Heads Blog


Thank you so much to those parents who took the time to complete a parent questionnaire at our recent parent's evenings. 

Your views are very important to us and as a staff it was great to get so many positive comments:
'Every single child is looked after in a safe and friendly environment.'
'There are fantastic teachers – very supportive and understanding and always give me time.'
'There is a strong and consistent approach and vision.'

We also very much appreciate your views on what we could do to make things even better which included:
- Looking after staff
- Parking
- Music and club provision
- Security of the site
- Refurbishments to maintain the building into the future

We are all committed to maintaining good relationships with you and the community to ensure that your child does their very best in their time with us here at St Cleer. 




Thank you to those parents who made it to the Online Safety Workshop with Mr Lewis and I. We have created a guidance booklet for parents which can be found in the Keeping Safe - Online Safety section of our website.

This is a discussion that is worth us having as educators and parents and I hope in the future we will be able to run a follow up session in support of ensuring our children are innovators in IT and not just passive consumers.




Well done to all of the children and staff who took part in the Joe Wicks' Children in Need workout!

We got moving together as a reminder of the power of the group and how important it is to put our efforts into helping others when we can.

We managed to raise £238.65 - which is a fantastic effort! Thank you so much for your support in this today - the children looked great in their sports gear!



National Anti-Bullying Week

This week is anti-bullying week. Thank you to the parents that have flagged the #bekind campaign launched by ITV. We talked about this in assembly on Friday and will again tomorrow. Our challenge this week is to find opportunities to be kind to each other and to our selves. By spreading a little kindness to those around us we help to support our own well-being as well as others. I wonder what you will do this week to show the power of one person's choice to #bekind.
"In a world where you can be anything, be kind."



When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.

Thank you so much to school council who came with me to visit the Oak Tree at St Cleer Church today to lay some crosses made by one of our pupil's great grandfather for Remembrance Sunday. It meant a lot to him to have some of our pupils there to remember a time in history that still leaves its imprint on many of our families.




What a wonderful article in the Cornwall Times. I was speaking to one of our parents about this Friday night. What a wonderful achievement and so lovely that is has been picked up by the local press. Thank you to Mr Jones and of course to the parents and children who took part in this venture with such enthusiasm and positivity. I am curious as to where this might lead in the future.



Thank you so much PTA!

A massive thank you to our fantastic PTA who organised the Halloween Disco here at St Cleer tonight. I am typing this Blog listening to the laughter and fun that the community are having and as this is my final post for the week I shall go and join them in the remainder of the fun. Have a safe and fun-filled weekend!



Cross Country Running

Congratulations to all of the children and parents who took part in the cross country event today. St Cleer was very well represented and the children did exceptionally well. Particularly well done to Tahlula who was the first girl to cross the finish line.

They have inspired me to complete my first park run this weekend. I hope that I am prepared for the rolling running hills of Cornwall! Wish me luck and thank you to the parents who gave me some advice and encouragement today to go ahead with it!



Reception 2020-2021

Thank you so much to all of the parents and to Mrs Rudd who make our meeting with prospective Reception children at St Cleer such a lovely experience today. It was so lovely to have time with all to share our vision and values for the early years and for those first steps into life at school.

We appreciate that this is a big milestone in your children's lives and are happy to support in this transition. If you were unable to attend the session today please do contact us and if a follow up session is required we can do our best to accommodate this.


Welcome to the head's Blog 

Please visit the Head's Blog regularly for news, information and communications from St Cleer Primary Academy.
Michele Spencer
Head teacher



Posted: 11/10/2019
John Wareham

Reading Workshop for Parents

Thank you so much to those of you who were able to make our Reading Workshop this morning. Mrs Birch and I shared our Reading Booklet for Parents which you can access on our curriculum page: https://www.stcleerprimary.co.uk/Learning/Our_Curriculum 

It was lovely to hear your ideas about how you support your children with reading at home and also offer guidance and tips to each other.

