Attendance – 21st to 25th November

Staff, parents and pupils come together to maintain and improve attendance every day. More information for parents is available on Our school attendance target for the year is 95%.
The whole school attendance last week was 91.2%. Here is the detailed class attendance information:

McKee Could do better
DonaldsonCould do better
DeaconCould do better
JamesCould do better
JeffersCould do better
RosenCould do better
CowellCould do better
PichonCould do better
Ho-Yen Could do better

Outstanding ~ 98.6-100%
Good ~ 95—98.5%
Could do better ~ 94.9% and below

Christmas Carol Concert (Years 1-6)

Years 1 through 6 invite parents and carers to attend their Christmas Carol Church Service performances on Wednesday 14th December.
Timings are:

  • 10am – Years 1 and 2
  • 11am – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Mrs Jennings has been impressed with all the children and their singing skills!
We are looking forward to sharing this festive occasion with you.

Office Manager & Personal Assistant to Headteacher

We are seeking to appoint a conscientious, approachable, organised and motivated individual to lead our highly effective office team in our expanding school. Currently, the school is going through an exciting expansion project to become a two-form entry school. If you are enthused by working in a dynamic environment and are motivated by building a team, then we look forward to hearing from you.

  • Pay Range: Scale 7 £27,852 – £31,099. Actual Salary range: £24,358 – £27,317
  • Position Start Date: 10th January 2023
  • Contract Term: Permanent
  • Working pattern: Term time: 37hrs per week, plus non-pupil days and 1 week in holidays
  • Application Close: Thursday 8th December by Midnight
  • Date of Interviews: From Monday 12th December2022

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience of working in a fast-paced office environment with a proven record of working both in a team and independently (essential).
  • Excellent organisational skills, working to a high level of efficiency, accuracy and confidentiality.
  • A flexible, calm, friendly, approachable and professional manner.
  • Excellent spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Excellent communication skills with a sense of humour and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • The ability to establish effective relationships with parents, children, colleagues, governors and the wider school community.
  • GCSE A-C/equivalent in English and Maths.
  • Excellent working knowledge of all Microsoft Office packages, SIMS, knowledge of FMS and e-payroll systems; namely CIVICA is desirable, or an aptitude to understand and operate innovative systems.

Main areas of responsibility will include:

  • Management of the school administration team.
  • Act as Personal Assistant to the Headteacher.
  • Manage and co-ordinate Personnel HR matters relating to educational employment, recruitment, contracts and pay.
  • Manage all aspects of Information Governance and GDPR.
  • Interface with the school communications systems such as the WordPress website, OurSchools app and Parentmail.
  • Maintaining Health & Safety records and reports.
  • An understanding of finance systems is of preference to support the Finance Officer.

What we can offer you:

  • Flexible off site working in line with the demands of the organisation.
  • Opportunity to lead a small, friendly, supportive and eager team.
  • Be part of a team that continuously strive for the best outcomes for all in the community.
  • Opportunity to attend networking events and external training relevant to the role.
  • Training and professional learning and development.
  • Flexibility around holiday working days to meet the needs of the organisation.

We are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Following safer recruitment procedures the appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS checks.

For more information and to apply, visit the Essex Schools Jobs listing.

Midday Assistant

Do you have time across the middle of your day to join us and support the children during their lunchtimes? We have a vacancy in
our lunchtime team and would love to hear from you.

  • Pay Range: Actual Salary £2,878
  • Position Start Date: Immediate
  • Contract Type: Part-time 6 ¼ hrs per week
  • Contract Term: Permanent
  • Application Close: 13/12/2022 Midday
  • Date of Interviews: From Thursday 15th December 2022

Working pattern: 11.45 – 1.00pm per day Monday to Friday(term time only)

Working as part of a team, you willtake care of and support all the children on the school premises during the midday break, between the morning and afternoon teaching sessions.


  • Lead games, play activities with the children to teach and motivate safe, appropriate play
  • Organise play equipment and ensure it is stowed away safely and correctly
  • To assist children in selecting their meal and sitting in an appropriate place in the dining hall
  • To assist children with eating their meal if applicable
  • To clear tables when meals are finished and clear up any associated spillages
  • To provide pastoral care, guidance and routine advice to pupils as appropriate
  • To alert Senior Midday Assistant and/or the Senior Leaders/Line Manager of any concerns regarding an individual child or group of children
  • To enforce the necessary sanctions for maintaining good order
  • To administer basic first aid as required
  • To keep daily records of first aid administered, behaviour and sanctions employed, together with any other relevant records that may be needed
  • Ensure that you are upholding the values of the organisation in your role and applying safeguarding practices to your role following training

We are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Following safer recruitment procedures the appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS checks.

For more information and to apply, visit the Essex Schools Jobs listing.

Book Fair helps school buy £700 of new books

Thank you to all families who bought stories and books – with each purchase you raised money for our school!
As a result of all the books you bought, you have helped us to buy over £700 worth of new books for our school.

Miss Clare, who recently shared her exciting plans to promote Reading this year, is over the moon and is excited to buy new books for the school library, as well as all the classrooms.

We haven’t had the bookfair in school in a few years and we were excited to have it back as part of our Year of Reading, to bring a buzz for books and of course reading.

New BT cables being fitted this week

An additional section of the lower playground at the bottom of the steps to the office will be fenced off on Thursday and Friday.

The pedestrian gate from the car park will still be accessible, but access will be diverted slightly while BT swap overhead cables for underground cables across the school playground this week; this is in preparation for the demolition of the lunchbar.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility at this time.