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FUN FIT AFTER SCHOOL TUESDAYS. Next week’s session on 12th November is CANCELLED.

YEAR 5 FAMILY ASSEMBLY. This will take place on Wednesday 13th November at 3pm. All parents and families welcome.

HATHERSAGE PARENTS EVENING. This will take place on Wednesday 13th November, 6pm in the school hall.

NATIONAL SCHOOL MEALS WEEK ALL WEEK. Parents and grandparents are invited to enjoy a school lunch as part of the “Taste for Yourself” campaign. Enjoy a modern day school meal for £2.60. To book a place, please contact main reception.


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“When children improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and life chances."


In It To Win has started! Children at school every day from 4th November until Christmas will receive an end of term prize!

A slight drop to 95.7% due to children being away on holiday. Holidays during term time have a detrimental effect on a child’s education. May we remind parents that leave during term time can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. All applications for a leave of absence must be made on a form available from the school office. Our attendance policy states:

  • Only a maximum of 5 days will be authorised by the school in exceptional circumstances;

  • Family holidays, cheap holidays, birthday celebrations, family events will not be authorised;

  • Penalty notices will be issued and the Local Authority may fine parents.

Congratulations to Kayden in year 1, Lucas in year 3, and Natalia in year 5 who have won a brand new bike each at the end of last term!

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Free Child Care for 2 Year Olds. Cantrell's Rising Stars!

We now have places available for the afternoon starting after half-term. To be entitled to a funded 2-year-old place, parents must be in receipt of benefits/JSA/Child Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit/earn less than £16,190. Apply online to Families Information Service www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/fis or telephone 0800 4584114 to check eligibility. Please bring eligibility form into school.

In Other News...

UPDATE TELEPHONE NUMBERS. We use Schoolcomms a text messaging service for urgent updates. If you have changed your mobile number recently, please update your details at the school office.


This continues to be FULLY BOOKED each week. It is imperative to book your child’s place IN ADVANCE with a booking form at least the week before a place is required. We have limited space and staffing so cannot accommodate children who have not booked and just turn up on the day. If you no longer require a booked place, please let us know as there is a waiting list.  Parents please also ensure you ACCOMPANY YOUR CHILD into the building in the morning, to ensure their safety.  Thank you.





Reading Challenge 2019-2020 - READING 4 TIMES A WEEK

This year we would like to encourage parents and children to develop their love of reading and understanding of why learning to read, and developing a love of reading, is important.

To support this, we are launching the ‘Reading Challenge 2019’ from Monday 4th November 2019! Children will receive a reward at the end of every term if they read 4 times a week at home every week, culminating with a grand prize (this will be announced later this year, but the children will love it) at the end of the academic year for those children who have read 4 times, every week, all year. 

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Reading makes you cleverer. Reading is a complex task for children’s brains – much more complex than watching TV, or playing an online game. Reading strengthens your child’s brains connections and builds NEW connections. Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English, so if your child is a good reader, they are more likely to achieve better across the whole curriculum.

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Reading makes you happier. Research shows us that children who read books regularly are, on average, more satisfied with life, happier, and more likely to feel the things they do in life are worthwhile. A book does not take up much space in your child’s bag and is light to carry, so they can take one anywhere they go. Your child can never be bored if they have a book in their bag.

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Reading improves concentration Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If your child reads often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

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Reading teaches children about the world around them. Through reading a variety of books, children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience. Everything your child reads fills their head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge they have, the better-equipped they are to tackle any challenge they’ll ever face.

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Reading improves vocabulary and language skills Children learn new words as they read. The more your child reads, the more words they gain exposure to, which will inevitably make their way into their everyday vocabulary. Vocabulary is one of the biggest indicators of academic achievement and success in later school life.

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ANNUAL FLU VACCINATION. This will take place on Wednesday 13th November in school, for all children in Reception to year 6. NHS are using an electronic consent form this year, please access using this link:

https://www.nottinghamshireimmunisations.co.uk/Forms/Flu. You will need to enter the unique code for Cantrell which is NG122413. Even if you are refusing consent, please still compete the online form. If you experience any problems or have any queries, please contact the team on 07920 182032. We will also send the link via text message so please ensure we have an up to date mobile number for you. A leaflet with more information is available from the school office.

READING HELPERS. Mums, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, Uncles, Grandmas and Grandads - can you spare an hour in your day to come and read with children in school? We would like to improve every child’s reading skills and really need people to read with our children on a regular basis, particularly in year 1 and year 2. If you can spare any time, please see your child’s teacher. We would really appreciate your support.

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Keep up with events via our website www.cantrell.nottingham.sch.uk our twitter and Facebook pages: @Cantrell Primary.

Nottingham Forest 1979 European Cup Visits Cantrell: The 1979 European Cup visiting our school. Trevor Francis scored the only goal of the game seeing Nottingham Forest defeat Malmö FF of Sweden 1–0.


Beaumanor Hall Year 5 - 2019

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FOOTBALL FOCUS. Fantastic result for our Under 11s footballers! Great defensive effort combined with strength, speed and skill in attack gave us an excellent 2-0 win over Rufford in our opening match of the league season! Congratulations to all the team on a fantastic display!

Cantrell Under 11s footballers claimed their second straight win and second clean sheet of the season with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Hempshill to maintain our 100% league record and climb to the top of the table. Tremendous effort and workrate again from the entire team in cold, difficult conditions. Fantastic positive support as always from our terrific parents too!!

