A note from Miss Whittington

Wishing you all prosperity, peace and love for 2019.

Some of you may have seen the Dagenham Post article regarding the Best and Worst Schools in Barking and Dagenham. Thousands of primary schools across the country have their results figures published by the Department for Education on an annual basis.

Schools can be ranked on two sets of results:

  1. Progress – the achievement of the pupils from year 2 to year 6.
  2. Attainment – the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. (Greater Depth is also measured).

The Dagenham Post chose to rank according to progress; rather than attainment,  Our school continues to grow with additional children starting all of the time, with a range of different needs and starting points. These children are also included in our data – this is a huge accolade to the staff, pupils and parents.

The table on the right is an attainment summary of the overall performance at the end of key stage 2, for pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths (all pupils):

Locally, we were the top performing school for the % of pupils meeting the expected standard:

School name % of pupils meeting expected standard
Beam Primary School 83%
Marsh Green 81%
The Leys Primary School 78%
John Perry Primary School 76%
Richard Alibon 74%
William Ford 74%

Well done to all! The provision in our school is fantastic, where the pupils, staff and parents work incredibly hard.

To further support your child, please remember that your child has their own Bugclub and Mathsfactor, accounts, which the school pays for, so that you can assist your child. Please ensure that they use it.

Showing 1 - 10 of (top performing) 54 B&D schools and colleges
School name % of pupils meeting expected standard
Monteagle Primary School 89%
The St Teresa Catholic Primary School 89%
Rush Green Primary School 87%
Beam Primary School 83%
Manor Junior School 83%
Warren Junior School 82%
Marsh Green Primary School 81%
Manor Infants’ School/Manor Longbridge 79%
The Leys Primary School 78%
John Perry Primary School 76%

3 January 2019

Return to school

4 January 2019

Nursery 3 year olds only

7 January 2019

Nursery open to everyone

15 February 2019

Last day for Spring Half Term

25 February 2019

Return to School

14 March 2019

Parent Consultation Day – Children not in school

5 April 2019

Last day for Easter Holidays

23 April 2019

Return to school

6 May 2019

May Day – School Closed

24 May 2019

Break for Summer Half Term

3 June 2019

Return to school

14 June 2019

School closed to pupils

19 July 2019

Last day for pupils for Summer Holidays


Free Breakfast for all!

We will be serving free bagels for all, this is to ensure that every child starts the school day fully prepared.  This will start from Monday 7th January , the bagels will be located at:

  • the KS2  gate
  • KS1 gate
  • Main reception (for late arrivals)
  • Nursery entrance (AM pupil only)

Our supervised Breakfast club, which opens from 8:05 AM,  will still be operational at a charge for £2.00 a session – this includes supervision and a breakfast.


  • Please ensure your child/ren do not play on the playground equipment after school hours.
  • Please ensure your child/ren are reading every night and planners are updated to reflect this.
  • Both indoor and outdoor PE kits are required in school daily.
  • Please ensure you check on a daily basis your child’s home school book.  This is how we communicate with parents and you can with us.  Any information regarding your child will be written in their book.

Contact Details

Could you please ensure that you advise the school if you have moved, changed your mobile phone number or email.  This also includes your emergency contact information.

Sensory Garden

We finally have access to our sensory garden! The fitting of the new fence has ensured that the garden can now safely be used. The children who access the Atlantis Room have enjoyed the gardening sessions to tidy up the overgrown plants and untidy equipment.


Please ensure children are sent to school with a warm and waterproof coat as we access the outdoor area in all weathers! We advise that children also bring a woolly hat, scarf and gloves and ask that you encourage and remind your child to place these in their school bag when entering inside. Please support teachers in promoting your child’s self-help skills. Thank you.

Year 2

The school are currently selling SATs practice and resource books for you to use at home with your child/ children. The response has been excellent and we hope you are finding them useful, but if you have mislaid the letter for you to order these books please speak to your child’s teacher or the school office so that we can place your order.



We are proud to announce that some of our pupils have written reviews for the Times Educational Supplement:  https://www.tes.com/news/class-book-review-festive-reads

Health and Medical

While enjoying the festivities, please take time to reflect on ensuring that your child’s medical needs can be met at school.


  • Please ensure that if your child is registered asthmatic that their pump is in school, in date and there is a sufficient amount. This is parental/carer responsibility.  All pumps are kept at the office.
  • Ensure that your child’s Asthma Plan is up to date
  • Please also ensure that you have signed the emergency use consent form so if there was ever an emergency, the ‘spare’ pump could be used. These are also kept at the office.


  • If your children has been prescribed an Epi-pen, it is your responsibility that the pen is in date.
  • Please also ensure that you have signed the emergency use consent form. If there was an emergency and the pen failed, the school have purchased a spare.

School Nurse

  • The school nurse drop in is the first Wednesday of every month from 2:30-3:30. No appointment necessary.
  • Would you like to get your children’s hearing or vision checked? Visit the school nurse drop in!
Sport News

West Ham Tournament Year 6 – November Beam came top of their group and are now in the finals.

Wednesday 16th January

Sportshall field events v St.Peters School starting at 1.00pm.

Thursday 17th January

Sportshall match v Robert Clack year 7’s starting at 8.30pm.

Friday 18th January

Dodgeball event v Rush Green Primary starting at 3.15pm.

Thursday 24thJanuary

Hi Five netball year 5&6 v Robert Clack year 7’s starting at 2.00pm.

Thursday 31stJanuary

Sports for Schools Sponsored Event

Beam County Primary are participating in the Sports for Schools event. We will have a top athlete attend the school on 31 January 2019 to give an assembly to the children after they have taken part in the Fitness Circuit.  More details will follow in our next bulletin

Monday 4th February

Borough Sportshall Year 5&6 at Sydney Russell School starting at 9.30am.

Thursday 7thFebruary

Borough Netball at Barking Abbey School starting at 2pm.

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