Newsletter 31st March 2023

31st March 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,


Thank you to everyone that has written, emailed, met with and called me to discuss the post 16 closure consultation. The consultation runs to 31st  March so you are still able to send in your opinions. There will then follow a Full Governing Body meeting, to review the responses and the FGB will make a decision (minuted) as to whether or not they proceed to the formal representation period.

There are 2 parts to the consultation. The first is to close the post 16 class and the 2nd is to increase the number of registered places to 112.

Live Music Performance

On Thursday Dave and Jim from the band 'Small Town Jones' visited us at school. They performed a wonderful mix of songs, encouraging the children to provide the lyrics to an Easter themed song at the end. All the pupils really enjoyed the experience with lots of dancing, toe tapping, clapping and singing along. We will definitely be inviting Dave and Jim back for another concert in the future!

Easter Fundraising

Communication Software Discount and Support

AssistiveWare is offering a 50% discount until 3rd April, or a two-month free trial, on a range of their apps and learning solutions.

Mill Water’s Communications Team is available to support families with their applications, if needed. Just email:

Personal Learning Goals (PLGs)

We are in the process of changing when PLGs are set for pupils, moving towards them being set at the start of each new term by September 2023. You may therefore find that, while we are in the process of change, your child's targets may run for longer/shorter than usual. Please be reassured that teachers are adjusting targets accordingly to make them appropriate for the time period set. Any questions or concerns please contact your class teacher or Grace Norman -

Holiday Clubs 2023

DEVON HAF LOGO 3.pngWe have notified all parents and carers who have requested places for our Easter Holiday Clubs. We hope to run this provision again in the Summer Holidays, with dates to be confirmed next term.

School Relationship Education Event

Parents of pupils in Upper KS2 and above are invited to a RSHE (relationship, sex and health education) coffee morning in school. This event will now take place on Friday 5th May, 10-11am. This will be an informal event where parents can find out more about what their child will be learning and can ask questions and raise any concerns they may have.

Managing Device Stress and Anxiety

This free online safety guide looks at managing the stress and anxiety that our increasing device use can cause. There are tips on reducing push notifications from apps, avoiding social media arguments and spotting when a child’s been upset by something online.

Raising Money While You Shop

Don't forget that you can raise money for Friends of Mill Water School (PTFA) while you shop via


Devon Signpost Plus has loads of useful information relating to Children with Additional Needs in its weekly Snippets round-up

Winter Support for Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh residents
Seachange in Budleigh can offer help with the purchase of ‘energy saving’ items this winter, through the National Grid Community Matters Fund. Please initially contact Sarah Forde at Seachange via

This fund is limited and once it’s gone it’s gone. 

Household Support Funding (approx. £100)
Available for those on pre-payment gas and electric meters.
Complete this online form to apply.

Exmouth Foodbank
Exmouth Foodbank
 provides food help to anyone struggling to make ends meet, from its premises in Sheppards Row.

Tel: 07749 322291  Email:

Wesley’s in Budleigh Salterton
Community larder and a monthly ‘pay-as-you-can’ community supper, in Temple Methodist Church hall, Fore Street, EX9 6NG. Call 07955 863160 for more details.