Headteacher’s Blog

It is lovely to be back after the summer holiday and it has been a happy, positive start to the new school year at Bowmansgreen.  Pupils have settled quickly into their new classes and have been working hard, demonstrating a calm, purposeful attitude. The focus for the first week has been about setting and reinforcing standards and expectations – of uniform, attendance, learning and behaviour – and pupils are already aiming high. Pupils have been reminded of our three school rules – be kind, be safe, be respectful – and the expectation that they are demonstrated by every member of our school community, at all times.

We have welcomed lots of new families to Bowmansgreen this week, with new pupils joining classes across the school. I know that they are being made to feel very welcome and helped to settle in by their peers and I hope that they have enjoyed their first few days as part of our school community.

Our new reception pupils have made a confident, settled start to school life at Bowmansgreen. They spent their first full day at school yesterday yet looked like they have been attending for weeks! They have been busy learning and playing well together, forming new friendships, having fun and becoming familiar with their new environment. I am sure that some will sleep very well this weekend…

I am sure that you are aware of the recent media headlines about RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) and that some schools have been affected by the presence of RAAC in their buildings. RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete which was used in schools and other building construction from the 1950s until the mid-1990s. After some time and in some circumstances, this concrete can collapse. I can reassure you that Hertfordshire County Council had the school surveyed by appropriately qualified building surveyors in the last few years and I can confirm that there is no RAAC at Bowmansgreen and therefore no risk to pupils or staff. I can only begin to imagine the disruption, upset and stress experienced by the many school communities who are affected by RAAC and feel so sorry for those who have been denied a settled start to their school year.

Mrs May, our new school SENCO has been busy getting to know pupils, during her first week at Bowmansgreen. I look forward to working closely with Mrs May during the coming weeks, to ensure a smooth handover of information and to support her getting to know families and the needs of pupils with SEND across the school.

This half-term’s school value is kindness. Staff will be looking out for examples of pupils going over and above to demonstrate kindness towards each other, acknowledging and reinforcing the importance of kindness within our school community, both as a value and one of our non-negotiable, three school rules. Some pupils have already been mentioned frequently during the first week, regarding their excellent attitude and kindness towards others. Some early contenders for class recognition boards, I am sure.

Yesterday’s celebration assembly started with our new Bowmansgreen school song and finished with three excellent piano solos, performed by Isla, Reef and Zara. Mr Bronstein expressed how proud he was of all three musicians who recently passed their Grade 1 piano exams with flying colours! Congratulations to all three and I look forward to their next performances.

Parents and carers are once again welcome to attend Friday celebration assemblies whether or not your child is receiving an award. Pre-covid, Friday assemblies were a lovely community occasion, well attended by families across the school. Please feel free to join us, 9am every Friday. We do have limits and regulations to follow regarding the number of people allowed into the school hall at once so we may have to cap numbers if attendance is high. Celebration assembly usually lasts between twenty and thirty minutes. Please enter via the breakfast club/dining room door, where you will be able to wait from 8.35am.

Family adults are also again invited to join their children at our breakfast club each morning. Breakfast costs £3.00 per person (£3.00 for the first child and £2.00 for each sibling) and is served between 7.30am – 8.15am. Mrs Stanley and her team offer a range of breakfast items and a tasty, hot breakfast, every Friday. Come and join us – Mrs Stanley would love to see you there!

Congratulations to the pupils in Year 5 who completed their first aid course with St John’s Ambulance, at the end of last term. Yesterday, they received their hard earned and well deserved certificates. Their course included learning about CPR, choking, treating burns and stemming bleeding – invaluable knowledge and skills that could one day be used to help others, even prevent a death. Thank you very much to Miss Russell who organised and led the course and has helped train many Bowmansgreen pupils in first aid, over the last few years.

During the next two weeks, all classes will take part in Forest School. You will receive a letter notifying you of when your child’s session takes place and what they will need to bring.

Please be reminded to park safely and respectfully on the roads around school, at all times. Neighbours have been upset and inconvenienced during our first week back, with driveways having been blocked and some inconsiderate parking, ignoring the parking restrictions.

Pupils in Y4, Y5 and Y6 can enter and exit school grounds via the back gate, as independent travellers. Please collect a form from the office if you would like your child to become an independent traveller for the first time.

We have a vacancy on our governing board for a parent governor. If you are a parent or carer of a pupil currently on roll at Bowmansgreen, with a keen interest in supporting the school’s leadership, school policy, financial matters and educational outcomes, you might be interested in joining the school’s governing body as a parent governor. Look out for next week’s letter detailing the nomination and election process and procedures.

