Dear Parents

Your children should be coming home with their end of year report today. I hope you find the format informative. We have adapted our format to take account your suggestions through parent questionnaires and the parent forum. Included for years 1 to 5 is the updated ‘red and blue’ sheets that you received at Easter (remember, blue means we have seen evidence that they can do these things independently, red means the children still needs support). In addition, you will find key information about their progress in Maths, English, RE and other subjects. As before, we have included a feel for their Learning behaviours. Year 2 and Year 6 will also find the results of end of key stage assessments. Class R’s report is the same format as previously used. All reports include a comment from the children about their year. Please find a moment to discuss the reports with your children over the coming days and return the slip at the end of the report. We welcome your feedback.


Enterprise week special - news from Miss Ravenscroft

What a week! Enterprise week has been a huge success the children, staff and parents have all enjoyed getting involved. There has been a real buzz around school talking about what the children did with their bananas. There were so many great ideas it was hard to choose winners. We had Banana greeting cards, banana face packs, banana fertiliser, banana games, banana muffins, banana shoe shines, and even banana dog treats!

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had visits from MetroBank. They talked to the children about what they did at the bank and highlighted the importance of saving money so that they could earn interest. They are coming back in the Autumn term to talk to the children about budgeting.


Also on Tuesday you may have noticed members of Bidborough’s latest girl band the ‘PinkT’s’ aka Mrs Burton, Mrs Bateup  and Mrs Hard. We had great fun dressing up as what we would like to be when we grew up, from Spacemen to Chef’s and Fashion designers to Dog walkers. The costumes all looked great.

We were fortunate to welcome lots of visitors to the school on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Thank you again to all the parents who came to speak to the children about their jobs. We had Farmers, Book publishers, Market researchers, Management consultants, an ex-Police officer, physiotherapist, Scientist, Environmental consultant and even the Senior Editor from the Courier newspaper.


The week has reached its climax today with the Enterprise Fair. So much time and effort has been put in this week preparing items to sell and creating games for the children to take part in. There were amulets, beauty spots, book marks, plants and even kites for sale. One highlight has to be the teddy bear zip wire! We are looking forward to sharing with you next week the totals of the monies made and where the children have decided to send the profits.

Thank you to all of you who have given up your time to support the week’s activities and to Miss Ravenscroft for organising such a fantastic week for the children.


Also this week:

Well done to our gymnastics teams competing in the regional finals this week. Both teams were a credit, as always, with one being placed 3rd overall. We also celebrated achievements in ballet (well done, Polly) and Tae Kwondo (up to green belt for Lily). A talented bunch of children here at Bidborough. Congratulations too, to Izzy, Lucy, Emily and William for completing the ‘Run or Dye’ last weekend. The girls and their families were also raising money for the King’s College Hospital paediatric neurology unit and have raised over £700!

We are rushing towards the end of term but there are still few key events ahead. Key Stage 2 sports ‘day’ (or afternoon to be more accurate!) will run on Thursday 16th July from 1pm. The book banding working party has been moved to Wednesday 15th July from 2pm. Many hands make light work, so if you can help, please let Mrs Hard or Sharon know via the office. On Friday afternoon, we will be holding our open afternoon. As well as an opportunity to visit your own children’s classes, you may like to look in the ‘next class up’ to get a feel for the standards as they transition to the next classes. We are also hoping to provide another opportunity to hear the children sing as well as see Class 4 in action on the ukuleles and from individual instrumentalists across the afternoon. Doors open at 2.30pm.

And finally, an urgent plea

We are so grateful for the hard work the PTA put in to supporting the school. Even this week, they have met to finalise arrangements for the end of year and beginning of next and ensured that we have a float for our Enterprise activities. However, we are seeking to appoint a new treasurer. You will see attached a job description for this vital role. If it is something you feel you could take on, perhaps together with another friend, please do come forward.

Upcoming Events:

14th July – Year 6 production, 2pm and 7pm (please check you have your tickets from the office)
16th July – Key Stage 2 Sports afternoon
17th July – Open Afternoon 2.30pm
19th July – "THE BIG SCHOOL SING" at Leybourne Castle
20th July – Year 6 Leavers’ service in church (Year 6 parents welcome, 9am)
23rd July – Last day, Leavers’ Assembly (Year 6 parents welcome, 2pm)


Prayer Group

We are a Church of England school and have a monthly prayer group for anyone who would like to pray for the life of the school.
We meet for up to half an hour from 8.45 a.m. on every second Friday of the month during term time.
For more information or to send a confidential prayer request please contact