Welcome to Gunthorpe Church of England Primary School

I am very pleased to be able to welcome you to our website. Gunthorpe CofE Primary School is a small village school that prides itself on academic excellence and working together to build a close whole school community that is based on strong Christian values of Service, Determination, Friendship, Forgiveness and Respect.

I hope as you explore our website further you will be able to get a feel for what life is like at Gunthorpe and any information you might require. I would also encourage you to follow us on twitter @gunthorpecofeps for regular updates of ‘in the moment’ learning.

I would be very happy to show you round so please do ring and make an appointment at the school office if you would like a tour. Having only started in September I can commend the school as an incredibly warm and welcoming place where everyone is known and has a place. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have.

Mrs Claire Bills

The Governing body have agreed school closure days for training in the next academic year 2018/19:

  • Tuesday 4th September 2018 (Admin Day)
  • Wednesday 5th September 2018
  • Monday 5th November 2018
  • Monday 7th January 2019
  • Monday 8th July 2019 

Ethos statement

We strive to give our children an understanding of the world that God created; their place in it, their value to it and their responsibility for it. 


Headteacher blog w/c 14th Jan

Last week was a fantastic week full of sporting achievements with a year 5/6 futsal team doing brilliantly- showing real determination and team work. We also had a first outing for our year 3/4 athletics team who came 4th out of 8 teams and really impressing Mrs Nolan with their sportmanship and confidence to try different sports after very minimal training! Photos hopefully to come…

On to our brilliant book

Infant 1- Super sentence writer went to Lauren for trying really hard with her writing generally. She is beginning to use her sounds and remembering more and more graphemes (letters) when writing, a big well done!
Ben and Rhys have made fantastic story maps of the three little pigs. Both of them showed great determination and a ‘can do’ attitude when completing them.

Infant 2- Ava & Jessie- for excellent maths with making the same amount different ways with the year 2s!
Lyla- for excellent pictorial representation of solving subtracting crossing 10 boundaries with numbers to 100!
Writer of the week- Jack- for increased stamina and great concentration when writing his 3 little pigs story on Monday.

Junior 1- Rhona- for her effort and energy completing extra work with determination and perseverance.
Kai- for great independent maths work x10 and x100. Such great effort and focus.
Jaimin- for playing the guitar beautifully in both assembly and class. We are looking forward to seeing what a difference professional lessons will make.
Ali and Carla- for their unfailing positive attitude and energy towards work every lesson. For finishing work and staying enthusiastic- Mrs Nolan just wants to say a big thank you!

Junior 2- Sam – great English work writing out bullet points, punctuated correctly with a colon and semi- colons.
Orla and Rosie- super maths work using a systematic approach to finding factors and common factors.

We are looking forward to another fantastic week thinking about being helpful and kind as part of our Friendship value. Please do take the opportunity to fill in a values slip for your child. Our display in the hall is looking brilliant so thank you for your support.

Headteacher blog w/c 7.1.19

Welcome to the first blog post of 2019. It has been a fantastic first week back for this new term and it was lovely to see all the children back and enthusiastic after the Christmas holidays.

We like to start as we mean to go on at Gunthorpe. Infant 2 and Junior 1 had PE with Lauren a specialist Dance instructor starting this week. We had a new gymnastics club for Infants start on Friday after school which they all really enjoyed. Junior 2 started the DARE project Friday afternoon and plans are already afoot for trips and visitors over this half term. Look out for January newsletter and dates list very soon!

Onto our brilliant book…

Infant 1- Jake was the super sentence writer having really impressed with his independent writing and including the red word ‘go’.
Seb- was also included for his brilliant knowledge about birds in winter. He joined in the discussion telling his class that Sparrow Hawks eat little birds and blackbirds eat berries in the garden. What great remembering- who needs David Attenborough!

Infant 2- A big Gunthorpe welcome to Henry who has settled in brilliantly, making new friends and using good manners.
Lucia was one of the writers of the week for her determination to be independent and use her sounds to write words to describe the big bad wolf.
Lucy was also a writer of the week for her beautiful retelling of the story of Epiphany using detail, description and perfect handwriting. Well done to you both girls!

