2017.03.31: Letter from the Headteacher

Dear Parents & Carers

A reminder that we will conclude the Spring term on Tuesday 4th April 2017.  Although, there are a couple of days to go, I would like to wish all pupils, parents and staff a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break.

Spring Progress Check
Each child will be bringing home their termly progress check, containing data on their achievements and attitude to learning across the curriculum.  This information is in our usual format and all levels awarded are based on assessments taken throughout the term.  We are very pleased and proud of how all year groups are progressing and pupils deserve great praise for their hard work and application. 
If you have any questions regarding a particular subject, please contact the relevant teacher.  For more general enquiries, I am more than happy to discuss these with parents.

Year 6 SATS Preparation

We are delighted with how well Year 6 are preparing for their exams which will take place during the week commencing 8th May 2017. 
Current assessment data is positive and pupils should be looking forward to demonstrating their skills and knowledge in the tests.  We are sending some work home for pupils to complete in English and maths over the holiday.  However, please note these are only designed as regular short tasks to maintain the momentum of their learning. 
We recommend that parents encourage pupils to undertake short tasks frequently, rather than allocate long chunks of time for revision.  Our Year 6’s are well prepared and we very much want them to enjoy the holidays, building in the activities around relaxation and enjoyment of the break.  We want Year 6 to arrive back at school relaxed, refreshed and energised, ready for glory! 
A note for parents, please ensure that no medical or personal appointments are made for the week of 8th May.  All pupils need to be in school for the entirety of the week.

Bring Your Books Home for Easter
Please ensure that your son or daughter has an additional bag with them on Tuesday 4th April to bring home all of the work that they have completed during the year.  Experience from last year tells us that they may need to be picked up from school or helped with the additional luggage!  The aim of this scheme is to allow parents to see the great work that has been produced and children in all year groups should be able to show you and talk to you about:
• Examples of work that they are particularly proud of
• What they have improved during the course of the year
• What their targets for improvement are for the rest of the 2017/18 academic year.

There is no expectation that parents/carers will read every word written by their children, but it would be appreciated if you could spend some time looking through the work and there is a space in books for parents to sign/write any comments in appreciation of their child’s work.  Above all, it is a chance to celebrate the hard work and high level of learning that your son/daughter has achieved this year.

Staffing Changes
Mr Hearn leaves us on Tuesday for pastures new.  He will begin employment as a Key Stage 2 Teacher from Easter onwards.
I would like to record my thanks to Mr Hearn for all of his hard work and commitment to GVC over the past 3 years.
Mr Hearn has been a wonderful Form Tutor, a great Teacher of PE, Maths, ICT and RE and he will be greatly missed by the school community.  Mr Hearn has also led extensive extra-curricular activities, including many successful sports teams and events and a winning entry into the regional robotics competition.  We wish him all the very best in his future career.
As mentioned previously, Mr Hearn’s timetable will be covered internally to ensure consistency and continuity.  New timetables will be published to pupils on Tuesday.

We break up on Tuesday 4th April and return to school on Wednesday 19th April.  In the meantime, I wish all members of the school community a relaxing and happy Easter.

Thank you as always for your support for Gamlingay Village College.  If there is anything you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact me via Nicola Richardson on the main school number or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Yours sincerely

James Birkett


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