School Newsletter : 24 May 2024

| Issue 30 | Summer 1 | Week 6 |

Happy Half Term!

It’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of the first half of the summer term. Hasn’t it has whizzed by?

What a busy half term we’ve had, with trips and visits, KS1 and KS2 SAT’s exams, an Ofsted inspection and lots of amazing fundraising activities, including Run Kids Run, Bake Sales and the International Evening last week.

We wish all our Burdett-Coutts families a wonderful half term break, with plenty of relaxation time, fun with friends and family and hopefully all with some lovely warm summer sunshine! Please keep safe and enjoy your holidays.

Ofsted Report

We are delighted to share the official report from our recent Ofsted inspection. We are extremely proud with the outcome that we continue to be deemed a good school under Ofsted’s framework.

Overall, the inspectors were very impressed with pupils’ attitudes to learning and their behaviour and personal development. They commented positively on the many discussions that they had with pupils, and how they (the pupils) were able to clearly articulate and share their many experiences in and out (trips and visits) of school.

It was wonderful to receive acknowledgement of the many successes of the areas of development we have been working on as a school over the last three years.

  • The breadth and depth of all curriculum areas designed and embedded since 2021 were commended, with many examples of evidence seen through pupil voice, work in books, parent feedback and statutory outcomes (including KS1 & KS2 SATS, Year 1 Phonics and Early Years Outcomes).
  • The extended school day offer and range of educational trips were highlighted as providing a wealth of learning opportunities for all pupils.

There was only one area of improvement identified from the visit, which mirrored that already in our current school development plan.

  • This is to embed the ‘few subjects’ (History & Geography) where the curriculum is at an earlier stage of implementation. Because of this, the impact on gaps in pupils’ knowledge is yet to be realised.
  • The two Foundation Subjects were only introduced in their final format at the beginning of this academic year. However, as acknowledged in the report where subjects have been in place for a while, the impact on pupils’ learning is impressive. This is something we know will be the same for these two final curriculum areas once they are fully embedded.

We are very excited about the next leg of our journey and would like to take this opportunity to offer thanks to:

  • All Burdett-Coutts staff for their incredible work, dedication and commitment to the learning journeys of the pupils and families we serve, and for the support they give to each other.
  • The Governors and Trustees of the school, for their continued support and guidance.
  • Our Burdett-Coutts families for their support, including sharing feedback in person or via email, highlighting your experiences with the school.
  • Our wonderful pupils, for sharing their views, opinions and experiences with the inspectors about their individual learning journeys.

Burdett-Coutts International Evening

What a fantastic evening of fabulous food, fun and cultural dress we had on Friday 17th May, at our International Evening!

A HUGE thank you to all Burdett-Coutts families and friends who came along to support this lovely event. A special thank you to all those brought along such wonderful plates of food to share in this celebration of the many cultures at our school.

We raised an amazing £605.00 which will be added to our School Council Fundraising initiatives for the playgrounds.

Thank you once again for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the Summer Fair on Saturday 6th July.

Extended School Day Clubs: Updates

This week in Art Club, the children delved into the enchanting world of Anna Süßbauer, a talented illustrator from Cologne. Her work includes illustrations for picture books, board books and editorial illustrations and is inspired by a whimsical sense of humour as well as her love for all kinds of animals. Drawing inspiration from one of her beautiful creations, the children crafted their own masterpieces featuring a lion. They applied colour theory and experimented with various artistic mediums. The result was a series of vibrant and joyful Rainbow Lions that brought smiles to all our faces!

Swimming Lessons for Years 3 – 6

We are delighted to announce that swimming lessons will begin again this term, for pupils in Years 3 to 6.

These lessons are an important (and statutory) part of the national curriculum and provide an opportunity for pupils to develop key skills and knowledge about water safety and learning basic swimming skills and strokes.

Pupils are issued with certificates at the end of each unit of swimming, which acknowledge the skill level that they have met.

All swimming lessons will take part at the Queen Mothers Sports Centre. Classes will complete their lessons in blocks (6 consecutive lessons over two weeks), instead of one lesson per week (over 6 weeks).

This arrangement ensures pupils have the best chance to consolidate and make the most of their lessons, with the opportunity to build on learning over sequential days, as opposed to having a week between each lesson.

On the weeks that your child’s class is swimming, they will need to wear their bathing costume to school with their PE kit over the top. They also need to bring in a bag; a towel, underwear and goggles, plus a cap (if they choose to use one).

