Final Chance to Book OOSC at Easter

By Linn Hoggins | March 17, 2021

Dear parent /carer   OOSC is planning to be open during the Easter holidays; Monday 29th March to Friday 9th April (closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday).     Uptake is currently very low.  If numbers do not increase, we will have no choice but to close during the holidays.  If you would like your…

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COVID Testing

By Linn Hoggins | March 17, 2021

Dear parent / carer   As different types of testing are now available to the public, we thought it would be helpful to clarify which type of test to take in which situation.  We ask that all parents / carers read the below information carefully.   PCR Test (Polymerase Chain Reaction Test) – This is…

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Friday Afternoons March 2021

By Sarah Parnaby | March 16, 2021

Dear parents and carers,   Following the decision made at our Staffing and Finance committee last week about Friday afternoon childcare, I have had some feedback and some questions.  I thought it would be useful to share some information with you all.   The reason for children going home at lunchtime on a Friday COVID…

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Red Nose Day – Friday 19th March 2021

By Linn Hoggins | March 15, 2021

Dear parent / carer   Red Nose Day is back on Friday 19th March and this year it’s never felt more important to have some fun and support people living incredibly tough lives.  We need the power of funny to turn laughs into lasting change!   Red Nose Day is part of the charity, Comic…

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In Memory of Frank

By Linn Hoggins | March 12, 2021

Dear parents and carers,    This has been an emotional week.  Monday started with the joy and pleasure of having all of our children back in school together.  This is something that we have all looked forward to since the lockdown in January, which happened with immediate effect for us all.  It has been a…

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Change to Friday Afternoon Arrangements

By Linn Hoggins | March 11, 2021

Dear parent / carer   As you know, our timetabled teaching week has been organised differently since September 2020.  While the change was necessitated by COVID restrictions, it has had a myriad of benefits for our school and children as communicated to families back in July.     This organisational change involved changes to the start…

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OOSC Easter Holiday Club

By Linn Hoggins | March 9, 2021

Dear parent /carer   We are planning to open our OOSC during the Easter holidays.  We will be open Monday 29th March to Friday 9th April (closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday).  We are open for our full day rate only from 7.30am-5.30pm.  As the club will need to be staffed consistently throughout the…

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Reopening of Schools Parental Letter from Diane Buckle, Assistant Director, Education

By Linn Hoggins | March 9, 2021

Please click on the link below to view a letter from Diane Buckle, Assistant Director, Education regarding the reopening of schools. Letter from Diane Buckle, Assistant Director, Education regarding reopening of schools

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Welcome Back

By Linn Hoggins | March 8, 2021

Dear parents and carers,   It has been a wonderful day having everyone back in school together, long may it last!  I hope that you have had a good day knowing that your children are all back in school!  It has been amazing to see and hear a school full of happy children.  We have…

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In Memory of Frank

By Sarah Parnaby | March 5, 2021

Dear parent / carer You may or may not be aware that sadly, one of our Reception children died very suddenly in December. Frank was an amazing little boy who enjoyed every moment of his time in our Nursery and Reception. He was full of life, bubble and energy and we were devastated to be…

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OOSC Organisation – From Monday 8th March 2021

By Linn Hoggins | March 5, 2021

Dear parent / carer   As you know, our Out of School Club (OOSC) will be open from Monday 8th March 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.  We will organise the club in…

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Uniform Price Changes – April 2021

By Linn Hoggins | March 4, 2021

Dear parent / carer   Following the annual review of school uniform prices, Governors of the Staffing and Finance Committee have agreed some changes to our uniform prices.  These changes will come into effect for any uniform purchased on or after April 1st 2021.    The change in uniform prices directly reflect the costs we…

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Well-being for Children and Families on Return to School

By Linn Hoggins | March 3, 2021

Dear Parents / Carers, As we prepare to welcome your child back on Monday 8th March, we understand that this is once again another change for you and your child. The past year has been very different from any other time we’ve known. For everyone, there has been a lot of change and we are…

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Household COVID Testing

By Linn Hoggins | March 3, 2021

Dear parent / carer   As you may have heard in the media, access to testing is being introduced for households and support/childcare bubbles containing primary and secondary school age children.  Testing was made available as of March 1st 2021.    This is optional testing being rolled out by the Government.  We are sharing this…

