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Vacancy - Teaching Assistant

We have a vacancy for a fixed term teaching assistant post. The role involved supporting individuals, taking groups and developing into short term cover. If you would be interested in please contact the school office for more details and ask to speak to Mrs Keilty or Mr Cocker.



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Headteacher's Blog

Friday 27th May 2016

Alan Cocker (cockera) on: Headteacher's Blog

What a great week. I am just reflecting on some of the amazing things I have seen this week and can't help but be so proud of your children and our school. The 'Superlearner' tea party this afternoon was brilliant. Children from across the school have been nominated for developing their skills in learning how to learn. During this term they have demonstrated persistence and resilience, they have made connections between aspects of their learning and been able to evaluate and reflect. They have been good learning partners and have been willing to take on feedback and new ideas to try. It was lovely to acknowledge and celebrate this today. 

Earlier today Josh from Year 1 visited me in my office to show me his writing. He has really come a long way this term and I am so pleased to be able to share in his joy and excitement. Well done Josh! 

Amy and Katie in Year 5 have also been applying their literacy and maths skills outside of lessons these last few days. They wanted to see if they could put their skills to good use in the business world and set about running a cake sale. They wrote their own letters, organised volunteers and ran the sale. A lot of learning took place and I was proud that they were able to be so independent. Well done girls - now use this learning for the future.

Then I opened my post only to find a wonderful letter for Malin from our local MP, (Oliver Dowden), congratulating her on being selected as a maid of honour for the Potters Bar Carnival. 

Yesterday Year 3 asked me to visit them in the hall. They were performing their dance, which was the culmination of 6 weeks of P.E. The performance from 3ID and 3E resembled something I have seen on Britain's Got Talent. They were unbelievable! The quality of their work was very high, great timing, choreography and brilliant use of previous learning in gymnastics! Wonderful work year 3!

We also had a wonderful visit from an Imam who lead an assembly in which we learnt a lot about Islam. Year 2 got to ask lots of questions and enjoyed finding out much more in the lesson afterwards. I think Mr Balchin really enjoyed his part in trying out the special perfumes! 

Also had lovely feedback from Oakmere regarding Year 6 at the marathon today and from the Year 5 maths challenge last night. Brilliant team work, individual effort and great role models. Well done for representing yourselves and the school so well.

Bear in mind all this is taking place,  whilst Year 2 have been taking their SAT tests this week!

So I think you all deserve a bit of a break. Enjoy half term and come back ready to make the most of the last part of the academic year. 


16th May 2016

Alan Cocker (cockera) on: Headteacher's Blog

Lovely to see our Year 6 children off to the Isle of Wight this morning. I know they will have a fantastic time where they will make memories that last a lifetime and learn more about how resilient and adaptable they can be. It is really quiet around the lunch hall and playground compared to normal! So far today they have had a fantastic day.

Last week was another great week. I was particularly impressed with Jayden in Y4, who produced some of the best writing of his life and more importantly he learnt to do it himself! So pleased and proud of him - well done Jayden - keep it up!

Also good to see so many achieving in other ways, Y6 breakfast booster celebration (finishing SATS - they worked so hard to do their best), celebration assembly with lots of certificates and great learners and some brilliant dressing up linked to topic and events. 


Friday 1st April 2016

Alan Cocker (cockera) on: Headteacher's Blog

Although a short week we have packed a lot in. Year 3 have had a wonderful trip to St. Albans Verulamium as part of their learning on the Romans.

We also had our cheerleading and street dance celebration. Unfortunately I missed this but was told they put together a great performance. 

The footballers had a great result yesterday at the Furzefield Tournament. Our A Team won the Gold cup without conceding a goal! Our B team made it to the 3rd/4th playoff and won this as well! In addition to this the staff from other schools sent  messages noting the excellent sporting conduct of our our Year 6 referees, for example:

‘I just wanted to say how much the year 3/4 football team enjoyed today's tournament ! The year six children that refereeing and helping were brilliant and a credit to your school , they were both helpful and polite. Once again thank you very much.’ (Toni Johnson, St.Giles)  

A really good send off for Mr Johnson in his last week at Cranborne. I am sure you will join me in congratulating him on his promotion and wish him well. We will miss him very much.

Yesterday was also a great pleasure for me as we had our second Super-Learner Tea Party. Children from each class have been identified as super-learners for persistence, resilience, creativity, making connections and collaborating effectively. To celebrate we held a tea party and awarded them with badges and certificates. Their photos should be in the next edition of the Welwyn and Hatfield Times. It makes me very proud to see our children developing life long learning skills. A big well done to everyone involved!

We also had a fantastic open day yesterday in foundation stage. Thank you to those parents and relatives who were able to join in and share in the learning of their children. It is wonderful to see how well the children have matured and settled into their learning. They really enjoyed showing you around. Thanks also to the foundation team for being so open. 

Looking back on this term it is great to see how well the children are learning. They are rising to the higher expectations of the new curriculum. We have had a successful spring term and are well placed to prepare your children for their next phase of education during the summer term.  I hope you have a safe and happy Spring term break and look forward to everyone returning for the Summer Term.



