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Newsletter – September 2019


Welcome back everybody! I hope you have had a refreshing and fruitful holiday, ready to begin a new school year. We warmly welcome many new children and their families to West Drayton Academy. We remain the number one school of choice in the area, we have no vacancies with a waiting list in all year groups. We appreciate your continued support.


We have new adults working at WDA this year, all of whom are already making lovely relationships with the children and have taken little time to establish themselves.  Welcome to Mrs Nel, Deputy Principal, Miss Mirza, Y2 Leader and Teacher, Miss Heapy & Miss Thackray who have joined the reception team. 


Please do not hesitate to ask if I, or any member of West Drayton staff, can help you.



At present, the children’s appearance is excellent. Your efforts to ensure children are wearing gold polo shirts and black footwear are appreciated and welcomed. I will ask teachers to remind parents of our high expectations if standards begin to slip.


School uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone. It is important that our children have a sense of identity. Please remember that we expect the children to wear appropriate uniform. West Drayton jumpers, cardigans, polo shirts and fleeces are available from PMG Schoolwear – you can pick up a leaflet from our main reception or log on the App or the website for full details.  Please remember to name everything with an indelible ink pen.


Picking Up arrangements in KS1 & 2

Thank you for following the temporary ‘picking-up’ arrangements in KS1 & KS2. Once the entrance and exit gates have been widened, we can revert back to a more manageable system.


In the meantime, for reasons of safety, could I ask all parents to offer plenty of space between themselves and the classes of children.


Richard Yates



Introducing some new staff:

Carmen Nel

As the new Deputy Head, I’m very excited and proud to be joining the West Drayton family and continuing to build on the high standards of teaching and learning that the school offers. Over the past 15 years, I have had a progressive career in which I have been privileged to teach across all key stages as well as manage and lead teams at various levels. I am a dedicated, hardworking and an enthusiastic leader who has a vision for excellence and is passionate about ensuring all pupils receive first-rate education. I am eager to work with the staff and pupils at West Drayton Academy to ensure all pupils reach their full potential, grow in self-belief and develop their confidence to take the next step in life. I
am looking forward to meeting you all as parents over the coming academic year, and working in partnership with you to achieve the very best for your child.


Charlotte Heapy

Hello, I'm Miss Heapy and I teach in Reception. I was very impressed by the setting, provision and knowledge I had seen within the Early Years at West Drayton Academy and I am very excited to now be working here with such a happy and motivated team. I have had a great start to the term meeting the lovely children and parents of Peach class. I love reading and singing and I'm looking forward to learning the songs for our Christmas performance.  

Alison Thackray

Hello, I'm Ms. Thackray and I am the Teacher for Plum Class (RT). I have just moved to West Drayton from Lancaster, where I was working for Marie Curie. Previously I lived in Indonesia, where I have taught Early Years and English as a Foreign Language for more than ten years. I have two children of my own, one who is eighteen and one who is four. I'm looking forward to playing and learning alongside the children in Plum Class, to help each child develop to their full potential.


Keeping in Touch

Hopefully you received our ‘What’s On’ leaflet with a summary of all the ways you can get involved in school life and the Autumn term dates.  Apologies that we are reviewing the class assembly dates so these are subject to change and we are continuing to add events.  Do please continue to check the website calendar.

Be the first ‘in the know!’

We have almost 1000 subscribers to our school App, ‘PIOTA’!  This is our primary platform for messages and news and we urge you to download this onto your phone if you have not already done so.

Due to the expense of text messaging we will first use the App then email.  Text messages will only be used as an urgent or last resort.


Our website has been updated and we hope you will enjoy the new look.  There is little difference to the navigation and you will still find all of the essential information.  Class Teachers will be updating their individual class pages each week on the following days, so do remember to log on:

Monday Y1 & Y2          Tuesday Y5 & Y6          Wednesday Y3 & Y4

Thursday Reception                

Friday Nursery

We are planning to change from Class Pages to Year Group Pages in the near future.


Do we have your correct contact information?

Did you change your home or mobile number or internet provider over the holidays?

Make sure you keep us updated with any changes to your contact information.


Don’t forget our weekly ‘SLT Surgery Sessions’ held on a Thursday between 8.30-9.00am. 

A member of our Senior Leadership Team, Mr Yates, Mrs Nel, Mrs Jackson Brench, Mrs Macdonald & Miss Richards are available every Thursday morning should you wish to discuss any aspect of school life. 

Please pop along to our main reception.  No appointment is necessary.  


Mad Science

We are planning to hold a Science club run by the Mad Science team for Years 1, 2 & 3 this term.  Cosmic Chloe came to host an assembly and conduct a few experiments with the children.  She gave us a lesson on ‘reactions’ and taught us about chemical and physical reactions.  The children got to see water change colour, mix colours, blow up balloons with gas vapour from vinegar and Chloe created what looked like a mini volcano erupting soapy bubbles from a flask.

If you would like your child to take part in the club running on a Wednesday from 25th September, please register on line directly with Mad Science :


Jeans for Genes

Thank you to all of the children who dressed in jeans and helped to raise awareness of Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder.   

We raised just under £400.  Thank you for your support!


Year 1’s Show & Tell

This half term, Year 1 will be learning about old and new toys. On Thursday 12th September, Year 1 decided to invite their grandparents in to show us the toys that they used to play with and explain how they work. It was a lovely day and an opportunity for the students to ask a variety of questions to the grandparents. We learnt a lot and they were quite surprised to see the black and white photos and wooden toys. The students were proud to stand with their grandparents and show off what they had brought in. Thank you so much for coming in and letting the Year 1 children relate their learning to real life.

Deepica from 1C said 'I liked learning that they used to make toys from fabric and trees.'


Library Update

We are a reading school and lucky to have an enthusiastic librarian in Mrs Abdullaj.  Mrs  Abdullaj has been busy organising our resources and had the help of a team of volunteers who she said ‘worked tirelessly to clean up and arrange the big book area outside the library and also to organise our school's newest reading area - 'The Reading Garden'.

Our whole school, children and staff, will greatly benefit from their fantastic efforts – they have helped to create more beautiful reading spaces around our school.


Road Safety

It is extremely busy at drop off and pick up times and we understand the roads do get congested around school.  If you have to drive to school, please park safely, keeping clear of the zig zag zone, and with consideration to our neighbours, keeping clear of driveways .  We also ask that children disembark from cars on to the pavement and not into the road.  Polite reminder that the car parks are for staff use only. 

Thank you for your co-operation.


Over the coming month, we will be planning the school trips and, to help spread the cost, as soon as we have confirmed the price, the items will be posted on your ParentPay account so you can start making contributions at the earliest opportunity.  Whilst contributions are voluntary and no child will be excluded from any trips, we will be unable to run the excursions without sufficient funding.

Playground Safety

If your child rides a bike or scooter to school, please ensure they dismount before entering the playground.  If the bikes and scooters are being left at school, they should be parked right inside the shelters so the doors can be closed and secured.


Over the summer, a number of cameras have been installed.  These are positioned around the outside of the buildings and within the grounds for security and safeguarding reasons.


Community Coffee Morning – Friday 27th September, 9.00-10.00am

Come and join us for our first meeting of the parents & friends of WDA

Hosted by Miss Malik, Family Support Worker

We will be starting to plan for our Christmas Fair and would appreciate your ideas and input.

Everyone is welcome.

Complimentary refreshments