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Headteacher's News December 2017Download PDF

We enjoyed seeing so many parents and carers during our recent consultation meetings.

Whilst we always seek informal feedback from parents, we will be issuing a more specific survey in the spring term. I was concerned that a number of teachers’ feedback suggested that in too many cases children are not reading to their parents – either in the infants or the juniors. It is of critical importance during the primary years that children develop their understanding of what they read through even the briefest of discussions at home, alongside whatever they learn here.


As we feel the onset of winter, this is a good time to reflect upon the successes of the past term. A number of staff have settled into school and our new Reception children are confident and enthusiastic. We have enjoyed some exceptional assembly performances, visited various venues on school trips, heard the choir singing and the orchestra playing, and raised our expectations of what we hope to achieve. The charitable work – led by pupils – has been rewarding and PTA events have (and will be tonight) an enjoyable aspect of children’s whole experience at Montpelier. During the term I have been reminded of many things, and two in particular. The compassion that so many in our school community have displayed for different reasons has served as an illustration of all that is still good in a world that can feel fragile from time to time. And our children! Today, I had my coat tugged, arm pulled, hand “high fived,” and my letter to a parent given a detailed critique, by 4 and 5 year olds - all because I dared to venture across the Reception playground at lunchtime. What a great school to be a part of.