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Mrs. Nora Bryan BCAe

Last year a nomination for a British Citizen Award was made in recognition of Mrs Bryan’s contributions to education through her volunteer work in school. The purpose of the programme is to recognise those individuals that are making a positive contribution to their community, society or chosen cause, in the hope that it encourages them to continue and others to emulate their good deed. BCA recipients are all extraordinary people from across the country who have a commitment to improving the lives of others. They come from all over the country to be honoured at the Palace of Westminster.

Just over 27 years ago, a neighbour, and former member of staff mentioned to Nora that the local school needed a midday meals supervisor.  Nora applied and was around whenever needed by the school as cover.  Following her retirement two years later, Nora became a permanent member of the midday team.  One of the teachers enquired if Nora would have time to listen to her class pupils read each week.  From that moment, Nora’s volunteering role snowballed and despite her growing family, she found the time to listen to classes read throughout the school.  Her timetable now is every morning and afternoon, with classes eager to read with her.

Nora is warm and knowledgeable and at 80-years-old, shows no signs of reducing her volunteering at the school.  She is dedicated and committed to the children and families of Cliffedale Primary school and has given her time and energy so freely over 27 years, to enable the children to have someone to read to. 

Mrs Bryan was invited to a formal presentation at The Palace of Westminster to be awarded and honoured the BCA recognition of her voluntary work in school. It was a very special day and Mrs Bryan had afternoon tea by the river before receiving her specially struck medal of recognition inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. She then went on an open top bus for a lap of honour before being presented with her certificate. Mrs Bryan’s family travelled to London with her to share in her special day. Nora is such a humble lady and lady of very few words. When asked by BCA to comment her response was

“I am amazed, and feel very privileged to receive this award”. 

On her return a special assembly was held to celebrate Mrs Bryan’s achievements. She shared her exciting day with the children and showed them her medal and certificate.


Roger Bannister, a School Governor and who helped with the idea of nominating Mrs Bryan said “As a governor it is important to ensure that the school is running effectively and safely but also spotting really first class efforts by staff members including the many volunteers. The governors felt that Mrs Bryan was a very worthy nomination and we were right -the subsequent recognition of her outstanding voluntary service brought us all a degree of excitement and a massive thankyou to her from us all”.


This well-deserved award is in recognition of Mrs Bryans dedication to Cliffedale and all of the children that have been supported with their reading over the years. Mrs Bryan remembers all of the children both current and former and gets so much pleasure from meeting them out in the local community. . Come rain, snow or shine Mrs Bryan can usually be found in school listening to the pupils of Cliffedale read.


 The pupils, staff and governors would like to thank Mrs Bryan for her continued support. The contribution that Mrs Bryan makes to our school is so significant and valuable. She is such a well-loved member of the Cliffedale Family and holds a special place in our hearts.




Year 6 Residential - Friday 14th June

Year 6 Residential - Thursday 13th June

Year 6 Residential - Wednesday 12th June

Year 6 Residential - Tuesday 11th June

Y6 Residential - National Coal Mining Museum and Malham Village

Young Voices 2019

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Friday 11th January 

The day had finally arrived; after the culmination of weeks of hard work, it was time for Young Voices 2019! Today, the school choir – along with 5 adults – ventured to Sheffield to perform as part of the largest children’s choir in the world! We had been working hard on 12 songs, including dance moves, since September; and it was amazing to see all of our hard work pay off in the performance. We also got to see Tony Hadley perform (which we think the school adults were more excited about than the children!), as well as Beau Dermott, Sharlene Hector, and of course the amazing dance group ‘Urban Striders’! Throughout the very long day, the children were absolutely amazing; their behaviour was impeccable, and they sang and danced their hearts out! We are so proud of each and every one of them. A highlight for me, personally, was when – at the very end of the concert, when the lights had come back on – one of the children said to me, “Can we do it again?” Unless you have experienced the magic of Young Voices, it is hard to put into words the excitement of the day; we hope to be able to offer this amazing opportunity again next year, Mrs Drayton is already on the lookout for information about Young Voices 2020!

Mrs Syed

Y5/6 Indoor Athletics - January 2019
A team of year five and six children took part in the
large school indoor sport hall competition at the Meres
Leisure Centre last Friday. The children took part in
events on the track and on the field. All the children
showed true determination throughout and were very
proud to get 3rd place medals!


