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September 2017 Newsletter


Dear Parents, children and families,                                   

Welcome back to school and the first newsletter of the new academic year! Staff and children have already been working extremely hard – we look forward to sharing this at our first Parents’ Evening which will be held on Monday 6th November.

 

If you have any concerns or queries before Parents’ Evening or generally at any time regarding your child’s education or events that are taking place in school, please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher, other staff based in the year group or the school office. Appointments can also be made to see me or Mrs Marie Fellows – Deputy Head – just ask at the office. Mrs Chappell – Special Needs Leader and Assistant Head can also be seen by appointment – just ask at the office.

 

 

If you have concerns regarding another child, we always ask that you speak to the class teacher or the office rather than speaking to the child directly.

 

Parking around school

As with most schools, parking close to school is not always possible.

PLEASE be respectful to our neighbours when considering where to park and be polite to them too.

As always, we would ask parents to NOT park across the dipped kerbs that lead to driveways and to think about how their parking may affect access down the local roads and into residents’ driveways.

Ensure:

  • Your car is not parked partly on the pavement – parents with pushchairs cannot get passed and may be forced to walk in the road to get around your car – this is unsafe
  • Your car is not parked across residents’ driveways or dipped kerbs
  • You are polite to residents if they point out that your car is causing an obstruction and move your car to a safer place
  • Watch your children when they walk up / down the road on your way to and from school to ensure they are safe particularly when crossing the road.

 

At all costs, please avoid heated discussions with residents. Please remember that we spend a large amount of time teaching children how to solve disagreements with calm discussion and it is important that parents demonstrate this too!

 

If you witness very poor / unsafe parking, please feel free to make a note of the registration of the vehicle and we will pass it on to the police.

 

 

Protecting Children

Every year we deal with concerns that have arisen from the use of mobile phones, social media sites and the internet outside school. All classes from Year 1 to Year 6 complete lessons at the beginning of every term related to internet safety, particularly not sharing personal information with others. We would ask that parents and families support us in this. The police recommend that parents monitor their children’s phone and internet access – again to ensure they are making safe choices when posting information.

 

IMPORTANT!

If an entry door to our school building is closed, please do NOT knock on the door and ask a child to open it for you. Entry doors should only be opened by school staff in order to maintain our school security. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher but the class has already gone inside, please go to the school office where we will help you.

 

 

Building work

This continued during the summer break with various delays because of the poor weather and some issues with the drains. We are hoping that the outside will be finished over the next 2 weeks and thank all parents and children for their patience.

A huge thank you to the school cleaners and caretaker for cleaning the school so many times during the holidays only for it to get covered in brick dust again! A huge thank you as well to the team of staff that managed to prepare classroom 1C ready for Tuesday morning – we were only given access at 2.20pm on Monday!

 

 

 

Special Assemblies

 

Historically, we have invited parents and families to special assemblies during the school year. We have reviewed the safety of children and parents during these events and feel we can no longer have so many parents in the hall at one time. This has been discussed with the Governing Body who have agreed a new schedule of special assemblies:

 

Harvest – a whole school assembly to be led by the headteacher but without parents attending.

Diwali – to be led by children from Year 3, with Year 3 parents and family members invited.

Christmas –

Reception / Nursery Nativity with Nursery and Reception parents and family members invited.

Year 2 Nativity with Year 2 parents and family invited.

Year 4 Nativity with Year 4 parents and family invited. No choirs from junior classes.

Easter – to be led by children from Year 5 with Year 5 parents and family members invited.

Family Values – to be led by children in Year 1 with Year 1 parents and family members invited including a picnic (weather permitting!)

Leavers Play – to be led by children from Year 6 with Year 6 parents and family members invited.

 

Following this program will ensure every year group completes one special assembly each year that family members can attend whilst ensuring our hall is not uncomfortably full or unsafe.

 

Parents and families will be informed about events in their year group in advance of performances and dates will be provided on the newsletter too.

 

 

 

Diary Dates

 

September 2017

School opens on Tuesday 5th September 2017 (Monday 4th Sept is Training day 1)

October 2017

Half term runs from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October 2017

December 2017

School closes for the Christmas break at the end of Wednesday 20th December 2017

January 2018

School opens for Spring term 2018 on Wednesday 3rd January (Tuesday 2nd – Training day 2)

February 2018

Half term runs from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February 2018

March 2018

School closes for the Easter break at the end of Thursday 29th March 2018

April 2018

School opens for Summer term 2018 on Tuesday 17th April (Monday 16th – Training day 3)

May 2018

Half term runs from Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 2018

July 2018

School closes for the Summer break at the end of Wednesday 18th July

 

 

If you need any further information, please ask at the school office.             

