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Welcome to the School Year 2015 -16
Autumn Term 2015
Welcome back to a brand new school year. Let's make it the best ever !
A special welcome to our new Nursery starters. They are :-
Taylor, Logan, Noah, Liam, Ethan, Olivia, Amelia, Jake, Isla, Debbie, Tennyson and Lucas.
We would like to wish them every happiness and success during their time with us.
Dates For Your Diary
We have lots of exciting plans for events this term but we are awaiting confirmation of some dates. Details of these will follow in due course.
Meanwhile here are some forthcoming definite dates.
School re-opens Thursday 3rd September at 9 a.m.
School closes at 3 p.m. on Thursday 22nd October for Half Term
School re-opens Monday 2nd November at 9 a.m.
School closes for the Christmas holidays on Friday 18th December at 3 p.m.
9th December - Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 visit to the pantomime.
15th December - School Christmas Production 2 p.m.
16th December - School Christmas Production 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
National Accolade For Our School
Following an HMI visit to school in January our school was chosen as an example of best practice for a series of OFSTED professional development films. If you follow the link below and watch the first and fouth film in the list of programmes you will see our school Early Years Unit in action.
A special film of our school was designed by OFSTED to launch their National Annual Early Years Report at a meeting with Sir Michael Wilshaw in Wesminster on the 3rd July. (I was lucky enough to be present and it was a very proud moment for our school. - CW)
You might also want to read the written case study below.
Attention Nursery Parents
Reception Places for September 2016
Is your child 5 on or between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 ?
If so you need to apply for a school place for September 2016 EVEN IF YOUR CHILD ALREADY ATTENDS THIS NURSERY.
From 12th September 2015 you can apply online following the link below
You will also be able to access a copy of the guide for parents "Primary School Admissions in County Durham 2016-17" which will contain the essential information that will help you in making your application.
Paper copies may be obtained from The School Admissions and Transport Team on 03000 265 896
Please note that the deadline for applications 15th January 2016
Holidays in Term Time
Under the most recent legislation parents should not take their childen out of school for holidays other than in exceptional circumstances. Family holidays should only be taken during school holiday periods and parents may be fined for unauthorised absences which will also appear on their child's school record. Please see the School Holidays button at the bottom of the menu on the left to check dates for your bookings. You need to discuss any issues you have with this with the headteacher by appointment.
BOOKS FOR BOYS ! BOOKS FOR BOYS !
Because a generous donation of £200 from our hard working PTFA we have been able to buy some more boy-friendly books to attract boys into our book corners.
A team of boys travelled to Waterstones in Durham to select texts that they thought other boys would enjoy. Well done to Thomas, Cody, Jake, Kelvin, Louie, Mickey, Tom, Lewis, Josh, Aiden and Jimmy who chose some brilliant books with the help of the shopkeeper and thanks to Sarah, Samantha and Joyce for accompanying us and John for providing the transport - fabulous parental support as ever !
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.
The provision is full for September 2015 but parents may apply for places for January 2016 or April 2016.
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 2015-16.
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 in 2015
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 annual E-Safety Drama Workshops. Each class travels into the screen of a giant imaginary computer for a fairy tale adventure. There are lots of tricky decisions to make while they are on-line. They learned to look out for tricks and traps and NEVER TO SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION.
Amy the drama leader reminds 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 through the school year. Enjoy !
Visits From Prospective Parents
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.
The Nursery is full for this school year but we can place your child's name on a waiting list. Children are admitted to the nursery following the term after their third birthday.
If your child is two between 1st September 2015 and 31st of August 2016 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 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 should contact School Admissions on 0191 383 4490 in the first instance.