Upcoming key dates: KS1/KS2 Meet the Teacher events – during week beginning September 25th 2023; Open Morning – Saturday September 30th, 2023; Family Consultation Meetings – October 3rd and 5th, 2023;

Enjoy your weekend.


Hi everyone,
Like a phoenix rising from the flames, our resurrected FOBS has hit it’s first birthday!
Little did we know that a kick-off meeting, on a July summer’s evening at the Colney Fox, would result in an income in excess of £25,000 with circa £18,000 profit.  
It’s been a wonderful whirlwind of a year – we couldn’t have done it without a strong committee, passionate volunteers, fabulous children and supportive parents/carers and staff.  Thank you.
This year FOBS has funded:
  • Playground gym equipment (with a service contract)
  • Reading books
  • Coronation bookmarks
  • Y6 Leavers hoodies contribution
  • Reception PE bags
  • Toys and bicycles for Early Years
Ms Lippa, the teachers and the school groups (eco council, forest school, school council, breakfast club, sports teams etc) have been briefed on how to submit requests for FOBS for funding.  We are also having discussions with the school regarding larger projects.  When the heating engineers have finished their work, the builders will resurface the playgrounds.  FOBS will then be excited to get quotes for having the playground painted along with other enrichment playground activities for all year groups.
Here’s all the activities and events that took place:
  • Disco x 3
  • Winter Fair
  • Pantomime
  • Christmas cards & gifts (Cauliflower Cards)
  • Mother’s and Father’s Day sale
  • Circus Sensible and circus skills workshops
  • Face painting workshop
  • School lottery
  • Stickins school uniform labels
  • St Albans marathon marshalling
  • Coronation picnic
  • Legoland
  • Bag2School x 3
  • Coffee and cake mornings (during Bag2School)
  • Summer Fair
  • Big Clean Up x 2
FOBS are bursting with ideas for the new school year ahead.  The fun begins with our Family Mixer BBQ after school on Friday 8th Sept – all school families are welcome.  The more volunteers that we have, the more we can do, so if you would like to join the FOBS team, please drop us a message at  Volunteers can be hands on or help out behind the scenes – we never say no to help… we have A LOT OF FUN.
Lastly we bid a fond farewell the Y6-ers and some of their families that will be leaving Bowmansgreen this week – thank you, goodbye and good luck.
Let’s give our children another brilliant year at Bowmansgreen – happy holidays!

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Thank you for making this week’s sports days so much fun! Thankfully the weather held out for each sports day (almost, for EYFS!) and pupils across the school had fun competing with and against their classmates, in a range of events. Pupils had a great time and participated well. They were very well supported and cheered on  – thank you families! The house points have been carefully counted and added to the totals so far. The grand house point totals and winning house will be announced next week.

Parenting When Separated Programme
The Parenting When Separated Programme is for parents who are preparing for, going through, or have gone through a separation or divorce. It is a six-week course that highlights practical steps parents can take to help their children cope and thrive, as well as coping successfully themselves. The course is free to attend and you can be referred by a professional or parents can self-refer.

We are aware that the parking around Bowmansgreen has again become an issue for drivers, pedestrians and neighbours. Please ensure that you park safely and considerately on the roads around school, following the parking restrictions. There have been several accidents in recent weeks, including crashes into parked cars. The parking restrictions have been put in place to help keep our school community safe and they do make a difference when they are followed.

Tomorrow, your child will find out their new class for next year. They will meet their new class staff and spend some time in the new classroom. We appreciate that it will be a very daunting time for some pupils and they will worry about what next year will be like for them. We will try our best to reassure and prepare all pupils for this transition and know that some will take longer to accept the change and settle into their new classes. Parents and carers, you will also receive confirmation of your child’s new class, tomorrow. Year 6 pupils will spend tomorrow at their new secondary schools. Very exciting!

As is often the case at the end of a school year, we have a number of staff leaving Bowmansgreen this term. We will be saying goodbye to Miss Roux, Miss Choudhry and Mr Regan, who will be  leaving us at the end of term. I am sure that you will join me in thanking all three for their hard work and commitment to the children, staff and Bowmansgreen school community and wishing Miss Roux, Miss Choudhry and Mr Regan the very best of luck and happiness for the future.

Our final curriculum evening of the year takes place tomorrow, 3 – 4pm and 6 – 7pm. Pupils have been busy creating art, design and technology masterpieces, to share with you. It would be lovely to see you there!



We hope the children enjoyed selecting gifts for their loved ones at our Father’s Day sale.