Friday 17th March - Practise makes Perfect!

Alan Cocker (cockera) on: Headteacher's Blog

Another wonderful week.

Sport relief today went really well. Thanks so much to Watford FC and Rhythmix Dance Club who ran sessions for the children today. They really enjoyed the dancing and penalty shoot out. You raised £225. Many thanks to all of you who supported this important event.

The week began with a knock out performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday. Our school joined with other Hertfordshire schools to create the performance of their lives. A really smashing event which opens the children's eyes to performing at the highest level. Well done children and thank you staff for making it happen.

The children have been really busy with their assessments this week and have been impressing us with what they have remembered over the year so far. I had the pleasure of seeing our Year 2s perform to parents and children this week. They have been studying Kenya and spent the day on Thursday learning to play the 'Djembe' drums. Within a couple of hours they were able to put together an amazing performance using call and response, singing, and a range of drumming techniques. It was fantastic. Please look our celebration page to see more.

Lucas in Y3 has also made amazing progress this week with his use of sentences in his writing. I know he has been working hard both in school and at home and the difference he has recently made is brilliant! Well done Lucas - I am so impressed!

Toprak in Y6 has also shown a talent for performing poetry. It's wonderful to see him having such confidence to perform and know the text so well to convey meaning and mood to his audience. Please see the the celebration page for a video clip of this.

 So it just goes to show - practice does make perfect!

I also want to wish Mrs Clarke all the very best as she leaves us today. She has made a fantastic contribution to the school office over the last months and updated many of our internal systems which will serve us well into the future. We have appointed Mrs Lofte who will be our new finance officer and we are about to appoint another administrator over the coming days.  


11th March 2016

Alan Cocker (cockera) on: Headteacher's Blog

Apologies for not updating in the last couple of weeks - it has been very busy.

I have really enjoyed seeing some of our fantastic children sharing their wider learning. Christian Y5, Teyan Y6 and Havin Y5 have performed their instruments in assembly and blown us all away. They have only been learning for a just over year in some cases and the quality is amazing. Just goes to show what persistence and practice achieves! Christian Constantinou.MOV

Thanks to everyone for making the effort with world book day. This was a great success and I can’t emphasise how important a love of reading is. We had a wonderful time. I hope you liked the photos in the Welwyn and Hatfield Times. If you want a copy of these, they are available for purchase on Monday from their website.

We also finally received our Blue Peter Badge awards for the artwork the children did in Year5 last year. Brilliant to see our school recognized for it’s outstanding art work!

In addition to this I have had the pleasure of seeing some amazing writing these last couple of weeks. Children writing for real purposes and to real audiences – some children produced pamphlets on dental hygiene and are now writing letters to persuade local practices to display them.

I have seen posters from reception going up around the school and some really good maths in year 4. Really enjoyed being challenged by Amelia, Dinuk and Rohan with their times tables knowledge.

We also had our school council attend the local World Fair Trade Event and they gave an excellence account of the importance of fair trade back in school.

So all in all a very busy couple of weeks and much more to come.


Cranborne Footballers at Premiership Team Watford FC

On Saturday 2nd November as part of our partnership with Watford FC some of our children took part in the half time penalty shoot out. Although we didn't win we put in a good performance and the children got to experience football on the big stage in front of thousands. 

Well done children!

Year 5 Greek Day

On the last day of half term year 5K and 5S had a very enjoyable afternoon having a Greek feast in their classrooms. We made Greek food such as hummus and many of us tried lots new food! We also made our own table decorations and costumes for the day.

A great day for some great learners!


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Parenting Support

Support for families is crucial for achieving the best outcomes for children and young people in Hertfordshire. Parents and carers are not the only influence on a child's life chances, but effective parenting is one of the strongest protective factors for any child. To view the Hertfordshire directory for parenting provision, please click on the following link: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parentingsupport

If you would like any friendly advice or tips with supporting and managing your children at home, come and have a coffee and chat with me. A problem shared is a problem halved! : )

Mrs Keilty

Celebration Assembly 16th September

Welcome back to another fantastic year of celebrations! It seems you have all been very busy over the summer and during the first couple of weeks back to school! Really pleased to see our Reception children settling so well and getting along so wonderfully.

Teachers are particularly impressed by the children's attitude to learning so assembly this week was more of a whole school celebration! Every child has been a credit to their new teachers, showing high levels of resilience, persistence, collaboration and respect.

We've been having a real blast on presentation and handwriting so please encourage your children to take their time and record their learning beautifully. We are looking for quality not quantity!

Have a great week.

Mrs Keilty x

Celebration Assembly July 15th

Wow - so many celebrations today! swimming, lego, music, handwriting, dancing, football, Blue Peter Badges! What a talented bunch we have at Cranborne!

Mrs Keilty x

Guitar Assembly 24th June 2016

Wow! What an assembly! We were treated to a wonderful performance by our Cranborne Guitarists today who played a fantastic range of fast and slow songs, including the Titanic theme tune! The audience were so impressed, clapping and dancing along! They thought they were at a concert!

