• Place available in Year 3 for Sept - email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Junior 10/5/13

10 May 2013

Dear parents

I do hope you all enjoyed the lovely weather of last weekend. It was good to have a lovely May Day Bank Holiday I was up in Leicester with my son Ollie moving him into his new flat – he is getting married in 2 weeks! It was a good rest for the staff who had put such efforts into presenting the school at its very best during the 2 day Ofsted inspection. As I write we are just about to receive the first draft of the report and it should be published on 20th May. We will send it to you as soon as we are allowed together with a letter from myself explaining how the school feels about the report.

It is a hard experience having a group of people coming into the school working tightly to a preset script and then leaving again having made a lot of judgements based on tiny amounts of evidence or historic rather than current figures. We were certainly disappointed that unlike at Pewley last July or HT in any of the previous 4 Ofsted visits the team did not “get” the school or have any desire to do so. I will be able to write more about this alongside the report. One thing is for certain your children did exceedingly well during the inspection they were beautifully behaved, confident, polite and spoke with maturity and warmth to the set questions of the inspectors.

Next week sees two big events for the school – the annual SATs are taking place for Year 6 and Year 5 are off to Brenscombe Farm, near Corfe Castle in Dorset. I know which I would rather be doing if I were a 10 year old child! We wish all of those children the very best for these two different experiences.

With very best wishes, Richard

Forthcoming events for week commencing Monday, 13th May:
Monday, 13th May : Year 3 Chantries Day, SATs week for Year 6
Tuesday, 14th May : Year 5 leave for Brenscombe Farm residential trip at 7.45am
Wednesday, 15th May : 3MG meet at Henley Fort by 9.30am
Thursday, 16th May : 3S meet at Henley Fort by 9.30am
Friday, 17th May : Year 3G meet at Henley Fort by 9.30am, Year 6 trip to the Lido, Year 5 return from Brenscombe Farm – Time to be confirmed


Well done to all of the year 4, 5 and 6 girls who participated in their first athletics fixture of the season at Manor House on Tuesday. The sun was shining and the girls all enjoyed some great running, jumping and throwing with the team coming second overall to CLFS.


Congratulations to the Year 6 netballers who won the County High 5 Netball Finals in Chertsey yesterday. There were twelve finalists and the girls worked brilliantly as a team to win all seven of their matches to secure a well-deserved victory.


Apologies, there will be no Year 5 netball on Monday.

Wanted! Do you have any small, plastic ‘people’, e.g. Playmobil’, that you no longer use? If so, please could you bring it in for us? We would also be grateful for any small plastic animals too! Thank you very much.

Clubs Plus
Bills are coming home today please look out for them in your child’s bag.

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Barn Dance & Beer Tasting
Unfortunately this event has had to be CANCELLED due to lack of ticket sales. If you have bought tickets already we will refund your money next week.

Phil the Bag - Monday 20th May to Wednesday 22nd May
Phil the Bag is back soon. Please start collecting your unwanted textiles - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, towels and bedding (no duvets) Textile items are accepted in any type of bag and in any condition, as those items that cannot be reused are recycled. The more textiles we can collect the more money we can raise, we receive 50p for every kilo of textiles, that’s £500 per tonne.  Many thanks for your help! Bags will be sent home with your children next week however normal bin bags can also be used. 

Dates for the Dairy
Year 3 drinks at Jo Clarks 176 High St from 8pm Tuesday 14th May
Year 5 night out on Thursday 16th May at Rogues from 8pm

Summer Fair - Friday 5th July

Rural Life Centre, Farnham – This Centre is currently offering demonstrations and workshops about, amongst other periods in history, what life was like during WWII, including A Village At War which is on this weekend. Please visit their website http://www.rurallife.plus.com/rlc/page9.html or call 07771 526889. 

The Riverside Club, an activity centre for children, will be holding sessions of French Fun Activities on Wednesday, 29th May 2013. Free Taster sessions are available and will be booked in on a first come, first served basis. Your child will be bringing home a flyer.

The Riverside Club are also offering Mandarin tuition and there will be free trial sessions on 30th and 31st May. Their email address is info@riversideclubguildford.co.uk . Please email them BEFORE 17th May 2013.

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