The FOBS team have a jam-packed list of events planned for the last half of the summer term.  Here are the key dates of planned activities:

  • Wednesday 28th June 7.30pm – FOBS Summer Fair Meeting at the Colney Fox
  • Friday 30th June (Inset Day) – Legoland (ticket sales have closed – info for ticket holders will be sent out prior to 30th June)
  • Friday 7th July 3pm – The School Grounds Big Clean Up Part 1 – litter-picking, sweeping, washing and beautifying Bowmansgreen grounds
  • Saturday 8th July – 9am -The School Grounds Big Clean Up Part 2
  • Wednesday 12th July – Non-School Uniform Day in exchange for a bottle donation to our Summer Fair bottle tombola
  • Saturday 15th July 11am-3pm – FOBS Summer Fair sponsored by C J Smiths Builders

After a 4 year absence, our FOBS Summer Fair is back at Bowmansgreen!

We want to create incredible memories for our children, and the Summer Fair is shaping up to be out of this world! 

Of course we can only make this possible with the help of parents, staff, carers, family and friends.  The more volunteers that we have on the day, the more we can provide for the children Emoji.  Please sign-up to volunteer using this link, even if it’s just for a couple of hours

FOBS are collecting washed cuddly toys for the teddy tombola – please drop your donations at the school office.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Our annual Bowmansgreen Reading Festival took place this week. Pupils and staff enjoyed a range of activities to promote and encourage reading for pleasure, including ‘read-ins’ (cosying-up and reading with favourite books, blankets and pillows); buddy reading (reading with a class from a different year group); book swap; and D.E.A.R time (Drop Everything And Read). Each class also received a new dedicated book as a gift for their reading spine box, all books to celebrate and grow empathy.

It is always a pleasure to welcome Anthony Glenn back to Bowmansgreen and Wednesday’s visit, as part of our Reading Festival, was no exception. We were treated to a very special Shaking Up Shakespeare performance of Romeo and Juliet, with a little help from some talented Bowmansgreen actors…


Pupils were also thoroughly entertained by storytelling from Africa and the Caribbean. Come an’ see Anansi, featuring the stories of Anansi the trickster spider, captured pupils’ imagination and certainly caused lots of laughter across the school!

It has been a really enjoyable week and another opportunity to reinforce the importance and power of reading for pleasure. Thank you for sending your children in with their books, blankets and teddies, well-prepared to get involved in their activities. House Competition results will be announced next week. Thank you to Mr Garwood for organising this successful Bowmansgreen Reading Festival.

Please read the attached letter about our recent audit of Blue Badges held by Bowmansgreen families and the decision to limit access to the staff car park.

Please ensure that you walk your child down to the school office if your family is running late in the morning. It is important that any lateness is explained to a member of the office team by a family adult and not the child. We want to ensure that all pupils are at school, on-time, every day and contact with parents and carers is an essential part of this, before patterns of poor attendance or punctuality develop.

Your child may have come home with an envelope this week, notifying you that they have been nominated for a special award. We are very excited to be holding our inaugural Bowmansgreen Awards Evening, at the end of term, to celebrate some of the outstanding learners and role-models across KS1 and KS2.

Next week, families in KS1 are invited to join their children at their story cafés. We look forward to seeing you there!

Enjoy your weekend.

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Welcome back after the half -term break!

Last half-term saw pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 sit their SATS – the compulsory end of Key Stage national curriculum assessments. Pupils worked hard in preparation and during each test period  and we are extremely proud of how well they managed. Although we do our best to gently prepare pupils for the test content and conditions, we appreciate that it can sometimes feel very daunting and different to normal school life and learning, especially for pupils in Year 6. You may have seen the press coverage about the Year 6 reading paper and the significant concerns expressed by teachers across the country about its level of difficulty and notable difference to previous papers. It is fair to say that it was extremely challenging! Our wonderful pupils gave it everything and handled this and the other papers brilliantly – they really did themselves proud.

After nearly thirteen years at Bowmansgreen, Rebecca Robertson has left her role as the school’s Business Manager. As a member of the school’s leadership team, Mrs Robertson has worked closely with many members of staff, parents and carers, governors and outside agencies, advising on and managing the school’s admin and finances. It has been a pleasure to work alongside her and I would like to thank her for the hard work and commitment she has shown our school community over the years. I am sure you will join me in wishing Mrs Robertson the best of luck and happiness for the future as she embarks upon a new role in a local academy trust.

A very warm welcome to Mrs McGrath who joined our office team, this week. She will be working closely with Mrs Clark and Miss Mates, liaising with families across the school. If you have not already met or spoken with her, please do pop in and say ‘hello.’

