Friday, 20th October 2017


Dear Parents and Carers,


Autumn Term Newsletter No. 7



We were treated to a most informative class assembly yesterday when Swan Class presented the Tudor Dynasty and talked us through all the Kings and Queens of England during the Tudor reign. The children were full of fascinating facts that they shared most confidently and it was clear how much they have enjoyed of this important period with its links to our local history and Hampton Court Palace. Thank you for sharing your Tudor studies so enthusiastically, Swans. We really enjoyed it.



Thank you to all of you who were able to make the new Reception parents evening last night.  We hope you found the presentation useful and now understand a little more about what goes on in Reception every day and what learning looks like for your children.



Maggie Rebbeck, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator, will be holding a meeting for parents on Wednesday 1st November from 2.30 -3.00 in the Harmony Centre. The purpose of the session will be to outline the SEND support arrangements for children in school. 



The next Parent Support Group is taking place in the Harmony Centre on Tuesday 31st October at 9am. We will be discussing how acceptance, empathy and curiosity are key to supporting our children's emotional development. Don't worry, we won't be doing any role play (!), but we will be exploring proven techniques. Everyone is welcome. Please sign in at the office beforehand.



Today, to culminate a wonderful half term's learning, Year Three celebrated ‘the apple’. The 21st October is National Apple Day, a day celebrated since 1990 when the group Common Ground established this holiday to both celebrate the apple and highlight the danger of us losing so many delicious varieties. Over the course of the day we tasted different varieties and described their flavours, we explored the symmetry of an apple’s cross section using printing techniques and drawing pentagonal star shapes, we ate some delicious apple cakes (thank you Mrs Rides) and drank apple juice. Finally we went to our own Ashley Apple Orchard (which includes over 20 varieties of Surrey apples) and wassailed - a tradition of visiting orchards and singing to encourage a good harvest for the following year. It certainly was a juicy way to finish the half term!



As a culmination of their learning this half term the following year groups have celebrated through a great work:

Year 1: On Thursday, Year One came to school dressed as superheroes ready for a day of action. Over the course of the day the children helped around the school completing a number of 'superhero missions'. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and were very proud of all the help they gave. What a 'super' day they had.

Year 2: Enjoyed making their very own pizzas and of course, taking them home to eat for supper.

Year 4: Parents came into school on Thursday afternoon to enjoy some Tudor entertainment and they were treated by a visit from the ‘real’ Henry VIII.

Year 5: children enjoyed sharing their Postcards of the River Thames on Thursday afternoon. They were inspired by impressionist George Seurat who used pointillism as his style. 



We were delighted to see so many of you at the Parent Consultations this week. We hope you found the session useful. If there are further matters to discuss regarding your child, please do arrange a follow-up consultation with their class teacher. If, for whatever reason, you were unable to attend these consultations, please arrange to meet with the class teachers at another time. It is important we get to see all the children’s parents to talk through how the first half-term has gone.



Thank you very much for all the generous donations to our Harvest Festival. We have passed on any left-over donations to the local food-bank. They were very pleased indeed. I thought you might like to read a comment from one of the grandparents who wrote the most charming thank you letter.


‘It was an absolute joy to be able to witness the children entertaining us so beautifully,

plus soup! Their behaviour was excellent and you are all to be congratulated.

Your school is quite exceptional in a time of extreme change and, sadly,

a dumbing down of Christianity. God bless you all.’



We had a most valuable SIAMS Church School inspection on Tuesday and will get a summary report from the inspector after half-term. The feedback was most encouraging with some useful next steps to explore. We will share more information when we have it.



Please find attached a request for a one-off payment for these 3 activities that will take place at some point during the school year. It is much easier for the school and parents to make the one payment rather than a number of small payments – thank you for your support with this.



Thank you to all the Year 3 parents who helped with the wonderful Green Stall after school today. The playground was heaving with excited children and parents anxious to sample and buy from the great array of delicacies and delights.



We have recently updated our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy on the school website. Below is the section that relates to the role of parents and carers which we would like to bring to your attention:

  •  asked to work closely with the school to establish excellent home-school relationships
  •  made aware that the school has a responsibility for the welfare of all our pupils
  •  made aware that the school has a duty to involve Social Care if the school has any concerns  about a child
  •  aware they will be informed of any actions the school takes involving their child(ren) unless to do so could put their children at greater risk

Annually we will ask parents/carers if:

  •  they have any concerns about the safety of their child when in school
  •  they feel enough time is given for children to learn how to keep safe
  •  they know who talk to if they have any concerns
  •  they feel their views are listened to and acted upon



The Christmas Bazaar committee would like to announce this year’s artwork competition, with a difference! Previously, children have submitted their Christmas art before the Bazaar and the winning entry has been featured in the programme. This year we would like to give the children the opportunity to present their skills at the Bazaar. We receive so many beautiful creations and it’s only right that these should be displayed for all to see! The entries will then be judged on the day by our very special panel of judges (!), and the winner announced at the Bazaar. So please could our budding artists start planning their Christmas masterpieces! A4 paper please, and the more Christmassy the better.

We are looking for a person or team of people to help organise the Gift Room for the Christmas Bazaar. To be clear, we are not asking you to run the Gift Room or even staff it! We just need someone to help collect the gifts (you will have plenty of helpers!), sort and store them and set up the room on the day. If you think you can help with this, please let us know by emailing

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all at the AGM on the 7th November. The weather is turning cold so do join us for a warming glass of wine!

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”  William Cullen Bryant



Sir Anthony Seldon was the Headmaster of Wellington College, one of the top public schools in the country. He has now moved on to be Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and he is a high profile figure in the world of education, often liaising with No. 10 about educational matters. I thought you might be interested to read his Top 20 List of the 20 Most Influential People in British Education. One of the names on the list is The Royal Family and you will see that Ashley School is referenced within that as ‘our most interesting primary school’. We are very honoured to receive this recognition. I am sure you will find reading through the rest of the list very interesting, too.


From all of us to all of you, have a very happy half-term.


Yours sincerely,


Richard Dunne





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