Children will change into their PE kit after each lesson and put their towel and bathing suit in their bag to return to school.

Pupils will swim on Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays of each week. They will walk to and from the pools with their class teacher and a teaching assistant.

If you have any questions or queries about your child’s swimming lesson, please contact the office to arrange a time to meet with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Class Swimming Dates

  • Year 5: Weeks beginning 20th May and 3rd June 
  • Year 4: Weeks beginning 10th and 17th June  
  • Year 3: Weeks beginning 24th and 1st July (no swimming on Friday 28th June as it is an INSET day)
  • Year 6: Weeks beginning 8th and 15th July  (no swimming on Friday 19th becuase of a school trip)

Accelerated Reader Program

We are very excited to announce that we are now part of the Accelerated Reader program, for children in Years 1 to 6.

Accelerated Reader encourages children to read regularly, while ensuring that they bring home a book appropriate to their reading level. There are three steps to the program:

1. Pupils complete a star assessment which informs us of their reading level
2. They choose a reading book from the library, appropriate to their reading level
3. After they’ve read the book, they complete an online quiz about the it. The children earn points for the quizzes that they complete.

Pupils can log into the Accelerated Reader portal @

They can also log in by clicking on the Accelerated Reader link found at the top right hand corner of our website (in between Staff Login and Sooper Books).

Please click the image below for information about Accelerated Reader, or click here for a PDF >

Thank you to those parents who came along to the information morning held on Wednesday 22nd May, to learn more about this reading program.  Further events will be held at the end of the term and at the beginning of the summer term.  Keep an eye out in the newsletter for these dates.

Community Corner

Class Assemblies:

Fridays @ 9am. Please be seated in the First Floor Hall by 9am:

  • 14th June: Year 6
  • 21st June: Year 3
  • 5th July: Year 5
  • 19th July: Nursery & Reception

Friends of Burdett-Coutts

Our next big event is the schools Summer Fair on Saturday 6th July.

If you are a parent, carer or a guardian of a child that attends our school, then you are automatically a member of our Parent Staff Association, Friends of Burdett-Coutts.

Being part of our PSA offers an exciting opportunity for you to meet other parents, whilst supporting our school, through organising fundraising events, volunteering and much more.

Even if you can only give a small amount of time, you will be making a difference to the school experience for your child and other pupils in our school.

All meetings are held in the Ground Floor Hall from 09:00 – 10:00, with refreshments.

All are welcome – please come along and join us, your energy & support is very much needed!

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 12th June
  • Wednesday 26th June
  • Wednesday 3rd July

Upcoming events:

  • Saturday 6th July: Summer Fair

Upcoming Events


  • Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May: May Half Term Holiday (School Closed)


  • Monday 3rd June – Friday 14th June: Year 4 Multiplication Test Check Window Good luck to all pupils completing this test 🙂
  • Monday 10th – Friday 14th June: Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Week. Wishing Year 1 lots of luck with this assessment 🙂
  • Thursday 20th June @ 14:00 – 15:00: Reception Open Afternoon for September 2024 Reception Starters
  • Thursday 27th June @ 09:00 – 10:00: EYFS Stay and Play Morning
  • Thursday 27th June @ 15:00 – 18:00: Year 5 at Young City Makers Project at City Hall
  • Friday 28th June: Staff INSET Day School Closed for pupils. 


  • Saturday 6th July:  PTA Summer Fair.
  • Friday 12th July @ 14:30 – 15:15: Years 6 Leavers Service in St. Stephens Church
  • Tuesday 16th July: Alms House Founders Day Service at St. Stephens Church.
  • Friday 19th July: Year 6 Trip to Rochester Cathedral
  • Wednesday 24th July @ 13:30: School ends for the Summer Holidays

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 Days:

  • Monday: Year 4
  • Tuesday: Year 2
  • Wednesday: Reception & Year 5
  • Thursday: Year 3
  • Friday: Year 6

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.

February 2024 half term vouchers for pupils eligible for FSM are available for collection from the school office.

Are you getting to school on time?

We have noticed several pupils are consistently late to school each day. It is essential that every child arrives at school by 08:45 so that they are in class and ready to learn at 09:00. If your punctuality has slipped recently, please ensure that you take steps to arrive in school on time after the February half term break.

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.

Term Dates 2024-2025

Please find here the agreed term dates set by our school’s Governing Body for the upcoming academic year, starting September 2024.

