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We will be marking World Mental Health Day in school on Friday 8th October. Children may wear something green or yellow with their uniform, ( keep it simple- a ribbon, a home made badge, a t shirt or clothing with these colours) and staff will be completing some work during the day to explore how to keep a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.
We are collecting a £1 donation via Parent Pay which we will donate to Young Minds , a charity which supports young people’s mental health.
We have had a few queries regarding issues with uniform from our suppliers Emblematic, including information that the company may be about to fold.
We have spoken to the CEO this morning and been reassured this is an issue with submitting accounts and the company is not about to close.
We do need to be made aware of any parents who have not yet received uniform orders so we can share this with the company, who have assured us that any supply issues will be looked into.
If any tracksuits have been received missing the printed logo of the school name on the reverse they can have these printed in school, as we have been told the printing machine can be brought in by Emblematic. We are waiting for confirmation of a suitable day to carry this out. School will update parents with details by text.
In the meantime can we apologise for issues to do with uniform but these are for the most part out of our control. We will however monitor the situation closely and may consider a different supplier in future if issues are not rectified to our satisfaction.
Year 6 children will be bringing a letter home about applications for secondary school places today. School has been asked to share the following information from the Local Authority with parents/carers:
This letter will provide parents with details of how they can make their child’s application for a Secondary School placement in 2022.
The application process for the Secondary Admissions 2021 Intake is due to begin on Monday 6th September 2021.
Parents can make their application for Secondary School online by visiting www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions and the School Admissions online application facility will be available to parents from Monday the 6th of September 2021.
The Closing Date for Secondary School Applications is the 31st October 2021.
If parents do not wish to apply online they can complete a paper application form, and these are available to print from our website (same website address as above) from Monday the 6th September 2021.
Alternatively these application forms can be requested by e-mail to email@example.com or by telephone from the School Admissions and Transport Team on 03000 265896.
Copies of the Parent’s guide “Primary and Secondary School Admissions in County Durham 2022/2023” will also be available from our website or on request from Monday the 6th September 2021.
Please note that if you have any year 6 pupils who live in another local authority but attend your school, the parents should contact their Home Local Authority (i.e. the authority to which they pay their council tax) to request an application form, even if the parent would like to apply for a Secondary School in County Durham.
Thank-you for your co-operation with this matter, it is much appreciated. If you have any questions relating to this please contact me via telephone on 03000 265892 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Pettersen (Mr)
Secondary School Admissions Officer
School Places and Admissions Team
Durham County Council
Telephone – 03000 265892
All parents/carers with children starting school in September 2022, please see the poster from the local authority below . Applications open today, 6th September 2021 and close at midnight on 15th January 2022.
Unfortunately we have had a number of confirmed positive cases of Covid 19 in school,. This has meant that year group bubbles have needed to stay at home and isolate. Online learning is in place for those pupils who have to isolate.
Y1,Y2 and Y5 are isolating , returning on TUESDAY 6th JULY
Y4 are isolating , returning on MONDAY 12th JULY
Nursery (Puffins and Penguins) are isolating until further notice. Hopefully we can update parents in the next day or two with confirmed isolation dates.
I appreciate how frustrating this must be for all concerned. We are not alone in having positive cases, the numbers are rising across the country and in the north east in particular and other schools in County Durham are also dealing with this situation. We are pleased that we haven’t had more disruption before now , as many schools have not been so lucky . This doesn’t make it any better, I know.
Government have promised a change to the Covid 19 operational guidance for schools from September, but as yet this hasn’t been confirmed or shared. As soon as we know more we will advise everyone but until then we all have to follow the guidance we have around Covid 19, even if this means further disruption for families, pupils and staff.
More information on Covid 19 can be found at:
Dear Parent /Carer,
As you will have no doubt seen in the news Covid 19 is on the rise again across the country and also in County Durham . Several schools in Durham have had positive cases amongst pupils and staff and yesterday Framwellgate School was advised to close due to an outbreak.
We obviously do not want the last few weeks of term to be disrupted by closding bubbles and sending pupils home. We have not had a positive case since before Christmas, and we really want it to stay that way. However, as society opens up and regulations relax and people mix more , this will help Covid to spread.
We are still working under our system of controls in school . Staff are following Covid guidance and testing twice per week.
Durham County Council has asked us to share this letter with all parents. Please read it as it contains important advice.
Can I once more ask that all parents/carers take the following advice:
Children’s attendance is not affected if they are isolating or off as awaiting the results of a test.
A few parents have been asking about school uniform.
School uniform can be ordered online from the link below. This should be ordered in good time to allow delivery before September.
If orders must be placed before 11th June to ensure delivery to school before the end of term , where it can be collected.
Orders need to be placed by 16th July to ensure home delivery before September.
Please note we also have a PE uniform .
Our school uniform policy can be found here:
Thank you for supporting our uniform policy.
Please note the dates of half term coming up:
School closes Friday 28th May
Half term – Monday 31st May until Friday 4th June.
School reopens on Monday 7th June .
School closes on Friday 16th July 2021.
( NB: Monday 19th and 20th July are teacher training days)
School reopens on Thursday 2nd September 2021
( Wednesday 1st September is a teacher training day)
Link to the full school holidays list and dates of teacher training days can be found below:
Esh (builders of the new build) will be taking photos in school today to use in their materials. Only those children with appropriate permissions for press /publicity will be included. This is their Privacy Notice for parents/carers information.