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Letter relating to Admissions for Year 7 Pupils

Letter from Kirklees Admissions which we are asked to relate:

 

As you are aware the transfer to secondary school process for September 2018 will begin on 1 September 2017 and open evenings at the majority of Kirklees middle and high schools/academies will be taking place during September and October 2017.

It was recently discussed by the Place Planning and Admissions Group (PPAG) that as many schools now communicate regularly with parents/carers by email, it would be much quicker and more cost effective for all involved if schools/academies could forward the link to the open evenings leaflet by email to parents/carers of pupils who are due to transfer to middle school or high school/academy in September 2018 using their email contact addresses.

This relates to

· current Y4 pupils due to start at a Middle School in Y6 in 2018/19

· current Y5 pupils due to start at a High School in Y7 in 2018/19 (this is our cohort)

· current Y8 pupils due to start at a High School in Y9 in 2018/19

It is important that the details are shared before the end of this term and we ask that the link below is copied and pasted into an email.

The attached leaflet includes dates and times of all school open evenings and can be viewed on a mobile phone, a mobile device/tablet or a computer and it can also be printed off.

More detailed information about the school transfer process can be found on the Kirklees website www.kirklees.gov.uk/admissions from 1 September 2017 onwards in the full secondary school guide for parents.

Thank you very much for your support

Kirklees Pupil Admissions

Tel: 01484 225007

Email: pupiladmissions@kirklees.gov.uk

 

Letter of 3rd July 2017

Dear Parents,

We want to make you aware of a new feature of the image and messaging service 'Snapchat' that could leave users more vulnerable.

Snapchat allows users to send and receive time limited photographs and images that should automatically delete after being viewed.  However, some images can be saved and replayed.  It has an age restriction of 13 and should only be used by 13 to 17 year olds with parental permission.  however, we are aware that it is becoming more popular with younger children.  Parents and children responding to an NSPCC survey have reported issues with bullying and access to violent and inappropriate content.  

Snapchat has a new feature called 'Snap Maps' that allows users to see the location of people they are friends with on the app.  This would allow someone to build up a picture of where a user lives, goes to school or spends their free time - 'stalking' is very easy!  

This feature can be set to 'Ghost Mode' so only the user (not their friends) can see their location.  To do this click the settings button (the cog), click 'see my location' and select 'Ghost Mode'.

If your child is using this application we highly recommend you speak to  them about the dangers of sharing their location with strangers alongside a conversation about how they are using social media and what to do if they felt uncomfortable about a situation.

Further information about Snapchat, amongst other other topics, will be available at our Parental Workshop - run by The Summer's Hub 'Do you know what your child is looking at?' on 17th July from 6:00pm.

Also...

Do you know about Silent Solution 55?

The Police have reissued information regarding a potentially LIFE SAVING function that has been used by the emergency services for the past 15 years, but very few people are aware of its existence.

IF TALKING COULD PUT YOU IN MORE DANGER YOU CAN USE THE '55' OPTION.

When a person call 999, an operator asks which service they require.  If they don't answer, they are prompted to tap the handset, cough, or make a noise.

They are given the option to press 55.  If there is no response to any of the prompts, the call is terminated with the assumption it was an accidental call.  It is hoped that be spreading awareness of this function, the emergency services will be able to act more efficiently and save lives.  

Whilst this isn't about health and safety at work, we think this is useful guidance for all staff and worth including in emergency procedures.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

 

Letter of 29th June 2017

Dear Parents,

It's that time of year when we are looking forward to our new academic year.  Our Year Six pupils will be making their way to their respective High Schools and pupils who will be staying with us for 2017-2018 will be spending Tuesday morning (04.07.17) with their new staff in their new classrooms.

Of course as well as a time of great aspiration and excitement there are sometimes feelings of doubt and worry; these are quite normal and all staff know to expect some trepidation.  Please talk to your child before and after these visits and give a comforting arm to them to reassure them that all will be well.  Pupils should arrive at 08:50 for registration in their new classrooms with new staff.

  • Pupils in Year 1 (1K) will be welcomed by the lovely Mrs Manir (our super supply teacher) and Mrs Hopkinson (Mrs King is unfortunately still away due to illness but time will be made to meet Mrs King once she returns);
  • Pupils in Year 2 (2NL) will be welcomed by the wonderful Mrs Newby, Mrs Lavender and Mrs Grady;
  • Pupils in Year 3 (3LJ) will be welcomed by the lovely Mrs Lancaster and Mrs Teale (a journey upstairs is required so please allow your child to enter through the doors at the bottom of the red staircase - a true rite of passage!);
  • Pupils in Year 4 (4 New Teacher) will be welcomed by the wonderful Mrs Sowerby, Mr Snowden, Miss Suffield and Mrs Spence - we are interviewing for a new teacher to join our school family on Wednesday 5th - pupils will have a chance to meet this new teacher once appointed);
  • Pupils in Year 5 (5RP) will be welcomed by the lovely Mrs Robinson and Mr Pickles alongside Mrs Ormondroyd and both Mrs Caines!
  • Pupils in Year 6 (6M) will be welcomed by the wonderful Mrs Marcuccio and Mrs Kelk.

