School Newsletter : 21 June 2024

| Issue 33 | Summer 2 | Week 3 |

School Class Photographs

All pupils, from Preschool to Year 6, will have their class photographs taken on Tuesday 25th June. Parents & carers will be able to purchase them and they will be delivered to school before the end of the summer term.

Please ensure your child is wearing their full school uniform! If your child has PE on this day, please send their PE kit into school with them (including trainers) and they will change AFTER their class photo is taken.

Years 3 – 6:

  • Dark grey trousers, shorts or skirt
  • White shirt & Tie
  • School jumper
  • Blazer (Year 6 only)
  • Black school shoes

EYFS, Years 1 & 2:

  • Dark grey trousers, shorts or skirt
  • White polo shirt
  • School sweatshirt
  • Black school shoes

Summer Holiday Camp

Coffee Morning with Alexander Haswell, Educational Psychologist

Alexander Haswell, our school’s Educational & Child Psychologist, from Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea Educational Psychology Services, will be hosting a Q&A for Burdett-Coutts parents on Wednesday 3rd July at 9:00am in the Ground Floor Hall.

This is a chance for you to ask any questions or share concerns you have about your child/children around issues such as sleep, learning, behaviour etc.

All welcome!

Burdett-Coutts Summer Fair

Our next school fundraising event will be the Summer Fair, which will take place on Saturday 29th June from 12:00 until 4:00 pm. There’ll be an exciting range of stalls including games, bouncy castle plus food and refreshments available to purchase on the day, and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming everyone!

Parents & carers, we would be grateful for any donations of good quality pre-loved items for our summer fair. Please bring these to the school office.

If you would like to provide a food plate (just as we had at our recent International Evening), please inform the office via email or please come in person to speak to Ms Ilhan.

All donations and provision of food items will be passed onto our school’s PTA The Friends of Burdett-Coutts.

Sports Day 2024

We are excited to confirm that our school’s Sports Day will be on Monday 8th July from 09:45 – 13:30 at Vincent Square.

Parents & carers are very much welcome to attend to support their child(ren). If attending, please arrive at the Vincent Square entrance at the intersection of Elverton Street and Vincent Square from 09:45. There will be a designated member of school staff manning the gate from this time.

Our Sports Day activities will be split into 4 sections: Running Track, KS2, Ks1 and EYFS. Kindly note that we will have a shared lunch break that day, and parents & carers are welcome to enjoy a picnic lunch with their child(ren).

Detailed information will be sent home via a newsletter closer to the date.

Our warmest thanks & appreciation to Westminster School for the use of their fields for our Sports Day.

Booster Group and Extended School Day Clubs: Update

A reminder that the Year 6 booster clubs have now ended. All other booster and extended school day clubs (15:30 – 16:30) will end the week beginning the 8th July.

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 3: Weeks beginning 24th & 1st July (no swimming on Friday 28th June as it’s an INSET day)
  • Year 6: Weeks beginning 8th & 15th July  (no swimming on Friday 19th due to 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.
  • Please 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:

  • 5th July: Year 5
  • 19th July: Nursery & Reception

Friends of Burdett-Coutts

Our next big event is the schools Summer Fair on Saturday 29th June.

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 26th June
  • Wednesday 3rd July

Upcoming events:

  • Saturday 29th June: Summer Fair

Upcoming Events


  • Tuesday 25th June – Class Photos 
  • Tuesday 25th June 09:00 – 15:00: Year 6 on Thames Explorer Trip including the Thames Clipper to Wapping.
  • Tuesday 25th June 09:00 – 11:30 Year 2 trip to Pizza Express.
  • Tuesday 25th June 13:00 – 14:00: Years 4 & 5 performing in a lunchtime concert in St. Stephens Church.
  • Thursday 27th June @ 15:00 – 18:00: Year 5 at Young City Makers Project at City Hall
  • Thursday 27th June:  Nursery Admission meetings for new nursery starters in September 2024 and January 2025.
  • Friday 28th June: Staff INSET Day School Closed for pupils. 
  • Saturday 29th June: Summer Fair 12:00 – 16:00


  • Wednesday 3rd July @09:00 – 10:00: Coffee Morning with our school psychologist, Alexander Haswell. Ground floor hall, all welcome.
  • Thursday 4th July @ 14:00 – 15:00: Nursery Open Afternoon for September 2024 and January 2025 Nursery Starters

