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Sevenoaks Primary School

SevenOaksPrimary School

‘We are all equal and our teachers are all kind’ (Pupil quote)-– Ofsted 2017
Pupils are proud of their school and enthusiastic about their learning-Ofsted 2017
Pupils feel safe and said that they trust there is always an adult they can go to if they feel concerned-Ofsted 2017
Sevenoaks Primary is a fantastic, caring school, where my children blossom and flourish, both academically and emotionally-Parent
We are very proud to say that our children go to Sevenoaks Primary-Parent
Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
Although it is a large school, a real family feel is fostered - it is palpable-Parent

1. Archive Newsletter 19.05.16

Saturday 21st       
SPSA Spring Ball – Walthamstow Hall. Advance tickets only
Monday 23rd
Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 24th
Tigers, Lions, Booster, 3A & 3B swimming
6:00 – 6:45pm Year 5 Secondary Transfer meeting
Wednesday 25th
Foundation Stage Forest School
Yrs 5&6 Tag Rugby
Selected yrs4-6 girls’ cricket at Raleys grounds
Thursday 26th
Foundation Stage Forest School
6:30 – 8:30pm Swimming Gala for years 5&6
Rescheduled Creative Education Workshop
Friday 27th            
Monday 6th June
Tuesday 7th
First day of Term 6
Tigers, Lions, Booster, 3A & 3B swimming
Wednesday 8th
Foundation Stage Forest School
8:00pm SPSA Meeting
Thursday 9th
Foundation Stage Forest School
Monday 13th
2B and 2C trip to Wakehurst Place
3:00pm Uniform Shop open
Tuesday 14th
Tigers, Leopards, Booster, 3A & 3B swimming
KS2 Girls Football Festival
Wednesday 15th
KS2 Sports Morning

Dear Parents/Carers,

After the recent National controversy concerning the end of year assessments, I can report that the Year 6 children (and staff) survived the SATs week relatively unscathed. The expectations have increased considerably and if any of you have seen the type of questions faced by the children, you will be aware of the level of difficulty. How many of us would be at the expected level for a Year 6 child these days?!

I would be lying if I denied that there was a heightened level of anxiety this year. This mood was exacerbated by the increased public awareness of the process. The tests have been in place for many years and, previously, the children have just got on with them with little stress. This combination of increased expectation and awareness certainly raised the challenge for the current Year 6.

I am incredibly proud of how the children and staff rose to this challenge. They were desperate to do their best, for their own personal achievement and for the school. One of the children was unwell for one of the days and I am sure he could have persuaded his parents to keep him off for the rest of the week, but he insisted he wanted to be back in school to complete the tests. This demonstrates commitment and strength of character, which are positive traits we encourage in all our pupils.

If you work in education you accept that there is continuous change, with different governments pushing their particular agenda to improve standards in our schools, and this year has been no exception. In fact, the changes have been greater than I can remember in my educational lifetime. We have a new curriculum and assessment procedures to introduce or embed and this has placed significant demands on the teaching staff.

The children and staff have been fantastic and I am grateful to them all for their hard work and dedication. The new build will be marvellous but the biggest influencing factor on the success of any school is the quality of staff working there and we are lucky to have such a fantastic team at SPS.

Alan Duffy

Phase 1 have had a fantastic time this week! Foundation Stage classes have been exploring mini beasts inside and outside the classroom. If you look closely around the school you may spot their colourful butterflies, spindly spiders or dotty ladybirds! Some of the Foundation Stage children have been enjoying their turn of Forest School. Children from Tiger Class have told me their highlights included ‘drinking hot chocolate’ and ‘jumping in muddy puddles’!
Year 1 have continued to travel back through time, thinking about the castles and characters of years gone by. If you visit our corridor you may see a Motte and Bailey castle constructed out Mobilo, turrets and towers made of card or brightly coloured coats of arms designed by the children.
We look forward to a fun-filled last week of term and wish you all a lovely half term break.
Miss Dunmore
Phase 1 Leader
Flat Beethoven pictures
Thank you to everyone who took time out from their Easter Holidays to carry Flat Beethoven around and photograph him on their travels.
Mrs Bracken in 4A (teacher and  music coordinator) has made every effort to put up all pictures the school received, but if we have overlooked a picture accidentally, please could you ask your child to seek her out and she will endeavour to rectify any missing images.



Bradbourne Park Pre-School

Part time - Qualified Early Years Practitioner Vacancy

Bradbourne Park Pre-School is a popular independent charity-run setting located in the grounds of Sevenoaks Primary School. We are seeking a Level 2 or Level 3 Qualified Early Years Practitioner to start as soon as possible, or alternatively from September 2016.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to take an active role within the Pre-School. The ideal candidate will be experienced, enthusiastic, flexible and a team worker who understands the role of a Key Person and the responsibilities of an Early Years Practitioner.

Hours:   8.30am to 3.30pm - initially 15 hours per week term time only.

Salary:   £7.21-£8.34 per hour dependent on experience.

Please email the Managers Janet and Hattie for an application pack.

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 8th June 2016


Driving issues around the local vicinity

We have been contacted by a local resident, who was unable to leave her house due to a parent double parking without consideration for local residents. Upon speaking to the driver, she was verbally abused.
The school has sent an apology regarding this incident, however, it is disappointing to hear that parents/carers are conducting themselves in such a manner and, potentially, in front of children too.
Parking during drop-off and collection is a very busy time, however, please ensure that you are not blocking any driveways or double-parking in narrow roads.
The school has also been made aware of an increasing number of parents who are using the school entrances to make a three point turn. We cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to do so by a school, with children milling around at its busiest times of the day.
If you, as a parent and a witness, would like to report an obstruction or parking incident, please contact Kent Police by calling 101 (the police non-emergency number). Sevenoaks District Council can be contacted regarding double yellow line and zig-zag offences only) on 01732 227000.
Here comes the sun!
Now that we are going to experience some warmer weather (hopefully – snow in April, anyone?), please could we remind you to send your child in with a water bottle and hat.
Foundation Stage plea for items
Any spare girls’ socks, trousers or dresses would be gratefully received.
Year 1 plea for items
Spare underwear – for boys or girls. All donations will be welcomed!


4B Class Assembly
On Tuesday 17th May, 4B performed their class assembly, 4B's Got Talent. It was especially impressive as the class had come up with all the ideas and written the scripts themselves. The performance itself was a triumph, with the audience paying brilliant attention as 4B demonstrated what they've learnt during their time in Year 4.
Thanks and congratulations to the class!