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Issue 17 - 26th January 2024

Dear Families,

Clubs have started this week and I would like to remind parents of the importance of letting school know if your child is unable to attend. For safeguarding, office staff will chase parents of children who have not arrived without prior notification. If your child was signed up to a club and no longer wants to attend, please let us know as we may be able to offer this space to another child.

Following our most recent survey some parents told us they would like regular updates about the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and how this is implemented. The SIP is an ever moving document and progress in some areas will be quicker than others. Please take a look at the document below for an update.

Have a good weekend.

Emma Fordham

Key Messages


Please support our uniform expectations by not allowing children to wear jewellery to school, particularly hooped earrings. Not only do these cause a safety risk, jewellery in general can cause arguments amongst the children. Children will be asked to remove jewellery if it comes into school and parents will be asked to collect from the office. Please also note we cannot take responsibility for items that have been lost or stolen.

PE Kit Reminder

As you will know, we updated our uniform expectations in September last year which included standardising our PE kit. Now that children wear their PE kit to school on the days they have PE, it is important they continue to look smart and ‘ready to learn’. This is expected at secondary school and getting children used to it now helps to set them up for this journey. PE kit should be plain, non-branded and should be black and red – no other colours. Please refer to our website for a reminder of our uniform expectations.

If you are having any issues regarding cost, please contact Mrs Burgess.

For sporting events, we have purchased a ‘squad kit’ for children to wear whilst representing our school. We will ask that if borrowed, the kit is washed and returned to school ASAP to be used for the next event. This will be used for the first time today at a football event at Giles. Look out for a photo on our newsletter next week!

Year 6 SATs

Thank you to the parents who attended the SATs meeting on Monday. For anyone who couldn’t make it, the slides are available to view on our website. The link below will take you to our SATs resources page where you will also find past test papers.

Diary Dates


Year 3 - 94.87%
Year 4 - 95.57%
Year 5 - 96.56%
Year 6 - 92.23%
All students – 94.84%
Class winners - 5S - 98.7%
The government expectation for attendance is 96%

Almond Hill Achievements 

Click the button below to see all the wonderful things our children have achieved outside of school. 

In Other News

Netball Update
Another great game of netball from Almond Hill, who faced a strong team from Ashtree. There were some great attacking moments but only one of them finished with a goal. Play finished with a final score of 5-1 to Ashtree but that's not a reflection of the improvement the team are making. Players' Player was awarded to Hetty and Coaches' Player awarded to Lola. Well done to the whole team for showing great resilience.

Museum Visitor
Year Four  had a visitor from the Stevenage museum who brought a range of Roman artefacts with them to share! The children used their enquiry skills to work out what the items would have been used for. They were very curious and impressed the visitor with their sticky learning and knowledge about the Romans so far.