Epsom Downs Primary School & Childrens Centre

Life at Epsom Downs Primary School & Childrens Centre




April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope that you, your children and families are keeping safe and well. The purpose of this letter is to give you some updates and to let you know that we are thinking of you.

At the end of this week, Helen Hatchett will be leaving us after 14 years at the school. She has provided nurture for many children over the years who I know have valued the opportunity to talk and feel safe. Helen has worked with many of your children in the classes and looks after them in the key stage 2 fun club at lunchtime. Helen is looking forward to moving closer to her grandchild and we wish her every happiness with this move.

At the end of May Meg Gardiner will be leaving us to take up a School Business Manager position at another school. Meg has made sure that our budget has been effectively used to enhance the learning of your children and led the developments of projects within our school. Through her strategic and clear thinking Meg has moved the school forward with many initiatives, including the challenges of introducing GDPR, and guided the governing body to support their decision-making. We will miss Meg and wish her every happiness in her new venture.

In February Melissa Start gave birth to her daughter, Mollie. Mother and daughter are doing well

We recognise that this is a difficult time, emotionally, for families. There are suggestions on our website to support you, including the daily use of Zumos.

I hope that you are finding the work that the teachers have prepared for you to complete with your children at home useful. If you have any queries, please contact your child’s class teacher using the class email provided on the website link at the top right hand corner called ‘Work for Pupils’.  Teachers will be available daily during term time to answer your questions. Please do not feel under great pressure to complete all of the work, the ideas are suggestions for you to access.

You do not need to print anything as the children were given exercise books where the work could be completed. If your child did not bring an exercise book home, you can collect from under the family centre canopy when you take your daily exercise.

As soon as we have further guidance from the government we will follow this advice and update parents.

My thanks go to all of the team at school who are working hard to prepare for the return of your children, many looking after the children of critical workers. Thank you for your support during this challenging time. Please stay safe, follow the advice to stay at home except for essential shopping and daily exercise, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sally Leach