Thank you for all of your support this term and many thanks to staff for their bravery, diligence and good humour in the face of adversity. Pre-lockdown seems such a long time ago and we have learned a lot about the good in people. Thank you for completing the surveys which showed that a range of approaches suited different people. No pupil eligible in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 6 have been refused a place since June 1 due to strategic planning - your emails to us really helped. Over 120 pupils are now attending, spread around in different classrooms.
I understand just how difficult home learning has been – pressure on computer time, parents / carers working from home, glitches in logons and printing, unfamiliarity in methods of teaching and children really just seeing you as parents not their teachers. I have also heard many sad stories of financial hardship, loss and unmanageable circumstances. I salute the Claregate school community for your stoicism and values led interaction with the school!
I do hope the children have a good summer holiday and above all get outdoors and play and read for pleasure in down time. We look forward to having you all back in September for what will be a “catch up” term where we reintroduce routines.
It is important that all parents and carers read the following documents:
We will periodically pick up emails over the summer if there are any emergencies, or things that we need to know.
With very best wishes to you all,
Mr M Murphy – Headteacher
Welcome to our website! If you are a member of our existing school community there is a host of valuable information at your fingertips. You can check past newsletters, view the school calendar for events and see the latest Twitter releases - @claregatepri. There are a host of school policies that explain our practice and in addition to this details about our curriculum.
In July 2016 Ofsted described our school by saying “Classroom atmospheres are harmonious. Pupils listen carefully, give considered responses when answering questions and remain focused when asked to work on their own.” Also that the children were “…well behaved, polite, confident and cheerful. They treat everyone they encounter with respect”. We also work very hard to ensure that “The school is an inclusive community where everyone is made to feel welcome.” If you are a new or prospective parent / carer that welcome would apply to you. The full Ofsted report can be seen on the Key Information below.
This website shares our main points of accountability such as our “Sport Report” and “Pupil Premium Report” which explain how we spend extra money given to us by the Government. “Our Staff” tells you who we are and “Our Governors” informs you who they are and their roles as well as their information that we legally have to provide. These are all on the “About” tab above.
The “Worry Box” allows children to express their concerns and this is always followed up. We wish to have a safe and happy school community and communication is a vital part of this.
Ofsted July 2016. "This is a good school."
If you are not yet a member of our school community we would like to point you to our mission and values in the “About” section and would wholeheartedly welcome you to look around the school to view this for yourself. I am proud to be the Headteacher of such a thriving school community.
If you have any queries or comments then please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 01902 558575. The telephone will be answered by Mrs Katherine Elliott - Office Manager or Mrs Winnie Maxwell - Administrative Assistant.
Mr. M J Murphy
Mr. M J Murphy,
Headteacher & Deputy Safeguarding Lead
We do not use commercial schemes for the teaching of all aspects of English and Mathematics. Our phonics provision follows the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.
Our Published Admission Number (the number of children admitted in each year group) is 60.
For details of our Curriculum simply click the tab above.
For timings of the school day see the Parents tab.
Look at our Ofsted report here
At Claregate Primary School we aim to prepare our students to become good citizens of the future. Through our curriculum we teach pupils British values and how to celebrate diversity.We aim to raise their awareness of radicalisation and extremist views, whatever the source. We have adopted the principals and advice found in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2017 and the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These are incorporated into our school policy on tackling extremism.
Mr M J Murphy - Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mr D J Saunders - Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss L Evans - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss K Wigley - Special Education Needs Co-Ordinator
Telephone enquiries will usually be answered by Mrs K Elliott (Office Manager) or Mrs W Maxwell & Mrs S Lasance (Administrative Assistants)
School Nurses - The Pendeford School Nursing team can be contacted on 01902 444531.