Class Newsletters – Autumn Term 1

By Linn Hoggins | September 17, 2020

Please click on the relevant links below to view a copy of your child’s Class Newsletter for Autumn Term 1. Nursery & KEEP Class Newsletters will appear here shortly. Reception Class Newsletter – Autumn Term 1 Year 1 Class Newsletter – Autumn Term 1 Year 2 Class Newsletter – Autumn Term 1 Year 3 Class…

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OOSC Oct Half Term Expression of Interest

By Sarah Parnaby | September 16, 2020

Dear parent / carer We are currently considering whether to open Out of School Club at October half term or not. Due to the many challenges of COVID 19, this will only be possible if there is sufficient demand from parents and suitable staffing can be arranged. If you are hoping to access the club,…

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John Spence Community High School – Virtual Open Evening – Tuesday 22nd September 2020 from 5.30pm

By Linn Hoggins | September 15, 2020

The John Spence Community High School virtual open evening for Year 6 pupils and their parents is just one week away.  If you have any questions you would like answering then please email jschs.office@ntlp.org.uk with the title ‘Questions for Open Evening’   * * * * * * * * * * * * *…

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Covid 19 Symptoms and Testing

By Sarah Parnaby | September 14, 2020

Dear parent / carer Please click the link to read important information regarding Covid 19 symptoms and testing from the North Tyneside Council Director of Public Health. Thank you

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Apply now for admission to Reception or High School – September 2021

By Linn Hoggins | September 10, 2020

Is your child due to start Reception Class or High School in September 2021? From Thursday 10th September 2020 you can apply for your child’s place. If you live in North Tyneside apply online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk  Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form. Apply if: Your child is due to start school in Reception,…

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Virtual John Spence Open Evening – Tuesday 22nd September 2020 from 5.30pm

By Linn Hoggins | September 9, 2020

Parents of prospective pupils currently in Year 6 are invited to join them online on Tuesday 22nd September 2020 from 5.30pm. Please click on the link: John Spence Open Evening Information Flyer for more information.

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Important Information Letter for Parents/Carers

By Linn Hoggins | September 9, 2020

Dear parents and carers, I have been in touch with the Health Protection Team at Public Health England (PHE) as earlier today we have had confirmation that a child has tested positive for COVID-19.   We have a rigorous system of controls in place in school, including operating in ‘bubbles’, enhanced hygiene and reorganised classrooms.  We…

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Year 3 Lunches

By Linn Hoggins | September 8, 2020

Dear parent / carer We have reviewed lunch arrangements for Year 3 following their first week back in school.   From this week, all children in Year 3 will have their lunch in school on a Friday.  This includes children who are not staying in school for the afternoon childcare.  This is because children still have…

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Uniform Sale Mondays 4.00pm – 5.00pm

By Linn Hoggins | September 7, 2020

Dear parent / carer As you know, we are unable to sell uniform in the usual way due to Covid restrictions.   We will be holding a uniform sale every Monday from 4.00-5.00pm beginning Monday 14th September.  Uniform will be sold from the main office.  Parents should queue outside, observing social distancing from other families and…

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Our first week back

By Kate Byrne | September 4, 2020

Dear parents and carers,   I just wanted to catch up with you at the end of our first week back, to let you know how things have gone.   It has been wonderful to have all of our children back!  They have settled in straight away across school and it has been a real…

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PE Joggers Update

By Sarah Parnaby | September 4, 2020

Dear parent / carer Thank you to everyone who has bought and paid for their PE joggers using the Gateway app.  Many of these have been distributed to children this week to take home.  Unfortunately we have not been able to fill all orders as our supplier is unable to get additional stock to us…

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Reception Classes September Start Information 2020/2021

By Linn Hoggins | September 4, 2020

If your child attends morning Nursery only Your child will arrive at the Reception entrance between 8:45am and 9:00am. They will have lunch in school and will be collected from the pedestrian gate on Preston Avenue. Mr Denton’s class will be collected at 12:15pm and Mrs Armstrong’s class at 12:20pm. If your child attends afternoon…

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Premises & Pupil Safety Meeting Overview

By Linn Hoggins | September 4, 2020

Summary of P&S meeting from 17th July 2020 On the final day of a very challenging school year, the P&S Committee met virtually to review, in depth, the risk assessment and plans for reopening the school for the new academic year in September. Headteacher led the committee through the updated risk assessment which comprehensively covers measures…

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PE Timetable

By Sarah Parnaby | September 3, 2020

Please click here to see which days your child will be doing PE from Monday 7th September.

