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Headteacher Blog 2018

12th January

Welcome back everyone. May I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that it is a healthy and prosperous one for one and all.

The holiday period seems a distant memory now since we have returned. We have been busy making the most of the learning time as Spring term tends to be the term where we have little distractions from other events in the year. Our training days have already reaped rewards. All the staff that work with children were trained in how to use our new play equipment ‘Podley’ that you all helped to purchase through the PTA. This is now being rolled out to the children and feedback from them has been really positive – the only key message I keep hearing though is, ‘Can we have more sets of this please!’ (See photos above)


The training day also looked at our priorities for this term and updating and tweaking our practice accordingly. Since then we have agreed and updated our new feedback codes so that marking can have even more impact on helping the children to act on it in a timely manner. We have also reviewed the progression and how to accurately diagnose the most important next step in the sequence of writing. As a result teachers have better tools to fine tune and personalize their feedback further.

Our new sports coaches also started work with the children this week and even the teachers were saying how much they enjoyed doing P.E let alone the children!

In Year 3, we have two new PE Superstars of the week! These awards were given by our new PE coaches in our Gymnastics lesson. Summer was awarded the certificate because of her performance element when travelling around the room as a gymnast. Mr Brown commented on her pointed toes and her amazing balance! Well done Summer! Sami also got given the award for his performance and determination. Mr Roberts thought Sami tried very hard and kept persevering like Terry the Tortoise. Sami also got recognized for his travelling and balances during the lesson. Keep up the good work!


We have also updated and implemented our mental arithmetic sessions and they have started this week. So hopefully we will see a difference in children retaining key concepts and number facts.

Today I had the pleasure of see one of those special Eureka moments.

Dominik in Foundation Stage wrote his name for the first time! So proud of him – this is a big achievement for him and we are all delighted. Well done Dominik!


Finally, a big well done to Year 6 today for all getting up and nice and early to join us for our Breakfast Boost maths lessons at 7:30am. Really proud of you for committing to this. Keep it up!

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Friday 8th December

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A really busy week for us all. Monday was a great day celebrating some of the school’s music talent. The music concert was fantastic with performances from the school choir, recorder group and school orchestra. The level of performance from the children amazes me, especially when we are building the orchestra and choir after many of our strongest performers left to start secondary school. The children have done so well this term and I know I speak for many of us when I say that we loved listening and watching them all. Well done children – we are so proud of you!


This week we also introduced our advent calendar in school. The children all have a raffle ticket and one ticket a day is drawn out. We add to our little advent story and the children get a small gift. In return they choose a random of act of kindness as a way of showing they are giving back. So if your child comes home with a little gift and says they want to help with the washing up, you know why.


If your child would like to give out Christmas cards we have a Christmas school post service. Children just need to put the name of the child (full name) and the name of the class the child is in and post it in the box in the corridor outside RP.


Thanks to all who took part in our Christmas Bauble competition. The entries were beautiful and creative and make our tree very special. Thank you! Unfortunately we had to choose some winners, (one from each key stage) and they were, James Y in RP, Eloise in 2C and Lily H in year 5.


On Wednesday we have our Rock Steady concert. This is always a fun time where children who have formed a band get to perform their version of a song to the rest their parents. There were some memorable performances but one part that stood out for me was when Sam (Y6) took to the mike, sang with confidence and then shouted out during the instrumental, “Let’s make some noise Potters Bar!’ It brought back images of Glastonbury. Perhaps we should consider our own festival in the future.

Today we were spoiled with more musical talent. The children who have been learning the guitar performed in assembly. The played some seasonal songs, contemporary and traditional as well as some more classical performances. The quality of the sound and confidence to perform as a small group in front of the whole school and parents was brilliant.


In addition to this our choir visited Potters Court. The residents booked us straight away last December following our successful visit and we honored that today. There was also an additional performance from our string players, Matilda, Gabby, Kaveesha, Isabella and Caroline V who decided they would organize their own performance as well. Again I am so proud of our children for modeling such wonderful behavior and learning and helping to bring a little bit of joy to others in our community. Well done!


