyone comply. As we have all had plenty of practice please do not let this tail off and compromise the safety of this amazing community as we will be left with no option but to confront individuals and where we feel appropriate, request proof of exemption. I am sure you would all like us to continue using all our energy and professionalism to help your children thrive at school not waste unnecessary time reminding a small amount of parents of this critically important expectation.

 

  

A Reminder…..

 Lots of people are now taking Lateral Flow tests regularly which is great for helping contain the spread of infection but it does mean inevitably that we may face future bubble closures where necessary. Thank you for everyone in advance for continued resilience if this does happen, we know it’s not easy!

 

Staff Update

 

Mrs McCullough is leaving on Tuesday 22nd April.

On behalf of the children, families and staff, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Mrs McCullough for her two years with us as Safeguarding Lead, as she is moving on to a different job and finishing her role with us at close of play Tuesday.

Mrs McCullough has always been totally committed to the children in our care and as you no doubt can appreciate, has had a very demanding and front- line role, particularly during the Pandemic.

During this time, Mrs McCullough and Miss Lacey were often seen out and about visiting families to check everything was ok, often when other children’s services had stopped visits.

Endless additional hours were also spent connecting different professionals to ensure ‘wrap around’ for some of our families so that the Pandemic didn’t leave them disconnected and more vulnerable. This kind of intense role is emotionally and physically demanding and again shows how the staff are prepared personally to go that extra mile for the interests of the children and families.

 

As we are a Primary School the size of a High School, all our five members of the Senior Leadership are DSLs (Designated Safeguarding Leads) so business as usual for our children and families and we will put an advert out to seek a suitable candidate to join our Catton Grove School family in this role.

Thank you Mrs McCullough and we wish you all the best in your new Job!

 

 

COMING UP……… 

 

On FRIDAY (tomorrow)- Dress Up Day (in Sports clothing)          

 

Why Sports clothing? – You know I’m always talking about the amazing staff we have, going the extra mile for the children, well guess what?  Mr Cook and Mr S Williams have taken this literally and have set themselves the personal challenge of running a

FULL Marathon to raise money to blitz our reading resources for the children! WOW! That’s not even in their contract!!!!!

 

On Sunday 18th April (this Sunday!), the amazing Mr Williams and Mr Cook will be running a marathon around Norwich to raise money for our school. They have been training since the start of the year and have clocked up over 750 miles between them since Christmas. That’s some going! Tomorrow, we have asked that all children wear sports kit to school to celebrate their impending efforts. A 50p donation towards their fundraising cause would be massively appreciated and will provide that extra motivation when the going gets tough (and it inevitably will!). All of the money raised will be used to fund new books for a new and inclusive reading curriculum at school, directly impacting all of our children.

 

Our dynamic duo will also be running an interactive (socially distanced) assembly tomorrow with each year group to tell the children about their marathon challenge, get the children active and even how they could come and support them on Sunday.

 

The map below gives rough estimations of when Mr Williams and Mr Cook are likely to be running through some of our local parks. These timings are each about three hours into their marathon so any socially distanced cheers, claps, music or banners at these points would give them just the lift they need!

I’m sure you will join us in wishing them all the best for their big challenge!

Go Mr Williams and Mr Cook!

PS They will be expected to be in work on Monday! Lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, with a Summer term hopefully providing more opportunities to get out into the fresh air and a menu of fun whole school activities to look forward to….watch this space over the next few months to learn more!

 

Take care, be safe and be optimistic!

Mrs Lorne

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