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OOSC Price Changes – April 2021

By Linn Hoggins | March 3, 2021

Dear parent / carer   Following the annual review of Out of School Club fees, Governors of the Staffing and Finance Committee have agreed to freeze the majority of fees for this financial year.  We are pleased to share that our OOSC rates continue to be incredibly competitive with other local providers.    The only…

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OOSC Update – February 2021

By Linn Hoggins | March 1, 2021

Dear parent/carer    Myself and the Governors of the Staffing and Finance committee feel that it is important that parents have some context of OOSC’s current financial position.     As many of you are probably already aware, our OOSC is a separate organisation within school with its own discrete budget.  Much like a private business,…

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Covid 19 Parent-School Agreement – March 2021

By Linn Hoggins | March 1, 2021

With all children returning to school on Monday 8th March 2021, please click on the link below for an overview of how school will be organised. Covid 19 Parent-School Agreement – March 2021  

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World Book Day 2021

By Linn Hoggins | February 26, 2021

Dear parent / carer   It may be a lockdown but we are very much looking forward to celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 4th March as part of our annual Book Week in school.   As usual we are planning to spend lots of time in book-related activities with your children, and although the…

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The exciting return to site of all of our children from Monday 8th March!

By Kate Byrne | February 26, 2021

Dear parents/carers, We were over the moon on Monday night when we heard the news that all of our children can return to school again on Monday 8th March.  We simply cannot wait!  Please tell all of your children how very excited we all are!   All children in all year groups can return as normal…

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Staffing and Finance Committee Meeting – Spring Term 1

By Linn Hoggins | February 25, 2021

The Staffing and Finance Committee held a virtual meeting on Friday 12th February. The committee continues to meet half termly to discuss matters associated with Staffing and Finance. Due to current restrictions the committee meets virtually and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.   One of the key recurring issues for discussion…

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Important Letter from North Tyneside Council regarding COVID reporting for February Half Term

By Linn Hoggins | February 11, 2021

Please click on the link below to view an important letter from North Tyneside Council regarding COVID reporting for February Half Term. Thank you COVID – Letter from North Tyneside Council Contact with School During February Half Term

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Letter from Diane Buckle – Assistant Director for Education

By Linn Hoggins | February 9, 2021

Please click on the link below to view a letter from Diane Buckle – Assistant Director for Education. Letter from Diane Buckle – Assistant Director for Education

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Premises and Safety Committee Overview – Spring Term 2021

By Linn Hoggins | February 9, 2021

Another (virtual) Premises and Pupil Safety Committee meeting was held on Friday 5th February 2021 during which we reviewed and ratified a number of key health and safety policies, the procedure for storing EPI / Jext pens, as well as the continually updated school Covid-19 Risk Assessment.   The termly review of the accident reports…

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Children Remote Learning at Home

By Linn Hoggins | February 5, 2021

If your child is at home accessing remote learning, please click on the link: Phone Calls for Remote Learning Google Form and complete the online google form.   Thank you

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OOSC February Half Term

By Linn Hoggins | February 5, 2021

Dear parent / carer   We have planned for our OOSC to be open over February half term.  However, numbers are currently below the threshold at which we can feasibly open.     If you would like to book into OOSC, please do so by 12.00pm on Monday 8th February.     If we still do not…

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Reading

By Linn Hoggins | February 5, 2021

Dear Parents/Carers, Thank you to all of you who have been sharing books and reading regularly with your children.  We all know this is one of the most important things you can do to help your child.   We realise it is difficult for some children, at home, as they don’t have the ability to…

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School Telephone Lines Not Working

By Linn Hoggins | February 3, 2021

We are currently having technical difficulties with our telephone lines.  If you need to contact school urgently, please email school: info@kingedward.org and we will reply as soon as we can. We will inform everyone once the telephone lines are back up and running. Thank you

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Critical Worker Childcare Children Only – Reception to Year 6 Parents Evening Telephone Consultation – Monday 8th February 2021

By Linn Hoggins | February 1, 2021

Parents evening appointments are now available to book online with your child’s class teacher for children who are attending the Critical Keyworker Childcare in school.  Children remote learning from home DO NOT need to book an appointment as your child’s teacher has been in touch.    If your child is in school and have recently…

