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 

Our School Vision:

We strive for excellence for all our children. To give them an understanding of the world that God created; their place in it, their value to it and their responsibility for it.  This is lived out by our whole school community through the Christian values of service, determination, respect, forgiveness and friendship.

Head Teacher Blog w/c 13th May

Firstly a big well done to all our year 6 for their incredible example to the whole school of how to complete their SATS with a big smile on their faces (or maybe that was just relief that it was over!) They showed such determination throughout and certainly rose to the challenge. Mr Tyler put them all in the brilliant book for their calm, mature attitudes working so hard. They showed friendship to support each other throughout especially if someone had run out of time or felt frustrated after. We are incredibly proud of them all!

We also had a large team of juniors compete in a tri golf event learning how to put, chip for distance and chip for accuracy. They all enjoyed it and are looking forward to learning more golf skills in Junior 2 after half term. Finally this week Florrie, Jiamin and Melissa all from year 4s – went to Nottingham High School for a murder mystery challenge. They conducted some scientific experiments and told all of us in assembly about what happens when you put fire near hydrogen and helium- why not ask your child to see if they can remember?

On to our brilliant book…

Infant 1- Well done to Alex for showing the value of friendship. She helped Autumn and Lauren to be friends again and help them to say sorry- also learning about our value of forgiveness.
Seb- for making a fantastic bug book. Seb chose to make a book and wrote a sentence for each bug. Well done!

Infant 2- Leo- for super careful art work when painting our rainbow fish.

Laci- Mai- determination to complete lots of extra maths work plus completing extra challenges!
Heidi and Hudson- for beautiful expressive reading especially during guided reading.
Writers of the week- Seth (yr1) and Amy (yr2) – have a look at their fantastic rainbow fish writing

Junior 1- Isobel- for her excellent effort in everything this week- especially maths assessments and tennis!
Evie H- for a positive attitude and approach to everything! Working hard, thinking and being a great tennis partner this afternoon!

Junior 2- Ben W- for great maths work this week especially rounding decimals. Ben explained he did over 60 sums! Great concentration and determination!
Jacob- for really good work subtracting decimals.

Head Teacher blog w/c 6th May

What a fantastic week it has been and what a lot we seem to have squeezed into 4 days. Our lacrosse team played their final tournament of the year winning their final game 3-1. They gave an excellent match report in our fantastic Friday assembly and spoke about how they felt everything came together being able to work as a team, defend well and be able to score. Well done for never giving up!

On to our brilliant book…

Infant 1- Writer of the week- Seb- for using his phonics when writing independently. He has been using the writing area lots and has enjoyed making signs for the classroom this week. My favourite were ‘ you must be good’ and ‘don’t tread on the toys’.
Autumn- Mrs Findley was really impressed with Autumn’s can do attitude all this week. She has been really concentrating on her reading and writing especially.

Infant 2- Writer of the Week- Zac- for his fantastic use of vocabulary in his writing about an under the water adventure!

Toby- For always understanding the importance of telling the truth and following rules to help make good choices.

Lucy- for great maths work reading scales with missing numbers

Junior 1- Kai- excellent independent maths work followed by brilliant spellings. You have been working so hard all week Kai. Well done.
Carla- for progress and and taking care more recently. You are writing neatly, spelling well and checking all the way through your writing! Keep it up!

Junior 2- Lukas – for making super progress with his reading 
Hannah- for 50 out of 50 on our most recent GPS (Grammar) test. No easy achievement as all the teachers will testify!

We just want to take this opportunity to wish all our year 6’s good luck for next week and we know they will do brilliantly!

Headteacher blog w/c 29.4.19

What a fantastic week it has been! We started the week looking at our value for this half term of Determination and our Always try your hardest petal. We heard from Will Smith who puts his success down to his work ethic not his natural talent.

Our boys football team played showing Determination on Monday. Whilst they lost 3-0 they played a very strong team from Orston and defended magnificently never giving up. Well done for representing our school so well boys!

On to our brilliant book…

Infant 1- Frankie- for some fantastic handwriting. Frankie pressed really hard with his pencil and used strong writing fingers. Your writing really is getting brilliant now Frankie so keep it up!
Alex- for showing real determination and a can do attitude when writing her Jack and the Beanstalk story. Well done!

Infant 2- Freddie- for super independent maths showing all possible + and – number sentences for his number bonds to 10
Lucia- for fantastic phonics when doing hold a sentence using split diagraph ‘e-e’
Lyla M- for excellent effort with her homework both in presentation and creativity. We were all very impressed with your Octopus!
Writer of the week- Cameron- for great use of facts to write a letter to explain why a Blue whale couldn’t possibly be in a garden pond. A* for presentation!

Junior 1- Sophia, Ali, Oliver and Jiamin- for their high quality writing using fronted adverbials, word choices and conjunctions in good sentences.  We read one of their diary entries out and it really was superb!

Junior 2- Hannah- super maths work using algebra to find rules for number sequences.

Ben- for writing a really good newspaper report on Flying pigs

Erica- for her excellent attitude and always striving to produce high quality work.  Erica is always happy to help and is a model of good behaviour.

Headteachers Blog w/c 22.4.19

Well it might have been a short week but it has definitely been a fun filled one at Gunthorpe! I have seen some fantastic learning taking place and children have come back to school with superb attitudes to learning. We are all looking forward to the sunshine lasting into the summer term. A big thank you and good bye to Miss Simister who has been fantastic working with Infant 1 and our prayer team all last term. She finishes her placement today and has been brilliant, we will all miss her lots. A big welcome back to Mr Gething who Junior 2 are very pleased to see back and look forward to having with us until the end of the year.

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Well done to all the children who entered the 500 word competition. A special congratulations to Connie who got through to the final 5,000 out of over 100,000!

