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Friday 28th January 2022

Welcome to our weekly newsletter, in the week we shared with you the Ofsted report from our inspection in January. We are delighted that Victoria Park Primary School remains a “Good” school, and hope that you have had a chance to read the report. If not, it is available here on our school website.
The inspector gathered information by talking to children about their experiences of school, as well as looking in detail at our school curriculum. You will note in the report that the inspector recognises the calm, learning environment around school and how our children demonstrate our four school values in everything they do.
The inspection looked in particular detail at reading, mathematics and history, although the wider curriculum and all of our enrichment activities were also explored. This included the provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), and how we ensure every child experiences success.
Leaders worked closely with the inspector to identify those areas that will continue to move our school forward. This includes the provision of new reading books for the earliest readers, and opportunities for subject leaders to check that the newly devised curriculum is having a positive impact. We agree with these suggestions and are happy to say that work is already underway on this year’s School Development Plan to make these improvements.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the inspection process directly, including your responses on Parent View. This report captures so many areas of strength at Victoria Park Primary, and reflects the strong sense of pride we have for our school and community. 

COVID update

It has been a challenging week in school, with confirmed cases in nearly all year groups and among staff. At this moment there are approximately 50 pupils absent as a result of COVID, and a significant number of staff. Encouragingly, both pupils and staff are now starting to return to school following the end of their 10 day isolation. We have been advised to continue with our enhanced control measures for a period of at least two weeks while this 'wave' continues. For families, this includes the use of testing at home for close contacts wherever possible. There has been some confusion around the use of PCR tests and LFD tests, with one parent even reporting that they were given conflicting advice by two different 119 operators! The complete up-to-date guidance document is here:

The following key points are important:

  • Anyone with symptoms must isolate and take a PCR test.
  • Other household members, including children over 5, should take daily LFD tests (even if they have had COVID before).
  • Every test result should be reported using the government website.
  • If anyone develops new symptoms after a period of isolation ends, they should isolate and follow the guidance again.

As always, thank you for helping us limit the transmission of the virus within school. We are hopeful that this wave will pass soon.

Parent Governor Vacancy

The Victoria Park Primary School local Governing Body needs a new Parent Governor. Could that be you? We are really keen to improve the diversity of our governing body and would like our governing body to better represent the diversity of our families. So, if you are a parent of a child at our school and you would like to help us, please get in touch.  No prior experience required, just a willingness to commit some time in helping us to continue to improve the school’s performance. To find out more please contact Juliet Turner, Clerk to Governors using this email address:

Thank you!

We have received this certificate for all the money raised with poppies and merchandise during November's Poppy appeal. Thank you for your generosity, and to the year 6 pupils who operated the stall.

Request for old school photos

Do you know anyone who attended Victoria Park Primary School in the past? We are creating a montage of photographs as part of our display to commemorate 125 years of Victoria Park Schools. While we have lots of recent photographs, and lots from the Victorian era, we would be interested to see any images showing pupils, teachers and the building from any other years. Please email them in, or drop them into the school office.


Did you know that swimming lessons are part of the national curriculum in primary education? All schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.

At Victoria Park we use two locals pools, Dean Lane and Hengrove, to provide this to Year 4 and Year 5 children. In 2021-2022, we have also continued this provision for our Year 6 children because of pool closures over the last 2 years.
But we need your help - it is really important that children have the opportunity to go swimming outside of these 30-minute lessons to gain water confidence, feel comfortable in a swimming pool and to have fun. So, if you're thinking of a new year's resolution, why not pledge to go swimming once a week? It's fun, supports local services and is something the whole family can do.

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

School Discos Cancelled

Given the current COVID situation, we’ve decided to cancel the school discos that were planned for 10th and 15th Feb. Sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

World Book Day – Pre-Loved Costume Sale – 17 Feb

It’s world book day on 3rd March and children will be invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character.

Busy parents, never fear: the PTFA has got your back! We’ll be accepting donations of pre-loved world book day costumes at our donation points in the playground from 14 Feb-17 Feb. The costumes will be available to buy (alongside our ever-popular second-hand school uniform shop) in the playground after school on the 17 Feb.

Keeping clothes out of landfill, raising money for the PTFA and helping busy parents save time and money – everyone wins!

Cake Sale – 17 Feb

We’ll be in the playground after school on the 17th Feb, selling a delicious array of tasty treats to kick-off your half term. Bring some change and enjoy some guilt-free goodies – safe in the knowledge that every penny raised will go towards supporting the school.

Other information

In this section of the newsletter, we pass on information from other organisations that we think may be of interest, although we are not responsible for the content.


Click the flyer below for information about a volunteering opportunity at the Lifeskills Safety Centre, which helps children to learn important safety skills in an immersive and interactive way.

For details of the "Eat Well, Spend Less" Cookery course run by Bristol North West Foodbank, click here:

Why not join in with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend? More details are included in the flyer below:

We say a fond farewell to Miss Woolmer and Mr Baxter today, who have been working in Year 1 and Year 2 on placement for their teacher training. They are not going far, however, as they will each be moving to another CST primary school for their second placements. Well done, thank you and good luck!