We also had some great learners. I was pleased to see our Year 6 taking their responsibilities as buddies so seriously. I know the Year 1 children really enjoyed this.



Finally I want to mention Roni in Y1. She did an amazing job with her snowman picture. She was focused and persistent and produced a great image in the end. Well done Roni.


Monday 4th December

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Amazing Fund Raising

Thank you so much for the amazing support you have been providing for our school. As you can see we have done really well so far and are close to being able to order the rest of the equipment for Key Stage 1 playground as well as new sports kits. 

The support from the Coop raised £1875 and Tesco donated a further £1000 once we showed we had followed up and installed the musical station on the playground. We are aiming to put in a climbing frame, tee pee and sheltered area in our next phase. We have also booked training for the Podley construction equipment for our Inset day in January and will have this in place in the Spring term. 

More events are planned - thanks for the Christmas baubles - judging will take place later this week and of course we still have our Christmas Fayre to come. 

Nursery have a special delivery!

Lots of excitement in nursery this morning as a special delivery arrived! We opened the box to find a good behavior elf! He has been sent to us from the North Pole to learn how to behave nicely. We have called him Twinkle, and are looking forward to showing him how amazing the nursery children's behaviour is.


Blog 24th November

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The Naughty Bus has been very busy in our Reception classes this week. Please keep an eye out for it as it might end up being naughty elsewhere. The children have been very helpful in investigating the antics of this delinquent vehicle and I am it seems they are working on helping the bus to change its ways. I hear it is considering a career as a night bus!

I am so impressed with Charlie D in Y5 this week. Following our work on Anti-bullying last week he has produced some excellent lyrics for a song. Please take a look if you have time - I have added the link to his work here.Song to Bullies.docx

Also I had the pleasure of teaching in Y6 on Tuesday. I was so pleased with Alessio R. We were looking at fractions. Many of us find this tricky. He stuck with it and by the end of the session was able to find fractions of amounts using the Singapore Bar Model approach to make sense of the problems. Well done Alessio – I know you can find maths tricky and you really did do well!

Our children in Year 4 were amazing this week. On Tuesday they went to Dame Alice Owen's school to compete in the athletics festival. The team was made up of 30 children and they competed in events such as javelin, long jump, balance beam, racing and many more. The team not only competed effectively but they modelled excellent sportsmanship and behaviours. Miss Panayiotou said, 'They were outstanding!'

Not only that, they actually won the event! Well done to all who competed - we are very proud of you! 

For those of you with boys in their teenage years there is a Boys Mental Health Campaign being launched over the coming weeks that secondary schools are being encouraged to get involved with. Keep a look out as a number of other partners are getting involved including YC Hertfordshire, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Watford Football Club and Hertfordshire Mind.

Thank you parents, PTA and King Charles the Martyr Community Cafe (who donated £100 this week to add to our playground development)! The first part of the additions to the playground have been installed this week. The music maker area will I am sure prove popular. Please try to help us keep it special by not letting children climb on it before and after school. We have also taken delivery of our Podley set and will be looking to put this in place in the new term once we have had time to explore and decide 


how best to introduce it to our children. There is a little video clip for you to see what it is like. Poddely in action.mp4 


This week we had a lovely letter arrive from Jenny Coles the Director of Children Services acknowledging the good work that we do. Take a look if you have time. Ofsted letter.pdf


Adminssions Consultation:

The consultation on school admission arrangements for 2019/20 opens on 20 November 2017 and closes on 5 January 2018. Information about the consultation is available online. Please read the consultation and complete the online response form at The County Council proposes the following changes are made to its admission arrangements for 2019/20:

  1. To amend the wording and definition of ‘Rule 5 - Nearest School’ to include all schools and academies (regardless of status) unless that school or academy prioritises applications and allocates places on the basis of faith.
  2. To include reference to the Shared Anti-Fraud Service in the definitions section in cases of fraudulent address verification.
  3. To reduce the Published Admission Number (PAN) at Watton-at-Stone Primary and Nursery School from 34 to 30.

