Claverdon Primary School

Newsletter - 19th January 2018

 Dear Parents,

 Reception area

We are pleased to tell you that the work to improve the Reception class outdoor learning area has now been completed with the worn grass being replaced with astro-turf, a barrier fence erected around the raised area in addition to fence repairs and removal of the large tree.. Children will be able to use all the space in the outdoor area safely.

 Staff News

You will be aware that Miss Laura Richards is our ‘School Direct’ Trainee this year. Miss Richards worked in Year 4 last term and has moved to another school this term. We welcome Mr Matt Tibbitts who has joined us in Year 2 this term. Mr Tibbetts is enjoying working with pupils and staff.

 Claverdon School History

Children in Year 6 are studying World War 2 as their topic and have been thinking about evacuees. We do have a few old school log books which were saved when the school moved from its former site on Langley Road to our current building in Breach Lane.

We found several entries in the log book relating to the arrival of evacuees coming from a school in Bordesley, Birmingham. The children came to Claverdon School with their teacher and were integrated gradually: initially ‘official’ evacuees were in school for afternoons only. Later they were more fully integrated into the school.

Children in Year 6 have been writing their own version of an evacuee’s diary; they have used their imagination to great effect and produced some excellent writing.


We had a committee meeting this morning and reviewed last term. We have put some dates in the diary for events this term so look out for details. We are grateful for your ongoing support for fund raising events.

Each class has benefitted from the PTA donations. We have purchased additional Lego sets and a variety of games selected by the children. Thank you for your generosity.

There are several projects in the pipeline which have been funded in part or wholly by PTA donations. You will be aware that we are working to improve the playground. The PTA has donated money to replace our old storage sheds in the playground and to re-create a quiet, reflective space for children to use at playtime. This is a work in progress and we hope children will appreciate these changes.

Thank you to the committee and all parents who make theses valuable contributions to improve our school.

Unfortunately we haven’t come up with a solution to the wind tunnel effect that is evident on chilly days as the wind whistles across the playground! We’d welcome a solution to that problem!


The government has a long term plan to convert all schools to academies. It was intended that this should happen by 2020 for all schools. This deadline has been removed, but academisation is still very much the direction of travel.

 Governors and staff are aware that this is the agenda and we are beginning to explore some of the possible options that might be available to a small, successful community school.

You can find information about academies by following the link below;


 Best wishes,

Kate Gover



Cross Country

Firstly, a massive apology to the girls in Year 3 and their parents for not realising that their race was about to start! However, I could not have been prouder of the girls, who, on realising their race had already begun, decided to run anyway and did their best to catch the rest of the pack. After a truly stunning effort, Lois finished 10th, Scarlett 15th and Abby 16th with excellent performances from Izzy, Charlotte, Grace and Emily too. We can only imagine where they would have finished if they had started the race at the same time as everyone else! Fortunately, there is another race on 10th February so they will get another chance to compete. Well done to Jacob, Daniel and Max in Year 3, Oscar in Year 4, Lottie, Emily and Serena in Year 5 and Isabel in Year 6 who all represented the school on a very cold, damp morning.

Girls Futsal

Yesterday, a team of five girls from Year 6 were invited to Warwick Prep School to play futsal. This is similar to 5 a side indoor football but with a smaller, heavier ball. The girls played matches against three different Warwick teams which they drew 1-1, won 3-2 and lost 2-1. As the results show, all the matches were incredibly close. The girls quickly adapted to the game and improved their skills and tactics as the games progressed.


Response Dates

Y6 Osmington payment 2 – Wednesday 31st January

Y4 Liddington payment 1- Wednesday 31st January

 Diary Dates

Year 1 Visit – Tuesday 23rd January

PTA Bags2School – Tuesday 23rd January

Open Morning/Family Assembly KS1 - Friday 26th January



PTA Bags2School

Next collection is Tuesday 23rd January. Bags have been sent home today. Please leave under playground canopy before 9.00am


Twitter Feed

Follow us on Twitter @ClaverdonSchool to get news on events and activities in school as they happen.



Go4Goals Football Camp

Our sports club provider, Go4Goals is running a half term football club. Details on attached flyer

 Messy Church! Saturday 3rd February 4-6pm at Claverdon Church Centre.

All children and their careers are invited to come along for fun crafts, games, a short church service and then a delicious supper! No charge and lots of fun!

Rsvp to Sarah Breen

 Art Secret Sale

The Warwickshire Open Studio artists are having a clear out!

January 27th January 2018 11-4pm. £1 admission on the door at Claverdon Church Centre

 Bargains galore from your favourite artists, Test pieces, end of range, old stock, less than perfect art, excess artists’ materials.Come and see what we’ve been hoarding!

25 indoor stalls. Pop Up Café from Warwick Tea Rooms

 Free online safety training for parents

Warwickshire Community Services are offering a two hour training session to assist parents and carers to keep their children safe online from grooming and radicalisation. Details on the attached flyer. Please email the school office if you are interested and we may be able to arrange a session at school.