The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 12th October 2018

Diary Dates

Mon, 15th Oct

Class 1 PE Lesson (Afternoon session)

Tue, 16th Oct

JMHS Open Morning

Wed, 17th Oct

Class 2 PE Lesson (Morning Session)

Wed, 17th Oct

Class 4 visit to The Masters House (Morning session)

Wed, 17th Oct

Class 3 and 4 PE (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 18th Oct

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 18th Oct

Class 3 and 4 PE (Afternoon Session)

Key Dates for Autumn Term!

Wednesday 17th October - Open Day (9.30-11.30 – 1.30-2.30pm)

Wednesday 17th October - Class 4 to The Masters House (9.30-11.30am)

Tuesday 23rd October - PTA AGM (6pm)

Thursday 25th October - Autumn Walk (weather permitting)

Friday 26th October - Harry Potter World for Class 4

Friday 26th October - LAST DAY OF TERM

Finally some Academy News ...

As many of you will be aware, the school was very close to achieving academy status as part of the Bishop Anthony Educational Trust during the last academic year, but were unable to cross the 'conversion finishing line' due to a dispute with the Local Authority.  As the saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait!" so we are pleased to announce that after a lengthy period of negotiation, the Governing Body is  now happy to proceed with the academy conversion.

Through conversion to Academy, The Governing Body have been forward thinking in order to secure the future of the Eastnor School community and build on the strengths that have resulted in Ofsted and SIAMS judging our school "Outstanding", whilst continuing to provide the high quality learning, for which Eastnor is renowned.

The Governing Body and Mrs Driscoll have carefully chosen a trust which has a closely aligned vision, ethos and where we retain our uniqueness. We will maintain our exceptionally high standards in both academic and personal development, but in addition, the  children and staff will benefit from the increased opportunities arising from being part of a multi-academy trust.

We can't wait to celebrate the start of a new journey for Eastnor C of E Primary with you and will provide more details about these celebrations soon.

Autumn Fair Fun!

Thank you so much to all the parents and children who managed to make it along to the Autumn Fair in Ledbury last Saturday, despite the cold and wet weather.

There was a variety of stalls with many treats from toys to handmade jams and preserves. The craft stalls were popular, as always, with children and the tea and cakes were a hit with the Mums and Dads!!!

Many thanks to Helen Mitchell and the members of the PTA who worked hard to put the fair on and to those of you who gave donations to the many stalls.

Harvest Service!

What a wonderful Harvest Service we all took part in last Wednesday; it was so lovely to see so many of you there. The children sang, danced and performed so beautifully and with such confidence. We have all been enjoying learning about Harvest here and around the world and the children were so thoughtful when talking about others who are not so fortunate as they are. Thank you so much for all your donations for our School charity in Africa.  We raised an amazing £173.54

Thank you so much for your generosity. Mrs Tart

Air Ambulance Visit!

On Friday, the whole school had an 'Air Ambulance' theme to their learning in the morning.  Working in our house groups (Castle, Land Rover, Deer Park and Obelisk), the children enjoyed a range of activities based on the amazing work of the Air Ambulance crews and vehicles.  Even the wind and rain didn't stop the children's enjoyment - as hopefully the photographs below will show!

Part of the morning was spent actually getting in a helicopter pod and looking at all the important life-saving equipment and instruments needed to fly these amazing helicopters and save lives!  It felt very special indeed and many children commented on how they had never even seen a real aeroplane on the ground, let alone get into an actual helicopter! 

Mary and Jackie, from the Air Ambulance charity, also came along to speak to the children about the important work that they do and to answer any questions that they had.  Some of the staff have had family members who have needed to use this service during medical emergencies in the past and were able to give real-life examples to the children as well.

Our thanks go to Mary, Jackie and Richard (who transported the pod here on a 20 foot trailer!) for coming to our school to raise awareness of the vital work that they do.  After praising the children for their enthusiasm, polite manners and super questions, Mary replied that they had been only to happy to come; for indeed, it is the children who are our country's future nurses, doctors and paramedics.  Well done everyone!  Miss Clark

Football Tournament Fun!

