April Newsletter

Term 4 Highlights

It has been such a busy term at Lainesmead!

There have been many trips across the school: Year 2 to Lacock Abbey; Reception to Bristol Aquarium; Nursery to the Library; Year 5 to @Bristol; Year 6 to Techniquest.

It is always so good to see the children’s eager anticipation as they leave and then their happy faces when they return, full of stories of what they have learnt during the day. It is also wonderful to have reports from staff and members of the public of the exceptional behaviour of our children. They really are a credit to the school.

I have enjoyed welcoming more children to head-teacher’s lunch this term with the following children: Year 3: Julie Mezavilla, Utsav Saroha, Lennon D’Souza, Amy Simms
Year 2: Mohak Gupta, Merilyn Gurung, Layla Marshall, Cassius Stephenson-Kemp,
Year 1: Finley Byrne, Aliti Logavatu, Ruby-Lou Lound, Olivia Marshall
Reception: Amelia French, Alfie Sunderland, Azaria Williams and Alee Mazzotta

Value for April:
One of the stories we will be looking at in assembly will be based in China, one of the classes in Year 5. It tells the tale of those who wanted protection and so built the Great Wall of China. The rest of the story will be revealed to the children after the holidays.
In the meantime, key to this story is the development of honesty and truth both in school and at home. Therefore, please do continue to talk to your children about this value over the Easter Holidays and we will continue with this focus upon our return.

We started March off with the wonderful World Book Day. The range of costumes from across a wide range of children’s literature was astonishing! The £1 collected all went directly towards the classes, with teachers purchasing new books for the class libraries.
What an amazing array of cakes we then received for the Comic Relief Cake Sale. The cakes were impossible to judge—there were so many incredible cakes on offer. Many thanks to everyone who brought in cakes, to the Year 6 children who helped to organise this and also to the staff who stepped in to help with the smooth running and selling at the end of the day. We raised a grand total of:



On Thursday 9th March, for the first time, we joined hundreds of other children from across the country to take part in Voice in a Million.

Mrs Jones and Mrs Beauchamp did an amazing job of preparing the children for the trip with many lyrics to learn as well as actions to many of the songs. Thanks also to parents who supported the children with the words at home.

The children were very excited on the day and couldn’t wait to get going! Once they arrived, they took part in the rehearsals and then were ready for the big show! They sang wonderfully and I know that they particularly enjoyed the surprise guests who sang to them at the end.

It will certainly be an experience the children never forget!

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As you are aware from previous staffing news, we have been in the process of restructuring the Senior Leadership Team of the school for September. I am delighted to announce that September the teaching Senior Leadership team will be as follows:
Mrs E Painter—Headteacher
Mrs A Mepstead—Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Chapman—Assistant Headteacher for
Miss K Bees—Assistant Headteacher for
EYFS/KS1 with English responsibility
Mrs D Saxby—Assistant Headteacher for
KS2 with Maths responsibility

You are also aware from earlier letters that we have had a significant reduction in our budget this year with having to make savings of at least £80,000. The letter stated that we would therefore be going through the process of redundancies within the school. This process is currently ongoing and therefore I cannot share the outcome of this process at this time but hope to do so soon after the Easter holidays.

As we look towards the nicer weather a reminder that the summer school uniform is as follows:
Boys’ uniform
A Lainesmead sweatshirt/plain navy sweatshirt; White or Navy polo shirt; Black or grey trousers or black or grey school shorts; Flat black/brown shoes; Dark socks
Girls’ uniform
A Lainesmead sweatshirt/a plain navy sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan; White or Navy polo shirt; Black or grey trousers or skirt (not leggings) or black or grey school shorts; Navy blue and white striped or checked (gingham style) dress.; Flat black/brown shoes; White socks; Plain black/white/grey tights
Appropriate traditional school sandals with closed toes (i.e. no flip flop style, heels or strappy sandals) can be worn in school in the summer term



Above is one of the many images sent through to the school from local residents complaining about parking. As you can see, the car is parked directly across 2 driveways impeding the access in and out of their properties.
The resident who sent this image in was also concerned by the level of abuse he and a neighbour received when politely asking for cars to be moved on previous occasions.

As you are aware from messages of this nature in many other newsletters, we are in touch with the local PCSO who will be patrolling the area. It is thoroughly unacceptable that any resident would face any level of abuse for simply asking for access in and out of their property. Local residents have right of access to their driveways. Even if there are no double-yellow lines across their driveway, they continue to have right of access. Please respect all residents in the local community and do not park across a driveway.

Parking on double-yellow lines, even for the briefest of periods is ILLEGAL. Parking on these lines is not only an inconvenience for local residents but is also a danger to the life of a child in the school. Double-yellow lines and the ‘School Keep Clear’ lines are there for a very good reason – to protect the children and adults arriving and leaving the school.

Furthermore, we are increasingly seeing cars parked on the grass verges all around the school. There are clear signs in place stating that this should not happen. Again children’s lives are being endangered with this type of parking.

Come along and tell us what your child loves best about school!
What did they enjoy this term?
What are they looking forward to?
What do they tell you about their school day when they get home?
We’d love to hear about your family and their time at school!
9am on Wednesday mornings in the Family Centre.
Drop your children in class and come on round for free refreshments!
A different year group each time, as
Year Group Date
Nursery Wednesday 26th April
Reception Wednesday 3rd May
Year 1 Wednesday 17th May
Year 2 Wednesday 24th May
Year 3 Wednesday 7th June
Year 4 Wednesday 14th June
Year 5 Wednesday 21st June
Year 6 Wednesday 28th June


Week Beginning 3rd April:
ICT and Science Week

Friday 7th April
2pm— Easter ‘Egg-stravaganza’ Family
Fun Afternoon—see previous flyer
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2:30pm— Break up for the Easter Holidays

Monday 24th April
Reception to Year 6 children start back at school
Nursery closed

Tuesday 25th April
Nursery children return

Wednesday 26th April
Nursery Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Monday 1st May

Wednesday 3rd May
Reception Parents Coffee Morning 9– 9:30am

Thursday 4th May
Chess Club Cake Sale after school

Monday 8th—Friday 12th May:
Year 6 SATS Week

Monday 15th—Friday 19th May:
Year 2 SATS Week

Wednesday 17th May
Year 1 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am
Tuesday 23rd May
IPC Fabulous Finish Afternoon
2:15pm – Year 5 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)
2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Wednesday 24th May
Year 2 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Friday 26th May:
Break up for half term holiday at 3.15 pm

Monday 29th May—Friday 2nd June:
Half term holiday

Monday 5th June:
All pupils return to school