School Newsletter : 05 July 2024

| Issue 34 & 35 | Summer 2 | Weeks 4 & 5 |

Summer Holiday Camp

Burdett-Coutts Summer Fair – What a Day!

A HUGE thank you to all the parents, carers and visitors who attended our Summer Fair on Saturday 29th June. The event was a resounding success, and the sun was shining, the BBQ smoking and there was laughter all around ūüôā

We had such amazing feedback from all who attended. Thanks to your generous support, together we have raised an amazing £1707.00!

This will go a long way in helping to meet the target set for the equipment identified to support play and development in our school playgrounds.

I would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to all the parents, staff and other family member helpers, who assisted in the setup, pack up and preparation of this event. Your help and support is very much appreciated and you all superstars!

Please keep an eye on future editions of our newsletter for FOBC meeting dates and key events planned for the Autumn term.

Out and About……

Tuesday 25th June: Year 2 Trip to Pizza Express
Year 2 had a fabulous time at Pizza Express on Victoria Street. Children were very excited and when they arrived, they washed their hands and were each given an apron and a baker’s hat to wear. The pizza chef carefully explained each step and then the fun began! They learnt about the different ingredients and techniques that go into making pizza and became chefs for the morning. Each child had the chance to make their own individual Margherita pizza. They created the perfect base and discovered how important the fresh ingredients are to the pizza‚Äôs flavour. For the final touch, children topped their creations with tomato sauce, mozzarella and oregano – representing the colours of the Italian flag – and added a special ingredient: love. After returning to school, they enjoyed their delicious pizzas for lunch, making it a day to remember.

Thursday 27th June: Year 5 Trip to the Lord Mayors Parlour
We were lucky enough to attend The Young City Makers Awards Ceremony, along with several other Westminster schools. It was held in the rather grand Lord Mayor’s Parlour which is on the 19th floor and offers fantastic views all over the city. The children enjoyed pointing out famous landmarks, along with our own school and church and in some cases their homes. Before the ceremony, we were offered refreshments and a chance to look at all the models submitted for judging and were very impressed by the standard of the work.

The Lord Mayor presented awards covering a range of categories and we are proud to say that we won the award for model making, which we achieved in partnership with Jamie Fobert Architects. Each child received a medal and a personalised certificate, and I am sure they will take away lasting memories of attending this rather prestigious event. We are most grateful to Open City and Westminster Council for extending this opportunity to our school.

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 all 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 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 >

Community Corner

Our church service last week focused on the story of Jesus calming the storm from Mark 4:35-41.

Jesus and his followers went out on a boat across a lake. While they were sailing the winds came up and a large storm was upon them. The waves were enormous and the boat filled with water.

Jesus’ friends were very afraid but Jesus lay asleep on the deck. They woke him and asked him for help, wondering how he could sleep through this terrifying storm.

He awoke and commanded the water and the wind to calm down, before turning to them and asking why they were so afraid.

Graham told another story of his own experience in a boat, when he had gone fishing with a friend and the boat’s engine had broken while they were drifting out to the open sea. They tried to drop the anchor but the rope was not attached to the boat.

Graham was panicking and very afraid, but his friend was calm and told him not to worry. Eventually the boat became stuck on a sand bank and stopped so they could get out and swim to safety.

Graham explained that the story of Jesus calming the storm teaches us that Jesus – and God – will always calm us when we are frightened. All we need to do is put faith in God and He will bring us peace.

This teaching was accompanied by two beautiful songs this week: Be Still for the Presence of the Lord and Amazing Grace. What perfect choices, Mr Carden!


Lord, sometimes my life feels a bit scary.
Help me to trust you when things feel out of control.

Class Assemblies:

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

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

Community Questions:

  • What do you fear the most?
  • What does the story of the calming of the storm tell you about Jesus?
  • What would it take to fully rely on Jesus?


  • Speak calming words to someone this week

Friends of Burdett-Coutts

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!

Upcoming Events


  • 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.
  • Wednesday 10th July: Year 4 & Year 5 Trip to Battersea Park.
  • 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.
  • 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‚Äôclock 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‚Äôs 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:

  • 4 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)
  • 2 part-time 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 Р14:30 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.


Preschool have had a lovely couple of weeks with our new book ‚ÄėHooray for Fish’, enjoying a variety of fun indoor activities. This week, we explored the underwater world by making our own jellyfish and creating beautiful under-the-water pictures. It has been so much fun to explore the ocean through sand, water, paint, and shells.


