In the July newsletter, we informed everyone that the Governing Body of Springbank Primary School was looking to work with other schools. We have now found the perfect opportunity to become an academy under the Academies Act 2010 and we are so excited that we have now been issued with academy orders by the Secretary of State (agreeing to it becoming part of an academy) and we are proposing to join The White Hills Park Trust. Further information about what becoming an academy means, and how to comment on the proposals, is in the letter you have received via email and also in the important information section of the website.
How can I find out more?
Virtual group meetings will be held at Springbank Primary School as indicated above on Tuesday November 10th 2020.
There is also more information about academies on the DfE website: http://www.education.gov.uk/academies
To respond to this consultation on whether the school’s academy conversion should take place, please follow the link below which will take you to the consultation response page.
The closing date for representations to be made is Friday 4th December 2020.
Please note the October half term starts Monday 19th October 2020 - Friday 30th October 2020. The last day for the children before the half term will be Friday 16th October 2020. School reopens for children and staff on Monday 2nd November 2020.
Fostering is a rewarding and challenging role. The difficult backgrounds that many children and young people that are looked after have experienced means they may find it hard to build relationships. You can help a child or young person to build their self esteem and confidence. Find out more by folowing the link www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/fostering
We are currently experiencing difficulties with our school telephone system, please contact school on 07494177347 or 07707799826 if you need to speak to us. Thank you
This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
New guidance for households with symptoms
Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
The symptoms are:
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:
Temporary suspension of Ofsted inspections
Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.
The current medical and scientific advice is for schools and other educational establishments to stay open. If this changes and the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser say closing schools, colleges, and early years settings is in the best interests of children and teachers the Department will take that step.
The full announcement made by Gavin Williamson can be viewed here:
Updated guidance on recording school pupil absences
No school will be penalised for the impact on school attendance of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please record absences as follows:
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information:
Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date
If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).
To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:
There can be no-one within our community who is not aware of what appears to be a growing concern about the Corona virus situation and I wanted to try to set out for you our strong desire to ensure the safety of every pupil that belongs to our school family.
Each day we have updates from the Department for Education and we continue to keep ourselves up-to-date with all the announcements on TV and radio.
We are now in the "delay" phase of the pandemic, and we are determined to put in all the safety precautions to protect our pupils and the community we work with.
We have been tasked to find a strong balance between doing what we can to help prevent the spread of the disease, yet being mindful of not introducing extreme measures too soon, which if introduced too early, might lead to people ignoring the instructions, making things worse.
I myself have increasingly realised, whilst we as individuals may not feel that the virus will not impact on us directly, our main desire should be to do what we can to protect others who may be at higher risk, and I am acutely conscious that some pupils will have people in their family who fall into the "vulnerable" category, as do I.
As a result, schools will continue to stay open for the moment, unless government advice changes. We need to work hard together to find a balance between allowing people to continue with their life as much as possible, but ensuring everyone stays safe. Can I ask that everyone who visits the school, with immediate effect, please support my desire to remain safe by following the guidelines below:
At school the current extra precautions will be:
And finally, as I'm sure you will too, I will ensure I stay in touch with the latest guidelines, and should anything change, I will, of course, let you know. If you have any other suggestions for us, please phone the office and we will integrate any other suggestions that are within the guidelines, into our safe systems.
Can I say thank you VERY much for your support and patience at what is proving to be a very difficult time for us all.
With warm wishes,
As a school we are continually deep cleaning throughout, hand sanitizers are always available in all areas. Our premises team are ensuring that all handles, chairs and tables are disinfected and the children are encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly. An assembly was held where the children were taught how to wash their hands correctly.
Please check the important infomrmation section of the website for our daily updates.
Please see below the Department for Education Advice.
Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.
What action you can take
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
A massive well done to our Y6 children for impressive swimming data. By changing our swimming routine and introducing continuous swimming for our working towards children. Now 80% of Y6 can swim the 25m national curriculum requirement compared to the 53% data in October 19. 60% of Y6 have a range of swimming strokes and 90% completed their safe self-rescue. A big thank you to everyone that has supported our swimming this year! Every Y6 child needs to be extremely proud of their swimming progression since September.
Today we were informed that a child from Springbank Primary School has been ill over Christmas and was given antibiotics which treat meningococcal bacteria. We immediately contacted Public Health (England) and their current advice is that no further action is needed by school or parents/carers at the present time. However, we felt that it was vital to share the information we have with you, as the risk of meningitis is always heightened at this time of year.
