Sholden Primary School




Dear Lord,

Help us to be courageous when we are faced with danger or pain.  Help us to be brave enough to do the right thing, not the easy thing.  Help us to choose the way you want us to choose.


Dear Parents/Carers,


Wow!  What busy times we are in at Sholden.    In the last fortnight we have had wonderful trips, creating memorable experiences which bring learning alive.

Swans had a delightful trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour which has inspired their writing back in class.  Kingfishers have enriched their learning about Judaism in RE by visiting a Synagogue in Ramsgate;  Herons, as part of their Space topic are due to visit the Planetarium in London on Monday and Ducklings have been inspired by their trip to Deal Castle!

In addition to all that, we now have some very new residents in Herons class.  Children, and adults, have been developing spiritually, learning about the wonder of life through having the opportunity to observe chicks hatching and growing in their own classroom.  So cute!!


This week has also been one of inspection, with the school undergoing the statutory church inspection (SIAMs) which happens every five years in a Church of England school. The principal objective of a SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church school, and how well the distinctive Christian character and ethos of the school ensures the development and achievement of the whole child or young person.  The inspection is based on where the school is now and the journey over the last five years to get to this point.

Although, we have been given an indication of grading, this information is confidential until the report is finalised, which should be in approximately two weeks.  As soon as it is available, I will let you know and a link will be provided on our website for you to read the report.   I would just like to thank all of our dedicated staff for all their hard work and efforts in preparation for and during this rigorous inspection.  I would also like to thank the wonderful parents who were involved during the inspection process and to congratulate our exemplary children!  We have the greatest team at Sholden!!!


Please all have a wonderful weekend and keep safe.


Spiritual Council

Well our Spiritual/Reflection Labyrinth is now open and being well used for reflection and quiet time.  In addition to this, the Spiritual garden has been enhanced and much reflection and prayer has taken place in this delightfully peaceful area of the school.  Our next project which the children are busy designing is the Spiritual Meadow/nature garden which will attract wildlife and just be a beautiful place to be.  Thank you to Mr Lidgely and Mrs Hawker who have been busy coming up with ideas to develop this area and we hope that on Green Day, with the support of volunteers,  we will really be able to put some of the plans into fruition!


Mrs S Bailey

Head Teacher


Star Awards: Alann A for excellent behaviour,  Levi for outstanding effort, Eden for marvellous maths


Headteacher Awards:

  • Felicity, for showing innovation and enthusiasm. Felicity decided she wanted to run and manage the garden competition, which should be in book bags today.
  • Harriet H, for her always showing care and compassion
  • Elizabeth, for displaying kindness to her peers
  • Frankie for being thoughtful and caring
  • Isabelle G, for courage –holding a chick



Monday – Athletics – with Mr Rainer

Tuesday – Rounders – with Mr Rainer

Wednesday – Tag Rugby – with Mr Rainer –CANCELLED due to lack of interest.

Thursday- Multi Sports – with Mr Rainer

Friday – Gymnastics with Premier Sport

ALL CLUBS NEED TO BE PAID FOR IN ADVANCE PLEASE IN ORDER TO GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE. IF clubs have 6 or less people booked in it will be cancelled.


The following term is going to be very exciting for sports at Sholden.  We have once again entered the summer cup which we are very excited about! However, due to the date, 10th July, swans class will unfortunately not be able to attend due to the residential trip.  Because of this, students from Herons class will step up to the challenge and represent Swans class at the event.


PE has been busy with all classes practicing for the summer cup and sports day. May this be a reminder that PE kit must be left in school.


School Council

We will soon start to build our outside quite/ learning area.  A huge thank you to Mr Towler, Joshua’s dad for sourcing most of the materials needed.  If you can volunteer to help put this together we’d love to hear from you!

Miss Knight


Kent Test

Registration for the Kent test registration is now open as per the leaflets that went out last month.  We will be holding a meeting on Tuesday 19th June at 3:30pm for anyone who needs any advice support or who would just like a little more information.  


