Attendance good news!

Welcome back to the summer term!  As I write this blog the rain is pouring and it is cold and breezy – it doesn’t feel much like summer is here.  Hopefully that will change very soon.

The good news that I want to share with you is that last week we achieved 96% attendance!  This is fantastic.  This is what Ofsted expect all schools to achieve but we have been struggling to get there, but last week we did it.  Well done to everyone who was in school last week.  Let’s hope we can keep it up.

This morning, in my assembly, I spoke to all the children about the importance of not wasting food.  We have particularly noticed that a lot of children who bring packed lunches are not eating them.  Some children are throwing away the contents of their lunch box.  From today, if the children do not eat the food in their lunch box they will be told to leave it in their box and take home,.  This way you can also monitor what and how much your child is eating.  The midday supervisors have also been told to monitor this and encourage the children to eat as much as they can.  Please visit our website to read some guidance on healthy packed lunches. Thank you for supporting us with this matter.

Finally, Mr O’Reilly has informed me that there are a number of scooters that have been left in the Key Stage 1 playground which have been there for a number of months now.  We think that they may be old scooters that are no longer wanted.  If they are not removed by the end of this week we will assume that they are no longer wanted.  Thank you.

Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick


Easter parade

It has been another busy week at Rushy.  At the start of the week we had a wonderful Easter hat parade from all the pupils in Year 1 and 2 .  The hats were amazing; colourful, intricate and even some with lights.  Well done children.  Thank you to all the parents and carers who were able to come along and support the parade.

This week we have run the book fair after school, and again, this was well supported.   The more books you buy, the more the book fair company donate to the school for new books for classrooms and the library.  Thank you.

Finally, I would like to request that for those of you who bring your children to school by car to be mindful of children crossing the roads.  This week a child was almost knocked over by a car that had parked across the dropped kerb on Rushy Meadow Lane.  Fortunately the child was not hurt but it is essential that cars are parked in the appropriate places and do not put pedestrians in danger.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Bretherick

Remember: The children finish school next Wednesday.  School will finish at the usual time.

Adverse weather conditions

We have taken the decision to remain closed on Friday 2nd March.

Closing the school is a difficult decision, and not taken lightly. We are fully aware of the implications for parents and we want to take the right decision. We have to consider whether we will have enough staff to run the school safely. Staff tend to live further away than the children. If we could all walk to school, then the decision might be different. Of course we have to ensure everyone can get home safely too. 

We have carefully considered the weather forecast (and it can be wrong) and we have looked at what other local schools are doing to help parents with siblings. 

It is important for parents that we take the decision as early as possible and stick to it. Parents may need to make other childcare arrangements and no one likes indecision. 

We may get it wrong – but we really do take the decision seriously and in good faith.

Stay safe and warm and we hopefully look forward to seeing you next week.

Ms Bretherick 

Half term

Once again, we have had a busy half term with lots going on – the class blogs reflect all the exciting learning that has taken place since January.

As I write this blog the hall is full of children enjoying the Valentine Disco.   The children seem to be having a wonderful time.  Even the adults are dancing away!  Thank you to the PTA for organising the event.

I wish you all an enjoyable half term and look forward to seeing you on Monday 19th February.

Best wishes

Ms Bretherick

Latest news

This week we have held our coffee morning/parent forum meetings.  [We still have some next week – see my previous blog for the times and dates.]  At the meetings we discussed some of the ideas in our new Behaviour Policy.  Thank you to the parents and carers who were able to come along – your comments and views were really helpful.

We have also held some of our maths workshops this week.  I know that for those parents who were able to attend they welcomed having the opportunity to hear how maths is taught in school and to find out ways to help their children at home.

On 9th January we held E-safety workshops for our pupils and parents.  Sadly we had to cancel the afternoon parent workshop as no one attended, and only 2 parents came along to the repeat session in the evening.  We were disappointed by this as we know that E-safety is such an important issue for us in school and for you at home.  We do plan on holding another event before the end of the school year and encourage you to attend.  We need to work together on tackling the issues that our children are having to deal with.  I have enclosed the PowerPoint presentation that was given at the parent workshop and encourage you to have a look.

E safety Parent presentation

Finally, I would like to reassure you that the teachers in school are always happy to meet with you if you have any concerns about your child’s learning or welfare.  If you wish to speak to the teacher please pop along to the office to make a request for an appointment.  We will then ring you back with a suitable time.  Class teachers are extremely busy first thing in the mornings and find it impossible to have conversations at this time – their priority is settling the class ready for their learning.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Ms Bretherick



Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you have all had an enjoyable break.  It was lovely to welcome the children back to school last week and to hear their news.

We have two new class teachers who have started at Rushy this term; Miss Heslop, who is the class teacher for Oak class and Mr Skelton, who is the class teacher for Maple class. We are delighted that they have joined us and sure you join me in welcoming them to our school.

