It's A Wrap!

Headteacher Newsletter - 19th December 2021


WOW, WOW, WOW! They're not my words but please do read the feedback from our most recent nativity by Bardwell Productions!

Mr. Peck (Y5/Y6 music teacher) - Congratulations to the school on a lovely - and pretty sizeable - feature on the ITV Anglia show tonight! The children are remarkably talented especially considering the size of the school. The clips revealed what an excellent team you have producing such excellent performances from these gifted kids.

It's a privilege being involved even modestly at Bardwell.

Happy Christmas and well done!

Mrs. Barber (former teacher) - I thought it was totally brilliant, defo the best school nativity I have ever seen. Such good fun and very funny, I loved the Roman soldiers!!

Happy Xmas everyone

Mrs. Waters (head at Palgrave) - So proud of you all... always in my thoughts.

Mrs. Bartrum (Tilian MAT staff) - They were amazing! The school staff and pupils should be very proud of themselves, it looked very special. I've loved hearing the rehearsals from my window.

From Twitter:

Mr. Flye - Well done all involved! Thanks for everything you do for the kids! Couldn’t ask for them to attend a better school.

Mr. Parker - Merry Christmas to everyone at school. Thank you all for helping Harry settle so well into school life. Definitely (exciting), it'll be good for the region to see what a positive effect you've had on our children.

Mr. Ball - It was brilliant we loved it. Well done to everyone involved. Couldn’t ask for a better school for our boys.

Rev'd Lesley - I was SO impressed by everyone - great, enthusiastic singing, a very funny script, and superbly acted. The punchlines were punched and performed with real style. Fantastic job one and all. What a great Christmas gift.

Mr. Newman - brilliant performance by all the children thoroughly enjoyed it, they all put in a lot of energy & passion, credit to all the children & teachers (especially Mrs Boyd ) well done


Local residents on Facebook:

Heard some of the singing it was so beautiful. Well done to all those that took part and to the teachers that made it happen.

I've loved hearing it from my house! Really cheered me up.

And thank you for this piece of feedback from one of our families:

"Thank you everyone at Bardwell for the super loving and attentive teaching you do with our kids and the passion that you all have for their learning and fun does not go unnoticed, now have a beautiful Christmas and put your feet up too!"

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Bury Free Press and ITV News Anglia

We should be in the print copy of the Bury Free Press (possibly online in Suffolk News) published on Friday 17th December. If you have a copy of the paper, please bring it into school in January.

The ITV News Anglia reporter, Tanya, will send us a digital copy of the feature which we will share with you when we can. In the meantime, you can watch some filmed-from-TV excerpts on the school's Twitter account.

Christmas Jumpers

We all looked very festive at our Christmas lunch and the table-by-table rendition of 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas' was impeccable!
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Our naughty elf gets his come-uppance!

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Every morning this month, our elfin friend has been found making mischief using myriad methods. This week he got caught out when he tried to sneakily swipe some Christmas ice cream from the freezer.

Fear not! He thawed out completely and was soon back to his old ways.

A big thank you to the PTA

We'd like to thank the PTA for their tremendous contribution to the Nativities, it was such a pleasure having hot drinks and snacks available and so much effort and thought had gone into it.

The three lucky raffle winners were our very own Tracey and Laura, and Dave (a fabulously supportive local resident, who loaned us the gazebo that became our stable).

The PTA raised a rather impressive £241 so thank you all for your generosity.

Breakfast and After School Clubs from January

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 will restart in the week of 10th January and are bookable on Arbor from Saturday morning. 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.

Father Christmas at the Dun Cow, Bardwell

Father Christmas will be making a visit to the Dun Cow pub on 23/12/2021 from 4pm. Bookings to be made by calling the pub on 01359 250806, £3 per child.
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Updated Suffolk County Council information

Update to national guidance on testing

For information | All schools

Following the changes announced by the government relating to daily testing for all contacts and effective from today, please see a message below from local public health colleagues. This update has been included in the Public Health Schools Plan framework.

We are writing to highlight to you the change in national guidance that was published on 30 November requiring all contacts of suspected or confirmed Omicron cases to self-isolate.
Effective from 14 December, the government has now launched daily LFD testing for contacts of any COVID case and only unvaccinated adult contacts will be asked to self-isolate:
  • All symptomatic individuals – isolate and take PCR as soon as possible. Full guidance on NHS.UK
  • Fully vaccinated adult contacts (aged over 18 years and 6 months) and children aged 5-18 years and 6 months who are contacts of any COVID case – take daily LFD for 7 days, no need to isolate if tests negative, no need for PCR. Testing of children remains at parental discretion.
  • Unvaccinated adult contacts (aged over 18.5) of any COVID case – not eligible for this daily testing, need to isolate for 10 days and get a PCR test as soon as possible. It’s a legal requirement to self-isolate if you’re told to by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not do this.
  • Under 5s are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily rapid lateral flow testing.
  • Childcare and education settings are not expected to identify close contacts – national NHS T&T will inform close contacts.
  • Full guidance for close contacts is available on NHS.UK
Please refer to the DfE updated guidance.

The rest of our framework (e.g., thresholds, face coverings, essential visiting etc.) remain largely unchanged.

Bardwell Church Services over Christmas and New Year

  • Sunday 19th, Carols by Candlelight - for all the family! 4pm (Collection to support the work of Crisis)
  • Friday 24th, Crib Service, 4pm. Come dressed as angels, shepherds, kings, Mary or Joseph
  • Friday 24th, 'Midnight' Eucharist, 10-11pm
  • 25th, Family Christmas Worship, 10-10.30am


  • Sunday 2nd, Epiphany - The Arrival of the Kings, 10am at Ixworth Thorpe Church
  • Sunday 16th, Communion Service, 10am
  • Tuesday 18th, Coffee Morning, 10.30-midday
  • Saturday 29th, Messy Church - Candlemas, 2.30-4.30pm
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Cross Country superstars

We told you a few weeks ago about our successes at the Suffolk Schools Cross County competition - here are medal winners Amelia, Cooper, Betsy and Oliver. Well done to all of our athletes that took part helping the school to Silver place in Y3/Y4 and to Bronze in Y5/Y6.
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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.

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.

Suffolk County Council - discretionary Household Support Fund

Parents and carers of pupils on income-related Free School Meals (FSM) should by now have received an email for the SCC voucher scheme for the Christmas period. This will distribute a voucher to the value of £15 per eligible pupil per week, which can be used in all major supermarkets.

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.