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Newsletter 20 - 20th July 2017


It was lovely to see so many parents/carers at our Open Day last Tuesday.   We hope that you enjoyed coming in to see what your children have been learning about this last year.  Thank you once again for your support.

Just a polite reminder to please return the acknowledgement/comment slip that was with the school reports to confirm you have received your child’s report.   

After an initial delay, the online attendance and up-to- date assessments are live and can be accessed by clicking here.  Let us know what you think about our reporting arrangement via the usual channels or by attending our autumn term Parents’ Forum.


If you have a child in Year 2 they will have taken the National Curriculum tests, also known as SATs, in May. Your child’s teacher will use what they have seen in the classroom, as well as the results of these tests, to help judge how well your child is progressing overall in maths, reading, writing and science. The combined results will also help teachers identify if your child needs further support, and to put this in place as early as possible. The DfE have issued some information for parents which can be accessed by clicking here.


This information is for parents with children in Year 6 written by the DfE.  By clicking here you will see an explanation of what is contained in reports from schools about pupils’ assessments at the end of key stage 2. It describes the role of National Curriculum tests and teacher assessments, as well as how results are used.


Beeston Library will reopen on 5th August following extensive refurbishment. The library closed last year to enable a series of improvements to the building’s infrastructure. Click here to find out more details of the new library.  The library is once again doing a reading challenge.  A copy of the flyer is in the Community Section of this newsletter and further details can also be found by clicking here.   As in previous years, we have created a ‘Who is up for a Holiday Challenge?’ sheet.  There are 5 challenges if your child would like to get involved. Click here to view the pages on our school website.


The children had an amazing time on the whole school History Day. I was overwhelmed by the quality of the costumes, the exhilarating atmosphere and the array of work on display in each of the classrooms. The level of enthusiasm and knowledge that the children were sharing with each other about each time period was fantastic. Our three judges from the Beeston Historical Society were incredibly impressed and they really agonised when they were trying to decide on the winners from each key stage. Congratulations to the Otters, the Robins and the Ospreys. We also had 14 individual costume winners and photos of each of them are on the History Display. Please can I say a massive thank you for all of the support from parents/carers, the children and the teachers for helping to make the day such a success.

A special thank you to all of the parents/carers for helping with the brilliant costumes; I know some of them were not the easiest to source but everyone made such an effort. It really was quite a spectacle! Any feedback from the History Day would be very gratefully received. Please send it to: Thank you once again, Miss Bond.


Foundation had great fun on their Wild Area day.  They enjoyed a day out with a picnic, stories and an ice-cream!


Foundation stage children were fascinated by the stars when Nina Hatch an astronomer from The University of Nottingham visited with an inflatable planetarium last week. Thank you Nina!


As some of you may be aware, Alex made it through to the live national final of the School Top Trumps Tournament which was held at Chester Zoo. We are delighted to report that Alex came third in the overall final. Alex thoroughly enjoyed the day and came home with a rather lovely Top Trumps goody bag and certificate. Alex said "I really enjoyed myself and I never thought I'd come this far in the competition".


Well done to all Year 5 and 6 for their fantastic performance of ‘Happy Never After’.  It was truly amazing.

Yesterday we saw our final concert of the year, with performances from the orchestra, recorders, main choir and boys' choir. Well done to all the children who took part. At the end of the concert our annual Music Awards were given out- well done to Bethan who won the Alan Merry Cup.


Before we break up for the summer holidays can you please help your children to search for any reading books or any sports kit which belong to school.


Don’t forget that if your Squid Account is in credit at the end of term, you can request a refund via the ‘contact us’ section on Squid.


We will be busy over the summer holidays with 2 building projects.  One is to extend the toilets near the dining room corridor and the other is to replace the trim trail.  We look forward to you seeing both of these school improvements when we come back to school in September.


The doors to school will close to pupils on Friday 21st July 2017, after another successful school year.  School will reopen again for pupils in Years 1-6 on Wednesday 6th September 2017. 

Staff will start school one day earlier than the children on ‘Administration Day’.  We will set out our priorities for the coming academic year and refocus our efforts to make sure we are the best school we can possibly be.  


The school diary dates for the Autumn Term 2017 are now complete;

Click here to view the school calendar.


Thank you for all the kind words over the last few days and weeks.  All the staff really appreciate the time you have taken to say thank you.  I too am very proud to be the leader of such a hard working team of staff. 

Have a great summer holiday and we will see you back fully refreshed in September.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Nash





It has been another great fundraising year for the RHA, from Christmas Cards & the Christmas Fair, discos, and the Summer Fair to the End of Term Bash. All these things raise money for the school for those added extras to enrich the school lives of our children.

The RHA will be donating £10,000 to the replacement of the trim trail in the large playground and has agreed to fund the coaches for the Beaumanor and Ilam Hall trips in the next school year.

Summer Fair

Thank you for all your support and help with this year’s Summer Fair, we raised a fantastic £2,549, all of which will go towards enriching the lives of all the children at the school.

End of Term Bash

Thanks to all who came & to the Mucky Pups who gave their time & talent free to support the school. We hope everyone enjoyed the night, thanks again to all who helped out on the night & organising. 

Finally if you do feel you have some time or expertise to help support the RHA in all our efforts please join us at our AGM in October or at any of our meetings, or email

RHA Committee