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November Whole School Newsletter

Important Reminders - Other dates can be found on the school website


  • As the weather is forecast to become colder, we would ask that the children have their sweatshirts in school and a warm coat every day. They also need a change of footwear if they wish to go on the field at lunchtimes.
  • Please do not drop off children or park next to the Nelson Drive gate. This is for pedestrian access only.
  • We have concerns about the number of children being dropped in the staff section of the school car park in the mornings. Please remember there are only a limited number of visitor spaces for you to use and children should not walk across the staff car park area but keep to the paths.

  • Last swimming session for Year 3 this term will be on Monday 3rd December

  • The last day of this term will be Friday 21st December, finishing at usual time of 3.15 pm. Spring Term begins on Monday 7th January 2019.

  • Please note Year 6 will be taking SATS week commencing 13th May 2019


Year 3 Assembly The Family SEAL assembly for Year 3 parents “How Full Is Your Bucket?” takes place at 9 am on Thursday 22nd November. There are places for 2 adults per child.


E-Safety Advice Thank you to Sarah Badley (Internet Safety Officer) from the multi award winning Dorset Safe Schools and Community Team who has once again visited our school to educate the Year 6 children and parents regarding the current issues surrounding online safety. Please look at the ‘Latest News’ section on the school website for the E safety report from the internet safety workshops including important advice all parents should be aware of. Advice and links about different issues relating to young people can be found on the Safe Schools and Community Team website ( or by contacting 01202 222844.


School Lunches Our hot school meal provision is proving to be very popular. Entitlement to free school meals can be easily checked on the following website: or by making a phone call to 01305 221000. Traditional Christmas lunch will be available on Friday 21st December – look out for the order form early in December.


Christmas Fair The Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday 1st December 12.00 to 2.00 pm. Many thanks for those who have already returned raffle ticket stubs to school, if you would like additional books to sell, please collect from the office. It would be much appreciated if the children could return any sold raffle tickets by Wednesday 28th November.


After School Clubs The after school clubs run by school staff finish week commencing 26th November (apart from Cooking Club which will finish 14th December). AFC Bournemouth will finish Year 3 football sessions on Monday 26th November. After school clubs run by external providers will complete sessions according to their original letters. AFC Bournemouth will begin Year 4 football club on Monday 14th January. Clubs run by school staff will begin again week beginning 21st January 2019.


Christmas Concerts This year, to celebrate Christmas, Years 3 and 4 will be performing a musical play to parents on Tuesday 11th December at 6.00 pm and Wednesday 12th December at 10.15 am and 6.00 pm. This performance will last approximately one hour 10 minutes.


Emergency Closure There are new emergency closure guidelines from Dorset County Council. Schools will no longer be required to notify local radio stations themselves. Dorset County Council communications unit will notify the local media. Parents can still access information on local radio stations about closure, but they can also access a list of schools that have closed on:



Attending school on a regular basis is the key to children doing well in their education and sets them up with good skills for later life and the working world. Consequently, embedding good attendance behaviours is essential throughout a child’s whole school career. There is clear evidence of the link between poor attendance in school and low levels of achievement. Only around one third of pupils with less than 90% attendance currently achieve five or more GCSEs above Grade 4 (formerly Grade C) including English and maths. This rises to almost three quarters of pupils who have attendance of 95% or more. If a child has an attendance level of 90% they will have missed one day a fortnight in school. Over a school year, this will represent four weeks of absence. If this level of absence were maintained for a five-year period it would mean half a school year would have been missed.

Government legislation makes it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. It is extremely unlikely time out of school for a family holiday will be considered exceptional circumstances. It will be the same for requests to spend time with visiting relatives or for birthday celebrations. As a school we fully understand and support the governments drive to ensure pupils miss as little school time as possible.


Parent View Website

As part of the new Ofsted inspection process a website has been launched asking for parents’ views on every school. It is a very quick and simple survey requiring only 2 minutes of your time. We would very much appreciate your support in completing this survey.

The address for Ofsted is:

  1. go to the section “Give your views”. Many thanks for your continued support.


SATs Results 2018 Mudeford Junior School is very proud of the Year 6 SAT results in 2018. We anticipate these results will place us amongst the top performing schools nationally based on the percentage of children who met the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics.


Mudeford Junior School Year 6 SAT results are

82% of pupils met the new expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics

85% of pupils met the new expected standard in reading

97% of pupils met the new expected standard in mathematics

92% of pupils met the new expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling

89% of pupils met the new expected standard in writing


In order for you to make a comparison, the national results for 2018 are given below:

64% of pupils met the new expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics

75% of pupils met the new expected standard in reading

76% of pupils met the new expected standard in mathematics

78% of pupils met the new expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling

78% of pupils met the new expected standard in writing


The percentage of Year 6 children exceeding the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics was 11% compared to the national average of 10%.


Term Dates

Autumn Term ends Friday 21st December 2018 at the usual time 3.15pm

Spring Term Monday 7th January – Friday 5th April 2019

Inset Day Friday 25th January 2019

Half term 18th– 22nd February 2019

Summer Term Tuesday 23rd April – Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Half Term Monday May 27th – Friday 31st May 2019

Inset Day Friday 14th June 2019


Staff Training Days Friday 23rd November 2018, Friday 25th January 2019, Friday 14th June 2019