Headteacher’s Message

As we reach the end of another great year at Apley, I would like to thank you for your support this year.  We continue to develop and strive to be a great school and we couldn’t do that without our community support.  We have had some great experiences over the year and I would like to also take this opportunity to thank my whole staff team for their continued hard work and commitment to ensuring our children have great experiences and opportunities.  Some personal highlights for me include how well our Reception children have embraced their first year at school, our enrichment activities – forest school, young voices, London, Arthog, amazing visits including Warwick Castle and Barmouth and the fantastic shows and productions our children have delivered over this year. We are also excited by the further opportunities available through Reach2, that we will be able to participate in over the coming years.

Sadly, we say goodbye to some staff today:  Mrs Robinson, Miss Perks, Mrs Beardwood, Miss Edwards and Miss Lampitt are all leaving to pursue different opportunities and we would like to wish them the very best in the future.

To our Year 6 children, I always borrow words from Dr Seus, and say, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ They leave us with many happy memories, we hope they take these memories with them also,  and we know they are ready to take on the opportunities that secondary school will present to them. Right up to their last week with us, they have demonstrated great team work, responsibility and talent through their fantastic Leaver’s show, Sports day and coffee morning.  The whole Apley Team wish them the very best of luck for the future.

Wishing you all a lovely summer break.  Thank you again for your continued support.

 

 

Summer Holiday Activities

Kids for £2 leisure activities this summer

Anyone can take advantage of a bumper programme of offers and discounts during the summer holidays, through Telford & Wrekin Council’s Leisure Services.

Is a great opportunity for your young ones to try something competitive and sporty that they might not have done before.

Several leisure activities will cost two-pound of kids between Monday 22 July and Sunday 1 September. Sessions include tennis, fun and floats swimming, tobogganing, tots donuts, golf and tennis.

Activities can be booked 7 days in advance (with the exception of swimming) to help ensure you get your guaranteed slots. Find out more by looking at the kids for £2 brochure.

10 by 10 take part in a summer library event

Our summer library events offer the perfect opportunity to visit a library during the school holidays. See what’s planned and book your free space below.

Online booking for events and activities in Telford & Wrekin Libraries. Unless otherwise stated these are subsidised by the Library Service so there is no cost to the customer.

Click here

New adaptive bikes soon available to hire as a part of 10 by 10

On Saturday 20 July between 11am and 4pm, Telford & Wrekin Council are launching 13 new adaptive bikes which will be available to hire from Telford Bike Hub in Telford Town Park – just in time for the summer holidays!

These bikes will be used help more children and young people to complete their 10 by 10 challenge.

The bikes will be added to existing fleet for hire at Telford Bike Hub with the aim of making cycling more accessible.

With the summer holidays just days away and as we gear up to celebrate the Paris Olympics this is the perfect opportunity to learn to ride a bike and explore the bike routes available from Telford Town Park.

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Telford Urban Games – Free Sports Activities

Looking for something different to do this Summer Holiday?

Urban Games is Telford & Wrekin Council’s free programme of sports for kids, aged eight to 16, and wildlife activities for little ones, all taking place in a supervised space. It’s a great chance for children to have fun and learn new skills.

There really is something for everyone and with the Paris Olympics taking place this summer, children can get in on the action by having a go at archery, fencing, football, wrestling and table tennis.

All activities are run by qualified professionals at locations across the borough. There is no need to book a place.

Sessions are free to attend funded by the council’s Safer & Stronger Communities programme with support from the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

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Summer Holiday Activities

Telford Urban Games – Free Sports Activities

Looking for something different to do this Summer Holiday?

Urban Games is Telford & Wrekin Council’s free programme of sports for kids, aged eight to 16, and wildlife activities for little ones, all taking place in a supervised space. It’s a great chance for children to have fun and learn new skills.

There really is something for everyone and with the Paris Olympics taking place this summer, children can get in on the action by having a go at archery, fencing, football, wrestling and table tennis.

All activities are run by qualified professionals at locations across the borough. There is no need to book a place.

Sessions are free to attend funded by the council’s Safer & Stronger Communities programme with support from the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

Click here for flyer

Attendance – Government national framework for Penalty Notices

From August 19th 2024 the Government have introduced a new ‘national framework for Penalty Notices’. (in Telford & Wrekin the changes apply from 1st September 2024).

 There are significant changes that parents need to be aware of:

  • If your child has 10 sessions of unauthorised absence in a 10 school week rolling period, you may be issued with a Penalty Notice. These 10 sessions may include any unauthorised absence, including leave in term time and do not have to be consecutive.
  • Penalty Notices are increasing to £160 from September 2024. This can be reduced to £80 but only for the first Penalty Notice issued, if paid within 21 days – this reduction does not apply to any subsequent Penalty Notice.
  • Any 2nd Penalty Notice, to the same parent for the same child, issued within three years of the date of the first Penalty Notice will be charged at a flat rate of £160
  • A third Penalty Notice will not be issued within a three year rolling period, to the same parent for the unauthorised absence of the same child, – alternative action or legal measures will be utilised for subsequent offences.
  • In some circumstances a ‘Notice to Improve’ may be issued – However, a Notice to Improve will only be used in cases where support is appropriate. They will not be issued in cases of unauthorised leave in term time for holidays, where information for parents is included on schools website or a simple warning by the school that a Penalty Notice could be issued if unauthorised leave in term time is taken will suffice.

