November Newsletter

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Nov 172017


8th November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to the second half of the Autumn term. This is always an exciting half term in primary schools as there are lots of Christmas events planned. Check our diary dates for specific Christmas events.

Bug Busting Week – THIS WEEK!

Please find attached a leaflet which is about the prevention and treatment of head lice. We have a big problem with head lice in school at the moment, with lots of families complaining about them. With this in mind, please check your family’s hair and treat if necessary THIS WEEK. If we all see this week as our bug busting week, then we might stand a chance of getting rid of them. Unfortunately, it only takes one family to not do this and we are back to square one. There are some special combs available for free from the office – most treatments come with a comb.

Year 1 / 2 class

We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Nash to our Y1/2 classroom. Mrs Nash is doing supply for 4 weeks until Friday 24th November. The remaining 3 weeks of term will be covered by Mrs Palmer. Both teachers are regular supply teachers in school, and familiar faces to the children.

Whilst Mrs Calvert is away, Mrs Stanton and the class are keeping in touch via email, and finding out lots of interesting facts about India in the process. This is in addition to their class topic on old and new toys, following the Year 1 and 2 National Curriculum objectives.

 Children with mobile ’phones in the playground

Some children bring their phones to school as they are walking to and from school without their parents. We are very understanding of this and provide a secure place in the office for these to be stored during the school day.

We are aware, however, that some children have been using their ‘phones to take selfies and photos of other children in the playground before and after school. This is causing distress to some children and their parents. Please note that children are not allowed to use their mobile phones on school grounds. Any child caught using their phone on school grounds will have their phone confiscated, and their parent or carer will be required to collect it at the end of the school day.

New Mills AFC Car Park

Please see the attached letter from New Mills AFC about parking restrictions.

The application process for the 2018/19 reception intake opens on 13 November 2017.

The leaflet ‘Applying for your child’s infant/primary school place 2018 -19’ summarises the application process. A supply of the leaflets will be sent to you week commencing 6 November 2017 and I should be pleased if you will make them available to the parents of children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 who are eligible to start school during the 2018/19 academic year. Please do not distribute the leaflets to parents until 13 November 2017 as the application facilities do not open until this date. Further supplies of the leaflet can be obtained by emailing or by ringing 01629 537499.

On SchoolsNet you will find a copy of the Admissions Timescale 2018/19 which I hope you will find helpful.

You can view the following information online at

  • Applying for your child’s infant/primary school place 2018-19 – a summary


  • How to apply for a place at Primary School – a guide for parentsOur online application facility at will be available from 9am on 13 November 2017. For those parents without access to the internet they can apply by phone by ringing Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.Full information on the application process is included in How to apply for a place at Primary School – a guide for parents at Parents requesting a hard copy of this guide should be referred to the Admissions and Transport Team, details as above.   Whitehall Please note that there are still places available for Year 5 and 6 pupils for Whitehall 2018. If these places aren’t filled by Y5 and 6 by Friday 24th November we will offer them to Year 4 pupils.Operation Christmas Child – Shoe Box Appeal The boxes will be collected on Monday 20th November. There will be a non-uniform day this Friday 10th November and children are encouraged to bring items in to put in the boxes or, if you would like to, bring in a completed box, wrapped and with a (suggested) donation of £5.00 to cover project costs – including shipping.Please pick up children from their normal doors, then come round to the front of school to enter the Christmas Fair through the bottom red door. (This is the door we also use for Breakfast Club and School discos). Parents will not be allowed into school until all the children have been dismissed, so that we can make sure the children are safely with their parents/carers.Friday 17.11.17 bring chocolate for the Chocolate Tombola Friday 1st December bring cakes for the cake stall (cake boxes to follow)All are welcome and 15% of all sales will go towards our new school library. Bring friends and family.With thanks for your continued support.NovemberFriday 10th                            –               Non-uniform day for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal
  • Monday 13th                        –               Start of School Meals Week
  • Wednesday 8th                    –               Full Governing Body meeting 7.00 pm
  • Diary Dates
  • Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Dinner Day This is on Wednesday 13th December and children are encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper or T-shirt. If your child usually brings a packed lunch, you might want to put an extra Christmas treat in their box on this day.
  • Sip and Shop Evening You are invited to our St. George’s Christmas shopping evening – with wine and soft drinks on Friday 8th December – 7pm until 9pm at Itsy Bitsy Boutique, Market Street, Chapel.
  • Friday 24.11.17 bring bottles for the Bottle Tombola (please hand glass bottles to staff or a PTA member)
  • So that we can gather items to sell at the Christmas Fair, we are holding non-uniform days where children bring items into school in exchange for coming in non-uniform. The days are all Fridays as follows:
  • Christmas Fair This will be held on Friday 1st December in school from 3.20 until 5.30.
  • School Catering Events Look out for posters advertising our Bake off Competition (on 15.11.17), as part of School Meals Week 13.11.17 to 17.11.17 All children are encouraged to enter.
  • Parents of pupils with special educational needs are advised that the admission of their child is dealt with by the SEND Administration Team and they should continue to liaise with their caseworker.
  • It would be appreciated if you would publicise these facilities at your open evenings and if possible consider offering parents the use of your computers to enable them to access the online services. If for some reason they are unable to make an application either online or by telephone they should ring the Admissions and Transport Team on 01629 537479.

9.30 – 10.30 Anti-Bullying production

Wednesday 15th –               –               Decorate a cake (or design a cake on paper) competition

Friday 17th                            –               Non-uniform day – Chocolate

Tuesday 21st                        –               New Mills Book Chat group in school 7 pm

Wednesday 22nd                 –               Reception children height and weight check

Friday 24th                            –               Non-uniform day – bottles

Saturday 25th                       –               New Mills Christmas lights switch on


Friday 1st                               –               Non-uniform day – cakes

  •        Christmas Fair 3.20 – 5.30

Monday 4th                          –               Key Stage 1 Christmas Play dress rehearsal

Tuesday 5th                          –               Key Stage 1 Christmas Play for parents 9.30 am and 6 pm

Friday 8th                              –               Sip and Shop evening 7 – 9 pm at Itsy Bitsy Boutique

Monday 11th                        –               Christingle Day 2.30 pm Christingle Service in church – all welcome

Wednesday 13th                  –               Christmas jumper day and Christmas dinner day

Thursday 14th                      –               am EYFS Christmas party *

pm Y1.2 Christmas party *

PTA Christmas disco

Friday 15th                            –               pm Y3/4 Christmas party *

Monday 18th                        –               pm Y5/6 Christmas party *

*Please note for all Christmas parties from Year 1 upwards, children need to come to school in school uniform and then get changed into their party clothes.

Thursday 19th                      –               9.30 am Nursery group Christmas Nativity in church – all welcome

Break up for Christmas holidays at normal time.