This morning our Cliffedale Family came together for our annual Remembrance Service. All the children contributed to our whole school poppy wreath, forming the centre piece in the hall. Our poppy wreath went on display in the gazebo and is being used as the centre piece at a Remembrance supper. In our assemblies this week the children have been finding out about Remembrance and the significance of 2018. Pupils and adults took time out together to remember the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty. The two minutes silence was respectfully observed and school adults shared poems, readings and reflections. Grace and Leah beautifully performed a song for Remembrance.


Happy Birthday Mrs Bryan!

Friday assembly was a busy one for Mrs Bryan. The Cliffedale Family had a little surprise planned for the end of assembly. On Sunday Mrs Bryan celebrated her 80th birthday and we wanted to mark her special day. Two children, who share a birthday with Mrs Bryan presented her with flowers, a gift and a card from all of the pupils and staff. Mrs Bryan has been a reading volunteer here at Cliffedale since 1992 and is very much appreciated and loved by pupils and staff, both past and present.

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Visit from Lunettes

Key stage 2 enjoyed a visit from Lunettes opticians in Grantham last week in assembly. The optician Amy Jameson talked to the children about how they can look after their eyes and the importance of having them checked regularly. She told the children about the Vision Aid overseas campaign 2018 which is a charity who raise funds to help towards eye care for adults and children in developing countries. Our collection box is located in the entrance foyer at the front of school if you have any old or unwanted glasses.

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This morning we held our Harvest Celebration. Our House Captains shared a harvest poem and we sang our favourite harvest songs. We all took it in turns to present our Harvest offerings. Later in the morning Mr Hanbury came to collect our donations and our House Captains helped to load everything in the car to take back to the Grantham Foodbank.

News of our GLOW week spread! This week we had a visit to school from Lincs FM. Joseph Begley, from the breakfast show visited us to talk to the children about their GLOW week experiences. This will be aired on Friday 19th October at 8.10 am

Karen Sanderson, a local author, visited Cliffedale  to read from her children's book, 'Where's Dylan'? She also brought along the stars of her book - Dylan and Megan, her Border Collies, to say hello to the children. Karen talked to the children about how Dylan's anxieties, and how they overcame them, inspired her to write the book. She also offered advice to the children about how to deal with their own anxieties and worries.
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 Rosemary from The Grantham Canal Society came into assembly to talk to us about the history of the canal and the lock restoration. Rosemary came in period dress and showed us some of the original bricks for the lock. Our photography club have been busy editing the photographs taken during the assembly.


To celebrate World Book Day, pupils were entertained by Chip, a story-teller, who visited the school. Pupils (and staff) were mesmerised by the stories they heard and enthusiastically took part in some audience participation!

Recorder summer performance.

Wow! What a fabulous performance by the recorder players of Cliffedale school.  The weather was even on our side and we managed to use the Gazebo as a bandstand. Congratulations to the children , it sounded magnificent.  Many thanks to Mrs Ridgeway and for all the parental support you show your children as they develop their musical skills.

Wednesday 4th May, 2016 saw the sun shining down on marathon runner, Ben Smith, as he ran through our grounds as part of the Grantham leg of his latest marathon.

Our Sports Ambassadors met Ben at the gates and joined him for a jog as the whole school cheered them on. An entourage of approximately 60 other runners all helped Ben on his way to completing 401 marathons in as many days.

Running to raise funds and awareness in support of 2 anti-bullying charities, Kidscape and Stonewall, Ben is an inspiration to us all.

Sarah Outen Inspires Year 6, Friday 26th February, 2016


Intrepid adventurer, Sarah Outen, who spent 4½ years travelling from London to London, via the World, talked to Year 6 this morning.

Explaining how she and her support team planned and prepared for the journey, Sarah talked about how she managed to achieve her dream of kayaking, cycling and rowing over 25,000 miles through storms, over oceans and across deserts.

Her story was truly inspirational as she spoke about not allowing nerves to stop us from accepting a challenge. She told us to prepare thoroughly, keep safe, embrace the support around us and tell the butterflies in our tummies to move to one side.

There was a little time to answer some very thoughtful questions but anyone wishing to find out more, about Sarah’s journey, can explore the following link:

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