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Headmaster's Welcome

Headmaster's News, Friday 20th November, 2020

Nov 23, 2020

20 November 2020



Dear Parents


Top Ten Again!

The Sunday Times will be publishing their Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools on Sunday. We are delighted, once again, to be in the Top 10. This is our third year in the Top 10 and our tenth year in the top thirty. Please see the attached letter of congratulations from The Sunday Times.


Children In Need

It was lovely to see the children expressing themselves and focusing on what makes them smile for Children In Need last Friday. Many children came to school with their favourite home clothes on, others dressed as the Queen or Harry Potter while others simply came in their pyjamas. The day certainly put a smile on everyone’s face and we raised over £240 for Children In Need. Well done, everyone!


Drive -Through Prize Giving

During half-term we held a drive-through prize giving for our Class of 2020. Having had to postpone our prize-giving in the summer, it was a real treat to be able to welcome our Class of 2020 back to receive their awards. As well as their awards, they also received an engraved pen, courtesy of our PTA, a commemorative programme and home-baked cakes, iced with the school crest. It was lovely to hear the children’s news and the progress they are making at their new schools. Mr Drake took lots of photographs on the day which we are putting together to make a commemorative video for our Class of 2020. We were thrilled that every member of the class was able to attend the event including Martha in Belgium on Teams! Thank you to all the staff who made this event possible. Good luck Class of 2020 and keep in touch!


Grammar School Examinations

Congratulations to all our Year Six pupils who took the Grammar School Examinations just before half-term. Well done to everyone who sat the exam and to the 24 children who passed. This is a very high total for one year group. Well done, everyone!


Early Years News

We are proud to announce that Miss Halstead and her Early Years team have once again achieved Early Years Lead Practitioner Status which is awarded to a small number of very experienced professionals across Lancashire. Miss Halstead advises and supports other Early Years settings across Lancashire.


Nursery News

Nursery has been a hive of activity over the past couple of weeks. We have continued to enjoy our Forest School lessons, led by Miss Travis, and we have created flower bowls, mud gloop, hedgehog houses and obstacle courses, whilst continuing to develop our woodwork skills. 

The children have enjoyed focusing on colour and exploring different coloured gloop, rainbow playdough and powder paint with ice. As the weather is beginning to change, and we have had a few more rainy days, we have used this as a great learning opportunity to expand our colour vocabulary in Nursery.  We mixed powder paint in puddles and the children, with great enthusiasm, mixed the colours together when they were jumping and splashing! Our children have been spending a lot of time in the role play area, in particular role playing with babies: bathing the babies, dressing them and taking them for walks in the prams.

Rising 3s have been hard at work developing their pre-writing and fine motor skills through a variety of activities including weaving apples, working with different playdough tools and messy play with tweezers. The Rising 3s also created some beautiful poppies for Remembrance Day using a variety of different printing techniques. 


Term Dates

The dates for the next academic year have been attached to this newsletter.


Covid- 19 Update


Test Results

If your child takes a Covid-19 test, please email the school as soon as you receive the result, even if this is in the evening or at the weekend, Early notice will give us time to contact Public Health and take any action that is necessary.


Merit Awards 13.11.20

RB: Yusuf  1D: Ali  2E: Harriet F  2W: Zaynah

3D: Alayna  3M: Ali  4J: Lola  5M: Kedar  6H: Zorain  6P: Diya


Merit Awards 20.11.20

RB: Wei Yi  1D: Aidan  2E: Harriet M  2W: Dylan

3D: Lily  3M: Penny  4J: Harry  5M: Leo  6H: Tim  6P: Reya


Yours sincerely


J M Duke





Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


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