Headteacher’s Blog

Aim high…be the best that you can!

If you have any worries, concerns or comments please do not hesitate to contact me.   talk2head@clarkson.cambs.sch.uk


January 2017

We would like to welcome back all pupils and families after the Christmas break.  We hope you all had an enjoyable festive period with your families.

I would like to introduce some new staff and change of roles from this term.  I take great pleasure in introducing Miss Moon as our new Deputy Headteacher and Mr Harper as our new Assistant Headteacher.  Mrs Ahmad will be joining out Year 2 teaching team in Indigo class.

December 2016



Thank you to all parents that attended the Year 1 production.  The children were amazing and you should be very proud.  Thank you to all of the Year 1 staff for leading and organizing this.

Well Done !!               07/12/2016       11:20




November 2016

Jess our reading dog has been busy again today.  She enjoys all the stories that the children read to her.               21/11/2016          19:22



reading-dogSchool Reading Dog

Reading to dogs has been proved to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming effect the dogs’ presence has on children and the fact that the dog will listen to the children read without being judgemental or critical. This comforting environment helps to nurture children’s enthusiasm for reading and provides them with the confidence needed to read aloud.              16/11/2016                   20:27

October 2016

Thank you to all parents that attended our Reception Class Harvest Celebration.    19/10/2016          20:15


September 2016


Welcome back to an exciting new year!  I would like to take the opportunity to welcome all families and children to our school.  All children new and returning have made a great start to the school year well done!


July 2016

To all of our fantastic pupils, parents and staff, I wish you a fantastic holiday!!!!

Friday 22/07/2016   10:5684cfaa5f498f31ffdbfb4e64fba42513


Our new school hall and library are going to be transformed over the summer.  I  can’t wait!!

library   hall 1

Thursday 21/07/2016     16:30



leaversThank you to all staff and children for a fantastic time at the Leaver’s Banquet!  We wish all the Year 2 children all the success at their new school!

16/07/2016     09:45




Thank you to all parents that attend our transition meeting for new to     Year 1. Children are getting very excited about moving on to their new class and in some cases a new school.  Remember if you have any questions please just ask and we will answer these, hopefully resolving any worries or concerns you may have.


Reminder – New to Year 2 meeting tomorrow at 2:30, we hope you can make it!

06/07/2016           06/07/2016



sports day

Thank you to all parents that attended sports day yesterday! It was great to hear about the fantastic turn out and positive atmosphere! So sorry I couldn’t be cheering from the side lines again this year due to meetings!  The children were so proud of their stickers some were still wearing them today! Well done to all children that took part!                      06/07/2016       21:35   


June 2016


We are looking forward to welcoming our new Reception children on Monday for their first taster session.  If you have any worries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact

Miss Moon on  –  eyfs@Clarkson.cambs.sch.uk or myself.

10/06/2016      22:18


I would like to thank all parents that attended our school picnic today.  Your support for our school and community is so important to us! Have a great weekend!!!


I would like to also wish St Peter’s School a happy 50th birthday and thank Mr. Saunders and staff for their support with our second joint picnic event!!

10/06/2016       18:23


School will be hosting its second ‘Family Picnic’ on Friday of this week.  The side gate will open at 11:45.  Don’t forget to bring your picnic blanket! Some children will be performing in the Clarkson arena throughout the picnic and we will have two bouncy castles for children to enjoy as well as other activities.  We have booked an ice cream van for parents to purchase ice cream and further refreshments. WE HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!  08/06/2016     09:20

It was great to meet lots of new parents and children that will be joining us in September.  We would like to welcome you to our school community and look forward to working with you!  07/06/2016      20:44

Welcome back after half term. We hope you all enjoyed family time with your loved ones.  We are looking forward to an exciting half term jam packed with learning before the next school holidays!

May 2016

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday with your families.  It was great to see more people cycling after our big pedal event on Friday.  Can I remind all parents about parking safely outside our school in order to ensure our pupils are safe travelling to and from school. 

This week we shall be sending our information for our new to Reception parents .We are looking forward to meeting you and talking about our transition arrangements.    04/05/2016      13:04

April 2016

Well done to all children and parents that took part in our Big Pedal Project today.  We are hoping to repeat this event on a more regular basis.  THANK YOU to all parents that supported both the riding and the breakfast at school.   

big pedal

clarkson 2016

Thank you to all parents for your positive comments about our recent Ofsted. Our report is now live on the Ofsted website.

March 2016

As you are already aware school was notified on Tuesday of this week, that we were to be inspected by Ofsted on Wednesday and Thursday. We were happy to welcome a team of three inspectors to judge our journey of improvement. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all parents and pupils for their continued support and positive feedback on Parent View. The Ofsted report and judgements on the school will be shared with all stakeholders in around 2-4 weeks as is normal Ofsted practice.

