Welcome to Nightingale Primary School
Dear Parent and Carers
May I welcome you back from the Winter break and trust that you and your families have had a restful holiday and are looking forward to a fun filled 2015.
The new term will see some changes in personnel and we welcome all new staff, including Ms S Dixon who joins the senior leadership team and Mrs C Glendon-Higbee who will be joining our office staff with her main remit being Health and Safety and Risk Assessments.
You will have noted the changes to the school building during the Autumn Term, such as the development of a new medical room, offices and front entrance. This has enabled us to provide an improved service to children and parents.
The Governors and I agreed to take a bulge class in reception in September 2014, as we felt that it was important that there were local places for local children. The additional class is now housed in the school, in what was previously the Head teacher’s and Deputy Head teacher’s offices. I am pleased to be able to inform you that a suitable builder has now been appointed and following the information sharing session for parents in December 2014, the builders ‘Kind and Co’, have secured their building site in preparation for the building of the two new reception classrooms. The proposed start date is January 2015 and the completion date will be 5th May 2015. The school council will meet with the builders and visit the site during the build to report progress back to the children in their classes.
As part of the school council we have also set up a food committee with year 6 pupils and they will be putting their ideas and questions to Lynda Townend from ISS catering in the coming term.
I strongly believe that partnerships bring the best results and have listened to requests and suggestions made by parents, and where possible have turned these into actions, such as the now private parent meetings on parent evenings, increased afterschool sports clubs and evening meetings for working parents, all of which have been well received. We have also introduced, since I started in September, information sharing evenings for all year groups, so that we can share our expectation of the children’s levels and how the school delivers English and Maths.
I have met with the PTA, following their AGM in November, and they have a fun packed year planned. The fund raising they have undertaken recently, through the Halloween Discos, the cake sales and the Xmas card sale has ensured that there are additional quality non- fiction books in the school. This supports our focus on reading. It was particularly pleasing to see so many new parents at the ‘welcome coffee morning’.
Nightingale has a strong tradition of being supportive and caring and I will ensure that this continues and the staff will strive to maximise the children’s full potential. Our school is one where mutual respect, good manners, politeness and high attendance and achievement is the expectation and this is shared by all our community. I do offer an open door policy so please do make an appointment to see me or a member of the senior leadership team who are responsible for your child’s phase if you have any concerns.