Book voucher donation from Davis Blank Furniss

A big thank you to Davis Blank Furniss who have donated £50 of books for our school. We are very grateful and this will help foster our love of reading.

Mr Woodward

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01/12/2023 – update and dates for December

Good afternoon, 

I hope you are well and ready for the weekend and the start of the festive season. 

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Nursery and Reception open events this week. Please remember to apply for a reception place by January 15th 2024. 

Reception application form

Colder weather

The colder weather has arrived and please make your child(ren) has a coat and gloves, hat and scarf as needed please. If the weather is particularly wet or we have snow, please send in  a spare pair of socks. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Mr Woodward

Dates for December

Date Event Information
Friday 8th December ‘Friends of Whitfield’ lantern parade Parade starting at 3:30pm at school and going to the Vinyard. You can make you own lantern. https://tinyurl.com/s3nkvnut
Tuesday 12th December Swimming Gala in school time Mr Hannan will send out more information for those involved.
Tuesday 12th December Reception / Y1 play 2pm – more information to follow
Thursday 14th December Nursery Christmas songs 2pm – more information to follow
Thursday 14th December Y1/2 Christmas performance 6pm – more information to follow
Friday 14th December Y1/2 Christmas performance 2pm – more information to follow
Friday 14th December Choir singing in Norfolk Square 5:30pm –  more information to follow
Monday 18th December Meredith’s Christmas party

Mrs Mackey / Mr Hannan / Miss

More information to follow
Monday 18th December Music concert in church 6:30pm – More information to follow
Tuesday 19th December Christmas party

EYFS and Nursery

More information to follow
Tuesday 19th December Movie Night Nursery, reception, Y1 and Y2 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Y2 – Y6 5pm- 7pm

More information to follow

Wednesday 20th December Christmas jumper day Pupils and staff can where non-uniform and a Christmas jumper
Wednesday 20th December Christmas lunch  
Wednesday 20th December Christmas service 2pm at St James’ church and all friends of our school are welcome
Thursday 21st December Christmas party

Mrs Allan/Mrs Heys and Mrs Collins

More information to follow
Friday 22nd December Christmas jumper day Pupils and staff can where non-uniform and a Christmas jumper
Friday 22nd December Christmas party

Miss Kuczaj and Miss Warburton

 

More information to follow

Lantern Parade 08/12/23 and templates

The ‘Friends of Whitfield’ group are organising a lantern parade on Friday 8th December. Please see the poster attached. 

The parade is starting here and finishing at the Vinyard and all are welcome to take part. You are welcome to make your own lantern and take part. You can use any design and we have some templates printed in the office if you would like to collect one. 

We are looking forward to seeing your lanterns. 

Have a good weekend.

Mr Woodward

Remembrance Parade 12th November 2023

It was fantastic to see so many of our school community supporting the remembrance parade on Sunday 12th November. A big thank you to Harvey, Robin, Niamh and Jessica who laid a poppy wreath on behalf of our school and were fantastic ambassadors for our school. 

Mr Woodward

Update and dates W/C 20/11/23

I hope you are all well and ready for the weekend. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the ‘Winter Wonderland Fair’ today from 5pm – 7pm. We had our individual and family photographs on Monday and Tuesday this week. This year, we are using ‘Pop up Portraits’ from Photojenix in New Mills and we are looking forward to seeing the pictures. 

Mrs Heys will be returning from maternity leave on Wednesday 22nd November and we are looking forward to welcoming her back.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reception Mrs Cox Mrs Cox Mrs Cox Mrs Allan Mrs Allan
Y1/Y2 Mrs Allan Mrs Allan Mrs Heys Mrs Heys Mrs Heys

Lates

We fully understand that being late for school will happen once in a while. However, there have been 489 lates since September and over 70% has been in the Reception, Year 1 and 2. Children who are often late can have gaps in their learning and struggle more with the transition to school and social and communication skills. The children are missing phonics and spellings in the morning and we don’t want gaps in their learning. 

If you are struggling to get your child here by 9am, please speak with me about how we can help. 

Impact since September 2023
Time Impact and lost learning time
5 minutes 40.75 hours
10 minutes 81.5 hours
15 minutes 122.25 hours

Dates for W/C 20th November 2023

Date Event Information
Tuesday 21st November Nursery Stay and Play From 9:00am parents and family of nursery pupils are welcome to stay and play.
Thursday 23rd November Nursery Stay and Play From 1:00pm parents and family of nursery pupils are welcome to stay and play.

Have a lovely weekend. 

Mr Woodward

 

Parent governor election November 2023

Dear Parents / Carers,

The governors and I would like to thank Jason Allen and Damon Dolby for their time and commitment to our school as parent governors. They have been a big part of our school’s journey for many years and we are very grateful. Their tenure as governors has ended and it is time for two more parents to be elected to our governing body. 

There are  two Parent Governor vacancies on the School’s Governing Board.  If you would like to stand for election please read the information sheet Could you become a Parent Governor? here (pdf) or here (Word document). Then complete and return the attached nomination form to the school office by 3:30pm on Friday 17th November 2023.  Another parent of a child at the school must sign the form in support of your nomination. The form is in the link below or a paper copy is available from the office. 

Application Form Parent Governor

All personal statements need to be emailed to cwoodward@st-james.derbyshire.sch.uk so they can be published on the website should an election be needed. 

All newly elected/appointed governors must hold an enhanced criminal record certificate.  The Governing Board must apply for such a certificate within 21 days of election/appointment of a new governor. 

