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Canon Popham awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

The school has been successful in being awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark.

Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to 200 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 3500 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.

The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science,  enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Mark is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

Postponed! School Sports Day – Wednesday 26th June 2019


School Sports Day – Wednesday 26th June 2019

The school sports day was due to take place on Wednesday 26th June 2019. Due to the state of the school field, this has now been postponed to

Thursday 27th June 2019

with the same arrangements.

Times are:

  • Key Stage 2 – 9.00am (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
  • Key Stage 1 – 1.30pm (Years 1 & 2)

For the safety of all pupils, pupils will be required to stay with their teachers at all times, with parents remaining in the spectator areas.

All pupils should have full PE kits, sun hat and water bottles with them – we regret that we cannot allow parents to give these items to pupils during the event.


Y2 PE Day is changing

Y2 PE Day is changing

As from w/c 14/01/19, the PE day is moving to Tuesday.
PE kits should be in school all week, but we would appreciate if no jewellery could be worn and long hair tied up on this day.

Thank you!

KS1 Christmas Arrangements Letter

Dear Parents/ Carers,

The Christmas period is a busy time of the year for us all and so we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the next few events that are happening in Key Stage 1 in December.

KS1 Christmas Production

  • Wednesday 12th December at 2:30pm 
  • Thursday 13th December at 6pm

Costumes have been provided for all the children. If your child is a narrator, they will need to wear their school uniform for both performances.

All children are required to take part in both performances. For the 6pm performance we ask that all children are brought back to school at 5:30pm so that they can change into their costumes and get ready for the performance.

Christmas dinner in school – Tuesday 18th December
Children can wear one Christmassy item for this day for example a Christmas headband, socks, a Christmas hat e.t.c.

Key Stage 1 Christmas party – Friday 14th December
This will take place in the afternoon. Children are allowed to bring in party clothes that they can change into after lunch. School uniform needs to be worn for the morning sessions.

We kindly ask that your child brings in a food donation for their party. A list will be placed on their classroom door on Friday 7th December so that you can make a choice of what to bring in.

As always thank you for your support. It is much appreciated especially at this busy time of year.

Merry Christmas.

All the staff of Key Stage 1.

Nursery Admissions 2019 Entry

If your child is born between 01/09/2015 and  31/08/2016, they are eligible to start nursery in 2019.

Canon Popham provides 15 hour places either mornings or afternoons.

If places are available, children are eligible to be admitted the term after their third birthday and are admitted in criteria and date of birth order.

A child born between:
1 September and 31 December – is eligible from the start of the Spring Term in January
1 January and 31 March – is eligible from the start of the Summer Term in April
1 April and 31 August – is eligible from the start of the Autumn Term in September

Applications can be found on the DMBC website.

Secondary School Applications NOW LIVE

The application process can now be completed for any Year 6 pupil moving to Year 7 at secondary school in September 2019.

This can be accessed here.

Please note the deadlines of 31 October 2018 and 30 November 2018.


With the advent of the hot sunny weather, we ask that pupils have suncream applied before school.

If you wish to provide suncream for a top up during the day, then pupils must be able to apply this themselves.

Any bottles should be clearly labelled & handed to staff to prevent it being shared with other pupils as this may lead to allergic reactions.

Thank you.