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  • Achievements All Round!

    Published 18/05/22, by Nic Newman

    Dear Parents/ Carers

    I hope you are all enjoying some of the lovely weather we have been having. As mentioned in my previous blog to you, we are looking forward to some fun and exciting events in the second half of the summer term. Assemblies will include Father's Day, world music day and celebrating the NHS to name a few.

    On the last day of this half-term we are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, what an amazing achievement! We also have PGL to look forward to in June and some residential opportunities for other year groups. Mrs Osobu will share some further information with you in due time.

    Furthermore, we have parents evening next week, where you could discuss your child’s progress and achievements, transitions and end the of year productions for year 6. In the second half-term, you will also receive some further information with regard to sport day. Our last sports day was very successful and was enjoyed thoroughly by pupils and parents/carers alike.

    As we look forward to half-term, I want to wish you all a peaceful, safe and enjoyable break



    Mr. Van

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  • Goodbye, Mr Trimble!

    Published 21/04/22, by Nic Newman

    Dear Parents/ Carers  

    I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our staff, pupils and their families back from your Easter holidays and hope it was restful, and you enjoyed the lovely weather.

    We had a very successful end of the term and pupils thoroughly enjoyed the end of term reward day. A big thank you to Mrs Osobo, for arranging the fun activities and all staff that made the day very special for our youngsters. Unfortunately, we could not go off site due to restrictions we were forced to impose but as promised it will be taking place early in this term. 

    As always, the Summer term is packed full of exciting events such as residential trips, not only for our year six pupils but for several year groups, transition events for our year six pupils, sports day/s, outdoor activities, Larwood’s Got Talent, year 6 performance, end of term rewards, and plenty more.  

    Our assembly schedule, to name a few, include:

    • International dance day
    • The Queens Platinum Jubilee 
    • Good work assembly and more.....

    I need to make you aware that we will be hosting parents' meetings this half-term, where class teams will share with you, your children’s progress, success and good work. You will have the option of meeting the teachers in person, by phone or virtually, more information will follow via email and class dojo.  

    It is with great sadness that we say our farewells to our CEO, Mr Sean Trimble who will be retiring at the end of April. Mr Trimble has been a pillar of strength for Larwood school and our Trust and will be greatly missed. His commitment to doing his best for our pupils, parents, community, trustees and staff and the impact he has had on people’s lives are immeasurable. His drive, enthusiasm, and commitment to create opportunities influenced a great number of people. We wish you and your family well in your future endeavours, and you will be greatly missed  


    Mr Van  

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  • Chocolate break coming SOON! #holidays

    Published 07/03/22, by Nic Newman

    Dear Parents & Carers,

    We have several exciting events to look forward to as we approach Easter. In the coming few weeks, we have Sports Relief, World Math Day, British Science Week, Dress in Green Day and Mother's Day coming up. A lot of fun events for all to enjoy. Please keep an eye out on class Dojo and our weekly letter to parents, so you can best prepare your child. 

    Our skills sessions and Friday activities are proving to be very popular. Pupils now have the opportunity to engage in a wider range of activities on offer and mix with other pupils across different age groups not only in their own bubbles. Please be aware that we will revert to bubbles should we identify a rise in Covid19 cases. As from the Monday the 14th we will also start having lunches in the dining room again. I believe it is very important to add a ‘family feel’ to lunchtimes and our pupils benefit from the experience and the social interaction with their friends.

    A big warm welcome to Ms Kelly Keeler, who has joined our Larwood team as part of the administration team.   

    The last day of the Spring term is on Friday the 1st of April. I wish you all a relaxed, safe, and enjoyable Easter break  

    Kind Regards

    Mr Van

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  • Happy 2022!

    Published 02/02/22, by Nic Newman

    Dear Parents/ Carers 

    We had a good start to 2022 and as we head towards warmer weather, we start looking forward to planning more activities outdoors and hopefully looking at revising some of the restrictions that have been in place. Just to make you aware that no changes will be considered for the rest of this half-term and at the start of the next half-term.  

    We celebrated Martin LK and Chinese New Year in January and in February we are looking forward to Valentines/ friendship and kindness and World thinking day assemblies. We are also very much looking forward to the February half-term that starts on Monday the 14th of February, pupils will be expected to return to school on Monday, 21st of February. 

