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News & Information

Friday 17th June 2022

Our PTFA are busy planning the school Summer Fete – put Sunday 3rd July in your calendars! We have signed up with My Nametags to help the PTFA raise money for the school. Remember to put our School ID on to your order and 24% of the total order will be donated back to the PTFA!



Tuesday 14th June 2022

It’s starting to feel like summer! Please remember to apply sun cream to your child before they come in to school and ensure they have a sun hat with them.

Thursday 9th June 2022

Come along to our Tea & Chat session to find out more about our approach to Mental Health in school.


Wednesday 18th May 2022

Are you planning ahead and thinking about ordering new uniform for your child’s next academic year? You can find a brochure for our school uniform here –  Pawlett Brochure 2022

Monday 21st March 2022

Below is a  Term 4 update video by our CEO Neville Coles and Head of School Improvement Nathan Jenkins.

Wednesday 16th March 2022 – Comic Relief Red Nose Day

This Friday (18th March) is Comic Relief. We are inviting all children to wear red clothes as well as a red nose. There will be fun activities throughout the day for all children to take part in.

Wednesday 16th March 2022 – Term 5 hot food menu

You should have received an email with a link to the new hot food menu today. Please ensure that this is completed by the 30th March. If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to get in touch with the school office on 01278 684151 or info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk.

Primary Menu Apr 22 (1)

Friday 11th March 2022 – Non school uniform day for Red Cross Ukraine

Today we had a non school uniform day and a cake sale at the end of the day to raise money for the Red Cross and the humantry aid they are providing in Ukraine. We are incredibly proud of our school community for raising an amazing £241.00!

Friday 11th March 2022 – Sports for Schools 

We all had so much fun taking part in a sponsored fitness circuit with GB Athlete Rich Parker. The money raised will go towards improving sport with in the school and enabling athletes to keep working with schools and young children to inspire the next generation of athletes.

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After the fitness circuit Rich Parker also held an assembly where he talked about his experiences as a GB athlete and how much hard work he had to put in to it, followed by a Q&A session. All of the children (and staff!) left the assembly feeling motivated and inspired by Richs assembly.


Wednesday 19th January 2022 – 2022/2023 term dates

Below you will find the new term dates for 2022/2023.

Term 1 – Monday 5th September 2022 – Thursday 13th October 2022

Term 2 – Monday 31st October – Friday 16th December 2022

Term 3 – Tuesday 3rd January 2023 – Friday 10th February 2023

Term 4 – Monday 20th February 2023 – Friday 31st March 2023

Term 5 – Monday 17th April 2023 – Friday 26th May 2023

Term 6 – Monday 5th June 2023 – Friday 21st July 2023

Thursday 6th January – Covid update

Coronavirus continues to present us with many challenges and as the guidance changes we want to make sure you are aware of the latest advice. Below is a link to a letter that was sent out to all parents.

Covid update term 3 letter

Thursday 16th December – Raffle 

Thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle number, you raised a fantastic £106 for the PTFA!


Friday 3rd December – Christmas Nativity

In light of the new Covid variant, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this years Christmas Nativity Play. We have very limited space in our school hall and are concerned about the different households mixing in such a small space. However, we invite our whole school community to attend the Carols  by Candlelight event that is now being held on Wednesday 15th December. Please find a letter from Mrs Barker below.

Nativity play 2021 Letter

Wednesday 1st December – PTFA AGM

The PTFA will be holding their next AGM on Thursday 9th December.

The PTFA does a brilliant job at raising funds for the school and creating new and exciting opportunities for the children to enjoy, from Christmas dinner to Summer fetes. If you feel like you could have a positive impact on the school and have some great ideas for new events, or just fancy the social side of the PTFA, why not go along to the AGM to find out what it is all about?

If you would like some more information, please pop in to the office.

Wednesday 24th November – Christmas Dinner Menu

Letters are being sent out today in every childs book bag regarding the Christmas dinner on Wednesday 15th December. This is the only food that will be available on that day so if your child doesn’t want Christmas dinner, please can you supply them with a packed lunch.


