Head Teacher Update #1

Updated: Oct 7, 2019

Dear Parents

This will be the first of a series of updates from me where I will be sharing with you some of the amazing work that takes place within our school – from both pupils and staff. I also hope to be able to outline some of the school’s key priorities and answer any questions that may have been shared with me.

May I start by saying a huge thanks to all the parents and carers that have been able to attend Parents’ Evening recently. The staff have reported such positive feedback about the conversations that have taken place and the opportunity to begin to develop relationships with you. We appreciate that it is not always easy to find the time around work and family commitments but the effort means everything to us. We hope that you found it useful to book later appointments if these were needed and we are planning to share our policy on break time snacks with you soon – thank you for the feedback on this at Parents’ Evening.

Working with parents, carers and the wider community is a key priority for the school this year. We want the school to feel as open and welcoming as possible and hope that you enjoy coming into the school. Our teachers are available in the playgrounds at the end of the day and both myself and Ms Foster can be found at the school gates before and after school. I am usually found at the top gate so do feel free to visit me there!

We have an upcoming project that we are hoping the wider community will play a big part in developing. You may have noticed the development of the area above the bottom playground. These are fitness stations for the children to use (and hopefully adults too!) and this is the first phase of an exciting project to develop the school grounds to support pupils’ physical and mental well-being. The plans include the development of a peaceful sensory garden, improvements to the school vegetable garden, the installation of a poly-tunnel for growing plants, a Forest School area and an art garden. Year 5 and 6 children are currently being chosen to help with the design of this and we will soon be inviting members of the community in to view the plans. Thank you for all the donations so far towards the garden and please do keep an eye out for future opportunities to get involved – we will need a lot of help with digging and planting very soon.

There are also opportunities to be involved in the school ‘Friends’ group. We are hoping this group will be very active in supporting the school in a whole variety of ways and are very excited about how this will develop. Many parents signed up to be involved in this at the recent MacMillan coffee morning but if you didn’t get the chance, please do get in touch via the Feedback Page on the school website or by phoning the school reception on 01271 863463.

The children have made a great start to the year and I will finish by saying another big thank you for all of your support and kind words. Next week, I hope to be able to share with you some of the innovative work our teachers and leaders are developing in our school that is having an impact on schools across the county and England. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind Regards

Mr Jody Le Bredonchel

Head Teacher


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Princess Avenue

Ilfracombe Devon EX34 9LW