    It is with sadness that we are saying our farewells to two longstanding members of staff. Mrs Cox in our kitchen and Mrs Otero in Space Hub. I wish them well with their future endeavours. You will be missed. We are also welcoming to the Larwood team Ms. Courtney who has just joined our administration team.  

    I wish you all a relaxed, safe and enjoyable half-term break   

    Kind Regards  

    Mr Van 

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  • Ho! Ho! Ho! Merrrrrrrry Chriiiiiiiistmas!

    Published 14/12/21, by Nic Newman

    Dear Parents/ Carers 

    The festive season is upon us and there is a very positive and joyful atmosphere in school. Pupils have done well and worked hard to earn their end of term rewards, which we are celebrating on the last Wednesday, before we all break up for a well-deserved holiday the next day.  

    Looking back at the Autumn term it is evident that our pupils have settled in well and making appropriate, positive choices and progress. Even though there have been some limitations enforced by restrictions, our focus remained strongly on academic, social, and emotional development of your child.  

    We look forward to an exciting Spring term filled with exciting events, and hopefully we will be able to revisit some of the precautionary Covid measures in place when the time is right. For the time being we want to keep everyone as safe as possible and will continue with our existing protocols.  

    I wish you all a safe, lovely, peaceful and relaxed Christmas and a prosperous new year   

    Kind Regards  

    Mr Van  

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  • Class BuBBLeS floating further!

    Published 02/11/21, by Nic Newman

    It is with great pleasure to report that all our new and old pupils have settled in well. Our new pupils are getting used to their class teams, routines, and procedures. 

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  • Cracking start to the new academic year!

    Published 17/09/21, by Nic Newman

    Dear Parents/ Carers

    I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our staff, pupils and their families back from your summer holidays, we hope it was restful and enjoyed by all.

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  • The Last BLOG! #UntilSeptember

    Published 19/07/21, by Nic Newman

    The end of term draws close as I write this update. At Larwood it’s still go go go go!

    Go for bubble based Sports Day events.
    Great to see small groups of parents supporting children. For some this may be the first Sports Day they have been allowed to participate in and the first one you have watched? Enjoy!

    Go for end of term reports!
    These will be sent to you electronically by the end of the week. Having had the pleasure of reading and signing all of them, there are some cracking reports to go home. Plus, amazing progress has been achieved in the most unusual and again challenging of years.

    Go for school based trip day on Thursday 22nd July.
    A number of activities that will help to round off the year and if course, lots of fun for all involved.

    Go for our end of year goodbye to our Year 6 pupils and parents.
    For many this year, we continue the relationship, and we will ‘see you down the road’ at Brandles. For others going to Special or mainstream, I will be just as keen to check up and see how you are getting on. Due to the pandemic, this will again be in a different format, but it will always be a very special day for us all.

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  • Lazy Bones!

    Published 21/06/21, by Nic Newman

    Exciting times at Larwood!

    As I write this, we are in the midst of Science Week.

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  • Masks on, Masks off, lets get on with this term!

    Published 18/05/21, by Nic Newman

    The weeks are flying by and it is so much better having our pupils on site.

    A strange consequence of the pandemic is that we do not have any pupils taking SAT’s, as they would have done up until the summer of 2019. This is the same for all primary aged children across the country. They didn’t happen last year, and they are not taking part this year either. We have reflected upon this, the process, the results and how useful they are for all involved. We have ended up drawing a fairly certain conclusion that they are not missed! They also do not give our pupils the chance to show how well they have done in other areas, such as key skills included in personal and social development. Therefore, next year, we will design our own tests that will continue to review key skills such as reading and maths, alongside others. We will plan for how best to deliver these and our teaching staff will be heavily involved in the process, with our pupils.

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  • Cold start to the Summer Term! Brrrrrrr

    Published 15/04/21, by Nic Newman

    Welcome to the Summer Term! A rather chilly start, with snow yesterday but it will get warmer and the sun will shine. This warmer weather will hopefully support us to continue to ‘get back to normal’ as the term progresses with more outdoor learning opportunities.

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  • short BLOG

    Published 25/03/21, by Nic Newman

    Possibly, the shortest blog message ever!

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