July (continued):

  • Monday 8th – Friday 12th July: Last week for Extended School Day  and Booster Clubs (15:30 – 16:30 clubs).
  • Monday 8th July @ 09:30 – 13:30 Sports Day at Vincent Square.
  • Wednesday 10th July 10:00 – 13:00 Year 3 Trip to a Gurdwara.
  • Thursday 11th July 10:00 – 15:00 Year 2 Trip to the London Aquarium.
  • Friday 12th July @ 14:30 – 15:15: Years 6 Leavers Service in St. Stephens Church
  • Tuesday 16th July @ 14:00 – 15:00: Alms House Founders Day Service at St. Stephens Church, with the school choir and Y6 pupils.
  • Wednesday 17th July: Year 1 Trip to the Aquarium
  • Thursday 18th July: Year 6 Trip to the BFI at Waterloo to the production linked to their project with Peter Daniels this term.
  • Thursday 18th July: Class Photos
  • 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):

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

 Preschool (2-year olds)

  • 3 full-time places (1 from January 2025)
  • 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.


In Preschool, we have been making beautiful music and have created some lovely drawings, linked to our class book “The Drum“. We have also had lots of fun outside in the lovely summer sunshine, including making and playing with ‘Goop’ (a fun slimy mixture).


Nursery are learning a new story called Anna Hibiscus’ Song, and focusing on its vibrant setting in Ghana, Africa. They had so much fun learning a song called “Obisawana” and exploring African artwork. Inspired by what they saw, the children expressed their creativity and imagination to create their own amazing art pieces. It has been a wonderful journey of cultural discovery and artistic expression!


Reception engaged in a brilliant storytelling session this week. Each child was given a finger puppet to create a character to be part of a story. These characters entertained the children, their friends and joined in on stories, as the children paired off to have their characters live out stories to each other.

Year 1:

Year 1 had an exciting adventure on Monday morning. They walked down to the park to enjoy the sunshine and played lots of games and enjoyed an ice lolly in the sun! On their return to school, the wrote a story about their day out together.

Year 2:

This week, Year 2 read ‘The Journey Home‘, by Frann Preston-Gannon. Through the story, the children explored the experiences and emotions of endangered animals who travel far from home when their habitats and lives are put in danger. Dodo tells them that once their habitats are safe and sustainable, they can go back to where they come from. We all know what happened to Dodo, and this story serves as a stark reminder of the danger to many species if we don’t take care of our planet.

In Writing, the children focused on writing to inform. They looked at key features of information texts and wrote fact files about habitats. Working in partners to research their chosen habitat, the children used computers, books and videos, and their knowledge from our previous Science topic, Living Things and their Habitats. Subsequently, they used their findings to create captivating and informative fact files.

Year 3:

In our Science lessons we have been learning all about Light. We have learnt about shadows and how the Earth rotates around the sun which makes it look like our shadows move! We went up to the roof playground and drew around our feet. We then drew around our shadows every hour. Sometimes there was no shadow and we learnt that this was because of the clouds; we were in fact all in one big shadow – a cloud shadow!

Year 4:

Year 4 have been enjoying their swimming lessons at the Queen Mother Sports Centre. It has been fantastic to see the progress and growth in confidence in the pool over the last few weeks! Our reading and writing has been tied into our class text, The Butterfly Lion, and we have been answering comprehension questions about each chapter to show our understanding of the story.

Year 5:

Our Science topic this half term is Space and the Solar System, where we are looking at the movement of Earth and other planets in relation to the Sun. We recently looked at early theories that the Earth was flat and the discoveries that disproved this. One question we will be researching is, ‘Why in some parts of the world days are longer in the summer than winter?’ We’re looking forward to seeing the children’s homework projects on this topic!

Year 6:

This week in RE, we had an in-depth and reflective lesson about the role of the angels in Islam. We listened well to all contributions and shared existing knowledge with our peers. In Islam, Muslims believe that angels communicate messages from Allah to people via the prophets, and they believe that angels have the following characteristics:

  • they are part of God’s creation. They had a beginning, and will exist until the end of time
  • they are made of light and have wings
  • they are pure and always obey and serve Allah
  • they have no free will, or free will that is very restricted, as they must serve God faithfully as his messenger
  • they can appear in human form and watch over human beings
  • they welcome Muslims into Paradise and also supervise the pits of Hell