For your information:
Although the risk of another case in the school is very small, please be aware of the signs and symptoms which are given below:
Severe headache Bruising rash Fever
Vomiting Dislike of bright light Stiff neck
Rapid breathing Cold hands and feet Joint/muscle pain
Please be aware that not all these signs and symptoms may show at once, but someone with this illness will become very ill, very quickly. The illness may progress over one or two days but very often develops very rapidly, usually in a matter of hours.
Diagnosis in the early stages can be difficult. The early signs can be similar to bad ‘flu’ symptoms but be watchful and use your instincts. If your child or a member of your family becomes ill with some of these signs or symptoms, seek medical advice without delay.
Over the next few days we will continue to monitor the situation in partnership with Public Health. We will of course inform you immediately if their advice changes.
Our Christmas charity single, We Sing Christmas' is now available to view and listen to. We are so proud of our children. Go to https://salloway.media or click on the link Christmas Single for all links and information. CD's are available for £3 from the school office. You can view our video here: You tube video
It is time for your child’s yearly flu vaccination!
School Years: Reception, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (children born between 01.09.2008 and 31.08.2015)
Please fill in one online consent form for each child here … https://www.nottinghamshireimmunisations.co.uk The code for your child’s school is NG135868 You will need to press ‘Click Here’ under Seasonal Flu
Well done once again to our Year 5/6 children who represented our school for a Badminton Festival. Out of 10 teams, the three teams made up of our children placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd! Another amazing sporting achievement. One child received an additional certificate for demonstrating determination which is one of the School Games Values! Very proud as always.
On Wednesday 6th November, 9 of our super talented footballers represented our school in the Eastwood and Kimberley Football Tournament at Kimberely Leisure Centre. Through pure determination, sportsmanship, Miss Shaw's coaching and parent/carer support. Our team won the whole tournament even when the pressure was on with the semi-final and final going to extra time. We are extremely proud! The boys progress to the county finals. Information will be shared when known.
Congratulations! To Springbank (1st) and Priory (2nd) who both progress to the district final at George Spencer Academy in January 2020.
Sanders Menswear in Eastwood are selling off surplus stock of Springbank jumpers and cardigans at a cost of £5 and £6 each. Stocks are sold on a first come first serve basis subject to availability. Please contact Sanders Menswear direct or the school office for further information.
Please note our first day back to school after the summer holiday will be Monday 2nd September.
The whole school attendance for the week 12.07.19 is 96.8% and the class winner is Y4 100%
Today there was a near miss accident as a parent pulled out of the school gates in a car. They just managed to stop in time but there was a young baby in the car and it was quite frightening for everyone involved. The speed limit for the car park is 5 miles per hour, please will you ensure this is the speed that you pull out of the gate and check there are no other vehicles on the road as you pull out. Mrs Vaccari and the governors will be approaching Nottinghamshire county council to see if there is a possibility of double yellow lines to increase visibility. Keep safe and take care.
The whole school attendance for the week 21.06.19 is 96.7% and the class winner is Y4 100%
Next week (commencing 1st July) our theme is Let's dance, be scientific.
Events happeing in school are:
Monday - Early Years dance showcase for Nursery, Recepton and Year 1 Parents are welcome to join, times have been text.
Tuesday - Year 6 Prom and Graduation
Wednesday - Year 3 performance 'Reduce, Reuse and Recycle' - parents are invited to join, times have been text
Thursday - Year 6 induction to Hall Park
Friday - Work Related Learning day
The whole school attendance for the week 17/05/19 is 97% and the class winner is Y3 100%
Due to high participation, the Music Showcases are taking place in the morning and afternoon on 11.07.19 (not just in the afternoon as on planner). Times as follows: YR 3/4 10:45-11.45 am and YR 5/6 1:15-2:30 pm. Parents of children in both showcases are welcome to stay for lunch at cost of £2.76 please book in at the office.
Just a reminder that school is closed for 4 INSET days, 3/4/5/6 June.
The whole school attendance for the week 03.05.19 is 96.9% and the class winner is Y2 99.3%
The whole school attendance for the week 26.04.19 is 96.9% and the class winner is Y2 & Y3 99.2%
From April 2018 the criteria used to determine which pupils are eligible for free school meals was updated to reflect the introduction of Universal Credit. To ensure families are not disadvantaged during this rollout, protection arrangements have been put in place. Please look for the document in IMPORTANT INFORMATION for further information.