Y1/Y2 Class Letter

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Sep 222017

22nd September 2017

Dear Parents and Carers of children in Mrs Calvert’s class

It was lovely to see so many of you at our ‘meet the teacher’ afternoon yesterday. I’m glad you could see what good work is going on in the classroom and how the work of Year 1 and Year 2 children is being differentiated. If anyone was unable to make it into school yesterday, please contact Mrs Calvert or the office to arrange another mutually convenient time.

I’m also very pleased to be able to tell you that although Mrs Calvert was initially only staying with us until October half term, due to her prior travel plans for November and December, she has agreed to return to us in January to teach the children for the Spring and Summer terms. This will mean that we have a supply teacher with us for the busy Christmas term. I am currently securing a teacher who is already known to the school and the children and who has worked with us previously. Mrs Stanton will remain with the class to provide the stability they need.

With thanks for your continued support.

Mandy Brown

September Newsletteer

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Sep 192017

11th September 2017

September Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to the Autumn term at St. George’s and for those parents who are new to the school, welcome to the St. George’s community – we look forward to working in partnership with you and your child.

I hope you all had a good summer and managed to catch some nice weather. Staff are all refreshed and ready to meet the challenges and successes that this year will bring. We have now converted to be an academy and our title is St. George’s C of E Primary School.

Welcome Mrs Calvert – In our last newsletter we told you about our new Y1/2 teacher, Ms Hughes. Ms Hughes got married and is now Mrs Calvert!

So …….. we welcome Mrs Calvert to St. George’s and hope that she enjoys her time with us. There’s a brilliant working ‘buzz’ every time I go into Mrs Calvert’s classroom and the children have settled really well with their new teacher. My thanks go to Mrs Stanton, Mrs Percival and Mrs Hibbert for all their hard work over the summer to make the Y1/2 classroom look so fantastic.

Mrs Hibbert – Congratulations to Ms Harman our TA, who got married over summer and is now Mrs Hibbert! We wish her and Mr Hibbert love and happiness in their future together.

Thank you – Mrs Townsend says, “Thank you so much for the cards, presents and good wishes I received at the end of the summer term, as I leave teaching and start on a new venture with my family. I am going to miss everyone like mad but I will still help out in school when I can. St. George’s has been a massive part of my life and it has been a pleasure to have been part of the team.”

Annual Parents’ Questionnaire – At the end of last term we asked parents to complete our annual questionnaire to parents. 11 families did this, in respect of 17 children at our school and their views have been analysed. Results are attached, together with the staff’s response to any issues raised. These questionnaires are really important to us as a school because they help us to plan improvements.

Many thanks to those of you who completed the form and thanks for your honesty on them as we can now move forward and put things right with your support. As always we did promise a raffle prize for one of the parents who returned their questionnaire. The lucky winner this year, whose name came out of the hat, is Mr Karl Tiffany. Mr Tiffany wins a family treat to Tatton Park, kindly donated by our Chair of Governors, Mr Lee Baker.

Phone Numbers – please keep the school office informed of any change to your phone numbers so that we can update our systems.

Social Media Sites The use of Social Media sites is not an appropriate way to raise genuine concerns as problems cannot be investigated and dealt with fairly and effectively if school does not know about them. May I also respectfully remind you that a statement about an individual that is untrue is libellous, especially if it undermines the reputation of an individual.

If such comments are made about any staff member, this will be followed up by the Derbyshire Legal Services and staff union representatives to seek independent legal advice about pursuing a claim. May I also remind you that our school is trying to educate children about “cyber bullying”, and to protect pupils from becoming victims of such bullying. Posting negative or offensive comments on social networking sites sets a very poor example, and could lead children to believe that “cyber bullying” is in some way acceptable. If children have access to negative comments about our school and our staff, it could reduce their confidence in the school, and this could be damaging to their education. Thank you once again to those of you who support us, work with us and use the appropriate channels to raise your concerns.

Dates for your diary (see end of this newsletter) – We have tried to provide some key dates for this academic year. Please note that we will stick to these dates wherever possible but it may be necessary to change something due to unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, we will let you know in plenty of time through our half-termly newsletter or by text.

Office Hours – Mrs Stanton will now be in the school office from 8.30 to 9.30 every day. She will be available during this hour to take dinner money, make appointments to see staff and to deal with your queries. If you are able to contact us (on the phone or in person) during this time it would be very helpful. Mrs Stanton will also be chasing up punctuality and attendance so please make sure you telephone school as early as possible if your child is absent for the day, or if they will be late.

Morning Routine – please note that we are trying to encourage all the children to develop independence in school. This starts with children in Reception from first thing in the morning. We would therefore respectfully ask that you leave your child in the playground when the bell goes to line up, in the morning, and that you don’t accompany them to their classrooms. Children have to put their own coats and shoes on and change their own clothes during school hours. They are able to do this in a morning too. Thank you.

Registration – Registration closes at 9.00 a.m. and the outside classroom door will be shut. Any children arriving after this time are late for school and should enter through the main door.

Parents picking up children early – parents picking up their children early from school causes upheaval to the classes and to your child’s learning. Please avoid it unless absolutely necessary. Appointments for the dentist, opticians, doctor etc should whenever possible be made outside normal school hours.


Girls – Sweatshirt or Cardigan – plain navy or navy with school badge (No adverts). Navy or grey skirt / pinafore / trousers / leggings. White blouse / T-shirt/ polo shirt, or with school badge. Blue/white or red/white gingham dress. White / Navy socks / Navy tights. Black Shoes. No trainers. Sun Cap.

Boys – Sweatshirt or Cardigan – plain navy or navy with school badge (No adverts). Plain navy or grey trousers/shorts. Plain white T shirt/polo shirt/shirt., or with school badge. Black Shoes. No trainers. Sun Cap.

P.E. – Please ensure your child has a full P.E. kit, in a suitable bag, in school at all times. P.E. can take place on any day in school. Again, the school has a clear policy on P.E. kit and your child is expected to wear it. The correct kit will enable children to take a full and active role in this important part of the curriculum. Hygiene is important so P.E. bags should go home regularly for the kit to be washed, (we suggest at the end of each half term).

P.E. kit consists of navy shorts and red t-shirt (with or without school badge). Children should have pumps for indoor use and trainers for outdoors. In extremely cold or inclement weather, leggings or jogging bottoms may be worn for outdoor P.E. with the permission of the teacher. This should be the exception rather than the norm and shorts will normally be required. Children will be expected to change fully into their separate PE kit. This includes a change of t-shirt and footwear and the removal of tights. Leggings should be different to those worn as part of the school uniform.

Keep in Touch – The school website can be viewed at It contains lots of information about the school, what we have done and what we are doing. Our pages will be updated over the year with reports of our activities and photographs of our learning.

