School Newsletter : 12 January 2024

| Issue 15 | Spring 1 | Week 1 |

Welcome Back & Happy New Year!

We would like to wish all our families a Happy New Year. We hope you had a lovely festive break and a great start to 2024.

It’s been lovely seeing the children back this week and welcoming many new families to Burdett-Coutts. As always, we have a busy term ahead of us and look forward to seeing you at the many activities, trips, visits, parents’ evenings, open afternoons, assemblies and events that will be taking place across the term.

Please read our weekly newsletter to keep up to date with all these upcoming events and more. You can also click on the image below for a copy of the Welcome Back letter sent home this week.

Wrap Around Provison

Our Spring term wrap-around provision commenced this week with both Breakfast and After School Clubs starting. Thank you also to the parents and pupils who have signed up for the Extended School Day Clubs this term; these will start next week along with Booster Groups.

Breakfast Club: 07:45 – 08:45
Pupils can attend for either 3 or 5 days per week @ £2 per session (eg: 3 days @ £6 or 5 days @ £10). Kindly note that all attendees must first be registered with the school office. We ask that your child arrives no later than 08:15 to ensure that they have time to eat their breakfast before going up to class at 08:45.

After School Club: 15:30 – 18:00
Pupils can enrol in the After School Club for either 3 or 5 days per week @£15 per session (eg: 3 days @ £45 or 5 days @ £75). Kindly note that all attendees must first be registered with the school office.

Extended School Day & Booster Groups: 15:30 – 16:30
These will resume from Monday 15th January 2024 and will finish on Wednesday 20th March 2024.

Scholastic Book Fair

Once again, we’re delighted to host the Scholastic Book Fair at our school. This is a great opportunity to find some new books for your bookshelf, while at the same time helping us to earn free books for our school’s library. For every book you buy, we’ll be able to earn free books for our school!

The book fair will take place in the Ground Floor Hall on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February; from 9.00 – 9.30 and 3.30 – 4.00 each day.

We’re also holding a speech writing competition before our book fair and the winners of this competition will win a £5 book token to spend at our school book fair. If your child would like to take part, they need to write & submit a speech by Wednesday 31st January, to deliver it at our school assembly on Thursday 1st February.

The winners will be given a £5 book voucher to spend at the book fair the week after.

Numeracy Program @ St Stephen’s

In conjunction with Capital City College and supported by the Mayor of London, there will be a free numeracy programme held at St. Stephen’s Church. Open to any adults over 19 years old, the program will run every Monday morning @ 11.30am, for six weeks beginning on Monday 19th February 2024.

Please see the information leaflet and the enrolment letter below for more information. If you require paper copies of these documents, please ask at the school office.

Friends of Burdett-Coutts

Our next event is the Easter Fair on 15th March. Please come to our meetings if you can, it’d be lovely to meet new parents and it’d be great to have you onboard. Our meetings will be on Thursdays in the Ground Floor Hall from 9 – 10am on the following dates:

  • 25th Jan
  • 8th Feb
  • 22nd Feb
  • 7th March
  • 14th March

PE Lessons

Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct PE kit to school each week.

Pupils who are not wearing their full PE kit will not be able to participate in lessons, and a note will be sent home indicating why they were not able to participate.

The full PE kit for the Autumn/Winter term is as follows:

  • Plain navy blue leggings or tracksuit bottoms
  • School navy blue PE t-shirt
  • School navy blue sweatshirt (all year groups).
  • Pupils in KS2 (Years 3 – 6) must wear a school navy sweatshirt for PE and NOT their school jumper.
  • Plain black trainers (velcro if your child struggles with shoe laces)
  • Please ensure all items of uniform are clearly labelled (with a permanent pen or label)

PE lessons are on:

  • Monday: Year 1, Year 4 (session 1)
  • Tuesday: Year 5
  • Wednesday: Early Years & Year 4 (session 2) & Year 6
  • Thursday: Year 3
  • Friday:  Year 2

Cashless Payments: Parent Portal on Arbor

On Monday 8th January, parents were sent a welcome email from Arbor via the school office email account. Please read this carefully, as it contains vital information of the steps required to download the Arbor app, which is now live and ready to use for our school.