The County Council is not proposing to change:

1) secondary and upper oversubscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools for the 2019/20 school year

2) oversubscription criteria for admission to 6th forms in Hertfordshire community secondary and upper schools for the 2019/20 school year

3) Hertfordshire’s schemes of coordination for 2019/20. Schemes will be updated and amended to improve clarity and transparency but without fundamental change.

Anti – Radicalisation – Update.

There is a new website called ‘Let’s talk about it.’ The aim of the site is to give people a clear and better understanding of both Prevent and Channel, while providing signposting and support for people who are concerned that someone they know may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

The site also contains useful information around how to spot the signs that someone may be being radicalised and provides tips on how you can protect yourself.

Prevent Officer Steve Smith said: “The new site is vastly improved. Not only does it look and feel better which makes it much more engaging, it’s also easier to use and it has more in depth content to help people understand how both Channel and Prevent work.

“We hope that by promoting the work of Channel and Prevent, and giving people a better understanding, we can create a wider awareness which will in turn reduce the risk of people becoming radicalised into supporting terrorism. I’d ask our partners to continue their use of the Let’s Talk About It website and to help us promote its re-launch by sharing posts on social media.”

Let’s Talk About It on social media

As part of the web re-launch, Let’s Talk About It now has its own Facebook page to run alongside its existing Twitter and YouTube accounts.

You can access the social media accounts here:





17th November

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Blog 17th November

It’s been a while since I last blogged and apologies for this but I have been here there and everywhere and in the meantime our school has continued to be an amazing place.

Today has been fantastic! I returned from a meeting drafting training programs for later this year to be confronted with a whole school wearing furry ears, spotty clothes and pyjamas! The bake off went really well and I need to say thank you to everyone for contributing to a fantastic cause and standing as a community together. I know school council really enjoyed the judging! Congratulations to the Haylie in RP, Dylan 1B, Andrianna 3ID , and Aimee 6B. The adult winner was Susie Sampson, Oscar’s mum from RP.

Miss Powell deserves special recognition for the way she has led this event and the success it has created! Thank you so much Miss Powell – you are awesome!

I have also enjoyed seeing some fantastic learning this week. Hayden L’s writing in year 1 blew me away! He has shown significant improvement. It just goes to show what high expectations, quality feedback and a little bit of extra support and encouragement can do. Well done Hayden!


This week we have had anti-bullying week. I have been very impressed that this has helped some children to raise concerns about their well being that they have not brought to the attention of anyone recently. It is important that we all support the right to be safe, the right the learn and the right to be respected for who we are. We will continue to reinforce these messages in our day to day work with the children and am grateful for your continued support with this at home.

We have also had a visit from a team of leaders from a school in St. Albans this week. They were very impressed with the way we support our children and how we challenge them all and aim to make sure that every child is challenged and supported to be the best they can be. A big thanks to my team who showed them round and helped them to improve their own awareness of great practice.

I was also fortunate enough, as part of my research into Multi-Academy Trusts and Executive leadership to visit the Windsor Academy Trust in Birmingham. This was a great chance to share learning between our two settings and explore how we continue to develop our staff to be the best they can be.

Some of you may not be aware but as part of my role to raise income for the school, I do support work for other schools and organisations. Towards the end of half term I flew out to Brunei and worked with the Shell international school of Panaga for two weeks delivering cpd to senior leaders, teachers, assistants, parents and local schools. It was an amazing experience, (despite being in the rainy season!) and a wonderful  challenge to do so much work in such a short space of time. I’m looking forward to the bill being paid and spending it back in school!


In the meantime I managed to miss out on some of our fantastic events. Fireworks was amazing and raised several thousand pounds because of how well supported it was. A big thanks to those who helped run it and to all who attended – it really was fantastic – and thank you to those of you who sent me little video clips and photos so that I could enjoy it all those miles away!



We also hired out our hall for a local community event - an amazing Divali celebration. I hope all those who joined in had a great day during this special time. We are delighted to be able to work with our faith groups in this way. 