Junior 1- Krishan- for being the best he can be in all subjects. Answering questions intelligently, writing with careful presentation and listening to the details in learning tasks.
Freya- for an excellent piece of maths. Freya worked neatly and with care calculating number sentences getting progressively harder and showing her working.

Junior 2- Archie- for super maths work this week using short division, including with remainders, to reason and solve problems.

Happy new year!

Happy New Year!
Here’s a prayer for the new year. We will be looking at our whole school value of friendship this half term.

Thank you Lord for giving me the brand new year ahead.
Help me live the way I should as each new day I tread.
Give me gentle wisdom that I might help a friend,
Give me strength and courage so a should I might lend.
The year ahead is empty, help me fill it with good things.
Each new day filled with joy and happiness it brings.

See you on Tuesday 8th January!

Have you seen our new Facebook page? fb://page/287200491899455

We are also on twitter https://twitter.com/gunthorpecofeps

Christmas dance off

We hope you have a very merry Christmas day from all the staff at Gunthorpe. To celebrate the teaching staff have been having a dance off. But who will be victorious? Comment below on your winners #teaminfants or #teamjuniors

Merry Christmas!

What a fantastic term it has been. We had a collective worship yesterday where the children shared their favourite songs and memories of the term. It was lovely to hear them talk about the range of experiences they have enjoyed some you would expect and others you might not! From Jesus birthday party in infant 1, the nativity, carol concert and enterprise week all featured highly.  But also RE lessons, electricity in science (Junior 1), gymnastics (the whole school!), fry up Friday and PE tournaments out of school.

We had a brilliant final fry up Friday this morning, thank you so much to everyone who came! Just a reminder we have a huge amount of lost property so please do come and see if you are missing anything.

A few reminders for the holidays:

Infant 1- You have some fantastic new books and festive red words to practise reading and writing.  

Infant 2- Miss Bottrell has organised a Christmas reading challenge and I believe there is a prize involved! Please also remember your PE kits for the first day back.

Junior 1- Mrs Nolan has set mathletics and bug club for you to have a look at! You also need your PE kit for the first day back please.

Junior 2- Your homework is all in your planner as normal. Your first DARE session is the first Friday of term.

There are still places available at our free dance after school club on Tuesdays – open to all Juniors.

Finally all that remains is for us to wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and we will see you back on Tuesday 8th January 2019!

All Gunthorpe Staff

Headteacher post w/c 14th December

This week we had the absolutely fantastic Infant Nativity ‘Don’t forget the Donkey’ and I don’t think anyone will! It was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone who came. Thank you so much to those parents who supported us so well and of course the brilliant children who were absolutely perfect!

Year 6 also came to St Mary’s church Lowdham to decorate our school’s Christmas tree for their festival this weekend 12-4pm with a short carol service on Sunday at 4. We hope you can visit and see Gunthorpe’s 12 joys of Christmas!

On to our Brilliant book…

Infant 1- Seb- for always choosing to do the right thing. Seb always volunteers to help and tidy up- showing the values of service and respect. Well done!
Jake- for some fantastic nativity writing this week. Jake thought of his sentence and had a go at writing it independently.  He wrote lots of the sounds correctly. Keep it up!

Infant 2- Jack- for being a super narrator during the nativity and using a great story telling voice
Freddie- for recognising mistakes in maths and using resources around him to make corrections independently

We also had 2 writers of the week
Jessie and Seth look at their brilliant letters to Santa:

Junior 1- Krishan- for going the extra mile this week. At lunchtime he has taken responsibility for tidying the table, putting chairs away in the dinner hall and taken on responsibility in the classsroom without being asked. You are so thoughtful of others. Thank you
Freya- for writing incredible complex sentences including subordinate conjunctions. You also thought about using a range of sentence types for effect and building up the suspense. Well done!

Junior 2- Harriet- for showing really good reasoning and problem solving, multiplying 2 digit numbers together and for keeping going even though you weren’t very confident. What a superb mathematician!