11/03/2016   18:27


Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hartopp – Headteacher


Thank you to all parents that have shared their comments on parent view.

09/03/2016    07:15

As you are aware Ofsted are visiting us tomorrow for a two day inspection.  Please visit Parent View to share your views.  Thank you once again for your support!

08/03/2016        17:29

February 2016

World Book Day 2016


During World Book Week, we will be participating in some exciting activities.  On Friday we will be visited by a Theatre Company and their six foot book of the Traditional Tale Goldilocks and the three bears.  Throughout the week staff will be promoting reading through a range of fun learning activities.  On Thursday 3rd March, World Book Day children are invited to dress as their favourite character from a Traditional Tale.

Traditional Tales include:

Goldilocks, Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Rumplestiltskin, The three pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk etc. 

Thanking you in advance for your support!      22/02/2016          1:33

Thank you to all children and parents that have been sending photo evidence of home learning.  This is going to be displayed in the main school corridor.  I have enjoyed viewing and reading these emails.  I have created an additional page ‘Home Learning’ with some home learning challenges. Thank you for your continued support!!     03/02/2016        21:33

Please check out our newsletter page for our Craft Fair poster.  School will be holding an Easter Craft Fair on Saturday 19th March from 10:00 – 1:00. We shall be offering parents and friends of the school the opportunity to have a table/stall for £5.  A letter will be sent out tomorrow with further details.  Once again thank you to the Parents that attended the Reading Café today!  03/02/2016    15:08

Thank you to all pupils that attended our Story Café today in Blue Class.  This support at home and at school will help to accelerate your child’s learning.  Thank you! 01/02/2016           14:38      

January 2016

Thank you to all parents that attended the EYFS reading cafes for both Red and Yellow class this week and Blue Class next week.  This is going to be a regular provision to try and accelerate reading at school and at home.  Thank you for your support!        

Also a huge thank you to all parents that have sent homework examples in via email to our – talk2head@clarkson.cambs.sch we are going to display these photographs within the main corridor of the school.  Have a great weekend!!

  29/01/1016             13:24

I apologize for the lack of posts this month.  We have been experiencing a number of difficulties with our site that has led to it being unavailable at times.  I am hoping this has been resolved and regular communication on my blog can resume.

Thank you to a number of EYFS parents that have been uploading evidence to our Tapestry platform.  It is great to hear about your children’s learning and news from home.  A huge thank you to parents from Key Stage 1 that have been sending photographs of their child’s homework.  Fantastic!!

December 2015

Don’t forget we come back to school on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

Thank you to all pupils and parents that have supported us over the last term.  Your support is so important to our improvement journey.  Thank you to everyone that attended performances, church, attendance and award celebrations!  I would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.      18/12/2015  12:02


November 2015

Thank you for your patience we have been experiencing some technical faults with our website.     24/11/2015           22:20

I have taken the follow extract from the police website.


24/11/2015 13:24:34

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man attempted to snatch a bag from a teenager in Wisbech.
The 16-year-old victim was walking along a footpath from Lynn Road into Trafford Park yesterday (Monday, November 23) at about 5.15pm when he was approached and pushed from behind.
Speaking in a foreign accent the offender said ‘give me the bag’ and proceeded to pull out what was believed to be a knife.
The pair grappled before the victim ran away.
The offender is described as white, 6ft, wearing a black hooded top, dark scarf around his nose and gloves.
Sergeant Alan Boughen said: “This was a particularly frightening incident which has left the victim in shock but thankfully not seriously injured.
“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Lynn Road at the time of the incident to get in touch. We have increased patrols in the area and ask people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crime stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Reminder – Children in Need

children in need

As advertised on previous newsletters it is ‘Children in Need’ on Friday.  Children are invited to dress as a super hero for the day.  A couple of parents have shared that their children have not got a superhero costume. Please do not worry if this is the case children may also wear spotty or yellow clothes.  All non uniform money (£1) will be donated to Children in Need.  Please help us to raise money for this cause. 

children in need hero

Thanking you in advance for your support and I look forward to seeing you all dressed up!    11/11/2015      21:06


I would like to thank our children that took part in our Remembrance services at school and at Walsoken church today.  The children from every class worked hard together to create beautiful poppy wreaths that we have left on display at the church.  Once again thank you to all that attended and supported us by helping with walking.  THANK YOU! A huge thank you to Reverend Landall for again letting us use Walsoken church.     11/11/2015        21:05

Welcome back to a new and exciting term.  Apologies as the Year 2 music letter did not go out today but will tomorrow.  I hope you all received your parents evening letter.  This has been uploaded onto the newsletter page.    03/11/2015     19:06