29th September 2017

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Many thanks to all of you who attended our parent information evenings over the last two weeks. We hope that you were able to gather the information you need to make sure that your child is well prepared for the term ahead.

I hope the work your were introduced to regarding some developments in our maths teaching was helpful. We have made a really good start on this and the children, particularly our younger ones, are really embracing the way that parts of numbers can be represented. Please keep helping with maths at home – money and measures are really easy ways to keep maths alive and purposeful with your children and ways that we find difficult to emulate in the classroom. The more real life maths they have the more it makes sense and give a reason to what they are doing.

Many thanks for signing the reading records and hearing your children read. I have seen that many of you are setting really good habits this term and I am really grateful for that – reading is such an important life skill. Don’t forget to give your child a varied diet with reading – snippets from magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes at breakfast, interesting webpages, the odd poem, shopping list, etc all help to add to the reading repertoire for your child.

Today was Mrs Cooper’s last official day at work before starting her maternity leave. I am sure you will all join me in wishing her well as she waits for her family to grow in the coming days.


Good luck to our footballers this weekend at the go to Mountgrace to compete in their first tournament this term. I am sure they will do us all proud. I look forward to hearing all about their efforts on Monday.


Children are also getting ready for our Harvest celebration next week. We would love to see you so please feel free to attend on Wednesday next week. The donations of food will go to the local food back to support people in our community.


A big thanks to those who came to our PTA meeting this week. It was great to have some new faces and some brilliant suggestions. The PTA are aiming to raise about £16,000 this year. We have a plan to add some lovely equipment to the playground and want to get started as soon as possible. I will try to get the images up and on display so you can see what the plans look like.


We have a few new children due to start in a few year groups in the coming days so please help them and their families to receive a warm Cranborne welcome.

Next week I am fortunate to be attending a Head's conference and am looking forward to developing my learning. Mrs Keilty will of course be available in my absence and will host the Harvest Festival. 

Finally I have been busy working in the background on budgeting. I have real concerns over the funding of schools now and for the future. We have spent the last few years trimming, putting off things and cutting back. However, schools are really now getting close to a precipice that will see us having to lose good people that we have invested in. And this is in the context of recruiting being difficult. I have today received an email that highlights the projected difficulties ahead. We are already having to deal with a gap in funding of tens of thousands and the projection is looking even worse. I am meeting our local MP in a fortnight’s time to reinforce my concerns. If you are interested in supporting a campaign to reverse the cuts to school funding then please have a look at the following from a shared letter representing the views of a number of teaching unions;


Education in 2017 needs to be about much more than a basic cut-price learning process. We need the Treasury to recognise this. We have to demonstrate to MPs that this issue is not going away, that parents, teachers and support staff know the facts about school funding and that they expect the cuts to be reversed.

We are asking if you would help take our campaign forward by doing two simple things:

  1.       Take a look at the joint education union site. This has been updated to reflect the latest school funding figures published by the DfE. We would like you to share the link with staff and parents, so that this campaign is again broader than just school leaders and governors. Parents, in particular, are key to our success.  Simply type in your postcode to see whether your school is affected. With 88% of schools set to lose out, the chances are fairly high that you will not like what you see.
  2.       We are organising a lobby of Parliament on the 24 October. This will be an opportunity for parents, carers, governors, teachers and leaders to arrange to meet their local MP in person inside Parliament in order to request their commitment to reverse school cuts. You can sign up for the lobby at’


Headteacher Blog 2016.17

7th July 2017

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What a great evening our Music Concert was! Children from the choirs, orchestra, recorder group and individuals (who are learning an instrument), took part in our summer school music concert earlier this term. It was amazing! The orchestra played beautifully together and the evening was punctuated with solos, duets, ensembles etc. The quality of the performances blew me away and I can’t help feeling so proud of the achievements of the children who took part. Thank you so much for helping with your children at home, for giving them encouragement and time to practice and improve. It really was a wonderful treat to listen to and just shows the depth, range and quality of the children’s learning. Well done children and a huge thanks to the staff behind the scenes who make this happen.  

