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Welcome

A warm welcome to Slip End Village School’s website.  We hope that you find the information on these pages useful and discover what makes Slip End a unique place where children are able to learn, grow and flourish.

From September 2015, Slip End became a primary school, taking its first Year 5 intake; September 2016 will see us take our first Year 6 class. Currently we have approximately 145 pupils on roll and this will expand to 170.  

In 2010, Slip End received the Ofsted grading of ‘Outstanding’ and we are still very proud of this achievement today.  Our pupils display an infectious enthusiasm for learning and their cheerfulness, friendly manner and excellent behaviour make them a joy to teach.  Staff at Slip End are hard-working and passionate about helping children to achieve their potential.  Our strapline 'Learning and Growing Together' underpins our ethos and all that we do.

Along with Caddington Village School, we form the 'Caddington and Slip End Area Alliance'.  As federated schools, we are keenly supported by a joint GovernIng Body; Sue Teague is the Executive Headteacher.

Slip End holds a special place at the heart of the community and the collective support we receive from parents and villagers is very important to us We would be delighted to share more of our school’s life and learning with you so please consider arranging a visit to come and see us.  You would be more than welcome.

Amanda Howes  

Head of School

 

World Book Day

Celebrating World Book Day has become a traditional, annual event at Slip End Village School; this year was no exception!

Everyone in the school, pupils and staff, dressed up as famous book characters for the day.  Mary Poppins, The Cat in the Hat and Red Riding Hood, to name but a few, were all there; it was amazing to see the diverse range of children’s literature represented.  Teachers and children swapped classrooms to read to each other and it was heartwarming to see our older pupils pair read with the younger ones.  

Thank you to everyone who provided costumes and helped to make the day so successful.

 

Rugby World Cup Day

On Friday 18th September 2015, Slip End celebrated the start of the Rugby World Cup. Children worked in mixed aged teams throughout the morning to research the various countries taking part in the competition.  In the afternoon a special assembly showcased their work, 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' was sung and some of the children performed their own haka. The day was a huge success and a great opportunity for the whole school to work together and demonstrate the values of cooperation and teamwork.

 

Voice in a Million

What a wonderful opportunity it was for our school choir to take part in 'Voice in a Million' at Wembley Arena on 11th March 2015.  Our pupils sang a range of songs with thousands of other children from around the United Kingdom. It really was a spectacular event.  Well done everyone!

Year 4 Viking Day

Pupils from Year 4 at both Slip End and Caddington Village schools shared an exciting day which brought the Viking era to life.  As well as building a Viking long ship, the children took part in a variety of Art and Design Technology activities ranging from clay work to weaving.  As you can see from the photograph, through working together, the results truly were something to be proud of.  Thank you to everyone who made the day such a huge success.  

Chinese Dance Workshop

In March 2016, our Year 1 and 2 pupils enjoyed learning about the history and tradition of Chinese dancing as part of a special workshop.  The morning culminated with the children performing a dragon and a fan dance to the rest of the school.  A truly colourful performance!

Hazard Alley

Ensuring that our pupils learn how to keep safe takes high priority in our school's Curriculum. Recently our Year 4 pupils visited Hazard Alley where they were able to experience dangerous situations in perfect safety.  This included how to react if there is a fire in the home and how to make a 999 call.

 

Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day we held a special assembly where we observed the minutes silence at 11:00am and learnt about the devastating effects of war on families.  Children belonging to uniformed organisations wore their uniforms to school.

Harvest Festival

Once again this year, we were very grateful to the whole school community for the wonderful generosity shown in providing food items for our Harvest Festival.  The school hall looked wonderful with its Harvest display and Harvest loaf centrepiece which was presented to us by Caddington Village School.  Reverend Pullinger led the assembly and parents were invited after school to see the display.  Our Year 5 children helped to pack and deliver the food items to local residents; they were delighted with their gifts and with the parcel toppers which were crafted by the children.

 

German Partnership

It was wonderful to be able to welcome our German friends from Eitorf to Slip End and Caddington.  The children and staff spent 3 days together sharing culture and having lots of fun. In the photograph above you can see the children enjoying a traditional, British fish and chip supper. It will very soon be our turn to visit Germany...we can't wait!

 

Election Day

Election Day was full of excitement here at Slip End. Following a visit to school by Ballot Box adjudicator, Mr. Lewzey, the children created their own parties, wrote a manifesto and held a polling event.  The 'Sweet Party' won the election.

 

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School Kitchen

 

On Tuesday 15th December (Christmas Dinner Day) our school kitchen received an inspection visit from the Environmental Health Officer.

We are delighted to inform you that we were awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of '5' which is the highest possible grading.  A huge well done to everyone involved.

 

Severe Weather

In the event of extreme weather conditions, please check the Central Bedfordshire SOS system for information on school closures by clicking here.

 

EYFS Easter Raffle

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Easter raffle which raised more than £500.00 to provide our Early Years with equipment to enhance their outdoor provision. A special well done goes to our first prize raffle winner, 'Isabella'.


 

Charitable Giving

    

The Slip End school community supports many charities throughout the year.  Through doing so, pupils gain an awareness of the needs of others and learn the skills of good citizenship.

This year so far we have sold Remembrance Day poppies in school, held a  Mufti Day for Children in Need and once again filled shoe boxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.

Thank you once again to the whole school community for your kindness and support.

 

Queen's Park Faith Tour

In February 2015, our Year 3 and 4 pupils took part in the Queen's Park Faith Tour where they visited Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Westborne Road Mosque and All Saints Parish Church in Bedford. They enjoyed an inspiring day learning how people from the different faith groups work together to serve their community and exploring the different places of worship.