Boom!! ⚽⚽⚽



Year 5 Dodgeball Festival

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Year 6 Nottingham Hockey Centre

CHILDREN IN NEED WEAR SOMETHING SPOTTY ON FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER. We will have a non-uniform day next Friday to raise funds for Children In Need. Children can wear something spotty for a donation of £1. We will also have a cake/biscuit sale in the afternoon and will take donations of cakes from Thursday 14th November. Children can bring some change in with them on Friday 15th to buy cakes with.

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REMINDER FOREST SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN IN YEAR 3. This will take place on Thursdays for children in classes 4 and 11. Please remember to send your child to school with Forest School kit.

Colwick Park Camp September 2019 Year 5

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CANTRELL ARTS AMBASSADORS. This club will resume on Tuesdays after school, starting after half term on Tuesday's 3:30 - 4:30pm. Please collect children from main reception.

Ofsted Report

Ofsted Good GP ColourWe are delighted to announce that Cantrell Primary and Nursery School is a Good School!

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted to tell you that the recent Ofsted visit to our school was very successful and the inspectors found that Cantrell Primary and Nursery School is a GOOD school!  

In brief, the inspectors told us that the school has improved since the last inspection and that:

This is a good school
Since the last inspection, leaders, supported by the dedicated staff, have taken decisive action to bring about swift improvements. 

The school’s curriculum is designed to provide pupils with a wealth of opportunities they may not typically encounter. Leaders are keen to raise the aspirations of families for their children. 

The development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) is a strength. Pupils are encouraged to think philosophically about their own and different cultures and faiths. They receive a wide range of opportunities to appreciate the arts.

Leaders have taken effective action to improve rates of attendance. The proportion of pupils who are persistently absent has fallen significantly. Parents and carers understand the importance of regular attendance. 

Governors are determined to provide the best possible education for pupils from the early years and onwards.

Arrangements for safeguarding pupils are secure. Adults have a comprehensive understanding of the risks that pupils may face and leaders train staff to be professionally suspicious.  

Teachers have high expectations of pupils. They use questioning skilfully to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Teachers deploy other adults well to enhance learning. 

Pupils are confident, independent, and self-assured learners. They take pride in their work and express their views well. They behave well. 

Pupils who struggle to manage their behaviour receive support to enable them to understand their emotions. 

In the early years, staff understand the value of a language-rich environment.


I’m sure you will join me in congratulating all our wonderful teachers and support staff on this Ofsted visit. I am delighted that their hard work has paid off and our school is now officially a GOOD school!  

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and please join us in celebrating. However, be assured that we have many plans to develop the school so that it improves even further.

With very best wishes,

Deborah Weaver

Head Teacher
Cantrell Primary and Nursery School

Please follow the link below to read the full Inspection Report:

Cantrell Primary School Full OfSTED Inspection Report May 2019



The fiercest rag rugby team at Lady Bay tournamnet. Autumn 2019.

Times Tables Rock Stars App

The Times Tables Rock Stars app is now available to download. Your children can practise their times tables on their phones and tablets! Click here to download the app.

New Battle of the Bands

Class 16 V Class 1

Class 2 V Class 3

Class 11 V Class 4

Class 6 V Class 5

Class 12 V Class 13

A battle of the classes is a fun way for your children to learn their times tables.


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Cantrell Carnival 2019

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REMINDER FOREST SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN IN YEAR 3.  This will take place on Thursdays for children in classes 4 and 11.  

FITNESS FUN FOR ALL TUESDAYS AFTER SCHOOL CLUB FOR CHILDREN IN YEARS 4, 5 & 6. Come and get fit by doing lots of fun games and exercises. You don’t have to be good at sport, this club is for every level. The last session will be on Tuesday 17th December. This activity is free of charge.

GYMNASTICS AFTER SCHOOL CLUB FOR CHILDREN IN YEARS 2, 3, & 4. The last session will be on Wednesday 18th December. The club is for beginners and those who already do gymnastics. A qualified gymnastics coach will run the sessions. This activity is free of charge.

KS1 (YEAR 1 & YEAR 2) MULTI-SPORTS MORNING CLUB – TUESDAY & THURSDAY. Sessions will run for the whole of the Autumn term. The activities will start before school at 8:00am and last for 35 minutes. They will be run by Mr Ward our Sports Leader.

KS2 (YEARS 3, 4, 5, 6) MULTI-SPORTS MORNING CLUB WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY. The activities will start before school at 8:00am and last for 35 minutes. They will be run by Mr Ward our Sports Leader.

Music Camp - Year 5 - 2019

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KS1 THE GREATEST FAIRY TALE EVER TOLD.  As part of our fairy tale work this half term we are having a show come in to school “The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Told”.  It will take place on the morning of Wednesday 4th December in the hall 

KS1 POLAR EXPRESS DAY.  On Wednesday 11th December, all of KS1 (classes 9, 10, 12 and 13) are invited to come to school in their pyjamas to watch the Polar Express in the school hall. The children can wear pyjamas for the whole day (to get them in the Christmas mood) and there will be no cost for this. They will be provided with biscuits and hot chocolate 

KS2 PANTOMIME.  This will take place on Wednesday 11th December for all children in Year 3 to Year 6.