Well done to those in Year 6 who are taking part in bike ability this week. I wish you luck and hope you all pass your cycling proficiency so that you can be safe to cycle to school and enjoy the benefits of being on a bike. 

We also had our annual exhibition evening this week. This was an amazing celebration of the children's learning across the curriculum. The staff and children worked really hard to display the work with such care and attention to detail. The learning from nursery right through the year 6 shone through and right across the curriculum. I am so proud of the way the children and staff are able to celebrate learning with such quality and care. Thanks so much to all who attended and celebrated with their children. It was another lovely evening. 



14th July 2017

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Almost at the end of term and the children and staff are still cracking on with learning and giving it all they’ve got. At this time of year our thoughts automatically turn to those who are leaving us particularly our Year 6. They are doing a fab job of being great role models and going out with a bang. The production of ‘Frozen’ was something to behold. I can’t believe they put together their own orchestra to accompany the acting and that this was lead by one our our pupils Bethan! The lights, effects and sound were brilliantly managed by the children and the performances will stay with me forever. Some of the singing was something that belongs in the West End! Well done Year 6 – two amazing evening showing the breadth and depth of your talents and what you can achieve when you really work well together. I’m gong to really miss you but know that you will move on to do great things. I can’t wait to see and hear from you all in the future.


Foundation stage have also been on their trip to Paradise Wildlife Park as part of their learning this term. They had a brilliant time meeting the animals and learning about what they need to live.


We also had an excellent camping weekend event led by the PTA. Thanks so much to all who came out and camped on site at the weekend. It seems you weren’t the only ones who were having fun this weekend – Elm Court had a very active Saturday night ! I hope your sleep wasn’t disturbed too much!


26th June 2017

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Once again the school has been really busy over the last few days.

The summer fayre took place this weekend and we had a fantastic day. The weather was kind, people came out in their droves and all had a wonderful time. Thank you so much to all those of you behind the scenes who gave up time, donated gifts, sold raffle tickets and got others involved. There were some worrying moments with the new gunge event introduced this year. I don’t mind admitting I donated several times to Mr Balchin’s bucket to avoid me getting the gunge!

Well done to Mr Balchin for being such a good sport!

Early indications are we have done well with fundraising and the PTA will update us on their Facebook page in the near future. Thanks to everyone who made this possible - it will continue to help us plan and improve outcomes for the children.

Prior to this we also had a very successful parent workshop looking at how we help raise and maintain self-esteem in our children. Thanks to the inclusion team and parents who came and supported this. The feedback has been very positive so we will look to develop more of these next year.

We also had a Health and Safety Audit from the local authority which went really well and the Y3 and 4 fruit workshop was again very successful. What a great summer we are having!


16th June 2017

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Since the May half term the children seem to be busier than ever. This week has seen the children in Year 6 (and a great team of staff) attend their annual offsite visit to the Isle of Wight. We had a fabulous time and were blessed with an amazing hotel, great coach driver and beautiful weather. The children were a pleasure to be with and a credit to the you as parents and the school. We had fun – learning to surf, dancing the night away at the show, seeing and understanding wildlife, looking at the coastal challenges facing the island and time just being together. I hope your child has come home full of happy memories that will last a lifetime.

As well as this we need to say a massive well done the children, parents and teaching team in Year1. All the children did a great job at taking part in the annual phonics screening check. We look forward to the published results but the children rose to the challenge. Thanks so much for your continued support and practice with the areas the teachers targeted.

And last but not least we had the annual Potters Bar Carnival event. This is always a huge challenge to build a framework to keep the children safe and decorate the float in the early hours of Sunday morning for the parade. Many thanks to all who turned out to help with this – some of the Dads were awesome and I couldn’t have done it without you – THANK YOU!

Needless to say the children had practised their part and it didn’t take long for the judges to see how good the children’s work was and how well they sang and danced. We won first place again! Well done.



In addition to this we also had staff give up their Friday evening and Sunday morning to celebrate the children’s artwork at the Art Exhibition, which was at the carnival display ground in Elm Court. The quality of the work on display was stunning and hard to believe that children as young as 4 produce such amazing work. I am a tired but very proud headteacher this evening!


