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School remains open to our key worker families during this difficult time. We are fortunate to have such extensive outside space and access to lots of arts and crafts materials. This week some of the children have been putting both to good use.
Coronavirus Update – School closure to most pupils
We have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and vulnerable children.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is through our usual communication channels; email, school website and our facebook page.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn. From Monday, 23rd March onwards:-
- Parents and Pupils can find work set for them, either in a resource pack, on the relevant class page on the school website. This will be regularly refreshed with new activities on a regular basis.
- Staff will regularly monitor access to the online tools
- Parents will be able to contact the school and their teacher(s) by the usual email addresses available to you
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.
What we may not be able to go ahead fully with
- School trips
- Breakfast or after-school clubs, other than Acorn Childcare
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
Remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
The DfE has brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. The list includes subject-specific resources for:
English , Maths , Science, PE, Wellbeing, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
The link to the resources can be found here.
Following our success at the Northamptonshire Education Awards in July 2019 we are delighted to be involved in the Northamptoshire School Business Alliance (NSBA). NSBA is the brainchild of Ben Thomas (All Things Business), Laura Giddings and James Howarth (RS Components) who are passionate about Northamptonshire businesses supporting Northamptonshire schools and vice versa. As a school we also share this commitment and are keen to help promote the work that is currently taking place in our county. We shall be participating in this fantastic new event helping to inspire our children with the latest technologies in the workplace and planning to take some of our children to RS components in the summer term to STEMfest.
Are you a business looking to support education? Then please get in touch!
What a busy start to the new academic year! We were delighted to see the children returning from their summer breaks full of enthusiasm for learning. A very warm welcome to the many new families that have and continue to join us; we look forward to a happy association with you all.
It was our pleasure to welcome prospective parents to our Open Day last month. If you are still considering, wish to re-visit or new to the area there is still time to visit. Simply give our admin team a call to arrange a mutually convenient time to visit. Please remember that all applications for Reception 2020 need to be made online no later than 15th January 2020 via the link Applying for Reception 2020.
As our visitors and school community will know we are battling the elements with our plans to make the external grounds an exciting, bright and vibrant environment to reflect the changes we continue to make internally. Whilst the persistent rain has prolonged the works we are making headway and wanted to share our progress and commitment to date. As we move through the year our aim is to have completed the daily mile track; improved outdoor play provision; created forest school and have a series of themed barns enabling us to bring the outdoor curriculum opportunities alive. If you are a local business willing to sponsor one of the barns then we would love to hear from you.
Further updates to follow throughout the year.
- The wilderness! The wilderness!
- Reclaimed from the wilderness! Reclaimed from the wilderness!
- The 'before' project started The 'before' project started
- Boundary path 'before' Boundary path 'before'
- New musical instruments New musical instruments
- The 'after' forest school area The 'after' forest school area
- Refurbished boundary path; block paving to go in next Refurbished boundary path; block paving to go in next
Thursday 11th July 2019 was a night to remember as the first Northamptonshire Education Awards took place in an exclusive marquee at Old Northamptonians Rugby Football Club.
The Northampton Education Awards judging process is totally independent. All award entries were scored against set criteria and marked through a bespoke software-based scoring system before finalists were selected. The judging process was totally independent from the organisers and category sponsors. Once the finalists were announced an independent board finally reviewed and select the winner from each category. The presenter of the evening was the inspiring Matthew Burton, star of Educating Yorkshire. You may remember Matthew from the memorable episode of the Channel 4 programme, where he helped a young boy called Musharaf overcome his stutter. His speech on the night was truly inspiring and recognised how special teachers truly are.
He said: “Tonight has been brilliant. Northamptonshire clearly has a very dedicated and passionate education sector which is great to see.”
We were absolutely delighted to have been nominated and shortlisted as finalists in two categories; Primary School of the Year and School Business Manager of the Year.
Winner of the School Business Manager of the Year, sponsored by ACS Office Solutions
Claire Griffiths of Henry Chichele School
Plans are well under way for the school summer fair. Raffle tickets are available in advance from parent/carers or the school office; there are some fantastic prizes. A MASSIVE thank you to Higgins at Irthlingborough who kindly donated all the materials for some new and exciting stalls that are currently under construction. Come and try your hand at 'Splat the Rat', 'Feed the Clown' or 'Play your cards right'.
Families, friends (old and new) and the community are warmly invited to join us. Looking forward to seeing you.