September 12, 2016

Welcome back

Welcome back to everyone this week. It is remarkable as to how quickly life at Northowram springs back into life after the summer holidays. This year promises to be another productive and busy year as we seek to develop the school and our offer. We will update you on key priorities for improvement in due course.

The children have made a strong start to the year and look smart in new uniforms and in their new classes. We will be holding welcome meetings in school on Wednesday 28th September (letter to follow) when you will be invited into school to hear all about the year ahead and to meet the teachers. In the meantime, should the need arise, please contact class teachers to discuss any issues.

Thanks for your continued support and let us hope for a great year for your child.

5 to 9 is Learning Time

School begins at 8.55 am and when the children come in they are immediately involved in learning. I feel for the children who are persistently not on time. They miss out on portions of learning and they probably experience the awkward feeling of walking into a classroom full of people. We understand that everyone is late sometimes, but if your child is regularly late, please help them out by getting them here on time. Mrs Jennings, our Pastoral Manager, will continue to work with families who struggle with this aspect.


These dates are for the next 2 school weeks. Please see our school web-site for all

  • 21st—27th September 2016 Travelling book fair in school hall
  • 28th September 2016 3.30 pm All years groups Welcome Meetings in classrooms
  • 28th September 2016 6.00 pm All years groups Welcome Meetings in classrooms


Welcome to some new members of staff.

Katie Briggs has started as a Mid day Supervisor.

Kerri Taylor is a new Class Teacher in Year 2.

Jack Watson is a new Class Teacher in Year 4.

I hope that they enjoy their time with us at Northowram.

Safe guarding children

At Northowram School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all members of the school community to share this commitment. Our school actively promotes fundamental British values. This commitment includes staff, governors, volunteers and contractors working on the school site.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment and these can be found on our website.

Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.

Jane Jennings is our Designated Safeguarding Lead. She is the lead person in our school and the person to contact if you have concerns about a child.

Mrs Scardifield and Mr Lomas are also Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Canon James Allison is our Safeguarding Governor.


Will your child turn3 between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014? Are they down on the nursery list? Children for admission to nursery in September 2017 needed to be registered by 31st January 2017. We now offer more flexible sessions which include some full days for parents who want this. If you would like some further information please ring Mrs Jennings or email


Please can parents note the options for school meals patterns are:

  • All week
  • Monday only
  • Friday only
  • Monday and Friday

These are the only options available. If your child no longer would like to be on school dinners please note we require one week’s notice of changing to a packed lunch.

If you are paying by +Pay there is just one amount for this term, £71.40 (Sept—Oct). You can reduce this to any amount you would like to pay. If you have a query in regards to dinner monies please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


If you are moving house, changing your telephone numbers or your email address please can you inform school as soon as possible to ensure we have the most up to date information .

Parents registered on ParentMail must also update their information on the system directly.

If you have any queries or problems please do not hesitate to contact school.


If your child is absent from school please ensure that you either telephone school as soon as possible each day of the absence or report the absence on the new ParentMail app. It is important that you give the nature of absence e.g. Sore throat, flu, etc. This enables us to monitor the absences properly.


I hope you’ve all had a great summer and your children are settling in nicely to their new classes.

The first meeting of the new year will be on Wednesday 21st September 2016, 7.30pm at The Shoulder Of Mutton. New members are always very welcome. Please feel free to email me if you would like more information about being part of the PTFA.


Leave a reply

Leave Your Reply