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 We are delighted to confirm that Miss Fiona Bennett has been appointed as the Executive Headteacher of the Husthwaite and Sessay CE Primary Federation.     Miss Bennett is looking forward to working with both schools in the federation and said that the strengths and areas for development complement each other within the two schools and through collaboration will move the overall quality of education provided as a federation forward.  She further said, “I aim to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment where children will continue their love of learning, recognise and achieve their fullest potential within a broad and balanced curriculum, so that they can make their best contribution to society.  I will set high standards and celebrate the achievements of every child.  It is an exciting journey ahead and I look forward to becoming a permanent part of the whole federation community.”  Miss Bennett is also looking forward to meeting and working with the local community and building links for the benefit of both communities. Miss Bennett has been acting as an interim Headteacher since January and has already brought positive changes to the schools. 



In our most recent Ofsted (March 2017) our school remained ‘GOOD’.  The inspector reported to Miss Bennett ‘since your secondment to the school in January 2018, you have brought an ambitious, focused vision for the school, and for the federation as a whole.  You know what needs to be done to improve the school, and have identified many of these actions on the revised school improvement plan’.

The report also noted the commitment and passion of the Governors to help the school continue to move forwards. Since the last report, achievement in maths has been raised through effective use of practical maths and problem solving.  Pupils are confident in sharing their thoughts and ideas and older children are able to make choices that extend their learning.  Pupils are happy and feel safe at school and enjoy opportunities to work and play with pupils across other age groups. 

The staff at Husthwaite continues to be proud of their school and are working with Governors to ensure future development and success for all.



 May is the time of year in schools where Y6 take their SATs tests.  Mr Chapman has prepared the children for these tests so that they are not feeling pressured but are focussed and calm.  Mr Chapman is proud of their resilience and their mature attitude towards the tests knowing that they all work to the best of their abilities.



 Pupils in Years 5 and 6 from both federation schools joined together for a week’s residential visit to East Barnby.  Children had fun learning how to tie various knots and paddle in unison when they went canoeing; got very wet beck scrambling (but it was fun!); endured muddy conditions climbing Roseberry Topping and tested their nerves for heights on the climbing wall.  Needless to see they all had an amazing time and returned home suitably exhausted from their outdoor pursuits. 

This is the third time children from both schools have enjoyed a joint venture and we have a lot more events planned for the Federation in the near future.


Class 2 performed their ‘Tale of Three Trees’ at the end of the spring term.  Children conquered their nerves and knew their lines perfect.  Parents, friends and relatives enjoyed watching the production and Miss Goodchild was extremely proud of the hard work the children had put into their performance to ensure it was a success.


Children showed their artistic talents in the annual Easter Egg competition - lots of ‘eggscellent’ masterpieces made it difficult to judge!


The school council organised a ‘bake-off’ competition.  A huge response resulted in LOTS of cakes to be tasted by the judges - “I’m caked out” Oscar (Y6) after only judging half of the entrants!  Everyone was impressed by how many talented bakers we have in school - maybe we could get Mary Berry to be a judge next year?


Both federated schools held a Faith Week which included a carousel of each class learning about different Faiths.  We also had a visit from Rev Liz who talked about her role.


Summer term is always busy with lots going on and our annual Sports week takes place from 25th-29th June.  This year there is another extra exciting treat in store for children (but we haven’t told them what it is yet!)  Transition events are organised for Y6’s going onto secondary school; Class 3 will start rehearsals for their summer production; staff are busy writing end of year reports and Y6 will be preparing for their leaver’s service.



 This half term’s topic has been ‘Shipwrecked’.

 Class 3 have linked the topic with Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica and how they had to abandon their ship when it became ‘ice locked’ before sinking.

 Class 2 have been discussing the bravery of Grace Darling and writing letters as if they were one of her siblings describing her courageousness and her involvement in rescuing survivors of a shipwreck.

 Class 1 have gone pirate mad - making pirate hats, playing in an extremely large cardboard pirate ship and reading ‘Pirates love Underpants’ (sporting underpants over their clothes - very funny!).



 Once again we are holding a Bags2School collection.  This is an ideal opportunity to have a clear out as well as raise funds for our school.  If you have any unwanted items of clothing, shoes, handbags, soft toys, ties and belts please bring them to school for our collection. Items should be placed into a black bin bag or you can use a Bags2School collection bag which is available from the school office.  The collection will take place at 9am on Thursday 7th June but items can be brought to school before then.  We are paid by weight so the more items we collect, the more money we raise!  Thanks to your help we raised £150 last year.  This money has been used for additional resources for the children such as playground games equipment.



 There are still some vacant places for nursery in September offering full and part day care from 3 to 30 hours per week. Please enquire at the school office.  We also hold weekly stay and play toddler sessions every Friday morning from 9-10am.  Recent activities have included toddler gymnastics, playing musical instruments, painting pictures, an Easter egg hunt, soft play and of course, just generally having a lovely time.  All pre-school age children are welcome to attend these free sessions and parents/carers are welcome to stay and enjoy refreshments whilst their child enjoys interacting with other children.   Please just come along - no need to book.



 Fun at Friday stay and play sessions
















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