Headteacher's Blog

March 2021


Dear Parents and Carers

I just wanted to say a massive welcome back and “thank you” for a great return to school.

Your children have been incredible and it has been a joy to see them all enjoying their friends, engaging in their lessons and feeling happy and safe.

You have also been fantastic.  Thank you for the way in which you have followed the timings and continued to maintain social distancing and the wearing of masks on the playground and inside the school.  Ultimately these are the measures, alongside what we do during the day, that are going to keep us all safe and ensure as little disruption as possible.

I would also remind you that the timings of the day in terms of start and finish alter from Monday 15 March 2021.  As you know this has been flexible this week to allow you and your children to adjust and where needed make alternative arrangements.


From Monday 15 March 2021, as we indicated in our letter to you, we will expect all pupils in by 9.00am as usual.  


Children may enter the school from 8.45am and go directly to class.  I would ask that you drop them at the gate, either High Street or Tredworth Road and move on as quickly as possible to reduce numbers on the playground.  If you need to pass on a message, senior staff will be available for you to approach or you can call reception if needed.

The majority of children have been in by 9.00am this week which is great.  We have a very small number of pupils coming in beyond 9.15am, this is not acceptable.  We need all pupils in by 9.00am so that lessons can begin for all pupils on time.  We have a lot of ground to make up!

The infant school is maintaining opening up to 9.10am so there is time to come here first if needed and still make the infant school in time.


Pick up times for your children are as follows:

Year 3 and Year 4 - 3.00pm

Year 5 and Year 6 - 3.10pm


Once again many thanks, keep safe.


Andrew Darby


School will closed on Tuesday 5 January 2021

Following the government announcement, school will be closed on Tuesday 5 January 2021 while we look at provision.  Please call the school if you are a key worker to book a place for your child/children for Wednesday. 

Parents/carers who fulfil the criteria as a key worker are:


  • Health and Social Care
  • Education and Child Care
  • Local/National Government who are involved in delivering the coronavirus response or essential public services
  • Food distribution and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport and border
  • Utilities, communication and financial services


School will contact parents of vulnerable pupils. 

January 2021


Dear all


Happy New Year.


I hope you all enjoyed the festive period and are well.


School is open as usual on Tuesday the 5th January 2021 and we look forward to seeing you all.  Please keep to the starting and leaving times for lower and upper school to reduce contact as much as possible on the playground.  Please maintain social distancing and where possible wear a mask.


Best wishes


Andrew Darby


October 2020


Hello everyone


I hope this finds you and your families healthy and well as we begin the run up to a well-deserved rest for your children and the staff.


When we returned in September we all faced a situation that is uncharted, both professionally and personally.


As you are aware the health and safety measures we have put in are extremely comprehensive and require everyone to stick to them.  Your children have been amazing and have adapted brilliantly.


Our new Year 3 pupils have settled incredibly well.


I would particularly like to thank you all as parents and carers for carefully adhering so specifically to our new staggered entry and exit times and in the way you have all dealt with queries through the admin as asked.


We now need to be extra vigilant and not assume that what we are doing is job done.  We will continue to ensure we have the safety of all of our Tredworth “family” as our highest priority, but there will undoubtedly be new challenges to face along the way.


I know that we will face them together as we always have in the manner that makes Tredworth Juniors the fantastic school it is.


Andrew Darby



20 April 2020


Hello everyone


I hope you are all well and continue to be so.


I thought I would update you as we are now four weeks on and at a point which would ordinarily be a return after Easter.


As you are aware school has been open every day since lockdown, catering for pupils deemed vulnerable and for those of key workers.  Staff have been incredible in ensuring that they are available to meet the varying need day to day of those pupils attending.


It is in this manner that we have been able to ensure that the guidance on social distancing and safety has been managed whilst offering some learning and hopefully a bit of fun.


We have also been delivering food hampers to those identified and this has meant 115 driven all over Gloucester in a single day!  We have done this twice now and will be doing our next drop off in 10 days.


In terms of those of you accessing learning opportunities online I would like you to look at your child’s/children’s year group pages.  These will identify a range of sites for you to use including Purple Mash which is very school specific.  If any of you are having trouble logging on, please contact us.


Also coming your way later this week, will be a link to a science website set up by Mrs Beardshaw-Brown which should be signposted through the year group page or your child’s class blog.


These are challenging times, however in typical Tredworth fashion our community is rising to it.   I would like to say a massive “Thank You” for your messages of support and all that you are doing with and for your children and the effort to stay in and stay safe.  We know this is no mean feat.


There have been differing reports in the media about when school may reopen but we know no more than you.  Rest assured that when we know you will know.


Keep well and keep safe.


All the very best


Andrew Darby


27 January 2020


A belated welcome back after what I hope was an enjoyable festive period for you all.


It is also a welcome back for Mrs McDonald and Mrs Hough after their respective maternity leaves.

We have just completed our school census which allows us to examine all of the different groups in our school in terms of numbers.


The most telling number is that we are currently 310 pupils on roll. This is the highest number of pupils in my time and I have been here since 2002!


Interesting fact. On the census we have 23 different languages spoken here including English!

We are only 10 pupils short of being completely full. We are gaining many pupils already from local schools, and those joining us from other parts of the country and the world do so because of the school’s reputation.

This is a great testament to your children and you in terms of your input in our partnership in maintaining a high standard of education and care.


For those of you who are existing parents looking for a Year3 place in September, or those looking for a place and not currently connected to the school, please make sure you apply on time as we have a waiting list for some year groups.


In the last communication I wrote regarding the new opening/access times, this is working really well and improving the start to the day for pupils.


One of the key things we have to improve on as a school is attendance.  I would ask that you continue to do everything possible to ensure your children are here and on time as it has significant impact upon learning.

In terms of learning, our latest curriculum approach is going extremely well.  I am seeing so much more practical work and hearing so many more conversations about learning.


The new overview pages for each year group will be live from after half term and give you even more information about the key questions, activities and skills your children are learning to enable you to support them even further.


We will also be inviting you in on a more regular basis to see what your child is doing and to work with them.

Watch this space!


Our motto is “Together we make the difference.” This is at the very heart of what we do.


The next round of Structured Conversations/teacher-parent meetings will be coming soon and are a massively important aspect in working with you to ensure your children make the most progress they can.  Please make sure you book your appointment and if you cannot make it do not worry we will make sure we can arrange an alternative.


Once again many thanks for your input and if you need to discuss anything the door is always open.


Andrew Darby




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