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Changes to Accident Recording

By Linn Hoggins | September 3, 2020

Dear parent/carer  We are moving to an electronic way of recording any accidents and first aid in school.  This means that we will no longer send a paper first aid slip home with your child.   If your child has a minor accident in school requiring some small amount of first aid such (e.g. Grazed knee…

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How to Book KEEP Lunches

By Sarah Parnaby | September 3, 2020

Dear parent /carer If your child is going to be in the KEEP, you may choose for them to have a school lunch.  At the moment, all lunches in school are in the style of a packed lunch ‘grab bag’ comprising a sandwich and snacks.  The cost of lunch is £2.25 a day. You should…

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Dog Allergy

By Sarah Parnaby | September 3, 2020

Dear parent / carer As you know, we now have a lovely school dog, Nigel! Please could you complete this form to let us know if your child has an allergy to dogs. Thank you

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Covid 19 Parent-School Agreement

By Sarah Parnaby | September 1, 2020

Due to the current prevalence of Covid 19, school has to organise a number of things differently to usual.  Much of these things are as a result of non-negotiable Government guidance.  By sending your child to school, you are agreeing to follow all procedures implemented by school.  In return, we will follow the Government guidelines…

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Safe Travel Information

By Sarah Parnaby | August 28, 2020

Dear parent / carer Please click here to read a letter from North Tyneside Council regarding safe travel to and from school. Thank you

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OOSC Booking Now Open

By Sarah Parnaby | August 26, 2020

Dear parent / carer Booking for OOSC is now open in the School Gatway app.  If you would like your child to attend the club in the first week of term, please book by 9.00am on Tuesday 1st September.  After the first week, you must always book at least five days in advance.  If you…

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Reminder for children starting our Reception class from other settings

By Kate Byrne | August 25, 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,    We hope that you have had an enjoyable summer and we are looking forward to seeing you all next week as you join us in Reception class. We thought that we’d share a reminder of your child’s start date and arrangements for how and when the children will come into…

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How to Purchase PE Joggers

By Sarah Parnaby | August 24, 2020

Dear parent / carer As you know, school jogging bottoms are a compulsory item of PE uniform from Monday 7th September.  From this date, children should come to school in their full PE kit on their PE days.  Joggers should be worn over shorts and school jumpers over PE t-shirts. School joggers are navy blue…

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Welcome to Nigel

By Kate Byrne | July 29, 2020

Exciting news……! Last week Nigel joined me and my boys at home.  He has settled straight in!  Despite stories warning me of how badly he’d sleep, that it would be a nightmare training him to go to the toilet-he has been a little dream puppy.   Nigel was born at the end of May.  He…

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S&F committee meeting overview 15/07/20

By Sarah Parnaby | July 17, 2020

Dear parents / carers   The staffing and finance committee have met virtually on a regular basis during these unprecedented times. In our last meeting on 15/07/20 we discussed the reopening of school in September and the staffing arrangements which have been put in place to ensure a safe return of all pupils. The staff…

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Term Dates 2021-22

By Sarah Parnaby | July 17, 2020

Dear parent / carer   Please click here to see our term dates for 2021-22 as agreed by governors.       I would like to bring your attention to two variations from North Tyneside Council’s (NTC) published term dates.  You can access NTC’s term dates by clicking here for your information.     Start and end…

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Friday afternoon arrangements 2020-21

By Sarah Parnaby | July 17, 2020

Dear parent / carer   Following the information sent to parents last week, I would like to share with you further details of arrangements for Friday afternoons.     As you know, school will close to all children on a Friday afternoon, with the timetabled teaching week ending at lunchtime.  The changes to our school day…

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Important information for Y1 – Y6 children regarding PE uniform

By Kate Byrne | July 17, 2020

From Monday 7th September, children will need to come into school in their school PE kit on their PE days.  This is for health and safety reasons. Therefore we are school jogging bottoms as a compulsory item of clothing for Y1-Y6.  This is because for much of the year all day in shorts would not…

