his-master-voiceHeadmaster’s Voice

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter.  It’s been particularly lovely to welcome the pupils back with the school looking so smart; several classrooms have been painted, as have the stables…. and the sun finally came out.


Mrs Ashwin and Reception pupils enjoying Music outside in the stables block…

Hope is crucial in families, in our schools and in our society.  This Easter the world remembered the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King.  He declared, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”.  Like many people over the break, I joined the National Civil Rights Museum, in ‘committing to a year of peace and action’- over the course of 50 weeks the Museum will send 50 achievable actions that ‘realise Dr King’s legacy of peace’.

I hope (nay insist) that ‘teaching and learning’ continues to improve.  As staff we continuously review our work with both the pupils and our surroundings- we must always seek to improve our curricula and the fabric and infrastructure of our buildings. Key areas in numeracy and literacy are being addressed; some structures are being demolished, others are being re-furbished.

Going, going, gone.

The old mobile classrooms were demolished this Easter.

We all want (and hope) our children will be safe, happy and learning.  It was interesting to note how our Year 6 pupils fared in a county Internet survey recently.  Here are some of the findings… I was delighted to see our pupils do not spend more than 4 hours a day on the internet.  I hope this will continue.


The Y column in the following grids represent % of pupils in Y6.  The blue represents Stoneygate, the red represents the average in the county.


Again, I was pleased to note no-one uses phone cameras/webcams to chat with ‘new people’.

As a community, we do need to stay vigilant.  A worrying stat was the fact that 25% of our 11 year olds do not know about privacy settings and 18% had ‘online friends they’d never met’.  School will address both matters, but they also need to be monitored and addressed at home.



For many young children with serious illness, hope is a necessity.  I was delighted to hear about Ellie’s (Y1) actions over the Easter break. Ellie decided to donate her hair to ‘The Little Princess Trust’.  This organisation make wigs for children with serious illnesses.  Ellie also made nearly £500 in donations.  Well done Ellie…we are all very proud of you.

Ellie..before and after…

On Tuesday, ‘Mother Liz’ (Trust chaplain) spoke to all the pupils about Easter and the message of hope.  Jesus’ life did not end with his crucifixion, through his resurrection, she explained, he brought hope to the world.

Finally, good luck to Miss Harris running in the London Marathon this weekend.  We hope it’s not too hot and we hope you finish!

Enjoy the sunshine and blue skies


Mr Dobson