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We currently have some places available in our afternoon nursery and are looking into offering additional sessions to parents who are eligible for 30 hours funded childcare under the new government scheme. A letter has been sent to current Nursery parents inviting expressions of interest and if we are able to offer this it would start from January. We are
also exploring the option of offering top-ups on a paid basis for parents who would like to purchase additional sessions. If you would like more information please speak to Miss Hornby or Mrs Bloor, who can tell you where to find online guides to eligibility. Morning Nursery fills up very quickly, and we anticipate Afternoon nursery will become more popular with the 30 hrs offer, so please remember to put your child’s name on our waiting list well in advance if you would like a place.
Hopefully by now you will have read our Ofsted report. As a school we were very pleased with the outcome, which reflected the improvement areas we had already identified and confirmed that the changes made since I joined the school last September had been long overdue and are taking us in the right direction. As parents and carers there are many areas in which you can really help us to meet our improvement targets and I will be sharing these with you in future newsletters. Here are three very easy ways you can help!
- Attendance – do not take any term time holidays. This accounts for a large chunk of our unauthorized absence and was specifically commented on and investigated by Ofsted, as the level of this is much higher than many schools.
- Phonics and spellings – all children will have phonics sounds or spellings to learn. Practising these regularly at home will really support school in raising standards in this area.
- Get involved! We have begun our plans for open sessions which parents are invited to, and we would like as many parents as possible to attend these sessions. Make sure you come to parents evenings throughout the year. The PTA could always use extra support and every parent is a member automatically – they are a very welcoming group!
We will be holding a simple harvest assembly on October 10th (letter to follow) and would like to request donations of dry foods such as tins and packets that can be stored until needed. These donations will go to food banks, which many families increasingly rely on at times of need. I hope you will support school in helping those who need it most. If you should find yourself in difficulties, Mrs Bloor can provide contact details for agencies who may be able to help.
You will have seen in the news that the funding schools receive is being reduced drastically. This has an impact on all kinds of areas. As a school, we are working hard to ensure that we can manage the funding cuts whilst improving the education of all pupils. This means that we have to ‘tighten the belt’ in some areas. The first of these is that we will no longer be able to provide free toast at break times for all pupils, as we have been doing over the last year. This was a trial project and unfortunately it has not proved cost effective. Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 receive a piece of free fruit each day under the government funded scheme. Pupils in Key Stage Two may bring a healthy snack if they wish. Acceptable items are fruit, vegetables (such as cherry tomatoes/carrot sticks) or a small portion of dried fruit. Pupils will only be allowed items which fall into these categories in order to comply with nutritional guidelines. This will help mid-morning concentration levels, but research has shown that children learn best if they leave home with a healthy breakfast in their tummies!
Please remember to check the website for news items, calendar events and key information. Many policies are available on there, including our parents’ code of conduct. The class teachers have all been trained in using the website and will shortly be adding class blogs with photos and information about what each class has been learning and enjoying. www.glenaireprimary.co.uk Have a look!
Nearly all of our children are now having a weekly forest school session and they are loving the learning they do in the outdoors. We do go out in all weathers – the rainy day sessions are often the most fun! Please ensure that your child has wellington boots or stout waterproof walking boots and a waterproof coat. It would also be helpful now winter is fast approaching if they could have a pair of waterproof over-trousers. Thanks to parents who already provide these items. We do have some spares but children often prefer to have their own things.
Many thanks for your continued support,