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Welcome to the School Year 2014-15

There is lots of excitement ahead this year. For details of forthcoming events look out for our newsletters in your child's hand and also in the Newsletters section on the left hand side menu.

 

Here are one or two of the more important dates coming up.

 

30th September - Y2 Visit to The Railway Museum, York

2nd October - Y1 Visit to The Railway Museum, York

10th October - Harvest Festival at St Alban's Church, 10 a.m.

15th October - Whole School Harvest Hoedown, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

23rd October - half term end

24th October - school closed for staff training

 

10th December - whole school visit to The Gala Theatre

16th December - afternoon performance of our own school play Twenty-five December Lane

17th December - afternoon and evening performance of Twenty-five December Lane

19th December - last day of term, Christmas Party at The Fun Shack and Christmas Dinner

 

Two Year Olds Are Top Of The Class !

Our new Two Year Olds had an unannounced OFSTED inspection in April 2014 and was judged as OUTSTANDING in every aspect.

 

Congratulations to Mrs Cullen, who leads our  Two Year Old Class, the rest of the Early Years Team and of course the Two Year Olds themselves.

 

The summary is included below for your interst and information. Full copies of the report are available on the OFSTED Childcare Website or from the School Office.

 

There is one place avaialble in our Two Year Old Class for January 2015 and a few places available for Easter 2015.

The criteria for a free funded place have now change to admit a wider range of children. You can apply if:-

You receive Income Support.

You receive Job Seekers Allowance

Your child is Looked After and you receive financial support for this

You receive Child Tax Credit - income below £16,190

You receive support under the Immigration and Assylum Act 1999

Your child receives Disability Living Allowance

You receive Working Tax Credits and earn no more than £16, 190

Your child has a current Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Your child has Special Guardianship or an Adoption or Residence Order

 

Application Forms are available from the school office. Call in to collect one or ring the school on 01429 880347 and we will post one out to you.

You are welcome to ring the school by appointment with the headteacher.

 

You can also ring the Childcare Places Team on 03000 268913 and ask to speak to Kelly and Linzi about a Two Year Old Place at Trimdon Grange School.

 

 

 

 

Family Questionnaires

Many thanks to all of you who gave up the time to complete and return our qusetionnaires. We received 53 replies representing 64 children.

 

It will take a little time to analyse all the responses in detail and we we publish some basic statistics and more comprehensive information about your views after half term.

 

Meanwhile here is a taster of your ideas and views:-

 

Suggestions for improving our school service

 

A few parents are interested in school communicating with them by text.

 

A few parents want more information on ways to help their children with learning in the early days of their school lives.

 

Some parents want regular coffee mornings to chat with each other and build more friendships in the school community.

 

One parent suggests "buddying up" new Reception pupils with Y1 or Y2 pupils for the first few weeks of school.

 

Another parent suggests building profiles of children on transfer to new classes.

 

Some parents want art/craft classes for parents and children together as Family Learning.

 

Some parents want a breakfast club/after school club on site.

 

Thank-you for this input. We will make reference to these as we prepare our School Development Plan for 2014-15.

 

Strengths of our provision

 

Many parents commented favourably on:-

 

the approachability of the staff team and time made for parent concerns

 

the rich and varied curriculum and the way children's own ideas are valued in this curriculum

 

school plays and productions

 

the quality of the environment - particularly photographic images

 

the way that all children, whatever their circumstances, are valued

 

We are delighted to receive an overwhelmingly positive response and to see the individuality of our school recognised. We will do our best to build on these strengths in the next school year.

 

Our children have also completed a questionnaire. Please watch this space for their views !

 

 

 

Stay Safe Online this Autumn

 

After our special focus last term we will be continuing to promote E-Safety. We have included a link to a great website. Please click below if you would like to reinforce our messages about staying safe on line.

 

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents/

 

 

We hope you enjoy these images of our recent E-Safety Drama Workshops. Each class travelled into the screen of a giant imaginary computer for a fairy tale adventure. There were lots of tricky decisions to make while they were on-line. They learned to look out for tricks and traps and NEVER TO SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION.

 

Amy the drama leader reminded the children that Mams, Dads, Nanas, Grandmas, Grandads and Teachers are always ready to listen and help you if anything on your computer makes you sad or scared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will continue to work closely with Sedgefield Schools Sports Partnership to gove our children the best possible Physical Education Offer we can. To learn more about our School Sports Partners click on the link below.

 

 

http://www.sedgefieldssp.org.uk/?_id=1

 

To see how we are spending our School Sports Premium money go to our School Information button.

 

Meanwhile watch the slide show below to see just some of the ways we are keeping fit and building our skills this school year. Enjoy !

We welcome visits to our Outstanding School from prospective parents by appointment with The Headteacher. See the bottom of the left hand menu for Contact details.

 

Go to the left hand menu, select School Information, then Admissions for details of the Local Authority School Admission Policy and Procedures.

 

We have one or two spaces left in the Nursery for the school year 2014 - 2015.  If your child is three now or has their third birthday before April 2015 and you have not yet applied for a place please contact the school for an application form.  Most children are admitted to the nursery following the term after their third birthday. Some rising three year olds whose families are in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance and Child Tax Credit may be eligible for early admission immediately after their third birthday for this school year only.  Contact Kelly or Linzi in the Child Care Places Team on 03000 268913 or call into school for an application form. Completed forms should be returned to:-

 

Childcare Places Team

County Hall

Durham

DH1 5UJ

 

 

If your child is two between 1st September 2014 and 31st of August 2015 please call in or send for an application form to secure a place on the Nursery waiting list for the next school year. Details of sessions available can be found in Our School, then Early Years in the left hand menu. Children are offered places according to the rules of the Durhal Local Authority Nursery Admissions Policy. Please contact School Admissions on 0191 3834490 for details of this policy. Paper copies are also available from the school on request.

 

 We have a few spaces in Key Stage One. Parents seeking a place in Years 1 or 2 should contact School Admissions on 0191 383 4490 in the first instance.

 

There are also some spaces in the Reception Class. Parents seeking a place in Reception should contact School Admissions on 0191 383 4490 in the first instance to discuss The Appeals Process.