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Newsletter 8th January 2021

Posted: Fri 8th Jan 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It gives me great pleasure to wish you all a very Happy New Year - I do hope you all enjoyed the festive season and some family time!

We have had a fantastic week in school with both our key worker provision and our remote learners. Children attending school are very settled and children learning at home have enjoyed attending live lessons and the interaction this provides. We know how challenging home-learning can be and we also know that it will not have gone smoothly for everyone - please get in touch if we can help you in any way. I must, once again, apologise for the slight intrusion with emails over the Christmas period, however, your swift response, support and engagement has enabled us to plan far more effectively for children working both at home and in school.

I am delighted to welcome three new members of staff to Biggin Hill Primary School. Mrs Kimpton-Clark has joined the Administrative team and will be based in our main reception area. Ms Gordon and Mrs Horgan have joined our Learning Support team. Ms Gordon will be joining our Reception team on a Thursday and Friday and Mrs Horgan will be based in Year 3.

I would like to congratulate Miss Powell on becoming our new Early Years Foundation Stage Lead (EYFS) and welcome her to the Leadership team. Mrs Lucas, Year 1 Class Teacher, will continue to lead on Modern Foreign Languages and also take on the additional responsibility of leading on Computing for the next two terms. Mrs Windover will now be working additionally with the Year 6 team teaching Literacy.

Mrs Lineker will now be taking over matters concerning attendance and Ms Wythers will take over matters relating to admissions for both school and nursery. Mrs Helps will look after marketing, communications and outreach and Mrs Sargeant will continue to support our families and will also take on additional responsibilities around inclusion and safeguarding.

I will continue with my teaching commitment until May and hopefully beyond!

These changes will enable us to support our children and families and the new leadership structure that we have in place.

Our focus for all children in school and at home is on their learning, engagement and wellbeing. Pupil Progress Reviews (PPR’s) were held internally with teaching staff before the Christmas period, the outcomes of these have very much informed our planning of teaching and learning for this term. I know the current situation is very difficult for our families, however, it is vital for our children that we collectively do as much as we possibly can.

As always, we strive to promote a ‘virtual open door’ policy and if any families are having any difficulties, we would urge you to contact us as soon as possible.

I know that we are all very much looking forward to the Spring, when we hope to enjoy some warmer weather and see some much needed light at the end of this tunnel: please do not forget, we are on this journey together and are here if you
need us.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Mrs Freeman
Acting Head Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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