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Summer Term 2018

Posted on: 16/04/2018

Welcome back to the Summer term at Fordwater.

What a busy one we have planned.

I hope that your Easter breaks were as restful as they can possibly be.

We had a busy build up to the holidays. We had a very successful Easter Fayre where we raised well over £400 for the school through the PTFA.  Thank you to our PTFA for their ongoing invaluable support to the school.

We enjoyed a vibrant Easter assembly at the end of term with lots of singing and opportunities for tasting Easter foods.

We experienced a busy Sports relief week where the pupils enjoyed Zumba classes, rebound sessions, a competitive bike simulator (for staff as well) and our annual walk around Graylingwell. Thank you to Maria for organising. 

We had a fun science week organised by two of our teachers Shelley and Charlotte. On the Friday of science week we welcomed the group Sublime Science in for the day who treated our pupils to a range of messy and fun experiments (you can see a range of photos on the website from science week).

I am also delighted to announce that following a rigorous and intensive day of tasks and interviews before the holidays, the governors and I have decided to appoint two Deputy Headteachers for Fordwater.

Congratulations to both Vicky Oliver-Catt and Kathryn Crosby who will both become our Deputy Head teachers from September 2018.

We are very lucky to have appointed Kathryn who brings a wealth of experience as a senior leader in training, teaching and learning, creative arts and curriculum development.  She will also provide consistency to the school and continued support to staff. Kathryn has a tangible passion for Fordwater and the ethos and values we hold dear.

We are also delighted to appoint Vicky who is a seasoned and highly experienced senior leader in special education. She is currently working in senior leadership in a complex needs school. Vicky has many areas of expertise including staff deployment, developing systems and process, driving though operational and strategic initiatives and pupil assessment.

Both candidates showed a true passion for improving outcomes for children with special needs and a commitment to innovation and excellence for Fordwater.

Due to these appointments we will now no longer be looking to appoint an Assistant Head during this academic year as we had planned. 

I am sure you will welcome both Kathryn and Vicky and look forward to meeting them during the new academic year. It is an exciting time for the school.


We have lots planned for the Summer term and it will prove to be a busy time.

We are holding a Well being week from the 14th of May. Where we have lots of fantastic ideas and activities to promote pupil and staff well being. Further details will follow.

The summer term will also bring our Sports week, annual Summer Fayre and open evening as well as awards evening, leavers assembly and the school prom plus much more.

Please keep an eye on parent mail and the school website for updates regarding these events.

I cannot believe that I am in the last term of my first full year at Fordwater. It is such a fabulous place to be and I am delighted with how the school is progressing and moving forward with our wonderful pupils at the heart of everything we do.

Let’s hope the weather starts to brighten up and we can look forward to the sunshine over the next few weeks.


As always please feel free to contact me at any time.



Written by Fordwater School