Menu Change for Thursday 16 May (Census day) & Friday 17 May 2019

Please be advised of the following changes to the lunch menu for the above days:

Thursday 16 May  Friday 17 May
Salmon fish finger/fish fingers, chips and tomato sauce Chicken  and Bean Fajitas with Rice
Cheese and pepper Whirl with chips Mixed Bean Cassoulet with Rice

Baked Beans

Garden peas

Grated Carrot Salad


Chocolate Cocoa Cookie Fruit and Yoghurt Station

Iced Sponge


Fresh Fruit Salad

We would like to encourage all children that are eligible for free school meals, especially those from Foundation to Year 2 to order a school lunch on Thursday. The number of free school meals eaten on this day is collected in our census and used to provide funding all year long.

Please contact the office is you have any queries regarding this menu change.

Woodley Carnival Queens & Kings Competition 2019

 The Carnival Queens and Kings competition is always a popular event. 

This year’s competition will be held at 7pm on Friday 17th May at the Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley. There are 2 age categories. Junior school or secondary school age and entrants must either live in Woodley or go to school in Woodley at the time of the competition. 

The winners represent the Carnival at several events including leading the procession on carnival day. 

Read the whole letter here and how to enter; Carnival Queens and Kings 2019.

Ofsted HMI Inspector’s Visit

As many of you will be aware on Wednesday April 24th, the School received a Section 8 monitoring visit from an Ofsted HMI Inspector.

A visit was expected as part of the process from our last Ofsted report. We would like to thank you for your honest feedback to the Inspector via the Parent View and inform you that the Inspector was complimentary about all the pupils and staff that were spoken to.

As soon as we are able, we will publish the results of the visit to you all.

Thank you for your continued support in Beechwood.

Beechwood Primary IEB/Local Governing Body

Ofsted Section 8 Monitoring Inspection

We have today been advised that Ofsted will be visiting Beechwood for a monitoring visit tomorrow.

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can give Ofsted your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at:

Woodley Carnival Update

The PTA will still be going ahead with the Woodley Carnival this year, even if it is a walking float but, we cannot do it alone and are looking for parents/carers to join our team to make this the best float Beechwood has ever seen. As you can imagine we will need as many people as possible to help and in many different roles to make this a reality. we will be discussing this in more detail during our next meeting on 29th April, 7pm. If you are interested in helping out, please email the PTA on

Thankyou for your continued support.

Carnival Craft Club

Unfortunately myself and Emma will no longer being running Carnival Craft Club next term.

It wasn’t an easy decision especially as we have really enjoyed each week and have made great progress, however, due to negativity, lack of support and resources, a decision has been made to not continue.

It is just simply too much for 3 volunteers trying to supervise a classroom of children from all year groups in crafting activities, toilet breaks etc whilst keeping the classroom how it was found.

The children have done an excellent job so far making the decorations so well done to everyone who was involved.

If anyone would like to take the club over next term, please post on the PTA Facebook page or contact the PTA directly by emailing

German Club

Please find attached a flyer relating to a German club starting after Easter. At the moment we are just gauging numbers. If you would like your child to attend please contact the school office where you will be added to the list.

Easter Egg Hunt

Next week your children will be given the opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt courtesy of Beechwood Primary School PTA.

Mrs Caswell will be leading the hunt and will work with one class at a time during the week.

Each child will find a plastic egg which they can swap for some chocolate, dairy free chocolate or one of Mrs Mummery’s crochet bunnies.

IEB News – Academy Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am sure you may be wondering about the transfer of Beechwood to the Frays Academy Trust which was due to happen on the 1st April.

Unfortunately the process will be delayed due to a number of technical/legal reasons but will go ahead later in the school year.

Frays due diligence process is continuing and they are working closely with the school; the Governors and Wokingham Borough Council to be able to finalise the information needed. An example of this is, to agree and understand the responsibility of each party that shares the overall site with the school. This is taking much longer than anticipated and it does mean the school will not transfer on the 1st April.

Please be assured as soon as we are able to confirm a date we will let you know and this will not distract from Frays and The Governing Bodies commitment to improving outcomes for every child in Beechwood.

Thank your for your continued support.

Beechwood Primary School IEB/Governing Body.

Easter Egg Hunt

Next week your children will be given the opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt courtesy of Beechwood Primary School PTA.

Mrs Caswell will be leading the hunt and will work with one class at a time during the week.

Each child will find a plastic egg which they can swap for some chocolate, dairy free chocolate or one of Mrs Mummery’s crochet bunnies.

Thanks for your support so far this year.

Mother’s Day Market – Wednesday 27th March

We are pleased to confirm that, for the first time, we will be setting up a Mother’s Day Market at school.

On Wednesday 27th March pupils will have the opportunity to purchase a gift or two for their Mum or a significant person in their lives.

If you would like your child to take part, please complete the order form that will be given out to classes today (Thursday) and return it with payment to the office by Friday 15th March. The order form is also attached and spare copies will be available in the PTA pigeon hole in the school office.

To make the event a success we do need a good number of volunteers to help us set up on Tuesday 26th March straight after school in the hall and to also run the event on Wednesday 27th March from school drop off to lunchtime.