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February Half Term

By Sarah Parnaby | February 1, 2021

Dear parent / carer School is closed as usual to all children for February half term (Mon 15th-Fri 19th February).  School will not be open for Critical Worker Childcare. If you do require childcare, our OOSC is open from 7.30am-5.30pm at a rate of £27.50 per day.  You can drop off and collect your child…

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Nursery / KEEP – Parents Evening Telephone Consultation – Wednesday 3rd February 2021, Thursday 4th February 2021 and Friday 5th February 2021

By Linn Hoggins | January 27, 2021

Parents evening appointments are now available to book online with your child’s class teacher.  If your child attends the Nursery and you would like to book a parents evening appointment, please click on the link below: Nursery / KEEP Parents Evening Online Booking Form If your child attends both the Nursery and the KEEP, please…

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Online Safety Alert – Years 3 – 6

By Linn Hoggins | January 26, 2021

Dear Parents / Carers, We have recently been made aware of a new app called ‘Avakin Life’. ‘Avakin Life’ is an online virtual world that allows teens and adults alike to chat and make new friends. It is a virtual 3D gaming world where users create their own character, or Avatar, before choosing their outfits…

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Parents Evening – February 2021

By Linn Hoggins | January 20, 2021

Dear parent /carer   Parents evening for Reception to Year 6 will be going ahead this term for the children who are attending on site only.  This is because, where children are engaging in remote learning, staff are already contacting families by phone on a regular basis.  Parents evening for the children of critical workers…

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School Community Well-Being

By Sarah Parnaby | January 20, 2021

Dear parents / carers,   Firstly, can we start by thanking all of those parents and families who have shown patience and understanding over the past few months. The start to this term has proved to be very challenging for many of us in our school community and the kindness and support of our families…

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Information for Parents/Carers for children entitled to Benefits Related Free School Meals

By Linn Hoggins | January 19, 2021

Dear parents/carers, I am writing to update you about Benefits Related Free School Meal (BRFSM) provision. I am very pleased to be able to tell you that as of this week, we are able to order electronic vouchers for your child, in place of their daily school meal.  This is because your child is eligible…

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Nursery Closure w/c 18.01.21

By Sarah Parnaby | January 15, 2021

Dear parents and carers,    As you know we had to make the difficult decision yesterday morning to close Nursery, except to children of critical workers.  This was as a result of two members of staff having to leave school after Nursery opened.   We are struggling with staffing in Nursery as a result of…

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Nursery Closure

By Sarah Parnaby | January 14, 2021

Dear parent / carer We are extremely sorry to have to ask parents to collect Nursery/KEEP children with immediate effect.  You should collect your child from the Nursery/KEEP entrances. We do NOT have a case of COVID in school but we do have a significant number of Nursery/KEEP staff absent for a variety of reasons. …

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Remote Learning on Xbox and Playstation

By Sarah Parnaby | January 13, 2021

Dear parent / carer It has come to our attention that Google Classroom doesn’t have to be accessed only on a laptop or tablet, but it can also be accessed on PlayStations and Xboxes.  This is great news for families who are having to share devices but have one of these consoles available. Modern day…

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Remote Learning Jan 2021

By Sarah Parnaby | January 12, 2021

Dear parent and carers,   I’d like to begin by thanking you and your children at home for being patient with us, as we have reacted and created systems in response to an ever changing landscape.  As you’ll know there have been many changes we have had to get to grips with in a limited…

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OOSC for CWC and Nursery

By Sarah Parnaby | January 8, 2021

Dear parent / carer As you know, our OOSC remains open for children accessing our CWC and for Nursery children.  As numbers attending the club are significantly lower than usual, we will be reorganising the bubble groups from Monday 11th January. Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will be in the KEEP building.  Please drop off…

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School Meals for CWC and KEEP

By Sarah Parnaby | January 8, 2021

Dear parent / carer We are pleased to be able to offer school meals for CWC and KEEP children from Monday 11th January. Lunches will be free for Universal (Reception to Year 2) and benefits related FSM children in school.  Children in the KEEP and Years 3-6 will pay for lunches as usual. The school…

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