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Ceramic plaques made by Year 5 for the Wildlife Classroom used natural motifs.
Ceramic plaques made by Year 5 for the Wildlife Classroom used natural motifs.

Weekly Attendance Percentage

Our current attendance percentage, as of Friday 2nd March, is 96.1%.

Weekly Early Bird Award

This is a weekly award given to the class with the fewest late children. Every Monday the winning class will be given a special turtle dove for them to look after for the week. The two classes with the least amount of late children arriving to school for week beginning 26th February 2018 is Oak class, Year 2, and Lime class, Year 6. These classes are looking after our early birds this week.

Breakfast Club

We run our breakfast club everyday from 7.45 am. Breakfast includes weetabix, toast, jam, honey.

Price now £4.50 per session. If you would like your child to attend, please let Mrs Tarry in the office know.


If you haven't already done so, why not register now for ParentPay? It is a quick and easy process, and you will then be able to receive letters and other messages from school direct to your e-mail address, and also make payments online for trips, school lunches, etc.

If you would like to register for ParentPay – including if you have a child in Reception at Comper – please contact Ruth Tarry (Key Stage 2 office) or Zoe Randall (Key Stage 1 office) for more information.

Sharing Assemblies

Every Friday morning we have a Sharing Assembly to celebrate the work and behaviour of children in Years 1, 2 and 3. Parents and carers are welcome to come in each week to share it with us, and many of you have already taken up the invitation. We hope you will continue to do so this term as well – or come along for the first time if you haven't yet had a chance.

The time of the assembly is 9.10 am, to suit parents bringing children to school in the morning. It is about 20 minutes long each week, and all friends, carers and family members are very welcome.

Tea or coffee are usually served beforehand. Join us if you can, for a chance to meet other parents. We hope to see you there!

We also have a Sharing Assembly for Years 3–6 once a term. The date is sent out by ParentPay and in school newsletters.

Moving Year 1 and Year 2 to Meadow Lane

For many years Mary & John was arranged over two sites, with Key Stage 1 in the Irving Building in Hertford Street and Key Stage 2 at Meadow Lane. There was, however, a lot of empty space at Meadow Lane and in September 2015 Years 1 and 2 moved into that space to be on the same site as Years 3 to 6. We are absolutely delighted to have Years 1 to 6 together now!


School swimming lessons take place at the Oxford University Rosenblatt Pool.

Driving safely near the school

Please take care if you bring your children to school by car!

Most of our families walk, scoot or cycle to school. If you have to use a car, then please take great care – small children do sometimes run out unexpectedly – and please park well away from the school buildings.

There are two good, safe parking areas nearby:

• Donnington Bridge Car Park on Meadow Lane – a short walk from the main entrance to our Meadow Lane site

• Stanley Road parking bays – a short walk from Meadow Lane

Please do not park on Meadow Lane because this road must be kept clear for emergency access and safe for all the children who come and go on foot or by scooter or bike.

Driving down Bedford Street

Please avoid driving down Bedford Street. Some parents dropping off or collecting children by car at Meadow Lane are turning at the bottom of Bedford Street, which causes congestion and is a safety risk at busy times. Also, as the zig-zag lines show, parking or waiting in the turning circle is not permitted at any time.

A few people have been driving into the school car park, but please do not try to do this. For the safety of children arriving at school in the morning and leaving in the afternoon, the main gates at Meadow Lane are closed to cars at the start and end of the school day.

Thank you all for your help with this!

Liz Burton

These and many other familiar names are part of the scheme.
These and many other familiar names are part of the scheme.

PTA meetings

The next meeting will be on Monday 11th June, from 7.30pm in the KS1 hall. All parents and carers are warmly invited to attend, and we would especially like to welcome anyone thinking of coming along for the first time. Meetings are very informal and a good chance to ask questions, put forward your opinions and meet other parents, staff and governors.

Term dates

Severe weather

If bad weather forces us to close the school at either site, announcements will be posted on our welcome page. Any information about provision for our Reception children at Comper will also be posted as soon as it is available to us.

We try to keep the school open at all times, even in severe weather. Any decision to close will be based on the health and safety of pupils, staff and volunteers, taking into account staffing levels, transport safety, site safety, access to heating and water, etc.

Please note that unless advised otherwise you should assume that the school will be reopening the next day. Please listen to local radio stations, including Radio Oxford & Jack FM for snow closure bulletins. Note – We have been asked to advise you not to ring the radio station but to stay tuned for further details.

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