Newsletter – 17th July 2020

17th July, 2020

Dear Families,

We have reached the end of a very unusual school year and one that we hope never to repeat under such challenging circumstances. I continue to be so very impressed with the determination, resilience and sensible approach our children have taken towards their remote learning during the time of school closure. We are all incredibly proud of all of them and what they have achieved.

On Tuesday we waved good bye to our Year 6 pupils with a film and pizza after school and yesterday we held a virtual celebration with Penguins Class, watched their amazing play of ‘Doctor Who and the Children of Lockdown’, shared some amazing inventions and poems written to the year 6s by their friends in year 5, and also presented individuals with certain awards. Those children are:

  • Charlotte Challenger who was awarded the Shelton Cup for Sportsmanship
  • Ellie Dent who was awarded the Nick Perkins Cup for swimming
  • Joshua Wyatt who was awarded with Rush Court Cup for mathematics
  • Abigail Friend who was awarded the Laura Phillips shield for art
  • Jayden Shayler-Brown who was awarded the Community Shield for the vast amount of fundraising he has done for school

I have great pleasure in announcing an additional award this summer which has been provided by the Crosskey Family to celebrate the Performing Arts at Long Wittenham Primary School, called the Edward Crosskey Cup for The Performing Arts. I am sure you will all agree that this is a fabulous addition to our end of year celebrations and will be awarded to a year 6 pupil based on their achievements in performances (whether musical or drama) at the end of their time with us at our school. Edward’s leading role in Doctor Who and the Children of Lockdown is simply fantastic this year and I am delighted that his name will be the first on the cup as a lasting legacy to his time with us. We are finalising permissions with year 6 parents so that we can upload this outstanding video on our website as I know you will all love watching it.

Well done year 6 and all the very best of luck in secondary school! You have been fabulous during lockdown and we are all so very proud of every single one of you.I would also like to bid a very fond farewell to both Mrs Heffernan and Mrs Purdy as they begin their retirement adventures today. They will be hugely missed and I know that you all join me in extending the fondest of wishes for a fully relaxing and enjoyable retirement.Next Term
You have all now seen the plan to return to school full time in September. Please make sure you have read the plan and made note of our staggered start and finish times:

  • Key Stage 2 : 8:40 – 3:10
  • Key Stage 1 and EY : 8:50–3:20

Our new Owls Class will come in for stay and play from 9:30 – 11:30 on Thursday and Friday (3rd and 4th September). They will then start full time on Monday 7th September (please note this time has changed due to unforeseen circumstances)

Breakfast Club and After School Club

Both clubs will start on Monday 7th September and will be run on a booking basis only while we are working with bubbles. Please email us on or phone on 01865 407850 to book places.

Costs (invoiced by the school office): 

Breakfast Club –

  • £4.50 per child, per session

After School Club –

  • 3:20 – 4:30 – £6.00 
  • 4:30 – 5:30 £5.50 
  • 3:20 – 5:30 £11.50


Owls Class – Mrs Rowley will continue to be the class teacher and Miss Winterbourne will join her as Teaching Assistant

Parrots Class – Miss Mason will continue to be the class teacher and Miss Green will continue as Teaching Assistant

Eagles Class – Miss McLachlan will continue to be the class teacher and Mrs Eltham will continue as Teaching Assistant

Penguins Class – Mrs Richards will continue to be the class teacher with Ms Deyes as Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Finally, I wish you all the very best for a relaxing and enjoyable summer. Please continue to stay safe and well and we are all very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to school in September.

Warmest of wishes,

Alison Bellingham, Headteacher

A word from our Chair of Governors

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Governors would like to thank all the staff for their continued hard work and dedication during this difficult time. We are extremely grateful for all the materials they have been preparing to enable our children to continue their learning away from school and all the support they have been providing to families. It has been a very busy and difficult term for everyone and we really appreciate everything they have done. We also want to thank Mrs Bellingham and the team for putting together detailed plans for September to ensure that we can return to school safely.

Thank you to parents and carers for all their support to our staff and warm words of appreciation and for helping their children to continue to learn from home. We hope that you all have a restful and safe summer.

Dr Elizabeth Atherton, Chair of Governors

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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.