All change as Colnbrook’s primary schools end term on a high note

Colnbrook’s two primary schools ended term last Wednesday in celebratory mood, but the new term will see staff changes, new regulations and even a new uniform at one.

Colnbrook C of E’s new head Jeremy Meek thanked staff, pupils, parents and carers for their contribution to the “rapid improvements since the start of the academic year”.  He said pupils had worked hard this year to secure some impressive rates of progress, and the end of Year 6 exam results were extremely good:

“You, the parents and carers, deserve a thank you for the support you have shown the school this year. The parent/school relationship is vital and we have been very encouraged with the parent involvement in school this year.”

The school announced that its Summer Fair held in sweltering conditions on July 13th raised £420. The money will go towards new playground equipment.

As it broke up for the summer holidays it said goodbye to teachers: Miss Matthews, Miss Davies and Miss Lynch.

However it re-opens on Wednesday 4th September with a new school uniform and four new members of staff: Miss Green as its new music teacher, Miss Porter as the Year 2 TA and two new Lunchtime Controllers; Mrs Kaur and Ms Smullen.

The school joined Slough and East Berkshire Church of England Multi Academy Trust (SEBMAT) along with Slough and Eton CE Business & Enterprise College on 1st June.

Pippins ended term with a week of celebration including a concert and choir, and a violin recital from one of the participants in its ‘wider opportunities in music scheme’.

Pupils leaving the school put together an assembly featuring a remix of Snow White, leaving acting head Janet Mills to say:

“The children’s talent, intelligence, sense of humour and creativity shone out through the whole assembly! We will miss them all but also it was incredibly pleasing to see how ready and prepared the whole class are to move to senior education and the new challenges which lie ahead. We wish them all success in the future.”

Pippins has also finished the term celebrating its recent Green Flag Award, led by “eco warriors” Ms Spratt and Mrs Jannotti.  Mills added:

“We had an assessment visit last week and the Eco Warriors did a fabulous job of talking about changes to the school playground to improve it, the recycling we do and ways we try to stop the litter around school, how we have tried to reduce our energy bills and the creation of the fruit and herb garden at Pippins Park along with all our growing of vegetables etc at school. Our assessor was very impressed with the school and more importantly our amazing pupils!”

The school returns on Thursday 5th September 2013 with new head Tracy Ball at the helm.

Both schools will be affected by changes in school attendance regulations from September. These will prohibit heads from granting leave of absence for pupils unless there are “exceptional circumstances” and brings parental penalty fines into line with other types of penalty notices and allows local authorities to act faster on prosecutions.

From 1 September 2013, parents must pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days.

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