Odd Socks Day for Anti Bullying Week – Friday 20th November 2020

By Linn Hoggins | November 17, 2020

Odd Socks Day for Anti Bullying Week on Friday 20th November, children can wear odd socks to school (children to wear school uniform), no donation. Thank you

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Year 6 Remote Learning

By Sarah Parnaby | November 17, 2020

Dear parent / carer Bubble isolation and remote learning You will have received a text yesterday explaining that there has been a positive case of COVID in Year 6 and informing you that your child needs to isolate.  The electronic letter from PHE will have told you how long your child has to isolate for. …

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Children in Need Day – Friday 13th November 2020 – Children can wear Pyjamas

By Linn Hoggins | November 12, 2020

REMINDER Children in Need Day tomorrow – Friday 13th November 2020. Children can come to school in pyjamas (please wear something warm underneath and outdoor shoes), we are asking for a £1 donation for this charity. Thank you

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Letter to Year 4

By Sarah Parnaby | November 9, 2020

Dear parents/carers,   As you already know, Mrs Imray is absent due to her husband having a kidney transplant.  I am really pleased to be able to tell you that the early signs are that everything has gone well.  But obviously recovery will take a period of time, even once he is out of hospital.…

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Year 2-6 TTRS Competition

By Sarah Parnaby | November 9, 2020

Dear Parent/Carer, As part of our commitment to make maths exciting and high profile in our school, this November we are taking part in a competition for Maths Week England on Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS). It’s called Rock Out 2020 and it’s all done online via play.ttrockstars.com. For every correct answer to a multiplication…

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Hot Meals Trial Extended

By Linn Hoggins | November 5, 2020

Dear parent /carer   We are pleased to say that our hot meals trial began this week and has been going very well with children and staff enjoying the food on offer!  Because of this, we are looking to extend the trial further.     From Monday 9th November, children staying full days in our Nursery…

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Year 2 – National Phonics Screening Test

By Linn Hoggins | November 5, 2020

Year 2 – National Phonics Screening Test   Thursday 5th November 2020   Dear Parents / Carers,   Your child will soon be assessed on the National Phonics Screening Test at the end of November. This test should have been carried out in the Summer term, however, due to Covid-19 and school closures, the Government…

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Children in Need – Whole School Wear Pyjamas Day – Friday 13th November 2020

By Linn Hoggins | November 4, 2020

Dear parent / carer   BBC’s Children in Need are having their annual appeal on Friday 13th November.  In support of this, we would like children to come to school in their Pyjamas on Friday 13th November 2020.  Children are to wear something warm underneath and to wear outdoor shoes not slippers.  We are asking…

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Staffing and Finance Committee Meeting Overview – Autumn Term 1

By Linn Hoggins | November 3, 2020

The Staffing and Finance Committee held our first virtual meeting of the new school year on before half term. The committee continues to meet half termly to discuss matters associated with Staffing and Finance. Due to current restrictions the committee meet virtually and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. One of the…

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Thank you for your Donations!

By Linn Hoggins | October 23, 2020

Dear parent / carer   As you know, our children came in last Friday wearing something red to support the charity, Show Racism the Red Card.  Thanks to your kind donations, we managed to raise £363!  This money will enable their campaign workers to work with more young people and adults across the UK to…

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COVID Notification October 2020 Half Term

By Linn Hoggins | October 23, 2020

Dear parent / carer   It is essential that you notify school if your child or anyone in your household or support bubble received a positive COVID-19 test over October half term.  Please click here for further information shared by North Tyneside Public Health England.   Thank you   Kate Byrne Headteacher

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Information for Year 4 Parents/Carers

By Linn Hoggins | October 19, 2020

Dear parents/carers,   I am writing to let you know that Mrs Imray is going to be absent from school for the coming weeks.  Mrs Imray and her husband are happy for me to explain the unique reason, especially as her absence is soon after our children have had such a long time away from…

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Letter from Fireworks and Bonfire Night

By Linn Hoggins | October 12, 2020

Please click on the link below to view a letter from Northumbria Police regarding Fireworks and Bonfire Night. Fireworks and Bonfire Night Information Letter Thank you

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Premises and Pupil Safety Committee Meeting, Friday 9th October 2020 – Overview

By Linn Hoggins | October 12, 2020

The Premises and Pupil Safety Committee held our first virtual meeting of the new school year held on Friday.  As you know, we meet at least termly to discuss matters around the premises and the safety of the school community, although last term thanks to Covid, we met a little more frequently! One of the…

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Full Governing Body Meeting Monday 5th October 2020 – Meeting Overview

By Linn Hoggins | October 9, 2020

Our Full Governing Body Meetings (and Committee meetings) continue to take place virtually and they remain well attended.   During our latest meeting on the 5th of October our Chair and Vice Chair were re-elected for another year and our committee structures and responsibilities were slightly amended to ensure we remain in a strong position to support the schools strategic…

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Reception Classes – Activity Packs

By Linn Hoggins | October 9, 2020

Dear parents / carers,  The children have settled into life in Reception brilliantly and it is lovely to see them engaging so well with their learning.  We have put some activity packs in your children’s book bags this week and will be adding another next week. Under normal circumstances, we would invite you into school…

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King Edward Out of School Club: Halloween Holiday Club Activity Programme – Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October 2020

