Beckfield News – 10 September

Beckfield News – 10 September

I want to take this opportunity to welcome all our families, old and new. I hope you had an amazing summer and you managed to recharge your batteries and you are ready for the new school year.

Nut Free School

I need to start the newsletter with some very important information.  We are a Nut Free School. This means that we cannot allow anyone to bring any foods into school which have nuts in them.  We have posters around school. 

This does include foods such as Nutella (and some other chocolate spreads). Allergic reactions to nuts can be severe so we all need to be extremely careful. 

If you are not sure, please ask. Thank you for your support with this. 

Staffing News

I am still the acting headteacher of Co-op Academy Beckfield in Mr Ireland’s absence as he continues to take some time out of school. I am also the Chief Education Officer for the academies in West Yorkshire for Co-op Academies Trust but will be spending most of my time at Beckfield in the coming weeks and months.

I am also very pleased to tell you that Mrs Sarginson gave birth to a little baby boy over the summer break.  Both mum and son are doing well despite him being born earlier than expected.  We all wish them the very best. Miss Hendley is the lead SENDCo and she is being supported by two primary SEND directors from our Trust.  These are Mrs Shaw and Mrs Jones.  I know some parents have already met with our SEND leaders.

We would also like to congratulate Miss Kelly who got married over the summer break and is now Mrs Watkiss.  

We have also been busy recruiting additional staff over the summer and we welcome the following staff to our team.

Mr England – Teaching Assistant

Miss Khan – Nursery Teacher

Miss Zafar – Teaching Assistant

We are still advertising for some more staff to complete our team and the vacancies are advertised on our website. 

We also need 2 lunchtime supervisors to support our Early Years’ lunchtimes. If you are interested in one of these posts, please pick up an application form from the office. 

Post 1 – 11.30 – 12.30 in Nursery

Post 2 – 11.40 – 1.00 in Reception and the playground supervision for KS1 and 2

(these hours might change as we plan lunchtimes)

Covid-19 update

We will not have year group ‘bubbles’ and children and staff will be able to mix with each other throughout the school day. Again, this may have to be reintroduced when necessary. 

Classes will be set up differently to last year and children will go to Key stage assemblies. We will continue to have whole school assemblies virtually for the time being.

We are still reviewing our lunchtime arrangements so we ensure that lunchtimes run smoothly and children can play with children in other year groups.

Covid-19 symptoms and self isolation

If your child has symptoms of C-19, we will still ask you to collect them and take them for a PCR test. If your child tests positive, they will need to self isolate for a period of 10 days.

Siblings of the child that have tested positive do not need to self isolate and can still come to school.

If your child has tested positive, you need to notify us.

We expect that all children over the age of 5 go for a PCR test if they have symptoms.

Parents – you might need to isolate too, find out more from the NHS.

Attendance

All children are expected back in school and we will manage good attendance using the school’s Attendance Policy.  This policy is under review and once it has been approved by our Academy Governing Council, we will share this with you.

DFE guidance states: 

  • School attendance will be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply: 
  • parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age; 
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence 
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct 
  • Where a pupil is unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical and/or public health advice, schools are expected to immediately offer them access to remote education. Schools should monitor engagement with this activity. 
  • Where a pupil is unable to attend school because parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will not be penalised. 
  • All other pupils must attend school.

Masks

Masks are optional, but please be mindful of social distancing if you choose not to wear one. Some of our staff will be wearing face-coverings and that is their right to do so. Thank you for your understanding.

Start and end of day times

You will be pleased to know that we will not continue with staggered start and finish times from 13th September. We also will not have any one-way system around school. We may have to revert back to these in the event of a change in DFE guidance or if we have a local outbreak of COVID-19.

Classroom doors will open at 8.45am.

If you are later than 9am, then you will need to come into the main entrance to sign your children into our registers and get their attendance mark.

School finishes for

Nursery children at 3pm

Reception class children at 3.05pm

All other children at 3.15pm

Again if you are late to pick up your child/children then you will need to go to the main entrance

Year 5 and 6 children are permitted to walk on their own, but you’ll need to consent to this in writing. We will share with you a form to complete on the first day back.

