Newsletter

Friday 16th September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

The children have now completed their first full week of the academic year and I think it is fair to say that a lot of them are tired. They are working hard in class and I have been in all classes this week and it has been a pleasure to see the pride that they take in their learning.

Ofsted

Thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to speak with us about the ofsted report.  Your support is much appreciated and valued.

Packed Lunches

We have had a few questions about packed lunches. Please do not include any sweets and chocolate in lunchboxes. Please do not send in oranges or nuts as we have staff and children on site with severe allergies to both. Thank you.

Requests for Records

We have seen an increase in parents requesting copies of school records recently. If you wish to have a copy of any or part of your children’s records, please make a written request via email, or other written form. There will be a charge for this, in line with school policy of 10p per sheet and a £10 administration charge to cover the considerable time it takes to produce the records. Once this is paid, the records will be produced.

School Photos

A reminder that school photographs for individual children will be taken next Friday for all year groups. If you would like sibling photos, please go to the school hall at 8:30am where you will be allocated a ticket.  You will need to wait in the hall until your turn is called and then your child can go up to class from the hall.

PE Kit

A reminder that the children’s timetables are in their reading diaries and this will show you when they need their PE kit in school.

Homework

We would like the children to read five times a week at least, learn the spellings that come home each week and go on times table rock stars or Numbots to learn their number bonds and times tables. If children do this each night, it will make a massive difference to their performance and learning in school.

Halal

We would like to advise that no meat kept on the school site is halal.  Therefore if halal is a dietary requirement for your child, they will have the option of the vegetarian main or jacket potato if the school main isn’t suitable.  Please ensure that your child knows this so that they know what options are available to them when letting their teacher know their lunch choice during registration.

Free School Meals

We’ve had a number of parents inform us that they are having issues with the Citizens Portal when applying for Free School Meals.  We have been in contact with them and they have advised that if you are having difficulty, please email

freeschoolmeals-mailbox@devon.gov.uk with details of your claim to the portal and any problems you are having, and they will get back to you.