25 Years of Service to Sandfield School!

Congratulations to Mrs Donnithorne as she celebrates 25 years working at Sandfield!

This is an incredible achievement.  Over the years, Mrs Donnithorne has seen many changes and worked with many children and staff.  However, one thing that always remains constant is that Sandfield has a special place in her heart.  We thank Mrs Donnithorne for all her hard work, dedication and commitment to the school.  She always strives to go above and beyond and we appreciate all the big and little things that she does for us all.

We all hope that Mrs Donnithorne enjoys her special day.

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Year 5 & 6 Football Team

Yesterday the Sandfield Year 5 & 6 football team competed against 12 other Guildford schools in the Danone Football Tournament.

It was a very competitive tournament and our football team played with courage, skill, showing great teamwork and resilience.  We were proud of every single member of the team.  There were some amazing runs up the wings, fantastic goal scoring and great saves.  The team captain, Will, did a brilliant job as Captain, organising the team, making sure they were all in space. The team came fourth overall and they are already looking forward to the next match.

A big thank you to Coach Mohammed, who enthuses and trains the team so well and to all the parents who came along to support.  A great effort!

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Kind regards
Mrs Collins and The Sandfield Team


Children in Celebration Assembly this week were:

Year R: Harriet and Aydin and welcome to Reception class!
Year 1: Jeremy and Jonathan
Year 2: Zac and Winter
Year 3: Tallulah and Tom
Year 4: Barnaby and Adrian
Year 5: Tobias and Lubna
Year 6: Viktor and Kimberley

Well done Badge


Attendance Policy Reminder

Please can we remind parents that the school must be notified by 9.15am each day that a child is absent as per the attendance policy. If a call is not received and we are unable to make contact with you further steps to investigate can be taken and could result in a home visit from the school or the police. We need to make sure everyone is safe.

Children in all year groups need to be signed in and out of the school via the school office if they are leaving during the school day, by an adult. Children must not be left at the school gates to come in on their own during the school day, this includes if they are late to school.

Medical appointments should be made outside of school hours for routine dentist and doctor appointments wherever possible. For any medical / well-being appointments during school hours a StudyBugs message can be accepted in advance. Evidence of the appointment will still need to be provided via email (

A StudyBugs message can also be used for secondary visit absences.

An Application for Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstances should be completed for any absence, other than illness. This should be done online via the form on the parent page of the school website. This must be done in advance of the requested absence allowing time for an electronic response by the Headteacher. Leave of absence is not authorised during examination periods or at the beginning or end of terms.

Punctuality to school is crucial and for registration at the beginning of the day. Lateness into school causes disruption to that individual’s learning and to that of the other pupils in the class. It is paramount therefore that all pupils arrive at school on time. The school gates are open from 8.35 to 8.45am and registration takes place as children arrive and up to 8.50am. Pupils who arrive after this time will be recorded as late to school and receive a late mark in the register. Registers close at 9.05am and after this time lateness is recorded as an unauthorised absence and a missed session. Persistent lateness of a pupil will be referred to the Home School Link Worker and/or the Local Authority Inclusion Officer and can be subject to penalty notices.

We appreciate that unavoidable circumstances can happen and that this would mean a child being late into school. If there are exceptional circumstances which mean your child is going to be frequently late then this needs to be discussed with the Headteacher. Thanks for your support.

Just to remind parents that if they take their children out of school without authority for 5 or more days (which do not need to be consecutive), they will be liable to receive a penalty notice. Currently the amount payable under a penalty notice is £60.00 per parent per child if paid within 21 days.  Thereafter the amount increases to £120.00 if paid between 21 and 28 days. If the penalty notice remains unpaid after 28 days, the Local Authority will consider a prosecution in the Magistrates Court. Please note that penalty notices are issued per parent per child so a family of two parents and two children will receive 4 penalty notices.

Please refer to the full attendance policy if you would like any further clarification of the above which can be found on the school website.

The school target for this year 2022-2023 has been set by the Surrey County Council Inclusion Team and is 97%

This week the whole school achieved 96.2%.

Attendance Clock


Sandfield Padlet – Courses, Workshops and Information for Parents

Our Padlet lists the school’s main digital resources and some recommended resources from the Inclusion and Pastoral team. This is aimed at all our parents and carers and is a live platform that staff will continue to update.

There are also lots of courses and workshops on offer to all parents, carers and families.  To see what is available, including free cookery classes and supporting your child with reading from Surrey Family Learning etc. please look at the Sandfield Padlet, there is lots of information available for everyone along with local events!

Click here for information on Community Links and Media at Sandfield

EAL Coffee Morning

Our next coffee morning for all parents and carers with English as an Additional Language is next week on Wednesday 09/11/2022 at 8:45am.  All are very welcome to come along for a coffee and a chat!

Inclusion Team Useful Links

Sandfield Padlet >>
Young Carers >>


Confirmed Sports Events

Please ensure that consent forms for squad members are completed as soon as possible.  This helps us enormously with planning transport.