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)


03 September 2024



24 October 2024

Half Term


28 October 2024



01 November 2024

Return on


04 November 2024

End of Term


20 December 2024



Start of Term


07 January 2025



14 February 2025

Half Term


17 February 2025



21 February 2025

Return on


24 February 2025

End of Term


04 April 2025



Start of Term


22 April 2025



23 May 2025

Half Term


26 May 2025



30 May 2025

Return on


02 June 2025

End of Term


22 July 2025


Teaching & Learning: Curriculum & Safeguarding


02 September 2024

Teaching & Learning TBC


25 October 2024

Teaching & Learning: Wellbeing


29 November 2024

Assessment & Pupil Progress


06 January 2025

Teaching & Learning: Curriculum, Assessment & Pupil Progress


27 June 2025

BANK HOLIDAYS (school closed)
May Bank Holiday


05 May 2025

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.

Preschool, Nursery & Reception Admissions

We have the following availability for places in our Early Years provision from September 2024:

Reception class:

  • 2 places

Nursery Class (3-year olds):

  • 8 full-time places
  • 3 part-time places (afternoon)

 Preschool (2-year olds)

  • 3 part-time afternoon places available NOW

If you are looking for a Preschool, Nursery or Reception place for your child 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 10:30 – 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.


It has been another busy week in Preschool. We have continued to explore learning through our text ‘Animal Boogie‘, discovering more animals found in a jungle. We have been creating our own animals and jungle scenes using a range of collage materials and paint, which has produced lots of beautiful and colourful creations for our jungle scene.


In a recent creative activity, inspired by the story ‘Lulu Loves Flowers‘, Nursery had a wonderful time making their own flower gardens. After reading about Lulu’s colourful garden adventures, the children used various craft materials to design and create their own beautiful gardens.


Reception have been loving their music lessons and they were thrilled to see new instruments for them to explore last week. Mr Carden introduced them to the keyboards, and everyone was impressed with the experience that we’re certain we’ll see some budding keyboardists in the future.

Year 1:

Year 1 have been busy in Art working on their 3D tree of life project. They applied their learning, making sculptures out of paper to create trees with creatures around. Some found it tricky to think about space on the page and how big and small different parts the sculpture would be. Their favourite part was creating the leaves and the creatures.

Year 2:

As Scientists this term, Year 2 have been learning about a variety of habitats and the plants and animals that live there. Pupils explored the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. They made observations of a local habitat and the creatures that live there. They then researched a range of global habitats and how plants and animals rely on the environment around them to provide them with everything they require. They learnt that many living things in a habitat depend on each other to survive. For example, the squirrel needs the oak tree for food and shelter, and the oak tree needs the squirrel to help spread its seeds, so more oak trees can grow. This week, they looked at food chains which describes the order in which organisms depend on each other for food and energy, and they excitedly presented their home projects to the rest of the class.

Year 3:

In Newton Class, we have been making the most of the sunny weather by planting sunflower and runner bean seeds. We discussed where the seeds come from and how they are spread naturally. We then discussed how to look after the seeds and what they need to grow. We have a control group of seeds which will have all the variables; light, water and heat. One of each group will have one variable missing and we are going to observe the impact this has on the growth of the seedlings.

Year 4:

Year 4 had an exciting trip to the Science Museum this week. They visited the Wonderlab where pupils had the chance to explore lots of science: looking at electricity, sound and forces. They also watched a show featuring different chemical reactions and learning about how sound works. It was a fantastic day and as you can see from the photos, they had lots of fun whilst learning!

Year 5:

Year 5 are very excited to be having swimming lessons again. They had a fantastic first lesson led by professional instructors, and it was great to see that even after a short period of time, the children were already gaining in confidence and working as a team. Year 5 also took part in a workshop, as part of their Young City Makers Project. This was an opportunity to create a vision of our school in the future, using sustainable materials! Pictures of finalised designs will be coming soon, but we may have some future architects in Year 5.

Year 6:

This week, Year 6 have been taking part in an exciting workshop called, ‘Moving Away Your Dust’. We’ve had the chance to use state of the art cameras, learning all about framing, sound and lighting. We then applied these skills to recording interviews with a retired refuge collector, an historian and the Westminster Waste and Recycling Manager. This has been a lovely week following on from our SATS tests last week. This project has given us the opportunity to learn and utilise many new practical skills, and reinforced the importance of working together as a team, in order to complete the tasks set.