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Newsletter 11 – 24th April 2014


Dear Parents / Carers


Welcome back.  We hope you had an enjoyable holiday and ate lots of Easter Eggs!!

Yet again we have a busy half term ahead so please check your child’s reading folder and the school website regularly for any news.  Year group Curriculum newsletters will also come out this week detailing the topic for this half term and suggesting ways you can support your child’s learning at home.



Please can we remind you about the importance of wearing the correct full school uniform.  This will help your child develop a positive attitude towards school both as a community and a place of work. It also enables them to form good habits for both Junior and Secondary education.  Shoes are a particular concern.  Trainers are not appropriate to wear all day.  Please ensure that your child wears suitable black shoes to school.


PE Kit

There are currently a number of children who do not have a PE kit in school.  It is a requirement of the school curriculum that all children do PE.  Please can you ensure that your child brings their PE kit in at the beginning of every term.  In addition to navy shorts and a white T-shirt your child also needs suitable plimsolls or trainers as they will doing PE outdoors whenever the weather permits it.



In line with the Government’s guidance on attendance, the school’s Governing Body has agreed that the school may start legal proceedings on parents whose child’s attendance is 85% or below.  This has been a difficult decision to make as we consider having good relationships with many parents.  


Disappointingly, we have 12 children in school who are considered as ‘Persistent Absence’, i.e. their attendance is 85% or below.  There are also 53 children whose attendance falls within the Amber band i.e. 85 – 95%.  This is not good enough and needs to be reduced.  OFSTED would judge this as inadequate and it puts the school in a vulnerable position.


Last half term, whole school attendance was 94.7%.  The school expectation is currently 95%+. 


Class attendance for the spring term was:

Owlets              92.3%

Snowy Owls    92.7%

Little Owls       95%

Tawny Owls    95.5%

Barn Owls       96%

Speckled Owls 94.5%

Hawk Owls     93.4%

Eagle Owls      96.6%


May we remind you that it is your responsibility to inform the school office if your child is absent from school for any reason.  If you do not inform the office by 9.30a.m. your child’s absence will be recorded as unauthorised.   We are in the process of reviewing our Attendance Policy with the schools in our Local Children’s Partnership (i.e. Castle Hill, Winklebury, Chiltern, Everest, Fort Hill, Merton Junior and Marnel) and it is likely that we will change this time to 9.00am from September.


Remember each day is considered as two sessions.  If you cannot organise appointments for after school, please make them following the afternoon registration, which is at 1.15pm.


Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.  We can only make something of your child if they are in school every day!



Miss Tydeman, Learning Support Assistant, in Snowy Owls will be leaving us on Wednesday 30th April.  I am sure you will join me in wishing Miss Tydeman the best of luck for her future plans.  Please feel free to make a contribution at the school office towards a leaving present.

Miss Tydeman will be replaced with Mr Lawrence who is well known to the children.

We congratulate Mrs Paterson, our Breakfast Club and Lunchtime Supervisor, who got married in the Easter Holiday and will now be known as Mrs Wright.


New YR Parents

We shall be starting our induction procedures for parents whose children will start school in September 2014.  We will hold a New YR Parents meeting on Thursday 15th May at 5.30 – 6.30pm which will explain specific details about our school’s induction and transition procedures.


Representatives from our Local Children’s Partnership will also be hosting ‘Top Tips Starting School’ Sessions in the school hall on Wednesday 21st May at 6.00 – 9.00pm.  These sessions aim to give generic advice to parents.  A flier will been sent out this week with more details


Key dates

25th April –       Non-uniform for raffle prizes for May Day Fair

5th May –         SCHOOL CLOSED Bank Holiday

15th May -       5.30 – 6.30pm New YR Parents meeting

16th May -       Non-uniform for cakes for May Day Fair

17th May –       11.00 – 2.00pm May Day Fair

21st May –       9.00am Class Photos

           6.00 – 9.00pm Top Tips Starting School Sessions for new YR parents

23rd May -       Break up at 3.15pm


Yours sincerely



Larissa James