To All Staff, Children and Families,
The end of term always makes me reflect and think about all the things that have happened over the year. We have had Ofsted, high levels of illness before Christmas, our move to possible academy status and Mr Rome retiring, and all this before there was a pandemic! In my 18 years at Woodcote, I never dreamt that we would be in the middle of a pandemic and would have faced some of the most exhaustingly challenging times schools have ever known. I had never heard of a Zoom meeting and virtual learning was something that was beginning to make homework easier.
Despite the difficult times, I can honestly say I have never been prouder of our Woodcote Family. I am proud on my team for everything they have done to go above and beyond and adapt to the new challenges. I am so proud of the children and parents who have learnt in whatever way they can at home. I am so proud of everyone that came in or engaged with us remotely with a smile and positivity.
It has been emotional, stressful and exhausting. We may not have got every decision right, we may not have pleased everyone, but we put our hearts and souls in to it, and we have all come through this together.
I hope everyone has an amazing and well deserved Summer break, and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to our ‘new normal’ school in September.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Claire Baldock
Head of School
I would like to thank all of you for your kind messages, support and contributions to the wonderful gifts I received at my distanced retirement gathering last week. The messages from the children were particularly touching and of all the things I will miss about being the Headteacher of any school it will be the daily contact with the children. The PTFA excelled themselves with a video rendition of a Dirty Dancing number, something which nearly caused divorce in my house when my wife asked if I’d like to watch the film for the hundredth time knowing that I needed to see the film before the video!
Being the first Headteacher of Woodcote Primary School will always be the highlight of my career. The opportunity to form a new school and develop a culture and ethos from scratch is not something everyone gets the chance to do. I’m incredibly proud of Woodcote, the team and the community which has been built. It is a great place in which to learn and work and I take great comfort from the knowledge that under Claire Baldock and the senior leadership team’s guidance the school will continue to thrive and grow in the same vein.
This is not the end of the story but the closing of a chapter and I look forward to continuing to play a part in the future of Woodcote albeit in a different role.
Thank you once again to those of you who have shown such confidence, pride and support in us and I wish you all a very relaxing summer.