Reading Volunteers


We have been running a very successful reading volunteer programme for a number of years as part of our drive to continue to raise standards in reading at Chalkwell Hall Junior School.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered in the past.   We would again like to request volunteers to assist in listening to the children read. We have children who would benefit from the opportunity to read aloud more often to an adult to help develop their skills. Time is always precious at school and extra adults being available to listen to our children read would really boost their skills.


So that we can best fit volunteers to the year groups where we can utilise them most effectively, could you please let us know which days and times you would be available to come in to school and how often by ticking the boxes in the table in the letter available below. Also, could you please indicate which class your child is in.  We do not place Parents/Carers in the same class, or even the same year group if possible, as their child as we find this can be disruptive for the child.


Once the replies have been received we will get back to you with dates that we would like you to come into school.


Thank you again for offering your time and we look forward to having you in school soon.


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PTA Curry Night

The PTA would like to invite you to their first event of the year; the annual curry night fundraiser, supported by the Taj Mahal.


Date:       Tuesday 8th October 2019

Time:      7:30pm for 8pm start.

Venue:   Taj Mahal, Leigh Road SS9 1JN

Price:      £14.00 per person (all you can eat buffet style meal)


The Taj Mahal will be offering a buffet style evening meal with their most popular dishes including Chicken Tikka, Chicken Korma, Chicken Bhuna teamed with Pilau Rice, Bombay Potatoes, Onion Bhaji, Naan Bread, Salad and sauces.


Drinks will be available to buy, in addition to the meal price above, at the bar.  There will also be a raffle on the night so please remember some extra money.


We hope you are able to attend and look forward to spending a fun filled night with you!


Please complete the attached form and return with full payment in an envelope marked ‘PTA CURRY NIGHT’ by Friday 4th October to ensure your space.


We take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support with the PTA events that enable us to raise funds for our schools.


Click here for the link to the letter

Newsletter – 13th September 2019

A very busy first full week back at school finished with a flourish as Roald Dahl Day took over. Fantastic outfits, some incredible creations and a whole lot of fun celebrating one of our favourite authors!

Conkers before and after school club has been celebrating the 10th anniversary of opening at Chalkwell Hall Schools. The after school club opened on the 10th September 2009 to a small number of children and has grown over that time to 80 spaces available each day to families of the schools providing fun for the children and affordable childcare for parents.

This week the children took part in activities that included a treasure hunt, water play, using cornflour in the playground and an assault course on the new wooden play equipment. On display outside the entrance of the Conker clubs is a collage the children have created which includes a birthday cake and a conker tree with the leaves made from the children’s handprints. Congratulations to Mrs Roe and her team for making it such a success over the last 10 years!



Please do not bring dogs onto the school premises (this includes the car park and playground). Please do not tie your dog to the railings or allow them to obstruct the entrances to the school. No matter how gentle your animal is, some of our children are very scared of the dogs.


As always at this time of year, we have children returning to school having had their ears pierced. The advice from Southend Primary School Sports Association is that all jewellery should be removed by the child themselves for all PE lessons. If that cannot happen then the teacher will make a call on whether the activity can be adapted to be safe for the individual child. Taping them up and carrying on regardless is not really an option, particularly in team sports or activities where there is a risk of contact. Where safe participation cannot be assured then the pupil cannot take part in that element of the lesson.



PTA News

Hope you have settled back into the morning school run routine and a sense of normality has returned following the summer break! We have an action packed Autumn Term, so if you would like to get involved helping the PTA please email We are excited to welcome new energy and ideas, so please get in touch! Together, let’s make this year even bigger and better!


We are pleased to announce that we have managed to reserve amazing discounted tickets to PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL at Piccadilly Theatre, London on Thursday 7th May 2020, 7.30pm. Tickets will cost a fabulous discounted £38 per person (normally £83 per person from the box office. To purchase your tickets, please use our PTA events website,


We are again offering discounted tickets to the wonderful Christmas experience ADVENTURE WONDERLAND AT ADVENTURE ISLAND; it’s bigger and better than ever before and only £25 each (£50 on the day) – now available to buy via our events page . Each ticket includes unlimited access to 4 Fun-tastic indoor rides, plus 5 outdoor rides (including Rage), Adventure Inside soft play, arts & crafts at the Post Office, meeting Snowie Ted, the trail through the incredible “Christmasville” grotto where you’ll get to meet the big man himself and a choice of toy from the Toy Factory!!! Adventure Wonderland is packed with Christmas magic every good boy and girl will love.


