The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 21st July 2017

Diary Dates

Tue, 5th Sep

Back to School

Tue, 5th Sep

New Reception children in school until 11.30am

Wed, 6th Sep

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessions (Morning Session)

Wed, 6th Sep

Class 1 and 2 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Wed, 6th Sep

New Reception children in school until 11.30am

Thu, 7th Sep

Class 3 and 4 PE (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 7th Sep

New Reception children in school until 1pm

Fri, 8th Sep

New Reception children in school all day

Eastnor End of Year Outcomes

As you all know, all of the staff at Eastnor are committed to ensuring all children achieve the best possible outcomes in all aspects of their education but academic excellence remains fundamental. 

I am very pleased to be able to share some of the key results children across school have achieved this year.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) 94% of the children secured a good level of development. In Phonics, 93% of children passed the phonic screening assessment in Year 1 and 100% passed the test by the end of Year 2.

At the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) 80% of children secured the expected level or better in Mathematics and 73% also achieved the expected level or better in Reading and Writing.

At the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) our results again far exceeded national standards. 82% of our children achieved the expected level in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined, compared to 61% nationally.

In individual subjects school also performed exceptionally well with 91% of children reaching the expected level or above in Reading and Writing. 82% of our children also achieved the expected level in mathematics. This is compared to 71%, 76% and 75% respectively in the subjects nationally.  

We are very proud to secure excellent academic results each year. We firmly believe that children do their best when they are happy, have fun and feel nurtured, which is what we work hard to succeed in doing everyday.

Dates for your Diary!

As you know, life at Eastnor can get very busy with any number of performances, projects, trips and fixtures going on at any one time.

Please note that there are two documents attached to the parent mail today which include a list of term dates and key diary dates for the coming academic year. There will still be more dates to add as we move through the year, and we will endeavour to give as much notice as possible, but we hope prior notice for events such as special church services, the end of year production and Sports Day will prove useful.

Uniform Policy for 2017/2018

Please can all parents look at the uniform policy, which has been sent as a parent mail  attachment, before going shopping for new uniform in the summer. Governors believe it is very important that pupils look smart and will be carefully monitoring whether the policy is being adhered to from September.

PE/Forest School Timetable for September

Please see the timetable for PE and Forest School sessions for September.  


Class 1:  Welly Walk


Class 3 & 4: PE Morning Session/ Class 1 & 2: PE Afternoon Session 


Class 3 & 4: PE Morning Session / Class 2: Forest School Afternoon

Please note that the class 1 welly walk and Forest School for class 2 will begin on the second week of the new term.

Residential Trip to the Isle of Wight

As in previous years, we will alternate our Year 5 and 6 Residential trips between the cultural/ educational activities on the Isle of Wight with an outdoor activities adventure the following year. School has provisionally booked our places for our 5-day Residential to the Isle of Wight for next summer between Monday 9th and Friday 15th July.

Please can all parents with Year 5 & 6 children complete the permission slip attached to the letter sent home by Miss Booton and send it back to school at the beginning of the new term so that we can make any final amendments to numbers and firm up our booking. Many thanks.

Heathleigh Hotel 1

Leaver's Day Out

Last Friday, the Year 6's along with Miss Clark, Miss Booton and Mrs Driscoll went for their Leaver's Day Out.

Very excitedly, we all boarded the train at Ledbury and headed to Worcester Foregate Street where we then went to Vue Cinema for a private screening of Despicable Me 3.  After eating lots of sweets and popcorn - we then went to Pizza Express and enjoyed a 3-course lunch before strolling back to the station and getting the train back (with a few delays!)

A brilliant day was had by all!

Celebrating Herefordshire's Through a Lens Project

We stepped back in time in class 3 on Tuesday afternoon. The children entertained parents and grandparents with tea and cakes whilst sharing memories of how World War II had changed the local area, especially Eastnor. The children were great hosts making sure everyone was served with delicious cakes that they had made. We then all watched our film together which we had made about World War II. Thank you to all the parents for being so appreciative of all the hard work the children had put into making it.

Thank you so much for all the donations for Help for Heroes; we raised a fantastic £53 for this worthwhile cause. What an amazing class you are!

Eastnor's Got Talent

What a fantastic amount of talent Eastnor school has to offer! All teachers thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role of Simon Cowell and judging, in a much friendlier way, some of the brilliant and unique skills of children from all age ranges across the school.

On Monday, Eastnor's got talent heats took place and much deliberation went into the selection of our finalists.

On Wednesday the Eastnor Got Talent final took place and what a show stopper it truly was! The show included many brilliant acts ranging from artistic skills to singing and dancing, kickboxing and all sorts of humour. Well done everyone, not only to the performers but also to the incredibly enthusiastic audience too!

Bon Voyage Miss Clark!