Friday 26th May 2017

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A great week this week and I hope those of you who managed to support any of the events enjoyed seeing your children trying and achieving.


I have to say I was so impressed by Year 4's assembly this week. It was great to see them produce and perform their own ideas to celebrate and share their learning. I am really pleased with this cohort, they are working well as a team and supporting and challenging each other to help improve in all areas of their learning. The assembly just showed how creative they can be, how confident they are to try something new and have a go. Their delivery was brilliant and I am sure those of you who managed to attend would agree that they certainly made us all feel very proud. Well done Year 4!


We also celebrated sporting curriculum this week with our 3 sports day events. I really enjoyed taking part in the Key Stage 2 events being in goal. I know the children loved the day and the opportunity to show their skills in a range of events in a competitive manor. Thank you to all those who helped with the PTA and those of you who supported by buying coffee, croissants, bacon butties and snacks throughout the day. Highlights of the day include seeing all the children taking part, seeing the older the children helping to organize and support the KS1 and FS sports day and of course the parent participation. Many adults particularly commented on Jack (Y6) who really went out of his way to make sure the children were supported and events were set up ready for the next group. Well done Jack and the others for this positive contribution. Also, a special thanks to Mr Concar and Mr Bush for their comical appearance in the Father’s race. They have certainly set a precedent for future years!


The week finished off with the Nursery Pirate & Princess Day and the Oakmere mini-marathon for Y4 and Y6. The children in Nursery took a full part in dressing up and I was pleased to see staff enjoy the opportunity to be creative with our staff dress code. It was a real pleasure to see them all enjoying being creative together.

We also enjoyed success at the marathon. A big thanks to Oakmere for running this event again – it takes a lot of preparation behind the scenes and is so good for the local schools to get together in this way. A big well done to all who took part and managed to get round the course. We had some competitive success with Adnan in Year 6 who managed to come in an amazing 3rd place against all the competitors. Well done Adnan – a great achievement! I hope it spurs you on to continue to compete and develop your athletic skills.


Finally, I want to mention our amazing PTA. Jo and Rebecca in particular have been tireless in taking on the PTA this year and have maintained a high level of events. The quiz night was a great evening by all accounts.

They also helped with the school photo days and have made sure that refreshments were available for sports day. This is in the context of preparing for our biggest fund raiser this year, the summer fayre. So a big thanks for all you do to make our PTA so successful. Please remember to bring in Jazzy Jars after half term and donations for the children and adult tom bola. If you can help with the Summer Fayre please let us know.


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Autumn Term 2017

Celebration Assembly 23 November 2017 with Mrs Keilty


It’s been another busy week in school with lots to celebrate in assembly.

Taylor and Elizabeth in year 2 and Oskar in year 3 earned certificates for their hard work in Mathletics. Olivia in year 2 was awarded her 5m badge in swimming and Ruby H in year 5 received a medal for her hard work in Karate this week.  Max in year 3 turned 9 and received his copy of First News.

A big round of applause for the athletics team in year 4, who won the cup at the Athletics Festival at Dame Alice Owen’s. They competed against Pope Paul and Little Heath in obstacle races, hurdles and relays.

As part of their homework, the children in year 2 had to design the front cover of the programme for their forthcoming Christmas production. There were so many wonderful drawings to choose from. The winners were Rona and Faris, and the runners up were Luca, Ewan, Maheesha, Oliver and Amy.

In year 4, Zara and Alexander have been working hard on their Maths.

The year 5 children have been working on their persuasive writing, and tied this in to their work on different types of government. Max, Daniel, Nathan, Mathilde and Binuk shared their work with us.

The focus for Year 6 has been on their literacy and writing skills, and applying them in a historical context – James, Rory, Grace, Izzy and Amelia showed us their wonderful work.

Well done to all the children who shared their work with us this week!

Have a lovely weekend


Mrs St Pierre

Celebration Assembly 16th November 2017

Our celebration assembly this week was opened by Evie and Ella in year 4 who showed us their wonderful dancing and singing routine to ‘can’t stop the feeling’. It certainly put everyone in the mood for celebrating all the wonderful achievements the children have made.

