Hooe Primary Academy

'Happy, Passionate about learning and Ambitious'

May 2023

Hello again, everyone,


I hope you are all enjoying this glorious weather. Although, as a novice gardener, and at the risk of being a bit unpopular, I am wishing for a bit of rain (overnight of course)!

As Governor of the Month for May, it is a pleasure to be able to write about the privilege of being a volunteer during the Year 6 SATs week. My role, alongside the teaching assistants and teachers, was to provide support to pupils who might need help such as reading a test paper question.

As always, I felt so proud of the children; they approached each day during the SATs week sensibly and with quiet determination. The teachers encouraged an atmosphere of calm and confidence – and humour at appropriate times.

Some of you may have heard on national news about some concerns regarding a reading test that week; be assured that although some of our pupils my have found some questions difficult, the staff ensured the children felt supported and encouraged.

I know the children will have all tried their best; I send a big thank you to them – and to the staff, especially Mrs Ferguson, who provided some great treats for both children and helpers!

The following week, the year 6 pupils went off to Slapton Ley for their well-earned residential trip; and what a fantastic time they all had. It was great to see their smiling faces when they returned to school – all with healthy faces from their days spent outside.

It was also a pleasure to attend the introductory evening meeting for the parents of the children who will be starting Foundation in September. It was great to be able to meet with them all and to say that I know their children will have a fantastic time on their school journey with us at Hooe.


I wish you and your children a great summer


Susan Shelley, Chair of governor