Miss Regan                                            

 



Large print copy of this letter available on request.





End of year 2016-2017


Dear Parents, children and families,

Today has been the last day of this academic year. This afternoon included a whole school assembly where we paid tribute to our staff that are leaving, children with 100% attendance and our amazing Year 6 cohort.

 

Part of our assembly included silent contemplation for the passing of Sue Earp. Her funeral will be held at the West Bromwich Crematorium on Tuesday 25th July at 3.15pm.

 

No school year would be complete without acknowledgement of how well our children have done. Yet again this year, our children’s results are higher than Sandwell Local Authority averages and our Year 6 children have achieved significantly higher than National averages – a huge accomplishment. Results are as follows:

Significant changes to teaching of phonics and early reading skills in the Nursery have resulted in accelerated progress for most children:

74% of children are now working on phase 3 or above.

22% are working on phase 4 phonics.

 

GLD: 56.9% of children achieved the expected standard. This represents a rise of 14.9% from 2016.

Comparison between all areas of the EYFS shows a rise in all the different areas of the Early Years Curriculum.

 

Year 1:

Phonic Screen: 67/86              77.9%              National          77% (2016) GBPS +0.9%

 

Year 2:

Reading                Age Related Expectation              71.7%    Local Authority all school average 70.5% GBPS +1.2%

Writing Age Related Expectation              70.0%   Local Authority all school average 64.3% GBPS +5.7%

Maths Age Related Expectation 71.7%                    Local Authority all school average 71.4% GBPS +0.3%

 

Year 6:

Reading Age Related Expectation             74.6%    National 71% GBPS +3.6%

Writing Age Related Expectation               84.7%   National 76% GBPS +8.7%

Maths Age Related Expectation 91.5%                    National 75% GBPS +16.5%

 

These results together with the progress made by children in Years 3, 4 and 5 were discussed with both the Governing Body and the Local Authority Head of School Improvement, Mr Andy Timmins. He and the Governors felt the results were outstanding and testament to the excellent commitment of the Great Bridge Staff and the children’s determination to enjoy learning and succeed in the process.

Well Done to everyone!

 

Thank you!

No school year is complete without an acknowledgement of the work of the Parents’ Association. They have supported school throughout the year providing a wealth of extra resources and events for all children to enjoy. They have given up time to run discos throughout the year as well as the Christmas and Summer fairs and refreshments during sports’ day.

We are all most grateful for the contribution they make to our children’s experiences.

 

Good-byes…

This end of a school year is always tinged with sadness as we say goodbye to some staff.

We say goodbye to Miss Rachel Ashcroft who is leaving to pursue a career in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. This is an area of great need and I cannot think of a better person for this complex and challenging role. We all wish Miss Ashcroft every success.

 

Mr Chris Mellor leaves us to take up a promoted post at another Tipton school. We thank him for his contributions across the school and in the Focus Provision. We all wish him every success.

 

Miss Katrina Hughes leaves us to take up a promoted post in a different field of employment. Miss Hughes has made a huge contribution to the smooth running of many classes, demonstrating great commitment to both colleagues and children. Her creativity and dedication to our school will be greatly missed.

 

Miss Sophie Bond leaves us in order to begin her teacher training. She has worked extremely hard supporting children in the juniors and will make a great teacher! We wish her every success as she begins her university life.

 

We also welcome a new member of staff to school – Miss Liz Cubberley will be teaching in Year 1 and has already been to school several times to meet the children and begin preparing for September.

We welcome back Mrs Grosvenor and Miss Baker from their maternity leaves – Great to have them back!

 

 

 

And Finally…

The entire staff and I wish all of our Great Bridge children and families a wonderful summer break. We hope the weather improves and the days are filled with sunshine, fun, awe, wonder…and a little reading!

 

Diary Dates

 

Friday 21st July

School closes to children for the summer break

24th and 25th July

Staff training days 4 and 5.

 

September 2017

School opens on Tuesday 5th September 2017 (Monday 4th Sept is Training day 1)

October 2017

Half term runs from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October 2017

December 2017

School closes for the Christmas break at the end of Wednesday 20th December 2017

January 2018

School opens for Spring term 2018 on Wednesday 3rd January (Tuesday 2nd – Training day 2)

February 2018

Half term runs from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February 2018

March 2018

School closes for the Easter break at the end of Thursday 29th March 2018

April 2018

School opens for Summer term 2018 on Tuesday 17th April (Monday 16th – Training day 3)

May 2018

Half term runs from Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 2018

July 2018

School closes for the Summer break at the end of Wednesday 18th July

 

If you need any further information, please ask at the school office.             

Miss Regan                                               

 

 

 

 Large print copy of this letter available on request.