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A letter from Mr Hammill

Dear Parent/Carer
At a time of year when families get together, we are once again saying our goodbyes to a number of staff who have played a very important role in making Lyndhurst Primary School the very inclusive and creative place that it is.
As you will know, lots of schools are having to make staffing cuts with falling rolls in central London and lots of cuts in funding generally.  Last year we had a number of cuts in staffing and had to say our farewells to Ms Bailey, Ms Harte and Ms Blayden.  As part of an ongoing restructure we will lose both Caroline Cook and Adrian Taylor who have both opted for voluntary redundancy.  Both have made very significant contributions to the success of our school and they will be sorely missed.  We will have a special assembly for them both early in the new year when they begin their paid notice period.
Their decision to take voluntary redundancy has meant that a number of staff whose jobs were under threat will continue to work at Lyndhurst in slightly different roles.  As you know, Ms Worthington has returned to full time class teaching and Ms Stein and Ms Kaminska have done the same by job sharing.  Finally Mr Grace will take up a new position in the SEN team from next term.  He will focus on counselling and will now work three days per week.
As part of this process, the teacher’s non-contact time will now be covered by our Higher Level Teaching Assistants who are very experienced and many are qualified teachers.  This process has been ongoing for some time and we feel will be very effective.  The HLTAs will also operate some of the ‘intervention’ or catch up programmes within their year group.
From January onwards there will be far fewer agency staff within the school and as part of that process we welcome Ms Cohen and Mr Viscovich (as teaching assistants) to the staff of Lyndhurst Primary School full time.  Our final staffing change will see the departure of Ms Loretta Mitchell in the Nursery who has had to resign for personal family reasons.
As I mentioned at the Winter Concert, Mr Taylor was admitted to hospital a few weeks ago and underwent major surgery.  I’m pleased to say he’s making an excellent recovery with lots of visitors.  As I said earlier, we will say our formal goodbyes early next term.
As you may already know, the schools performance tables have been published this week and I’m pleased to say that our results compare very favourably both locally and nationally.  So it’s a huge well done for all of our hardworking staff and pupils.
I’m also pleased to say that our many school performances at the end of term were also very successful, as was the Winter Fair and Winter Concert at St Giles.  At this time of year we give all of our children musical memories that will last a lifetime and thanks are due to our highly talented team of musicians led by Mr Chambers.
On a sad note, the children may have mentioned that last Tuesday Mr King and I auditioned for the staff choir in assembly.  Sadly our best efforts were not appreciated by Mr Chambers who suggested we should become a comedy double act.
Finally I would like to wish everyone a really happy festive time of year.  I’ll update you early next term on our Ofsted Action Plan and future plans for the school.  I’m looking forward to putting my feet up after a very busy term, however that’s increasingly difficult these days as I often have my grandson on my lap!
Best wishes
N Hammill