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The End of Term 6 and the academic year 2019-2020


Here we are at the end of a strange and unexpected academic year. The staff and Governors of ERPS would like to thank each and every parent for the hard work and dedication you have shown over the past 4 months. We recognise that home schooling your child/children has been tough. Nevertheless, you made the most of each day and never gave up. You should all feel very proud of yourself for what you have achieved.


It’s time to say a sad farewell to our Year 6 children, who have been absolutely amazing. They have grown into independent and creative young people and we have been extremely lucky to have taught such a wonderful class. Good luck Year 6 and please come back to see us soon. You are off to do bigger and better things, but you will always have Ethelbert Road memories.


We look forward to seeing everyone in September and welcoming our new Reception children to ERPS. Have a well deserved summer rest and thank you for all your kindness and support.


Michele Kirkbride 

Welcome to Term 6

I hope you all had a wonderful break and managed to enjoy some sunshine. We are now in Term 6 and have welcomed some of our children back in Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 and continue to support those of you who are still at home. It seems very strange having only a few children return, however we all understand we need to be cautious and have to continue to keep everyone as safe as we can.

For those of you who are continuing to home school, please remember you are doing an amazing job. The activities we have placed on the website are the same activities we are using in school. We understand the pressures you are under and would like to emphasis that you should only do what you can, when you can. The staff at ERPS are highly skilled and will work tirelessly to support your children to catch up when we all return.


We are currently working on plans for a possible return in September, which will be shared with you all once they have been finalised. In the meantime, if you need any wellbeing support please take a look at the resources on our Mental Health and Wellbeing page.

Please keep in touch and continue to send your photographs and messages to the teachers through my email address: We love seeing what you are doing.


Take care,


Michele Kirkbride 

Thank you for all the entries to our Great Ethelbert Road Bake Off 2020. The winners will be announce soon.

The Great Ethelbert Road Bake Off 2020

Thank You Staff

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In true Ethelbert style the Governors decided to make a thank you video for our school staff. Instead of writing a letter of thanks, they decided to say a personal thank you to each and every member of staff for their commitment to the school over the past few months. We would like to share this video with you.

Hi Ethelberters!

Week beginning 25th May is half term so please have a break from home learning and enjoy some quality family time together. We hope that this lovely weather continues and that you keep safe and well.

We have noticed that people seem to be baking more than ever during lockdown so......we are thrilled announce the 2020 edition of the Great Ethelbert Road Bake Off! 
Anyone is welcome to enter. All of you - plus your parents, guardians, teachers, even grandparents...the more the merrier!

All entries will be uploaded for you to browse and to give you inspiration! Have a good look at the lovely poster below.

On your marks. Get set. BAKE!

We'll Meet Again

ERPS's VE Day Celebration


Unfortunately, we did not get to have our VE Day celebration together on Thursday. However in great Ethelbert style our school was transformed with bunting, flags, posters made by the children, plants and of course, teas and cake!


Although you are all keeping yourself safe at home we wanted to share this celebration with you and to mark this amazing day in great Ethelbert style.


Thank you to Mrs West, Mrs Willis, Mrs Steer and Mrs Clegg for making sure our school garden looked so beautiful for the VE Day celebration.


We hope you enjoy the film and be assured

'We'll Meet Again!'


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Hello Ethelberters!

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The staff at ERPS were missing the children so much they decided to make a video. We hope this puts a smile on your face, lets you know how much we are missing you all and reminds you that we are here for you!

Together We Thrive!

Welcome to Term 5

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and managed to enjoy some sunshine. We are now in Term 5 and the teachers have been busy preparing exciting learning for your children. You are all doing a fantastic job educating your child at home, but please remember these are suggested activities and you must only do what you can. We are here to support you with the learning, however please be mindful that during these extraordinary times enjoying time together as a family and wellbeing is as important as learning. If you need any wellbeing support please take a look at the resources on our Mental Health and Wellbeing page, or contact me via email. I can pass any worries or questions to Mrs Cornall. 

Please keep in touch and continue to send your photographs and messages to the teachers through my email address: We love seeing what you are doing. 

Remember to stay in touch, stay at home and stay safe. If there is anything I can help you with please do not hesitate to ask.


Love and best wishes,


Michele Kirkbride 


The School Public Health service is operating in a different way. Following Public Health England guidelines we have reduced our face-to-face contacts, as part of the national efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus. We have also reduced our services so that we can support other frontline NHS services.

The School Public Health Team has created some FAQs for schools and parents or carers:

Easter Update Letter to Parents

Dear Ethelberters,


As the Easter Holidays begin, the staff and I would like to thank you for all the lovely messages of support and gratitude you have sent in, the fantastic updates on home learning and the brilliant videos and photographs. You have all done an amazing job working alongside the teachers to educate our Ethelbert children!  


We feel that over Easter it is very important that the children have a break and there is a clearly defined difference between the School Term Time and the Holiday Time. With this in mind we will not be uploading any more work until Term 5 begins. We would however like to encourage you all to continue with reading over this break, so we have devised an Easter Reading Challenge for you to do. Information can be found on the Class Pages.


All of the educational games can still be found in the Class Pages, so if you did want to do some work during this break you can still access these fun activities. Mrs Fulton is running a gymnastics competition you may choose to do and Mr Atkins is looking into setting up a TT Rock Star battle with Ospringe School! When Term Time resumes the teachers will be updating the weekly home learning for you all again.  


The staff and I would like to wish you and your family a healthy and happy Easter and look forward to working with you in Term 5. I am on call during the Easter Holidays so if you need anything please just email, or in an emergency phone the emergency number.


Take care, stay safe and remember 'Together We Thrive'.

Love and best wishes,

Michele Kirkbride

Year 1’s Mini Marathon

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Some of the year 1 children did a collective mini marathon after their parents did a collective full marathon on Sunday. They went one by one, kept in touch via video and tagged each other (via Whats App). The children were an inspiration, showing it’s possible to work together, even though they are apart. Well done everyone!

Our Ethelbert Road Spirit

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We woke up yesterday to the news our school would be closing. In true Ethelbert Road spirit the choir came to school that morning at 8am and sung their hearts out. It lifted our spirits, made us cry with pride and helped us realise things would be okay. We are a family, a family that cares about each other and will support each other during these difficult times. Together we thrive!