The school has a Facebook page. You can find us @schoolsgnm. ‘Like’ the page to be kept up to date with information from school.

Analysis of questionnaire for parents and carers 2017

    (Please Tick)
    Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree
1 My child is happy at this school. 9 2
2 My child feels safe at this school. 10 1
3 My child makes good progress at this school. 9 2
4 My child is well looked after at this school. 10 1
5 My child is taught well at this school. 9 2
6 School helps me to / I know how to support my child’s learning at home. 7 3

(plus 1 between>)

7 This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved. 7 2

(plus 1 between>)

8 This school deals effectively with bullying*.



*Bullying includes persistent name calling, cyber-bullying, racist and homophobic bullying.

7 1

(plus 1 between>)

9 This school is well led and managed. 8

(plus 1 between>)

10 This school responds well to any concerns I raise. 8 2

(plus 1 between>)

11 I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress. 9 1

(plus 1 between>)

12a Have you used Parent View online to give feedback on this school? Yes 5 No 6
12b Is there anything the school could do to help/support parents complete Parent View online?

(please give details)


  • Allow to complete the form for more than one child
13 I would like the school to provide more information about……….. (please give details or leave blank)  

No responses given for this question


14 Would you recommend this school to another parent? Yes 11 No 0


Is there anything you would like the school to offer or do that it does not do at this present time?


  • After school club for working parents
  • Parent to teachers Q and A
16 If you want to explain any of your answers or add any further comments about the school, please tell us here. Please continue on a separate sheet of paper if necessary.


  • We have not had to deal with bullying however all the information the school has given is good.We think the teachers do an excellent job … keep up the good work!
  • The Nursery and Reception class size is a worry but we will see how our child progresses in such a large group.
  • Both our children had lovely reports and we’re very pleased with how well they are coming on in school.
  • Our child has received fantastic support, thank you!

We had 11 forms returned in respect of 17 children from the following year groups:





Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
3 3 1 4 3 0 2 1


12b Is there anything the school could do to help/support parents complete Parent View online?

(please give details)

You said : Allow to complete the form for more than one child

School says : Unfortunately, school has no control over the Parent View website – this is run by OFSTED and from our dealings in the past, there doesn’t appear to be anywhere for parents to write extra feedback (other than answer the questions set by OFSTED) on the website.

13 I would like the school to provide more information about……….. (please give details or leave blank)  

No responses given for this question


14 Would you recommend this school to another parent? Yes 11 No 0


Is there anything you would like the school to offer or do that it does not do at this present time?

You said : After school club for working parents

School says : Although we don’t run an after school club every night within school, we are a pick-up point for the local ‘Good Times After School club’ which is run at Mellor Church and is excellent. For more information please contact the school office or the after school club direct.

We do run Peak Active Sport club session each Tuesday and Wednesday within school terms. More information is available from the school office and on the leaflet sent home to parents this week.

You said : Parent to teachers Q and A

School says : This is a great idea and something which Mrs. Hall’s class trialled last year. School staff are very keen to offer times within the school day for parents to come and look at books with their children and to ask staff any questions about the work or their child’s education. Please see the diary dates section of our newsletters for dates for this throughout the coming school year. We have tried to offer dates and times either at the start of or the end of the school day, to try and fit in with working parents. We have also tried to put these on different days for the same reason. If you need to talk to us at another time, please contact the school office to make a mutually convenient appointment with the class teacher, or talk to us at Parents’ Evenings.

Please also note that for parents of children in EYFS, Mrs Davison is offering some special ‘meet the teacher’ type sessions next week after school. See her class newsletter for further details.

Our termly class newsletter and our school website are also great ways to find out what’s going on in class or in school.

With thanks for your continued support.

Mandy Brown Headteacher

Diary Dates

for the academic year 2017-18

Week commencing
11.9.17. 12.9.17. High Peak Kids Council 9.30 – 10.30
18.9.17. 22.9.17. Y6 bonding day at New Mills High School
21.9.17. School Photos – Families and Individuals – from 8.30
28.9.17 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 2.45 until 3.10
9.10.17. 11.10.17. New Mills High School Y7 pupils showing their work to Y6 teachers 1.30 – 3pm at New Mills High School
16.10.17. Y5 Bikeability training Monday 16.10.17. and 17.10.17.

Children break up Thursday 19.10.17.

INSET day PEGS cluster Friday 20.10.17.

October half term holiday
30.10.17. Back in school Monday 30.10.17.

31.10.17. HPKC 9.30 – 10.30

20.11.17. Saturday 25.11.17. New Mills Christmas lights switch on
20.11.17 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 9.00 until 9.25
4.12.17. 5.12.17. KS1 Christmas play for parents 9.30am & 6pm
14.12.17 A.M. EYFS Christmas Party
14.12.17 P.M. Rec/Y1/Y2 Christmas Party
18.12.17 P.M. KS2 Christmas Party
18.12.17. Break up Tuesday 19.12.17.
Christmas holiday
1.1.18. INSET day Tuesday 2.1.18.

Children back in school Wednesday 3.1.18.

15.1.18. 16.1.18. HPKC 9.30 – 10.30
25.1.17 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 2.465 until 3.10
12.2.18. Break up Friday 16.2.18.
February half term holiday
26.2.18. Back in school Monday 26.2.18.
5.3.18. 6.3.18. High Peak Kids Council 9.30 – 10.30
12.3.18. Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 9.00 until 9.25
19.3.18. 21.3.18. Y5s day at New Mills High School, with Y7s returning to their primary schools to talk to & work with Y6s about expectations in Y7

Break up Friday 23.3.18.

Easter holiday
9.4.18. Back in school 9.4.18.
23.4.18. 24.4.18. High Peak Kids Council 9.30 – 10.30
26.4.18 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 2.45 until 3.10
30.4.18. 4.5.18. Y6 staff to New Mills High School to look at writing and maths 1.15 – 3.15


7.5.18. Bank holiday May Day 7.5.18.

Back in school Tuesday 8.5.18.

14.5.18. SATS week

Take One Picture week 1 – (afternoons)

18.5.18. Y6 after SATS bonding morning in High Lea Park – MB supply Y5

21.5.18. Take One Picture week 2

Break up Friday 25.5.18.

May half term holiday
4.6.18. Back in school Monday 4.6.18.
11.6.18. 11.6.18. PEGS music concert in New Mills Arts Theatre

12.6.18. High Peak Kids Council C 9.30 – 10.30

18.6.18 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 9.00 until 9.25
18.6.18. INSET day Friday 22.6.18.
25.6.18. INSET day Monday 25.6.18.

Children back in school Tuesday 26.6.18.

