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Week Ending 8th December 2017


This week, the following children have received a Head Teacher’s Award:


Alfie – EYFS – for amazing reading progress

Jake – Year 3 – for incredible handwriting and overall presentation

Archie – EYFS – for fantastic effort with his writing

Vida – EYFS – for her determination to do her best writing ever


WILF will be visiting class 13 for 99.4% attendance.

Jessica will be visiting class 4 for 97.5% attendance.

The class in 3rd place, with 97.4% attendance, goes to class 3



Diary of the week:


Well, another thoroughly enjoyable week; children have been extending their studies and learning, whilst also getting into the true spirit of Christmas. Throughout the week, all year groups have been fighting over the hall to practice their productions and honestly, the performances really are making progress. The children are singing beautifully and lines are being learnt and rehearsed as I type. The children are working hard and they really are ready to show you what they are made of. Both performances will give you a taste for true personality at Greasley Beauvale Primary and I can’t wait to watch as part of the audience as we relax and hand you over to the children.


On Monday, we welcomed over 220 grandparents for Grandparents afternoon; it was so lovely to open our doors to so many of you and have those informal chats with you all. I visited every single class to observe the lovely relationships between the staff, children and grandparents and it was truly heart-warming. I asked the children if the grownups were behaving themselves and the majority were (I was pleased to hear from the children). The grandparents, who I spoke to, commented on the conduct of the children; the Christmas activities that they enjoyed taking part in and the feel of the school. The feedback was all very positive and they wanted to stay longer.


Thank you to the Greasley Hub (PTA) for providing hot drinks and biscuits and I can honestly say the mulled wine (non-alcoholic of course!) was delicious! I also want to pass on a huge amount of thanks to Miss India Marvin for organising this community event. I had a meeting with governors on Tuesday evening; we talked about further links we can make in the community, and we also discussed ideas for the future…watch this space!


Last night, it was our annual Christmas fair; what another fabulous event! The school doors were opened from 3.15pm until 5.30pm, where the children were able to meet Santa aboard his fabulous red sleigh and pose for a photo with the man himself! There was an array of games, tombola, raffle, crafts and gifts, pre-loved uniform stall, refreshments, games and a wonderful performance from our school choir. It truly was a great event and once again, thanks to the Greasley Hub (PTA) for ensuring that it ran smoothly, including all the hours of preparation before the event and staying during the evening. I look forward to sharing with you exactly how much the event raised in total.


Today, I welcomed Mr. Quentin Hannant and governors into school to take part in my Head Teacher Appraisal. We discussed the school improvement plan and what I intend to work on throughout the year. As a school, we are working on: developing a growth mind set approach to teaching and learning (as a way to improve independence and an incentive to want to succeed); ways in which to further challenge our higher prior attainers, whilst also supporting the special needs and all other pupils and raising attainment and progress in reading and across the key stages. It’s been a very busy day, but it all started with a tour of the school, which was lovely. I was very proud to show Mr. Hannant around Greasley Beauvale Primary and he agreed that we have a very good school, with fantastic relationships and lots to offer our children. I am very grateful to lead such a wonderful community of people through a time of change. I am very excited for the future of the school.


Thank you to everyone for your continued support. Remember to keep talking to me about ways in which we can improve as well as sharing what you are happy about. Remember you can also give your views on Parent View; a chance to tell us what you think about our school using


Enjoy your weekend and see you all soon.


Warm regards,

Mrs Bates

Head Teacher