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End of year 2016-2017

Dear Parents, children and families,

Today has been the last day of this academic year. This afternoon included a whole school assembly where we paid tribute to our staff that are leaving, children with 100% attendance and our amazing Year 6 cohort.


Part of our assembly included silent contemplation for the passing of Sue Earp. Her funeral will be held at the West Bromwich Crematorium on Tuesday 25th July at 3.15pm.


No school year would be complete without acknowledgement of how well our children have done. Yet again this year, our children’s results are higher than Sandwell Local Authority averages and our Year 6 children have achieved significantly higher than National averages – a huge accomplishment. Results are as follows:

Significant changes to teaching of phonics and early reading skills in the Nursery have resulted in accelerated progress for most children:

74% of children are now working on phase 3 or above.

22% are working on phase 4 phonics.


GLD: 56.9% of children achieved the expected standard. This represents a rise of 14.9% from 2016.

Comparison between all areas of the EYFS shows a rise in all the different areas of the Early Years Curriculum.


Year 1:

Phonic Screen: 67/86              77.9%              National          77% (2016) GBPS +0.9%


Year 2:

Reading                Age Related Expectation              71.7%    Local Authority all school average 70.5% GBPS +1.2%

Writing Age Related Expectation              70.0%   Local Authority all school average 64.3% GBPS +5.7%

Maths Age Related Expectation 71.7%                    Local Authority all school average 71.4% GBPS +0.3%


Year 6:

Reading Age Related Expectation             74.6%    National 71% GBPS +3.6%

Writing Age Related Expectation               84.7%   National 76% GBPS +8.7%

Maths Age Related Expectation 91.5%                    National 75% GBPS +16.5%


These results together with the progress made by children in Years 3, 4 and 5 were discussed with both the Governing Body and the Local Authority Head of School Improvement, Mr Andy Timmins. He and the Governors felt the results were outstanding and testament to the excellent commitment of the Great Bridge Staff and the children’s determination to enjoy learning and succeed in the process.

Well Done to everyone!


Thank you!

No school year is complete without an acknowledgement of the work of the Parents’ Association. They have supported school throughout the year providing a wealth of extra resources and events for all children to enjoy. They have given up time to run discos throughout the year as well as the Christmas and Summer fairs and refreshments during sports’ day.

We are all most grateful for the contribution they make to our children’s experiences.



This end of a school year is always tinged with sadness as we say goodbye to some staff.

We say goodbye to Miss Rachel Ashcroft who is leaving to pursue a career in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. This is an area of great need and I cannot think of a better person for this complex and challenging role. We all wish Miss Ashcroft every success.


Mr Chris Mellor leaves us to take up a promoted post at another Tipton school. We thank him for his contributions across the school and in the Focus Provision. We all wish him every success.


Miss Katrina Hughes leaves us to take up a promoted post in a different field of employment. Miss Hughes has made a huge contribution to the smooth running of many classes, demonstrating great commitment to both colleagues and children. Her creativity and dedication to our school will be greatly missed.


Miss Sophie Bond leaves us in order to begin her teacher training. She has worked extremely hard supporting children in the juniors and will make a great teacher! We wish her every success as she begins her university life.


We also welcome a new member of staff to school – Miss Liz Cubberley will be teaching in Year 1 and has already been to school several times to meet the children and begin preparing for September.

We welcome back Mrs Grosvenor and Miss Baker from their maternity leaves – Great to have them back!




And Finally…

The entire staff and I wish all of our Great Bridge children and families a wonderful summer break. We hope the weather improves and the days are filled with sunshine, fun, awe, wonder…and a little reading!


Diary Dates


Friday 21st July

School closes to children for the summer break

24th and 25th July

Staff training days 4 and 5.


September 2017

School opens on Tuesday 5th September 2017 (Monday 4th Sept is Training day 1)

October 2017

Half term runs from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October 2017

December 2017

School closes for the Christmas break at the end of Wednesday 20th December 2017

January 2018

School opens for Spring term 2018 on Wednesday 3rd January (Tuesday 2nd – Training day 2)

February 2018

Half term runs from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February 2018

March 2018

School closes for the Easter break at the end of Thursday 29th March 2018

April 2018

School opens for Summer term 2018 on Tuesday 17th April (Monday 16th – Training day 3)

May 2018

Half term runs from Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 2018

July 2018

School closes for the Summer break at the end of Wednesday 18th July


If you need any further information, please ask at the school office.             

Miss Regan                                               




 Large print copy of this letter available on request.