Many thanks, Coach Mohammed


Letters Sent Home

To see copies of any letters sent home regarding general information, trips, events etc. please click here>>

Please check the calendar at the end of this newsletter for club information and important dates.


PTA Committee:  We urgently need the following for the Committee for the PTA:
3 Trustees: this is a low-maintenance role which is mostly administrative.
Co-Treasurer: to work alongside Esmat (Cyrus’s and Lockhart’s mum).
Secretary: mainly administrative, minute taking etc.

Please let Mrs Collins know if you would like to discuss any of these vital roles further or would like to volunteer!

Sandfield PTA AGM: Revised date tbc . All parents and carers are very welcome! If you are interested in any of the above roles or have any other ideas, please email, or catch Emma and Nick at school.

Christmas Cards and Tea Towels: Christmas cards are all back and have been sent out to classes.  Please note that all orders and payment is online.  Children are all busily drawing their faces for the tea towels this week!

Our next fundraising event is the Christmas Fair on 3rd December.  We will need lots of help organising this very popular event, please let your Class Rep know if you can help.

Many thanks
Sandfield PTA



First week back has been fantastic for Reception! We delve deep into our book, Funny Bones, which ran throughout all of our areas in the classroom. We re-enacted the story in our small world area and had to put the skeleton’s bones back together again using the song from the book to help us! In the afternoons, we tried out different percussion instruments to tap, rattle, drum and shake along to the skeleton song as well! In art, we made our own little skeletons using cotton buds and loads of slimy pva glue. 

In literacy, we discussed the main characters and settings and we used our phonics sounds to try to spell out CVC words, using picture/ word mats to help us.  

We made a variety of potions in the water area, mixing different coloured water and other gruesome ingredients to make the ultimate concoction.  

As part of our autumn theme, we investigated the anatomy of pumpkins! We looked closely at the skin, pulp, seeds, size and variety of pumpkins throughout the week. We got stuck in with our senses of touch, sight, smell and even taste.  

REMINDER: P.E days for Reception Class is Friday.

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A great start to the new term this week, as children all returned enthusiastic to learn again after their holiday.

In Science this week, Year 1 have been looking at animal groups and are fascinated to learn about all the features of amphibians! In Year 2 we have been doing some science experiments inspired by our topic of Alice in Wonderland. Well done Year 1 and Year 2.

Reminder: PE days for Year 1 is Monday and Year 2 is Tuesday.

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The children in Year 3 and Year 4 came back raring to go and we have been impressed with how quickly they have settled after their half term break!

This week we have finished writing diary entries written as Cinnamon from the book we’ve been using and have looked at alphabetical order to help find words in a dictionary.  

In DT we have started a new project to design and create a pencil case or purse with a paisley pattern.  Do you like our tiger sketches and poems from last half term?

Reminders: PE on Wednesday (outside) & Thursday indoors (shorts and t-shirts will also be needed)

Year 4 String Scheme takes place every Friday, please ensure all instruments are in school.

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We are completing our topic ‘Big Write’ this week on the controversial, historical figure Edward Colston. We’ve written a newspaper article outlining the events surrounding the vandalism and destruction of his statue in Bristol.  Our background research has shown that he was heavily linked to the slave trade from Africa to America via Bristol. The children have really enjoyed being news reporters for the week!

REMINDER: P.E. days for Year 5 is Tuesday and Wednesday and Year 6 is Tuesday & Thursday.

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See Calendar as a List

December 2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Morning Club
  • Boogie Pumps Dance Club for Years R, 1 & 2
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Sport4Kids Dodgeball KS2
  • Mufti Day for Wine & Chocloates for the Winter Fair
  • Morning Club
  • KS1 Nativity Dress Rehearsal to Whole School and Castle Nursery
  • Year 4 String Scheme End of Term Concert
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Sandfield Winter Fair
  • Morning Club
  • Create Club Years R, 1 & 2 - After School Club
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Sport4Kids Football Club for Year 3 & 4 Football
  • Morning Club
  • Performance of The KS1 Nativity - Adults Only
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Homework Club - Invitation Only
  • Sport4Kids Basketball KS2
  • Morning Club
  • EAL Coffee Morning for Parents and Carers
  • ComputerXplorers - Years 5 & 6
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Sport4Kids Multisports for Years Reception, 1 & 2
  • Morning Club
  • Performance of The KS1 Nativity - Parents, Siblings & Guildford Children's Centre
  • Boogie Pumps Dance Club for Years R, 1 & 2
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Sport4Kids Dodgeball KS2
  • Morning Club
  • Year 2 Visit to see The Snowman
  • Year 4 String Scheme
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Morning Club
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Morning Club
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Homework Club - Invitation Only
  • Whole School Christmas Dinner
  • Morning Club
  • Carol Service - Holy Trinity Church
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • Morning Club
  • Home Club with Sport4Kids
  • End of Term - School ends at 1:30pm today
  • Morning Club
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Sport4Kids Half Term Camp
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Sport4Kids Half Term Camp
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Sport4Kids Half Term Camp
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Sport4Kids Half Term Camp
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Sport4Kids Half Term Camp
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils
  • Christmas Holidays - School is closed to all pupils