Message from Miss Emson

This week has been a busy one yet again in school. As the weeks pass by I am seeing such enthusiasm from the children in all areas.  I absolutely love walking the school and getting involved in the fabulous learning that is happening.  I am thrilled with the response to reading as this is a whole school focus and we have more than half the school attending the cinema at Whitgift next week for achieving 3 or more reads each week – we’re so thrilled.  This week has seen a handful of children also receive their pen licences for exceptional standards and presentation – this really is across the board in school.  We will look forward to sharing this with you next half term when we’ll invite you to look at your child’s work and chat with the class teachers.  
I just wanted to remind you that our Facebook page will be closing 11th February and our social media of choice is Twitter. Here we share work and celebrate the success of all the children and also share important events coming up too.  You can also join us on our Twitter journey and share postcards home too with us. We are really developing our praise culture as a school – so much so, other schools are coming to see us! 


Stars of the week

Key Stage 1

Mrs Woods – Bear C

Miss Winn – Rhyver D

Mrs Watson – Maya M

Mrs Brown – Leon B

Key Stage 2

Mrs Cox – Phoebe A

Miss Baxter – Poppy M

Mrs Bradley – Macey T

Miss O’Neill – Ocean R

Mrs Martin – Adam S

Mr Baxter –  Lacey P

Year 6 Superstars

Each week up to six year 6 children are chosen as the Year 6 Superstars, for their efforts in school with behaviour or learning and because they are incredible role models for the rest of the school. These children get a special badge to wear for the week.

This week’s Year 6 Superstars are:

Adam S
Ashley G
Olly C

Harrison B
Deon O
Elisha W


Mrs WoodMrs WatsonMiss WinnMrs BrownMrs CoxMiss BaxterMrs BradleyMiss O’NeillMr BaxterMrs Martin
85% 80%77% 100%78%89%86% 90%65%100%
Green improved from last week and red reduced from last week.

Wow! Congratulations to Mrs Martin’s class. 100% 3 times in a row! They have read three times or more.

Congratulations to Mrs Brown class, 100%. They have read three times or more.

Most improved this week is Miss Baxter. Well Done

Times Tables Rock Stars

This is the leaderboard for Times Tables Rock Stars. Well done these children for working hard on your times tables.

1. Deon OY6
2. Phenix MY3
3. Cody DY6
4. Jasmine MY6
5.Vienna H Y5
6. Jack CY5
7. Max KY3
8. Olly CY6
9. Isabelle HY6
10. Alicia JY6

To get on the leaderboard you need to play on ‘Studio’ on times tables rock stars and you need to play at least 10 times.

The school is 19th out of 30 in the league table of local schools. Well done, we have gone up! Keep playing everyone.

World Book Day

Para-Athlete Visit

On 16th March, the school will be visited by the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup winner, Martin Norris. The children will take part in a physical activity with Martin and have an inspirational talk. The visit is sponsored by the organisation Sports for Champions. To fund the visit, pupils will bring home a donation form next week and there will be information about a crowd funding page so that parents can support the school to provide the activity and Para-athletes in whatever way they can.

As we will be asking parents to support this visit and charity this year, we will not be raising money for Red-Nose Day, which is on the same week.


Mrs WoodMrs WatsonMiss WinnMrs BrownMrs CoxMiss BaxterMrs BradleyMiss O’NeillMr BaxterMrs Martin
97% 95%97%87%98%92%90%98% 96%96% 

Good attendance is classed as 96% and above.

If your child will not be attending school, please call the school office on 01472 808608 or email the school on [email protected] to report their absence. For planned absences, please do this before the first day of the absence.

When a child does not attend school, and no explanation has been provided, the school will contact the individuals listed on our system as contacts, starting with the primary contacts. If we cannot reach any of these contacts, or we do not receive a satisfying response as to the whereabouts and safety of the pupils, we will immediately send a staff member to the pupil’s home. If there is no response, we will contact the police.

Dates for your diary

Year 4 Swimming Dates
Feb 7th, 21st, 28th, March 7th, 14th.
Safer Internet Day8.2.22
Close for half term11.02.22
World Book Day04.03.22
Visit to school by Para-Athlete. Martin Norris16.3.22
Swimming for Year 5 begins – More details to follow in a letter next week22.3.22
Close for Easter holidays01.04.22
Open for Summer Term20.04.22
Close for Half-Term27.05.22
School Closed – Training Day17.06.22
School closes21.07.21


Safer Internet Day

At Great Coates, the safety of children online is a priority. On Tuesday 8th February the school will be taking part in Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.  The theme this year is about respect and relationships online. For more information follow the link below.

Compass Go, Mental Health Support Team

School are working in partnership with Compass Go (Mental Health Support Team) to support the wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

Compass Go are a new mental health support team who will be working together with your school to help support children and young people’s emotional wellbeing.  As a part of this support they will be looking at how they can help parents/careers to understand the types of mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties their children may encounter and how best to support them. 

They would really appreciate your views on what support you would find helpful, please click the following link to express your views regarding this matter –

Sleep Training Workshops


Below are our expectations on uniform which will also serve as a reference throughout the year.

SWEATSHIRT: Logo sweatshirt or a plain red sweatshirt or cardigan.

SKIRT/TROUSERS: Black or dark grey skirts/pinafore or trousers/shorts/ red check summer dress

SHIRT White polo shirts underneath sweatshirts      

SHOES: Black flat school shoes – no trainers.


Plain white t shirt / black shorts/ Plimsolls or trainers for inside P.E.

Trainers for outdoor games.

Jogging bottoms or dark coloured track suits may be worn in cold weather.


Earrings – No-earrings except small studs are allowed in school. We have had a small number of children with hoop earrings in school. These present a Health and Safety risk to the children. If we deem that your child’s earrings are unsafe we will ask the child to remove them or telephone parents to ask them to remove them.

No earrings should be worn for PE.

Parking on Yellow lines

Please can we remind parents that is is against the law to stop on the yellow lines in front of school. It creates hazards for children and parents entering and leaving the school grounds and causes congestion around the school. We have a large car park, which can be accessed through John Whitgift Academy.

What have we been learning this week?

This week has been National Storytelling Week. We have all really loved reading the books we have in school and listening to stories. We hope you can carry this on at home by reading stories to your children.

Follow the links to our class pages on Twitter