April 2018 Newsletter

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April 2018

Children’s Centre Activities for April – July 2018

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MAT Consultation

Please click the link below to review the response to consultation feedback. Many thanks to those parents who took the time to ask questions or make their views known.

Response to the Consultation – 16.03.18

PTFA AGM – Minutes for the meeting 8th March 2018

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080318 meeting

The Incredible Years Behaviour Management Parents Course

If you are interested in attending behaviour courses please select the link below for more information on courses available:

The Incredible Years Behaviour Management Parents Course

Snow update

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding today’s school closure. It is never a decision taken lightly to close school. I’m also sure that you’ll appreciate that it takes a while to collate the key information that informs the decision making process.

Those things considered being:

  • Is there a fundamental reason to close school? e.g. do we have sufficient heating/running water in school?
  • Do we have food provision? e.g. can we provide meals for more than 300 children over lunchtime? The closure of CJS is fundamental in this.
  • Do we have enough staff to keep the children safe over lunchtime while other members of staff have breaks?
  • Do we have adequate staffing for children to be safe in school? This being the most complex, not only do we need a member of staff in every classroom, we need 2 in FS2 plus our SEND pupils need their one to one support in order for everyone to be safe.
  • Do the staff we have available have the necessary skills we need? – whilst we have an amazing team and everyone is very capable, some children / classes have very particular needs and are more impacted by unfamiliar adults being with them.
  • Are we compromising staff, children and parents safety in encouraging them to travel to school? Nobody would want the responsibility of an accident on their conscience.
  • Can our school site be made safe for staff, children and parents to move around? Being a ‘split site’ is a particular factor for our school. Children and staff frequently move between the portacabins and the main school.

We have a significant number of staff who live locally but only 3 teachers, not enough to run a school for 360 children.

I can understand the frustration around not knowing what may happen tomorrow but to lose two days of learning time is a significant decision; it’s 1% of the year. The forecast may improve or the travel conditions may ease with more gritters out and traffic using the roads.

It is likely that, if the weather continues as it is, we will make a decision this evening to close in order to enable parents to make contingency plans for tomorrow. If, by chance, we open in the morning, any child unable to attend as childcare has been pre-arranged will have their absence authorised.

Many thanks for your understanding,

Mrs Galley

PS. The chicks are fine, Miss Clark and Mr Archer are looking after them… we have 5 so far, I think!

PTFA Annual General Meeting – all welcome

Our next PTFA meeting will be on Thursday 8th March 2018 @ 1930 in the Rose & Crown.
We will be holding our annual AGM.
The current committee members:
Kieran Howell – Chair
Catherine Cheung & Rhiann Monteith – Vice Chairs
Jenny Burton – Treasurer
Chloe Adams – Secretarty
will all be standing down. This is to allow others to step forward if they would like to take up an official role.
Kieran will be sending out a report about the last year under the current committee.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM. All welcome.
Thank you
Emma Bourke
PTFA Volunteer

Latest Newsletter – February 2018

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2017-18 February


Academisation Consultation Document

As you are aware we have been exploring the benefits of converting to a Multi Academy Trust alongside ; Chellaston Juniors, Homefields Primary School and Chellaston Academy.

Please find here the consultation document for your information. Please note the time line and the procedure for giving feedback.

Thank you


What’s on this half term at our Children’s Centres?

Please click the link below for the February half term programme.