Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is an excellent school the children are happy and thriving. The dedication and hard work from the entire school team is outstanding and clear to see. I am extremely happy with Daniel's progress since starting at the Pre-School. He seems to have made a lovely group of friends and enjoys coming in every day. I can't wait to see him progress further. Presence of Teachers and caretakers at pick up and drop off really help you feel safe. The well-being of the pupils is outstanding. They have gone above and beyond to make sure my children have felt safe at school. My child is happy to come to school, the staff are visible and approachable. It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Highly visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. Supportive school for both parents and children. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us or not!

World Book Day

On Wednesday 2nd March, KS1 were really excited to be visited by ex-pupil and published author Paul Deslandes.  He spent the day reading his book “The Garden Monster” to classes where the children were involved in acting out the story and searching for the monster.  The children loved it!  Paul stayed behind after school to sign copies of his books for children and families. 


On Thursday 3rd March on World Book Day we were really excited to attend some virtual author events put on by The Children’s Bookshow.  Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 watched author Catherine Rayner read 3 of her books – “Arlo”, “Augustus and his smile” and “Abigail”.  She also demonstrated how to draw some of her characters and the children had a go too.  We were so impressed by some of the children’s Arlo the lion and Abigail the giraffe.  Key Stage 2 laughed all afternoon watching Michael Rosen answer questions, give tips on writing and perform lots of famous poems.


The children also really enjoyed sharing their props with their friends for them to guess what their favourite book was.  This activity stimulated some really interesting and in-depth discussions about books and characters and lots of book recommendations were made.  Year 1 also shared story sacks and read to each other and some children were so inspired that on Thursday they independently chose to make their own books!


On Friday 4th March, 20 children from KS2 went on a book expedition into Margate.  They visited The Margate Bookshop to spend their World Book Day tokens and browse the shelves then popped to Margate library to relax and enjoy some books.  Many of the children signed up for the library and were excited to receive their library cards and be able to borrow some books to take home.  We were very grateful to The Margate Bookshop for inviting us and for also donating 3 novels to our school library.