Claverdon Primary School

Newsletter - 13th October 2017

Dear Parents,

Taking Care – Protective Behaviours Programme

We held a meeting on Wednesday evening to tell parents about out Preventive Behaviours programme in school. Thank you to parents who came along to the meeting. This is a programme developed in Warwickshire by Ann Seal. The programme helps children learn about keeping themselves safe and how to talk to a trusted person if they feel unsafe. Children also learn correct anatomical names for private parts of the body.


We had our first governors meeting last night. Mr Adrian Clarke stepped down as chair. Adrian took on that role last year and did an excellent job for the school. Following Adrian’s resignation, Mr Steve Wilson was elected Chair and Mr Alan Morris our vice chair. We had a useful meeting looking at the school Learning Improvement Plan, talking about the progress and attainment of pupils in school as well as looking at the published results for the last academic year. Governors had a long discussion about ways in which they as governors could work more closely with parents to promote children’s attainment and progress. Watch this space as there are some good ideas being generated here!

 Coffee Tots - Harvest Festival

We received a lovely thank you letter from Catherine Bartlem, manager of Coffee Tots. Coffee Tots is the charitable organisation that helps families in Coventry. For more information about the good work Coffee Tots does, have a look at their website.

 Open Morning and Family Assembly Friday 20th October – KS2

Following feedback from our parent survey conducted last term, several parents commented on the format of our open morning and family assemblies. Parents said they appreciated the opportunity to look at their child’s work in the classroom and it was useful hearing from the ‘Governor of the Month’. Parents said that we spent too long looking at children’s awards received out of school. We have listened and made the following changes;

  • Awards children gain out of school will be shared in a class assembly held in the classroom during the school day once a month.
  • In assembly, we will hear from our ‘Governor of the Month’. Following this, class teachers will say something about the curriculum covered so far this term. We will show some pictures on screen of the class at work and samples of work.
  • Three children will be named as having produced work that is special – the teacher will explain this.

Mr Powell will prepare a presentation in conjunction with class teachers. The presentation will show children working in class and some samples of work. You will subsequently be able to follow a link to this presentation.

 Woodland Tales

We are running some ‘Woodland Tales’ sessions for pre-school children and their carers. The theme is based on outdoor learning, storytelling and creative, imaginative play. Come and join us! Dates are 7th & 21st of November and 5th December. Please book your place by calling school on 01926 842403 or by emailing

 Thinking of Teaching?

Claverdon School is the lead school in partnership with Gateway Alliance and Warwick University. We support the training of new teachers and provide placements and training opportunities through the School Direct training programme. School Direct is a school based teacher training programme that offers a great opportunity to train, qualify and gain employment as a teacher. We are recruiting now for 2018/2019. Come and talk to us in school or visit


Best wishes,

Kate Gover



Response Dates

Y2 Visit payment – Friday 13th October

Diary Dates

Y2 Warwick Visit – Wednesday 18th October

Open Morning/Family Assembly KS2 – Friday 20th October




A reminder that there are no LAMDA classes w/c 16th October



Flicks in the Sticks


The Zoo Keeper’s Wife (12) starring Jessica Chastain, directed by Niki Caro.'Told with finesse', the story of what happens when Jan and Antonina Zabinski harbour Jews in the abandoned enclosures and underground storerooms of the Warsaw Zoo, during the Nazi occupation of Poland.

Friday 20 October at 7.30 pm at Claverdon Church Centre Tickets £3.00 on the door. Doors open at 7.00 pm Refreshments and bar available.



SATURDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2017 2-4pm at Claverdon Church Centre, CV35 8PB

Buy/Sell Quality Pre-loved Baby and Children’s goods. Includes: babies’ and children’s clothes, toys/toy sets, books, DVDs, games, prams, bikes and lots more………For selling or more information contact:

Alice Cooper on email:

Come and bag a bargain ready for Christmas!