On to our brilliant book

Infant 1- Ben, Jake and Anders- for some fantastic work on one more and one less using numbers up to 1000! They all concentrated well and finished their work quickly getting it all right!
Lauren- For writing a brilliant story about a giant, it was so creative and she drew some lovely pictures to go with it.

Infant 2- Jessie- for fantastic mental addition of 2 digit numbers when solving word problems. She finished the year 1 work and then worked her way through the year 2 ones too. What a brilliant mathematician!
Megan and Cam- for fantastic improvement in their practice SATS reading papers. They really showed they had been listening to Miss Bottrell’s advice and put it into practise!
Georgie- for fantastic reading aloud to the class during their geography lesson including unfamiliar words such as ‘area’ ‘percent’ ‘surrounding’ and ‘coast line’ you really blew Miss Bottrell away!

Junior 1- Kyle – for his excellent maths responses during a lesson on division. He remembered the methods, language and could explain his understanding. Not only that but Mrs Nolan was so impressed with your focus and concentration in maths all well. Well done!
Amber- for some brilliant writing including fronted adverbials.

Junior 2- Jaby and Tyler- for working so hard over the Easter holiday and coming back so focused and impressing Mr Tyler. They have especially impressed with some work this week multiplying decimals.

Head Teacher Blog w/c 1st April

We finally made it to the last week of the Spring term and what a fantastic week it has been. It was such a pleasure to walk around school today seeing the children enjoy Easter Egg hunts, whole class rewards and more.

We had a fantastic Easter service on Thursday, thank you so much to all those parents who joined us. We heard afresh the Easter story read by Junior 2 and thought about how each part prepared for Jesus, the light of the world, having to die and then the fantastic news of his resurrection! Thank you to Rev Simon Jones for leading it.

We also had a brilliant Easter Egg decorating competition- a big well done to everyone who took part. Our winners were…Isobel with close runner up Summer. Rhys with close runner up Seb and Seth with close runner up Amy.

We had some fantastic news this week as Orla, year 5, took part in the European Championships for Thai Boxing. She fought a very close final against a very experienced opponent. Orla has only been training for 5 months! Her coaching completed a values slip regarding her Determination stating “she never gave up and he could not be prouder”. Orla showed us what she has to wear and her fantastic medals. We are incredibly proud of her and have no doubt she will go on to win Championships very soon.

On to our Brilliant Book…

Infant 1- Jake- for his brilliant maths work. Jake is always enthusiastic with his number work and has really impressed this week with his knowledge of numbers up to 100!
Lillie-Mar- for her beautiful handwriting. Well done for keeping all your letters the right size and forming them correctly!

Infant 2- Cameron- For being kind and considerate to all class mates- especially during ice skating lessons
Megan- For a clear improvement in her reading. She had used great pace, tone and expression to ensure she is becoming more fluent.

Junior 1-Harrison, Ali and Chloe- for their well-composed newspaper articles on the trip to the Minster. The used conjunctions and powerful words to design effective articles.
Kai- for his strong and respectful singing in the Easter service. Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Junior 2- Jaby- for making super progress with his maths this term
Tyler- for making super progress with his reading this term
Both boys have been making such a fantastic effort and it is coming just at the right time ready for them to do so well at their end of key stage assessments- keep it up boys!

All of Infant 2 and Junior 1 were in the brilliant book for their ice skating. They have made such fantastic progress over the 6 weeks and achieved so much. Not only have they learnt so many new skills they also consistently represented our school so well being so friendly and respectful commented on by all staff and other schools. Well done!

Head Teachers blog 25th March

What a brilliant, sun filled, week it has been. I know all the children have really enjoyed getting onto the school field- Infant 1 you can join them after the Easter holidays. We have had both a football match and indoor cricket tournament this week so well done to both teams. Our football team had a fantastic effort with big improvements from the last time they played and the score line, 6-0 against Langar, did not represent how well they played. They were unlucky not to score on several occasions. Our cricket team managed to win one game, with a fantastic catch from Oliver, and lost the other. Both teams represented our school superbly so well done.

We are very much looking forward to our Easter service next Thursday at 9.15 in the school hall. I do hope you can join us- an email did go out earlier this week with further details and about our egg decorating competition. Children & adults are invited to decorate an egg – in any theme you wish. There are three categories, Infants, Juniors & Older siblings/adults. There will be a winner & a runner up for each category. The decorated eggs need to be handed into school from Monday 1st April to Thursday 4th April & the judging will take place after the Easter service. The prizes will then be awarded on Friday 5th April.

On to our brilliant book…
Infant 1- Super sentence writer goes to Dylan for his fantastic story writing. Well done for writing independently and using your phonics knowledge. Well done!
Anders- for some super maths work, he has been halving numbers and Anders completed a challenge of halving the number 10 without any help.

Infant 2- Writer of the week was Freddie for some fantastic writing about the Easter story. Mrs Brown was so impressed she showed Miss Bottrell who was absolutely blown away!
Lucia and Jack- for excellent focus, listening and contributions to class discussion- especially when retelling the events of Palm Sunday,

Junior 1- Isobel- for excellent effort in everything, checking spellings, learning tables and working so hard at home.
Amber- for her great progress in everything. Well done for thinking independently now. Her confidence has grown as she has and she now listens so well. Keep it up!
Caitlin- for her careful hand prints done in her mothers day card.Well done Caitlin!

Junior 2- Ben W- for really good determination in PE learning part of a complicated dance routine and amazing progress from the start of the dance sessions with our specialist coach.
Rosie and Hannah- for super science work creating keys to classify animals.
Orla and Katy- for fantastic work in a year 6 GPS test! Getting scores a year 6 would be proud of when still in year 5!

Hannah’s classification of Birds.