Uniform

  • The correct uniform must be worn at all times.
  • No dangling earrings are permitted for health and safety reasons
  • One pair of single stud earrings are allowed. This must be removed or covered with a plaster during PE and games
  • No extreme hairstyles such as tramlines and unnatural colours

Uniform shows that we are in a community. Wearing it says we’re all in this together.

Lunches

We have a new catering company, Bradford Local Authority. We are excited to work with them to ensure children have access to healthy food with lots of options. Please see the new menus here. They are served on a 3 week rolling basis and children will be asked what they would like each morning. If you pay for school meals, you will need a ParentPay login. If you do not know this, please contact our school office and we can provide you with a login so you can access your account. All the money goes direct to Bradford Local Authority so we can no longer accept cash in the office. You are able to pay via PayPoint also. 

If you think you could be eligible for your child to have a free school meal, please ask the office to support you in making the application. More information about eligibility for free school meals can be found here

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will continue to receive free school meals as part of the national Universal Free School Meals scheme. Once they go into Year 3, you will be required to pay for your child’s meal. If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and you think you may be eligible for free school meals, please still apply as school receive additional funding to be used on additional resources or staff. If you are eligible, It will also mean that you will not have to pay for meals once your child is in Year 3. 

If your child is on packed lunches, please ensure that it consists of a sandwich and other healthy choices like a piece of fruit, a cereal bar, yoghurts. A packed lunch cannot just consist of sweets, chocolates, biscuits and crisps. Please be aware that we do have children who are allergic to nuts, so please do not include food that contains nuts.

This year, we will provide fruit, free of charge, for all children in Key Stage 2. Previously this was only provided for Early Years and Key Stage 1 children, but we feel it is important that all children continue to have access to a healthy snack as part of a healthy lifestyle.

All children will also be able to have a piece of toast when they arrive in school.

Breakfast club

We are still operating our Breakfast Club as normal. This runs from 7.45am – 8.45am each morning and costs £2.00 per day per child. Children receive breakfast (toast, cereal, pancakes, muffins) and this needs to be booked in advance on your School Money account. We need to know who is coming each day so we can plan how many staff we need to look after your children safely. Please book places for this a week in advance if possible.

After School club

After school care club hasn’t been as well attended as we hoped it might be. We are reviewing our provision of this to see if it is still needed by parents and carers. Please can you fill out this form on the link here to let us know if you have a need for the after school care club. Once we have looked at the interest we will know how much it will cost, how many staff we need and what times and days it will be run on. 

There is a possibility that there won’t be enough interest for us to run it or that the price may increase. As always we will try our best to keep it going and keep costs to a minimum but it is important for you to complete the form below whether you would use it or not. 

After school care club will run next week (week commencing Monday 13th September) and we will be in touch about future arrangements. Please book places via School Money (same place as Breakfast club). 

Information about you

If you have moved house, have a new phone number or have just moved into the area, please ensure we hold the right information. This is to ensure we can get in contact with you in case of emergencies or if we need to talk to you and also so we can send letters to the right address.

It is also necessary that you update school if there is a change in circumstances and we need to change your other contact information and/or there needs to be a different person who can collect your child.

We will be sending out data collection sheets next week.  Please complete and return so we can ensure we have all the correct information about your child/children on our systems. It is essential that we have at least two emergency contacts for every child. 

Safeguarding

At Co-op Academy Beckfield we are committed to keeping your children safe.

You may have noticed pictures of myself and Lynda Johnson up and around the building and in the parents notice boards. We are the named people for safeguarding and child protection.  Please feel free to speak with us if you are worried about your child. 

We are currently in the process of updating our Child protection policy so this should be available for you in the next few weeks. 

Texting and DoJo

We will be phasing out the use of texting parents as it costs us a huge amount of money which we can spend more wisely on the children in other ways.  Please make sure you have your DoJo log in as this will be our common communication tool at the moment.

We will be moving over to introduce Class Charts as our main communication platform.  Some of you may already be familiar with this as you have older children.  We will share login information before October half term. This will mean you will get information about your child’s positive and negative rewards in line with our new policy but as we have not completed the consultation, this will be fully launched when the policy is finalised and approved by our Academy Governing Council. 

Behaviour and Anti Bullying Policy Review

We have 2 further consultation sessions next week on Thursday 16th September. These are at 9am and 2.30pm.  Please let Miss Durn know if you like to attend so we can manage space and refreshments.