CASH4COINS collections will be starting soon in each classroom, so please dig out your left over foreign currency from your holidays and/or any UK coins or notes to add to your child’s class collection. The class with the heaviest amount will win a prize and Cash4Coins will turn all the old, new, foreign and U.K. coins into much needed funds for our schools. Last year we raised £354.75, so let’s try to beat it!!!


CURRY NIGHT will be held at the Taj Mahal on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30pm, everyone is welcome. It is a great opportunity to spend time with friends or make some new ones! Letters will be coming home with your children shortly with full details.


QUIZ NIGHT will be held in the school dining hall on Friday 8th November and will cost £5 per person. We are pleased to welcome back our hosts the fabulous Clips ‘n’ Pieces, so put it in the diary and book your babysitters! Letters will be sent home with children ASAP.

Don’t forget to like us on FaceBook – PTA CHS, as full details of all events are listed.


Attendance matters

This week there were 25 times when a child arrived late to school. Of course there are times when this is unavoidable due to traffic or an emergency but if children are regularly late to school it has a detrimental effect on their learning.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Thursday 19th September 2019 Year 6 Weights and Measures
Friday 20th September 2019 Nuclear Races Year 5
Saturday 21st September 2019 11+ test
23rd -27th September 2019 Kingswood residential trip Year 6
Friday 4th October 2019 Flu Immunisation Day
Week of 16th October 2019 Parent teacher consultations
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5DS Class assembly
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 2:30pm 6RM Class assembly
Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5JT Class assembly



West Ham v Tottenham Ladies Premier League match – 29th September 2019

We have had 200 tickets kindly donated to us by MuchBetter for the West Ham v Tottenham Ladies Premier League match at West Ham’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday 29th September 2019.


It promises to be a great day out, with fun for the whole family at the Fanzone, which will be open next to the stadium from 11am. There, supporters can enjoy inflatables, five-a-side games and other football activities – the perfect chance for junior Hammers to show off their skills!


Supporters will also have the chance to meet a member of the men’s first-team squad for autographs and selfies at the Stadium Store from 11.30am.


Tickets will be available on a first come first served basis, up to a maximum of 6 tickets per order, with a deadline for applications of this Friday the 13th so that we can process orders in time.


If you would like tickets, please fill out the form in the letter below stating how many and your child’s class.


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Roald Dahl Day – 13th September 2019

As in previous years, we will be celebrating Roald Dahl day on Friday 13th September 2019.


Throughout the day the children will be taking part, in different ways, to celebrate the day and embrace the work of Roald Dahl – a firm family favourite!


We should be very grateful if the children could also join in the celebration by doing one of the following for the day:


  1. Dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl character (a firm favourite with the staff – they love to dress up!).
  2. Make an object from a Roald Dahl story to share with your class – could this clue help your friends and teachers guess which story you are thinking about?
  3. Re-design your favourite Roald Dahl story book cover. Will you choose to draw in the style of Quentin Blake or create your own style?


We appreciate that the day is not far away, so we thought that giving more options on ways to celebrate together would be beneficial (please do not panic about buying or making a costume if you do not have time – as a parent myself I know exactly how that feels!).


Thank you for your support.

Newsletter – 6/9/19

Welcome back one and all! It was lovely to see how keen and happy the children were to come charging through the gates yesterday morning – their enthusiasm is fantastic. We say a warm welcome to all our new Year 3 families and also to some new staff. Mr Baldwin has joined us in the Year 4 team and we also have Miss Palmer, Miss Hume-Gilmore, Mrs Porter and Miss Hyam joining us as Learning Support Assistants. Mr Birkinshaw isn’t new but he does officially start his new role as Assistant Headteacher (Lead for Year 3, maths and SEN) this term. We also have lovely news to celebrate and say congratulations to Mr Smale, who got married over the summer break, and to Miss Winders who is expecting a baby!


We have had a lot done over the summer, new windows around the whole building, a new classroom built for 5JW and some new play equipment for the children in the playground, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our hard-working PTA supported by our community.


We are looking forward to another busy and successful year – the calendar is already filling up with events, trips and, of course, dressing up days! We are starting with Roald Dahl day next week and Mrs Walkom has sent out a letter explaining how children can choose to get involved. You don’t need to go out and buy any fancy dress outfits at short notice, there are other options for getting involved if your dressing up box isn’t already overflowing:


  1. Dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl character (a firm favourite with the staff – they love to dress up!)
  2. Make an object from a Roald Dahl story to share with your class – could this clue help your friends and teachers guess which story you are thinking about?
  3. Re-design your favourite Roald Dahl story book cover. Will you choose to draw in the style of Quentin Blake or create your own style?


A reminder from our office team. Please could all new parents sign up with SIMS PAY as it makes paying for school dinners (£2.30) and things like trips much easier. If you need any help in doing this please contact the office team.

