Hunter's Bar Junior School
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Welcome from the Headteacher

Welcome From The Headteacher 

Dear Parent/Carer,

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Hunter’s Bar Junior School and look forward to what I am sure will be the start of a wonderful journey together as your child takes their first steps into Key Stage 2.

I would love to be able to tell you exactly when and how the children will be starting junior school, alas, at this moment it is impossible to do so. Hopefully, as we move forward, we will get more clarity about how the year 2 children are to be incorporated into the wider access plan for schools. You will of course receive any relevant information about changes to the current situation. I want to draw your attention to the school website:

This will be your main source of information about the school, I would encourage you to spend some time getting to know it.There is already a video on there for you and your children to look at. When you go on the website click on YearGroup and then Y2.


Therefore, transition will look very different this year; we are acutely aware that anxiety will be common and more acute than usual. Our prime focus will be on the fundamental wellbeing and secure positive emotional development of the children. This New Starter Pack and the website are designed to give you all the information you will need to ensure a smooth transition for both you and your child.


As a parent there will be a number of things that I’m sure you will want to know about us including how we will be approaching the education of your child.

Firstly, we firmly believe that positive relationships are key to success, both the relationships with yourself and us, but also the relationships that your child develops with their teachers and other staff and pupils here at Hunter’s Bar. We work extremely hard to try and ensure that all children feel safe and happy to come to school:if we can create a school of willing and confident learners then the job of education becomes much easier.

Secondly, we prioritise staff development. We believe that the most important thing your child can have is the best possible teacher and staff around them. This links very closely to our approach to learning, which is informed by evidence and research.

Thirdly we believe that primary school is where children should find their passion. This is why we try to create opportunities for children to experience different things and study within a creative and broad-based curriculum. If PE and sport are your child’s thing, then you’ve come to the right place. We are one of only five primary schools in Sheffield recognised as a centre of excellence for PE and sport and you will find our PE specialist teacher ready to develop your child in a wide range of sporting opportunities.

Finally, you have a vital role to play in the development and education of your child. We like to think that by working together and supporting one another we can help your child not only enjoy school, but flourish within it.

I very much look forward to meeting you and the children when things change. Until then, know that we are here and we are with you.


Michael Watson