Next week, we will begin an audit of Blue Badges to help us understand their prevalence across our school community and to inform decisions about the use of the staff car park by families and visitors. As previously mentioned, we can no longer safely meet the demand for the two disabled parking bays in our staff car park. Parents and carers can therefore no longer drive into the car park unless in exceptional circumstances. Due to the number of families wanting to use the staff car park, it seems that having a Blue Badge is no longer exceptional and the situation is unsafe and unsustainable. If you hold a Blue Badge, we will be asking you to complete a short questionnaire so that we can hopefully find a safe and fair way forward.

Are you registered with the Hertfordshire Family Centre Service? The Hertfordshire Family Centre Service provides services to children and young people and includes Family
Support Services, Health Visiting and School Nursing. A short survey has been developed to understand your experiences of the current service and the support families with young children in Hertfordshire require. Family Centre Service parent feeedback questionnaire.

Last night was disco night! Thank you to FOBS for organising another successful disco event for Bowmansgreen pupils. Both discos were great fun and very well attended. It was lovely to see pupils having such a good time together. Thank you also to the parents, carers and staff who helped out on the night – it couldn’t happen without you!

Stay safe in the sun! Enjoy your weekend.

Coronation Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Coronation celebration yesterday. It was a lovely school community occasion and a great start to the Coronation bank holiday weekend.

Amazingly, the weather held off to ensure that we could be outside, enjoying our time together.

Thank you to Mr Bronstein and the Year 3 trumpeters who performed their fanfares and New King song. You were fantastic!

Thank you also to the FOBS committee and parent and carer volunteers, for being on-hand all afternoon, organising the raffle and refreshments; refereeing the football; picking up litter; helping to clear away and generally mucking-in all afternoon.

Congratulations to the Bailey family who have a new addition to their family – a lovable teddy bear called Louis – who they successfully named, as raffle prize winners.

We really do have an amazing school community and we appreciate the ongoing support and involvement of our families at events like this, that bring us all together.

Enjoy the Coronation and the rest of your long weekend.

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Last Saturday, Circus Sensible came to Bowmansgreen. By all accounts, it was a fantastic day and an occasion to remember. Comments from children, parents and carers reflect how much fun was had on the day. A huge thank you to Angela Duce and the FOBS committee for organising this event and experience for the school community.

The school is lucky to have such an active and well supported FOBS committee and we really appreciate the hard work and commitment that goes into organising such events. Thank you also to the families that offer help and turn out to support these events – it couldn’t be done without you. The fundraising that is generated by FOBS really makes a difference and for which we are very grateful.

The summer term Herts for Learning (HFL) Education online safety newsletter includes a range of guidance, news, links and updates about online safety. This edition features reviews and information about:

    • Moving up to secondary school
    • WhatsApp and BeReal
    • What is YouTube Go Live Together?
    • Dealing with safety concerns

We expect pupils to wear full uniform every day, including footwear and PE kit. Our school uniform policy gives the flexibility of logo and non-logo items but with clear expectations about types of items and colours. Footwear is expected to be plain black shoes or trainers – any visible logos are also expected to be black. Pupils are regularly reminded about appropriate uniform but we rely on parent and carer support and reinforcement to ensure that our policy is adhered to.

At the end of May, we will be holding nearly new uniform ‘sales’ to enable families to stock up on uniform items for free. Dates to follow.

Please ensure that your child does not use the playground equipment before or after school. As staff are not on hand to supervise this play, we ask that you do not allow your child on any of the equipment pieces. This request is to avoid any accidents before or after the school day, when the playgrounds are not monitored or supervised in the same was as during the school day, when your children are in our care. It can be awkward for staff to intervene and speak directly to pupils they see whilst they are in your care but they are following our policies and health and safety guidance so please do not be offended if a member of staff asks your child to come off the equipment.

Next Friday is our Coronation celebration, with pupils encouraged to wear red, white and blue or dress as a king or queen for the day. We look forward to families joining us between 2 – 4pm to get the Coronation bank holiday weekend off to a great start.

Harrison (Y6) was acknowledged in yesterday’s celebration assembly by Mr Sanders, for his contributions to the Bowmansgreen football team and also for his participation and success in his footballing achievements outside of school. To learn that Harrison is one of only 24 players across the district to be part of the St Albans Primary Schools Representative Squad, is certainly something to celebrate. Congratulations, Harrison – what a fantastic achievement! You should be very proud of yourself as we all are of you.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend.

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Eid Mubarak!

