Newsletter – 13 October 2023

Message from the Headteacher,

Yesterday, the Open the Book team treated our students to an interactive and captivating presentation of “Jesus Stills the Storm.” The children were completely engaged, immersing themselves in the story. We also received a heartwarming email praising our students’ enthusiasm and exemplary behavior during the visit. It’s wonderful to see them embrace these opportunities for growth and development.

This week our year 6 students successfully completed the Bikeability Road Safety Program this week. This program has equipped them with crucial road safety skills and knowledge that will serve them well in their future as responsible road users.

On Wednesday 18th October 7:30pm the governing body will be hosting an evening to find out more about our school and the plan for the new building. Please do come along. It will also be an opportunity to have a drink and catch up with each other.

This week’s learning highlights:

  • Owls Class have been learning to follow talking about more and fewer and the roles of people in society and thinking about what they want to do when they grow up.
  • This week Parrots Class have produced some fantastic wax relief autumn leaves. They also took great pride in writing their fantastic alternative Cinderella stories.
  • Eagles Class have been working on sentence stacking in literacy, creating posters about the rainforest in Geography and rounding to the nearest 10 & 100 in maths.
  • In computing, Penguins Class finished editing their reports about solar systems, continued learning about climate zones and enjoyed their fantastic music and French lessons.

Next week, Owls class will be getting crafty. If you finish a kitchen roll over the weekend,

please can we have the tubes.

Have a lovely Weekend!



The PTA will hold its AGM on Monday 1st November at 3:30pm. If you would like to help decide how this charity can be best used to support our children’s education, please come along.

Open Mornings

We have another open morning for new parents on the 9th November

Thank you

We’d like to say a big thank you to Liam Jackson and Mr de Brito for putting together the wonderful new pirate ship for Owls.

Additional Information

Half Term: Fun for all the family this October half-term – South Oxfordshire District Council (

Flu Vaccination: On Wednesday 1st November we have flu vaccinations. Please look out for the consent form sent via Parentmail.

School Photos: In order to get your child’s photo delivered free to school you need to order online by 17th October 2023.

Swimming: For those interested in enrolling their child in swimming lessons, we have an exciting offer for you! By visiting and using the discount code TREAT25, you can enjoy a generous 25% discount on the sign-up cost for swimming lessons at any of the following centres: Faringdon, Wantage, Henley Leisure Centre, Thame Leisure Centre & Abbey Sports Centre Berinsfield

Village Speed Limit: We are pleased to share the encouraging results of the recent Council survey on speeds in our village. The implementation of the new speed limit has undeniably led to a reduction in traffic speed, significantly enhancing the safety of our community. We extend our thanks for your continuous support as together; we are making our village a safer place for all.

RET Safeguarding Meeting

This week, Gillian attended the first trust wide safeguarding meeting hosted by the Ridgeway Education Trust (RET). This meeting was led by Maz Tottman, the RET Safeguarding Lead, and Emma Corrigan, the RET Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

The meeting delved into the changes introduced by the KCSIE 2023 guidelines and how these changes will be implemented in practice. Of particular focus were the new online filtering and monitoring requirements, which have been added this year to enhance the safety of our students in the digital realm.

Moreover, the meeting also addressed the evolving nature of the Prevent agenda, emphasizing its increased flexibility and responsiveness to current issues. This adaptability ensures that our safeguarding strategies remain effective in an ever-changing landscape.

An update was also provided on the OFSTED safeguarding agenda, highlighting the latest developments and priorities in this area of inspection. This information ensures that our practices align with the current standards set by regulatory bodies.

A significant aspect of the meeting involved a discussion on the implementation of reflective supervision within the Trust. This fosters a culture of continuous improvement and allows us to refine our safeguarding practices for the benefit of all students.

We are pleased to share that Emma Corrigan will be returning to our school next week to work closely with Gillian. This collaborative effort aims to further strengthen our safeguarding measures and ensure that we continue to provide a safe and secure environment for all students.

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We are a nut free school.

Families please note that we are strictly a nut free school. Please ensure that no nut products are brought into school or included in packed lunches (even on school trips). Please also ensure that no nut products are consumed within the school grounds at any time of day. Thank you.