Once you have downloaded the app and followed the setup steps, you will be able to pay online for the following:

  • Breakfast Club
  • After School Club (6 o’clock club)
  • School Trips and Visits
  • Nursery Extended Day Fees
  • Preschool Fees

You will also be able to view your child’s details held by the school, such as their attendance record  and the named adults allowed to collect them from school.  After the Easter Break, you will also be able to sign up and pay for Extended School Day (Enrichment) Clubs.

We understand that while paying online is the preferred option for many of our families, those wishing to continue paying by cash will still be able to do via the school office.

  • If you’re unable to download or log into the Arbor App, please contact the school office.
  • We hope that this will be a smooth transition, but as is often the case with new technology, there may be some disruptions so please bear with us during this process.

School Meals

If you would like your child to move from bringing a packed lunch to having a school meal, you must inform the office at least a week in advance of this change being made. Kindly note pupils are not allowed to alternate between having packed lunches and/or school meals on a daily or weekly basis. If you have any questions, please see a member of the school admin staff at the school office.

You can find the current school lunch menu here >

If you require a printed copy, please ask at the school office. Should you have any questions about the menu, kindly make an appointment to speak with Miss Barnett.

Are you getting to school on time?

Why good school attendance matters: Missing a few days of school here and there may not seem a big deal, but research shows that it can have a significant impact on children’s learning.

Children who miss a substantial amount of school fall behind their peers, and struggle to catch up. Most of the work they miss is never made up, which can lead to big gaps in their learning.

  • Poor attendance often starts at primary school and children who fall into this pattern are likely to under-achieve at secondary school.
  • Pupils who miss between 10 and 20% of school (that’s 19 – 38 days per year) stand only a 35% chance of achieving five or more good GCSEs, compared to 73% of those who miss fewer than 5% of school days.
  • An attendance rate of 95% is generally considered good; this allows for children to miss 9.5 days across the school year.
  • Persistent absence (PA) is defined as an attendance rate of 90% or below.
  • All pupils are expected to have an attendance rate of 95% or higher.

Attendance class of the week: Each week we will be celebrating the class with the highest attendance levels.

Did you know?!

  • 10 minutes late every day = 33 hours lost learning each year!
  • Lateness and absence has a significant impact not only on your child’s learning, but also others, as teachers may have to re-teach late arrivals to ensure they can participate in the lesson.
  • Remember pupils need to be in school by 08:55.
  • The pupil entrance gates open at 08:40.

Upcoming Events


  • Monday 5th – 8th: Scholastic Book Fair in the Ground Floor Hall @ 15:00 – 15:30
  • Monday 12th – Friday 16th: February Half Term Break
  • Thursday 22nd: Year 1 Trip to Hyde Park Lookout Centre
  • Thursday 29th: Y6 Thames Explorer Trip

Term Dates 2023-2024

Please find here the agreed term dates set by our school’s Governing Body for the upcoming academic year, starting September 2023.

Please remember that holidays will not be authorised during the school term, and that all children should be in school (on time) every day.

Please refer to the table below for the term dates, including INSET days and Bank Holidays when the school will be closed to pupils.

Alternatively, you can click on the image thumbnail on the right to view the PDF (please note this will open in a new window) or you can click on the link below:



Start of Term (for Years 1-6)


