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Whole School Letter 09.06.22

Thursday 10th June 2022

Dear Parents,

We have been delighted that the children have started the term in excellent fashion after a really memorable and very special end to the last half term, and some busy half term Jubilee celebrations for many! The final half term of the last academic year is an exciting one here at Cropthorne, and we look forward to running many events as we haven’t been able to do since all the way back in Summer 2019! This week, Year 5 led an outstanding Assembly on Honesty for the rest of the school, Cats Class are visiting the Black Country Living Museum to help bring to life their theme of Transport, and Year 5 have also been lucky enough to be invited to Richmond Village at Wood Norton for a fun filled day of activities. Year 2 have been busy working extremely hard through their end of key stage assessments, Year 1 have been taking part in their Phonics Screening and Year 4 are in the process of completing their online Multiplication Check too.  The eagerly anticipated Year 4&5 Residential to Condover is approaching soon, Cats class will be visiting Sandfield Farm and the ‘History Man’ will be visiting Years 2&3 to expand their learning on Egyptians. Sports Day is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday 30th June. All in all, school is very busy and exciting place to be at the moment!

We have also now finalised our class and staffing structure. We always aim to share these with our families as soon as we possibly can each year and are pleased to now be in a position to be able to do so. We firstly wished to inform you that Mrs Jones will be leaving us at the end of term after seventeen years at the school. We are very grateful for her contribution to our school over these many years and wish her the very best for her retirement. This means that along with Mrs Komor’s impending move to pastures new, and that following a rigorous and extremely intensive recruitment process, we have appointed two new members to our teaching team. We look forward to welcoming both Miss James and Mrs Oates to Cropthorne after the summer break, they are both extremely excited to be joining such a fantastic school and are very much looking forward to September.

Please see our classroom arrangements detailed below:

Classroom Arrangements for 2022/23

Cats Class: Mrs Raybould will be remaining in her current classroom for next year with Reception & Year 1. Mrs Raybould will be supported by Mrs Annis, Mrs Freeman & Mr Ramus.

Year 2: Miss James will be teaching Year 2. Miss James will be supported by Mrs Castle. Year 2 will move into the classroom currently occupied by Mrs Jones and her Year 4 class.

Years 3&4: Mrs Hunt will be teaching Years 3 & 4 this year and will be supported by Mrs Denney & Mrs Brown. These children will remain in the classroom they currently occupy with Mrs Komor.

Year 5: Mrs Oates will be teaching Year 5 and will be supported by Mrs Harrington. Year 5 will be moving into the room currently occupied by Mrs Hunt and our current Year 5s.

Class teachers will of course be directly in touch, in due course, as normal, with specific information for each class which may be helpful for you to know before the end of term. The children will (as in previous restriction free years) take part in a ‘Moving Up Day’ where they spend the day with the adults and children they will be working with next year in their new classrooms. This takes place on Wednesday 29th June, which is the same day as our soon to be Year 6 children will spend at their Middle Schools. We will also be welcoming our new Reception cohort on this day as part of their transition up to First School.


In the meantime, we all look forward to a fantastic term ahead.


Yours Sincerely,


Rob Bothma