Newsletter 11.9.17

A very warm welcome to all of our parents. We hope that you’ve been able to have some family time over the holidays and we look forward to working with you as the new term begins. Your children have made a fantastic start to the new year. They are all looking extremely smart and have settled very quickly back into the school routine. Over the summer Mr Johnson, our site manager, and his staff have been very busy making sure that our learning environment is sparkling. We have had a few changes, with our nursery moving into the bungalow and our after school club moving from the bungalow to one of our Key Stage 1 classrooms. Over the next few days, you should receive a curriculum letter from your child’s class teacher with PE days, homework expectations and information regarding this term’s topic and a homework menu. These will also be found on our school website.

Changes to our medicines policy
As a member of the Enquire Learning Trust, we have to follow Trust policies and procedures. Our new Administration of Medicines policy states that we are not allowed to administer non-prescription medicines, such as Calpol. Prescription medicines can be administered, but a form must be signed to authorise this. Please ask at the school office if you would like us to administer any prescription medicines for your child.

Wet Playtimes
If you have any old board games or colouring books that your child no longer uses, our lunchtime staff would be grateful for them. Thank you in anticipation of your help.

After School Clubs
I understand that there will be times when your child will not be able to attend an after school club that you have booked your child onto. Please could I ask that you inform the school office if they are not attending. It is our policy to contact the parent of any child ‘missing’ from the club. This is taking quite a bit of our admin time at the end of the day, only for us to find that they are safe with their parent.

Christmas Cards
I can’t believe that we’re mentioning the ‘C” word in September! However, if you’re very organised and planning to buy Christmas cards as soon as they’re out in the shops – hold off! Your child will soon be creating a Christmas design to be made into their very own Christmas cards. They’ll be able to bring a proof of their card home and you will be able to order packs of them. We did this for the very first time last year and it was very successful, with the children producing some fantastic designs.

Halloween Disco
We will be holding a Halloween Disco on Thursday 2nd November. Details nearer the time.
Leave of absence in Term Time

The following information went out at the end of last term, but due to its importance, I’ve included it once again to ensure that everyone has read it.

I would like to remind all parents that the Department for Education guidelines state that you have to get permission from the Principal, in advance, if you want to take your child out of school during term time. Permission may only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Before deciding whether to authorise a leave of absence the Principal will consider
• The impact on the child’s academic progress of any absence
• The pupil’s attendance over the academic year
• Whether the absence falls within any key stage national tests

Examples of any exceptional circumstances where leave may be granted during term time
• Funeral – the Principal would use his discretion having heard from parents about travel and funeral arrangements and taking into account the distance to be travelled
• Serious illness of a close relative
• Out of school programmes such as music, arts or sport
• Time off relating to Child Entertainment Performances, subject to a licence being issued
• Religious observance
• Weddings
• Time together after a family crisis

Examples of circumstances not considered as exceptional
• Holidays taken in term time due to low cost or parental work commitments

I understand that parental work commitments have a bearing on when you can take a family holiday. However, after discussion with the Governing Body, it has been agreed that holidays taken for this reason will now not be authorised, to be implemented from September 2017. As a school, we believe that term times are for education. If, as a parent, you make the decision to take your child out of school during term time for a family holiday, then as a school we will respect that decision. Any absence, however, will be recorded as unauthorised. Any authorisation already given for holidays from September will be honoured.

Statutory Tests

Towards the end of the year, a number of our year groups will undergo a variety of tests. The dates for these are below.

Year 6 Statutory Year 6 Assessments Week beginning the 14th May 2018
Year 2 Statutory Year 2 Assessments During the month of May 2018
Year 1 Phonic Screening Check Week beginning the 11th June 2018

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