The whole school attendance for the week 22.03.19 is 96.8% and the class winner is Y4 98.7%
The whole school attendance for the week 15.3.19 is 96.8% and the class winner is Y6 100%
The whole school attendance for the week 08.03.19 is 96.8% and the class winner is Y1 98.%
The whole school attendance for the week 01.03.19 is 96.9% and the class winner is Y2 and Y6 98.7%
The whole school attendance for the week 15.2.19 is 96.9% and the class winner is Y2 99.3%
As you are probably aware the 'momo challenge' is appearing while using the internet. This includes You Tube videos and popular gaming apps. An email has been sent to parents/carers today highlighting this issue. Please pop in to school and speak to staff if you have any concerns.
The whole school attendance for week 01.02.19 is 97.1% and the class winner is Y6 97.2%
The whole school attendance for the week 25.01.19 is 97.3% and the class winner is Y4 98.7%
The whole school attendance for the week 18.01.19 is 97.3% and the class winner is Y4 99.3%
The whole school attendance for the week 11.01.19 is 97.3% and the class winner is Y5 98.6%
A huge thank you to all our parents and carers for their support in our raffle and Christmas 101.
Congratulations to our winners:
Julian - Dinner for two at Radisson Blu Hotel
Larissa - Hamper
Mollie - Hamper
Harry - Smart watch
Joshua - Champneys Body Kit
Callum - David Beckham Instinct
Layla - Tatoo Kit
Oliver - Line up game
Scarlett - Fantastic Face painting
Charlie -Classic train set
Logan - Jigsaws
Jayden - Cosy travel mug
Amelia - Eat Better Live Longer book
Layton - Autograph Perfumes
May - Kenwood Smooothie Maker
Dylan - Pop figure
Isaac - Pink fizz and bubbles shower gels
Jacob - Spa Kit Baylis and Harding
The whole school attendance for the week 30.11.18 is 97.3% and the class winner is F2 99.8%
It is that time of year again! The bugs seem to be out and about, so we thought we would take the opportunity to remind you about how you can help to keep head lice at bay. If you would like anymore support please nip into school and we will gladly help.
Please remember that every egg must be taken out of the hair as they hatch every three days and the cycle starts all over again.
Please see December letters to parents for further information.
Our Lest Forget Newsletter is now available in the Newsletter section of the website in 2018 Newsletters.
The whole school attendance for the week 23.11.18 is 97.2% and the class winner is F2 99.8%
‘Poppies of Red’ was written on 24th November 2017 not long after last year’s Remembrance Day. Mrs Salloway wrote the song after walking around school and seeing the school poppy garden and the remembrance displays up in school. The song was also created to mark the centenary year of the end of WW1 (1918 to 2018) and to teach children why people wear poppies and to thank all our Service men and women for the sacrifice they paid.
During the months of April to June 2018 the song was produced in Mrs Salloway’s home studio, as well as this our wonderful children started to learn to sing the song. Once production was finished, on a very hot day on 28th June the children were recorded during a school assembly. The song was then mixed and finished in the studio during June and July.
Once it was finished, on 30th July Poppies of Red was entered into The Royal British Legion’s Thank You Creative Competition in the Music Category and on 6th August, it was released on all music stores as a charity single, raising money for The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.
During September, Poppies of Red was played on Radio Nottingham and featured in the Nottingham Evening Post and Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser, it was also played on BFBS Forces Radio several times.
On 16th October we found out the amazing news that our school song had come 3rd out of over 1,100 entries in the Royal British Legion’s National competition! What an achievement for our children and school – a huge well done to everyone involved in making this happen! We couldn’t be prouder. The school will feature in the written Festival of Remembrance Programmes taking place in London on Sat, 10th Nov. This event is televised by the BBC and The Royal Family will be in attendance.
HOW MUCH HAVE WE RAISED
CD sales have reached a whopping £600 and we haven’t yet finished fund raising. The final total will be given at the end of November. All monies raised are going to The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.
‘Poppies of Red’ was performed by the whole school at our Harvest Festival event in October.
On Sunday, 28th October the school choir performed the song at The Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at Mansfield Palace Theatre in front of approx. 500 people. Well done to all the children– you made us very proud, your performance was absolutely brilliant! We managed to raise £100 on the night from CD sales.
On 5th November, some children from the school choir also performed at Morrisons store in Eastwood. The school raised £170 in about 45 minutes - this was absolutely incredible! It was an honour to sing in the community and many people were really impressed with the children’s singing. Some people were a little emotional; there weren’t many dry eyes around.
