Gazette 15/09/2023

Headteacher’s message

It was an absolute joy to see so many of you at the welcome meetings last week.  The feedback we received was incredibly positive, with many of you expressing your appreciation for the information provided and the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers.  I would like to extend my apologies to those who did not receive the notice about the meetings.  We are working tirelessly to improve our communication systems and with every new system, there are bound to be a few blips along the way.

Speaking of new systems, I want to express my gratitude for the engagement and positivity we have seen from both staff and parents regarding Class Dojo.  It has been wonderful to find a trusted and proven system that allows for effective and timely communication between parents and teachers.  The children are also loving the alternative approach to house points that Class Dojo offers.

In addition to Class Dojo, we are in the final stages of finalising free staff-run clubs.  We are excited to roll these out in the next week or two.  These clubs will provide further enrichment opportunities for our students and create a wider culture and exposure to the subjects we teach.  We will keep you informed about these clubs and how your child can get involved.

I would like to take a moment to remind everyone to use Class Dojo as a tool for positive communication.  Please refrain from using it as a platform for negativity and criticism.  Our goal is to create better communication, better access and better relationships with all members of our school community.  Negative and rude comments are unhelpful and can be demoralising for our hard working staff.  However, we do welcome constructive feedback and will do our best to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you once again for your continued support and engagement.  We are truly grateful for the partnership we have with our parents and together, we can create a positive and nurturing learning environment for our children.

We wish you all a fantastic weekend and look forward to seeing you all back here on Monday morning.

Mr M Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Balbina C and Ethan H

1M: Amelyah L and Alexander T-C

2N: Micki-Lou C and Ryan M

2VC: Sam W and Calum N

3/4 J: Heidi P and Henry F

3/4 P: Leo M and Olivia H

3/4 R: Albie L and Harry K


5A: Cory C and Isaac S

5HA: Lily F and Erin R

6A: Lenora H and Poppy A

6L: Daisy Rose A-B and Ella-Rose F

After School Club

Please note that the after school club closes at 4.30pm on a Friday.

Year 6 to 7 Secondary Admissions Round for September 2024

Just a reminder that the statutory national closing date for applications is 31 October 2023.


Attendance: Our school target is 97%

Year to date 95.9%

We expect pupils to be in school everyday.

We will not authorise term time absence except in exceptional circumstances and where appropriate, Essex County Council will issue fines.


RS: 99.55% 3/4R: 94.67%
RP: 99.54% 3/4P: 99.33%
1D: 96.64% 5A: 97.24% 
1M: 96.21% 5HA: 95.67%
2N: 91.33%  6A: 90.60%
2VC: 96.48% 6L: 96.20%
3/4J: 97.33%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was RS with 99.55%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.

Key Dates

22 September – Jeans for Genes (non uniform) £1 donation.

28 September – Julia Donaldson live book event.

29 September – Flu immunisations – Reception-Year 6.

3 October, 4 October & 11 October – New intake tours at 10.00am and 11.00am.

6 October – Core Values Friday – children wear team colours.

10 October – World Mental Health Day – wear yellow £1 donation.

13 October – Parent session – Bring your parent to lunch – Year 1 – Details to follow.

17 October – Parents’ Evening – 1.30pm to 7.00pm.  School closes at 1.30pm.

20 October – Last day of term – half term.  FoGPS end of term treats.

30 October – Return to school.

10 November – Remembrance assembly live (KS2).  Disco 3.15pm to 4.45pm EYFS/KS1 & 5.00pm to 7.00pm KS2.

15 November – Pre-loved uniform sale.

16, 17, 20, 22, 23 November – Family book fair from 3.30pm to 4.00pm.

17 November – Parent session – Bring your parent to lunch – Year 2 – Details to follow.

21 November – Family book fair from 2.30pm to 3.10pm (parents only).

23 November – New Intake Open Evening – 5.00pm to 7.00pm.  School closes at 1.30pm.

24 November – Inset – School closed.

13 December – FoGPS Elf Emporium/Santa’s Grotto.

14 December – FoGPS Panto, Christmas dinner, Christmas jumper day.

15 December – 9.30am Year 3/4 production, 11.15am Nursery production, 2.30pm Year 1/2 production.

18 December – 9.15am Year 1/2 production, 2.30pm Reception production.

19 December – 9.15am Reception production, 2.15pm Year 3/4 production.

Year 5/6 Christmas production will be at the Church and to be confirmed next week.