Headteachers newsletter - September 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian

Welcome back to our new school year. I hope everyone had a fantastic summer.

We have had a great start to the new school year. Over the summer, we completed our two year
redecoration plan by having all the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classrooms and corridors painted. This has completed my mission to get rid of the yellow school paint! We now have a newly painted school building from Nursery to Year 6, refurbished toilets in both key stages and new interactive whiteboards across school. I want the children to feel proud to attend Lingfield Primary and respectful of our facilities. Everyone I have talked to so far seems very positive about being back – both staff and
children alike.

Although the start to the After School Fun Club launch has not gone as I envisaged, the last two days have been spent ensuring that all our children who now want to attend our Fun Club can do so. Due to our committed staff, wanting the best for our children, I am happy to say that this is now the case. Thanks go to the team who have been incredibly adaptable with very short notice.

Our first two INSET days were focussed on where we go now as a school and how to develop and
improve further. Our leaders presented on such issues as: safeguarding, curriculum, English and maths teaching and I shared my vision for the future. Our first school assembly was a celebration of the summer and new beginnings. We reiterated our school values of respect, resilience and relationships and I have been very happy with the way in which the children have come back with good manners and behaviour.

Our high expectations extend to uniform, attendance and punctuality. Please ensure all children attend school every day promptly in smart uniform. (This includes black shoes and if bows are worn in hair they should be blue in colour and of a small size. The trend for super-size bows is becoming a little out -of -hand!)  Please support the school in promoting this smart attitude at home. As you know, improving
attendance is our top priority and, as a result, penalty notices will be issued for any family not adhering to our attendance policy.

To help us develop our Enrichment Programme at school we are asking for donations to the School Fund. This will help us in funding visitors to the school such as the further development of our Forest Schools work and increasing the Creative Arts provision in school. A suggested voluntary contribution of £10 per family is able to be made using your SIMs Agora account. However, any contribution will make a
difference.

We are welcoming parents into school with Parent Child Afternoons from Monday 18th to Tuesday 26th September. You will be receiving an invitation from your child to this event. Also, watch out on the APP to know your child’s date and time. I look forward to seeing you all then. Class teachers are also outside at the end of the school day and available for a chat then.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Yours faithfully,

Julia Tappin