29.6.18. High Peak Kids Council Summer Fair

2.7.18. 4.7.18., 5.7.18. & 6.7.18. Y6 New Mills High School transition days

4.7.18. am Class swap morning

9.7.18. 11.7.18., 12.7.18 & 13.7.18. New Mills High School show – primary schools invited
16.7.18. Break up Friday 20.7.18.
Summer holiday

May Newsletter

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May 152017

8th May 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to our Summer term 1 newsletter. At our recent governing body meeting, the governors agreed to the following classes from September. As you will see Mrs Townsend is not included on this list. This is because Mrs Townsend has regrettably resigned from her position as a teacher at St. George’s in order to pursue another career in a family business. We are really sorry to see her go as she has been a wonderful member of our team for 12 years.

Her dedication and hard work have given our children a good grounding to their education and we all have many fond memories of working with her. I am sure you will all join me in wishing Mrs. Townsend good luck in all she does in the future.

We will be appointing a new teacher during the summer term to teach our Y1/2 class.

Classes for September

Year Group No. in class Teacher Classroom
Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery & Reception

Nursery – 14

Rec – 19

KD Nursery
Year 1 and 2 (the younger Y2’s will be in this class 26 New teacher Reception


26 SC Y1/2


24 FH Y3/4


27 MH Y5/6

Non-uniform days

With the PTA Spring Fair fast approaching, we are also holding non-uniform days on the next 2 Fridays in order to gather items for stalls and tombolas. Your child is welcome to wear non-uniform in exchange for bringing an item on the day Please do not allow children to carry glass bottles in the playground – these can be left by an adult in the school office or with the PTA box on the playground on Friday 12th May.

Friday 5th May – chocolate (thank you for your donations!) Friday 12th May – bottles Friday 19th May – cakes

The Spring fair will take place in school on Saturday 20th May from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome!

Breakfast Club and Tesco

In order to promote our Breakfast Club we will be holding a ‘Big Breakfast’ week, beginning Monday 19th June. All are welcome to join us for a FREE breakfast from 8.30 – 9.00 each day of that week, in the school hall. You will have the chance to see our Breakfast Club in action, and to sit to enjoy (an extra!) breakfast with your child.

The food for this event is kindly being provided by Tesco, who are sponsoring our breakfast club by supplying cereals, juices, milk, cereal bars and fruit each week.

SATS week

This week is SATS week for our Year 6 pupils. We wish them luck in these national assessments – they have been well prepared by Mr Hewitt and have been working hard all year in the run up to these tests.

Year 2 pupils will be taking their SATS as part of normal classroom practice over the next few weeks.

Year 1 Phonics Screening test during the week beginning Monday 12th June.

Please ensure that your children are in school for these important national tests. As ever their attendance at school should be above 95%, as set down as the target for attendance by the government.


We have been informed by the Derby Diocese Academy Trust (DDAT) that we will not be converting to an academy until 1st September due to the general election.

The conversion to an academy has to be signed off by a member of parliament, and as currently there are no MPs in parliament, only candidates, there is no one available to sign off our conversion.

We will keep you updated as soon as we have any further news.

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who joined us for the parents and carers meetings with DDAT last term. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact school and we will try to answer them for you.

Parent Governor Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor on the board of governors. If any parent would like to apply for this, please contact Di in the office for a nomination pack.

With thanks for your continued support.

Mandy Brown Headteacher

Dates for your diary


w/b 12th                                SATS week

Friday 12th                            Y6 post SATS morning in High Lea Park

Wednesday 17th                 Dental check for 5 yr olds

Friday 19th                            Balance bikes for Reception children

High Peak Kids Council meet Andrew Bingham

Saturday 20th                       Summer Fun Day 11 – 1 p.m.

w/b Monday 22nd               Big Write, Big RE & Big Maths days

Monday 22nd                       Fit4 Schools

Tuesday 23rd                        Y6 Height & Weight check

Friday 26th                            Balance bikes for Reception children

Break up for half term 3.15 p.m.


Monday 5th                          Back in school 8.50 a.m.

Wednesday 7th                    Y1/2 trip to Canon Farm

Thursday 8th                         R/Y1 trip to Cannon Farm

w/b Monday 12th               Y1 Phonics Screening check week

Monday 12th to                   Y5/6 residential to Losehill, Castleton (Children remaining at school will be doing a

Wednesday 14th                          range of fun activities including preparing, cooking and eating their own lunch!)

Tuesday 13th                        Nursery trip

Wednesday 14th                 High Peak Kids Council visit to Houses of Parliament and London attractions

Friday 16th                            Class photos

w/b Monday 19th               Breakfast Club week 8.30 – 9 every day in the school hall

Monday 26th                        Fit4Schools

Tuesday 27th                        9.15 Worship in Church – all welcome

Friday 30th                            INSET Day


w/b Monday 3rd                  Work Experience placement week

Monday 3rd                          INSET Day

Tuesday 4th to                     Y6 NMHS induction days

Thursday 6th

Tuesday 4th                          Class swap day

Monday 10th                        p.m. Sports Afternoon – all welcome

Wednesday 12th                 Y5 welcome day at NMHS

Thursday 13th                      Y6 Confirmations in Church 11 a.m.

Friday 14th                            Reports out to parents

Tuesday 18th                        9.30a.m. and 6.30p.m. KS2 Play – all welcome

Thursday 20th                      Y6 leavers’ event

PTA disco

Friday 21st                            1.30 Y6 leavers’ service in Church

Break up for summer holidays

Classes-September 2017

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May 152017

11th May 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been brought to my attention that some parents are unhappy about our classes for next year. In light of this I feel I should explain further, to hopefully put your minds at rest.

In an ideal world we would be able to afford a teacher for each year group, but as a small school with smaller pupil numbers, we always have to mix age groups.

Bearing this in mind, we made the decision to split our Year 2 group between 2 classes. These children will follow the exact same curriculum and have identical learning objectives – as all Year 2 children at any school will have. We decided to house our Year 1 and 2 group in the current Reception classroom because it is such a lovely big and bright space. The current furniture, resources and set up is obviously going to be changed to ensure we have age-appropriate tables, chairs and resources available for the age of children. You will be more than welcome to come and have a look at it and meet our new teacher (when appointed) during the first week of the Autumn term.

Regarding the new teacher, we are hoping to appoint a maths specialist who will lead Key Issue 3 in our OFSTED report. This will also give the children in Year 1/2 class a real boost to their maths.

We have also decided to combine Nursery and Reception as one stage – an Early Years Foundation Stage. This was recommended by our OFSTED inspector and is something about which we have thought long and hard. As we are offering the 30 hours of childcare for Nursery age children, we have decided that all part time (15 hrs) Nursery children will be in school each morning – like normal. Those children on 30 hrs provision will stay for a packed lunch or school dinner, and will then be taught as a Nursery group in the afternoon, finishing at 3.15 with the other children.

Our Reception children will follow the Early Years Curriculum as required by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework throughout the day, being taught as a much smaller, purely Reception group in the afternoons.