We had certificates for Mathletics for Margaret in year 2, Gymnastics awards for Joshua in year 2 and Alexis in year 3, and a Trampoline award to Joshua in year 4.

Well done to Cameron in year 2 who had a Superstar award for sitting beautifully on the carpet in class, and also to Selin in year 2 who has been awarded her pen licence. Faris in year 2 is also being awarded his pen licence.

Across the school, the children have all been working hard. Year 3 are working hard in moving around the classroom from the carpet to the tables more smoothly so as to have more time to learn, and year 4 are trying hard to achieve their class targets. The children in year 5 have been learning about multiplication. Although it is challenging them, they are all thinking positively and telling themselves, not that they can’t do it, just that they can’t do it yet!

Year 6 children have been busy on their ‘read theory’ app and improving their comprehension skills. A special mention to Tazeem, Luke, Sonny, HauHau and Sofia – she has answered over one hundred questions in the last week. Well done indeed!

Finally, the mathematicians in year 2 have been working hard on partitioning their numbers, and Kaiden, Harvey, Emily and Joshua showed us some of their amazing work.


Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Celebration Assembly 20th July 2017

There was a combination of celebration and sadness today! We celebrated the achievements of some of our fabulous children but said good bye to some of our wonderful staff.

Well done to Tilly in year 1 for being awarded two swimming certificates and a gymnastics badge and congratulations to Imethma in year 3 for the super comments she received in her piano prep exam. Tom, Charlie and Archie in year 4 celebrated their trophies awarded for football and Harrison, Luke and Hau Hau in year 5 and Serene, Martin and Solomia were very proud of their swimming achievements. Well done to those achieving their certificates of excellence today too.

We said farewell and good luck to Miss Edwards, Mr S, Miss Hodgetts and Mrs Heatley. Thank you for all you have done for the school. We will really miss you! This is also the last time Miss Georgiou will be with us... she will be returning as Mrs Johnson! Good luck on your special day!

Have a wonderful summer everyone. Stay safe and enjoy time with your families! You all deserve a good rest!

Take care

Mrs Keilty xx

Celebration Assembly 6th July 2017

We had a wonderful time today, celebrating lots of achievements across the school. We listened to some amazing writing from Izzy, Amelia, Grace, Ruby, Michael and Solomia - their use of language and vivid description was really powerful. Well done!

Congratulations to a group of year 6 children who passed level 1 or level 2 in their bike ability sessions. They were awarded a badge and certificate. Remember to use your skills to stay safe.

We had lots of certificates of excellence today - keep up the hard work guys and keep winning those house points!

Year 5 had a very special surprise today... they were all awarded their Blue Peter badges due to their excellent art work. I am sure you will enjoy using these at many attractions across the country - you will be treated like VIPs!

Finally, the lovely Lily in year 1 performed at the end by singing  'Let it go' in front of the whole school. Beautiful singing Lily! Thank you.

Enjoy the sunshine everyone!

Mrs Claire Keilty

Deputy Headteacher

Parenting Support

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Mrs Keilty


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Celebration Assembly 31st March

What a wonderful way to finish the Spring term. So many great achievements.

Well done to Year 5 who all passed their cycling proficiency tests and received badges.

Binuk in Year 4 won a gold medal in a Tae Kwon do national competition. Maya in Year 2 gained her 5m swimming badge.

Charlie, Louie, James, Hau Hau and Hanson from the Potters Bar Scout group took part in a swimming competition and won a trophy!

Avin Manshadi won Best Supporting Actress at the National Film Awards - very well done!

The winners of our Easter Bonnet competition are Teddy, Brooke, Amy, Oskar, Adrian, Arion, Jodie, Kaeya and Bethan.

We had some great writing from Kyle and Krishee and I gave out many certificates of excellence so a big congratulations to you all.

Have a wonderful Easter break. See you all on Tuesday 18th April.

