We had our third and final Bravo Reward of the school year this week.

 All children who had earned 1200 points came back to school on Thursday for lots of fun!

There was face painting, ice creams, baking, crafts, popcorn, sports and lots and lots of smiles! A great time was had by all.

Well Done everyone. 




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RE: Classroom Organisation 2017

Dear families,

I am delighted to share with you the classroom organisation for classes for September. We have a very exciting year ahead of us as we drive forwards and work together towards an outstanding future for all our children.

Phase Leadership will be divided into the following three groups.

Army of Ants is the Transition Phase and this includes Nursery, Reception and Year 1. The Head of this phase will be Donna Barker

Pride of Lions is the Middle Phase and this includes Year 2 and Year 3 and the Head of this phase will be Lisa Gagen

Wolf Pack is the Upper Phase and this includes Y4/Y5 and Y6 and the Head of this phase will be Kathy Smith.

Classes will be taught as follows:

  • Nursery-Kerry Ollivant
  • Reception-Tracy Newton
  • Year 1- Donna Barker
  • Year 2- Lisa Gagen
  • Year 3- Anna Barron
  • Year 4- Sam Barton
  • Year 5- Dan Cooper
  • Year 6-Kathy Smith

Please join me in congratulating Claire Ward as she is to have a baby in December. She will be covering some classes until she goes on maternity leave.

Should you wish to discuss anything with me don’t hesitate to make an appointment through the school office.

Many thanks for your continued support!

Nic Thorpe-Executive Principal

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We had a very successful Bravo Reward Event in school this week. Children who had earned 800 Bravo Points or more were invited to ‘cash in’ these points to attend our Spring Term Celebration. Children and staff had a wonderful time and enjoyed all kinds of activities. Children will be having an assembly next term to calculate and set the next target of points for the Summer Term reward.


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Dear Parents and Carers         

I wrote to you in September to explain that, as a school, we are working hard to make some much needed improvements in our attendance. Just to refresh, the key aims we are working on this year are:

  1. Improve Nursery Attendance so it is more in line with the rest of school
  2. Reduce the number of Persistently Absent (PA) children in school
  3. Improve School Attendance so it is above 96%


I think it is important at this point of the year to provide some updates of where we are at with Attendance. Whole School attendance, including Nursery, currently stands at 95.2%. This is close but still not at our important target of 96%. Please see the table below for a break down for each class:

Being on time every day contributes to children’s attendance significantly. Please remember, children must be on the playground or at their door at 8:45am so they can be in class and learning at 8:50am.


Please remember the following points to help your child’s attendance to be on track

  • More than 6 days of absence over the full academic year will take your child’s attendance below target. That’s just 1 day per each half term.
  • Taking your child on a 2-week holiday during term time will bring their attendance below target, even if they have 100% attendance the rest of the time.
  • Every time your child is late for school and misses their morning registration half a day is taken from their attendance. Being late 12 times over the academic year would bring your child’s attendance below target, even if they were at school every day. That’s just 2 late mornings each half term.
  • Every half day counts. Be sure to bring your child to school before or after a medical appointment to get their attendance mark.

We thank you for your continued support with this matter


Kind Regards


Mrs Nic Thorpe             Miss Donna Barker

                                      Executive Headteacher            Head of School

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Nurture Update 

This week in Nurture, we have continued our ‘Watch Us Grow’ topic by discussing how we have changed since being a baby. We came up with lots of brilliant ideas and some of us have written up our fantastic work in best. We also thought that you’d like to see how our Cornflowers have grown since planting the seeds 4 weeks ago. We’ve done a great job of looking after them. On Friday, we not only celebrated Red Nose Day but we also celebrated one of our Nurture group members transitioning back to class. This is a fantastic achievement and we are so, so proud.


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The Big Pedal 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Get set… we’re taking part in The Big Pedal 2017, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

The challenge is on Friday 31st March. It’s free to enter and we would love everyone to be involved.

The details…

Schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. Our grand total as a school will determine our final position in the challenge. We’ll be competing against other schools right across the UK, and if we clock up the most bike and scooter journeys we’ll win! 

Why are we taking part?

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling to school on their bikes and scooters. We will be competing to become one of the UK’s top schools for two-wheeled journeys and will be in with a chance to win prizes including bike and scooter stunt shows and fantastic cycle and scooter storage. 

What’s next?

All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to cycle or scoot to school this Friday and join them on their way – parent and sibling journeys count too!

For more information about the event go to www.bigpedal.org.uk

Enjoy the ride!

Thank you for your continued support

Chris Wood                                                     Miss D Barker

Sports Coach                                                  Head of School


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School Holiday Dates…

School Holiday Dates 2016-17


DATES 2016 – 17 click to enlarge for printing

Dear Families

For your information, here are the holiday dates for the rest of the school academic year 2016-2017. All dates are inclusive.

  • Easter Holidays Saturday 8th April 2017 – Monday 24th April 2017
  • May Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017
  • Spring Bank Half Term Holiday Saturday 27th May 2017 – Sunday 4th June 2017
  • Summer Holiday Friday 21st July 2017 – Tuesday 5th September 2017 

Below is a break-down to explain the holiday dates shown above:

  • Friday 7th April 2017: Last day of Spring Term 2
  • Monday 24th April 2017: INSET day School closed to children
  • Tuesday 25th April 2017: First day of Summer Term 1
  • Monday 1st May 2017: Bank Holiday School Closed
  • Friday 26th May 2017: Last day of Summer Term 1
  • Monday 5th June 2017: First day of Summer Term 2
  • Friday 21st  July 2017: Last day of Summer Term 2. Early Finish at 1:30pm.
  • Monday 4th September 2017: INSET day school closed to children
  • Tuesday 5th September 2017: INSET day school closed to children
  • Wednesday 6th September 2017: First day of Autumn Term 1 2017


Please take note that there is a change to an INSET day communicated on our Term Date Cards previously circulated. To confirm, school will now be open on Wednesday 4th January 2017 and closed on Monday 24th April 2017.

If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to contact me here at school.

School Holiday Dates 2017-18


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Dear parents and carers,

On behalf of the Bank End and Hunningley Primary School Governors, I would like to inform you that both schools will close two days earlier than initially planned at the end of the summer term. The schools will close on Friday 21st July. The decision to close has not been taken lightly and made for the following reasons:

  1. Both Horizon and Barnsley Academy will be closed and therefore all Y6 children are expected to return to their primaries. Last year this was the case and only two children returned meaning that 70 children had unauthorised absences for two days.
  2. To support building and maintenance work being done in both schools.
  3. To give staff additional training

In order to give you advance notice of school closure dates for 2017/2018 on the reverse of this letter there are the dates for the Barnsley School Holidays. Additional school closure days for staff training will be:

Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September 2017
Friday 22nd December 2017
Monday 4th June 2018
Monday 23rd July 2018

Please put these in your diary or on your calendar.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Nic Thorpe
Executive Headteacher-The Bank End and Hunningley Partnership

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Hops and Slithers 

As part of our ‘Watch Us Grow’ topic in Nurture, this week we had some unusual visitors in our room. Laura from Wigfield Farm kindly brought us a Nelson’s Milk snake, a Royal python and Lionhead rabbit to look at and we were so excited! We asked her lots of questions about them such as “How do they grow?” “What do they eat?” and “How old are they?” We found out so much about how each animal grows differently and were full of knowledge after her visit! Here are some pictures of us holding and observing the animals. 

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