I was so eager for our boys to attend the Football Association's KS1 football tournament at Ledbury Primary School - which took place this Thursday - that we arrived a week early for it initially! I would like to thank all parents who were very understanding about this mistake and who happily came back this week to transport children and support our talented young team.

Thomas, Alfie, Charlie, Ethan and Danai from year 2 and Ralph and George from year 1 represented school beautifully, winning and drawing matches against Gorsely and Colwall during the afternoon.

During the last game, Eastnor played Ledbury A in a 7 a side match and drew 1-1. A super goal was scored by George.

The children showed great sportsmanship and got better and better with each game. Well done to you all and to Mrs Layton for being 'head coach!'

boys football

Well done Pippa!

What a lovely way to start the week; Pippa came skipping into school beaming with pride at her family's recent success.

Pippa explained that her horse had done extremely well in a recent competition and she was certainly right to believe she has one of the best and most beautiful horses in the world.

Well done Pippa!


Secondary School Application Reminder!

All parents who have children in year 6 will have been considering which Secondary School they would like to move to in September 2019.

Please note the following details about applications:-

  • Closing date for applications 31 October 2018
  • Offer Day 1 March 2019

If you need help with making an application or have any questions about the phase transfer admissions please contact:

  • Telephone: Dawn Skyrme 01432 260925
  • Email: [email protected] 
  • Address: School Admissions, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane Offices, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE 

Mercury Memory Walk

A huge well done to Mollie in Reception - despite only being 4 years old she participated in the Memory Mercury Walk this weekend to raise money for charity.

Mollie and her family raised over £100 for the charity and Mollie said it was lots of fun but very tiring.

Well done Mollie! Such a special achievement!


Class 2

Class 2 have continued to impress us with their hard work over the past few weeks.

English has focused on non-fiction, in particular looking at instructions. Year 1 have been looking at following instructions and recipes. We have also been looking at the layout of instructions and making sure that we write in clear steps. We even wrote a set of instructions on how to make our very own marvellous medicine!, whilst Year 2 children have looked at the layout of instructions through reading comprehension and focused work on headings, subheadings, command sentences and imperative verbs. They have followed instructions on how to make ‘Thinking beads’ linked to our RE work and they have written their own instructions on how to make ‘Frobscottle’ and ‘Dream Jars’ both linked to our focus book ‘The BFG’.

Class 2 children have focused on ‘Addition and Subtraction’ in Maths. We have all been trying to quicken instant recall of basic addition and subtraction facts so that our number knowledge is ingrained and we can draw on it to work out more difficult problems. This will continue throughout the year to form a strong arithmetic basis in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Alongside this we have worked at our own challenge level from using single digits, number bonds within 10 and  to adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and 2. two digit numbers.

In the afternoons, we have continued to explore our Queens and Castle topic. We have looked more at land features that made castles easy to defend or attack and at family trees. Lots of the children in class 2 created some lovely family trees that are now being displayed on our topic display board. It is lovely to see the children getting so excited about their families and to think about who would be King or Queen in their family!

In Science, we are still exploring materials. We went on a material hunt in the playground and at the forest school site. It was really interesting to find lots of different materials and talk about what materials we can recycle.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


Harry W-H for his fantastic understanding of numbers and thinking outside the box to find the answers! Well done Harry!

Year 1

Anna for her positive attitude and sunny smile!! You always come into school so happy! Well done.

Year 2

Oscar for a fantastic effort. You listen carefully to how to make the next steps in your learning and try really hard to do so. Well done!

Year 3

Charlie for stepping in at the Harvest service to read a prayer. You did it beautifully Charlie!

Year 4

Daisy for working so hard with everything especially in her written work about Swallows and Amazons. Well done Daisy!

Year 5

Lilly for her amazing work in maths lessons. Lilly, you have shown a real determination to 'get it' - and you did! Fantastic multiplication work. Well done!

Year 6

Harry for always doing the right thing in class and for working particularly hard recently on his writing - you have such fantastic ideas! Super Harry!

Headteacher Award

Keanu in year 6 for helping Mrs Bullock to sell the Air Ambulance 'goodies' this week. You did a fantastic job Keanu - you're hired! Well done.