Many families within our school community are celebrating Eid. We hope that you enjoy your festivities and family celebrations, during the next few days.

Thank you, if you have kindly responded to Mrs Stanley’s recent request for donations of plants or seeds. Any donations of the following would be much appreciated, to help pupils restore the beds and planters around school and learn to grow their own flowers, fruit and vegetables:
-bags of compost/grow bags
-strawberry plants
-seeds (lettuce, radish, tomato, runner bean, beetroot, rainbow chard, carrot, parsnip, pumpkin, courgette, sunflower, cornflower, meadow/country wild flower… or any other favourite flowers!)

This half-term’s school values are truth and honesty. Monday’s assembly explored the importance of these values and throughout the half-term, staff will be looking out for pupils who are excellent role models in demonstrating these values.

On Wednesday, photographers were at Bowmansgreen to take class photos. They will return later this term to take photos of our school teams and House Captains.

Thank you to the many families who helped create an enormous pile of donations as part of yesterday’s FOBS Bag2School fundraiser. Thank you for supporting this event and joining Mrs Stanley for a cup of coffee, to help raise money for our school.

Recent FOBS fundraising has helped purchase new playground equipment for each Key Stage. The static gym equipment is proving very popular and great fun for pupils across the school. We were able to add some FOBS fundraising to a generous donation from a local resident and former pupil. Thank you everyone!

The FOBS committee are hard at it again today, busy setting up for today’s Circus Sensible at Bowmansgreen. We hope to see lots of families at the workshops and/or shows, joining in the fun and helping to raise more valuable funds to benefit our pupils.

Throughout the week, pupils in Year 5 took part in Bikeability training, learning how to ride their bikes safely on the road. Miss Allen was very proud to have received some extremely positive feedback from the instructors about how supportive and caring pupils were towards each other, especially when individual pupils lacked confidence when facing a new challenge. Well done, children. You should be very proud of yourselves.

After seven and a half-years at Bowmansgreen, yesterday Mrs Rea worked her final day at Bowmansgreen. She will be taking up a new job locally and therefore expects to still see lots of families around in the local community. Pupils said goodbye to Mrs Rea in yesterday’s celebration assembly and she received a steady stream of cards and flowers throughout the day. I am sure that you will join me in thanking her for her hard work and commitment to Bowmansgreen over the years and wish her the best of luck for the future.

Good luck to the Year 5 boys football team, currently taking part in the six-a-side finals this morning!

Enjoy your weekend.

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It was lovely to meet with school councillors again this week, to discuss a range of issues and projects. Lydia, Adam and Aidan shared feedback and discussed their ideas for promoting healthy, breaktime snacks. Next term, the school council is meeting with Herts Catering Limited (HCL) to discuss reducing dining hall waste and meal choices.

First Steps ED are offering four week ‘Skills for Carers’ workshops, which are full of practical tips, scenarios and case studies to help support a loved one with an eating disorder. Sessions are delivered online (via Zoom) over four weeks. The courses are free of charge. Visit the First Steps ED website or contact for more information.

Spaces for the Easter HAPpy camps are going fast! Families who are eligible and are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals should already have their booking code. Any previous codes will not be recognised on the booking system so a new one for Easter is required. The popular HAPpy programme is funded by Hertfordshire County Council via the government’s Holiday Activity and Food programme and coordinated by Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation. It is running more than 200 activity camps from 3rd  April – 14th April 2023 (not bank holidays). The activity camps give eligible children and young people a chance to have fun, meet friends, learn new skills and enjoy nutritious food.
Visit for more information.

The Sandbox is a new online, mental health digital advice and guidance service for 10-25 year olds. The Sandbox is an NHS funded service to support children and young people in Hertfordshire with their mental health and wellbeing. This new free service launches on 1st April 2023 and offers a website with access to games, worksheets, group chats and online events for children, young people, their parents/carers, teachers and other professionals. The Sandbox provides access to internet enabled Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT), or one-to-one support from professional therapists by text, phone, online chat or video call, based on a triage of the child or young person’s needs. Signing up is easy and does not require a referral from a professional.

Hertfordshire Mind Network’s With YOUth Digital Wellbeing Service for 5-18s is another helpful resource to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

There is lots to look forward to after the holiday, with new topics and exciting books to explore; year group trips for some; book swaps; a circus (April 22nd); a Coronation picnic (Friday 5th May, 2pm); and maybe a few SATS tests thrown in for Y2 and Y6 for good measure!

I hope that you enjoy the Easter break…. and don’t get too wet in the April showers!

Please be reminded that pupils return to school on Monday 17th April – there is no INSET day.