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Executive Headteacher Blog

Always achieving our potential

Welcome all

As you are aware we no longer have a half termly newsletter due to the success of the 'Reach More Parents' application that we have in school. Therefore, I have decided that I'm going to begin a half termly Executive Headteacher's blog. You may realise that my title has changed recently from Headteacher to Executive Headteacher, this is because my time is now split between two schools (Fountains Primary School and Elmsleigh Infants & Nursery School in Swadlincote) on an interim basis. This will not effect any of our school community (most importantly our pupils) and Mrs Kobylanski will be acting as Interim Head of School during the foreseeable future. 
This week we are now really beginning to benefit from some long anticipated warmer weather, many thanks to all of you who braved the weather during our Easter Bonnet Parade and May Day celebrations. Hopefully your children will now be able to enjoy the warmer weather during the outdoor learning opportunities for the rest of this term. Although, it was a little colder at the beginning of the Summer Term, the residential visit to Standon Bowers Outdoor Education Centre was really positive for both children and staff. Many thanks to everyone who made these experiences a huge success, once again this year. It is important to recognise that we offer this residential to all pupils in Years 4,5 and 6 (regardless of the curriculum they follow) and this means that we have to pull together as a whole staff team to ensure that the pupils both 'in school' and 'at the residential' are adequately supported.  Alongside this it was really lovely to hear all of the positive feedback from parents and carers about the information that went onto 'Reach more Parents'. A big thank you to Mrs Kobylanski for keeping all of us informed on how the trip was going. 


Other good news this term is that Fountains Primary School have achieved Gold in the Artsmark award and the National SMSC verification visit. On behalf of Mrs Sally Millman Jones and Mrs Abi Wilburn I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone across the whole school for contributing to both of these prestigious Quality Marks. Alongside this, we have also achieved the Healthy Schools Status for our school. Well done all! 
On Saturday 22nd June (11.00am-2.00pm), we will be holding our Fountains Primary Summer Fayre, where we are looking forward to seeing all of you there, as well as your extended friends and families. If anyone is willing to help on the day, maybe on a stall or would like to donate an unwanted gift for the raffle, please email the school in the first instance:
During our final half term, we are planning several events to take place after the Spring Half Term holiday; Sports Days (please see Reach More Parents for your child's/children's class date); Leavers Assembly (Year 6 parents only) and Awards Ceremony (by invite only). Responding to parental and staff feedback, this year we will, once again, be having an ‘Open Afternoon’ on Tuesday 3rd September (1.30pm-3.00pm). This will provide you all with an opportunity to meet your child's class team and look at the class they are in for the Academic Year 2024-2025 (please bring along extended family if you wish). 
Finally, many thanks to all of you who have nominated our staff members for the Esteem MAT Awards, winners will be announced in our next blog. Once again, I would like to thank all the staff in school for their resilience and the continued commitment they show to facilitate the education of your child. They provide opportunities for every child to progress and achieve their full potential. I continue to feel proud to lead such an amazing school and I wish you all (children, parents, carers and staff) a happy Spring Half Term break when it comes! School will resume on Monday 3rd June.

Mrs Nicola Price
Executive Headteacher

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