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29 November 2017




Dear Parents/Carers


Thank you to all the parents who returned their ballot papers for the election of two new parent governors. The count took place on Friday 24 November at 3.30pm.


I am pleased to inform you that Mr Steven Blake and Ms Rachael Snell were successful in being elected.


On behalf of the Governing Body we would like to pass on our congratulations to Mr Blake and Ms Snell and look forward to working with them.


Yours sincerely


Judith Ejdowski                                Charlie Richards


Judith Ejdowski        and           Charlie Richards

Headteacher                             Chair of Governors

Wednesday 18 October 2017


To The Parents/Carers of children in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)


When the children return to school after half term there will be some changes to the beginning of the school day.


At the beginning of this academic year parents, with children in Key Stage 2, were asked not to come into school at the beginning of the school day but to allow children to come in on their own. This was in order that children could become more independent and resilient. It was also to address concerns we had about safeguarding. As a result of parents cooperation with this change, it has been a great success. Children are getting into class promptly allowing the school day to start on time.


We have therefore decided that when the children return after half-term on Monday 30 October, we are going to extend this to Year 1 and Year 2. Children in Year 2 can be dropped off at the covered way on the Key Stage 2 playground and children in Year 1 can be dropped off at their classroom doors. Where needed, children will be initially supported in preparing themselves for the school day and gradually encouraged to do this more independently.


We are having a whole school focus on reading this year and children coming straight into class on their own will mean that staff will have much more time to listen to them read. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher you will still be able to do so at the end of the school day when children are dismissed from their classes. If you have an urgent message for a teacher you can come into the office, or leave a telephone or email message, and it will be passed on. If you have any concerns regarding these changes please do not hesitate to speak to me.


Could I also take this opportunity to remind you that if you would like your child to be collected by another adult you must either inform the class teacher, the previous afternoon, or alternatively, ring or email the school office.


Thank you for your cooperation and continued support.


Yours sincerely


Judith Ejdowski


Judith Ejdowski


Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School

Tuesday 3 October 2017

Building Work

Dear Parents and Carers,


As you are aware we are having some extensive building undertaken both at the Pre-School and at the main school.


At the Pre-School site the section of building adjacent to our premises is being knocked down. There will be extra parking and a new playground created in its place.


At the main school the hall is going to be extensively enlarged to accommodate the growing numbers of children in the school. There will also be three new classes at the top of the school.


I want to reassure you that the safety and well-being of the children at both premises is a major priority for us. We are working very closely with the contractors, meeting on a weekly basis to discuss any issues or concerns we may have. In the main school the building work that is taking place is totally inaccessible for the school and all walls/doorways have been boarded up so that we are unable to see anything that is happening. At times we are able to hear noise from the site but again the contractors work closely with the school to ensure there is as little disruption as possible.


It is anticipated that the building work will be completed by the end of the Spring term. We are all very much looking forward to the new spaces that we will have.


I would like to thank you all for your cooperation and support whilst the building work takes place. If you do have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.


Yours sincerely,


Judith Ejdowski


Judith Ejdowski


Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School

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