05 September 2023



20 October 2023

Half Term


23 October 2023



27 October 2023

Return on


30 October 2023

End of Term


22 December 2023



Start of Term


09 January 2024



09 February 2024

Half Term


12 February 2024



16 February 2024

Return on


19 February 2024

End of Term


28 March 2024



Start of Term


15 April 2024



24 May 2024

Half Term


27 May 2024



31 May 2024

Return on


03 June 2024

End of Term


24 July 2024


Teaching & Learning: Curriculum & Safeguarding


04 September 2023

Assessment & Pupil Progress


01 December 2023

Teaching & Learning TBC


08 January 2024

Teaching & Learning: Curriculum Map Autumn/Spring


22 March 2024

Teaching & Learning: Curriculum, Assessment & Pupil Progress


28 June 2024

BANK HOLIDAYS (school closed)
May Bank Holiday


06 May 2024

Community Corner

On Wednesday we celebrated Epiphany in the traditional Burdett-Coutts way. We started our church service in St Stephens, with Graham talking about the Christmas Tree, which will stay in place until 2nd February (Candlemas).

Year 6 readers expertly read from Matthew 2:1-12, after which the whole school processed out to the playground singing “We Three Kings“.

We congregated around the doorway into school from the playground and Graham climbed up the stepladder to chalk the lintel with the date, the crosses and the initials of the Three Kings, Kaspar, Balthazar and Melchior.

This is such a special way to start the year and we will enjoy looking up at this blessed lintel every time we pass through the door throughout 2024.

Spring Term Class Assembly Dates:

  • 2nd February  – Year 6
  • 9th February  – Year 2
  • 1st March – Year 1
  • 15th March – Year 3

Community Questions:

  • At the start of 2024, is there an area of your life you would like to see changed?
  • Who or what empowers you?
  • Do you need to forgive someone or ask for forgiveness for anything?


Make a positive change this week.


Father God, I am sorry for the things that I have done or said that have hurt other people. Help me to put things right.

Thank you that you are a good God who forgives everyone who is truly sorry and gives us a fresh start.


Online Safety

Did you know that not all apps are safe for children, with many popular ones having certain age restrictions. For example, WhatsApp, Tik Tok, Instagram and Facebook operate a minimum age of 13+ years, and therefore primary school children should not have their own, nor access to, such apps or accounts.

As parents, you can help safeguard your children online by researching these apps and their purposes, as well as their age restrictions, BEFORE agreeing to download them. If you do choose to download them, remember that parental controls such as password protection, can be set up so that in-app downloads or purchases, cannot be completed by the children themselves.

For example, to prevent iTunes, Apple App Store purchases or downloads, all you need to do is:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & App Privacy Restrictions. If asked, enter your passcode.
  3. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
  4. Select a setting and set to Don’t Allow.

Tips on how to install parental controls on other apps and devices (Android or Apple) can easily be found online, or even from the app developers themselves.

Last few places for Preschool, Nursery & Reception

We only have a few places remaining in our early years provision for this academic year. Currently we have:

  • 2 full-time Preschool (2-year olds) places
  • 3 full-time Nursery (3-year olds) place available, and 1 part-time place (afternoon)
  • 4 Reception class places

If you are looking for a Preschool, Nursery or Reception place for your child from January 2024 or September 2024, we’d love to have you join us for a 30-minute bespoke EYFS tour.

Here, you’ll have the chance explore our Early Years setting, speak to key staff and ask any questions regarding admissions and your child starting with us at Burdett-Coutts.

Contact us to register for our tours which take place every Thursday, with times available from 09:30 – 14:30 during term time.

Funding eligibility letter for Pupil Premium, Early Years Funding & Free School Meals

Due to changes in the eligibility criteria for Pupil Premium, Free School Meals and qualifying for 30 hours of funding for Nursery provision, many pupils currently enrolled at our school may now be entitled to one of these funding allocations.

We will be issuing letters to families who are currently not in receipt of the above, asking you to complete the registration for the identified funding option your child/ren maybe eligible for. Thank you so much in advance for your help in completing this.

This funding allows us to increase additional staffing hours to run booster groups, and an exciting range of extended day activities, that benefit our school and your child, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this difficult time for school budgets.

  • If you should have any queries with regards to the letter sent to you, please contact Mrs Deary or the school office.


What a lovely first week back at Preschool. We are so excited to welcome new friends to our class and show them all the fun things we do. We have dived right back into busy days, painting and decorating our own snow globes and exploring with different colours on the chalk board in the art area.


