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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.
Thanks for all your patience with the building works on site. It will all be worth it in the end when our school has a fantastic new roof !
Here are one or two of the more important dates coming up.
Half Term - school closes at 3:00 p.m. (or 4:00 p.m.) for Recorder Club children on Thursday 12th February and re-opens Monday 23rd February
Nursery Mothers' Day Lunch - Wednesday 11th March. Details will follow.
Early Years Mothers' Day Celebration - Friday 13th March at 2:00 p.m
All mammies, nannas, aunties and grandmas welcome
End of Term - school closes for the Easter Holidays on Friday 27th March at 3:00 p.m. and opens for the Summer Term on Monday 13th April 2015
I am proud to say that our school is almost always open during snowy weather. We have only closed for one day due to inclement weather in the last ten years !
During this winter we are asking families to check here first on days of extreme weather to see if the school is open. Fingers crossed that no learning time will be lost this year.
If the weather is bad but the school is open each family will need to decide how safe their journey to school is. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ANY RISKS.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.