October 2015

Exciting news…… After half term I shall be offering Recorder, Ukulele, Glockenspiel and handbells lessons to children in year 2.  These lessons will take place during the school day.  A letter will be going out on Tuesday 3rd November.     26/10/2015     8:36

Thank you to all children that attended our spooky disco all funds raised will go towards more WOW learning experiences.  THANK YOU!       24/10/2015       21:14

Don’t forget it is our ‘Spooky KS1 Disco’ tonight after school.  Due to the disco there will be no clubs as previously mentioned.      22/10/2015      10:40

Thank you to all parents for leaving feedback on parent view. I would just like to follow up a couple of comments. If you have any worries or concerns there are number of ways that we will listen, respond and take appropriate action. We have a comments postbox in the office reception area, talk2head email  and inclusion@ email where you will receive a quick response, face to face on the gate as myself or Mr Farrer are always available and by appointment to talk in person. Wherever possible I will always make myself available.  Secondly with regards to progress feedback you will be aware from this terms newsletters that we will be having our parents evening after half term, again after Easter and a formal report at the end of the school year.  In reception and nursery we will be launching an online learning journey after half term for school and you to upload to.  More information on this will be shared after half term. We also aim to keep you informed through the class pages and events pages on our website, in addition to parent workshops.  I welcome any comments in our postbox with regards to homework challenges this half term.  We have had a huge response to the chatterbox challenge with outstanding examples displayed in school. Thank you

Once again thank you for your feedback.   20/10/2015    22:08


We are in the news!!! Check it out.        20/10/2015        21:48


Reminder to all Key Stage 1 parents tickets for the disco have been on sale last and this week.  All children will receive a drink and a packet of crisps during the disco.  Children may dress up if they wish.  Children will be signed in on entry to the disco and then collected from the hall at the end leaving by the side year 2 door.  The gates will be open at this time to help with collection and drop off.         20/10/2015       21:28

No school clubs on Thursday due to the KS1 school disco.     19/10/2015    20:31

A huge thank you to all reception parents that attended our harvest celebration today. I’m sure you will agree they were fantastic!  19/10/2015        20:29

This weeks newsletter has been uploaded again.  We had a technical fault on the website over night and we apologise if you were unable to access our site.  Have a great weekend!        

17/10/2015      8:29

Wow! You made our book fair a real success.  Approximately £600 was spent on children’s books and this will help to generate books for our school.  Thank you!

What another exciting day at Clarkson Infant and Nursery.  Today we were visited by a Para Olympian skier.  The children from year 1 up spent time exercising with him and his colleague and then were part of a celebration assembly.  All children were given the opportunity to ask questions.  A huge thank you to Mrs Osborne for arranging this for our school.

Also please do not forget it is our Harvest Festival at All Saints church.  I would like to thank all parents that have volunteered to walk with us and Reverend Landall for allowing us to celebrate at the church.

14/10/2015       21:30

Please don’t forget that it is school photographs tomorrow and it is the school book fair afterschool.   06/10/2015        20:43

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Fips and his Wonder Circus that came to visit our Year 2 children as part of their International Primary Curriculum learning.  Mr Fip’s and school were hoping that ITV would be televising this event as they phoned late Monday afternoon asking if they could attend.  However other pressing news took over this morning and they phoned to say that they were unable to attend.  The press attended the event today and we shall be in the Fenland Citizen very soon.  The circus skills displayed were amazing and children got the opportunity to dress up and have a go.  More pictures from this event will be uploaded to our TV screen in the reception area and printed for internal school displays.  If your child is in Year 2 they will have come home today with a free ticket.  We do hope that you are able to attend.  Once again a huge thank you to Mr Fips.    06/10/2015        20:41

Mr fips

September 2015

Our new starters are in the local paper!     28/09/2015      13:20

I have just uploaded the new speech  and language drop-in poster for October 2015 and our behaviour course 1,2,3, magic poster.  Any questions please ask.  25/09/2015      21:04

Thank you so much to all of the parents that helped at our Macmillan Coffee Event today.  Your help and support to our school is vital and makes such a huge difference.


Also I would like to thank our parents and school community that supported by baking and buying cakes today. 


You all helped to raise a fantastic £378.95 for this well deserving charity.

Once again thank you for making a difference!!

Have a fantastic weekend!