It goes without saying that Eastnor will not be the same without Miss Clark next year. We will miss her passion for Eastnor Primary School and her inspitational teaching. She is a much loved colleague and friend to us all.

I am sure everyone would like to join me in wishing Anita, Simon, Ellis and Libby every happiness during their year long adventure on the waterways of Britain.


Goodbye and Good Luck Year 6!

I have been so proud of the Year 6's this year.  Despite the curriculum objectives and the expected standard for Year 6 children becoming much higher than in previous years, the Year 6's this year have met every challenge with a smile, a spring in their step and a positive attitude.

They have tried their very best, and have really relished all enrichment opportunities, such as their residential trips and projects they have worked on with other community groups and have had a thirst for knowledge and a desire to learn.

I wish each and every one of them the very best as they make the next steps in their journey, and hope that all of them keep their creativity, enthusiasm and zest for life.

I will miss you all and hope you come back to see us one day!

Miss Booton


Hannah's Team Best in England

Hannah has been part of a very successful football team this year, and brought in a rather impressive trophy to show us this week.

Her team, Ross Juniors took part in an Under 10s futsal tournament and were crowned the best team in England.  What an achievement.  Well done Hannah!

hannah football

Harry is Man of the Match!

Last Wednesday Harry was man of the match for Eastnor under 9's after a great fielding performance against Brockhampton - here is a picture of him with his new ball.

He brought it to school to show everyone.

Well done Harry!

harry cricket

Dance success for Daisy and Nancy!

Daisy and Nancy brought in their ballet exam certificates this week to show us.  The girls took graded exams and successfully passed - well done to you both!

Well done to our Past Pupils!

Eastnor Primary School is very proud of the close relationships it has with parents and the families of all the children we work with. Those relationships do not end when the oldest child moves on to high school and I am regularly in touch with many of the families who left Eastnor a number of years ago.

This week I was lucky enough to be given a copy of John Masefield's Presentation Evening Programme and had chance to discuss some of the wonderful achievements the Eastnor children have had since they flew our nest.

Many congratulations go to Grace Smith and Emily Watson (Y9) who have achieved their Arts Colours: Freda Maddison (Y7) and Daniel James (Y9) who were awarded for excellence in JMHS learning standards: Teeana Clueit who was awarded the year 13 prize for Modern Foreign Languages: Elliot Williams who was named the Barraclough Sportsman of the Year and Emily Henry who will be Head Girl. She achieved the best set of GCSE results in her year group. Megan Lumsden has also been awarded a place at a dance school in Cheltenham which is a great achievement.

Everyone at Eastnor is very proud to see how well all the children are doing. We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with the successes of our current year 6 children as they move on to pastures new!

Class 4

What a fantastic year it has been in Class 4, and we have had some wonderful opportunities over the year.

In English, we have been thinking about the top level skills in our writing and the children have used expanded noun phrases to describe our local setting of Eastnor Castle.  We have also written recounts of our trip to Red Ridge, and the children have practised their persuasive skills in writing pitches for their own inventions.

In Maths we have practised the formal methods for the operations, as well as using data from the premier league to create bar graphs, and we have also used our reasoning to prove whether certain mathematical statements are true, false or sometimes correct.

In Science the children have created creatures that could live in certain landscapes and we have thought about some living things in our world which have had to adapt to their surroundings.  The children have worked hard in their enterprise skills creating their own inventions and also mixing ICT with topic in creating information brochures about the village of Eastnor.

In PE the children have thought about field sports with Mrs Dawe and in RE we have thought about the creation.  The children have been practising songs for the leaver’s service as well as their own entries for Eastnor’s Got Talent.  We have also made good use of the weather and practised our drawing skills by sketching some scenes of the local area.

We have had a very busy end of term and I would like to take this opportunity to say well done and thank you to all the children for working so hard over the year and really challenging themselves and wish you all a very happy summer!

Miss Booton

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


To the whole class for being so brilliant and for making Miss Clark, Mrs Willis and Mrs Farnell smile, laugh and be very, very proud of you all every single day! xxxx

Year 1

To all the year 1 students who have been a joy to teach this year and each and everyone has worked extremely hard throughout the year! Excellent efforts everyone!

Year 2

To all the year 2 students who have been a joy to teach this year and each and everyone has worked extremely hard throughout the year! Wonderful work everyone!

Year 3

To all the year 3 children for always working so hard every day. You are all superstars. I am looking forward to teaching you in year 4.

Year 4

To all the year 4 children for working so hard everyday and for taking on every opportunity. I am looking forward to seeing you progress further as you go to year 5

Year 5

Thomas always offering to help around school and looking after the younger children. Well done Thomas!

Year 6

All of Year 6 children for their hard work in the leaver's service.

Headteacher Award

Kirsten in class 4 for being awarded the Jubilee Cup for her wonderful contribution to all aspects of school life during her seven years at Eastnor. Well done Kirsten!