Our offer letters were sent on Friday, and so if you didn’t receive a letter on Saturday you should have it in the post today. We have been able to offer places for the core entitlement of 15 hours but not yet the additional 15 hours for eligible families as the Government system for administering this has not yet launched. We will process these requests as soon as you have found out whether you are entitled or not, and currently have approximately 14 places available.
Many of you will have received an email or text from our new ‘Caremonkey’ system, which is being introduced over the next few weeks to improve the medical information we hold on pupils, and also to move to sending more information to you via email. Please could you complete the information as soon as possible if you have received a prompt as it is very important to us that the system is populated before we can use it. We are aware that in some cases the ‘second contact’ has been sent the email instead of the first, and we will resolve this next week.
Do you have any old dressing up clothes (suitable for a 3 or 4 year old) that you could donate to school? This could include hats, shoes or bags as children love accessories. We could also do with some additional spare pairs of underwear (for reception/ Yr1) for when children have accidents in school. Thank you in anticipation of your help.
The deadline for the first ’round’ of admissions has now closed, and those parents will hear back from us on May 1st. The initial offer will be for the 15 hours as per our admissions policy, although those parents who are eligible for an additional 15 hours (once the applications open by central Government) may then have an opportunity to extend their offered hours. We will also do our utmost to offer any top-up hours you have requested by May 1st.
The Government is offering 30 hours of free childcare to working parents of 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017, which will be launched shortly. In order to be eligible, a household will need to demonstrate that all parents (either lone parent or couple) are working and earning equivalent of 16 hours a week at living wage and no more than £100K. There are some exemptions such as maternity leave, carer’s allowance etc. You will be able to apply shortly online, however you need a Government Gateway ID in order to do so- if you haven’t already got one then our advice would be to apply as soon as possible as this can be time consuming!
Mrs. Handford has been busy writing the menu for the summer term, and we see the return of a packed lunch option on a Thursday. You can find an electronic copy of the new menu under the ‘Parents’ section of the website, and we will send out a paper copy to everyone once they have been printed. The menu will come into effect after Easter until the October half term.
Year 6 children should hear this week from the Council about their Secondary School choices. We do not have access to the information yet as to schools offered, but if you are a Year 6 parent and you did not apply for a secondary place then please contact the office urgently. Offers of primary places are due mid April, and offers to our Nursery classes will be made by May 1st.
A reminder that the children finish today for half term, returning on Monday 20th February. Our holiday club is running every day next week, with booking through the link on their page (navigated from the ‘parents’ drop down menu). During the half term the new sports hall will also be put into position and most of the pathways completed, therefore when we return it should look a lot different to the front of the school building. We hope you all have a lovely half term and return to us suitably refreshed.
The work to dig the foundations for the new hall has begun in earnest, much to the fascination of the children. This first phase is due to be complete by the end of this week, with the concrete being poured to form the base by Friday. The weather has not been on our side, and so please be careful as the driveway is muddy but being cleared regularly. Next week the second phase begins to dig a trench to link the new hall with the existing building, and so there is a little more work to do before the diggers disappear!
The work on the new sports hall will begin next week to the front of the school. The first fortnight will involve digging the footings and putting the various service trenches in place, therefore there will be fenced areas limiting access. Please follow the safety signage, and also take care if walking on the driveway as there may be mud on the surface- we will keep it as clean as possible but there is the inevitability of some mud remaining on the road surface. It is very exciting, and we are hoping to have the hall ready for use by the end of term 4.