They will be taught by Mrs Davison in the current Nursery classroom and outdoor area, but will also experience much more of school life through our afternoon worships, P.E. sessions in the hall and playgrounds and computing lessons in our ICT room.

The ratio of adults to children in Early Years is statutory and we are required to meet these ratios. For nursery the required ratio is 1 : 13 and we will have 3 adults in the classroom with Nursery and Reception which is a better ratio than many Early Years providers.

Please be assured that none of your children are being held back by this organisation of classes.

All the children will be following the curriculum for their age group and will use the right furniture and resources for their age, height and maturity.

If you should have any further concerns about this please contact the school office or preferably, just ask a member of staff on the playground in the morning. Social media is never the best way to get the facts about us.

With thanks for your continued support.

Mrs M Brown

February Newsletter

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Feb 062017


Monday 6th February 2017

Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome to our February newsletter which is mainly concerned with the questions and answers from our OFSTED parents’ meeting last week. But first, let me start by apologizing to Mrs. Shepherd!

In our January newsletter we should have told you that Mrs. Shepherd left the school at Christmas. Mrs. Shepherd worked with us for over 6 years from September 2010 and was a very well-loved and well thought of member of staff. Over her time at the school Mrs. Shepherd worked in most of our classrooms and was an asset to all of them. She’s been our resident Mary Berry (junior!) and we and the children miss her baking skills – but not as much as we miss her! We all wish her well for the future and success in all she does.

We have also said goodbye to Miss Lomas this term, who decided to leave us in January. Miss Lomas started working at the school in February 2014. She began in our Nursery class and moved on to work with various children in Key Stages 1 and 2. Over the last few months she has been suffering with ill health and we wish her a full recovery and good luck in her future career.

Lucas update

Lucas had his operation last Friday and is doing really well. He is able to move his left leg and he starts his physiotherapy today. I know you will join me in sending all our love and prayers to him and his family. We can’t wait to have him back with us!

Our OFSTED report

I would like to personally thank all of the parents, grandparents, friends and members of the school community who have shown their support for the school in so many different ways since the publication of our OFSTED report. It was heart-warming to see so many of you at the meeting for parents last week and good to have the discussion with you about the future of the school. As promised, please find below an outline of the questions raised and answers given. We have also tried to answer your questions about the process of becoming an academy, but if you have further questions please ask us.

Questions and answers from the Parents’ Meeting on Wednesday 1st February 2017

Parents/Carers Meeting with Governors – Wednesday 1.10.17

Information/Question and Answer Session

It was heart-warming to see so many parents/grandparents/carers come along to discuss the recent OFSTED report – following the inspection in December.

Lee Baker, governor, and standing in for Mark Gadd, chair – who couldn’t attend due to family circumstances, read out his views and then asked for questions/comments.

There were questions, which I will set out below with replies, but throughout the evening there were lots of appreciative comments about the school and the general view about the Ofsted report was that it did not reflect “our” school.

Q1. From reading the report it seemed there was a large knowledge gap between the most able and the least able. Was this a fair comment?

A1. This had already been identified and formed part of the School Improvement Plan. Training will be organised for staff to deliver the new resources we have to push pupils on. It is hoped parents will come in to look at their children’s work not just at parents’ evening but also after special lunches held several times a year.

Q2. Do you think being an academy will be good for the school and what will being part of a Multi Academy Trust give the school?

A2. This will give us access to skills and experienced staff. Sharing resources and expertise.

We believe that the children, parents, carers & staff won’t notice the change.

Q3. Did you consider challenging the inspector’s decision?

A3. A factual accuracy check was done but the answer came back with “no changes to the report”. Schools can appeal but out of the many100s of school appeals over 4/5 years only 3 appeals have been successful.

If the school were to go with the Derby Diocesan MAT they don’t just have failing schools; they have outstanding schools and a waiting list of 60 who want to join.

Q4. When will the school be inspected again? We will be guided by the Multi Academy Trust throughout the inspection process next time.

A4. The school would be inspected within 3 years or before if we are ready.

Q5. Were the results for phonics and SATs fairly reported?

A5. Yes, maths and phonics results were not good enough. The School Improvement Plan will show the targets.

Q6. Would volunteers to help in school be useful?

A6. Yes please!

Q7. In the Early Years – do mixed age classes deter learning?

A7. We can’t have more than 30 in a Key Stage Oneclass. Mixed age classes are split into groups and taught according to age and ability. Pupils are individuals and are taught as such with teaching staff giving them encouragement and challenge. Advice will be taken on board to take on proven models of teaching and learning.

A parent expressed the view that mixed age classes were good in that the older ones gained confidence in helping the younger ones and the younger ones were challenged to step up a level. The children are planned for in all lessons and their abilities catered for at all levels.

Q8. Can the school take on more TAs?

A8. Not at the moment – school has SENTAs and they can satellite a few other children to teach them in a small group. The school has to go through a Due Dlligence process when a MAT takes us on board and they look at staffing levels, buildings etc. and advise accordingly

Q9. What are the negatives?

A9. The only negative we can see is that whichever MAT we go with they take a percentage of the budget from 5 – 10% for their services.

Q10. What will being an academy bring to the school?

A10. They will work with us to offer support to improve the school. This will be school to school support from other ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ schools in the Trust, training and leadership support.

Q11. When will the decision be made?

A11. Governors are meeting tonight with representatives from the Local Authority who will advise us. Investigations will take place and when the decision is made the parents will be informed as soon as we know. (See also detailed answer below).

Q12. Can parents comment on the report?

A12. This will be looked into and parents will be informed. (See also detailed answer below).

It is unfortunate that when parents’ view were sought be the OFSTED inspector, parents will more than one child at school could only comment on one of them, very frustrating.

A lot of parents felt the report was unfair as their children were happy and cared for here at school. One of the governors said it is proven that children cannot learn if they are not emotionally and spiritually ready. Safeguarding – OFSTED looked at this aspect of the school and said it was effective

Q13. What happens about the press?

A13. An interview and press statement will be given by Mrs Brown upon request either by the radio or press. A parent said that when it is on the Buxton Advertiser website then parents can comment on the report there.

Q14, Has the OFSTED criteria gone tougher? What has changed since the OFSTED inspection in 2011

A14. Yes –. They have gone tougher. Unfortunately the LA were more positive abut the school than the inspector. SATs results were not good for most schools. On the day the results were announced Mrs Brown was at a Peak Edge Group of Schools meeting, and some heads were in tears. OFSTEDs framework has changed completely since 2011, the time of our last inspection.

Q15. Will the Local Authority still fund SEN children?

A15. Yes and Nursery children.

Q16. Will admissions change for this September 2017 intake?

A16. No the Reception starters who have applied are already on the admissions website for us to see.