By Linn Hoggins | October 9, 2020

Our Out of School Club will be open over the October half term from Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October 2020.  If you would like to book a place, please book online by logging into School Gateway. Please click on the link below to view the Halloween activities which have been planned for the…

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Show Racism the Red Card

By Linn Hoggins | October 9, 2020

Dear parent /carer ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity.  They work throughout the UK delivering anti-racism workshops to more than 50,000 people every year, while also providing specialist training to teachers.  Every penny they receive makes a real difference to a young person’s life and will enable their campaign…

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Dog Fouling Outside School Grounds

By Linn Hoggins | October 8, 2020

Unfortunately, since our return to school this term we have had a small number of parents highlighting that there is an issue with some dog fouling on the footpaths around our school, which is causing families to have to avoid it when bringing children to and from school. We understand that this may very well…

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Nursery/KEEP Parents Evening – Monday 12th October 2020 and Friday 6th November 2020

By Linn Hoggins | October 7, 2020

Further to the post on Tuesday 6th October 2020 regarding Nursery/KEEP Parents Evening (click here), please click on the link below to book a parents evening appointment for your nursery child. Please only book one appointment.  If you book an appointment and can no longer attend, please call the school office on 0191 8141455 where…

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Nursery Parents Evening – Monday 12th October 2020 and Friday 6th November 2020

By Linn Hoggins | October 6, 2020

Dear Nursery parent /carer We are very aware that when children arrive on site, their teachers are no longer available to catch up with parents as they are now in class ready to start teaching and learning during the soft start.  With this in mind, we have made the decision to hold our Nursery parents…

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School lunches for the next week and a half

By Kate Byrne | October 4, 2020

Dear parents/carers,   Unfortunately, I have been informed over the weekend that a member of the school catering staff has testing positive for Covid 19.  The member of staff has not been in school since Tuesday and they did not leave the school kitchen on Monday and Tuesday.  Therefore there is no risk to your…

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Parents Evening (Reception to Year 6) – Monday 5th October 2020 and Monday 12th October 2020

By Linn Hoggins | October 2, 2020

Further to the post earlier on in the week regarding Parents Evening (click here for details), please click on the relevant link below for your Child’s class to book an appointment time. Please only book one appointment per child. If you book an appointment and can no longer attend, please call the school office on…

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Urgent help and understanding with yellow zig zags on a Friday

By Kate Byrne | October 2, 2020

Dear parents and carers,   Outside our school are yellow zig zags which are there to keep all of our children safe.  On a Friday a number of parents/carers are thoughtlessly parking on these yellow zig zags when they collect their children for the afternoon.   PLEASE can you ALL think of the safety of…

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Notification of INSET Days

By Sarah Parnaby | September 30, 2020

Dear parent /carer   I would like to give you notice of two INSET days this term.  School will be closed to all children and parents for staff training on the following dates:   Friday 6th November Monday 9th November   We have chosen a Friday as one of the INSET days as the majority…

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OOSC Open October Half Term

By Sarah Parnaby | September 30, 2020

Dear parent /carer   Following the expression of interest form shared with parents a few weeks ago, we have decided to open Out of School Club for October half term.  Though there are difficulties for us to overcome in opening and staffing the club in the current climate, we appreciate that a number of our…

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Parents Evening Oct 20

By Sarah Parnaby | September 30, 2020

Dear parent /carer   We are very aware that when children arrive on site, their teachers are no longer available to catch up with parents as they are now in class ready to start teaching and learning during the soft start.  With this in mind, we have made the decision to hold parents evening earlier…

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Hot Meals Trial

By Linn Hoggins | September 30, 2020

Dear parent /carer Following the post shared with parents last week, I would like to confirm that we will be beginning a two week trial of hot meals from Monday 12th October. Who is included in the trial? Children in Reception and Year 1 will be provided with hot meals during the trial.  This is…

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Information letter from Operation Encompass

By Linn Hoggins | September 28, 2020

Please click on the link: Information letter regarding Operation Encompass Thank you

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School Update

By Sarah Parnaby | September 25, 2020

Dear parents and carers,   Thank you all for your patience as we have all settled back into the routines of school life.  It has been an absolute pleasure to have all of your children back in school and to see and catch up with parents and carers as well.  As you’ll know, many things…

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School Meals Update

By Linn Hoggins | September 23, 2020

Dear parents / carers,  As we’ve been a few weeks I thought it would be useful to give you a very quick update on our school meals provision. School meals organisation You may or may not realise the hugely significant changes we have had to make to lunchtimes, in order to maintain year group bubbles. …

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What will happen if a child or member of staff tests positive?

By Linn Hoggins | September 23, 2020

Dear parents / carers,  I thought it might be useful to give you an insight into what will happen under the current guidance, if a child or a member of staff tests positive.  As you will know, we recently had a positive case in Year 6.  Fortunately there have been no more positive tests since. …

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REMINDER – Reception Places & High School Applications – September 2021

By Linn Hoggins | September 21, 2020

If you haven’t done so already, you can now apply for your child’s Reception Place or High School place for Sept 2021. Please click on the link: Apply for your child’s Reception Place or High School Place for September 2021 Deadline for High School Applications is 31st October 2020 Deadline for Reception Place Applications is 15th…

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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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