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End of year 2017-2018

Dear Parents, children and families,

So we enter the last week of this academic year! How time has flown and how hard the children and staff have worked! And we were blessed with sunny, dry weather for our Sports’ Days too! What a great year!

No school year would be complete without acknowledgement of how well our children have done. Our children have worked incredibly hard against yet higher expectations.

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

85% of children recognise their name

32% can maintain the correct pencil grip

57% can hear the starting letter sound in words.

GLD: 65.57% of children achieved the expected standard. This represents a rise of nearly 9% from 2017.

Brilliant progress from all children!

Year 1:

Phonic Screen: 45/58              77.59%                        National          81% (2017)

Year 2:

Reading Age Related Expectation             73.56%  Local Authority all school average 71% (2017)

Writing Age Related Expectation              70.0%   Local Authority all school average 68% (2017)

Maths Age Related Expectation               71.7%    Local Authority all school average 71% (2017

Year 6:

Reading Age Related Expectation             74%        National 72% (2017)*

Writing Age Related Expectation               81%        National 76% (2017)

SVGP Age Related Expectation                  89%       National 77% (2017)

Maths Age Related Expectation               66%          National 75% (2017)

*National averages for the current year have not been confirmed despite press releases. Confirmed data is not released by the Department for Education until at least November.

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 extremely pleasing 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 Mrs Marie Fellows! She leaves us to take up a second Deputy Headteacher role before she considers Headship. Mrs Fellows has been an outstanding deputy, raising standards of teaching and learning throughout the school. She has been a great support to me too and helped spin many of the “extra plates” that school leadership now requires. She will be greatly missed by me, all staff and children. We all wish her every success in her new school – they are very lucky to have her working for them.

Mr Tom Walley leaves us as he relocates to the depths of Shropshire. He has worked hard to develop ICT across school and been part of our Year 6 teaching team too. We wish him every success.

We also say goodbye to Mrs Terri Grosvenor. She leaves us to become Primary Advisor to a middle school in Staffordshire. Mrs Grosvenor has pioneered our RE and PSHE teaching as well as introducing us all to bar modelling in maths! We wish her every success too.

Mrs Debbie Hughes retires this year from her role in the Nursery class. Mrs Hughes has dedicated herself to Great Bridge Primary for over 13 years working with children of all ages. She was an excellent Nursery Manager for many years too and her calm approach to even the trickiest of situations will be greatly missed.

Finally we say goodbye to Mrs Tracy Smith. She has worked tirelessly for the benefit of our children being adaptable and creative in all aspects of assisting learning. We wish her every success as she pursues a new career.

We also welcome some new members of staff! Miss Sophie Bond returns as a qualified teacher, joining the Year 4 teaching team. We also welcome Miss Sohal who joins the Year 5 teaching team. Mrs Suki Kaur returns after a brief secondment – we are so glad she is back!

Finally, we welcome Mrs Chappell and Mrs Waterman to their new roles as Deputy Headteachers!

And last of all…The entire staff and I wish all of our Great Bridge children and families a wonderful summer break. Long may this wonderful weather continue!

Diary Dates

July 2018

School closes for the Summer break at the end of Wednesday 18th July. Thursday 19th and Friday 20th July are staff training days (4 & 5) – staff appraisals, assessment and progress analysis, lesson planning and preparation of resources for September.

Tuesday 4th September

School opens for the beginning of the new academic year. Monday 3rd Sept is a staff training day. Children entering reception & nursery classes will be provided with starting date information when they attend the welcome to Great Bridge Primary days in July.

Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November

Autumn Half term break

Monday 5th November

School closed – teacher training day 2

Tuesday 6th November

School opens for the 2nd half of the Autumn term

Friday 21st December

School closes for the Christmas holiday

Monday 7th January 2019

School opens for the beginning of the Spring term – no staff training day

Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Feb

Spring Half term break

Monday 25th February

School closed – teacher training day 3

Friday 12th April

School closes for the Easter holiday

Monday 29th April

School opens for the beginning of the Summer term

Mon 27th to Fri 31st May

Whitsun holiday

Thursday 18th July

School closes for the Summer break. Friday 19th and Monday 22nd July are staff training days 4 and 5.

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

Miss Regan

 Large print copy of this letter available on request.