We know that the morning will be very successful and pupils will feel very positive about the year ahead.

As always please contact us if you have any questions, staff can all be contacted through the office.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

 

Letter of 28th June 2017

Dear Parents,

You will recall that I wrote to you last term in response to our review of timings in the school day.  I assured you at this time that timings would not change but confirmed that as a school we were not immune to the considerable hikes in service costs.  These hikes, measured against static school funding, have given the school severe financial problems.  You will have heard several politicians from all parties pledge greater security for schools during the recent election, however this will be a case of ‘too little too late’ for many schools including ourselves.

The Senior Leaders and Governors predicted this future and were prompt to act.  This action, very unfortunately, has meant that the school has been subject to a stringent staffing restructure, a restructure that will see a number of support staff leave us through redundancy at the end of this term.

It is with huge sadness that we will be saying goodbye to some great members of staff in July, staff whom I must thank at the highest levels for their absolute commitment and dedication to our great school.  The staff that we must say goodbye to are Mrs Burton (ETA), Mrs Bonham (ETA), Mrs Kingsley (ETA), Mrs Mann (Administrator), Mr Pollard (ETA), Mrs Luty (ETA), Mr Ramshaw (Lunchtime Supervisor) and Mrs Bower (ETA – Nursery).  I am sure that you will join me in wishing these staff the best for the future – I know that it is richly deserved.

We must also thank Mrs Fraser (Nursery ETA), Mrs Tumber (ETA) and Mrs Higgins (Lunchtime Supervisor) who left us earlier in the year.  These staff also gave us their dedication and we thank them for this.

I must also inform you that Miss Attwood is leaving to take up a position with Education Bradford as an Assistant Educational Psychologist.  Miss Attwood is an incredibly talented teacher and will use these talents well in supporting some of the most vulnerable pupils in society.  We wish her the very best with this turning point in her career.

This is a stark nudge of the impact of Government cuts and increases in inflation; an impact which has ultimately reached our doors.  The entire staff and Governing Body - with the support of the LA and The Summer’s Hub will continue to work effortlessly for all of our children.  Work which has produced the highest results for the school in the past three years and which has demonstrated impressive progress for many.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

 

Letter of 7th June 2017

As you know, our weekly celebration assemblies offer parents a chance to see the amazing progress has been achieved throughout each week.  As we approach the end of this school year, I feel that it would be a great opportunity for individual classes to showcase their achievements from throughout this year; giving every parent the chance to celebrate their child and in turn their child’s classes successes.

I know that getting time off work etc. to attend school is tricky so I have attempted to give as much notice as possible – apologies in advance if the dates aren’t convenient for you!

  • Year One – Friday 16th June 2017 at 2:45pm
  • Year Two – Wednesday 5th July 2017 at 2:45pm
  • Year Three – Friday 23rd June 2017 at 2:45pm
  • Year Four – Friday 30th June 2017 at 2:45pm
  • Year Five – Friday 7th July 2017 at 2:45pm
  • Year Six (6M) – Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 2:45pm
  • Year Six (6A) – Friday 14th July 2017 at 2:45pm

We hope that you will be able to come to your child’s event – refreshments will be available.

In the meantime, please get the chance to look over our website which is crammed full of information about school, I’m sure that you’ll find lots of interest.

 

Letter of 15th May 2017

One of our Parent Governors has reported the concerns of a number of parents regarding the early – and then unaccompanied – ‘drop off’ of particularly young pupils on a morning. Both parents and child-minders have been reported as doing this; I must therefore remind parents that:

  1. pupils below Year 5 and 6 must be accompanied until entry to school at 8:50am;
  2. Pupils in Years 5 and 6, if mature enough, may arrive independently;
  3. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 cannot be responsible for younger children;
  4. Pupils in Years 5 and 6, if arriving independently, should be careful not to arrive too early;
  5. Younger pupils, identified as being left unaccompanied, will be followed up.

As a school, we are keen to support parents who might have difficulties, please come and talk to us if you find yourself in a difficult position.

Can I also remind parents that we do offer a breakfast service from 7:30am, please contact erica.hudson@howardpark.co.uk should you require further information.

On a separate note, thank you to all of our carpark users who have noted, and acted accordingly to the new ‘Drop-off’ zone and the hatched area where parking is prohibited. Unfortunately some drivers still believe themselves to be exempt from these markings. It is absolutely imperative that carpark users obey these markings in the safety of all of our children.