Monday 22nd November – Ofsted Parent View Survey

As a school we value feedback from all members of our community. As parents and carers, your views are important to us, and will help us to grow and develop to offer the best possible opportunities for all. With this in mind, we would be grateful if you could complete this short Ofsted Parent View survey, which compromises of 14 questions and an opportunity to leave a short comment. The Ofsted Parent View survey can be found by following this link www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk  . If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the office.


Friday 12th November – Tuning in to Kids.

You are invited to join a parenting programme that could make a positive difference to your child’s development and give you the tools to teach your child the skills of emotional intelligence. Its a six week programme starting on Tuesday 30th November. Please take a look at the link below to find out more information.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop into the office or give us a call on 01278 684151.

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Wednesday 3rd November 

Neville Coles, the Chief Executive Officer of The Priory Learning Trust has made the decision to step down and leave TPLT after 20 years of service. A letter from the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Katie Dominy, can be found by clicking on the link Parents and Carers Letter – NC Leaving (3)

TKASA – Open Evening Thursday 23rd September 2021

Arrivals from 4.45 pm with the first talk in the main hall at 5 pm.  The talk will be repeated after 6 pm for those parents who cannot make the 5 pm talk.  We look forward to seeing all prospective Year 6 children and their parents/carers.  There will also be tours of the various subject areas of the school where you and your children will have the chance to meet staff/students in the departments.  

Open Evening Flyer TKASA September 2021

Reading Cafes are back!
See above flyer for dates and times for this term. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible sharing the love of reading!
Starts Monday 13th September 2021 from 8:45am






Monday 17th May 

Due to the relaxation of some Covid restrictions from Monday 17th May, we will be going back to our original school day times. This means we will no longer be staggering the start of the day, the gate will be open between 8:30am-8:45am. End of the day (3:15pm) will remain unaffected.

We have also revised our policy on face masks and following the new advice parents and visitors to the school will no longer be required to wear a face mask unless they enter the school building. We would however suggest having one with you in case you need to speak to a member of staff or other adult.  Please continue to socially distance where possible.

If you would like to discuss any of these changes, or how we are continuing to follow Covid regulations then please get in touch.

Friday 14th May 2021 

Please see attached letter outlining our planned activities as part of this year’s NSPCC Number Day being held on Friday 14th May.  2021 NSPCC Number Day parent letter (1)

Monday 8th March 2021 

Please read the arrangements we have in place to allow for the safe return of ALL staff and pupils on the 8th March. We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. Reopening letter PPSA 2.3.2021


Tuesday 5th January 2021

From today the school will only be open to vulnerable children and those whose parents are critical workers.  Please click on the following link to view the full parent letter. thank you. School closure #2 Covid-19 5.01.2021 parent letter-converted


Friday 11th December 2020 

Following the latest government guidance the last day of term for students will now be Thursday 17th December.  Please see click on the following link to see the full letter; Friday 18th December pdf


Tuesday 1st December 2020

From today home time will revert back to the original time of 3:15pm.

Please see click on the following link to see what events we have coming up; Christmas at Pawlett 2020-converted (1)


Wednesday 3rd November 2020

In light of the new restrictions coming into force on Thursday 5th November, along with the increase in the number of people testing positive in our region, please can you wear a face covering whilst on school premises (including the entrance paths and car park). Staff have also been asked to wear a face covering when on the gate at the  start and end of the school day.
We would also like to remind all parents to maintain a safe social distance (2 metres) between each other when on the school grounds.


15th October 2020 

Our arrangements for term 2 have been reviewed slightly. Please read the following letter for further information.

Post half term letter 15.10.2020-


1st October 2020

In light of current restrictions our learning review meetings will look a little different this year, it will be a phone conversation rather than face to face.  These will take place week beginning 12th October. 10 minute time slots are now available. Please contact the school office to arrange a booking.


21st September 2020

From tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd September, the staggered pick up times will be changing to be 3:15pm – 3:30pm. This is to ensure we are maximising the time children are in school and benefiting from education.  Thank you for your continued support.


If you have any doubts or concerns about whether to send your child into school if they are unwell or would like to know more information  on what action to take if you suspect your child may have Coronavirus, please click on the below link for to a quick  parent’s guide.

