Newsletter 16th September 2013

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Dear parents and carers

Now that we have settled into the routine of school life again I wanted to take the opportunity to explain how very important it is that children are supported in their learning and attitudes to learning at home. Alongside this letter you have been given a very important leaflet written especially to give tips and ideas on how you as ‘first educators’ can have an incredible impact upon your child’s economic future.  We all want our children to have happiness and success in the future, none of us set out wanting them to fail or fail to support themselves, but sometimes we need to work really hard to help them find the motivation they need to practise skills that will ensure they can work and have a career in the future. Being able to read and enjoy speaking and listening is a skill that transfers across every aspect of our lives. 

Please support your child by either hearing them read to you or sharing a book with them for a few minutes every night.  Talking, thinking and discussing books help to grow a child’s speech, thinking skills and confidence. This is something we all want for our children so let’s work together to achieve it. ~ Nic Thorpe ~Executive Headteacher

Attendance 2013-2014

Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.

Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

Fixed penalty fines will be issued to those families who do withdraw their children during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.


*Attendance Target 2013-2014 is 96%*


Give them a future, get them to school

PE Kits

I want to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all our parents and families who have provided their children with PE kits.  I watched the nursery children arrive for their very first dance lesson and they looked so smart and grown up. We will get some photographs on our website next week to show you.

Providing a PE kit is a very important part of supporting your child to receive their statutory physical education lessons.  All children should have:

  • A white t-shirt
  • Black, blue or grey shorts/joggers
  • Black pumps or black/white trainers

The best PE kit is the cheapest; please don’t go to the expense of purchasing expensive sports kits.


Well done to Katelyn in Reception too, she is our youngest ever sports star of the week!


Reading is dreaming with your eyes wide open!

Don’t forget to fill in your reading diaries!

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