Welcome to our school
A letter to prospective parents
I would like to wish you a very warm welcome to Chesham School. The welcome is not just to your lovely children but to the whole family; this is such an important part of our school ethos and community.
I have been the Head teacher here for 21 years now and I still love coming to school each and every day! Chesham has always felt like such a special place to me – “quite unique” as described by one member of staff. It is such a happy place and can lift your spirits on even the darkest days.
Starting school is a major event in your child’s life, as well as in yours. It may well be the first time you have been in school since you were there yourself, although I think you will find it has changed. Under normal circumstances we would be welcoming you into school and showing you round to get a real feel for the school, its environment and the calm, cheerful and friendly atmosphere which surrounds us. I really do hope we can do this once again very soon!
Every day is exciting and you never know quite what will happen. Whilst our core aim is to instill a love of learning and to develop skills in the core areas of learning; there are so many other important aspects to school life. Children learn to socialise, share, communicate and we open their eyes to a whole new world of knowledge, fun, friendship and fresh experiences.
Communication is key to successful relationships with our families and we are always available to talk to you. Because it can’t be face to face at the moment, please feel free to email us using the following address firstname.lastname@example.org or ring school and I will speak with you directly.
One of our greatest strengths is the attitudes displayed by our children. Children are proud to attend Chesham and don’t like anything which threatens what they hold dear. This was recognised in our last five inspections as a real strength of the school.
There are always exciting times at Chesham:
School meals – children can have dinners or packed lunches – dinners are cooked on the premises, menus are sent home each term and all children are entitled to free school meals for the first 3 years of school.
We hope to be able to run our induction programme in July when your child will be invited to pay two visits to school and we will be visiting your child in their nursery setting. We also hold an annual induction meeting parents in May.
We have an extremely well established system of supporting children with special educational needs which is overseen by our talented and experienced SENCO, Mr. Roche. Our catchment area is a real mix of ethnicity, socio-economic factors and early life experiences which is maybe why it works so well! We welcome one and all and cherish the individuality of all our children and families.
You will find a lot more information about the school on the website. Please take a look and as I indicated above, contact me if I can be of any assistance!
Mr. P. Hudson – Head teacher
Under the current COVID-19 restrictions all classes remain in their class bubbles and we try not to allow them to mix.
We have staggered start and finish times as well as staggered break and dinner times.
Within the classes all children sit at tables facing the front of the class.
There is plenty of hand washing, cleaning and sanitising going on!
Staff wear masks at the gates where we greet children each morning and also as we walk around school.
Despite the lockdown and restrictions upon schools we certainly celebrated Christmas in style!
Each class enjoyed a party and Santa even visited out KS1 children - socially distancing of course!
Children sent each other Christmas cards using our penny post system which raises money for charity - cards did have to be quarantined for a couple of days but they found their way to the recipients in the end!
Our KS2 children put together their own spectacular nativity as did KS1 who cooked up a Christmas recipe. The children watched these shows virtually whilst parent' had access through YouTube!
We are having a virtual pantomime on January 7th for all children.
And of course it wouldn't be Christmas without a lovely Christmas dinner prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff and served to the children in school.