Gazette 29/09/2023

Headteacher’s message

I hope you are all well.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the wonderful things I have observed during my visits to various classes this week.

Firstly, I must commend the children in Year 1 for their exceptional learning in phonics.  It was truly a delight to see them confidently practising their sounds and following the phonics scheme with such enthusiasm.  Equally impressive were the pupils in Year 2, who have been using the new handwriting scheme, letter- join, to improve their presentation skills and accurately form their ascenders and descenders.

In the realm of mathematics, the children in Year 3/4 have been utilising a range of visual representations to support their understanding of number sequences.  I was particularly impressed with their ability to apply these strategies in their independent practice.  Year 5 students showcased their fantastic mathematical knowledge, demonstrating their proficiency in using accurate vocabulary to explain their answers.  Meanwhile, the children in Year 6 have been using a variety of representations to gain a deeper understanding of complex calculations, which was truly commendable.

In terms of upcoming events, we are excited to announce our Open Evening on Thursday 23 November.  This event will provide an excellent opportunity for our school to celebrate and showcase our achievements to prospective families.  We hope that some of our children will be eager to participate and demonstrate their learning during this event.  Additionally, a bridging club will be available to those who need it during that afternoon.

In order to improve communication, we are currently finalising some tweaks to our office email system.  However, please remember that Dojo remains available for direct teacher contact.  I kindly request that telephone calls are used for reporting absences.  For our resource base pupils, please email Miss Neame to report sickness and absence.  If you need to speak with me directly, please contact the office as I am unable to receive messages through Dojo.

Thank you for your continued feedback and support.  We genuinely try to listen and build on this.  I hope you have a lovely weekend and I look forward to sharing more exciting updates with you next week.

Warm regards

Mr M Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Isla W and Amelia B

1M: Bobby L and Ruby G

2N: Olive W and George F

2VC: Thomas G and Jacob P

3/4 J: Elvis S and Ariella I

3/4 P: Lily-Rose G and Jack N

3/4 R: Iyla W and Barney T


5A: Mia C and Teddy M

5HA: Daphne W and Louie B

6A: Aideen M and Bobby G

6L: Amelie N and Shaya M



Attendance: Our school target is 97%

Year to date 93.7%

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: 98.6% 3/4R: 91.0%
RP: 100% 3/4P: 98.3%
1D: 97.0% 5A: 92.4% 
1M: 96.6% 5HA: 87.0%
2N: 90.7%  6A: 92.6%
2VC: 97.2% 6L: 91.7%
3/4J: 95.7%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was RP with 100%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.

Key Dates

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.

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.


Congratulations to Kian P who took part in a swimming gala last weekend and participated in five races and achieved five medals: 2 Bronze for the 50 metre butterfly and 50 metre breaststroke, 2 Silver for 100 metre backstroke and 100 metre freestyle and Gold in the 100 metre breaststroke.  Well done, Kian!

Over the weekend, Edie P took part in a 24 hour sponsored tennis rackethon at The Deanes Sports Centre.  Edie joined the rest of the team and played tennis until 11.00pm on Friday evening and then returned the following day where she continued to play until the final whistle at 5.00pm!  It was an exhausting but hugely successful fundraiser.  Well done, Edie!

Well done to Fraser C who took part in a sponsored bike ride in the summer holiday to raise money for equipment for his football team.  Along with his football team, Fraser rode 20 miles from Benfleet to Shoeburyness and back.  They raised a whopping £500!