25/09/2015       16:44

Thank you so much for the cake and raffle donations for tomorrow. We hope you can make either the morning or afternoon Macmillan tea.  KS1 parents from 9:00 – 10:00 and EYFS parents 2:00 -3:00.  Please note this is for adults.  We hope to see you there!     24/09/2015      20:44

New information has been added to our governor page.    21/09/2015       21:17

I have just uploaded a new nursery newsletter to the general newsletter page.  I have also created a separate newsletter page for nursery parents under the nursery tab. Well done to all nursery children this week as they have settled in to our school exceptionally well! Thank you Miss Moon.       17/09/2015         22:46

Thank you to all parents that are being courteous to others during pick up times.  If I could encourage Year 1 parents to walk around/through the garden area to the far path near the HMS Clarkson galleon it would ease congestion.  Also a huge well done to all children that have managed to enter school independently this week.  Lastly please don’t forget it is Jeans for Genes day tomorrow.  Children and staff are invited to wear jeans or something denim for the donation of £1. I am not in school tomorrow as I am attending PREVENT safeguarding training.  If you have any worries or concerns please speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team via the front office.  Have a great day tomorrow and a fantastic weekend!!          17/09/2015         21:43

Information and details about our accredited dance afterschool club have been uploaded to our newsletter page.  This syllabus is only available at accredited dance schools.  Clarkson Infants and my previous school are the only schools that are able to offer this provision in all of the country within a school setting.   12/09/2015    13:29

Just a quick update.  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend with your family.  I have just uploaded the class IPC Topic letters from class teachers to both the class pages and newsletter page.   12/09/2015       12:30

This weeks newsletters have been uploaded.  Have a great weekend!   12/09/2015     08:02

Our uniform price list and order form have been added to the newsletter page and the ‘School Uniform’ page under the parent tab.  09/09/2015    20:58

Vikki Ellinor our Family Support Worker will be running another course of 1,2,3 Magic.  Your child will be bringing an invitation home with them today.

We are looking to appoint additional teaching assistants within our EYFS team.  Please check out our Vacancies Page for further details.   09/09/2015        10:22

Thank you to all parents and children that are arriving on time for school. Well done! We would like to encourage all children to enter school independently next week and staff will be encouraging children to do this towards the end of this week if they are able. This will ease congestion in school and is part of our safeguarding protocol. Thank you for supporting us with our attendance.  08/09/2015      18:55

The new school dinner menu is now uploaded to both the school lunch page under the parent tab and on our newsletter page.  Thank you to all parents that supported meet and greet today after school.    07/09/2015         21:02

Please see uploaded posters for Meet and Greet the Teacher Team, Genes for Jeans and Macmillan Coffee morning on our newsletter page.  We hope you can support us to make a difference!   06/09/2015     09:55

Don’t forget teachers will be available on Monday 7th September for meet and greet from 3:00-3:30. Staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. Sorry for the confusion of the date it is tomorrow. School will send a text to parents advertising that staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. Please note corrected date.  

06/09/2015     09:26

As many of you are aware the Queen will be celebrating becoming the longest reigning monarch on Wednesday 9th September. She will be taking the title from Queen Victoria who sat on the throne for 63 years and 216 days. The children will gain an insight into the Monarchs of Great Britain during this day in class and in assembly.  05/09/2015    8:51

Well done to all pupils for their fantastic start to school. As I did my learning walk with Mr Farrer today all pupils were engaged and on task with their learning. Well done! Don’t forget teachers will be available on Monday 7th September for meet and greet from 3:00-3:30. Staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.  Wishing you a great weekend!  04/09/2015    19:01

I would like to welcome all new pupils and returning pupils back to school. The year ahead will be packed full of enriched ‘wow’ learning opportunities. See you all tomorrow.  02/09/2015   23:09

July 2015

Thank you to all parents that supported us today by attending our leavers assembly and banquet. The children had a great time at their party! we will upload pictures on Monday. Have a great weekend!  17/07/2015      20:54

Please don’t forget tomorrow afternoon is our leavers assembly and after school their leavers banquet and disco.  16/07/2015      20:50

All children within the school have taken part in our ‘Jump up day’.  This was very successful and all children were happy in their new classes when I walked around school.  It was great to see lots of new faces coming to join us in September.   15/07/2015   20:57

Thank you to all parents that have returned their parental questionnaire.  We value all comments both positive and areas for improvement.  15/07/2015     20:54


Thank you to our MP Stephen Barclay who visited school today. Please visit our events page for photos. Year 1 children have had a fun day today at Wisbech Reads.  This was held at Orchards School. I would like to thank the headteacher’s at Orchards and Peckover School for putting on this event. THANK YOU. More family activities are on tomorrow.  10/07/2015     21:29


On Friday we shall be having an exciting visit from our MP Stephen Barclay.  He will be visiting for a tour of our school to view our improvements made.  He will then spend time with our Year 2 and School Council pupils.  We would like to thank him in advance for helping us to improve the highways area at the front of our school and the broken down fence area. 07/07/2015     22:53

