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Friday Update 5.7.24

Posted 5th July 2024

Message from Miss McNamara

This week has been another busy week, with so much to celebrate.

Year 6 Production

Today, our Year 6 pupils put on their end of year performance for the whole-school in a dress-rehearsal and for their parents this afternoon. I have been so impressed with how many lines they have learnt and how they each continue to remain in role, even when they are not on stage! It is the first Year 6 production since pre-Covid at Coppice and so they haven't been able to see other cohorts put on a performance however, they have definitely shown the rest of the school just how to do it!

It is wonderful to see the children being so confident on stage - they are certainly ready for secondary school!

Forest School Staff CPD

As you know, Mrs Hardy and Mrs Brook have been completing their Forest School training, so we can develop our Nature School, which currently runs in EYFS, to a whole-school Forest School offer. This week they were assessed in their woodwork skills, their campfire skills and their mastery of the different knot types. They have both designed and made a 3 course meal over a campfire (including a lemon tart baked in the lemon skin, a three bean chilli and halloumi skewers), whittled miniature fairy furniture (for the Coppice fairies) and passed their knot skills exam.

We are so excited about being able to offer sessions across the school next year. Mrs Hardy and Mrs Brook have put a lot of work in, outside of school hours, developing their skills as well as the policies and procedures which come with meeting the Health & Safety requirements of Forest School - thank you to both.


This week we have been given 2 awards!

FEAST Champion School

Coppice Valley Primary School has been selected to receive one of the first FEAST School Engagement Awards.

It is to recognise all the hard work that we put into making FEAST a success. It acknowledges that we go above and beyond to make sure that eligible families have access to holiday activities and healthy meals, helping them to thrive. 

Harrogate Walk to School Gold Award

This award recognises our participation in all the Walk to School Days.

Walk to School Days take place once every half-term, and they promote good transport habits on a daily and weekly basis, to improve air quality, reduce congestion and improve pupil health and wellbeing.



Child skipping

Transition and Staffing

Next week, on Thursday 11th July, we are having our transition afternoon where every class will get to spend the afternoon with their new class teacher. 

The only current member of teaching staff changing year groups is Miss Ramsay who, as you know, is moving into Year 6.

On Thursday, we are delighted to also be joined by Mrs Riley, who is going to be taking over from Miss Dodd when her maternity starts. Mrs Riley is an experienced teacher who has also completed the Forest School training.


Teaching Staff

Support Staff


Mrs Hardy (M,T, W, Th)

Mrs Baxter (F)

Mrs Batty

Miss Stephenson


Mrs Croxton

Mrs Baxter(M, T, W, Th)

Mrs Brook (F)



Mrs Winterburn

Mrs Nalder (M,T,W,Th)


Mrs Gibbons (M,T)

Miss Dodd/ Mrs Riley (W,Th,F)

Mrs Jessop (M,T,Th,F)



Mrs Hawkins

Mrs Brook (M,W,Th)


Mr Whaite

Miss Witton (M,T,Th,F)



Miss Ramsay

Mrs Scarisbrick

Miss Hudson


School Attendance Poster

Summer 2 Key Dates 

Tuesday 9th July: Family Breakfast - School Hall from 8:15am.

Wednesday 10th July: End of Year Reports

Thursday 11th July: Whole School Transition (spend time with new class teacher)

Thursday 18th July: Family Picnic - 1:35pm arrival time for parents, through the car park gate for 1:50pm, so we can do speeches and awards. Children's art will be displayed in our gallery in the main hall, accessible via the car park fire exit. A full information sheet will be sent to you next week. Please note the 10 minute alteration in timings, to 10 minutes earlier.

Friday 19th July: Y6 Leavers' Assembly 9:30am


Here are this week's attendance stats:

This week: 95.0% 

This year:  95.5% (DfE set a target of 95% and we have a school target of 97%).

Latecomers: This week, 13 children have been late to school. 

Community News

Essential Needs 

Essential Needs is run by a small team with the support of volunteers and, thanks to the generosity of the people across the District, is able to re-use and redistribute good quality used furniture, household items and white goods to those residents in need of support – also lessening the burden of landfill waste by giving unwanted goods a new lease of life.

In the past financial year, Essential Needs has supported over 650 households in furniture poverty, in addition to giving away furniture and services worth over £16,000 to our community through its partnership with Harrogate Homeless Project (HHP) & IDAS women’s refuge.

Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter email circulation for more information, if this is a resource you wish to support or access.

New café for people with English as a second language

If English is your second language and you would like a safe, friendly space to practice, then this Conversation Cafe is for you! Free tea and coffee. Every Thursday, 10am - 12noon at The Village, 282 Skipton Road, Harrogate (entrance on Quarry Lane)


FREE events at Harrogate Library

Harrogate Library host a number of FREE activities for parents and children including under 5’s Storytime and a Lego Club. A timetable of all their activities are attached to this email or you can visit: They will also be launching their popular FREE Summer Reading Challenge on Saturday 6 July and this year’s theme is ‘Marvellous Makers’.


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