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"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and I have 100% Atendance."

ATTENDANCE. 2 school weeks to go and we’re maintaining an excellent 96% across school with 253 children In It To Win It for an end of term prize. Thinking of booking a holiday for September? Please think again! This is the most crucial time of year that allows children to settle into their new classes, form friendship groups and get used to the school routine. Term dates including INSET days for the next academic year 2019 – 2020 are available in the Parent Section of the website.


MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE. On Friday 19th July, we are holding a fundraising day to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Charity.  For this, we are asking that each child donates £1 and comes to school wearing blue or orange.  We are also holding a cake sale, so any donations of cakes from Thursday 18th July will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.






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

We now have places available from September. 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 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.

BREAKFAST CLUB. 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.




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


YEAR 2 PARENTS SCHOOL MEALS - From 2nd September 2019 when your child is in year 3, he/she will no longer receive a Universal Free School Meal.

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

NURSERY & RISING STARS OPEN DAY. This will take place on Monday 22nd July 10am – 2pm. All nursery children are welcome to attend, and must be accompanied by parents. Nursery and Rising Stars will be closed for normal sessions on this day. This is a valuable time where you can engage in fun activities with your child. You will have the opportunity to view your child’s learning journey. This is also a great opportunity for children starting nursery in September to meet the staff and explore the setting with their family.

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Key Stage 2 Running Race Winners

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Year 3 Girls

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Year 3 Boys

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Year 4 Girls

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Year 4 Boys

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Year 5 Girls

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Year 5 Boys

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Year 6 Girls

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Year 6 Boys

YEAR 2 VISIT TO NOTTINGHAM TENNIS CENTRE THURSDAY 25th JULY.  Children in classes 12 and 13 have been given the opportunity to attend the British Open Schools Tennis Festival at the Nottingham Tennis Centre on Thursday 25th July

NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST SCHEME. We are going to be giving away a bagel for all our children that would like one for breakfast. If you want to come and try one, please come and see us at our table outside reception.

CHANGES TO MAY 2020 BANK HOLIDAYS. The government recently announced that the first bank holiday in May 2020 will be changed from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May. This will affect the current published Term Dates for Summer Term 2020 (2019/20 academic year). The decision was made by the government to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day. This May Day bank holiday is traditionally on a Monday but the government has postponed the holiday to the Friday to form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.

NOTTINGHAM CITY ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS 2020 TO 2021. The admission arrangements for all community schools and academies in Nottingham City for the 2020/21 school year have now been agreed. Follow this link;