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November 2016

Sproatley Endowed C.E (V.C.) Primary has had a lovely start to the Autumn Term.

Our Year 5 and 6 pupils recently returned from their Residential visit to Robin Wood Activity Centre at Dobroyd Castle in Todmorden, Lancashire. The staff that went away with these children, came back full of praise for our pupils; who behaved impeccably throughout the three day visit. The children were full of smiles on their return and tales of overcoming fears, facing challenges, encouraging others and even making their own beds!

It was great to be able to pass on this good news to parents and also to hear from parents how well our children had supported one another and shown our school Christian values of Friendship, Compassion and Trust. Our Sproatley children are fantastic and a big thank you to them for representing our school so well!

Forthcoming events – Please join us

Sproatley Choir singing at Burton Constable Holiday Park Xmas Lights Switch on – Lakeside Bar- Thursday 1st December.

Sproatley School Christingle Service at St Swithin’s Church – Monday 5th December at 5.30pm.

Sproatley School Community Christmas Play Performances – Tuesday 6th December at 9.30am.

Sproatley School Carol Service at St Swithin’s Church followed by Coffee and Mince Pies back at School. – Friday 16th December at 1.30pm.


Mrs Gillian Pepper

September 2016

At the start of this school year I reflect on what was a fantastic year for Sproatley School. We achieved a glowing OFSTED report and Church Inspection report; we held our first Performance evening and we saw some wonderful achievements from our children across the school.

This holiday has seen some activity at school, with new fencing being installed front of school and also throughout our Woodland Walk area and the school pond has been rejuvenated ready for this Autumn term. We have our Friends of Sproatley School Association and our Trustees to thank for this work; their support is invaluable to our school.

And so!!! We are into our first week of our new academic year. What will this year bring? Apart from a really busy term, we are planning a range of exciting and new activities to enrich the curriculum and the opportunities the children have on offer. This is my 6th academic year in post. I feel very much at home and still have huge excitement about what lies ahead; hopefully plenty of new challenges whilst forever moving forward. We have already achieved so much and I am continually grateful for all the support the staff, parents, governors and community have shown.

Through ‘Friendship, Compassion and Trust, we encourage, build and hope together, no-one left behind’ …this is at the heart of all that we are and all that we do as a school. Sproatley has a devoted team of staff and governors and offers a curriculum which motivates and inspires our children to become successful life-long learners. We want our children to persevere with problems, find their strengths and tackle their weaknesses. We have amazing children at Sproatley and we are very proud of them.

We offer the opportunity for members of our community to meet our super children every Autumn term when we hold our Community tea party, the date for this is below and we do hope that we get to meet some new faces this year, it would be wonderful to see you there. I hope this will be another amazing year for Sproatley; let’s enjoy it together.

Forthcoming events – Please join us

Sproatley School Harvest Service at St Swithin’s Church – Friday 28th September at 2pm.

Sproatley School Community Tea Party – Wednesday 12th October at 1.30pm.


Mrs Gillian Pepper

May 2016

The Summer term has begun with a flurry of activity for us at Sproatley Endowed Church of England (V.C.) Primary School.

We were back for just a week and two days when we got the OFSTED phone call. The notification call came just before lunchtime on Wednesday 20th April and the inspector was then in school on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd April. As I write this, we are only days on since the inspection and we have not yet even had the draft report. Therefore, I am unable to discuss the findings at this present time. The report should be written and published within 19 working days of the inspection and we shall distribute copies to our families and we shall put this report up onto our website: www.sproatleycevcprimary.co.uk

We are very lucky as we have gorgeous grounds at Sproatley School with a woodland walk, gardening area, under-cover outdoor learning spaces and even a pond area. We are currently further developing our use of these grounds with our children. Our Forest Schools work is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. It is an inspirational process, which offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. All of our children are accessing this outdoor learning this Summer and we hope to further build on this exciting work in the coming years.

Mrs Gillian Pepper




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