Q17. It appears that SEN children are counted in SATs or phonics results, but they are not able to take part – so this brings the results down?

A17. Unfortunately yes, this is so unfair and there is nothing any school can do about it. We know that SEN pupils progress very well at our school but this progress cannot be shown in any official results, especially when the children aren’t able to access the tests. We know we do need to change but certainly not to the detriment of children with SEND.

Q18. Will Y6s get extra support to help them progress?

A18. Yes there will be booster classes due to start soon to help them be their best. We do this every year and have extra groups running throughout the school to support children.

Some comments from parents:

  • Thank you for addressing the situation.
  • OFSTED/Government had a hidden agenda.
  • Children look out for each other.
  • Things can only get better – last year was really hard with the introduction of the new curriculum.
  • Our child has become outstanding
  • The report is unfair
  • My children are very happy, the teachers are amazing. I am very annoyed about the report. My children are enthusiastic.
  • This should be looked on as a positive thing for the school.
  • Staff always to a good job – staff always available.

Further answer to Question 11:

As the school has been deemed to require special measures in order to improve the quality of education, St George’s has now received its academy order from the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), under the authority of the Secretary of State for Education.

Under Section 5A of the Academies Act 2010 and amendments made in the Education and Adoption Act 2016, she is currently in discussion about academy sponsorship arrangements for St. George’s. As a Church of England voluntary aided school, this will include the diocese and other relevant people.

The governing body and the local authority are under a duty to take all reasonable steps to facilitate the conversion of the school into an academy, and that process has already begun. Once the RSC, advised by a regional board of headteachers, has agreed the sponsor, the sponsor will lead the conversion process. During this period, there will be opportunities for parents, staff and governors to ask any questions you may have. The date for conversion will be set by the Regional Schools Commissioner.

We have been allocated a project leader from the Department for Education (DfE), who will provide advice about the steps we will need to take. We will ensure that we keep you informed as and when we get any significant information.

Further answer to Question 12:

Mrs. Lambert and a group of other parents have written a letter of support for the school which they intend to send to the local press. If you would like to add a comment or add your name to this, please see Mrs. Lambert in the playground before and after school this week.

With thanks for your continued support,

Mrs. Brown


January Newsletter

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Jan 202017

Dear Parents and carers,

Happy New Year!

Let’s hope that 2017 is full of exciting possibilities and wonderful learning opportunities for us all!

Lucas’s Appeal

As we move into 2017, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for all the support you have given to Lucas Stafford and his family. I’m sure you’re aware that the fund for Lucas’s operation has now surpassed the target of £16,000 and his life-changing operation is booked for early in February 2017. This is due to the fantastic support he’s received from so many people. We’ve even had a letter from our MP, Andrew Bingham, congratulating us on the success of the appeal!

It’s truly amazing to see how the whole school community has come together to achieve so much in such a short space of time. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done. I’m sure you will join me in including Lucas and his family in our prayers over the coming weeks, as we ask for good health, a speedy recovery and the strength to support one another through a very trying time.

OFSTED inspection

Many thanks to all of those parents and friends who showed such positive support to the school during our recent OFSTED inspection. Also, many thanks to the parents, children and staff who responded via Parent View and the OFSTED questionnaires. As the inspection was just before Christmas, our report will take longer to come through but we will publish a copy for every family as soon as we are able to. We hope to have it by the end of this half term.

Snow procedure

In the event of snow, we will always try to keep the school open. If we are not able to open we will try to inform you as soon as possible. We do this by sending a text message directly to parents and by informing High Peak Radio who make an announcement. Please ensure that the office has any    new mobile phone contact numbers for you.


Many apologies – this was supposed to come out with yesterday’s newsletter! Mrs. Brown

PTA Appeal

PTA are appealing for some space in a garage / loft etc. as we have a large number of toys left over from the toy stall at the Christmas Fair and it seems silly to get rid of these when they could go towards the next school fair a few months away. Please contact Stuart Broome (Daniel’s grandad) in the playground, or the school office if you are able to help.

Relief Midday Supervisors

We have vacancies for relief midday supervisors in school. The job involves supervising and helping children in the dinner hall and encouraging them to play well together in the playground. Training on our expectations would be given and we would also require a full Disclosure and Barring Service check to be completed. If you are interested in applying for this, please contact Mrs. Harkawenko or Mrs. Stanton in the school office.

The Incredible Years Courses

Application forms for and details about Incredible Years courses are available in the school office. These courses are for parents of children from birth to 12 years specifically, but would be of benefit for parents with teenagers and beyond. Feedback from people attending these courses has been very positive and the courses come highly recommended.


Due to the dark nights this term we are suspending all after school clubs apart from PAS and Cookery. The lunchtime clubs of homework, colouring, recorders and school council will continue as scheduled.

Class news

This term our topics are:

Nursery : What is it like in Spring? /Life cycles, growing and Easter

Reception / Year 1: What would the big bad wolf make his house of?

Year 1/2 : Castles and materials – shaping up

Year 3/4 : How does sound travel?

Year 5/6 : Who were the Anglo Saxons?

As a school in our PSHE sessions we are also looking at age appropriate drugs education, money matters, democracy and the rule of law. This is always done in a sensitive way according to the age of the child, and it runs alongside our on-going education on how to keep yourself safe – both in normal life and online.

Look out for the class newsletters on how to help and support your child with their work in school.

With thanks for your continued support,


Mrs. Brown


Dates for your diaries


Tuesday 17th Peak Active Sport after school club starts

Thursday 19th Fire Safety talks for Y1/2 and Y5/6

Tuesday 24th 9.10 Open the Book worship (parents welcome – in school hall)

Monday 30th Fit for Schools Activity 2

Tuesday 31st 9.15 Worship in Church – all welcome


Wednesday 1st 6.30 Governing Body Meeting

Week beginning Monday 6th Big Writing day and Big Maths day

Tuesday 7th 9.10 Open the Book worship (parents welcome – in school hall)

Friday 10th Visit to school by Alison Brown – Deputy Director of Education for our diocese

Friday 10th Break up for half term

Monday 20th Back in school

Monday 20th 1.30 – 3 Little Learners in the Rainbow room

Tuesday 21st High Peak Kids Council

Thursday 23rd 2 – 3 Y5/6 with UK Sports Coaching

Tuesday 28th 9.10 Open the Book worship (parents welcome – in school hall)


Thursday 2nd 2 – 3 Y5/6 with UK Sports Coaching

Thursday 9th 2 – 3 Y5/6 with UK Sports Coaching

Monday 13th Parents’ Evening 3.30 – 6.30

Tuesday 14th Parents’ Evening 3.30 – 4.30 Mrs. Townsend and Mrs. Craig only

Wednesday 15th Parents’ Evening 3.30 – 4.30 Mrs. Hall and Mr. Hewitt only

Monday 27th Fit for Schools test 3

Tuesday 28th 9.10 Open the Book worship (parents welcome – in school hall)


Friday 7th 2pm Easter Service in church. Children may be collected from classrooms after this service. 3.15 Break up for Easter holidays

Clubs – letter & permission

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Oct 032016

3rd October 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Clubs will be starting for all children week beginning 10th October 2016.

