Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy New Year everyone, 2017 does already seem to have got off to a flying start and there is much news to share with you. During our last term we have managed to get attendance up to above the school target of 96% so to all of you encouraging our youngsters to get up on these still dark mornings, thank you.
There have been some changes to classes and staffing for this term but changes should now remain until end of the academic year. We were fortunate to be able to have kept class sizes in Reception very small last term, however, Mr Alvey has now left us and the two groups of children have combined to make a class of 30 pupils with Miss McMeo as their teacher. The supporting Nursery nurses in both classes remain with Reception pupils and the class have quickly settled in their familiar space. In Key Stage 2 Mrs Fox left us at the end of term and so we have taken the opportunity to reorganise Year 5 and 6 cohorts in readiness for end of year SATs. Miss Rawat is teaching Year 5/6 and Mr Miree remains in Year 6. Some of our children in Year 5 have also moved classes as they are ready for the challenge that higher level work provides. We welcome Mr Taylor who is now teaching in Year 4. We have appointed new learning and behaviour support staff Miss Shadrawy to our school and welcome ETA’s Miss Zehra, Miss Kadir and Mrs Taylor.
With 2017 comes new academic challenges set by the Government. The school is working hard to meet new National targets and we share our plans for improvement on our website. However, the Governing Body and I are always keen to learn more about what parents and pupils think about our school, how you feel we could improve and what you think we do well. Parents and carers are welcome to contact us any time but I would also like to offer an opportunity for an informal chat over a cup of tea at our Parent Forum meeting at 2pm on Tuesday 31st January.
During February half term we are finally told to expect our traffic barrier to be installed at the entrance to our car park. The barrier will be open from 9:30 to 2:30pm for all visitors but closed at peak times. Thank you for all the words of support about this safety issue and for helping to keep everyone safe on our premises. There will be an intercom system at the gate so that you can contact school in times of needing emergency access and access is allowed for disabled visitors at all times. If you are in any doubt about parking, please speak to the school office.
Can I please take this opportunity to remind parents that we are proud of our school and that the wearing of correct school uniform and PE kit helps our pupils to feel proud of the school they belong to. Children should not be wearing track suits, wearing makeup, nail varnish or jewellery (other than a watch or single pair of stud earrings) or brightly coloured footwear to school. In times of bad weather, a change of footwear once inside school is a sensible option. Please can I remind parents to check that names are in all clothing as our lost property seems to be growing each term.
On a more exciting note we were pleased to welcome the Worshipful the Mayor of Kirklees Councillor Jim Dodds and his lady Mayoress to school last week. Mr Mayor came to thank our pupils for their community work in helping to raise money for the Mayors’ Fund for service families and the British Legion. We were one of eleven schools in Kirklees who took part in the Poppy Baking event. Our School Council met the Mayor and Mayoress after assembly and they were very impressed with how our children have a voice in our school.
We are pleased to be extending our community links this year and encourage our children to visit the wider world and meet people within it. Mr Nadat is busy organising inter school competition sports events, Year 4 are joining Warwick Road School on a residential to Cliffe House and Carlinghow School has joined together with 16 other local school to form a new BBEST Learning and Community Hub, supporting each other with the well-being and academic achievement of all in our community. Our school fund helps to subsidise school trips and we are grateful for your contributions so that we can make these events happen for our pupils. Other dates for school events for this year can be found at the end of this letter.
Star of the Week Assemblies are now Friday Mornings at 9:15. Parents are invited.
There will be no Fun4All Holiday Club during the February Half Term.
REMAINING DATES AND EVENTS
3rd February – Wear Red Day – Non Uniform
16th February – Valentines Disco
17th February – School Breaks for Half Term
27th February – Return to School
1st March – Class Photographs
14th March – World Book Day Book Fayre in School
24th March – Red Nose Day – Non Uniform
21st 22nd & 23rd March – PTA - Mother’s Day Trolley
26th March – Mother’s Day
7th April – School Breaks for Easter
Thank you for helping us in supporting Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day we raised £222.00
PUPIL UPDATE RECORDS INCLUDING MEDICAL
It is very important that our children’s records are kept up to date. Please will you all call into the school office and check that we have correct details/new mobile telephone numbers.
It is parent’s responsibility to check if your child suffers with Asthma that they have up to date inhalers in school and that medical care plans are all up to date.
BREAKFAST CLUB AND SCHOOL MEALS
Please ensure that Breakfast Club and School Meals are paid for in advance. If there are any outstanding arrears your child will be unable to attend breakfast club. If there are any arrears on school meals your child will no longer be entitled to a school dinner and will have to bring sandwiches from home.
Please Note that SATS week will commence Monday 8th May 2017.
No holidays will be authorised during term time.