We hope that you enjoy the school sports day today.  Unfortunately due to this being our back up day I will not be able to join in the fun as I am in a finance meeting.  I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating your child’s sporting achievements.  I would like to thank Ms. Marshall for her time organizing our sports events.  Thank you in advance for your support.  06/07/2015   12:53

Thank you for your feedback with regards the picnic.  I have followed up comments shared with regards to the pack lunches with our school kitchen for future events.   06/07/2015   9:30

Thank you to all parents that attended our family picnic today.  We would also like to thank the St Peter’s school  for working in partnership with us and we hope to do many more events in this way.  03/07/2015      16:55

Family Picnic Information –  All children as stated on our earlier picnic letter will be ready for collection from the St Peter’s Junior field at 12:00. You can access their site from either our side gate or their main front gate. The children will be sat in a class circle ready for collection. As children are collected they will be ticked off our safeguarding list. This is to ensure that if they are picnicking away from the school class group, they are with a designated adult.  The children will have already been given their packed lunch provided by school.  In addition all children that attend either school will be given an ice cream, this will be available from the signposted areas.  At our school this will be from the area behind the year 1 mobile. Additional ice cream and squash will also be on sale from this area. Toilets will be available in the mobile for adult and child use.  The picnic will finish promptly at 1:15 with children returning back to their classrooms.  All adults to leave from the main school side entrance or the junior entrance and not to walk through the school buildings.  All children are to stay in school after the picnic. I hope this clarifies any questions.  Hopefully the weather will continue to be kind to us.  Looking forward to seeing you there!!      02/07/2015     18:19

Thank you to all parents that spoke to the HMI inspector today. Thank you for your continued support in trying to improve our community school.  We want to create the best school for your children so that they are able to reach their full potential.     01/07/2015     21:03

Well done to all children that have remembered their hat and water bottle this week.  01/07/2015  20:59

June 2015

Year 2 Stibbington Residential Trip June 2015


Thank you to all parents that attended Cub Class assembly today.  Well done children on a brilliant assembly!    26/06/2015     20:11

A huge thank you to all staff especially Mrs Belcher for organizing this fantastic trip for our Year 2 pupils.  Secondly a huge thank you to all pupils who represented our school.  26/06/2015    20:09

All children up bright and early ready for their last day of fun packed excitement.  26/06/2015

Stibbington Update. Mrs Belcher has just sent a message to say that all children have had a fantastic time at a nature reserve. All children have taken part in pond dipping.   25/06/2015  14:04

All children were up bright and early this morning.  All children slept well.  25/06/2015

I spoke with Mrs Belcher earlier this evening.  She spoke very highly about all pupil behaviour.  All children had eaten well, had a story and were fast asleep.  24/06/2015   23:10

All children have had a great time this afternoon participating in art activities.

Year 2 children that are on the  Stibbington residential have all arrived safely and are having a great time!  24/06/2015  16:19

Thank you to all parents that attended sports day.  Well done to all children! You were fantastic!!!  24/06/2015    16:18

Thank you to all parents for attending school today we appreciate the weather caused a lot of disappointment. We will look at the local weather at 11:00 for the hourly forecast and post on our website. Please call if you are unsure.            22/06/2015  20:16

Thank you to all parents that are trying out our new email system to get in contact with me.  if you have any worries or concerns you can send me an email and I will do my best to respond straight away.  Please email –  talk2head@clarkson.cambs.sch.uk     02/06/2015    22:13

Thank you to all parents that attended our new intake meetings today.  We hope you found these informative. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.  As mentioned today I have created a new message system for parents that would like to ask a question, make an appointment or contact the headteacher about a concern they may have.  This email is now live –  talk2head@clarkson.cambs.sch.uk  I will do my best to get back to you the very same day.   01/06/2015     21:48

May 2015

Tomorrow I shall be running 10k for Cancer at Burghley in Stamford. I shall be wearing a message written by one of our pupils who recently lost a member of their family to Cancer. Anyone wishing to donate please do so at the office via the official sponsorship form all money will go to Cancer Relief. 30/05/2015       21:10

Thank you to all staff who have been working hard in school over this holiday.  We are continuing to improve your school to make it be the best it can be.  We have repainted the meeting room to look more modern and comfortable for your meetings. New reception furniture has been ordered to smarten our waiting area and additional resources for our library have been purchased.  28/05/2015.   20:35

REMINDER – Panther Class Assembly tomorrow – Friday 15/05/2015 at 9:00.       We hope to see you there!      14/05/2015    22:32

Thank you to all parents that supported our school by visiting the Life Education Bus this week.  14/05/2015    22:31

Please click on the link below – Look we made the front page!!