 

‘Parents should always apply to the Headteacher for any request for leave in term time by completing a request form available from school.  (DfE guidance states schools should not authorise leave retrospectively so any leave in term time taken without a request being submitted will be unauthorised absence)’.

In developing and publishing the new national framework, the Government has renewed appeals to parents not to take their children out of school during term time.  The Governors and Headteacher of this school support this and students will only be given permission to take leave in term time if there are exceptional circumstances. The DfE Guidance Working Together to Improve School Attendance (Feb 2024) states that: Generally, the DfE does not consider the need or desire for a holiday or other absence for the purpose of leisure and recreation to be an exceptional circumstance. (Paragraph 38.)

 

Each application for leave in term time will be considered and if it is agreed and authorised the Headteacher will determine the duration of any leave. However, if the application is not agreed and the absence occurs the dates will be unauthorised. Parents will be notified of any decision in writing. This notification may be hand delivered directly to the parent or posted to the parents’ home address.

 

As a school we are asked to inform you that in line with Telford and Wrekin Council Policy, if your child is absent for 10 school sessions within a 10 week rolling period and that absence is unauthorised, you may be subject to a Penalty Notice fine, criteria is as detailed above.

 

 

Headteacher’s Message

We have had a fantastic week! Well done to our Year 6 children for achieving great SATs results – we knew they could do it!  They celebrated with a visit to Cadbury World where they were complimented on their fabulous behaviour and manners.

Our sports days for Reception, Year1/2, Year 3/4 were a great success. Thank you to Mr Mountford, Miss Whitehouse, the staff, our work experience volunteers and the Charlton Students who helped us run them.  The children were amazing, demonstrating great team work, enthusiasm, resilience and very loud cheering! Unfortunately, we had to rearrange the Y5/6 sports day due to the wet field, but it has been rearranged for next Wednesday 17th April, 1.30pm.  Weather permitting!

In other news this week, I have to share that Mrs Robinson, Inclusion Mentor, will be leaving Apley on Thursday, next week after 11 years of support and commitment to our children and families.  Mrs Robinson has been a huge asset to our staff team and will be greatly missed. I am sure you will join me in thanking her for everything she has done over the years and wishing her well for the future.

Headteacher Awards:

Imogen M, Toby C, Rory D, Ami J-M, Reuben E, Jasmine H, Isla C, Arlo C, Amelia H, Jesse S, Ted B, Poppy M, Harry S, Esmae T, Fletcher C, Emilia E, Oliver G, Esmai D, Beatrix H, Taylor T, Ayden P, Amelia A, Spencer R, Cyrus D, Jason Z, and Emmie W. 

Wishing you a lovely weekend – fingers crossed for England on Sunday!

Annual parent survey feedback – you said, we did.

Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive feedback in our annual parent survey this year.  With 100% agreeing that school is friendly and welcoming, 98% agreeing that we provide good support for learning to read, 95% recognising their childing are making good progress and 98% agreeing that we have high expectations and encourage children to do their best, we are delighted.  Your positive comments have been shard with the staff team.  We also acknowledge where we have some areas that we agree we need to improve or develop.  Please see below for our plans.  

 

You said…  We did… 
Communication:  

Whilst we had some positive comments about communication, we also had some comments that it could be better.   

We know we need to get better at this again and acknowledge that some communication has changed as we have joined the multi academy trust and our admin team are getting used to new systems and processes.  

 From September we will communicate in the following ways:  

Letters will be emailed, a copy put on the website for you to read and some copies will be available in the reception office area for you to collect.  

 Weekly newsletter will continue to be emailed and is also available on the newsletter page on the website for you to see the current and previous copies.  

 Text messages are very expensive for business use so we will no longer be sending regular text messages when we can use email and the website for free.  

 Please use the absence email absence@apleywoodprimary.org to report any absences or call school before 8.30am.  If you send absence through the main admin email, it may not be picked up early in the school day, which could then result in an unnecessary phone call to check why the child is absent. 

 Social media – we do have a school twitter account, however, that does have limited use.  We will be working with the Reach2 marketing team to look at developing better/different social media accounts for school use over the next academic year.    

Curriculum– some year groups have more opportunities than other year groups.  

The curriculum seems more exciting in some year groups.   