In Nursery, we have continued reading Anna Hibiscus Song. The children enjoyed making African necklaces to represent Ghana, embracing the story’s cultural elements and expressing their creativity. We explored the different colours and patterns used, and the children were excited to wear their handmade necklaces.

In our numeracy activities, we have been focusing on counting and matching numbers to their corresponding quantities. The children have done a fantastic job learning to count in order, which has greatly helped them understand how to find the total number of items. They are becoming more confident with their number recognition and counting skills every day!


Reception’s artists were busy last week, taking inspiration from our latest core texts, Splash, Anna Hibiscus and Sharing a Shell;¬†and designing, cutting and decorating their own beachy treasures. Honing their fine motor skills and communication and language, they immersed themselves into the project. It delivered a festive result after we hung them from the ceiling, allowing the spirals to come undone and dangle around our book nook.

As writers, they have been crafting their own versions of their core text. Using their story mapping skills, they changed the story to suit them, reauthoring a version that worked for them better.

Year 1:

Year 1 have been enjoying their Music lessons over the summer term. Each week Mr Carden plays a selection of music, and they listen carefully to analyse, is it loud or soft, fast or slow? They’ve also practised identifying the variety of instruments being played as well as learning to play the keyboards and trying to use all fingers to play the notes.

In Science they have continued to develop their knowledge about animals including the different groups, what they eat and how animals understand what’s happening around them. They have learnt about our senses and how both humans and animals use them for survival, and talked about different things we like to taste, touch, hear, see and smell.

Year 2:

In RE, Year 2 have been learning about Islam; looking at what happens during Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, and exploring the importance of this to Muslims. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and the annual pilgrimage that all able Muslims are expected to complete at least once in their lives. We discussed our big question ‘Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?‘ and shared some of the reasons Muslims complete Hajj (eg: commitment, Allah asks them to, sense of achievement, sense of belonging to the world etc).

We have been reading a new story called ‚ÄėThe Princess and the White Bear King‚Äô. Drawing on a combination of three folk tales from Northern Europe, this beautiful book tells a dark adventure story while exploring some powerful ideas and themes. Far away in the distant north, a beautiful princess has a strange encounter with a great white bear who takes her to live in his castle. When she fails to heed a warning and breaks a promise, disaster strikes. The princess then sets out on an impossible journey, taking her east of the sun and west of the moon in the hope that she might redeem herself and break the spell. Children incorporated art into their Writing by pretending to be goldsmiths and creating crowns of the princess‚Äô dream. This inspired them to write a persuasive letter to the King asking him to choose their crown as it is ‚Äėbrighter than the sun itself‚Äė and as fine as the one the princess dreamt about. Children ensured that they used sentence openers, expanded noun phrases and conjunctions to add extra detail to their sentences and to entertain their audience.

Year 3:

Year 3 have been loving their swimming lessons at the Queens Mother’s Sports Centre. They are learning how to float, putting heads underwater and kicking legs. Some even went into the big pool to do some lengths! Miss Mattey and Mr Raheem were very impressed. They‚Äôre getting faster at getting changed too.

Year 4:

This week, Year 4 have begun to look at poetry. Using the poem ‘The Lion‘, we looked at poetic devices such as personification, alliteration and onomatopoeia. We discussed why the poet chose this structure, and how the language features help to create mood. We then used this information to help us each perform a part of the poem to the class, altering our volume and tone to suit the mood of each stanza. We have also continued to practise our sketching, experimenting with using blending to create different effects.

Year 5:

Last term, we read Street Child and researched Victorian workhouses. Using this information, we learnt to present balanced arguments about the system. Following on from this, we have been thinking about the crisis in homelessness and how our society can help people who find themselves living on the streets. We thought about why workhouses no longer exist in this country and whether there should be an alternative system. The children have produced some excellent artwork on this subject, which has proved very thought provoking.

Year 6:

This week, as an end of year reward for all our hard work and progress with our learning, we were treated to a surprise trip to Pizza Express. We had a lovely time enjoying our pizza and ice-cream and shared memories of all the things that we have enjoyed this year. Some of the memories included our trip to Stamford Bridge, The Thames Explorer trip, The Imperial War Museum and The Churchill War Museums, to list a few. We still have two more exciting trips planned to end the school year.

Last week we enjoyed a hands-on day at the River Thames foreshore in Wapping. This was a part of our project, ‘Moving Away Your Dust‘ where we experienced mudlarking! We were amazed at what we found, a Victorian child’s shoe, clay smoking pipes, pottery and lots of different types of animal bones. We discussed how each of the items may have ended up there and created a timeline of all the items that we found. We travelled on the Thames Clipper and took in the sites of some of London’s iconic landmarks along the way.