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Message from Mr. Dower

Dear Families, Benfield's Got Talent was a fantastic end to a brilliant year at school! Please do check out our Instagram #benfield_primary for a glimpse of the brilliance! I would like to wish everyone a safe a happy summer break and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.

Best Wishes,

Drew Dower

Our partnership of schools We are really proud to be one of the only federations in the city - the partnership of Benfield Primary and Hangleton Primary - known as the Orchard Schools Partnership. This partnership has grown since 2013 when I was first Executive Head teacher across both schools. Being in such a strong partnership of schools has allowed us to develop all staff. We have Teaching Assistants who have become trained teachers and higher-level teaching assistants. We have teachers who we have developed to be experts, who share their expertise across the city and support staff / caretakers who have skills they can share across the schools, which save us money and time. We have expert music and French teachers, who work across both schools as well as an expert literacy teacher, who supports our special needs children. We have a leadership team who has developed and grown - graded outstanding in 2018 by OFSTED. For the children, the relationship has allowed them to have a mini-bus that can be used to take them to sports events, often playing each other in a friendly when no other sporting events were possible. The children meet at the joint year 6 residential, where they make friends which they can carry forward to secondary school. So, the relationship between the schools allows each school to keep their own identity, whilst sharing the benefits of being in something bigger! From September, the governors at St Peters school have asked me to be Executive Head for initially one year. Some of our wider leadership team will be involved in supporting this work, but this will not involve Mr Dower. He will remain Head of School at Benfield and his focus will remain on your children. Your children will not be aware of this relationship for the time being. St Peters are keen to keep their own priorities and we know it takes time to build the kind of relationship enjoyed by our current schools. However, I am sure we will all learn from the work at St Peters. So, although I may not be as present across Benfield and Hangleton in the Autumn, Mr Dower will remain your first port of call. Best wishes, Emma Lake


Above is a table of ages at which young people can engage on these social media platforms. As you can see none of the above are suitable or safe for primary age children.

NEW HOUSE SYSTEM COMING TO BENFIELD IN SEPTEMBER We are very excited to announce a new House System coming to Benfield this September! The Houses are named after the 4 elements Earth, Air, Fire & Water. Siblings will be in the same House. In September, each child will be given a T-shirt representing their House by colour This T-shirt will be used for PE as well as other events throughout the year. A major benefit of the House system is that it encourages a sense of belonging and provides the opportunity for pupils to work with, and get to know, those in other year groups. Houses and House activities can ensure pupils feel supported by their peers from the start. You do not need to buy a PE t-shirt to begin with; we will be selling extra t-shirt colours at the office for £1.50, should they want them. And that the children will find out in September which house they are in.


Thursday 21st July INSET DAY

Monday 5th September - Pupils return to school.



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