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Thank you to everyone who sponsored Mr Farrer and I to run The Great East Anglian 10k Run.  We completed this in 1hr20.  It wasn’t the best weather as it poured with rain whilst we were standing in our start pen and it continued to do so.  We were soaked through even before we started!  However, we have managed to raise around £500 for school so it was well worth the soaking!  Enjoy your weekend!!

Thank you to all children that came dressed in their sports wear today!  Together with our ‘Gear’ sponsorship money we have managed to raise £350.00 towards our garden project. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Have a great bank holiday weekend!!

April 2015

Please note I am not in school tomorrow due to a meeting.  If you have any worries or concerns in my absence please make an appointment to speak with Mrs Pomeroy – Deputy Headteacher.  I will back in school on Thursday morning.  Many thanks.     21/04/2015    22:53

Thank you to Natalia in Year 1 who bought in a selection of plants today to assist with a grounds improvement project.  Any plants are gratefully recieved.  Thank you for your support!  21/04/2015     22:50

Another member of our school leadership team will be putting themselves to the test on the 3rd May.  As part of our improvement quest Mr Farrer and I shall be running the Great East Anglian 10k run on the 3rd May 2015 to raise money for our school sensory garden project. Anyone wanting to sponsor is more than welcome. Please speak to Miss Williamson in the office who has the official Gear sponsorship form. Thanking you in advance for your support.  19/04/2015  10:47

Another busy weekend at school. We have had a storage container delivered to us to help with the storage of outside resources for the EYFS.  We will be repainting this in a dark green so that it blends in and doesn’t  looks so obvious.  Planters have been replaced and filled ready for children to plant.  Outside furniture repainted.  Plants purchased.  

Any donations  of plants welcome.  18/04/2015     19:46

Thank you to all year 2 parents that attended the Circus Skills Workshop today.  The year 2 children worked alongside the Crazy Banana clown all day learning a range circus skills.   Unfortunately  I was unable to see the majority of this parent workshop due to a meeting, however I couldn’t resist popping back to get a glimpse of the fun! Once again thank you for attending.  This support is much appreciated.  Today was enjoyed by all.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for further family curriculum events please let us know by writing and posting your suggestion in our postbox in the school reception area. Enjoy your weekend!     17/04/2015     21:26

ADHD and 123 Magic Course flyers for the Summer term have been uploaded to our newsletter page.   16/04/2015    21:30

Today I had the pleasure of showing a vistor around our school.  I was very proud of the staff and children showing outstanding behaviour and fantastic focussed learning. Reception also shared their exciting news that the eggs they have been looking after have hatched.  We now have a number of small chicks to nurture. 

Well Done!    16/04/2015    21:19

Pictures from last Friday’s Medal Assembly have been printed out and will be displayed in our reception area. We are willing to print extra copies for parents for a small charge of 50 pence per photo. Any money raised will go towards upgrading our current PA system for class assemblies. 16/04/2015    21:16

Don’t forget to use the espresso learning platform to continue your learning and fun at home!  To access Espresso from home you will need a PC or Apple Mac and a connection to the internet. You can then go to www.espresso.co.uk and enter your child’s username and password. These login details are given below:

Username: student6332     Password: dragon

As part of our improvement quest I shall be running the Great East Anglian 10k run on the 3rd May 2015 to raise money for our school sensory garden project. Anyone wanting to sponsor is more than welcome. Thanking you in advance for your support. 13/04/2015 20:26

Please remember Monday 13th April is a Staff Training Day.

March 2015

We now have a newly fenced outdoor area for the Year 1 children to develop and use for their learning.  This is situated behind the Year 1 mobile classroom.  31/03/2015 12:47

Pictures from last Friday’s Medal Assembly have been printed out and will be displayed in our reception area. We are willing to print extra copies for parents for a small charge of 50 pence per photo. Any money raised will go towards upgrading our current PA system for class assemblies.  29/03/2015      12:49 

On Monday we shall be having our new front fence fitted.  Children will then be able to play and learn safely in the Year 2 outdoor area at the front of our school.  This is an area that we shall be continuing to develop.  28/03/2015      14:01

Thank you to all parent’s that attended the medal assembly.  We are proud of all of our pupils and their achievements.  28/03/2015    13:57

You may have received a letter regarding your child’s attendance today that was issued under the guidance of the Educational Welfare Office, for the Cambridgeshire area. This is a standard letter that schools are directed to send out. I understand that all children get ill and there are valid reasons for this, however as a school we have been issued set guidance that we must adhere to. Please come and discuss this if it has caused you any worry or concern.


