Author: Nicola

KEEP COOL THIS SUMMER

We’ve heard that the sunshine is making a comeback along with some hot temperatures, so we’ve everything crossed that the experts are right ☺ we’ve compiled a list of places to cool off and take a dip!

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Bucks 11+ Test Dates Postponed (and how to make the best of it!)

Though we had been expecting the announcement for some time, it was finally confirmed on 24th July that the Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Tests (11+) will be postponed this year. The new test dates are as follows: 27th-30thOctober (out of county children)2nd-5th November (children attending Buckinghamshire primary schools and partner schools) The Bucks Grammar Schools (TGBS)informed parents some time ago that they were planning to delay the tests but they had been waiting for the go ahead from the Department for Education (DfE). This permission has now been granted and the DfE have in fact recommended that all grammar school areas delay their 11+...

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The Where Inspiration Blooms Wellbeing Festival

Where Inspiration Blooms, the craft and wellness venue in Chartridge, just outside Chesham will be running a wellbeing festival from this Saturday 4th until Sunday 12th July.  After being closed since early March, Jules and Caroline, two local school-friend mums who set up the business 2 years ago, wanted to create a wellbeing festival with as many different activities to help people with easing themselves out of lockdown.  Caroline explains “We originally set up Where Inspiration Blooms as a space for people to learn something new and leave feeling better than when they arrived. Sometimes learning a new skill can be...

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PUB IN THE PARK PRESENTS….DRIVE & DINE THEATRE

DRIVE & DINE THEATRE TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Drive & Dine Theatre is the ultimate drive-in theatre experience. Bringing classic and award winning movies plus an exclusive menu from chef Tom Kerridge to a town near you.  The drive-in theatre will be at various locations including Marlow and St Albans, see website for details. There are plenty of movies to choose from including 1917, Grease, Sonic the Hedgehog and many more, with both matinee and evening screenings available. Drive & Dine Theatre will also be hosting stand-up comedy gigs with Mark Watson’s Carpool Comedy Club. Mark Watson will be...

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STAYING ON TRACK WITH ELEVEN PLUS PREP

With the news that many children will not be returning to school until September, some parents are worried that their child’s long-term absence from the classroom will have consequences on their learning. These concerns are not helped by US experts’ suggestions that pupils aged 8 to 14 may return to school with up to 30% learning loss in reading and 50% in maths, whilst younger pupils could be up to a year behind in their learning. These predictions are stark, but they are extrapolations of the typical learning loss seen after the long summer break. In contrast to the summer holidays,...

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Back to School Support

Caroline Yolland, Counsellor at The Beacon boys’ school in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, advises how to pastorally prepare your children for a possible return to school  From 1 June, many children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 may be finally returning to their school site after 10 weeks of lockdown and learning from home.  However, this return is not as simple as a ‘normal’ return to school after relaxed weeks of holiday enjoyment. During the crisis, many children will have experienced significant changes and challenges, including the abrupt closure of their school sites and a switch to home schooling or...

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