Mrs Keilty

Deputy Headteacher 

Celebration Assembly 16th March

Today was a busy day for celebrations! We had over 20 children to congratulate for various wonderful achievements!

Imogen, Paige, Emily, Imethma, Megan and Harvey all celebrated swimming achievements and Serene and Martin made the Peanut team to compete against other areas! Solomia told us about a forthcoming gymnastics competition - good luck girls!

Isabella and Gabriella passed their violin grade 1 exams with merit! Well done guys!

We had some fabulous handwriting and presentation in 1S... Taylor, Celyn, Talia and Ela-Su's writing was beautifully formed, on the lines and a pleasure to read.

Rona and Aaliyah were awarded their certificates of excellence.

10 children were chosen from year 6 to represent the school in a very important debating day at the Hertsmere Borough council Offices. Thank you and well done to Bethan, Jess, Havin, Isabella, Mable, Drew, Tom, Ilia, Sam and Sabaa for their excellent contributions.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Keilty

Deputy Headteacher

Celebration Assembly 10th March

We had a small audience today as one year 4 class were off at swimming and year 1 were busy working!

Nevertheless, we celebrated some fantastic children's achievements. Ashley showed off his trampolining grade 4 badge and Alexis was so proud of her gymnastics certificate.

I was really impressed to see some of the fab projects from year 2 on a country of their choice. Summer chose the USA and presented a massive roll of paper which was covered in photos, captions, pictures and facts! It took two children to hold it up! Rosa produced a beautiful book all about Spain, explaining the currency, language and traditions. So much effort went into all the projects so thank you mums and dads for supporting your children with these.

Finally, a big well done to year 6 for continuing their maths booster sessions with such enthusiasm and to school council reps for their confidence in feeding back to their classes.

What a wonderful week! Well done Cranborne!

Mrs Keilty

Deputy Headteacher

Celebration Assembly 24th February

Another wonderful day of celebrations! Miss Georgiou took the assembly today and was very impressed with how well you have all done.

Firstly, a massive well done to all those in year 4 who took part in the Speed Stacking tournament at Dame Alice Owens school in January. I am pleased to say that we came first!

Congratulations to Alex in Year 2 who got a housepoint certificate.

Charlie, Louis, Hau Hau, Hanson and James all participated in a building competition at Cubs. They built a kitchen out of cereal boxes, came first and won a trophy. Well done boys!

Andreas in Year 2 built a moving tank out of cardboard. Excellent building.

Ela-Su in Year 1 got a swimming certificate. Keep up the good work! 

Celebration Assembly 19th January

I was so impressed today with how much learning has taken place over the last week! Kamil, Ola, Kiera and Luke from year 5 shared some fabulous character descriptions. They had used metaphors, adverbials and adjectival phrases to create vivid images in the readers mind. Very clever!

Gracie and Mete, again from year 5, showcased their maths learning - drawing and measuring angles with accuracy. The whole school were taught how to remember an acute angle ( small angle less than 90 degrees) by saying (in a gentle voice) 'Ah... it's a 'cute' angle!'

Zoe and Mathilde wowed us with a dance in front of the whole school - how brave!

We had lots of swimming and Mathletics certificates too - keep up the hard work! There were lots of comments from teachers celebrating whole classes - particularly around working as a team, supporting each other and positive attitudes towards learning. Well done everyone!

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Keilty

Deputy Headteacher

Celebration Assembly 12th January

Welcome back to an exciting Spring term! Today we celebrated some fantastic maths learning in year 1... they showed off their number bonds to 10 and how quickly they can recall them! Well done Mrs Sinclair and Mrs Adams!

It was great to hear that year 5 have been supporting each other in their learning and that year 6 are really rising to the challenge of revision and SATs practice!

Tilly, Lily and Amara were proud of their swimming achievements, Maya showed off her gymnastics certificate and Josh celebrated his mathletics bronze award. Harley has amazed us with his positive attitude towards his learning this term - keep up the good work!

It's lovely hearing about all your achievements, both in and out of school so please come and let me know!

Mrs Keilty

Deputy Headteacher

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

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