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Mapledown School

Mapledown School


Welcome back   -   September 2018                            

A special welcome to all new families, pupils and staff. This is the first of our termly Newsletters. All key dates and lots more can be found on our website.


We were visited by inspectors on July 10th and over the summer they have written to us to tell us we are still a ‘good’ school. They were VERY thorough and most of their feedback asks the school to improve various policies and procedures and to improve our website. Unfortunately under the new inspection framework schools do not get a written report. To see the Ofsted letter which contains their summary of our performance please go the Oftsed website. An ‘Action Plan’ has been drawn up.

Staff News   

We have one new teacher – Gosia Cwiek in Class One and many new Learning Support Assistants working across the schools. Welcome to Muna Antonio Sara Sarah   Karen   Radhika   Rafia   Djamila   Freweini   Joanna   Syeda   Conrad and Marta.   We have also appointed a new member to our front office team – welcome to our new Deputy Office Manager Maureen Orosco. Maureen will start work on October 1st.

Our Deputy – David Aarons – will not be in school for all or most of the autumn term as he is undergoing chemotherapy. David is well known to most of you and has worked here for over 25 years. Everyone here will miss David and be wishing him a speedy recovery when he concludes his treatment. Meantime we have asked Caroline Roze to ‘act up’ as Deputy for the term ahead.

Interviews for a new head teacher will take place in February and we hope to have a new head in post for September 2019.

Open Evening

This annual event is scheduled for Wednesday September 26th from 6 until 7:30 pm. All class teachers will be available to parents for discussions and there will be a ‘Market Place’ of various organisations in the school hall to provide information about a range of services within and beyond Mapledown.

Friends of Mapledown

The Friends of Mapledown is our Parent-Staff Association which is a Registered Charity and raises funds for the school. The FoM will be holding their Annual General Meeting at school on Wednesday October 3rd (5pm).  Please come if you can. The Friends raise a lot of money and run events through the year in support of pupils and families at Mapledown.  In the last year alone the Friends have helped the school re-furbish our soft play cabin and create an ‘outdoor classroom’. They have also sponsored and funded our Internationa evening and are busy raising £16k to replace old hoisting equipment - £15k raised so far. Do you know anyone who could help with the final £1k or part thereof?                                                                                                                                             

School Meals  

Many families receive free school meals and we think that many others could also be entitled. If you think you could claim FSM please contact Kristina or Andriya in the school office and they will explain the process. The price of meals has increased for the first time in four years and from September 1st will now cost £2.34 per day. Paying for school meals : £2.34 a day or £11.70 per week - if you would like to set up a Direct Debit to spread the payments over 12 months please contact the office staff (again).

Thank You & Congratulations

At the end of the summer term we had two Parent Governors tender their resignations. We would like to record a huge “thank you” to Kristine Canavan and Riffat Butt who have supported the school tirelessly for many many years. At the same time we invited nominations for new Parent Governors and I am happy to report that as we received only two nominations Pete Korniczky and Stephanie Cammerman have been elected (unopposed).

‘The Comfort Zone’ Holiday Playscheme/Short Breaks

Congratulations to ‘The Comfort Zone’ who successfully ran a three week play scheme over the summer holidays. Comfort Zone will be running a play scheme through our next half term so please book early and contact Mary Kilcoyne at:  If you have any questions regarding funding for ‘short breaks’ please contact Christine Aldridge at the Short Breaks Team on 0208 359 7374 or 0208 359 3353 and they will send you some forms or direct you to their web page

   Have a great year


Steve Carroll