We were all in agreement that Reading acts as a key to unlocking the world for our children. Exposure to a variety of texts, time to discuss books and looking for opportunities to find the fun in texts were themes that wove through our discussions. I very much look forward to continuing to work with you at future curriculum workshops.

Some parents at the meeting expressed an interest in volunteering time to read with  children at school. If this is something you would be interested in please send an email to secretary@stcleerprimary.co.uk 



Posted: 11/10/2019
John Wareham

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival celebration is Tuesday 15th October. Parents are welcome to come to the church from 9:30am (normal drop off at school). If children want to bring contributions for the food bank they would be gratefully received.

Urgently Required Items:
Milk (UHT/dried)
Meat (tinned)
Vegetables (tinned)
Fruit Juice (long life)



Posted: 04/10/2019
John Wareham

Vielen Dank! (Thank you very much!)

I want to take the opportunity this week to say thank you to our four Swiss students who come to the end of their three week placement with us here at St Cleer. They have been a pleasure to host and have brought with them a positive attitude to life and have embraced life in Cornwall wholeheartedly. We thank them for their enthusiasm and we hope they have enjoyed all of their experiences while they have been here—including Bike-ability in the rain, teaching German and sharing a love of Reading with the children.



Posted: 27/09/2019
John Wareham

Head Girl 2019-2020

Congratulations to our elected Head Girl for this year. She will work collaboratively with the Head Boy and the Team Captains to ensure that the children's voices and ideas are part of the journey here at St Cleer. Our Head Girl loves pandas and gymnastics!

"My motto is - Keep calm and love pandas! I think if you believe in yourself then you can do it!"



Posted: 27/09/2019
John Wareham

Head Boy 2019-2020

Congratulations to our Head Boy who has been appointed as our Head Boy for this year. He will work collaboratively with the Head Girl and the Team Captains to ensure that the children's voices and ideas are part of the journey here at St Cleer. Our Head Boy loves basketball and being outside. 

"Lots of people ask me the question why? I always say, why not?"


History Day at St Cleer 

Posted: 27/09/2019
John Wareham

A wonderful array of the eras...

Thank you so much for your support in making History day...historical! We had Dinosaurs, Egyptian cats, Victorian Royalty, Suffragettes and even Cornwall Miners. The children enjoyed sharing their costumes in assembly and exploring historical artefacts across the day. 


Responsible Citizens for the Future 

Posted: 22/09/2019
John Wareham

Luci Isaacson and Nick Hart visited us on Friday 20th September to launch our ECO focused music collaboration across the Bridge Schools Trust.

Luci brought her ECO friendly car to school to share with the children and we were very impressed that one of our families is also using this car!

The children shared their thoughts on pledges we could make to ensure that our planet is well looked after.

You will not be surprised to hear that the children had lots of fantastic ideas and really engaged with the session. There were a range of children from Year 1 to Year 6 supporting each other's campaign to become responsible citizens of the world.



Posted: 19/09/2019
John Wareham

Stepping Back in Time at St Cleer

We are going to have a School History Day next Friday 27th September!

This term, every class is studying a different period of history through an enquiry based approach. This involves the children asking questions and learning a wide variety of skills in a range of subjects, but with history at the heart of it.

To inspire the children, we would like everyone on that day to dress up as either a significant historical character or dressed to represent a key historical event or building.

This is your chance to really embrace our school value…be creative!


Books, books, books! 

Posted: 17/09/2019
Michele Spencer

This year we are very lucky to be able to access the Gold Service with the Education Library Service which is based in Truro.

This allows us to access thousands of books and resources to support our learning adventures.

Just this morning, the mobile library van visited the school to help us consider our book supply and to drop off some topic boxes that link with our History and Science topics this term.

Remember that our History Day is coming soon, so remember to ask your child all about their learning.

Libraries are great places to access additional learning resources. We look forward to working with the ELS to supplement our learning and also in developing our school library space.


Keeping Active with a Sprinkling of Competition 

Posted: 17/09/2019
Michele Spencer

"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."