Well done to the fabulous Alex, Jack, Ellie, George, Shayan, Benjamin and Christian! You were amazing!Mrs Keilty x

Celebration Assembly

Friday 27th May

We have had another day of celebrations today and the children were super excited that half term is right here!

Firstly, a massive well done to our year 5 mathematicians who represented Cranborne in the School's Maths Challenge Competition. They worked fabulously as a team and scored really highly. Thank you to Davran, Alfie, Jessica and Zoe!

It was lovely to see how well our ballerinas had done in their recent exams! Some even achieving merits! Well done to Chloe, Aimee, Solomia, Ruby and Lily.

Miss Powell presented the walk to school shoe design winners! There were some amazing entries but well done to the following children for their winning shoes: Kaiden, Anand, Maelys, Rosa, Alexander, Matthew, Lacey, Jake, Bethan, Eranda, Tahyat, Avin and Mollie -Rose. I'd like to give a special mention to Brooke M who actually designed and then made a special shoe! It was fantastic!

Have a wonderful half term everybody - relax with your families and get refreshed for the final summer term ahead!

Mrs Keilty x 

Article by year 5 students

I asked year 5 to write a report for the Potters Bar Community News magazine. They did a fantastic job and will now have their article read by thousands of local people! Well done Katie, Jessica, Davran and Bethan!

Mrs Keilty

What’s new at Cranborne?

It has been a very busy year at Cranborne; but what’s new? So far this year, we have generated a school council where the pupils have had the choice to write and perform a persuasive speech. After that, the other children can pick, based on their speech, which boy and girl should become councillors of the class. Since the beginning of the year, we have introduced superlearner sidekicks which include: Creativity the cat, who thinks outside the box; Scatter the spider, makes connections; Terry the tortoise, who is resilient; Barney the Owl who is organised and Bumble the bee, who uses teamwork. Two pupils from each class who have been showing all these qualities are invited to a special tea party with their parents.

Success at Cranborne

Our year at Cranborne has been full of success. Across all of the year groups we’ve excelled in our learning and had loads of fun. Over the past school year, our football teams have impressed no end. The year 3 and 4 A-team won the gold cup at the Furzefield tournament, closely followed by the B-team, in 3rd place. We are incredibly proud of them and hope that this is only the beginning of their success.

The talented singers in our choir have recently been to the Royal Albert Hall to sing in the Hertfordshire schools’ gala 2016, ‘Fable and Fantasy’. The children thoroughly enjoyed this amazing opportunity and loved performing in this famous venue. Last term, we were treated to a visit from Hertsmere’s MP – Oliver Dowden. He told us about his role in parliament and the changes that he has made in our community so far.

Both year 5 classes have had the chance to work with a talented artist, Mrs Dibden. Their artwork was considered so good that they have been entered for Blue Peter badges! We hope to receive replies soon along with our badges.

Celebration Assembly News!

Friday 6th May

A beautiful day of sunshine, coupled with a great day of celebrations!

The lovely Delfin from year 6 treated us to a cello performance. She was fantastic! She played the theme tune to Harry Potter which sounded magical... On that note, some of our year 5 girls, Erin, Grace and Emily were lucky enough to receive a letter from the one and only J.K Rowling... delivered of course by owl!

We also celebrated the fact we can now use our field... at last!  Finally, good luck to year 6 next week as they take their SATs and then go off to the Isle of Wight on 16th May. You'll be brilliant!

Enjoy the sunshine with your families this weekend!

Mrs Keilty xx

Celebration Assembly News!

Friday 29th April

Another wonderful day of celebrations! I always look forward to Friday!

Today we celebrated some children who raised over £50 for the British Heart Foundation. Thank you to Khyana, Alfie, Archie, Harrietta and Frankie! Bethan shared her St. George's Day writing with us, Harvey, Prinesh and Luke achieved mathletics certificates, Dina, Dinelly, Kaji and Synah did some fantastic writing and Grace and Zoe treated us to a poem with actions!

Keep up the hard work everyone! Well done!

Have a great long weekend! Mrs Keilty x

Celebration of Superlearners!

Dedicated learners were treated to an afternoon tea party to celebrate their achievements since the start of term. Two children were chosen per class who had demonstrated consistently excellent attitudes to learning. These children had shown persistence in their learning, resilience in their approach, creativity in their thinking, organizational skills and a real commitment to helping others.
In turn, each child told the audience why they were a superlearner whilst their family proudly filmed their big moment. They were presented with a certificate and badge.
Each half term, all children will have the opportunity to achieve the Superlearner award.
Good luck Cranborne!
Mrs Keilty xx

Latest School Calendar Events

Half Term24Oct2016

Year 6 - Deadline for Applying for Secondary School for your child31Oct2016

Parent Consultation Evening - N to Yr 601Nov2016

3:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Parent Consultation Evening N to Yr 602Nov2016

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

FOC Non-uniform day TBC04Nov2016

FOC Fireworks Night04Nov2016

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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