If your child would like to apply for a place in one or more of our clubs, you need to complete the form below. Places are limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please hand the form into the class teacher or the office.

Please note that if you are collecting your child from school at the end of the club, you will not be able to get into school through the office until the end of the club, when the member of staff running the club will bring the children to the entrance hall to be collected. Also, if your child is unable to attend the club on a particular day, please make sure that the member of staff is informed in plenty of time, and if a child is persistently absent from a club, their place will be offered to the next child on the waiting list.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs. Brown



Autumn Term 2016 

Nature/Nature Art           Mrs Davison                 12.30 – 12.55

Chess Club                        Mr Hewitt                      12.30 – 12.55 

Colouring Club                 Mrs Harkawenko          12.30 – 12.55

Board Games KS1            Mrs Craig                          3.15 – 4.00

Board Games KS2           Mrs Townsend                  3.15 – 4.00

Peak Active                                                                    3.30 – 4.30                                    Sport
Sport (Football) Coaching Session

(Paid for privately)


 Recorders                         Mrs Kelly                              12.30 – 12.55                       

 Homework & Reading
Club                                    Mrs Brown                            12.30 – 12.55
(Please note this is a drop-in club and doesn’t need a form)

Cooking Club                    Mrs Roberts                           3.15 – 4.30
(Organised separately by Mrs Roberts – this club is now full)                              

Peak Active                                                                        3.30 – 4.30                                Sport
Sport (Multi-Sport)     Coaching Session
(Paid for privately)

Singing Club                       Mrs Hall                               12.30 – 12.55

School Council                   Mrs Craig                              12.30 – 12.55

Permission Slip 

Child’s name………………………………………………….Club………………………

Child’s name………………………………………………….Club………………………

Child’s name………………………………………………….Club………………………

Child’s name………………………………………………….Club………………………
I give permission for the above child(ren) to attend this/these club(s) during/after school. I understand that if for any reason my child is unable to attend (other than when absent from school) I will let the teacher know.

Signed ………………………………………………………………Date………………………………………….

Name of person giving permission …………………………………………………………………………………

October Newsletter

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Sep 302016

29th September 2016

Dear parents and carers, Welcome to our October newsletter – the first one of this school year but I do hope you enjoyed the September class newsletters about what’s going on in the classrooms this term! We’re an OUTSTANDING church school! Last week we had several inspectors in school who talked to children, parents, governors and staff. On Tuesday 20th September our local authority visited school and did a school improvement audit of everything in school. On Thursday 22nd September we had our important Religious Education inspection, and I’m delighted to report that we achieved the best possible grade of OUTSTANDING in all areas! We’re obviously very pleased with this judgement and want to thank the staff, parents and governors involved in the process but a special thanks needs to go to the wonderful children of St. George’s, who make our school such a lovely place to be in! School photographs Our school photographs should have reached you this week as the photographer has finally finished taking them! Please make sure you return any orders to school as soon as possible.

Parents Evening

Please see attached the letter regarding the new on-line booking system for parents evenings. This is through teachers2parents which is the system we use to contact you by text at the moment.  This new system may have a few teething problems but we are hoping not!  If you have any difficulty with this new system please let the office know.  You should receive communication next week when the system goes live. Rainbow room We’ve been working really hard on making our Rainbow room where children can learn valuable life skills, as an add-on to their curriculum work. We’re very proud of this room as it’s the only one of its

kind in the area and we’d like to invite you all to the grand opening – tomorrow from 9am – for tea, coffee, cake and biscuits.

Dinner Money

Please pay dinner money for the week on a Monday in a marked envelope, or in advance monthly, half termly or termly. You can pay by cash or cheque (payable to DCC) and dinners are £2. Per day.  Any dinner debts are taken the school budget until they are paid off so it would be appreciated if you could pay all dinner monies owing so there is more money available to buy resources for the children.

School Facebook page We’re on Facebook! You can now link to our school Facebook page directly from the school website. On here you’ll find information about key school events and news on what we’re up to. Parents can also leave comments on our Facebook page, but, as with any social media, please come and talk to us in school about any problems you may have so that we can sort them out together and give you ALL the facts, rather than sharing them on social media where we have no right to reply. This is unfair and unproductive. For more information, read our social media policy from the school website.

Minibuses Attached to this letter is our ‘Minibus use policy’ which we’d like you to read, sign and return please. We have found that it’s much cheaper to use minibuses for our class trips, and we’re passing this saving on to you. We do need your approval for the continued use of the buses though please.

School poetry day Mrs. Hall is organising an exciting poetry day in school soon. Watch out for the letter for ways to get involved and please join us for lunch on Thursday 6th October – bring your favourite poem to share with your child/ren too!

Christmas charity appeal Every year we send shoeboxes full of gifts to children less fortunate than ourselves in Britain or abroad. We like to gather presents for these boxes during non-uniform days in school. Just come in non-uniform in exchange for a gift or box in contribution to the appeal. This year we’re collecting for the ‘shoebox’ appeal on the following dates: 14th October – non-uniform day for Operation Christmas Child –please bring small toys (to fit in a shoebox) as good as new

20th October – non-uniform day for Operation Christmas Child – please bring hats, gloves, stationary (to fit in a shoebox) Mrs. Stanton is sending out details of what can go into the shoeboxes. You are always welcome to send in a family or individual shoebox, and children often like to put a photo of their family into the box together with a letter to the lucky recipient.

PTA Christmas Fair Our PTA Christmas fair is on  25th November 2016
Our non-uniform days for collections for this are :
11th November non-uniform day chocolate tombola
18th November non-uniform day bottle tombola
25th November non-uniform day

New piano Our new piano is fantastic – many, many thanks go to Becky Lambert for writing bids and raising funds for this much-needed resource! Mrs Hall is organising a Christmas Carole Concert during December with mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine so watch this space for further news.

Music lessons We have a wide variety of music lessons available in school. Please contact the school office if you want more information. With thanks for your continued support, Mrs. Brown Headteacher

Dates for the Diary


30th        9 – 10 Opening of Rainbow Room – all invited. Refreshments available. Donations towards resources appreciated.


