A message from the Headteacher
Welcome to our first newsletter of the new term. Thank you for your support in making it such a smooth start to the year. The children have settled into their new classes really well and their attitude and smartness is something that everyone should be proud of. It has been a busy summer in school with lots of building work going on: this has included work to update the heating in Kindergarten and refurbishment of the school bungalow to create a new and exciting space. More information will follow about these changes and we look forward to inviting you to come and see the results! The staff have worked hard in their classrooms to create wonderful learning environments for the children to return to. Everything is fresh and exciting! Thanks must go to all the staff, both teaching and support staff, for their efforts over the holiday.
It always feels as though our first newsletter is a list of requests and reminders. I hope that you will understand that these are necessary to help with the smooth running of our school and the newsletter is not intended to be a list of ‘dos and don’ts’!
Thank you for your on-going support and interest in your child’s learning. We look forward to working with you over the year to come and hope for a happy and successful year.
Mrs. D. Hudson
First thing in the morning is an extremely busy time for the class teachers. Whilst we wish to encourage you to share any concerns that you may have or information that you might need us to know, please could we ask the following:-
Bags and Bottles
Can we please remind you that due to space restrictions in our cloakroom, we advise that children in Key Stage 2 have a Ridge Backpack. These are available to buy from the school office. If bags brought into school are too big, we will request that a smaller bag is provided.
Please can we also remind you that the children need to bring a water bottle to school each day to keep hydrated in the classroom. However this must be filled with water, only - no squash, fruit juice or other flavoured drinks. They can however have these drinks as part of their lunch.
Attendance and Punctuality
We monitor the attendance of all children and recognise that the attendance of a small minority of children falls below that expected. Children can't help being ill and as parents you are best placed to make the decision as to whether your child is well enough to be in school. However, if they are feeling a little 'under the weather' we would encourage you to send them to school where we will monitor them and contact you if they are struggling. Obviously, if your child is clearly unwell then it is in their best interest for them to be resting and recovering at home. We will contact you if we are concerned that your child's attendance is below that expected or there is a pattern of absence.
If you are taking leave of absence, please ask for a form to request this. You will be aware that we are unable to authorise leave unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'. There have been occasions where children have been reported ill but have been on holiday. We usually know because they want to tell us or their friends all about their trip! If you are not up front with us, the children may be put in the difficult position of having to tell lies. It also sends out contradictory messages about the importance of honesty.
Lateness - punctuality is an important part of attendance which we are focusing on. All children should be in their classrooms by 8.50 a.m. Those arriving after this time will be recorded as late. Please see our Attendance Policy for further information about what this means.
Parking in Gregory Road
At the start of this new year please can we take the opportunity to remind you about parking in Gregory Road. You will know that this is a constant issue for both school and local residents and so for everyone’s safety and to ensure that we maintain good relationships with the residents, please note the following.
Please see the attached information from West Midlands Police.
Keeping Children Safe
Finally, over the course of the year we support a number of charities as well as raising money for our school. We believe that it is important for the children to know about the work of charities and the people they help. However, we recognise that everyone’s situation is different so please support when you can, with what you can, without feeling under pressure. Thank you.