Post-holiday cheer echoed through Nursery as the children dove into playtime, rekindling friendships and sparking creativity. The magnetic tiles became the architects’ playground, with small groups collaborating to engineer imaginative structures. Amid the laughter and shared ideas, this play held a trove of educational treasures. Through hands-on construction, fine motor skills were finely tuned, ensuring those magnetic tiles found their perfect places. As they discussed and negotiated design choices, communication and social skills flourished, creating a harmonious buzz of collaboration. Little did they know, amidst the magnetic masterpiece-making, they were laying the groundwork for problem-solving and spatial awareness – skills that extend far beyond the magnetic wonders of the moment. Welcome back, little architects, to a world where play and learning intertwine.


Reception have dived into the new term with enthusiasm by crafting vibrant friendship bracelets. Beyond the joy of creative expression, this activity hones fine motor skills crucial for writing and other tasks. Stringing beads onto pipe cleaners fosters both concentration and teamwork, enhancing bonding among our students. Here’s to a term filled with growth, creativity and friendship!

Year 1:

Happy New Year and welcome to back to the Spring Term. We’ve had a very busy start to the term already, and are happy to be back in school, catching up with our friends and sharing stories about our holidays. We have an exciting term of learning ahead of us which you can read more about in our class newsletter sent home on Friday. I hope that pupils are able to work on the home learning project task included in the newsletter, and look forward to seeing the different projects to be submitted before the February half term.

Year 2:

This week Year 2 reflected about the meaning of Epiphany (Twelfth Night). They discussed the Christmas story and the important guests who went to Bethlehem to visit baby Jesus. They learnt that Epiphany is when the Three Wise Men arrived at the stable with their gifts, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. They also learnt that in many countries, Epiphany is known as ‘Three Kings Day‘ and it is celebrated with a variety of customs around the world. They then wrote and drew and wrote the gift they would like to have given to baby Jesus on that special night.

Year 3:

Wow, what a busy start to the year already – 2024 has begun well for Year 3! We have been very busy catching up with each after the holidays and setting up our new classroom routines. Our book this half term is ‘There’s a Pebble in my Pocket‘ by Meredith Hooper. It explains how pebbles are formed over millions of years and the journey they take along the way. This also links to our Geography Unit on Volcanoes and Earthquakes. As we’re going to be writing our own descriptive story about a pebble, we went to the garden to find our own pebbles. We couldn’t believe that all the pebbles in the garden were so different. Happy New Year everyone!

Year 4:

Year 4 have had a fantastic start to the Spring Term, and Mrs Lee and Mrs Camplin have been very impressed by how well pupils have adapted to their new teaching, timetables and topics. As well as studying the humorous poetry of Rachel Rooney, they have immersed themselves in their new Geography learning about The Amazon (river and rainforest). They launched this unit by creating mini rainforests in boxes, including some of the resident animals and the different layers of rainforest vegetation: forest floor, understory, canopy and emergent layer at the top. They have also started creating amazing art using pictures of colourful animals and incredible plants to copy and collage. Well done Year 4 for a brilliant start to 2024!

Year 5:

Happy New Year! It was great to see everyone back this week; this term we’ve not wasted any time diving into our new units of learning. You can find more information about our learning in our class newsletter sent home on Friday. We have started reading ‘A Boy and a Bear in a Boat‘ by Dave Shelton. We have been using the clues within the text to understand the characters thoughts and feelings. We will be using this text as the basis for our writing tasks over the coming weeks.

Year 6:

Happy New Year and welcome back to 2024. We have started the new term with a busy week. We are reading ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class‘, which tells the heartwarming story of the plight of Ahmet, a refugee boy. Told from his perspective, the text has highlighted the importance of friendship and kindness. We’ve also been learning about author Onaji Q. Rauf’s inspiration for the story. He’s also the founder of O’s Refugee Aid Team, an organisation that provides much needed support for refugee families surviving in Calais and Dunkirk.