Dear parents and carers,


It’s hard to believe that we are in the final half term of the year. It feels like only yesterday we were welcoming everyone back in September! For many of our children and families the next few weeks will be about the transition from St Edmund’s to primary school. This year 115 children are leaving to go to 22 different schools. We hope the move goes smoothly and we will make sure we support you as much as we can.


We are sure that you and your child will have many happy memories of their time at St Edmund’s and will take those memories with them to their next school.


We will also be saying goodbye to Adam Garrett from Yellow Class as he is leaving to continue his career teaching Year 1 in a Bradford primary school. Adam trained with us and has worked at St Edmund’s for two years so it is a good time for him to move onto pastures new and develop his teaching experience. We wish him lots of luck for the future.


The good news is that this has enabled us to give the opportunity to two of our staff to train as teachers, Lucy in Red Class and Dina in Yellow will begin their training in September. Lucy will be a member of our SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and Dina, who has a teaching qualification in Latvia, will hopefully convert this to become qualified to teach in the UK.

Ann-Marie in Red class will also be taking on a new challenge in September, supporting Ermina with our Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision.  This will mean that there will be some new faces in the rooms when we return after the summer break.


Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to June Throp who is retiring in July after 28 years at St Edmund’s. June is currently working in our Birth to 2s room, but over the years has worked with all our children and even some of our parents! Although June does not want a big fuss, please pop into Babies to say goodbye and wish her a lovely retirement.

Let’s hope that the weather continues to be good as we move into the summer – we certainly deserve it after the winter we had.


May I take the opportunity to wish all our Muslim families Eid Mubarak. I hope to see some of you at our Eid Party in a couple of weeks’ time.




Anne-Marie Merifield, Executive Headteacher