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22nd October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I write this letter after I have just walked around school to see how spookily scary the children look in preparation for the Halloween Disco. There is a real ‘buzz’ around school (like there always is!) and I have to thank all the amazing adults in school who really do go the extra mile in giving the children in school moments of joy.

 

Attendance

 

I know there have been many coughs, colds and bugs spreading amongst the children at school but having said this, in recent few weeks we have seen a steady improvement in our attendance… but we do still have some way to go to reach our target of 96%.

 

Every day in school really does count. A day of missed learning cannot be regained and for children to reach their full potential they need to be in school every day. There is clear research which shows children who have an excellent attendance in school achieve higher grades.

 

Nursery Places

 

If your child (or you know of a child) who turns 3 years before Christmas, please point them in the direction of our Nursery as we have a few places left. We have a qualified teacher doing some amazing things in our Nursery, giving the children the best start to life.

 

We also find that those children who have been to our Nursery are more likely to be more ‘school ready’ than those who do not, so if you are thinking of taking up a Nursery place, please contact us for a welcomed tour.

 

We continue to offer 30-hours free childcare if you meet the criteria set by the Government. If you are not eligible for the 30 hours, your child can still join our nursery on a paid, full time basis. Costs are £15 for an afternoon session with lunch included or £13.50 if you would prefer to provide your child with a packed lunch. You are also able to ‘pay as you go’ and choose the days of the week that you would like your child to attend. Please speak to the office or call 01254 202600 for more information.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our Stay and Play as well as our Stay and Read sessions this half term. It is always wonderful having parents and carers in school. It creates a lovely, family feeling around the building.

 

I could not write a half termly newsletter and not mention how well the children are doing in their phonics and early reading. I am passionate about all children reaching their reading potential by the time they leave our school and the data tells me children are performing higher than ever.

 

Please help your child to continue making good progress by supporting them at home too. Ways you can help are by:

  • Listening to them read their reading book for 10 minutes each day
  • Sharing stories with them
  • Bringing their book bag to school everyday

 

 

School re-opens on Tuesday the 2nd November at 8.45. Breakfast club will be open as usual from 7:45 onwards for just £1. All children, including those in Nursery are welcome.

 

I hope all children have a great half term and remember to stay safe if you go out trick or treating!

 

Mr Waddington

Acting Headteacher

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