Half term

This part of the term has flown by. The pupils have once again been very busy with their learning and taking part in additional activities too.

Just a few things that have happened this half term are that our pupils performed at the O2, Year 6 visited the Horniman Museum and we have launched our newly refurbished library. All of the children now spend time in the library each week. They have told me that they love going in there to read and share their favourite books as well as exploring new books.

This week we had an excellent performance from Year 5 on the theme of e-safety. We were very pleased that the Local Authority E-Safety Officer was also able to come into school and talk to our Year 5 parents and carers. This is such an important issue and as a school we are committed to ensuring that all of our pupils stay safe online. Please look at the school website for important information and links to helpful websites about this subject.

I hope you all have an enjoyable half term break whatever the weather!

We look forward to seeing all the children back in school on Monday 24th February.

Best wishes

Ms Bretherick

Ofsted news!

I am delighted to share with you all the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection.  You will know that the inspectors came to school on 11th and 12th December.  As a result of their inspection they have judged the overall effectiveness of the school as


This result shows how far the school has come in a relatively short period of time.  Everyone in school is absolutely delighted with this outcome.  It recognises the incredible hard work given by every single member of the Rushy team. 

Please take time to read the report – today we are sending home one copy per family. 

Next week Ofsted will release the report on their website and our school website.  Share in our pride about the school.  Spread the word and let’s make sure that everyone knows Rushy Meadow Primary Academy is a GOOD school.

Best wishes

Ms Bretherick

Happy New Year

Welcome back to the new term. I hope you all had a a lovely break and found time to enjoy being with family and friends.

We look forward to welcoming you all into school over the next few weeks on our second Come and be Nosy days. This week the children will be bringing home a letter with information about the days.

Best wishes

Ms Bretherick

Christmas time

We are almost at the end of term. The past few weeks have been very busy with lots of festive activities as well as a visit from Ofsted. We should be able to share the Ofsted report with you towards the end of January.

On behalf of all the staff at Rushy I want to thank you for your continual support this term.

We hope you all have a lovely break and have opportunity to spend time with your families and friends.

We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on…


Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick

Come and be Nosy

We have been delighted with our Come and be Nosy days so far.

The comments have been fantastic and we know that those of you who came found them extremely worthwhile. Here are some of the feedback comments:

“Really enjoyed seeing how the children learn, and how you have made learning so much fun.”

“The morning was brilliant. Went really well. Would like to see maths next time.”

“Really nice to see what my child is learning. I think it’s a really good idea and will come to another.”

“I like all the rhymes the children learn to sound the letters.”

We read all of your feedback and look to see how we can take on some of your suggestions. We will definitely be having more Come and be Nosy days next term.

We still have our Come and be Nosy days for Key Stage 2 so we look forward to seeing more parents on those days.

Thank you

Ms Bretherick

Autumn term

I hope you have enjoyed the half term break.

Remember, the children come back to school on Tuesday 29th October

Before I write about the next half term I would like to say ‘thank you’ to those of you who came to our Parents Consultation meetings just before we broke up for the half term. As always, it is lovely to see you and talk to you. Some of you may also have spoken to some of our governors who came along. Thank you all for your very positive comments about the school as well as your constructive comments about what we can consider to be even better.

The next half term is traditionally a very busy one so please do keep your eye on the school calendar which is found on the school website so that you know what is happening. Other ways we will keep in touch with you are through the class blogs, occasional texts and letters.

A letter will be coming home this week to invite you to our ‘Come and be Nosy’ days. These are an opportunity for you to come into your child’s classroom and find out what they get up to!

I look forward to the next half term and to seeing you in and around school.

Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick

A new school year

It has been wonderful to welcome back our pupils and to also welcome our new children who have started with us this week. The children all look very smart and are settling in well to their new classes. It is lovely for us to hear about their holiday news.

This year we have introduced some school rules that we want all the children to know and follow. All the adults have been talking to the children about them this week. There are just 5 for the children to remember. Please ask your children if they can tell about you our 5 school rules.

  1. Be respectful
  2. Be responsible
  3. Be honest
  4. Be polite
  5. Be kind

As always, I ask you to keep checking the class blogs so that you know what your children are doing in their classes. Also, keep checking the school calendar on our website so that you can keep informed about all the events that are taking place in school.

I look forward to working with you all this year.

Best wishes

Ms Bretherick

Happy Summer Holiday!

Well we have reached the end of term! The last few weeks have been full of special activities such as our International Day, Year 6 sleepover, parties…the list goes on. It has been a lovely end to the term.

We have also said goodbye to some members of staff who are leaving us. We held two special Leaver’s assemblies where we wished them well and presented them with special gifts.

We particularly want to wish our lovely Year 6 pupils a special goodbye. They have been a brilliant group of children and it has been a pleasure watching them grow and mature this past year.

I hope you all enjoy the summer break. The children have some fun activities to do, so if you run out of ideas to keep them occupied, please try something on their summer holiday list.

Finally, on behalf of all the staff, thank you so much for your ongoing support. I really do feel that we are embracing our school motto:

Pupils, families, community: learning and working together

We will see you all on Tuesday 3rd September.

Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick

Latest news

We got off to a great start last week – it was lovely to welcome the children back after the half term break.

Garden Project

Thank you to all of the parents and children who helped out with our garden project last Saturday. I am very grateful to everyone who helped with the digging, clearing, pulling up weeds and putting in the foundations for the new pond. We made a fantastic a start and I know the garden and pond will look fabulous when it is finished. Look out for more information about the next stage. Your continuing support is always very welcome.

Parent survey

Thank you to those of you who have returned your survey. We welcome your views and comments so please do return your survey if you still haven’t done so. The deadline is the end of this week.

Scoot to school

We want as many children as possible to ‘scoot to school’ this Wednesday.
Scooting to school is growing in popularity; for the children it’s a fun, fast way to get here. It’s also a great way to get children more active and is a great sustainable solution rather than to coming to school by car. We are keen to encourage the children to do so. On Wednesday the class teachers will be doing a count of how many scoot to school.

Year 5 Transition meeting

The meeting takes place this Thursday [13th June] at 6 pm. The meeting will give important information about pupils’ transition to secondary school. Please make sure that if you have a son or daughter in Y5 you attend.

Best wishes

Ms Bretherick

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Spring into summer!

We have almost reached the end of this half term. In the past 5 weeks the pupils have enjoyed many wonderful activities, including trips to Wisley Gardens and Brighton. Fortunately the spring weather was kind on both these occasions and the children behaved beautifully. In fact some members of the public went out of their way to talk to members of staff to say what a credit the pupils were to our school. I am always delighted to hear that our pupils are such great ambassadors for our school when they are ‘out and about’.

Last week our Year 6 pupils applied themselves brilliantly as they sat their SATs. All the staff in school were impressed by the pupil’s attitude and commitment to do their very best.

It was lovely to see so many parents and carers in the hall supporting the PTA Family Disco last Friday. The PTA received very positive feedback from those who attended so let’s hope we can do more of these events. I would like to thank the PTA for all their hard work in organising the disco. Their commitment to organising events is brilliant and is making such a difference to all the pupils at Rushy. Their next event will be the Summer Fair – listen out for more news about this over the next few weeks.

As you know, we are going to be developing the garden at the front of the school. We look forward to seeing some of you on Saturday 8th June when we begin the first stage – clearing and weeding.

I wish you all an enjoyable half term break and look forward to welcoming the pupils back to school on Tuesday 4th June for the rest of the summer term.

It really does feel that summer is almost here.

Best wishes

Ms Bretherick

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