Dates for your diary 2018-2019  
11th September 2019 at 6:00pm Kingswood final meeting
Week of 16th October 2019 Parent teacher consultations
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5DS Class assembly
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 2:30pm 6RM Class assembly
Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5JT Class assembly


Music Lessons – Year 4

Music lessons are available for keyboard, guitar, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, and music theory. Registration for this half term is now open, with lessons due to begin on the 16th September 2019.


Group lessons run for half an hour and cost £5 each. These are ideal for casual learners or beginners, or as an extra musical activity for those already receiving lessons outside of school.


One to one tuition costs £17 per 30-minute lesson. This is a better option for those who wish to take their instrument more seriously and can include the option of working towards graded exams.


Tuition is booked upfront on a half termly basis, with five lessons typically offered in that time.

All lessons take part during school hours.


Taking up an instrument can provide a pathway to perform in orchestra, with live performances throughout the year in venues such as the Palace Theatre and Cliffs Pavilion. If your child is already having music lessons outside of school but is interested in joining orchestra, please do get in touch.


Students must be prepared to commit to regular practice at home and must remember to bring their learning materials to every lesson.


With the exception of keyboards, instruments are available for hire on request from the school.


For more information and to register your interest please visit


If you have any queries, please contact me directly at

Newsletter – 19th July 2019

We are drawing closer to the end of the year but there is still so much going on in school.

We had a visit from Kirk Edwards in assembly on Monday and are delighted that we have been recognised for our commitment to primary school sport by the SPSSA (Southend Primary School Sports Association) and have been awarded the “School Of The Year” trophy. We have had a fantastic year in competitions but this award also recognises how hard we work to give as many pupils as possible the chance to represent school and the brilliant attitude that our young athletes show when they are competing. Go Team Chalkwell – we couldn’t be prouder!

Our talented artists had their designs used at last week’s Village Green. The flag designs were displayed at The N-Act Theatre Tent on Saturday. 100 of their pictures were scanned onto fabric in order to hang them, and the other flags were all presented in folders for people to look through. There are lots of pictures on our Facebook page of the fantastic designs.

Our last serious sports fixture saw us enter two teams of girls into the SUFC football tournament. They both played really well, despite the rain, and ended up facing each other in the final. The game was so close that it had to be decided by penalties and Chalkwell came away with 1st place and runners up! Well done girls, a great end to a very impressive year of sport!

This week we have also had some fun matches taking place with parents taking on our champion netballers and the staff taking on the champion cricketers and footballers. I think the children showed the adults how it should be done in most cases!

We have just received our End of Key Stage 2 (SATs) results. Our whole school results are based upon the percentage of pupils scoring at or above the 100 mark after they are standardised. They are another great, and continually improving, set of results that puts us way above national averages. We are very proud of how hard all the children in school work and how well our staff help them to learn. Below are Chalkwell Hall’s results compared to the 2018 or 2019 national averages (not all of the 2019 data is available yet). Well done all!


  Reading GPS Maths Writing Combined R/W/M
At Expected Standard 100+ (2019 National average in brackets) 82% (73%) 88% (78%) 90%


93% (78%) 78%


Greater Depth/Exceeding 110+ (2018 National average in brackets) 39% (28%) 52% (34%) 51%


36% (20%) 23%


Average scaled score (2019 National average in brackets) 106.8







And finally from me this week, a reminder for parents to please make sure that all dinner money and Conkers fees are paid up by the end of term and some important news from Leigh Cricket Club. As most of the school seems to head over to the park on the final day of school they have asked us to let you know that the clubhouse bar will be open should you be in need of some refreshment!

Governor news – Mrs Sanders

What a year it’s been, with all the trips and activities, the sports achievements and all the extra-curricular clubs. Plus there have been all the other opportunities for the children to take place in competitions outside the school – drama, dance, music and so on. 

 Then there have been the incredible efforts of the PTA – parents, teachers and other staff who’ve worked so hard over the year creating fabulous events for our children. I feel we’re so fortunate to have such parents and staff who give up their time to organise these events. Most recently, of course, we had the school fete, and it was great to see the Junior and the Infant schools coming together to put on this wonderful afternoon for the whole school community and beyond. Thanks too are due to the individuals involved in organising the current Year 6 leavers’ events. Finally, a huge thank you goes out to all the teachers who’ve done such a fantastic job and who’ve put in so much over the year, and to everyone else at the school who has worked away behind the scenes. Have a great summer.