If you can help, please email or let us know on the PTA Facebook page –

Mothers Day Market – 27 March 2019

Mothers Day Market – Order Form

This is Me: SEND Parent Workshop

This is Me: SEND Parent Workshop – Thursday 7th March at 6.00pm

We would like to invite parents and carers of SEND children to a Workshop that is being run by Mrs Rae, one of our parents at Beechwood.

This is Me – is a one page profile of your child that you compile to let the class teacher know at bit more about your child: what they like, their concerns, their specific needs, medical information etc.

This is information that you provide us and the idea is that you will put together this information during the workshop.

We are grateful to Mrs Rae for running this workshop and hope that you will come and join us. We also welcome parents and carers of children who believe the workshop maybe beneficial for their child but are not currently on the SEND register.

Please either return the slip from the attached letter or email to book a place.

Yours sincerely

Mrs R Minter
Acting Head Teacher

Bracknell Bees Game – 3rd March 2019

Please find attached the voucher email for our next Schools Zone game on Sunday March 3rd at 6pm for all your Staff, Parents and Guardians.

This is our last league game but we will arranging the first Play off game on March 23rd or 24th.

Kind regards
Gemma Plowright & Dave Williams
Bracknell Bees Schools Programme

Bracknell Bees – 3rd March

Parents Evenings – 4 & 11 March 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

On Monday 4th and 11th March you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and you should have already had an appointment confirmed. If this is not the case please contact your child’s class teacher.

Parent/child consultation meetings will take place in the school hall and last for 10 minutes each; we ask that you keep to this time so that the evening runs smoothly. However, if you feel there is more to be said, individual meetings can be set up between teachers and parents on other days.

During the meeting teachers will discuss your child’s progress and will identify specific targets for Reading, Writing and Maths along with ways that the school and you at home can help achieve these.

Children’s levels will not be handed out during these meetings, but will be shared with parents at the end of the Spring Term. We want to make sure that parents receive the most up to date information regarding their child once all our Spring term assessments are complete.

We look forward to welcoming you. I will be available along with members of the governing body.

Please contact the school office if you wish to make an appointment with Mrs Quinn (SENDCo).

Yours sincerely,
Rachel Minter
Acting Head Teacher

PTA Quiz Night – 8 March 2019

Our annual PTA Quiz Night is taking place on Friday 8th March in the school hall. Tickets are now on sale from the school office.

Get a team together and bring your own drink and nibbles for a fun packed night with prizes up for grabs.

Thanks Beechwood PTA

PTA Quiz Night

The PTA quiz night will take place on Friday 8th March. Tickets will be on sale from the school office and from the school gate after half term.

Rock n Roll Bingo will take place after Easter – date to be confirmed.

Thanks and we’ll see you at the disco tonight!

Beechwood PTA

Hollywood Disco – Friday 15th February

Hollywood Disco – Friday 15th February

Our first disco of the year is due to take place next Friday and as of now, we haven’t sold enough tickets for it to go ahead. We haven’t even sold enough to combine the two discos.

Tickets are on sale from the office and from the school gate on Monday morning.
We’ll make a final decision on Monday if we are going ahead.

It would be a shame to cancel as it’s going to be amazing!


Beechwood PTA

IEB News – 4 February 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A big thank you to everyone that attended the talk with Frays on Monday 28th of January and the Presentation from Chief Executive Chris Cole.

There were some very challenging questions asked of Chris, and rightly so, and also asked of the IEB/Shadow Governing Body.

A set of minutes from the meeting is also attached and will available soon on the Governor Page of the Beechwood website.

As we head towards April and Academy conversion we have been working with Frays to provide a stable Senior Leadership Team whilst we recruit a new Headteacher for Beechwood and have made the following decision. From February 1st Mrs Rachel Minter will be acting Headteacher until the end of the Summer Term. She will be supported by Mrs Zoe Voisey as Deputy Headteacher until February 24th. We would like to place on record a huge thank you to Mrs Voisey for stepping up to the forefront and keeping the School moving forward.

Also from February 1st Chris Cole will take the role of Executive Headteacher and drive the school improvement strategy supporting the team day to day. We are also looking to provide additional support to the Leadership Team to make the rapid improvements needed.

We would also like to place on record a huge thank you to Miss Sarah Curtis for her role as Interim Headteacher of Beechwood at a very tough and demanding time for the School. She will not be returning to Beechwood but continues her recovery to full health and mobility.

The IEB are working in partnership with your Local Governing Body which will officially take on full Governors duties once the School has converted to Frays.

Your Local Governing Body is:

  • Lester Dennis-Chair (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
  • Rachel Minter-Acting Headteacher
  • Ilaria Warren – Parent Governor
  • Kirsty Billington – Parent Governor
  • Emma Caswell – Staff Governor
  • Vicki Hamer – Staff Governor
  • Stephanie Holding (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
  • John Ireland – Co Opted
  • Richard Skegg (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
  • Dave Fisher (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
  • Dave Williams (staying from IEB) – Co Opted
  • Alison Cowen – Associate Governor as SBM

We would like to place on record our thanks to Louise Connolly and Mark A’Bear (members of the IEB who will be stepping aside in April) for their time and commitment to Beechwood.

We would also like to invite Parents and Guardians to visit the Comments Box in Reception if you have any suggestions that the LGB can act upon and also if you feel a member of School Staff deserves some positive feedback as we would like to celebrate that with them.

Thank you for your continued support.
Beechwood LGB/IEB