Our Year 6 students have been busy this week supporting the younger students with games, movement skills and coordination. It was fantastic to see all of the children enjoying this collaborative and sometimes creative work.

Also, a really big well done to our brave footballers who played their first 2 competitive matches this week. They won one and lost one. Well done for having a wonderful 'Go for it!' attitude. It was commented on how well it was supported by parents and how well the children worked together. What a fantastic start to the year!


Sharing in the Vision at St Cleer 

Posted: 13/09/2019
Michele Spencer

It was fantastic to have some time with so many of you yesterday at the parents meeting. We discussed the key priorities of the school for this year:

Progress—we want to ensure that every child reaches their full potential

Feedback—we are working tirelessly to ensure that feedback happens in the moment so that it has the maximum impact

Middle leaders—we have very capable and talented staff here and we want to ensure we are building capacity

Intervention—we run many effective interventions here and we want to ensure that these continue to be effective for your child

—we continue our journey in the development of our creative curriculum

Attendance—we will work very hard this year to ensure that our attendance is in line with the national average of 96.5%. Parental support in this is crucial and very much appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on our value ‘be creative’ and sharing the values that are important to you.


Mrs Stoate's last Blog 

Posted: 25/07/2019
Catherine Stoate


I am writing to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your kind words, cards, gifts and the tea party yesterday to mark the ending of my happy 20 years at St Cleer School.

Most of all, I want to thank you for the "loan" of your precious children. It has been a great privilege and a real joy to have a small part in each one of these lives, and to have some influence on their growth as happy, fulfilled young people.

This last week has been very moving for me- and also there has been much fun! You may have heard how I was "stitched up" during a totally unfair competition entitled "Mrs Stoate has got Talent"!

It has been hard to thank each one of you personally, but please take this message as my sincere thanks to each of you for your support.

And I would like to say a special thank you to the PTA who are amazing, and gave me a lovely tea yesterday, with numerous cakes all with my face on them!

The children and the wonderful staff at St Cleer School are very special. This school community has a unique nurturing ethos in which children's well being as whole people comes first.

Have a really happy summer holidays, returning to school on Thursday 5th September.

Very best wishes

Catherine Stoate Headteacher.


Parent Questionnaire 

Posted: 23/07/2019
Catherine Stoate

Results of Parent Questionnaire

Dear Parents,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to complete our Summer 2019 parent questionnaire.  We have collated the information, you have kindly provided and can now share the results with you.   Your comments and suggestions help to support the school and Trust in their continued effort to improve and develop areas within current systems to enrich parental communications and reach out to wider audiences.  Here are just a few of your comments, so thank you once again for your valuable contribution.

Catherine Stoate



Year 6 learn teamwork! 

Posted: 12/06/2019
Catherine Stoate

Year 6 have enjoyed a series of workshops aimed at preparing them for secondary school

After successfully completing their Standard Assessments (SATs), Year 6 are benefitting from a series of workshops led by different outside visitors.

The aim of each workshop is to develop team building skills, resilience and the ability to form positive relationships. These are all vital qualities that the children will need as they move to secondary school and beyond.

The class have loved producing Manga Art (a Japanese art form), performing poems they have written in assembly, Wild Tribe and Forest School.

See how these boys are working together to toast marshmallows!


Reception class enjoy Eden 

Posted: 15/05/2019
Catherine Stoate

The Reception Class, were invited to the Eden Project to take part in a 'Feast of the Senses Workshop. Once there they explored the outside area of the workshop, looking for plants that matched a piece of coloured card that they each had and they got to smell all the beautiful plants and herbs.

Using sticks the children also explored the sounds that they could make on the willow trees and the cobbled stoned pavements. Finally we got to touch lots of chosen plants in order to discuss their texture and use the sense of touch.

Once the workshop had finished the children really enjoyed exploring the Bio Domes and had great fun in the Rain Forest, where they were keen to get wet. It really was a feast for their senses and the children had a fun filled day of learning.


Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

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