Final INSET Day of the Year…

June 7 – Calendar Icon – Vector Illustration

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have just finalised the last INSET day for this academic year. These are days when the school is closed to learners, to allow us to access training for our staff. This will be taken on Monday 7th June, which is the first day of next half term.

We will write to parents again nearer the date, but we wanted to give the community as much of an advance warning as possible.

* nb – This has changed today from Friday 28th May – apologies if anyone saw the earlier announcement *

Equiano – Reheaded!

At the end of term, we shared the news of the vandalism of the statue in Telegraph Hill park of the anti-slavery campaigner, Equiano. On the very last day of term, we also heard that the missing head of the statue had been relocated. We headed off into the Easter break feeling that we had at least the parts of puzzle, if not the solution.

Then, during the break, on the grapevine, we heard that the head and body were being reunited. This ‘reheading’ was attended by members of the local community and both the current Edmund Waller headteacher, Anne Rennie, and the headteacher at the time of the statue’s creation, Graham Jameson.

Ah…there you are!

Welcome Back!

Happy Monday! The sun is out and the classrooms are full once again. Welcome back to all our learners to the final term of the academic year.

We trust you all had a restful break and found some time to enjoy the sunshine and gradual easing of the national restrictions.

We are looking forward (fingers crossed) to an uninterrupted term of learning. Keep your eyes on the blog for updates for each year group.

*Local Statue Damaged – UPDATE*

*UPDATE – Equiano’s head found!*

News has reached us of the vandalism of a local landmark. The statue commemorated the contribution of Olaudah Equiano, to the abolition of slavery in Britain. Unfortunately, part of the statue has been removed – local parents and children have been seen looking in Telegraph Hill Park for the missing parts. Our very own, Mr. Hudson has offered to pull on his waders and get in the pond!

This statue was, in part, created by former pupils here at Edmund Waller. Watch this fabulous (if somewhat dated!) video for some footage of the statue being created and unveiled.

We are currently looking into how we can help restore the statue. Hopefully using this opportunity to correct a historical accuracy about what Equiano would have looked like.

Nursery Get Scooting!

Nursery’s New Wheels!

Just look at those beaming smiles! Nursery would like to say a big THANK-YOU to anyone who donated a scooter this week. They are very popular and the old ones had reached the end of their working lives.

We asked in the newsletter for any donation and you responded generously. Michelle and Jo particularly love the one that has a horn built into the handle bars!!!! If you have any more scooters (or balance bikes) to donate, please bring them to either the Nursery entrance or the main gate.

Home is where the Art is…

Self Portrait – “My painting is a reflection on lock down because I was always looking at myself because of video chats. It is inspired by a painting by Frida Kahlo”

We have started receiving entries to the Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show. We are really impressed with the quality of these entries, like this one from a child in Year 6.

You can read more about the show and how to enter here:

‘Sand Dunes’ by a Year 2 child – “This picture is beautiful. We got to slide down and climb up the sand dunes.  I had fun with my brothers and my cousins.  We stayed so long the moon came out and there was a beautiful sunset.” 

Please keep the work coming, a little commentary (like the very modest Year 2 child’s!!), is also very welcome.

nb – parents only need to complete a permission form for work submitted from home.

Calling all Young Artists…

Today, our Art Lead, Ms. Scholl, has written to all parents with details of the school’s participation in this year’s Royal Academy Young Artists’ Show.

All children will be creating artwork with their classes. However, you can also submit any creations made at home, via the school. |

To do so, you will need to complete a permission form and photos of the artwork. The Royal Academy have created a handy ‘how to’ guide for photographing your child’s artwork. This, and the permission form, are available to download below.

Once completed, please send the photos and permission form to:

Comic Relief 2021

Gallery coming soon…..

Hi all,

Just to let you know that, in the way of a little light relief, comes Comic Relief 2021.

The school will be joining the fun and can dress up this Friday – 19th March. We will be writing with more details soon.

If you would like to make a donation then there is an option on all parents’ ParentPay accounts to donate to Comic Relief. All the proceeds go directly to this good cause.

What a sight/site….

Day two of the brave new post lock down world and the sun came out to play. The sights and sounds of the whole playground alive with children skipping, playing, interacting and just generally being kids has been fantastic.

It was also a great reminder of how lucky we are with the site that we have here at Edmund Waller. With climbing frames, grass areas, flowerbeds and, of course, the green concrete turtle (!) our learners have really enjoyed being back within the school grounds.

At the moment, the children are in zones within the playground to help minimise the mixing of bubbles etc. These zones change each week. This means that the children get dedicated time in each part of the playground, whilst remaining as safe as possible.

World Book Day 2021

Year 4 in role and in school….

This year was a very different World Book Day with the majority of our children learning remotely.

There was an assembly by our English lead, Ms Jones, and a variety of virtual events for children in school and at home to participate in.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted a photo – below you will find the photos we have received.

Send any more photographs to