Newsletter 5 – 15th February 2019

Dear Parents / Carers,

As we come to the end of our third term, I would like to update you on a few matters and wish you an enjoyable half-term break. Can I also remind you we return to school on Monday 25th February for Term 4.

Academy update – We have now heard that the DfE have agreed to our conversion (along with Old Hall and Westfield Infants) to academy status, with The Learners’ Trust. You may remember that when we were first presented to the board in March 2018, they said we had to wait. I have now found out that this was due to a change in policy and, quite rightly, more rigorous checks on multi-academy trusts wishing to grow. We have now been given a proposed date of 1st June 2019 but this is not set in stone. As I have explained before, it is unlikely that the change will affect the pupils or staff to begin with, as we will be buying back many services from DCC initially. The impact of the change will be mostly felt in the administration systems. Over time, the Governing Board may consider other options for services and providers; to see if another provider can give better value, which will mean we can maintain or improve our provision for pupils. I will, of course, keep you informed of any further developments.

Book Week 2018 The week beginning 4th March 2019 is National Book Week and we are having a special week in school called, ‘Share a Story’. During the week we will hold our annual book fair. Overleaf you can read, in detail, about activities for that week and the arrangements for the school book fair.

Basketball success Well done to our Year 5 and 6 basketball team, who played so well in the first round of the competition against other local schools and won. They then went through to the final, where they played superbly as a team and represented our school brilliantly. Congratulations to you all.

School Uniform Please ensure that your child attends school wearing the correct uniform with their tie on, until the summer term when I will inform you if ties can be left off. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Mobile phones Please may I remind everyone that we do not allow children to bring mobile phones into school except in emergency circumstances, for all the obvious safeguarding reasons. If you have permitted your child to bring a phone, they must hand it into the office and collect at the end of the school day.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Palmer-Coole