From the Heads

We hope that you enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend and the precious family time this offered. We had a truly magnificent time at our King’s Coronation party hosted by the PFA with lots of opportunities to socialise and catch up with friends and family. We are very much looking forward to further events which are being planned this term.

Our Year 6 students are straight into SATs exams this week alongside senior French exams and maths challenges. We wish all taking part the very best of luck and we would like to take this opportunity to say how proud we are of everyone.

Preparations are underway to improve our driveway and parking. We have already communicated that work will start this week, ahead of schedule and we apologise once more for any inconvenience this may cause.

We do hope that you are able to join us this Friday to support our Mini Marathon and Guiness World Record attempt. We are working hard to reach a target of £250 fundraising in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital and with £80 raised so far, we have some way to go. We would be grateful for any sponsorship large or small, every penny will make a huge difference to the children the charity supports. Please see below for the individual class timings of each run and we hope to see you there.

Mr Gavin Franklin and Mrs Jo Parpworth

JDRM Gavin Portraits-2

School Last Week

Y1 Trip to Dover Motor Museum

The children (and adults) enjoyed a fascinating trip to The Dover Motor Museum. It was a sunny day so as well as exploring vehicles inside the children were able to travel on a mini train outside and spray the hose on an old fire engine. The museum has so many interesting old shop fronts, motorcycles, buses and vintage motor cars and the knowledgeable volunteers answered the many and varied questions put to them. It was a really informative day that has really enhanced our history topic this term.


Coronation Party

We would like to send a huge thank you to the hard working volunteers within our PFA. The King’s Coronation Party was a huge success and we would like to say an extra special thank you to Mrs Montila and Mrs Burden for their choreography of the Lion King dance performance. It was a whole school effort which was appreciated by everyone who came to watch. We are extremely proud of the King’s Coronation artwork which has been installed in our wildlife garden to be enjoyed by all in years to come. It was wonderful to relax and socialise in each other’s company; a great way to start the Bank Holiday weekend.

Year 7 Mini Golf Broadstairs

Year 7 enjoyed a trip to Broadstairs last week where they took part in a game of mini golf with Mr Parfitt and Mrs Parpworth. It was a fun team building experience for all and a perfect way to build relationships ahead of next year.

Academic Success

We are delighted to report that Raf Cable (Year 8) has been awarded the highest academic scholarship to The King’s School, Canterbury – a superb achievement in such a competitive and rigorous process. Very well done, Raf.

School This Week

Team of the Week

Each week, a group of pupils are recognised for their efforts to enjoy squash, cake or cookies with Mr and Mrs Franklin during a break time. This week, many congratulations go to our Year 1 and 2 footballers who won the Thanet football festival. Well done to Reuben S, Raf S, Lucas A, Reggie S, Freddie M and Remy W.

Year 7 & 8 Maths Challenge, Sutton Valence

On Thursday afternoon, our top mathematicians from Year 7 & 8 look forward to pitting themselves against students from other Kent independent schools in the annual Maths challenge competition at Sutton Valence School. Very best of luck to our two teams of: Wilbur Henry, Freya Ralph, Felix Burtterfill and Tate Sheppard (Year 7) and Raf Cable, Max Miller, Grace Flowers and Kerry Kong.

SATS Week and Year 6 Clip & Climb Trip

Good luck to Year 6 who are sitting their SATs exams this week. We are very proud of everyone involved and for all their hard work during their primary school years. As a reward, Year 6 will be taken to Clip & Climb on Friday afternoon by Ms Elliott.

South East Regional Swimming Championships

We are delighted to have qualified for this event, following our county success in both the freestyle and medley relays. We would like to wish our team of Ava H, Joshua E, Thara A and Rupert R the very best of luck in representing and congratulate them for all they have achieved to reach this stage.

Mini Marathon Fundraiser

This Friday, we are holding a Mini Marathon at WHD to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.  Each child taking part will run/walk a mile alongside other children taking part in schools across the UK.  The event aims to break a Guinness World Record for the ‘The most pledges received for an exercise campaign in one month’.  The current record is: 241,675 people.  

The run will take place on the field which leads onto the orchard.  Parents are welcome to spectate during the event and cheer the children on.  Please see below the timings for each year group:



Year 3 and 4


Year 1 and 2


Year 5,6,7,8



Please support the children in their fundraising efforts by visiting: our fundraising page.  Thank you!

Reading volunteers

We are currently looking for reading volunteers to work with a chosen class for weekly reading sessions. We are very lucky to have a number of parents and retired staff who work with us on a voluntary basis to boost daily reading. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Mrs Parpworth or Mrs Murray to discuss this further.

Pre-Prep Values Awards


Phoebe for being kind in class and doing really well in handwriting.

Margot for always showing respect and for super progress in phonics.

Year 1 

Joseph Wake for excellent demonstration of his understanding in lessons and for always volunteering high quality answers posed to the class when learning about a new topic, especially in history.

Mia Low for being such a kind and respectful young lady to everyone she sees. Mia continues to demonstrate all of the school values on a daily basis.

Year 2

Freddie Spencer for showing respect and kindness to others. He worked really hard to overcome his anxieties whilst learning the Coronation dance and showed perseverance and determination to succeed. 


Aziza Foster-Troy for working hard in class, giving her full attention to learning and demonstrating an ability to produce work of a high standard. 


Year 3

Oliver Eve and Kody Simpson  – both for working hard on time  in maths and challenging themselves to work out times on a 24 hour clock and why that is important.

Prep Values Awards

Year 4 

Emmy for showing immense courage and maturity.

Year 5 

Caitlin for a fabulous start to her term at WHD.

Year 6 

Raksiga Rajakumar and Ava Harris – for continuing to demonstrate the traits of kindness and respect.

Year 7 

Platon for his kindness, good humour and exceptional mini golf skills!

Year 8 

Anaia – For showing leadership and maturity in cricket and her studies.

School Calendar

Please click here and scroll through for the most up to date calendar of events for the term.


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Matches This Week

2.00pm start unless otherwise stated

Wednesday, 10th May

Cricket v Northbourne Park: 2nd XI (a)

Cricket v Northbourne Park: Girls U13 A (a)

Cricket v St Edmund’s: Girls U11 A (a)

Cricket v St Edmund’s: Girls U11 B (a)

Cricket v St Lawrence: Boys U11 A (h)

Cricket v St Lawrence: Boys U11 B (h)

Saturday, 13th May

Cricket v Kent College: Girls U13 A (h) 1:30pm

Cricket v Junior King’s: 1st XI (h)

Cricket v Junior King’s: 2nd XI (a)

South East Regional Swimming Championships

Please always refer to the website calendar as it is the most up-to-date place to check for fixture changes and locations.

If your child has been selected for a fixture, we will communicate with you prior to the fixture with information regarding the recommended pick up time from Wellesley HD.


No Matches Last Week


Cricket Thomas Cup v Harvey Grammar: 1st XI

Lost by 2 runs

Cricket v Junior King’s: Girls U13 A 

Won by 10 runs

Cricket v Northbourne Park: U11 A

Lost by 26 runs













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