School Newsletter 5 – 2018/19

Dear Parents/ Carers


Welcome back to the new spring term 2019. I hope that you and your families have all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a Happy 2019.


Governors’ Day & Teaching and Learning Review

On Friday 11th January 2019 – the governors are spending the morning in school. Some of them will be out on the playground in the morning, hoping to seek your views of our school. The rest of the morning will be spent in classrooms, talking to pupils and staff as part of Governor Monitoring.


The following Thursday (17th,) we are having a Teaching & Learning Review carried out by our Trust Standards Officer, Lesley Darren and Rachel Redfearn, our School Improvement Advisor. They also hope to start the day on the playground, seeking your views of the school. This is part of our on-going school improvement work which helps to validate our own judgments and also a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ to look at our school as a critical friend.


We are due an HMI Section 8 inspection during this academic year. This is a 1-day inspection, carried out by an HMI. As a god school, we are not in the cycle of the Section 5 Ofsted inspection. However, the format of the day is similar and there will be an official Section 8 report published on the Ofsted website.


Eligibility for Free School Meals

As a result of changes to the benefit system, the number of pupils eligible for FSMs has increased.

There are a number of reasons why you may be entitled to Income Related Free School meals. Follow the link below to the council website and application form.


Additional benefits of receipt of Income Related Free School Meals is that school also receive additional funding to help support your child in school, through the Pupil Premium Funding. School receive £1320 per year. This money can be used in a variety of ways to support your child, such as subsidising school trips and music lessons, plus support for learning.



Absence Notification

An Important reminder – Please would you ensure that if your child is absent from school that the office is informed before the start of the school day. This can be done simply by phoning school and leaving a message on the answer machine. Absence messages should NOT be sent to teaching staff via DoJo.


If we do not hear from you, as part of our Safeguarding procedures, the office staff will phone/text to ask why your child is absent. The next step is then to phone other people on the child’s contacts list. If we haven’t received notification by 10am, then the police would have to be called to ensure that your child is safe. This follows advice following a national incident last year, that you may have heard about, when a child died. If school had followed up the absence, the death may have been avoided.


Yours sincerely



Mrs. J. Rush (Headteacher)




Thursday 10th January – Well-being afternoon for Classes 3, 4 and 5

Friday 11th January – Governors’ Day in school


Thursday 17th January – Teaching and Learning Review


Monday 21st January – Class Saints’ Day


Friday 15th February – school closes for Half-term break


Monday 25th February – school re-opens


Wednesday 6th March – Parents’ Evening

Thursday 7th March – Parents’ Evening

Friday 8th March – Sublime Science day in school

W/C 11th March – Science week


1st April – 3rd April – Y6 Retreat to Castlerigg


Wednesday 10th April – E-safety for children, staff and parents

Friday 12th April – school closes for Easter

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