We are excited to be taking on the Reach2 11b411 activities, which will be led across school by Miss Whitehouse from September, this will ensure all children have access to a high quality enrichment experiences across their time at Apley Wood Primary Academy. You can find out more about this on the link: 11 Before 11 – REAch2 Academy Trust 

 

We are also developing our Geography, History and Science curriculum further now that we have opportunity to network across more schools.  We will be adding some different history units for some year groups next year and every year group will begin learning about sustainability through our developments to our science and geography curriculums over the next academic year.  We will be ensuring we make use of our fantastic grounds with these developments.  More information about this will be available on the website as the changes are implemented.  

 

Bullying 

Whilst 90% agreed that either bullying is dealt with well or they/their children haven’t experienced it (which is great) we have received some comments that bullying isn’t dealt with.  

We have an extensive anti bullying curriculum through our PSHE (character education) curriculum, online safety curriculum, assembly offer and through our children’s safeguard squad.  We also teach the British values including respect and tolerance.  This is all linked to our three school rules of be ready, be respectful, be safe.   

When bullying occurs, it is dealt with in line with policy and logged on our behaviour monitoring system so a record is kept. Any significant behaviour incidents are reported to Governors and the Trust, half termly and the LA where suspensions are issued. 

 During the next academic year in addition to the above we will:  

Develop a clearer behaviour curriculum to work alongside our antibullying policy and positive behaviour policy.  

During anti bullying week in November we will hold a parent workshop about bullying – what it is, what it isn’t and how school deal with bullying.   

 

 

Online Safety Parental Controls user guide

This guide will help you set up parental controls and adjust privacy settings to provide your
child with a safer online environment. Parental controls can help to protect your child from
seeing something that they shouldn’t — although it is important to emphasise that no system
is effective all of the time, so it is important to engage with your child and talk to them about
their online life regularly.

Parental-Controls-booklet-2024

Headteacher’s Message

Transition is well underway at school now.  We met our new reception cohort last week, most of our Year 6 children have been to see their new secondary schools and we had a very successful smooth move morning on Monday this week for current Reception to Year 5.  Transition is a very exciting time but can also be a time of nerves for some children and parents.  If you have any questions or concerns then please speak to your child’s current  or where possible, new class teacher. On Monday 8th July, 3.30pm – 4pm, the class teachers will be in their new classrooms to meet parents and answer any questions you may have.

We are having to say goodbye to some staff members at the end of this term.  Miss Lampitt, Miss Edwards and Miss Perks, are all joining new schools in September and we wish with every success for the next stage in their careers.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work over the last academic year.  We also have to say goodbye to Mrs Beardwood who has been a valued member of the Apley team for five years.  Mrs Beardwood is leaving to start a new adventure and we thank her for her hard work and contributions and wish her the very best of luck.

We have some new staff who have recently joined, or will be, joining the team.  Mrs Shirley Castillo, has joined our lunchtime supervisor team recently.  Miss Amber Gilmour, who has worked alongside year 6 this year, is joining as a permanent member of the teaching team in Year 4.  Miss Millie Pottinger and Miss Rebecca Price are also joining the teaching team in Year 1 and Year 2.  Mrs Dawn Searle, is also joining our teaching assistant team in September. I’m sure they are all going to make a fantastic contribution to our experienced and hardworking staff team.

Well done to everyone who has received a headteacher award this week:

Lily C, Rupert M, Fateh S, Zaydiee W-D, Isla D-C, Harry D, Alicia L, Peyton E, Archie H, Malachi H-J, Monty M, Georgia W, Jacob K, Alisha P, Alfie I, Kallie Y, Alfie H, Zara I, Amelia R, Charlie S, Georgia H, Isabelle K, Lyla S, Lucas P, Oliver L, Gracie T-E, Joseph P, Katie O, Joshua Y and Sasha H.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

 

Headteacher’s message

Well done to Year 1, who demonstrated exemplary behaviour and had a fantastic time on their visit to Warwick castle this week.  A big thank you to the parent volunteers who went with them, without you we wouldn’t be able to take our children on so many visits and we really appreciate your support.

Thank you to those parents who completed the parent annual survey.  It has now closed and we have had an overwhelmingly positive response.  We will take note of your feedback and suggestions for improvement and I will share any developments with you soon.

It is our smooth move transition morning on Monday.  The staff team are excited to meet their new classes and parents and carers will have opportunity to come and meet the class teacher and see the new classroom on Monday 8th July, 3.30pm – 4.pm.

Please have a look at the message on the newsletter and website about changes to Attendance guidance and penalty fines.  As far as we are aware, these Government changes will still come into effect in August and it is important that anyone who is considering a request for a holiday during term time from September is aware of the increased fines.

Well done to everyone who has received a Headteacher’s Award this week:

Amelia F, Rudi W, Darcy C, Isabella P, Solana S, Reuben M, Harry C, Emily CM, Oliver H, Coby-Jack T, Joshua Y, Evie-Rose M, Bronwen M, Riley W, Emmy C, Michelle A, Lloyd L, Elbie S, Casey C, Olivia IC, Base 5, Base 6, Base 9, Base 10

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

 

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