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Dear Parents and Friends,

Welcome back everyone, it’s hard to believe it’s nearly the end of Term 1 already,  this term seems to have flown by.  Plans are already underway for a busy Term 2.

It was a very busy summer for us with modifications to the school ready for increasing our pupil numbers.  You will see we have new windows to the front and side of the school as well as a new play area in yellow garden to support our growing children.

Everyone has settled in well into the new areas and enjoying their time in school.  It is great to have everyone back. Thank you to parents and carers for their help and support with the phased drop off and pick up times.  It is
important to keep to these times as it ensures the safety of children.

Reminder about drop-off and pick-up times:
Taxis: —  9:15am   /   3:00pm                Parents:  —  9:30am  /  3:15pm

As predicted COVID is still about & flu season is approaching, please be vigilant & keep your child at home if they show any symptoms such as a high temp/cough.
If a child arrives at school with temperature of [over 37o] or above, we will send them home as a precaution and will continue to take temperatures on arrival and following our COVID risk assessment and protocol.  Protecting everyone at school is paramount and stopping the spread of the virus.  I don’t know what the coming weeks will bring but we will keep you posted on the guidance we receive.

Sadly our normal harvest festival and Christmas celebrations with families will not be able to take place due to COVID restrictions and limited visitors in school to protect the children and staff.  We are looking to have virtual parents evening sessions and more details will follow.

Thank you to Joseph’s mum for donating £300 to school following a win on Heart Radio.

Finally, a massive congratulations to Lyn Dance CEO of SAND Trust for being selected for an OBE for her contribution to Education.  A well deserved acknowledgement for all her work over the years and her commitment to supporting our children and young people.

Wishing you all a restful and safe break.

Best wishes,  Nikki




Please be aware we have just be notified of a new scam email concerning free school meals targeting vulnerable families. This scam email states the following:

‘If your child’s schools is closed and your child is entitled to free school meals; then to send your bank details to the schools and they will help with funding while the schools are closed.’

All the links in the email are fake. Please DO NOT click the links, respond or give any bank details or confidential information.


Emergency School Closures

In the hopefully unlikely event of the school having to close – perhaps due to snow, power failure or sickness – there is a website to keep parents informed of the situation. Please log on to

We will use the Text messaging service to contact you directly as soon as possible. Please make sure we have your most up-to-date details.
Updates will also be made on local radio stations, such as, Radio Gloucestershire and Severn Sound.


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We have received another fantastic donation from Grace Parrott’s family.  This money is going to be used to support the Gloucestershire Total Communication Project and will help so many people in the county to continue the excellent work.
Charity Number: 1022618


We are in short supply of parent volunteers for our committee, please please if you can spare us a couple of hours a term for ideas and support.
If you want to help please get in touch.   

Do you know anyone who could help us or do you have any ideas? Please get in touch via the school on 01242 525472 or email

The Giving Machine

We have signed up to The Giving Machine, purchases will generate cash commission for us, please take a look and sign up for us.


The Textile Recycling Scheme helps to raise awareness of Textile Recycling. By participating you are helping the environment as well as raising funds for the school.
We collect all types of unwanted textiles  including adults & children’s clothes, paired shoes hats, bags, belts, curtains, towels and bed linen. Sorry we do not accept duvets, carpets, rugs soiled or wet clothing.

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557