ACCELERATED READER FOR PARENTS
We recently held a meting at school for parents to inform them about the new Accelerated Reader scheme that we are using to help develop the children’s reading skills and phonics development.
This meeting was a resounding success. If you were not in attendance, here is the presentation that was given to parents, so that you too can know all about the system we are using, and how you can help your child develop their reading further.
The local authority (LA) now manages the admissions code. Details can be found by clicking on the link below.
Telephone 0845 155 1019
We always welcome visits for prospective parents and their children, and encourage this for both new Reception admissions and also in-year admissions.
If you would like to see how the school fares on the national performance tables, then please follow the link below:
Latest School Dinner Menu
If you are interested in giving your child a new school meal, then please follow the link to the menu for this term to make your choices. The cost of a meal is currently £2.10.
By the way, if you would like to have your say on how school dinners could be improved in our school, then please fill in the feedback slip below, and send it in to school, where it will be passed on immediately to the providers (ISS). They will always contact you if you wish, and they will be more than happy to discuss any element of your child’s lunch with you.
At Starcross Primary School we sometimes collect data for our own purposes, and also for use in County and National statistics. Please read the following letter which explains how we deal with this information.
Year 6 Morfa Bay Residential 2016
We are delighted to announce that we will be running a residential trip for Year 6 to Morfa Bay Adventure Centre, Pendine, during the week of the 6th-10th June inclusive. We had a very successful trip last year, and are really happy to be offering this week-long trip to our Year 6 children.
If any parents would like to visit the Morfa Bay website for more information about the centre and its activities, please follow the following link.
Also, if you would like a copy of the initial letter of interest, which outlines the trip and its cost, and the personal details slip to be returned with the deposit, then please follow the links to those documents. Also below is the powerpoint presentation which will be discussed at the parents’ meeting.
SATS ADVICE FOR PARENTS
As you may or may not know, the children are required to sit statutory assessment tests in Year 6. These results are compulsory and all children in England and Wales, unless under special circumstances, are required to sit these tests.
At Starcross Primary School, we allow the children every opportunity to prepare for these tests, by exposing them to the format, by allowing them to practice sample questions, and by providing them with sound advice through their normal day-to-day lessons and learning experiences.
These tests are important to us, as they help us review our performance, inform secondary schools of the ability of the children in readiness for Year Seven, and also allow us to track the pupils’ progress accurately. However, we pride ourselves here in the way we treat every child as an individual, and look to develop the whole child, not just their ability to sit a test.
Although we give the children every opportunity to do this, it is still important that you have the opportunity to support your child at home with their preparation.
Please find attached a presentation for parents, which includes a breakdown of what the tests entail, and also some useful hints on how you as parents and carers can help.
If there are any comments that you would like to make, then please feel free to use the following feedback form. We are happy to receive your comments, and your comments are useful to us in improving our service.
Voluntary Parent Helpers
We are really grateful to any parents or carers who willingly give up their time to help the school. Often, parent helpers assist in listening to readers, providing resources, supervising children on outings, coaching, and transporting pupils to name a few areas. Any parents interested can of course contact their child’s teacher. If working with children in school, all parent helpers are asked to fill out the relevant Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checking forms.
Holidays During Term Time
We do not condone holidays during term time, as your child can miss valuable work and other opportunities to develop their understanding.
Any parents or carers wishing their child to be absent during term time must fill in the appropriate form and either email it to the school office, or drop it in as early as possible, in order that the Head Teacher can decide whether it is possible to authorise the absence or not.
Repeated absences which are not authorised can result in involvement of the County’s Educational Welfare Officer, and in the worst cases can result in penalty fines being imposed by Devon County Council.
A copy of this form is available here. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access the form as it is in PDF format.