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Meat Free Monday

Good morning!  I write this today, after posting on School Story and Parent Pay!  Yesterday, we had our first ‘live’ assembly – it is over 18 months since we have had the children together for an assembly.  I was very proud to see how well they did – all coming together for an assembly for the first time, in a long time!  It was lovely to hear them say – ‘Good morning Miss Williams, good morning everyone’ – something I have not heard for a long time!  After half term, our ‘Thank You’ Assemblies will be ‘real’ – children coming into the hall to see their friends/other children being ‘thanked’.  Yesterday’s assembly was about Meat Free Monday – as a school we have been Meat Free on a Monday for a long time, but thought it would be a good thing to re-visit.  The dairy and meat industry is not sustainable – and is a major contributor to global warming.  We all need to do something – by not eating meat for just one day a week – if we all did this, the effect would be huge.  Every 2 hours the rainforest is being lost – the size of 200 football pitches being cleared every 2 hours for cattle to graze on – for meat.  Do we carry on until there are no rainforests left?  It takes 30 bathtubs of water to produce ONE beefburger…this is not sustainable.  We all need to do something and by going meat free for just one day – you are doing something!

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Recently, a new Netflix series has been released called ‘Squid Game’. It has become apparent that some children have been or are watching the series. The series has a PEGI rating of 15 and the content means that no children should be watching it. Could we please encourage you to access the link below which will help you understand the reasons surrounding this.

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Attendance and Punctuality

Good morning – I’ve not used this blog in a long time – mainly because I’ve been communicating with parents/carers via Dojo and School Story and Parent Pay!  But it’s good to update you all via our website – we’ve recently made some changes to this!  Attendance and Punctuality are very important and we work hard to ensure that children are in school, every day and on time.  However, our attendance has dipped this half term and currently stands at 95.5% – our target is 96.5%.  Yesterday the Department for Education sent the following information:

School attendance
As the new Secretary of State for Education has made clear, young people regularly attending school is a national priority and is important for their education, wellbeing, and long-term development. This is particularly true for children who were persistently absent before the pandemic or who are at risk of becoming persistently absent. Attendance continues to be mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and schools should communicate clear and consistent expectations about attendance.

Schools will be aware that the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England recently wrote a letter to parents of children identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), to inform them that they were no longer considered to be clinically vulnerable and would not be advised to shield in future. This decision was based on the results of recent clinical studies which found that in general, children and young people are at very low risk of becoming seriously unwell from the virus. The recommendation was agreed by the Chief Medical Officers of the UK.

A very small number of children and young people will have been advised to isolate or reduce their social contact for short periods of time by their specialist, due to the nature of their medical condition or treatment, rather than because of the pandemic. If this is the case, they should continue to follow the advice of their specialist.

Schools continue to be able to grant leaves of absence for pupils subject to the normal rules. Applications for leave of absence may be made for reasons arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic that do not fall within the category above. Schools should consider all applications for leave of absence on an individual basis taking into account the specific facts and circumstances, and relevant background context behind the request. Schools should only grant leaves of absence in exceptional circumstances. If a leave of absence is agreed, it should only be for a specific period of time.

We encourage schools to work together with local authority staff, attendance support workers, and local health services (including GPs and school nurses) to reassure families and ensure as many pupils are attending school as possible.  This week and next week is our 100% A&P Challenge – to be in school every day and on time for 2 weeks!

I thought this was worth sharing – to show that attendance and punctuality are a national priority!

This week in school is Mental Health Week and children have taken part in a number of activities – a nature trail being one of them!  Class 3 went to Ledston Estate yesterday and had a great time in the woods!!  12 children will go canoeing today as part of the Inspirations programme – a great new adventure for them!

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****IMPORTANT**** Admissions for 2022

Please see below – latest Admission Update for 2022:
Applications for September 2022 school places:
Families are currently making school applications for places in September 2022.

National deadlines dates to submit applications are:

31 October 2021 for Year 7

15 January 2022 for Reception

Applications open on 1 November 2021.

It’s really important families apply on time – so please make a note of the above dates (especially the Reception date).

If you search: Leeds School Admissions 2022 – there is a video on You Tube that will guide you through the admission process.

The video will take you through 5 steps:
Step 1 – RESEARCH – research potential schools – look at their website, visit them, look at Ofsted reports.
Step 2 – CHECK – check they have places and your child(ren) has a realistic chance of getting a place.
Step 3 – PREFERENCE – you have 5 preferences – choose all 5 – don’t think by choosing 1 it will increase your chances of getting that place – it won’t!
Step 4 – APPLY – on-line and on time! Applications are on-line and need to be submitted by the deadline – if you don’t you might not get the place you want.
Step 5 – CHANGES – if after you have applied there are any changes to your circumstances you need to notify the Local Authority – eg, moving house – if you don’t this could affect your place.

Watch the video to go through these steps.
Further information:

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Applying for a Secondary School Place

It’s time to start thinking about applying for a secondary school place. Applications can be made from 1st August to 31st October HERE