7th           Bag2School Collection
10th         KS1 & KS2 Parents Evening
11th         KS1 Parents Evening
12th         KS2 Parents Evening
14th         Non-uniform day – Operation Christmas Child
18th         9.15 Harvest Festival
Big Writing Day
19th         Big Maths Day
20th         Big R E Day
Non-uniform day – Operation Christmas Child
PTA Disco
Last day of term
21st         INSET Day
31           All back in school


1st           High Peak Kids Council
21st         Big R E Day –Barnabus in Schools
Years 1, 2 & 3 Flu vaccinations
25th         PTA Christmas Fair 3 – 5.30 30th
Y3/4 trip to Tatton Park


6th          Worship in Church
Nursery Induction 10 – 11.20 (1)
8th           Nursery Induction 10 – 11.30 (2)
12th         Dress rehearsal – Christmas play
13th         9.30 KS1 Christmas play for parents
6.00 KS1 Christmas play for parents
14th         Golden time
15th         1 – 3.15 KS1 Christmas Party
14th         9 – 12 Nursery Christmas Party

1 – 3.15 KS2 Christmas Party
16th         Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children
19th         Christmas dinner day 20th
9.30 Nursery Nativity in Church
Break up for Christmas holiday


3rd           INSET
4th           Back in school
10th         High Peak Kids Council
31st         Worship in Church


8th           Big RE Day
9th           Big Writing Day
10th         Big Maths Day                 Break up for half term
20th         Back in school
21st         High Peak Kids Council


13th         KS1/KS2 Parents Evening
14th         KS1 Parents Evening
15th         KS2 Parents Evening
20th         School lesson observations and work monitoring week


7th           2pm Easter Service in Church
Break up for Easter
24th         Back in school
25th         High Peak Kids Council


1st           May Day Bank holiday
8th           All Week – SATs week
12th         Everybody Draw Comp
15th         Take One Picture Week 20th
Summer Fun Day
24th         Big RE Day
25th         Big Writing Day
26th         Big Maths Day
Last day of term


5th           Back in school
6th           High Peak Kids Council
12th         All week – phonics screening check
12th       Y5/6 trip to Losehill
13th 14th 16th         Wrates – class photos
19th         All week – school lesson observations
27th         Worship in Church
30th         INSET


3rd           INSET
4th                 Induction days for Y6
6th            Induction Evening ate NMS
12th         Y5 day at NMS
14th         Reports out 17th
9.30 KS2 play dress rehearsal
18th         9.30 KS2 play for parents
6.00 KS2 play for parents 19th
Golden Time for children from previous evening
20th         PTA Disco & Y6 Leavers’ event
21st         1.30 Leavers Service in Church
Break up for summer holidays

29th September 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Good news! Parents Evening just got a whole lot easier because you can now book your appointments online.

We will send a link to your mobile phone or email address which will take you to our online booking system to select a time convenient for you. Please follow these simple steps to book your slot:

  1. Click the link that you receive through text and/or email to take you to the confirmation page. You will need internet access to do this.
  2. Enter your child’s first name to continue. If you have more than one child, any of their first names will work.
  3. Next you will be taken to the booking page. This will show your children alongside all of the teachers that you can book in with.
  4. Click ‘Please Choose’ to be shown a list of available times that you can click to book. This will even give you the option to add any notes that you might want the teacher to see before the meeting.
  5. After you have entered any notes, please click ‘Book this Slot’ to complete your booking. When the button has turned green you know your booking has been made.
  6. At any time before the Parents Evening, you can click the link on your phone or email again to check your booking time or even un-book by clicking the green booked button.Mobile Number: _______________________________________________________There are information booklets about this new system on our website
  7. Please inform us if you have recently changed your mobile number and not yet let us know.
  8. Make sure you book your parents evening ASAP to ensure you get the best time for you.

Minibus Use Policy

With increasing use of the Sustainable Hayfield minibuses for transporting pupils to sporting events and educational enrichment visits, we have produced this policy to ensure safe and consistent practice.

There is no legal reason why children of primary school age cannot sit in the front of the minibus provided that a risk assessment has been carried out and appropriate booster seats are provided. This makes the capacity of the bus 14 in the back and 3 in the front (including the driver).  The maximum capacity of the bus is therefore 2 adults and 15 children.

Whether an adult needs to sit in the back of the bus will depend on the maturity, ability and individual needs of the children and the length of the journey. A risk assessment will be undertaken for each event to ensure the safety of all children.

Children under the height of 135cm will use a booster seat, which will either be provided by school or by parents. This is to provide maximum safety BUT it is important to know that children under 135cm can legally be transported without booster seats if, for some reason, booster seats are unavailable.

Please see table below outlining agreed numbers for each year group.

Year Group Number of

adults required

Number of adults required in back Number of children allowed in front Total number of children that can be transported


2 0 1 15
Year 1


2 0 2 15
Year 2


2 0 2 15
Year 3


2 0 2 15
Year 4


2 0 2 15
Year 5


2 0 2 15
Year 6


2 0 2 15
Sports trips

short distance

1 0 2 8
Sports trips

Long distance

2 0 2 15


Parents will be requested to sign a copy of this policy when their child starts school giving their agreement that their child is allowed to travel on the community minibus under these guidelines.

Please note that, currently, the PTA pay an annual figure of £600 towards the costs of minibus use. This charge will be reviewed on an annual basis.




I agree to my child _____________________________ being transported in a minibus to sporting events and educational enrichment events as per the guidelines above.

Signed _________________________________ Date ____________________________

National Poetry Day – Thursday 5.10.16

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Sep 302016

Dear parents and carers,

To celebrate National Poetry Day, on Thursday 6th October, we are planning some fun events. During the day the children will be writing and reading poetry in classes and sharing the most loved poems of their teachers. We would like to ask you to talk about your favourite poems with your child, from a rhyming storybook to a Shakespeare sonnet, just have fun sharing. If possible could you send a copy of a loved poem into school for your child to share that day or even visit school during the day to read your poem to your child’s class? If you could help with this it would be wonderful, just send in the slip below with your preferred time.

On this day there is a special themed school dinner on offer. If your child does not usually have school dinners and would like a dinner this day please book them in. We would also like to invite you to come to school that day to share a school dinner with your child. If you would like to do this please have a look at the poetic menu and send in the booking slip.

Thank you,

Mrs Hall



I would like to come into school to read my favourite poem to my child’s class..

Class ………………………………………



Please turn over for details of the lunch!
The Menu is:-

Bear Hunt Sausages &Yorkshire Pudding

Morpurgo Mash Potatoes

Shakespeare’s Seasonal Vegetables

Room On The Broom, Iggity Ziggity Ice Cream
We hope your child (and yourself, if you can make it) will join in by having a meal on this special day.

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 and Y2 then the meal is free

If your child is in Y3, 4, 5 and 6 the meal costs £2.00 – or free for those on Free School Meals

If you would like a meal too, the cost is £3.00

My child will be having a school dinner on Thursday 6th October 2016

I would like a school dinner on Thursday 6th October 2016

I enclose payment for the above.

Sorry about the short notice but we need to know by next Monday 3rd October please!


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