COVID19- absence guide for parents



17th September 2020 – Flu Vaccination

This year’s flu vaccination programme will be available for all year groups. You will need to complete the consent form ( link is on the letter) and specify whether you would like your child to receive the vaccine or not.  The flu vaccinations will be taking place at the school on the 25th November and is given as a simple spray up the nose, administered by the school nursing team.

Flu_parent letter 2020 with consent link (west)-converted


Start of Term 1 – September 2020

Please see our most recent letter about reopening on the 2nd September.  This has all the details about timing and lunches etc.

Reopening letter PPSA 01.09.2020



Happy holidays to all our Pawlett families – please note the start of term is Wednesday 2nd September.

Here is a note from Lisa Dadds:

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for supporting Emma Barker and her great team at Pawlett during 2019-20 and particularly over the last few challenging months. It has certainly been an unusual year and I am delighted at how Pawlett has continued to go from strength to strength. We wish our Y6 crew farewell as they head off to their secondary schools to continue their learning journeys.

The staff team remains stable for 2020-21 and so the improvements will continue in all areas. Your support with our focus upon reading, oracy and learning outside the classroom is invaluable.

From September, we are fully open again and look forward to having all children back on site every day. We are delighted to welcome 13 Reception children to join our Pawlett crew and become part of our growing family.

Emma will continue her superb communications with you and I am also happy to respond to any questions directly via lisa.dadds@theplt.co.uk

Have a great and safe summer.”


Finance Service Manager - Schools job with Somerset County Council ...

Confidential help and advice for parents and carers of 0-5 years.  A safe and easy way to contact your Health Visiting Team. Just send a text. 07480 635514

From the middle of June 2020, Somerset County Council Health Visiting is launching a new mobile health service to provide help and support to parents and carers in Somerset and make it easier for them to get help and advice. ChatHealth is available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, automatic replies will be sent to any message received out of hours. For medical help and advice outside of these hours please contact your GP or call 111.

Anyone who cares for a child aged 0-4 can receive confidential advice from a Health Visitor on a wide range of issues such as sleep, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, immunisations and general health.

Got a child 5-19 and looking for confidential help and advice? Just send a text. A safe and easy way to contact your school nursing team. 07480 635515

From the middle of June  2020, Somerset County Council School Nursing is launching a new mobile health service to provide help and support to parents and carers in Somerset and make it easier for them to get help and advice. ChatHealth is available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, automatic replies will be sent to any message received out of hours. For medical help and advice outside of these hours please contact your GP or call 111.

Anyone who cares for a child aged 5-19 can receive confidential advice from a School Nurse on a wide range of issues health issues.

Discreet and quick. If you’re 11-19 it only takes one text to start making a difference. You’ll get confidential advice from your School Nursing Team and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to. 07480 635516

From the middle of June, Somerset County Council School Nursing is launching a new mobile health service to provide help and support to young people in Somerset and make it easier for them to get help and advice. ChatHealth is available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, automatic replies will be sent to any message received out of hours. For medical help and advice outside of these hours please contact your GP or call 111.

Anyone aged 11-19 can receive confidential advice on a wide range of issues such as bullying, emotional health and wellbeing, sexual health as well as illnesses.

June press release Somerset health parent line



Information regarding school’s reopening to ALL year groups from September 2020. Please email us on info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk if you have any further questions.

letter 15.7.2020




Updated information regarding the school’s reopening to year R, 1 and 6 from 8th June 2020.

Reopening letter PPSA 5.6.2020.docx



A further update on the reopening of Pawlett Primary School Academy taking place on 1st June 2020.

Reopening letter PPSA 29.5.2020


Following further guidance, we have issued the following letter for all parents and carers of our Pawlett Primary School Academy families.  Please email us on info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk if you have any questions.

Reopening letter PPSA 22.5.2020



In response to the recent announcements we have issued the following letter to update parents.

letter 18.5.2020-converted



Following the recent announcements and the guidance that has been issued by the government, we have been fully analysing the details to develop plans to safely open schools for years R, 1, 6, 10 and 12.

We will update as soon as we have a clear picture of what we need to do.  Until then nothing has changed and everyone should continue with home learning or coming into school if you are a key worker. #staysafe


Somerset County Council have sent us some useful guide for supporting children with ASC and their families during the Covid-19 isolation period. Click on the link below to open.

