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EYFS Parent Session

On 15th November from 9.30-10.30, there is going to be a parent session aimed at EYFS parents led by the school nurse service that focuses on "is my child well enough for school".

Thank you so much

Rebecca Howell

Associate Assistant Head Teacher

EYFS Birchfield

School Nurse Drop in Session

Dear Parents,

I am delighted to be able to tell you that Birchfield School will be having a new school nurse service starting in November which will mean a school nurse will be on site at school for one and a half days per half term.  The school nurse will be delivering a range of services including workshops for parents, workshops for pupils and seeing parents for scheduled parent appointments.

As part of their service, I am very excited to tell you that the nurse will be offering a drop in session every time she is in school, which will run from 8.30-9.30.  This will be an opportunity for you to talk to the nurse about any concerns that you have regarding your child.  You will not need an appointment to access this service, although you may have to wait to see the nurse as she will see parents on a first come first served basis. The nurse will be called Louise Proudlock for the Autumn Term and will then change to Nurse Grace Prentice for the rest  of the year.

The nurse’s first visit will be Thursday 15thNovember and her first drop in session will be from 8.30am-9.30am. As this is the first time we have done this, it would be really helpful if you could let us know if you think you are going to want to access this service on this first visit.  Please could you give your name and your child’s name to the office by 3.30pm on Wednesday 7thNovember so we can ensure the nurse has enough time to see everyone who needs her.  In order to access the drop in service,  you will need to come to the main office to sign in and you will then be taken to the room where the nurse is meeting with parents.

If you have any questions, please do speak to a member of the school Senior Leadership Team.

Yours faithfully

Mrs A Shotter

Deputy Headteacher for Trust Inclusion

School Attendance

A very important message for all Parents/Carers

14th September 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

Birchfield School is working in partnership with parents and the Local Authority to improve school attendance. We would like to congratulate the many parents who make sure their children attend school regularly.

Absence disrupts the education of the individual pupil and the whole class. Are you aware that children who do not attend regularly:
• do not achieve well in exams
• find it difficult to maintain friendships
• are more likely to become involved in crime
• miss out on opportunities in further education and the world of work?

How does your child compare

Attendance during one school year

equals this number of days absent

which is approximately this many weeks absent

which means this number of lessons missed

95%

9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons

90%

19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons

85%

29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons

80%

38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons

Absence can only be authorised by the Head Teacher, within the boundaries set by the Education (Pupil Registrations) (England) Regulations 2006. Head Teachers may not authorise leave during term time except where the circumstances are exceptional.

Please remember that parental illness, going shopping, visiting family, truancy, not wanting to go to school, alleged bullying (speak to school immediately to resolve the issue) are not acceptable reasons to be absent. All of these will be recorded as unauthorised absence, including if your child arrives at school after the close of registration.
Family emergencies need careful consideration. It is not always appropriate or in the best interests of the child to miss school for emergencies which are being dealt with by adult family members. Being at school with support from staff and peers can provide children with stability. The routine of school offers a safe and familiar background during times of uncertainty.

It is a parent’s legal responsibility to ensure their children receive appropriate education. Failing to send your child to school regularly without good reason is a criminal offence.

Legal action that may be taken includes:

Issuing penalty notices: Each parent receives a penalty notice for each child who has unauthorised absence. The penalty is £60 or £120 depending on how soon payment is made. So, if there are two parents and two children the total penalties could be up to £480. Failure to pay may result in prosecution.

Taking parents to court for unauthorised absence: Education Act 1996 Section 444(1) - court can fine each parent up to £1000 per child, order payment of prosecution costs and/or impose a Parenting Order.

Taking parents to court for persistent unauthorised absence: Education Act 1996 Section 444(1A) - court can fine each parent up to £2,500 per child, order payment of the prosecution costs, impose a Parenting Order and/or sentence you to a period of imprisonment of up to 3 months.

Being taken to court could result in you having a criminal record.

Frequent absence can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can seriously disadvantage your child in adult life.

If your child’s level of absence is of serious concern, the school will offer advice and support to improve attendance. After this, any unauthorised absence may result in the School and the Local Authority taking legal action.

Again, we would like to thank those parents who make sure their child is attending school regularly and are therefore benefiting fully from their educational opportunity.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs Z. Thewlis
Head of School

Used Book Sale on 12th October 2018

Dear parents/carers, 

We will be holding a used book sale in the school library on Friday 12th October from 12.15pm- 12.45pm.This will be an opportunity for you to buy some of our older library books at 50p per book(please bring correct change). 

There will be a variety of fiction and non-fiction books for sale, and the money raised will go towards new books for the library. Any leftover books will be sold at a later date. 

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Hot Packed Lunches & Important Term Dates for your Diary

Dear Parent/Carers,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

HOT PACKED LUNCHES

Please be aware that due to Health and Safety reasons, children are not permitted to have hot packed lunches.

