Published on: 2nd February, 2024

Friday 2nd February


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Friday 2nd February

Good evening,

This week, in school, I have been really impressed with how focused everyone is and how all are really working hard. Through the week, I have the pleasure of teaching most classes and I have noticed a difference as to everyone’s maturity and attitude to learning, so well done Longnor.

In assembly, we have continued to look at the value of courage. We have linked stories in the Bible to our everyday decisions that we make in our learning and life at school. Because of this, we have been thinking about how we can be courageous in our learning:

  • Not giving up
  • Attempting challenges
  • Being brave and challenging ourselves
  • Showing resilience when attempting tricky work

We now have our stickers for resilience (from last term) and courage (this term). We hope that you start to spot these stickers as we wear them with pride.

Have a lovely weekend.

All the best.

Mrs L. Edgerton

Message from School Circle Chair and Secretary

At risk of sounding like a broken record, Alex Croft and myself are making a plea to the Longnor School community for engagement and help with volunteering with the School Circle. For those who are new to the school, School Circle is essentially a PTA but so much more, which is what makes us special.

We’re not a very big school with limitless resources, instead we are a small tight-knit friendly community of parents, grandparents, extended family, children and staff members who work effortlessly to raise vital funds through various events like the seasonal discos, Frost Fayre, Summer Fete, quiz nights, movie nights and the Duck Race to name a few, and in the background we also run other fundraisers like Bag2School, Pre-Loved Uniform and The 100 Club. Through these efforts and events we have always been able to raise a sustained amount of money to help fund the ‘fun’ and vital extras in school that contribute to what makes Longnor so special.

Sadly we have noticed a decline in engagement with School Circle, and whilst we appreciate that economically these past few years have been really hard, our steady number of core volunteers have dwindled. Alex and I step down from our roles in July this year, we will have completed 2 years in our positions and feel that it’s time for new members to take on the roles and breathe fresh ideas into the group. We would be grateful for individuals who are interested in taking the group on to get in touch for an informal chat and attend our regular meetings.

As per our Constitution, without named members in the positions of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, we cannot run a school PTA and therefore will not be able to plan and put on the enriching fundraisers that the children have enjoyed so much previously. Please help us and the school by stepping forward to take on these roles.  Whilst Alex will be leaving the school in July, I will still be about to help as much as possible but cannot do it on a bare-bone team. Volunteering can count from as little as attending our regular meetings, to helping out on a slot for an hour during an event or owning and managing your own event in the school calendar.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message, if you have any questions about this please do get in touch.

Tina Aljan

School Circle Chair

Parents’ evening

The appointment system is now live on our school website for parents’ evening. Please book a slot to meet with class teachers. If you need to change it, please get in touch with the school office:

  • Monday 5th February – Merlins and Eagles from 1:30 – 4:50pm
  • Tuesday 6th February – all classes from 3:30 – 5:50pm
  • Wednesday 7th February – Little Owls and Kestrels from 1:30 – 4:50pm.

Many thanks.

Parents Evenings – Longnor CE Primary School (



Shropshire Primary Schools Half Marathon – Last chance to enter!

Just a reminder about this event. We have requested an extended deadline in case anyone has forgotten to enter, so please sign up on ParentPay if your child wishes to take part by Sunday 4th February. We have almost half the school participating so far which is fantastic.

Thank you.


This year we are hoping to participate in the Shropshire Primary Schools Half Marathon. We would love for as many Longnor children as possible to take part in this fun and rewarding event.

The Shropshire Primary Schools Half Marathon gives children aged 4-11 the chance to complete their very own cumulative Half Marathon in a supportive, non-competitive environment. With a Half Marathon representing 13.1 miles, the challenge sees children complete the first 12 miles at school over the course of a term or half term, 1 mile at a time, before running the final 1.1 miles on event day in front of family and friends. The children are treated to a dedicated “full race” experience including race bibs, a marshalled route, music and a start and finish line gantry, allowing them to enjoy and experience the thrill of a big sporting event and to be cheered on as they complete the final leg of their challenge. They receive rewards as they progress through their mileage including a fantastic medal and t-shirt for their efforts. The event is licenced by England Athletics to ensure standards are that which would be expected for any Adults Half Marathon.

The final 1.1 mile event will take place on Saturday April 20th at the West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury. Parents will be responsible for taking their child(ren) to and from this event. Mrs Edgerton and Mr Helliker will also be there to greet you and cheer on the children.

The cost of participating in this event is £12 which includes rewards for each stage of the journey:

  • After completion of mile 1: Colour my miles trainers chart.
  • After completion of mile 6: Reward wristband.
  • After completion of mile 12: Technical running t- shirt and bib number for race day.
  • After mile 13.1 (Race Day) Finishers medal.



Job vacancy – come and join our team!

Combined post: KS1 teaching assistant and lunchtime supervisor

Fixed term until 31 August 2024, in the first instance,

Required ASAP

The candidate’s hours will consist of the following:

Grade 5 (Level 2) SCP: 6-7, £12.38-12.59 per hour

23.25 hours KS1 Level 2 teaching assistant:

* Monday – Friday 8:45 – 12:00

Grade 1 £11.59 per hour.

5 hours lunchtime supervisor (12:00-13:00 each day).

Please see our school website for more information: website.

Closing Date: 19th February 2024

Interview Date: 22nd February 2024


End of Day February forms still outstanding

I am still missing a large number of end of day arrangement forms for February. Telephoning around large numbers of parents is costly to office hours. Please complete the linked form as soon as possible. Thank you.

Stay and Play

Stay and play Feb

Trusted newsletter autumn 2023

Here is the newsletter Trusted has produced from the autumn term. We are lucky enough to attend a number of different events over the term and continue to be involved in a range of sporting festivals at Church Stretton School.

TSA South Newsletter Autumn 2023

BEAM sessions

Parenting helpline