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Welcome Back Letter

3rd November 2016

Dear Parents,

I am delighted to welcome everyone back for a new half term here at Cropthorne with Charlton C of E First.  This initial week has been an extremely eventful one so far with our Parent Consultations, a ‘Pirate’ day, and football tournament all taking place, not to mention a visit from Pudsey too with a non-uniform day still to come on Friday!

Firstly I am delighted that our Parent Consultation Evenings have so been so well attended, and I enjoyed hearing so many positive comments on how impressively pupils are progressing with their learning and how positively they are approaching school life. These are exceptionally valuable meetings to share important information so that children can achieve their very best in school and to take stock of how they are getting along so far. I thank you for your commitment to them.

I also wish to say a big thank you to everyone for the huge array of wonderful pirate costumes we saw in school on Tuesday as we gave a true ‘Cropthorne’ welcome to the one and only Pudsey from Children in Need! We were very lucky to have been chosen for this special visit and Pudsey left with an immense treasure chest of coins which will go towards this very worthy cause. Your generous contributions were much appreciated.

Years 4 & 5 have again been busy this week supporting our local community by planting bulbs at the Village Hall and making Christmas Puddings over at Holland House respectively. We are so proud to support our local community and especially of how our pupils contribute positively towards it.

I have been really pleased to hear positive reviews of our new school website of late and it is our hope that it will help us keep everyone as informed as possible about everything that is happening in school.  As always we have a busy term ahead and we are particularly looking forward to our Open Morning on the 29th November.

We would also like to ask that everyone make a huge effort to ensure pupils are in school and ready to start their day by 8.50am. This includes making sure that parents have vacated all classrooms by this time. I am aware that the vast majority of children are ready to begin the school day at this time but it would be wonderful if we could do even better. Please remember that a late start not only impacts the learning of the child concerned but also the rest of the class who are trying to settle down promptly for the day ahead.  We appreciate your cooperation on this matter.

I have been extremely impressed with how our pupils have started this new academic year and look forward seeing their continued success during the busy term ahead.

Yours sincerely,


Rob Bothma

Head teacher