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School Governors Vacancies at East Claydon C of E Primary School

East Claydon school is a small Church of England school which attracts pupils from a wide area around The Claydons. We have 4 vacancies for school governors and are seeking people with a desire to contribute to the life of the school. The role of the governors is to support the whole school community, to provide oversight of how the school works and ensure that all the children get the best possible education. We meet 6 times a year and, in addition, are invited into the school to see how the children are taught.

Governors are not expected to have a background in education but to bring their own skills and expertise. The role of a governor is wide-ranging, interesting and fulfilling.

If you would like to become involved or want more information please email the Chair of Governors, Richard Webster, on

Phase 3 of the expansion is now complete

East Claydon C of E School is delighted to announce that over the summer holiday, the school completed the next phase of its planned expansion with the addition of a large classroom for our Year 1 and 2 class. We are thrilled with our new classroom space and it is a fantastic environment for the children to learn and develop in. We have also knocked down a wall in the old part of the school so that we have our own hall where we can eat and meet together as a whole school.

The school would like to thank all those, past and present, who have supported and contributed to the expansion programme – we can be really proud of what we have achieved together.

If you would like a tour of our school please call us to make an appointment 01296 712765.



End of Spring Term – Newsletter

Happy Easter!

We have all made it to the end of what has been a very unusual term and I think we are all ready for a well-earned rest. I must thank you so much for supporting your children to return to school in such a positive way. The staff and I have really enjoyed these past few weeks and seeing the school full of children again has been fantastic. It has been such a positive experience and fills us with hope for the summer term.

It is hard to believe that it is just over a year since the first lockdown and I certainly did not think we would still have restrictions in place now. All the current procedures around Covid-19 in school will continue from the start of next term. Again, I thank you for your co-operation with these protocols.

Today, the children have been able to go on an Easter Egg hunt around school and I would like to thank FOECS for organising this. I am sure the children are very happy that this traditional event has been able to go ahead this year!

Finally, I just wish you a safe and restful Easter break – I look forward to welcoming you all back again on 20th April.

There are a few other items I need to bring to your attention, and these are listed below.

School Uniform

From Tuesday 20th can all children now be back in full school uniform. Please can you name any clothing, as the weather improves children are likely to start leaving jumpers etc around school and, if labelled, they can be returned swiftly to their rightful owner. More information on uniform can be found on our website :

Contact Tracing

Again, Public Health England have asked schools to remain contactable for the first SIX DAYS following school closure at the end of term to assist with contact tracing.  Therefore, we are asking you to continue to notify us of any positive cases with children registered at East Claydon School and Preschool up to and including Wednesday 7th April  Please notify the school via the office email:

School Meals

Just a reminder that if you want to order a hot school dinner for the 1st week of term then these need to be ordered by Wednesday 14th April.

Swimming Lessons for Y3 & Y5

Swimming starts on 21st April and will run until 14th July. All children are expected to wear appropriate swimwear – shorts for boys and a one-piece for girls. All children need a swimming hat and goggles. Please speak to Mrs Prudhomme if you have any further questions.

Remote Learning Feedback

Now that we have all had a chance to reflect on our experiences over the last term, I would really welcome your feedback on the remote learning used during the lockdown. Please email the office with your thoughts about what worked well and what could have been more useful or helpful.

Our Core Value for Next Term is:


We will be looking to this core value to support our learning in school and will be focusing on independence and resilience.

And endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:4

Letter 24th February – Quick Update

Dear parents,

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday we are pleased to be welcoming all pupils back to school from Monday 8th March. The staff and I are working through final preparations and I will be writing to you again in the coming days with further information to support your child/children’s return to school.

We will continue to follow our risk assessment, which will be further reviewed again before the 8th to ensure the latest guidance is included, and maintain the control measures as advised by PHE. These will include:

  • Enhanced hand washing and sanitising
  • Retaining class bubbles
  • Ventilated classrooms and occupied spaces
  • Home test kits available for all school staff

The government is very clear in its expectation that all children are to return on the 8th and that attendance rules return to normal. Pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies e.g illness, medical appointment etc.  Unfortunately, this means that if you are keeping your child off school from the 8th March, we will require a copy of the shielding letter to confirm that the child has been advised not to attend school.

If there are any further issues that mean you are reluctant or anxious about your child/children attending school I ask that you put these concerns in writing to me via so that we can discuss these together.

We are really looking forward to seeing everyone back and I hope the children are excited about returning to school.


Gary Avery


Letter 12th February

Dear parents,

I am hoping that when you are finished for today, you are sat down with your drink of choice in your hand (mine will be a hot cup of tea) and that collectively we can reflect on what has been another challenging term for us all. The restrictions that have been placed on all of us are unprecedented in our lifetimes and 12 months ago we had never heard of, let alone used, Google Meets or Zoom and certainly remote learning had not even crossed our minds. I am very proud of my staff for their hard work and dedication to keep learning going and engaging the children at home as well as those in school.

In these extreme circumstances I must also pass on my appreciation for everything you have done to keep the COVID risk as low as possible and for the support you have given the children. Once again, some of you will have had to become teacher/teaching assistant as well as juggling the demands of your own job. This may not have been easy, but whatever you have been able to do to support your child’s learning at home will have a made a difference – thank you!

The media reports that we will get a ‘roadmap’ from the Prime Minister on 22nd February where it is likely that the plan for schools to return will be laid out – I sincerely hope that the plan does involve a swift return for all pupils as soon as possible. As soon as there is some clear direction, I will be making further plans as guided and will update you as soon as I can.

The school continues to be required, by the DfE, to report any confirmed, or suspected, cases of coronavirus. Please inform us if your children are self-isolating because they have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, have booked a test because they have symptoms or have a positive test result. This does include the half term break,  so that I can make any arrangements to close keyworker bubbles if necessary – please use to keep us updated.

There one very pleasing piece of positive news to report – the planning permission for the additional classroom has now been approved! Nothing will be happening instantly, and we are starting to make plans with the Diocese that will put another key piece of the expansion puzzle into place. I am delighted that when this is completed, and the current restrictions are lifted fully, we will be able to use the hall space in the way that it was intended and bring the whole school community together.

I remind you all that school begins again on the 22nd February for both remote learning and keyworkers in school.

All that remains is for me to personally wish you all a safe and relaxing half term. It is supposed to get warmer from Monday and I hope, with spring around the corner, that it reminds us that brighter days are ahead.

Take care and stay safe.

G Avery

Gary Avery