Harry Potter

The trip to Harry Potter studios was a great success.  We enjoyed a day full of exploring the magic behind the film scenes, which included: seeing the original set designs, riding broomsticks with the help of a green screen, trying butter beer, walking along Platform 9 3/4 and seeing the full model of Hogwarts!  It was a long and busy day and the children all behaved beautifully.  We are now looking forward to transferring all that we experienced into our learning in the classroom. 



This week Kingfishers class had the opportunity to visit a local synagogue. The children learnt a lot and were able to link their visit to their Judaism topic.

It was a very enjoyable learning experience for them.


Governors Communication:

The Full Governing Body met on June 6th, 2018. The Head Teacher’s report was received and issues such as finance, staff and premises were discussed and necessary actions agreed.  Two new teachers will start in September and a Sports/PE Coach have been appointed. The post of SENCO has had to be re-advertised as the previous candidate appointed has now declined the job offer due to being offered more hours in her current placement. There are no urgent actions about the school premises at present however routine maintenance is on-going. Governors agreed polices associated with Religious Worship, Governance, Monitoring, and Pay & Reward.

The requirements on Governors and the school under the new GDPR regulations were discussed and compliance is underway. There has been a need for some changes to processes and procedures within school. The dates for Governor meetings for the next academic year were agreed. There are currently two parent-governor vacancies, which will now be advised to parents and hopefully the roles will be filled by the next Full Governing Body meeting on September 10th.  This meeting was Foundation Governor Christine Oliver’s final meeting and the Chair of Governors thanked her for her work supporting the school over many years.

Governors heard the results of the recent parent consultation regarding proposed academisation. 26 responses received: 14 yes, 4 no, 7 not sure, 1 don’t mind.  The questions from parents will be collated and taken to the DEALT Steering Committee.

Governors agreed to support plans by Sholden Parish Council & KCC Highways to apply road safety measures to the A258 London Road, particularly during school times. Also, it was agreed to oppose highway alterations to The Street and Vicarage Lane Sholden associated with a proposed adjacent development which would, Governors felt, compromise the safety of parents & children using that route when dropping-off/collecting from school. The Chair of Governors has posted a comment on the Dover District Council for this purpose.

The SIAMS (also known as a Section 48) inspection of the school was conducted by Canon Linda Burton on Tuesday 12th June. The inspection (which is separate from an OFSTED inspection) was a comprehensive review of school practice, with the principal objective of evaluating the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church school, and how well the distinctive Christian character and ethos of the school ensures the development and achievement of the whole child or young person. The school is waiting for the Canon’s report to be written and reviewed before this can be made public and will provide a summary of this, once available.


End of Term PICNIC

As usual we will be finishing at 1:30pm on the very last day of term. We are pleased to invite all parents in from midday until 1:15pm for a picnic with their child on the school field.  Ice creams and hot dogs will be available.


Volunteer Readers

If there are any parents/ grandparents who can spare some time to hear children read regularly please do get in touch.


Green Day

We are very excited about next weekend green day! We hope to see as many of you as possible.

Mr Lidgley.


Saturday the 30th is the schools summer fete (12-3 approx.) We hope as many of you, your friends and family will come and support the school. There is lost to see and do, buy and play. If you know of any independent stall holders that would like to come please invite them for £10 a table.

Thank you for your continued support.


FOSS committee will be meeting every Tuesday and Wednesday between now and the 30th if you would like to come along and help. Alternatively please come forward and volunteer to run a stall, thank you.



Monday 18th June – Herons class trip – Leaving at 8.15am prompt.

Tuesday 19th June- Kent Test meeting

Saturday 23rd June – Green Day

Friday 29th June – Head Girl Collective Worship @ St Nicholas Church  - All welcome

Saturday 30th June – Summer Fete

Monday 9th -13th July – Swans call – residential trip

Tuesday 17th July – End of year performance – Swans class

Friday 20th July – Sports Day – 13.15pm start

Monday 23rd July - Last day of term – End of Term picnic 12-1.30pm.




Previous Newsletters

December 2017

January 2018

Useful information dates etc.