PTA news

What a fantastic year we have had fundraising with the most wonderful events including Curry Night, Cash4Coins, 2 Quiz Nights, Pre-Loved Uniform Sales, an amazing Christmas Fayre with ice skating, Santa’s Grotto, 2 Christmas Bazaars, Junior Movie Night, Infant Movie Afternoon, Festive Fun Run, Easter Eggstravaganza, Bunny Hop, Go Bonkers and the Summer Fete!! Following the success of last year, we have also offered discounted theatre tickets to over 20 fabulous shows in London’s West End and locally at the Cliffs Pavilion. Our sincerest thank yous go to everyone who has kindly donated, volunteered and supported us; we couldn’t do it without you!!! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the fundraising and hope you have too!!!

WE NEED YOU! We would love you to join us bringing new energy and new ideas. So even if you are a bit unsure please email and you can have a chat with one of us about the PTA. Currently we only have 6 active members; 4 who are working too. It can be fun, it can be hard work but it is incredibly rewarding. Come on, you know you want to!  Our AGM will be held in September (date to be confirmed), where everyone is welcome and committee members will be elected; we hope to see you then.

Don’t forget you can purchase your discounted tickets for Adventure Island throughout the Summer Holidays at Coulson James on Leigh Broadway.   Green £13 / Blue £16

Contact us:         Like us on FaceBook: PTA CHS

 Visit our events website to purchase available discounted theatre tickets:

 Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%   This week there were 40 lates.


Dates for your diary 2018-2019  
Leavers Assembly Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 1.45pm
Leavers Disco Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019
Non-pupil days 3rd & 4th September 2019
Non-pupil days 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020


Thank you for your continued support.


Newsletter – 12th July 2019

A lovely week topped off with a sunny day for our visit to Village Green 2019. The whole school trooped over early today to make sure we got the best seats in the house to watch our talented singers and dancers perform on the main stage. All our groups performed superbly in front of a huge audience with a festival atmosphere. Each class had the chance to try out many different activities or workshops and soak up some sun. A fantastic experience for them all – well done!

Our Boccia and Curling team visited Prince Avenue, in a return fixture following Prince Avenue’s visit here earlier in the year. The team represented the school brilliantly, working well together and scoring well in all games – even in Sitting Volleyball which many of them have never played before. Top effort all round – well done team Chalkwell!

We hosted our soon to be Year 3 parents this week. It was lovely to meet everyone and we look forward to having you as part of the team in September!


PTA news

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Like us on Facebook: PTA CHS


Visit our events website to purchase discounted theatre tickets:


With the summer holidays less than 2 weeks away, it’s time to think about entertaining the children! If you would like any discounted Adventure Island ride bands, which can be used on any day, please order online via our events website by Tuesday 23rd July.


You can continue to purchase discounted bands throughout the summer holidays at Coulson James on Leigh Broadway.


Green – £13 / Blue – £16



We are pleased to announce that we have managed to reserve amazing discounted tickets to this award winning musical comedy. To secure your tickets please purchase via we must have payment by Tuesday 16th July at the latest.

Dates – Thursday 24th October & Thursday 14th November

Time – 7:30pm

Venue – Prince of Wales Theatre, London

Price – £49 per person (normally £83 per person from the box office)

Seats – Central Stalls, rows J-L


Diversity will be once again thrilling audiences with their dance routines in this year’s Christmas Panto, Robin Hood. To secure discounted tickets through us, please email by Friday 19th July at the latest.

Dates – Friday 20th December & Thursday 2nd January

Time – 2:30pm

Venue – Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea

Price – £32 per adult & £29 per child (normally £37 per adult & £34 per child incl. booking fee, at the box office)

Seats – Stalls, rows D-K (20/12/19) & H-K (2/1/20)


Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%   This week there were 34 lates.




Dates for your diary 2018-2019  
Open Afternoon Tuesday 16th July 2019 at 2.45pm
Leavers Assembly Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 1.45pm
Leavers Disco Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019
Non-pupil days 3rd & 4th September 2019
Non-pupil days 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020


Thank you for your continued support.

Book Bus – 18th July 2019

On Thursday 18th July 2019 the school will be visited by a ‘Book Bus’ that will be parked in the playground all day. Children will be able to visit during the day to browse and purchase books, a suggested amount to bring in is £5.00. As the bus is with us for one day, only children that have bought in money will be able to visit during the school day.  Parents/Carers will be able to visit after school to browse and make purchases with infant and junior children.


The book prices are heavily discounted, up to 75% off publisher’s prices and they will accept cash, credit or debit cards. Parents can also order books to be delivered at a later date. Any sales will generate commission for the school which will be used to purchase books for our library.


This is an interactive experience which will encourage and inspire a love of reading in your children and the commission on sales will be able to boost the stock for school library.


Thank you for your support.