Friday, 14th June 2019


Dear Parents and Carers,

Summer Term Newsletter No. 7



Thank you to all of you and your children for bringing in such a beautiful array of flowers and wildflowers today. You arrived clutching pots, wheeling trolleys, carrying big bags – one even came on a skateboard! – with your home-grown flowers and wildflower displays, and seeing them all around our playground today is a truly wonderful sight. We have some stunning artwork, too, which we hope you will come and view in the hall tomorrow. The weather hasn’t been kind of late and some of you mentioned that you needed another week for the flowers to open, but it hasn’t dampened your enthusiasm to bring in so many pots and plants. We really appreciate your support with the wildflower show and hope you enjoy seeing the displays tomorrow.


On Tuesday, children from Years 3-6 competed in the annual District Sport athletics competition at the Xcel Centre. From running to throwing to jumping, they competed against other schools in the area, and they all did fantastically well!

There were individual wins from Charlie B (Yr4 600m), Joshua (Yr5 600m), Charlie (Yr5 100m), Lily (Yr6 600m) and Billy (Yr6 100m). The mixed Year 3, 4 and year 5 boys relay team also came first! There were also strong 2nd place finishes from Alex C (Yr4 100m), Amelie (Yr4 600m), Joseph F (Yr4 600m), Chloe Jane (Yr6 100m), and the Year 6 boys relay team. A full list of results will be posted on our sports page. 

Overall, we came an amazing 2nd place with 227 points, only narrowly missing out to the overall winners St James. Well done to the whole Ashley team.  We are so proud of you! 


On Monday morning, Eagle Class will head off for the first of two week-long expeditions to Chamonix, exploring well-being and sustainability in the mountains of the Alps. Monday is a travel day to get to Chamonix. On Tuesday, the children will consider what they need to be well and they will rock climb on the dramatic ‘Les Gaillands’ rockface. On Wednesday, they will journey up to ‘La Mer de Glace’ to see the impact of climate change on the shrinking glacier and to trek across to a refuge, where they will stay the night.  Their focus for the day will be team well-being. On Thursday, they will consider the well-being of the world in the context of Chamonix and what could make it a model of sustainability. And on Friday the leaders return. Do check out their blog on the website. Have a great trip, Year 6!


I hope you all received the letter yesterday about the leadership restructure from September with the Co-Headship and the two Assistant Headteacher roles. As you will appreciate, this new structure has taken a lot of time to think through and we are confident that it will work well. Most schools in the Good Shepherd Trust that are graded ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ now work with an Executive Head model, where the Headteacher takes on an executive head role and oversees two schools with a Head of School supporting them. I requested that the work of this school be shared more widely in the world of education and I am extremely grateful to the GST and the Governors for approving this role. The work of our school is attracting a lot of interest in the education sector and it is a real honour to be able to share what we are doing with other schools and educators.  We look forward to seeing Mrs Stevens back in September and to welcoming Mrs Hopkins to the school as our second Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Lead, working alongside Miss Holder.


We are excited to announce our first ever Ashley and British Heart Foundation Skipathon is happening on Friday, 5th July. Please see the attached letter for more information about the day and the opportunity to buy an Ashley skipping rope to practice before the big event. The countdown has begun. Keep your eyes peeled for more information! 


Come along to the Eco Stall tomorrow to buy your Beeswax wraps for £10. The wraps were designed by Olivia T in Year 5 and all the proceeds from the sales go straight to our school. The Eco Team will be there to tell you all about the wraps and ways to reduce your single use plastic. We will also have some honeycomb to see where the wax in the wraps comes from!


We ask that you always speak to our staff in a respectful manner. We have had situations recently where our staff have been treated in a rude or aggressive way and this is not acceptable. We expect all our staff and indeed any member of our community to always be spoken to politely. We thank you for ensuring this happens.


Finally, we are delighted to welcome Casey Bassett to our office team. You may have met her this week on the front desk. Please do introduce yourselves when you drop in.

We look forward to seeing lots of you at the Summer Fete tomorrow.  Children in Reception, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 should be at the Harmony Centre steps to sing their year group song at 12.30pm. The children in Years 1, 3 and 5 should come along at 1.30pm for their songs.




The big day is here! Come rain or shine, we’ll be at the school ready to have a fabulous time at the Summer Fete tomorrow. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations and for all of your help in organising the day. If you are coming to help set up we will be at the school from 9am tomorrow morning.

The gates open at 12pm and here are the times of the various performances:

  • 12:30 - Year group performances: Reception, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6
  • 13:00 - Raise the Curtain
  • 13:30 - Year Group performances: Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5
  • 14:00 - Redz Street Dance

Baking donations and competition - All donations of cakes and bakes for sale in the café are welcome. If the children want to get involved they are invited to enter the Wildflower Baking Competition! More information can be found in the attached flyer.

Raffle tickets and tokens will be available at the Fete entrance and an additional token stall will be on the field. Be sure to pick up a copy of the free programme from the entrance, which includes info on the fete and stalls and a few extra goodies for the kids such as a maze and quiz, recipes and Honey Bee facts.

See you tomorrow – fingers crossed for the weather! We love to hear from you so do get in touch with Gill or Fahima -


Yours sincerely,


Richard Dunne