Dear Parents, 

 My Retirement

After a lot of thought, I have decided to retire at the end of this academic year. The governors are already in the process of selecting my successor and so I thought I would inform you before you hear it ‘on the grapevine’. Obviously, The Deans – its pupils, parents and staff, mean a great deal to me and it has been a difficult decision to make, especially as our school is such a special place. Naturally, I will be writing to you again on this subject and I will, doubtless, be speaking to many of you as well. In the meantime, as soon as I know who my successor will be, I will write to inform you.

School Uniform

I attach a page taken from the school brochure to this newsletter. The rules used to state ‘Nail varnish is not allowed’. However, you will note that I have added the phrase ‘false nails, or any type of nail decoration’ so that the new rule now reads ‘Nail varnish, false nails or any type of nail decoration is not allowed. I hope you will all agree with me that this is a sensible rule to have in a primary school.

 Parents’ Shelter

Our Parents’ Shelter will finally be installed on Wednesday, 4th March.

Government Visit

The government are currently reviewing the primary curriculum and The Deans is one of the schools chosen to advise the government ministers in their decision making. As a result, Sir Jim Rose, who is heading the Review and various other ministers, will be visiting The Deans next Tuesday. As you know, we have very strong views on what constitutes a good primary education and I can assure you all that we will be expressing those views very strongly!

Parents Evening

We will be holding a Parents Evening for class Y1 – Y6 on Thursday, 19th March. I hope to see you all then.

Yours sincerely,

F. Hartley – Headteacher.

Ramona Rhapsody



Year 5 and 6 went to see a murder mystery.  Members of the BBC Philharmonic led this thratre workshop called who killed Ramona Rhapsody?  Each character had a musical ID that the children had to recognise.  They all enjoyed the event.