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No. 236 - 3 May

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’re all very glad that it’s a bank holiday weekend! It couldn’t have been a better time for an extra day of holiday after a very busy week in school. As you know, we have had an Ofsted inspection of the junior school this week and it’s been a tiring few days! This was an ungraded inspection; Clare Morgan, the inspector, had to assess whether or not we retain our previous grading from back in 2018. She really enjoyed spending time at HTPD and she was able to appreciate so much of what we know makes our school community so strong. She had been a head of several church schools and really understood the difference that our values make. At the moment, the outcome is confidential but I’ll look forward to sharing the report with you when it’s published later this month.

For me, it was a particular highlight to hear so many lovely comments from our parents and carers. Thank you so much for your affirmation and encouragement. There were a couple of people with concerns – do remember that you are always welcome to raise any concerns with me and we will try to work together to fix any problem that your child might be facing. The staff also loved hearing that their hard work is appreciated by so many of our children and families – thank you for recognising that they go the extra mile!

I’ve also heard this week from Alex Tear at the Diocese – he’s asked me to share an update about the Pewley building work that will hopefully start soon, ready for a September reopening. Take a look at his letter sent to all parents on ParentMail.

For the juniors, as you may have already heard, our next house event is House Dance. We're looking forward to seeing all sorts of fabulous performances, from tap and ballet to street and freestyle. This is often a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity and variety of cultures that make up our school community. Children who would like to perform can choose to prepare a performance of their choice, either as a solo, duet or as part of a larger group of children all in the same house. Any children preparing a recital should let their house leader know in advance the backing music, so that we can ensure it's ready on the day and that the song is appropriate for use in school. Children who wish to participate will perform in front of their house on Wednesday 22nd May, with a selection going on to perform for the whole school on Thursday 23rd May. All children who take part will earn house points for their house.

Remember that the school is closed on Monday for the May Day bank holiday. We’ll see you all on Tuesday as usual, and hope that April’s rain gives way to May sunshine so that we can enjoy the rest of the summer term!

With much love,


Thought of the week: Bee together – who comforts you when you’re sad? “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

Whole School

Ofcom Media Report on Internet Use 2024

Please take a look at the flyer below that summarises national information on children’s online lives. Of particular interest are the following points:

  • The prevalence of mobile devices being used by children to access the internet when these are known to present the highest risk.
  • The high number of children under 12 using social media platforms, despite the age rating prohibiting their use.
  • The high percentage of parents finding it challenging to manage screen time.

As always, if you would like support, information or advice do contact Lucy ( and Bridgit ( our home-school link workers, or Tom Everard, our online safety lead (

Don't miss out on the chance to join us on Saturday 8th June for an afternoon of active fun that raises money for our school. Here's what you need to know:

  • Buy Your Tickets Soon! Spots are filling up fast, so get yours as soon as possible to secure your spot. The deadline to enter is Friday, May 10th.
  • This is a FUN run! Let your child's imagination run wild! They can come in fancy dress, participate in a three-legged race, or even run backwards – it's all about having a good time!

The most important thing is getting active, raising money for a great cause, and making some awesome memories together. Registering is easy, just click the link Register now!

After-School Clubs

If your child attends after-school clubs, do check the notices below by clicking on the junior or infant section.


Pick-up for children with siblings in Year 3, Friday 10 May

If your child has a sibling in Year 3, please let their teacher or Ruth in the school office know. We will then arrange for them to wait in the office area until you have picked up your older child at the end of the Evacuee Day.

Menu: week 2 beginning 6 May.


Dates for the diary

  • Tuesday 7 May – Y5 Author Alex Burn visit - see the Y5 JTLYK for details
  • Wednesday 8 to Thursday 9 May – Y4 Residential trip to High Ashurst
  • Thursday 9 May – Author Steve Mulhern visit - see ParentMail for information about pre-ordering books 
  • Friday 10 May – Y3 Evacuee Day - see the ParentMail for details
  • Friday 10 May – Y4 River Walk
  • Friday 10 May – Pre-loved uniform sale

House Dance 22 and 23 May – Please see Clare’s letter above for details.

Data Sheets – Please could we remind you to return the Datasheets to the school office at the earliest.

Menu: week 2 beginning 6 May.


Young parent and child group - flyer below.


Whole School Fun Run and Summer Get Together - Saturday 8 June @ 1-4pm

The Fun Run is our BIG SUMMER PTA event so will also have stalls, a bouncy castle and an ice cream van! Bring your picnic blanket - a fun afternoon for all!

For the Fun Run there are distances for everyone - parents, carers, teachers and children - and you are welcome to run, jog, walk or skip along the route! 

  • 1.30pm Adults 5km - £15
  • 2.30pm Pewley Down children 1km - £10
  • 3pm Holy Trinity children 2km - £10
  • 3.15pm Toddler dash - free

All entrants will receive a goodie bag and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each race!  

Book your entry here! - 

Sadly we are still unable to run PTA events in the school grounds due to the ongoing buildings challenge, so this event will be our summer fair.

Thank you for supporting our school!

Happy Bag collection

A huge thank you to everyone who donated - 523kg of clothing and shoes was picked up this morning! All money raised will be split between the two schools. 

Have a lovely weekend!

PTA Team