Check that you are eligible for appointment as a School Governor by reading the Declaration of Eligibility here (pdf) or here (Word document).

The Declaration of Eligibility form requires a signature from you in Section A.  By signing the form you agree that you have read the qualifications and disqualifications, and you declare that you are qualified for appointment and that none of the statutory disqualifications apply to you.  Section C is for verifying proof of identity.  Only the statutory disqualifications would automatically exclude you from becoming a Governor.  Minor offences, not listed on the form, may not necessarily affect your eligibility to become a school Governor. If you are uncertain as to whether you are eligible, you may seek further advice from the Returning Officer or Governor Support on telephone number 01629 535769.

All governors are expected to abide by the Code of Practice adopted by the Governing Board.

A person is disqualified from election or appointment as a Parent Governor if they are an elected member of the LA or if they work at the school for more than 500 hours in any consecutive 12 month period.

Please give a statement about yourself on the nomination form.  If a ballot is needed this statement will be copied and sent to the other parents at the school with the ballot papers on Friday 17th November

In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

For further detailed information on the role of the governor, please see the Governors’ Handbook and Competency Framework:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/governance-handbook

There is an expectation that on election you will be willing to:

  • undertake appropriate induction training
  • prepare for and attend all meetings regularly (generally 3 full governing board meetings and 3 committee meetings over the course of the year)
  • be an active member of committees as required
  • be willing to undertake further training to develop your skills.

In the personal statement, candidates may wish to briefly set out:

  • evidence of the extent to which you possess the skills and experience the Governing Board desires or at least the capacity and willingness to develop them
  • your commitment to undertake training to acquire or develop the skills to be an effective governor
  • if seeking re-election, details of your contribution to the work of the Governing Board during your previous term of office, and
  • how you plan to contribute to the future work of the Governing Board.

If the number of nominations is the same as or smaller than the number of positions to be filled, then the people nominated will be deemed elected unopposed.  If there are fewer nominations than vacancies, the Governing Board must appoint parent governors to fill the number of vacancies.

Only parents / carers of children registered at the school are entitled to stand or vote in the election.  Each parent will be sent one ballot paper regardless of how many children they have at the school, and each parent will have one vote.  The ballot will be secret and you will be notified of the result as soon as possible afterwards.

The Governing Board works together as a group.  If you are thinking of standing as a Governor, remember that you will need to attend a minimum of three meetings a year, plus committee meetings during the term.  The Governing Board sets the term of office for all Governors and the start date of the appointment will be from the date of election.  If you are elected you may serve out your term of office even if your child leaves the school before your term of office finishes.  You can, however, resign from the Governing Board at any time.

If you would like to be nominated to be a Parent Governor, you need to:

  1. check that you are eligible by reading the enclosed Declaration of Eligibility Form and sign and return the declaration;
  2. complete the nomination form enclosed, and return it to the Headteacher at the School;
  3. have your nomination seconded by a parent who is eligible to vote in the election;
  4. include a statement about yourself and why you would like to become a Governor (on the Nomination Form);
  5. each nomination must be received at the school by 3:30pm noon on Friday 17th November.

You are responsible for ensuring that your nomination form is received by the deadline. It may be delivered by hand, sent to school with your child, or sent by first class post, and should be sealed in an envelope marked ‘Nomination for Parent Governor’.  A sealed ballot box will be available in the school for hand deliveries, details of the location will be found on a notice in the entrance to the school.

If you have any questions about whether or not you are eligible to stand or vote in the election or about anything else contained within this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Craig Woodward BSc (Hons) QTS, EMBA, CMgr

Headteacher / Returning Officer

Application Form Parent Governor

Could you become a parent governor? (pdf)

Could you become a parent governor? (Word document)

Declaration of eligibility (pdf)

Declaration of eligibility (Word document)

Harvest Festival 25/10/2023

Thank you all for those who joined us for our Harvest Service at Church on Wednesday 25th October. It has been a long time since we had that many people in church. It was a pleasure for Rev Chris to welcome us to St James’ and deliver his first service for our school. 

A big thank you to Mrs Collins and Mrs Mackey who organised the service.

Mr Woodward

Weekly update and dates for W/C 13/11/2023

Good afternoon, 

Welcome back and it has been great to see everyone back after half term. It has been a busy week with Times Tables Rockstars day and it was lovely to see so many parents coming to the KS2 times tables workshops. It is nice to see so many people coming to toddler group on a Friday morning in Nursery. Our first parents and carers autism group was very well supported and thank you to Miss Graham who organised this. I was really proud of all of the pupils this morning during our Remembrance service and minutes silence at 11am. Thank you to Colin who joined us from Glossop band and played the last post and thank you to Mr Doyle for reading the poem ‘for the fallen’ by Laurence Binyon. 

The weather is starting to get colder and wetter. Please ensure your child comes to school with a coat and a hat and gloves as needed.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Woodward

Dates for W/C 13/11/2023

Date Event Information
Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th November Individual school photographs Pupils must be in normal school uniform on Monday (13th) and Tuesday (14th) for photographs
Friday 17th November Non-uniform day Bottle donation for the Winter wonderland Fair
Friday 17th November Winter wonderland Fair 5pm – 7pm in school

All friend of our school are welcome

Ofsted feedback meeting 23/10/2023

Thank you to everyone who was able to make the Ofsted feedback meeting last night. It was great to share the feedback from the inspectors and the next steps for our school. Life gets extremely busy and for those that couldn’t make it, please find the slides below. 

Parent Ofsted Feedback 23 10 23

Have a lovely evening.

Mr Woodward