10th July 2018
Dear parents and carers,
As we move towards the close of another school year, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to you for your continued support. We have made fantastic progress again and it has been wonderful to receive so many positive comments from parents, carers and the local and wider community. One measure of the confidence the community has in our school, was the 235 applications we received for 120 Year R places, especially as 133 were first choices. This is against a backdrop of nearly 200 empty Year R places across Thanet, so we really are a school of choice for families.
We are hugely proud of the children who are a real credit to our school, & to you as parents and carers.
We still await the Year 6 data, but whatever the outcome in numbers and percentages we know that your children have worked so hard – with resilience, good humour and commitment to doing their best. Outstanding teaching in every year group is evident in your children’s success and is testament to their hard work and the skill and dedication of all the staff.
I have been privileged to lead work in the Coastal Academies Trust to ensure that the high primary standards continue from day one when children start in Year 7. Mrs Weitzel and Mrs Wilson have been working alongside secondary school colleagues this year on a very exciting local project which is already attracting national interest.
I am very grateful to parents who serve on the Parents' Forum. Their feedback, detailing both our strengths and areas for development, has such a positive impact on the success of the school. My thanks also go to Mrs Weitzel and Miss Bucceri for facilitating this group.
With your support, we have raised thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities. In addition, we have been very grateful to the fundraising for the school which helps us buy items for the children from our ‘wish list’. This year’s sponsored walk money is being used to help buy some playground ‘gym’ equipment including bikes and ski walkers…it is being installed over the summer holidays in KS2 and later in the autumn term for KS1.
Inevitably, in a large school there a few staff changes for next year. Sadly we will be saying goodbye to Mrs Read this term. She is moving to Athens, to teach in an international school. Mrs Setterfield will be on maternity leave next year as she awaits the birth of her third child in September and Mrs Brockman has returned after the birth of Grace.
Mrs Harper will be working in the afternoons only from September, carrying on her invaluable work with children and parents. Mr Roke leaves to start teacher training in September and I am delighted that Miss Ames will be returning after her year’s training, as a qualified teacher joining the Year R team. Mrs Putney left earlier this term and I know lots of families benefitted from her SEN experience. Mrs Walker, teaching assistant, sadly has not enjoyed good health in recent years and will not be returning to the school. She has been with us a very long time and will be missed by staff and children.
Finally, Mrs Glover is retiring this year; she has spent over a quarter of a century supporting children and families in Thanet schools. The role of an attendance officer is vital to good outcomes for children and Mrs Glover has managed superbly the dual tasks of ‘carrot and stick’. She has supported many families with some of the external factors that make school attendance challenging and has built up the best ‘local knowledge’ of anyone I have ever worked with. Quietly, in the background, she has also singlehandedly raised thousands of pounds for the school with her connections with local community groups. She will be hugely missed by us all.
We wish all the very best to staff leaving us and thank them for their commitment to the school and their relentless focus on making sure your children have the very best education.
We also wish our Year 6 pupils all the very best for a bright and successful future – we hope they look back at their time at Cliftonville with fondness and happy memories.
For our wonderful, talented, smart and kind Year 6…
For those returning in September, I will see you all as school starts at 8.50 am on Tuesday 4th September 2018. I look forward to seeing our pupils in their smart Cliftonville Primary School uniform, ready for the challenges of a new academic year.
I am so proud and privileged to lead this school. The teamwork and dedication of staff, no matter what their role, in making sure your child is thriving educationally, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually is second to none.
On behalf of the Cliftonville Primary & Pre-School staff, I would like to wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer holiday.
Mrs Jane Troth