Should you wish for your child to have a hot meal in school, please talk to the main office about changing your child to school dinners. They will see if you are eligible for free school meal or we will provide you with a dinner code and instructions on how to use the cash machines.

If you are providing your child with a cold packed lunch (sandwiches, healthy snacks and fruit)  pleaseensure that theybring it with them in the morning when arriving toschool.  

IMPORTANT TERM DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please be advised of the following term dates for your diary for the academic year 2018/2019.

Summer Term 2018
Half Term: Monday 28 May 2018 to Friday 1 June 2018
Term Ends: Friday 20thJuly 2018

School Year 2018 to 2019

Autumn Term 2018

Monday 3rdSeptember 2018 and Tuesday 4thSeptember will be teacher training days (TBC)

Term Starts for Pupils on Wednesday 5 September 2018

Half Term: Monday 29 October 2018 to Friday 2 November 2018
Term Ends: Friday 21 December 2018

Many thanks for your continued support and co-operation.

Kind regards, 

Administration Team

PUPIL MEDICAL INFORMATION

Dear Parent / Carer,

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REQUIRED - PUPIL MEDICAL INFORMATION

 

We are currently reviewing our pupil medical information records and ask that you come along to the school office if your child has any of the following:

  1. A long-term medical condition diagnosed by a General Practitioner/Consultant
  2. Takes regular prescribed medication outside of school hours 
  3. Has been diagnosed as Asthmatic by a General Practitioner/Consultant
  4. Uses an inhaler or any other form of prescribed medication for Asthma
  5. Takes regular prescribed medication during school hours (such as lotion for a skin condition)
  6. Has an allergy
  7. Requires allergy medication to be kept in school for emergency purposes
  8. Has been prescribed with an epi-pen by their General Practitioner
  9. Is unwell and needs to take off the shelf medication for a short period of time (paracetamol for high temperature or migraine)

It is important that you come into school and speak to a member of the administration team so that we can ask you to complete the relevant paperwork.  If you are unable to come into school due to work commitments, please give us a call on 0121 464 5294 and we will arrange to have the necessary paperwork posted out to you.

Thank you for your continued support.

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

SCHOOL SAFETY – Vehicles on School Premises

Dear Parents / Carer,

SCHOOL SAFETY – Vehicles on School Premises

The driveway leading into school can be very busy and parking spaces for staff and external visitors are extremely limited.  Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient parking spaces to accommodate all of the vehicles that visit the school and there is very little space for vehicles to turn around.  With this in mind, we ask that parents do not drive intoschool but park up outside and walk in using the pedestrian entrance.  

However,we do recognise that as a result of certain medical conditions some parents may have a genuine need to access the driveway and would like to work with you on this. Therefore if you have a medical condition which is recognised as a disability under the Equality Act please contact the main office and we will be happy to support you. 

We appreciate that this is not always convenient but the safety of all pupils, parents, staff and visitors is our utmost priority.

If you are a parent that uses the Earlsbury Gardens entrance, please be aware that this path leads directly onto the driveway and caution must be taken at all times as vehicles turn around in this area and driver’s vision may be restricted.

Thank you for continued support and helping to keep our school environment safe.

Kind regards,

Villa Community Champion to lead partnership with local schools

The Aston Villa Foundation are delighted to announce an innovative new partnership with the Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) that will transform the delivery of physical activity in a number of Birmingham schools.

The Foundation will be employing a Villa Community Champion in collaboration with PACT whose role will be to deliver Aston Villa Foundation programmes in their schools.

The full-time role, which will be based in the schools themselves, will help to ensure that the club have a presence at the heart of education in the city, putting the Foundation in the best possible position to impact positive change on students.

Manager of Foundation and Community Partnerships, Andy Taylor, believes the link with PACT will aid the Foundation’s attempts to have a greater impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of school children in the local community.  

He said: “We’re delighted to build on our existing primary school programmes with this new model, which allows greater focused engagement. We will be working very closely with the schools to measure the positive impact of the engagement over the course of the year. 

“This representation within the schools also allows exit routes through our wider family interventions such as holiday activity, employability and health-based projects as we work to develop a family approach, starting in the schools.”

The Villa Community Champion will aim to deliver projects and interventions that help raise attendance, empower pupils, improve students’ health and wellbeing and increase inclusive activities, among other objectives, in PACT schools.

PACT is responsible for four primary schools in Birmingham – Heathfield Primary School, Highfield J&I School, Birchfield Community School and Prince Albert Primary School – and CEO Sajid Gulzar is excited about the opportunities the partnership presents.

He said: “As an AVFC Hub school we will adopt a collaborative delivery approach to ensure that our staff, pupils and their families benefit from skilled expertise and additional resources. The aim is to enable our pupils to excel both in and outside of the classroom. “

We are extremely excited about the partnership and how it can serve our communities. We hope that the collaboration will benefit our children across PACT for many years to come.”

NewPACT