CV info sheet


A good guide to help explain to children about the Coronavirus.

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

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We have been sent a guide to help support families during these strange times – see below for details.

A Guide to Support Families During COVID19.docx

Please let us know how we can help you if you need it info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk


Friday 20th March

School closure Corona Virus 20.3.2020


Tuesday 17th March

Within The Priory Learning Trust we will do everything we can to continue our support for learners and their families.

Our strategy is ‘one day at a time’ – all our academies are fully open today. We must support the NHS at this testing time. Our staff continue to be superb and they continue to ‘go the extra mile’ for our communities.

At Trust-level, we are supporting our academies with information, planning and decision-making and we are trying to ensure a consistent approach. Your first point of contact is your child’s academy as local arrangements will differ slightly according to context and size. Please use email as the main communication channel.

All our academies have been planning in the background for possible closure and the provision of learning resources during any period of closure. This will look slightly different for each school and for different groups of learners according to their age and stage but also because our academies use a range of online tools and resources to support learning so the means of communication and delivery will vary.

We are, of course, concerned about our most vulnerable learners at this time, and how best to support them, whether that be due to medical conditions, additional learning needs, no access to the Internet at home, or any other social or family factors. Please be in touch with school if you are worried about support for your child(ren).

At present, the government’s position is that, for a number of reasons, it does not want schools /academies to close. If you are a working parent/carer, I am sure you will want us to stay open if at all possible. Until now, guidance has been that we can only close an academy if directed to do so by Public Health England. Looking at what has happened in other countries, it seems likely (but even now not certain) that there will be an extended period of closure which may overlap with the Easter break.

However, with the change of status from “contain” to “delay” it is a certainty that our schools are going to have increased staff absence and this may mean that we have to consider partial or full closure in the meantime, regardless of the government’s position. We will avoid if we can.

At present, there has been no guidance to schools or Trusts about this aspect and the situation is changing on a daily basis. We will keep you updated as best we can.

Preparation for SATS, GCSEs and A levels

We know that young people in Years 6, 11 and 13 will be particularly worried because of the preparation they have been doing and continue to do for their important SATS, GCSEs and A levels.

We have no information about arrangements at present and will update you as they become clearer in the coming weeks.

If you have any queries about the impact of coronavirus on schools there is a helpline for questions relating to this which you can access: 0800 046 8687. The opening hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday). Alternatively, you can e-mail: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk.

It has been said many times and in many places that the best protection against coronavirus in the meantime is good hygiene: The importance of regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds cannot be overstated. We will ensure facilities are available in school. Please encourage your child(ren) to do the right thing!

In summary:

  • Academies within TPLT are open until and unless the government directs otherwise – our staff have been truly superb.
  • We may have to consider partial or full school closure in the meantime if staff are ill or absent through self or family isolation.
  • Staff are preparing learning resources.
  • Priority will be given to Years 6, 11 and 13 and vulnerable groups.

Thank you for the support in these testing times – calmness is a good way to proceed.


Neville Coles

Executive Principal

The Priory Learning Trust




Pawlett families, we do appreciate your concern regarding our global situation and we would like to reassure you that we are keeping a very close eye on developments over the coming days. School will be open as normal tomorrow.


Please take a look at the above film featuring 6th Form Students from with in the Trust talking to our Executive Principal Neville Coles.


We are looking for a lunchtime supervisor to join our crew. The application deadline is Friday 7th February – so there is still time to apply. Come and join our friendly team and really make a difference to our growing school. Email : recruitment@theplt.org.uk for more information and an application pack.


Next Friday we are holding a literacy workshop for our Reception and Year 1 children.  We would love it if families of those children could also come along – between 9.30 and 10.30am.

Please contact us to book your place.

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We are looking for a lunchtime supervisors to join our crew. If you would like to come and join our friendly team and really make a difference to our growing school. Email : recruitment@theplt.org.uk for more information and an application pack.



Is your child starting school next year? Want to know more about us? Come along for a tour of our wonderful school where learning is at the very heart of everything we do.  Call to book yourself in to one of these dates.

For newsletters, please go to our newsletters page to see the latest news from our school.