Chopps Chat

September 2022

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Headteacher's Comment

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and having enjoyed a lovely Summer break. We're now back into the swing of things at school and the children have settled back into school routine brilliantly.

There have been several changes with staffing since last year so there may be some unfamiliar faces around school! Miss Harrison has taken over in Year 3/4 as Miss Railton begins her final half term working with small groups and supporting across school until October when she will begin her maternity leave. In Year 5/6, we welcome Mrs Myerscough who is an experienced KS2 teacher. We're delighted to welcome both to the Chopps.

As for myself, I wanted to thank those who have offered kind words and best wishes on my appointment as Headteacher. I'm thrilled and very proud to be leading the school forwards, building on all that we have achieved together over the past years.

Thanks and welcome back once again.

Mr R. Smith

Timings for September

Here is a reminder of the school timings. See below for start times, finish times, entrance points and collection points.

Please remember that breakfast club begins at 8:15am and the doors will close at 8:30am. They re-open at 8:45am with children welcome to arrive up until the beginning of the school day at 8:55am.

Beginning of day

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End of day

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Classes for this year!

Early Years (including Little Learners): Miss Bason, Miss Menzies, Miss McKever, Mrs Thornton & Mrs Ball

Year 1/2: Miss Clarkson, Mrs Lumsden, Miss Brown & Miss Sadler

Year 3/4: Miss Harrison & Mrs Quinn

Year 5/6: Mrs Myerscough & Mrs Jones

Miss Taylor - Support across school.

Mrs Broderick - Pastoral officer

School Uniform Reminder

The school uniform continues to be (see images below):

maroon/grey (Y6) sweatshirt

light blue polo t-shirt

plain black leggings/joggers

maroon hoodie


To help with costs, school will continue to provide every child with a PE kit - light blue t-shirt, maroon shorts and a bag. This will be kept in school at all times, with school washing them regularly.

**School Uniform shop open every Tuesday 9am - 12pm in the Community Building**

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Summer Camps

The 4 weeks of summer camps that took place over the holiday period were once again a great success with the children enjoying a wide variety of activities, including drama, dodgeball, rounders, cooking, cycling etc.

A huge thank you to all of the staff who supported this camp to make it possible.

Her Majesty the Queen 1926 - 2022

All here at Choppington Primary School were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

Along with the rest of the nation we offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this time. The Queen will be forever remembered for her devotion to this country.

As I'm sure many of you will have seen, there will be a bank holiday on Monday 19th September on the official date of the State Funeral.

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that all schools should close.

The order for the funeral to be a bank holiday was approved by King Charles III at St James Palace in Westminster as he was formally declared head of state.

We will re-open on Tuesday 20th September.

Polite Reminder

Whilst we actively encourage our pupils to be as active as possible, including cycling and scootering, please remember that all riders and scooters should dismount before entering the school premises. This applies to ALL of our pupils including those in Little Learners all the way up to Year 6. This also applies to parents or older siblings who may be collecting or dropping off.

Dates for the Diary

  • Tuesday 13th September - Year 6 (only) swimming begins
  • Monday 19th September - Bank Holiday
  • Tuesday 20th September - Individual photographs (From 8:30am - 9:00am for family photographs in the community building)
  • Tuesday 20th September - KS1 Multi-sports after school club begins.
  • Friday 21st October - End of term

Any additional dates will be shared in the coming weeks.

About us

Choppington Primary is a school at the heart of the community of Choppington, Northumberland. We are a school where every child is encouraged to achieve their very best. This is a happy, vibrant place to learn – we aim to give children the skills for life and a wealth of memorable experiences.