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Dear Parent/Carer It is my pleasure to write to you as we get ever closer to the end of our final half term at Clayton St John CofE Primary school. The next few weeks are going to be very busy in school so I just wanted to give you some key information and dates to try and make our transition into the summer holidays, and September, as smooth as possible.
Your 50 Things Homework A couple of weeks ago your child should have received a homework sheet called ‘Your 50 things’. There are some great ideas on here to encourage children to get involved with outdoor activities. This is a great way of letting children know that homework comes in various ways! It will be fantastic finding out what our children have been doing throughout this half term and the holidays.
Uniform A polite reminder that our Uniform supplier for next year 2017/2018 is Embroidery In House. This is the only supplier to sell our branded uniform. Due to the change in the school logo each child will receive a jumper and a polo shirt free of charge. We are really excited about this change to the uniform and know that it will ensure we look smart and ready for learning when we all arrive back to school in September. However, not all children are as lucky as we are; uniforms and school shoes, for some, can be hard to come by. We have therefore decided to collect any old, outgrown and unwanted uniforms and shoes. We will donate any of your items to charity so that other children can benefit from them. If you have any unwanted garments that you would like to donate please bring them in (in a carrier bag) on the last day of term. Thank you in advance for your generosity. We will let you know how this appeal goes in due course.
Reminders As we move towards the end of the summer term, can you ensure that any balance for dinner money owed is paid in full, particularly for our Year 6 children. School meals are payable at £8.00 per week. We ask that this is paid at least one week in advance through ParentPay. Should you require assistance, please contact the school office. In addition, if your child is moving from Year 2 to Year 3 in September, they will no longer qualify for the Universal Infant Free School Meal. This means that school meals will become payable unless there is an income-related entitlement to free school meals. If you believe your child is entitled to free school meals, please apply via the Bradford Council website on, following the “Applying for Benefits” link.
Staffing The end of the Summer term can be a strange time for schools as it often marks the moving on of some valued colleagues but also the excitement that when we return there will be a host of new faces to help drive our school forward. Therefore it is with a tinge of sadness but huge amounts of gratitude for their hard work that I must remind you the following staff will be leaving us in the summer: Mrs Angela Dobson, who has been our chair of Governors has taken the decision to step down after many years at the helm of our Governing Body. The school willsorely miss her and we wish her well in allshe doesin the future. Mr Martin Parkinson who has been at the school for many years and until recently worked as one of our Assistant Headteacher is looking forward to beginning his retirement. He has made a fabulous contribution to our school and will also be greatly missed. There is still time if you would like to make a contribution to the collection for Angela or Martin, please do so through the main school office before Friday. Also leaving us are, Mrs Clare Pugh, our Assistant Headteacher, who has only been with us for a term but has made a huge impact on our Foundation Stage. Mrs Pugh will be returning to her role at Swain House Primary. I am sure parents who have worked with her realise how hard she has worked and how successful she has been in her short time with us. Mr Sean Gallagher a teacher with the Year 5 team has been with us this year and has done a fantastic job or preparing Year 5 for their final year at Clayton St John CofE Primary. And Finally Mrs Louisa Riley who has done some fantastic music work across the whole school. We thank her and all of our leavers for their time and effort over the last academic year and beyond. On the other hand, it gives me great pleasure to welcome back Mrs Lucy Gilroy and Mrs Danielle Burgess who are both returning to us after their time on maternity leave. We also have a number of new staff working with us for the first time. Mrs Sarah Corcoran and Miss Chloe Humphrey will be joining the senior leadership team as Assistant Heads and Mrs Gemma Elliott will be taking up her post as our new Head of School. We are really excited about these appointments and can’t wait to start continuing to work to improve our school come September.
Changes for September As I am sure you will have noticed the school has already undergone some major changes this year. We plan to continue striving for more in September and will be looking at updating our reward systems for children in order to ensure behaviour at our school continues to improve. One major development will be the introduction of a lanyard for our children. This will be used by children as a way of displaying the various awards and rewards they accumulate over the year and will demonstrate their allocated house by its colour. Children can look forward to updated rewards for making positive behaviour choices as well as performing to high level academically. We will communicate more about these exciting development in September. And finally, to accompany the changes that have already been made to school and to ensure that school has a fresh feel in September we have taken the decision to mix our classes. This will mean some of the children in your child’s class will change. This is not something you, or your child, needs to worry about and you can rest assured that significant time has been given to ensure that each class has a superb mix of talents, abilities and personalities. The staff have consulted at length to ensure that, wherever possible, strong friendships are not broken up to ensure children thrive socially as well as academically next year. Another exciting development is that we will be renaming our classes for September. The classes will be named around themes such as artists, authors and composers. This will give us an opportunity to celebrate some of the things that make our lives culturally rich and hopefully further enrich our curriculum. I would also like to thank you all for your continued support for school and for me personally during my first year here at Clayton St John. I am thrilled to be returning in September for another year and look forward to continuing in my privileged position as your Executive Headteacher.
Dates for your diary
  • Thursday 29th June Sports Day Yr1 to Yr6 – held inside now due to poor weather forecast
  • Thursday 6 th July Yr6 - Diocesan celebration at Bradford Cathedral
  • Thursday 6 th July Foundation Stage - Fun Day
  • Thursday 13th July Whole School – Transition Morning
  • Monday 17th July Yr 1 - Visit to Filey
  • Wednesday 19th July Yr6 – Junior Safemarking
  • Thursday 20th July Yr6 - Leavers Service 9.00am in St John’s church
  • Thursday 20th July Yr6 – Performance Production 1.30pm & 6.00pm
  • Friday 21st July Close for Summer and collection of uniform donations