I hear all of your concerns about today’s attendance letter.  I must apologise as this letter is causing a lot of upset and concern.  As I mentioned earlier this is a computer generated letter and unfortunately this is how errors have occurred . I will personally follow up your comments and concerns with the Educational Welfare Officer about this letter and it’s wording.  However regular monitoring of attendance is statutory. 

We will continue to reward our attendance using our positive messages in our school newsletters, weekly book raffle and certificates.We have been working hard to promote a positive school, partnerships, celebrate our school successes and I feel this could be viewed as a barrier to this aim.  27/03/2015    20:15 

I would like to say a huge big thank you on behalf of our school to Scott’s Miracle Grow that have donated the huge mountain of compost to use in our school garden areas.  24/03/2015     21:05

Thank you to all parents that attended the Year 2 assembly on Friday. We are proud of your children’s learning successes and are keen to share these experiences with you.   21/03/2015      12:07

As part of our journey of improvement we are wanting to encourage learning at home.  I hope you enjoy accessing ‘espresso’ with your child.  Espresso is a learning platform that has been introduced over the last few weeks and is having a very positive impact on learning in school.   13/03/2015     18:09

Thank you to all that supported us with raising funds for Comic Relief.  As a school we managed to raise £458.05 so far…… Well done!  13/03/2015     18:05

Don’t forget it is ‘Red Nose Day’ tomorrow.  Wear something red for £1.

Thank you to all parents that attended Cub’s Class assembly today.  I’m sure you would agree that they have been working very hard this term and have been very successful in their learning. Also a big well done to 11 children from Tiger’s class that showed me their fantastic writing today.  It was superb, keep it up! 🙂 12/03/2015   19:52

Thank you to all parents that have supported us by buying ‘Red Noses’ this week. We only have a limited supply so please hurry in order to avoid any disappointment.  10/03/2015    21:44

Another busy weekend at school. Myself, Mr Richmond our Caretaker and Mrs Barker our Chair of Governors have been busy continuing with our improvement journey. Lots of redecoration has taken place over the last two days.  If you liked our new blue statement walls you will be wowed by our yellow. We have plans to redecorate all areas of the school by the end of the school year.  Hopefully next week we shall have some new additional signage to develop our site.  08/03/2015    14:41

Thank you to all parents that attended Puma Class Assembly.  It is a pleasure to share our successful learning with you and we value your attendance at such events.    06/03/2015      18:25


We now have ‘Red Noses’ on sale at school for £1.00 03/05/2015.  20:42

Don’t forget it is Puma Class Assembly in the morning at 9:00. We hope to see you there. 05/03/2015     20:09

Thank you to all parents that supported us today by helping with providing their child with a costume for World Book Day. 05/03/2015     20:06

Thank you to all parents that attended this weeks ‘Parent Progress Meetings’.  It was great to hear all the positive comments about your child’s learning being shared.  If I could give a huge thank you to all parents that signed our visitors book and logged onto parent view.  You views count and will make a positive contribution to our school’s learning journey. 05/03/2015       20:03

I hope you have all had a great weekend.  If I could apologise in advance about our technical fault on our website over the weekend.  As we have been updating more information the bandwidth has been exceeded and has caused errors to our pages.  Hopefully this will not occur in the future as we have reported this to out host provider.  If you do experience any difficulties accessing our site please let us know.  01/03/2015      19:03

February 2015

Well done to all of our successful learners this week.  Lots of positive learning celebrated in assembly this week. Keep up being fantastic!  27/02/2015    09:46

Good evening…. I just wanted to remind parents that we shall be holding our first ‘Parents Forum’ tomorrow at 2:30. For more details please click on the newsletter page to access our Parent Forum poster.  

Thank you to all parents that have made appointments to come and see me over the last few weeks.  It has been a good opportunity to get to know individuals and families from our school community. I always endeavour to ensure pupils and parents are a priority, all I ask is if you can keep me informed of any worries, concerns or positive comments so that I can act on these quickly and effectively. Thank you for you support!   26/02/2015       21:09

Thank you to Jeanette Redding our School Improvement Adviser for arranging our inspirational visit today to a school in Tower Hamletts in inner city London.  We gained many new ideas from today that will strengthen our learning culture and environment at Clarkson Infant & Nursery School.  25/02/30     21:30

Morning…unfortunately I will be unavailable and not in school today.  I am visiting an outstanding school in inner city London to gain further inspiration for our school.  This will be an exciting trip with hopefully huge benefits.  I will be back at school on Thursday. If you are wanting to speak with a member of the senior leadership team in my absence Mrs Belcher will be available. Enjoy your day!  25/02/2015     05:11

