Newsletter 26.09.14

September 26, 2014


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School start 2014

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Welcome Letter 2014

September 8, 2014


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the start of the new academic year. I hope you all had an enjoyable summer holiday. It was lovely to welcome the children back to school on Tuesday.

During the holidays we have further improved the learning environment for the children, both inside and outside:

-The EYFS, Under the Sea unit has been transformed with new furniture and resources

-We have new  ‘planters’ on the field to enable more children to be involved in planting and growing fruit and vegetables

All of the school staff and caretaker have worked extremely hard over the holidays to ensure that the learning environment is stimulating, safe and secure for the children.

School Office

If you have been into the main entrance in school you will have noticed some changes in the school office. The actual working office has been relocated in the KS2 building. We now have a reception desk in the main entrance to the KS2 building. This will be staffed between 8.45 and 9.15 am and again at 3pm – 3.30pm to deal with any queries from parents quickly. If you need to speak to someone in school at other times of day or collect a child for an appointment please press the buzzer and a member of staff will attend to you.

Contact Information

It is very important that we have up to date information about you, your child and your family so that in the event of illness, an accident or any emergency we can contact you quickly. You will be receiving in the next few weeks a copy of the information we have on file for you and if there are any changes you are asked to return it to school as soon as possible. If your phone numbers have changed please let us know immediately.

School Uniform

All of our children look extremely smart in their Parkhead uniforms and thank you for your support in this. We believe that our school uniform is important in keeping a unified identity for the children, parents and the wider community. As well as being practical our school uniform raises expectations and gives a sense of pride and commitment to the values of Parkhead Primary School.

Uniform reminder

Grey/ black school trousers
Black or grey skirt (Red or grey plain coloured tights)
Red sweatshirt or cardigan with school logo
White polo shirt
Black sensible school shoes – trainers are not part of the school uniform.
Earrings: Please can I remind parents that children cannot wear earrings in school.

Lost Property

We insist that all school uniform and PE kit is labelled. We had lots of lost property last year and want to ease the problem as much as possible. At the end of each week monitors will return any lost property to children in school. Any which is left unclaimed and is not named or labelled will be disposed of. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Attendance & Punctuality

Regular attendance means your child can make the most of their education, improving their chances and choices in adult life. Any absence rate of more than 5% can have a significant effect upon progress and achievement.  If you experience any difficulties regarding attendance and punctuality please let us know and we will support you in addressing any issues. In some cases it may be necessary to involve Education Welfare Officer who will arrange a meeting with you.

School is open for children from 8.45 am in the morning and the doors close at 9 am.
Please remember to telephone school to report any absence before 9.30am. You can telephone the school on 0191 433 4144 and leave a message, or if you prefer you can use our new text service if this is easier. Our text number is 01915800385. It is important that we know your child is absent so we can ensure their safety on site at school as well as supporting you, should you have any problems.

Please try to arrange appointments outside of school times wherever possible. If your child has an appointment during the school day they will still receive their mark if they come to school to be registered in the morning and return to school after their appointment.

Holidays in Term time

You will be aware that the government has changed their policies regarding holiday in term time last year. School will no longer authorise holidays during term time (only in exceptional circumstances). There is no longer a holiday form and we ask you to email any absence that is required due to exceptional circumstances to Miss Tulip at mandytulip@parkheadprimary.org or discuss with Mrs Bailey in the first instance, if this is granted then a form will be issued. Please note that if you decide to go on holiday during term time this may result in a referral to the EWO who may take further action.

Parent Volunteers


We operate a school ‘Friends of Parkhead’ and have many parent volunteers who represent the voice of parents alongside the children’s voice. Parent volunteers offer us vital support during seasonal activities and provide excellent fundraising opportunities. We are always looking for parent volunteers particularly to help with our reading schemes and to support visits. If you are interested please contact Mandy Tulip at any time and she will be able to explain a little more about what is involved.
Thank you for the commitment you give us on a day to day basis; we look forward to developing our partnership with you in the coming year for the benefit of your children. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries or wish to discuss anything.  Your views are extremely important to us as we strive to ensure that Parkhead Primary School continues to build on its many strengths and successes, including our GOOD Ofsted grading, to ensure the best possible experiences and outcomes for all children across the school.

Our school office staff will be happy to help or direct you to the appropriate person, should you wish to telephone or call in personally. Please remember to check on our website for information www.parkheadprimary.org.

Yours Sincerely,

P M Bailey

Head Teacher