Happy Holidays

The academic year has finished; children and staff have worked extremely hard and all deserve a relaxing summer break. We have had another busy and very successful year; we were delighted with our end of year Key Stage 2 results and our school Tennis Team reached the Oxfordshire County Tennis Finals!

  • We have hosted a large number of successful events throughout the year including Harvest, Christmas, Maundy and Pentecost Services, Fireworks Night, Bluebell Walk, Maypole Dancing, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Happiness Day and Oxford Travelling Book Fair. We were treated to excellent performances of The Legend of the Golden Dragon, Nativity Play, Class Choirs, scenes from Matilda, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Out of this World at school and Festival of Voices at Dorchester Abbey.
  • Children have participated in a wide range of themed days and weeks including Ancient Greece Day, Ancient Egypt Day, Writing Week, Safer Internet Day, NSPCC Speak out. Stay safe, Junior Citizen Programme, French Themed Day and Amaze project.
  • During the course of the year, pupils have taken part in a wide range of inter-school sports competitions including cross country, swimming, athletics, Sportshall athletics, Quadkids athletics, football, Kwik cricket, netball, tag rugby, tennis and multi-skills.
  • There have been many visits to support and inspire learning, including to Kilvrough Manor, Path Hill Outdoors, The Story Museum in Oxford, Adventure Dolphin in Pangbourne, Windsor Castle, Whitchurch School, Ufton Court, Reading Gurdwara, Winchester Science Museum, Oxfordshire Bus Museum, Reading Museum Victorian Schoolroom, The Oratory School, Hill End, Oxford Natural History Museum, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Reading town centre, Stoke Row School and Langtree School.
  • Staff have been learning too; during the year developing their skills in food safety and hygiene, safeguarding, manual handling, mentoring, asthma treatment, health and safety, and fire safety. Teachers have improved their knowledge and understanding of effective strategies for teaching writing, mathematics, geography, science and R.E. Alison Martin and Bill Boyer have taken part in a Primary Aspiring Leadership course, and some teachers have benefitted from coaching sessions with educational coach, Tim Suiter. Gillian Seymour was awarded the National Professional Qualification in Headship.
  • We have had lots of interesting visitors in our school this year. These have included speakers from different faith backgrounds, Relax Kids, Zoolab, Wild Science, family pets, Choco the dog and local author Sue Palmer.  Parents, grandparents and governors have visited the school regularly to help out in all sorts of ways. Lots of parents were involved in our very successful Writing Week and pupils have benefitted from regular reading sessions with our highly skilled parent volunteers.
  • Events for parents have included parents’ evenings to discuss pupil progress, termly Parents’ Forums, community worship and the parent workshop ‘21st century children – new ideas for new challenges’. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the School Association and the support of parents, we are delighted to have been able to provide Year 6 pupils with leavers’ hoodies and bibles as well as fantastic fund raising for Phase 2 of the play tower.
  • Many thanks to all parents and governors who have volunteered their time to help us this year. We are very grateful to all those who give up their time to support staff and children at the school.

It is time to say good bye to Joseph, Rhian, Kori, Phoebe, Olivia, Henry, Ivy, Audrey, Charlotte, Monty and Max; and to staff member Olivia Richardson. We thank them for all they have contributed to the life of the school and wish them happiness and success in the future. 

Happy holidays!!

  • Checkendon Church of England (A) Primary School
  • Checkendon
  • Reading
  • Berkshire
  • RG8 0SR
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01491 680693
Governor Log In Admin Log In