As you may have noticed I have been busy writing our new school policies. These can be viewed under the ‘Statutory Button’ on our policy page. We are aware that not all parents have access to the internet and so we shall be displaying a copy of these policies in our main reception area shortly.  23/02/2015     20:53

Well done to all children that have made a positive start to our new term.  Club slips were given out today.  We apologise that not all children that wanted to do ICT have a place this time.  We do have lots of places in Drama Club and Choir Club, please ask at the school office for further details.  Also we shall have three further clubs on offer from Premier Sports, Street Dance, Football and Gymnastic.  Details on these clubs will follow shortly directly from priemier sports.  23/02/2015     19:55

I hope you have all had an enjoyable holiday and look forward to seeing you all tomorrow 🙂 22/02/2015    21:12

Thank you to all staff that gave up their holiday time to come into school and help continue our improvement journey.  21/02/2015   16:45

As I mentioned recently at both class assemblies we have a number of parents that have not given permission for their child to have their photograph taken at school or they have not returned the form stating either way.  I have uploaded new forms to the newsletter page for both taking photos/videos as a parent in school and a consent form.  These will be given out at our Parents evenings on March 3rd and 4th 2015.  I have uploaded these forms to our newsletter page if you wish to view these before this event.  19/02/2015    18:57

I have just completed the planning stage 2 for our second Royal Horticultural Award.  We have been presented with a certificate and we will receive a book all about growing.  For our level 3 award we need to revamp and develop the following identified areas. Please click on the link to access our planned areas for development –

Click here – School Grounds Improvement Project.   18/02/2015    20:19

Good evening…. Our school caretaker has been busy repainting areas of the school to make it look fresh and clean.  Digital art work has been added to the Reception corridor and further improvement are to be made later this week.  Thank you staff for your hard work.  18/02/2015   18:54

Morning…. We are now registered with the ‘Royal Horticultural Society’ Gardening Project.  I have completed the planning stage and we have been awarded our Stage 1 Certificate.  Any keen gardeners out there? Please let me know if you would like to be involved.     15/02/2015   09:40

We shall be holding regular ‘Parent Forum’ meetings starting on Friday 27th February at 2:30.  Please come and share your ideas on how together we can move our school forwards.  See uploaded poster on our newsletter page for further details.  14/02/2015    22:34

The amount of Pupil Premium Funding allocated to a school depends on the number of pupils eligible to receive Free School Meals (FSM) and Looked After Children (LAC). Pupil Premium Funding is also allocated for pupils who have parents that are currently serving in the Armed Forces. The Government believes that Pupil Premium, which is in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address underlying inequalities between those pupils eligible for FSM or LAC and their peers, by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it the most.

Is your child eligable for Pupil Premium Funding? (£1300) 

Please check out the Pupil Premium form uploaded to our newsletter page. 

Help your child to achieve more ! 

14/02/2015  16:36

The staff and I are wanting to revamp and develop our school grounds.  Yesterday I met with a signage company and today I have sent out numerous letters to companies asking for plant and gardening donations.  If there are any parents that would be keen to help us in the developing of our school grounds please let me know.  A number of staff will be in over the holidays helping to redecorate and modernise environments within the school building. Thank you for your support.  14/02/2015   12:01 

Parents Evening letter due to go out Monday 23rd February 2015 has just been uploaded to our newsletter page.  Please check it out for details.  13/02/2015   22:09

Clarkson Infant & Nursery School is proud to be adopting the International Primary Curriculum: a curriculum which has been highly praised by Ofsted and is revolutionising learning in over 1500 schools in 85 countries. 13/02/2015  20:11

 Have a great half term holiday and thank you to all the pupils for working hard this term.  13/03/2015 18:50

Further club letters have been returned during the school day taking it to a total of over 70 replies.  Due to these extra returns some club slips that didn’t go out today will go out on Monday 23rd February.  We are really pleased with the uptake.  13/02/2015  16:30

Thank you to all the parents that attended our Year 1 assembly today.  Thank you for supporting the pupils and our school. 13/02/2015   13:40

Thank you to all parents and pupils who responded to our latest ‘Club Letter’ we are pleased to announce that we had 66 replies.  12/02/2015

I would like to remind all Year 1 parents from Panther, Jaguar and Leopard Classes that it is their year group assembly tomorrow (Friday 13th February 2015) at 9:00.  We hope to see you there. 12/02/2015

Firstly I would like to start my first ‘Headteacher’s Blog’ by thanking all pupils, parents and staff for their support during this first half term.  The school is on a transitional journey of improvement of getting to ‘Good’ and in time we hope even ‘Outstanding’.  The children at this school are talented individuals and I am privilaged to be the Headteacher of this school.  Together as a school team we have high expectations for each and every child and together we strive to make a difference.  11/02/2015


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