University of Cambridge

Expanding the circle – University of Cambridge Primary School

I hope you all had a good summer. Mine was enjoyable with lots of summer walks with the ever present dog. It was a time of reflection about last year with exciting hopes for our second.  Our circular building will expand almost doubling in size and we look forward to the opportunities this presents: more exciting FOCUS events, new thinking about what’s possible and further embedding the new North West Cambridge community.

On 5th September our Year 1, 2 and 3 children come back joining Mr Drane, Mr Rolls, Ms Brereton and Ms Gallagher and their teams. They are ready to help your child release their voices, to learn hard and continue achieving. We will re-focus on our values and what these mean in reality and ask that you support us by reiterating the importance of empathy, courage, respect, trust and gratitude.

And then the following week our new fledgling UCPS learners arrive. This will be a time of excitement, a sense of loss of the children growing up and moving into ‘big school’ and worry…”will they eat? Will they make friends? Will they learn?” I am confident that our Reception team will guide your child through the ups and downs.  Your children will eat food because we support them at lunch. And they will learn.

Safety and safeguarding are key aspects of our school culture. The government has published the 2016 statutory guidance that states:

“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child”

A curriculum and an approach that is ‘child-centred’ is what our school strives to create. As such there will be adaptations through the year, I’m sure.  We may also need to change processes to make them the best they can be and know that you will support us by following requests and adapting when we need to.

So, our circle expands. Ripples on water.  Who knows what will happen next? Exciting, bit nerve-wracking, hard work, joyful…and all so worth it!

Welcome (back) to the University of Cambridge Primary School.

Kind wishes

James Biddulph