A message from Miss Harper

Published by Charlotte Harper on

As the term comes to and end and we all look forward to some rest and recuperation over the summer, I wanted to write to you to share some of my reflections from this year…


I am delighted to have seen the lifting of restrictions following the pandemic, and to see our children (and staff) enjoying a rich range of experiences again. There is no doubt that the series of lockdowns has had a profound impact on many of our pupils and I think we will continue to see the effects of this for a long time to come. However, our children continue to amaze me with their resilience and positivity and I thank you all for your support during these unprecedented and challenging times.


A real highlight for me was being able to take our Y5/6 children to London this year. I wish I had been able to go myself! Seeing the pictures and receiving the updates throughout the visit was wonderful and it was evident that this was a trip of a lifetime for our pupils. Sincerest thanks to all the staff for organising and accompanying this visit, and to the children for representing our schools impeccably.


We are really pleased to see the lovely new fence at Bainbridge which will further enhance our safeguarding measures. We are also looking forward to a toilet refurbishment at Askrigg (watch this space). We have also taken delivery of a class set of new laptops to complement our Chromebook sets and ensure that we meet the curriculum‘s requirement to teach our children to become proficient with a range of software and hardware.

New Staff

We have welcomed a few new members to our team this year: Miss Atkinson, Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Pickard-Sparne, Mrs Walmsley, and Mrs Morgan. They have all quickly become valued members of the BAWB team! We very much look forward to welcoming Miss Telford and Mrs Teasdale in September.


Sadly, we also say goodbye to Mrs Raven this year and I would personally like to thank her so much for everything she has

brought to her role. Mrs Raven is always a calm and capable team player who will be much-missed. We wish her the very best for her retirement and hope she can enjoy some relaxation in amongst new challenges.

We also say goodbye to Zoe, Pippa, and Maizie this year who are moving to pastures new. They are all wonderful young people who have thrived with us and we wish them a bright and successful future.

And of course, we say farewell to our Y6 pupils: Fin, Joseph, Olivia, Maeve, Daisy, Will, Micheala, Clari, Amelia, May, Caelan, Alice, Thia, Willow, Alyssa, Eva, Abigail. As they take the next big step on their education journey, I would like to wish them the happiest and most fulfilling lives as the wonderful young people that they are. I have been here long enough to see these children start in reception and complete their primary school journey. It has been a pleasure and privilege to see them grow. I would wish them luck, but they do not need luck – they just need to be themselves.  

Thank You!

I would like to express my gratitude to all of our children for their hard work, positive attitudes, and superb behaviour. We are always so busy in school so now is the time to stop and remind ourselves what a pleasure and privilege it is to work in this profession. I feel so very proud of every child for their efforts and accomplishments.

Thanks also to our families for your ongoing support and positive engagement with school. We have received some really pleasing feedback this year for which we are really grateful. And last, but by no means least – hugest thanks to every member of our staff team for their incredible hard work and dedication to our children. Teaching is an extremely rewarding profession; so much more so when teachers and support staff put in as much effort as each and every one of our team! Rest, recuperate, and come back ready for another wonderful term.

And finally…

Whether you are looking forward to some quiet time at home, exploring our beautiful country, or jetting off to somewhere hot, I wish you a wonderful, restful, and fun-filled summer.

School’s Out!