Please take note of some important events taking place this month:

  • E-safety workshops for children and parents have been arranged for Tuesday 9th January.  Letters were sent out about this on the 20th December.  The workshops will be run by Stephen Welding, an Ex-Detective for the Metropolitan Police.  During the parent sessions, among other things, Stephen will be talking about how to prevent online predators, how to keep your children safe when using social media and the internet, and he will be sharing information about the latest social media sites children are using and the associated risks. These sessions are always very informative, and you really shouldn’t miss it.  The parent sessions are at 2:00- 3:00 pm, and then again at 6:00 – 7:00pm, also catering for those who work or would prefer to attend in the evening.
  • Coffee Mornings/Parent Forums.This term we will hold coffee mornings for each year group. The dates are as follows:

    Monday 22nd Jan       Year 1

    Tuesday 23rd Jan       Year 2

    Wednesday 24th Jan   Year 3

    Thursday 25th Jan       Year 4

    Friday 26th Jan            Year 5

    Monday 29th Jan         Year 6

    Tuesday 30th Jan        Reception

    Wednesday 31st Jan   Nursery

    This term we will be incorporating the Parent Forum into the coffee morning. The topic for focus will be the school’s Behaviour Policy.  This is currently under review, a great deal of work has been devoted to the review which we would like to share with you and to also hear your views.  I realise that not everyone can make the coffee mornings so if you have a view or comment that you wish to raise please either speak to a member of the school leadership team [we are always at the school gates each morning] or alternatively, ask a friend who will be attending to raise your view on your behalf.  We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

    You can keep up to date with key dates and events by regularly checking our school calendar. You can access the calendar at the bottom of this blog page.

We look forward to working with you this term.

Ms Bretherick

End of term message

The past couple of weeks have been very busy with lots of exciting things going on in school.  As you know, this year our newly formed PTA created a magical Santa’s grotto for all of our younger pupils to visit.  The children were so excited to be able to see Santa and receive a small gift from the PTA.  Santa also did a walk-about around the older classes to make sure that every pupil received a present.  I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the PTA for their hard work.  They are a great team and worked long hours to make sure it was a success.  I look forward to all the other activities that the PTA are planning to support the school.

I would like to say thank you to you for supporting our Christmas Jumper day last Friday.  The children looked brilliant in their jumpers.  We had jumpers with flashing lights, pom poms, fur, sparkles, funny messages…. they all looked fantastic!  The money that you donated on that day has been given to Save The Children Fund.  We received a special video message of thanks from the charity – click on the link to watch the video: Christmas Jumper video

I would also like to thank you for all the kind Christmas messages you have given me and the staff,  as well as the many generous gifts.

Finally, thank you for your ongoing support to help us make Rushy Meadow Primary Academy a great school.  As we move into 2018 I will continue to listen to your ideas and views, and of course, always welcome your positive feedback.

I wish you all a happy time over the Christmas break and look forward to seeing you all on 3rd January 2018!

Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick

Christmas message

It is nearly the end of term and there are lots of exciting things happening in school as we lead up to the final day on 20th December. Our Early Years classes are performing the Nativity this year. They will be doing two performances: one to their parents and carers and one to the whole school. I am sure this will be a special moment that all the pupils can enjoy.

There are also other ‘Christmassy’ things planned : we have our school Christmas dinner on 13th December, Christmas Jumper day on 15th, Class Christmas parties on 18th as well as the Santa’s Grotto, organised by our new PTA on 13th . Children have been enjoying singing festive songs in their singing assemblies. There is lots going on!

As you know, we have launched our new school uniform and it is lovely to see so many children wearing the new logo. Also, thank you for supporting the school with our requests for other uniform rules such as no colourful logos on trainers, no jewellery and no hair bows.

It is not just the children who are looking smart. I am sure you have also noticed the very smart new signs around the school. I hope you agree, they make the school look so much better.

Remember, we finish school at the usual time on Wednesday 20th December and the children come back to school on Wednesday 3rd January.

I wish you all a happy break over the festive season and I look forward to seeing you all in 2018!

Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick


Message from Ms Bretherick

We are now settled into the second half of the autumn term.  This time of year is always a busy and exciting one as we lead up to Christmas   Thank you to those of you who were able to come along to our Year Group coffee mornings.  As you know, this was the first time we have held the coffee mornings.  We will hold them again next term so please try to come along as it is an opportunity to sit and chat with Senior Leaders, Phase Leaders, and other parents.

I am delighted that our new PTA is now established and I am confident that they are going to be a great team.  This half term we will be holding our first PTA AGM.  The meeting will be on Friday 17th November at 8.45 – 9.45 in the school hall.  Please do come along as this is your opportunity to hear about their plans for the way in which they will support the school and provide opportunities for our children.

Just a polite reminder from me about behaviour at the school gates in the mornings.  The school received a complaint last week about parents who were smoking and using inappropriate language outside the main gate.  I am sure you will agree that it is important that we make sure we are mindful about our language and I ask that you consider waiting to smoke until you are away from the school gates.  Thank you.

Finally, we are currently advertising for additional Midday Supervisors.  if you are interested in applying for one of these positions please visit

As always, I look forward to chatting with you at the school gates each morning.  Do please come and say hello.

Ms Bretherick