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Federation News Blog 11 - 21 July 2022

End of year letter from Mr Webster

As we reach the end of another year, I thought it important to reflect upon the huge number of positives that we’ve seen and experienced at each of our lovely schools.

The opportunity to welcome back visitors, go on school trips and residential camps, host events and invite our community back into school should not be underestimated. These enriching experiences are central to what we hold most dear and are what the children value more than anything else at school. It has been wonderful to see such a wide range of these throughout this year from Post Office visits in Reception to Year 6 camp at Morfa Bay. Sports days and enrichment weeks to museum visits and reptiles coming to class!


I must thank the wonderful staff at both schools for making these events and many more happen. Their hard work, care and creativity ensure that your children enjoy a hugely positive school experience.

A huge thank-you goes to Mrs Gill Chaffe and Mrs Sue Morrell who are retiring from their roles at West Leigh Infants. They have both contributed huge amounts to life at the Infants over many years and we all wish them a restful and enjoyable retirement.

Thank you also to Miss Hayley Hutchings who moves on to a teaching role at Wraxall Primary School and also to Miss Kayleigh Jones who moves on to a support role at Ravenswood School. Mrs Anna Davies also begins a new teaching role near Burnham-on-Sea.

We look forward to welcoming Mrs Eloise Sinclair to teach in Year 1, Miss Ella Wheeler to Year 3 and Miss Jess Yandall to Year 5 in September. We will also be welcoming several additional members of support staff to work with specific pupils – Miss Freya Wetherall, Mrs Lucy Papanikolaou, Mrs Nicky Corkerton and Miss Ellie Britton.

To our departing Year 6 children, thank you! Your leavers’ service epitomised the positivity that you’ve brought to both West Leigh and BJS. We will miss you and wish you the very best as you move into Year 7.

Thank you as always to both our PTAs without whom we would be unable to offer many of the experiences and resources referenced above. The joint summer fair in June was a huge success and the new mural at West Leigh makes such a wonderful impression to all visitors. These are only two highlights of the wonderful work they do.

I’d also like to recognise the important role that our Governors, with Justine Stafford as chair, play in the development of our Federation and the key decisions that they take to ensure we continue to progress and move in the right direction. Their often unseen hard work and dedication has had a hugely positive impact over recent times. Thank you one and all.

I wish you all a lovely summer break and hope the sun shines wherever you may be spending the holiday period. Don’t forget that term starts for the pupils on Monday 5th September after our INSET training days on the 1st and 2nd. We look forward to seeing you then and having many more opportunities to regularly welcome you onto each school site, beginning with our open afternoons in early September where you will have the chance to meet your child’s new class teacher and find out about the curriculum offer in their class.

Yours sincerely

Nick Webster


Upcoming Important Dates

  • Thursday 21 July - Last Day of Term 6
  • Thursday 01 Sept - Inset day 1, School closed to pupils
  • Friday 02 Sept - Inset day 2, School closed to pupils
  • Monday 05 Sept - First day of Term 1 for pupils at West Leigh and BJS
  • Sunday 11 September - Federation PTA Circus in Backwell. Please see attached information

In this edition:

  • West Leigh Superstars and BJS Celebration award winners
  • BJS Annual Prize Giving 2022
  • WL Rabbit Class News
  • WL Year 2 Aerospace Trip
  • WL Year 2 Disco
  • WL PTA News
  • Year 6 Production of 'Olivia!'
  • PTA Circus Poster - 


Tickets for the brilliant circus are selling fast, so don’t forget to buy yours at:  

We will be advertising to the wider community over the summer.

If you will find the cost of tickets difficult, please let the office know as soon as possible, as our kind sponsors (Parkers) have funded some tickets for us to provide.

As you can imagine, this is a big event to put on and we will need lots of helpers. If you could spare 30 mins to help on the day, please let the PTA know at:

You might like to help run the bar or a games stall, sell hot dogs or sweets, or maybe you have a penchant for car parking? We’d love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful summer, and thanks again for all of your invaluable support this year!

From the WL and BJS PTAs


  • North Somerset Family Wellbeing Newsletter
  • Aspens Information including: Parent Information Pack, School Food Primary Information and New Aspens Autumn/Winter 2022 Menus

Please note that the BJS kitchens will only be providing cold food for the first week of Term 1 in September (this should be reflected on the SELECT app), due to essential works being carried out in the kitchen.  This work may continue in to week 2, but we will update all parents and carers as we received this information.

  • Feel Fab Summer!   Why not take part in the 'Feel fab Summer' physical activity and creative challenge for the summer holidays? This challenge encourages families to remain active during the holiday.Participation will be celebrated in September with certificates! Be sure to record your progress!

  • Free sports and activities at Gordano school - Free for children in Year 6, transitioning to Year 7, Children in receipt of FSM. Please see attached flyer.

    The course is at Gordano School and begins Monday 25th July for 5 weeks, and the ages are 4-14 years, so any help with improving numbers would be much appreciated.

    The direct link to the course is

    The discount code is HHHSUM22