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                                     15th July 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,


Today marks the end of an unprecedented year in the academic calendar – and what a strange time it has been! No-one could have anticipated Covid-19 or its wider impact and although school remained open for the families of key workers, closing the school to the vast majority of our children is something that we would never have wanted to do – and we certainly hope is it something we will not have to do again.


Even though we have not all been together as a school in the Summer term, the year cannot come to a close without saying how we, as a school, could not be any more proud of our children and families, who have shown real tenacity and determination. We have been a long time apart yet, despite this, we have been continually amazed by how resilient the children have been. On behalf of us all at Hugo Meynell Primary School, I would like to thank you for your support and for all the life skills and experiences that you have given to the children. I know that this has not been easy for anyone – thank you.

I am so proud to be Headteacher of Hugo Meynell; I am incredibly lucky to work with such a fantastic and dedicated team, all of whom work hard to ensure the best for the children, whether in school or when home learning. Thank you to each and every one of them for their continued contributions towards making Hugo Meynell the fantastic school that it is. Thank you also to for the continuing support of our governing body.

As is customary at this time of year, we sadly bid farewell to some members of the Hugo team, who will be greatly missed. We will be sad to see them go and are thankful for all that they have done to inspire and enrich the lives of our children. Mrs Urquhart, who having worked at Hugo Meynell for the past 22 years as a teaching assistant, lunchtime supervisor and Little Owls play leader, is retiring. Both Mr Pearson and Mrs Groom will also be leaving us and on behalf of all the staff, I would like to thank them for their fantastic contributions to school. Also, as Mrs Blood will be returning from maternity leave in September, we will also be saying a big thank you and goodbye to Mrs Jackson.

Last, but by no means least, we are also bidding farewell and good luck to our Year 6 children. They have been a credit to themselves and the school, and it is with joy and delight that we have watched them grow and mature into young adults, ready to take on the challenges of secondary school. I have no doubt that they will go on to achieve many great things.

Which only leaves for me to thank you, once again, for your unwavering support throughout the year. Thank you!

I wish you all a safe holiday and well-deserved break and we cannot wait to welcome the children in all year groups back in to school on Wednesday 2nd September.


With very best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Summer,

Mrs Gleave