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School Start and Finish Times for September 2020

By Linn Hoggins | July 17, 2020

Dear parents/carers, I am writing to you with some details about the changes we need to make in September, as a result of COVID 19.   The plans are complicated as a result of the DfE guidance, the size of our school community and the vast size of our site.  Sadly, the DfE guidance is clear…

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Nursery Key Information

By Linn Hoggins | July 17, 2020

Hello Everybody, We are really looking forward to seeing you all in Nursery. Despite the challenging circumstances, we are doing all that we can to make you feel as prepared and as ready as possible for your first year with us and we’re looking forward to all the things that we have planned. Unfortunately, we…

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Uniform final opportunity to buy for September

By Linn Hoggins | July 17, 2020

Dear parent / carer We are aware that a small number of parents may have been unable to come in and purchase uniform on their designated day this week.  We will be holding another uniform sale on Thursday 27th August.  Parent can come to the school office between 9.00am and 12.00pm.  This is open to…

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Update on class teacher arrangement for current Y3M for September

By Kate Byrne | July 16, 2020

Some of you may be aware that Miss Osueke has a chronic health condition.  She is happy for me to share this for those of you who don’t.  How she copes and manages is inspirational.  COVID resulted in Miss Osueke needing to shield for many months.  All children are returning to site in September and…

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OOSC Organisation September 2020

By Linn Hoggins | July 16, 2020

Dear parent / carer As you know, our Out of School Club (OOSC) will be open from Wednesday 2nd September in line with all children returning to school.  We are very pleased that we are once again able to offer this important and valued service to our families.  However, under the current government guidelines, we…

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Letter from Director of Children’s & Adults Services – North Tyneside Council

By Linn Hoggins | July 14, 2020

Please click on the link below to view a letter from Jacqui Old, Director of Children’s and Adult Services – North Tyneside Council: Letter from Jacqui Old, Director of Children’s & Adult Services – North Tyneside Council  

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OOSC reopening news!

By Kate Byrne | July 9, 2020

Following a planning meeting this morning, we are excited to be able to tell you that OOSC will be opening on Wednesday 2nd September! The organisation of OOSC is going to have to be different, in order to comply with the DfE guidance for schools.  But we are confident that we have some ways to…

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IMPORTANT INFORMATON FOR ALL FAMILIES – Our plans for September

By Kate Byrne | July 8, 2020

Dear parents/carers,   As you may know, schools finally received some guidance about September, at the end of last week.  We are now working through the guidance and making decisions about what it will mean for our school and how we will operate in September.  Things will need to be organised very differently in order…

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Post in response to a stream of requests from parents/carers

By Kate Byrne | July 2, 2020

We have been inundated in the last week with contact from parents/carers, asking if they can send things in as a thank you to staff for the end of the school year, as many of you kindly usually do.  So due to the number of requests, rather than replying to each request individually, I thought…

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New Reception Information

By Sarah Parnaby | July 2, 2020

Hello everybody, We are really looking forward to seeing you all in Reception. Despite the challenging circumstances, we are doing all that we can to make you feel as prepared and as ready as possible for the next academic year and we’re looking forward to all the things that we have planned. Unfortunately, we aren’t…

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Collection of property left in school

By Linn Hoggins | June 25, 2020

Dear parent / carer There may be some belongings left in school that you wish to collect such as coats and PE bags.  Belongings will be collected from around site by staff and labeled where at all possible.  We will then make all items available for you to collect from the KS1 yard week commencing…

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How to Buy School Uniform for September 2020

By Linn Hoggins | June 24, 2020

  Dear parent / carer In preparation for next academic year, we will be selling uniform in the week commencing the 13th July.  To adhere to social distancing guidelines and keep our families and staff safe, we will be organising the sale a little differently to usual.   Please read the following information carefully if you…

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New Nursery Uniform and Welcome Pack

By Linn Hoggins | June 24, 2020

Dear parent / carer Due to the current Covid 19 situation, we are sadly unable to have our usual Nursery visit days at this time.  However, we are working on plans to provide some induction and transition for your child starting in September.  We will share this information with you as soon as we can.  …

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