Headteacher Newsletter - Monday 17th January 2022

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

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Good evening Bardwell folk,

Another week has passed and yet we're still grappling with the ongoing government and local authority Covid changes. I must admit, it's becoming a real challenge to continue to navigate what feels like an ever-changing minefield. As of today, the self-isolation guidance has changed again - it's been reduced to 5 days - please see below for further information.

I am glad to say that we're still at Level 1, however, I am ever mindful that things can change rapidly. Therefore, please do bear with us and understand that when something changes, it's important for us to notify you...sometimes with very little notice.

Moving on to reflect upon the past week, it's been wonderful to see our whole-school focus on Reciprocal Reading evolving - the approach of 'Questioning', 'Predicting', 'Clarifying' and 'Summarising' in literacy (and across all subject areas) is really beginning to add a depth and flavour to learning which we've never seen before. Furthermore, engaging with books at every opportunity is also beginning to pay dividends in our quest to develop a Reading for Pleasure (RfP) culture.

Miss. Mansfield, our literacy leader, led staff training across Bardwell and Crawford's - the theme was reciprocal reading with different texts.

Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. Box, and Mrs. Elliott have also been working with our reception and Y1/2 children on their decoding skills in phonics - paired reading is now part of their staple diet!

Daily Read-Aloud Texts (RAT) is another way we're trying to embed a book culture at Bardwell - this simple but pleasurable focus provides children with 10-15 minutes of uninterrupted book reading - children just sit back and listen to the teacher read an engaging book.

We've got lots more planned to continue to build our reading for pleasure culture; a good start is by sharing the Book Trust's '100 Great Book's Guide'. Enjoy and remember to...

“Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore.”

Mr. Francksen

Book Trust - Good Books Guide

Please have a look at this Good Books Guide from the Book Trust. It’s a useful reference for all ages.

Miss Mansfield

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Applications for a school place - deadline

The deadline has now passed to apply for a primary school place for children due to start school in September 2022. All applications should have been submitted online to Suffolk County Council by 15th January.

You'll be able to view the outcome of your application on 19 April 2022, the National Offer Day.You can view your school place offer by logging into the school admissions portal you used to apply. You'll also receive an email with details of your child’s offer of a school place.

Change to lunch for Pupil Census Day - 20th January

We complete a school Census every term for the Department for Education and we get increased funding if all children that are eligible for a Free School Meal take one on the day.

To encourage take-up, the menu is changing on Thursday 20th January from the usual roast dinner to pizza and chips followed by ice cream.

We hope that your child will take the opportunity to have a school meal next Thursday!

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Children's University - Passport to Learning

Pupils in Oak Class (Y5 and Y6) have joined Suffolk Children's University. This is a wonderful, aspirational opportunity for our pupils and we are all very excited about it.

The project is run by Children’s University Trust, a registered charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children.

Bardwell pupils now have their very own Passport to Learning. They use this to record their participation in extra-curricular activities outside of school. They are working towards National Certificates which recognise, reward and celebrate their achievements. Certificates are presented at a Children's University Graduation Ceremony, held at venues around Suffolk.

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Cable Drums - request

Has anyone got some of these that they could donate to the school please? Miss Mansfield is hoping to get hold of some for a reading display.

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ICYMI - the link to ITV News Anglia again

Top marks in Health & Safety audit

We have again received a score of 100% in our annual Health & Safety Audit.
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Changed your mobile over Christmas?

If you have a new mobile number please ensure you have informed the School, you can do this via Arbor or let a member of office staff know.

Please ensure we have contact details for everyone in your family that has parental responsibility for a pupil.

Y6 Voicemail Superstar

Our Y6 voicemail superstar has changed. If you leave a message on the school's number, please listen out for Lucas' greeting.

Thank you Lucas!

Updated isolation advice

Once again the rules around isolation have changed. From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Poor weather letter - reminder

Poor Weather procedure letter.

Please ensure we have an up-to-date mobile number and email address for all parents/carers in your family.

Breakfast and After School Clubs

The Clubs timetable is now online.

After School:

Monday - Multisports with Mr Hurkett

Tuesday - Gymnastics with Mr Hurkett

Wednesday - Tag Rugby with GVTSSP, Stephen

Thursday - Indoor Ball games/racquet sports with GVTSSP, Helena

A reminder that we will not be running an After School Club on Fridays, due to low uptake, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Clubs have all restarted and are bookable on Arbor. Please ensure you pack a healthy snack for your child to have during After School Club and - as ever - let the office staff know if you don't need your place so they can free it up for someone else.

Bardwell Church - what's on this month


  • Sunday 16th, Communion Service, 10am
  • Tuesday 18th, Coffee Morning, 10.30-midday
  • Saturday 29th, Messy Church - Candlemas, 2.30-4.30pm
  • Every Wednesday parents and carers are invited to join us for Collective Worship in the Church at 10am.
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Bardwell Charities

In the recent Bardwell Parish News, you may have seen information about this funding. The charity can provide a limited amount of aid for those in need. If you meet requirements to qualify they may be able to help with living or educational costs, where aid is not already available from a statutory organisation.

To find out more, please visit the website at

Alternatively, contact either of the two Trustees listed below, who will treat all information confidentially:

Dinkie Williamson -

Barry Felton -

The School has also been contacted recently with similar information from Hepworth village charities fund. If you are within the Hepworth parish boundary and would like the school to make a referral on your behalf, please speak to Mrs Allman, in confidence.

Reporting illness - a reminder

As always, please phone the school before 9 am (rather than emailing) if your child is unwell; if you need to leave a message, please give an indication of the nature of the illness, and let us know if there are any Covid symptoms (new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change to a sense of smell or taste). If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, but has no symptoms and is feeling well, the government expects all schools to provide remote learning and we will do this via Google Classroom.

The guidance for families on how to access Google Classroom is here.

Class codes:

Rowan & Silver Birch - gf2lfnn

Hazel Class - kb2hb6s

Oak Class - akeyunl

If you need to borrow a school Chromebook in order to access this learning, please contact the office staff.

If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, or any other illness, there is no expectation that they complete remote learning if they are not well enough.

Free School Meals - could you be eligible?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals throughout primary school. This could save you approximately £437 per year.

To check or apply online, visit:

Check if you're eligible

Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work fewer hours per week

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).

To check if your child is eligible, apply online for an immediate response or call 01473 260989.

We encourage you to apply, because the school receives additional funding (Pupil Premium) for all children on income-related Free School Meals.