On 10th November the school choir will perform at Greasley Sports Centre, at a School’s WW1 event. The children are singing Poppies of Red, The Friendship Song, as well as one of our Year 6 boys who will be singing We’ll Meet Again. Everyone welcome, 5 pm start.
The children have also been asked to sing at St Mary’s Church in Eastwood on Remembrance Sunday at 9.30 am to 10.30 am. Everyone is welcome to the service.
Please download our wonderful school song Poppies of Red to commemorate the centenary year of the end of WW1. For all music store links go to https://salloway.media/2018/08/07/poppies-of-red-2/, alternatively you can purchase a CD from Reception for £3 each. All proceeds are going to The Royal British Legion and Help the Heroes.
Link to article in Nottingham Evening Post https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/notts-school-releases-single-mark-1963099
I'm sure you will agree, the children sound wonderful! We are so proud of what they have achieved.
Having difficulty with your child's behaviour?
A 5 week Parenting Programme is being run at Eastwood Children's Centre, Chewton Street starting Thursday 20th September. 1pm-3pm. A creche will be available.
To enquire about a place please call Christine Richmond 01159774574 or 07834008160
The whole school attendance for the week 25/7/18 is 96.1%
The whole school attendance for the week 13/7/18 is 96.1%
The whole school attendance for the week 22.6.18 is 96.2% and the class winner is Y3 and Y5 98.7%
Please remember that out of deep respect for Julie Duncan school will be closed on Tuesday 26th June.
Out of respect for Julie Duncan, our next restaurant will be a fundraiser for her 'Meet and Greet' room. This will include all of her favourite foods. Due to this please accept our apologies but the chinese restaurant will be cancelled this Thursday. We will let you know a new date very soon.
The whole school attendance for the week 18.5.18 is 96.3% and the class winner is Y3 98%
11th May 2018
Springbank 3 vs Kimberley 1
Great news! Can't wait for the finals in June!
Springbank children today are competition winners and have been invited to the Level 3 County finals towards the end of the summer term (dates TBC). We are so proud, well done to every child who participated.
What an amazing learning experience for our year 5 children. The knowledge and understanding about the term racism gained was outstanding! This afternoon we visited the Notts County ground and got to meet the following four professional football players:
Shloa Ameobi- Notts County striker
Liam Noble- Notts County midfielder
Kevin George- Played for West Ham and Charlton Athletics
Jason Lee- Played for Nottingham Forest
The children listened to guest speakers, watched an educational film and got involved in a press conference, where they got to ask questions relating to racism to the panel of players. Every child got autographs from the players and a special well done to Lexi G and Connor W for coming 1st and 2nd in the panel's favourite questions. We just had time to take a class photograph inside the ground after being able to walk through the player's tunnel.
The whole school attendance for the week 23.3.18 is 96.3% and the class winner is Y5 100%. Well done!
Springbank vs Brinsley football match.
Well done Springbank with another win!
On Monday 19th March 2018 our Year 3/4 A team won the whole tournament playing against four other schools. This is the second trophy Year 3/4 have taken back to Springbank in the school year 2017-2018. What an amazing achievement! Well done.
Jayden M, Jayden W, Alfie T, Conrad H and Callum A
We are extremely proud of our all of our Year 3,4,5 and 6 tournament players over the last two days. Great effort and STARFISH sportsmanship shown.
You can now download our wonderful Springbank Christmas Charity Single 'All Around the World it's Christmas Time' on itunes, google play and amazon. See links here to the single. Monies going jointly to New Horizon Church Charity Projects and to school to do more music projects. Merry Christmas and enjoy our amazing singing! x
Thank you for your support.
On Wednesday 6th December at 9am we are hosting an Internet Safety breakfast for all parents/carers. We have a visitor from the NSPCC in to talk to us about how to keep our children safe online. All are welcome to join us.
Well done for winning the football tournament against Larkfields Junior School.
Springbank A 7 - 1 Larkfields A
Springbank B 7 - 3 Larkfields B
The children were awarded with individual medals and a trophy. We are super proud of you all!
A huge well done to all our children that took part in the Cross Country and Football Tournament this week. We are especially proud of Brendan McRae (Y5) for reaching the Cross Country Finals in 4th Place. The final is going to take place on 3rd February at Wollaton Park. We can't wait.
A big thank you to all our children and parents who helped us raise £528 on our sponsored walk. We all had a wonderful time.
Our school menu for September is in the important information section of the website.
Please see the Wider Curriculum section of the website to view pictures of our Outdoor Learning week commencing 17.07.17.
We have just received a telephone call from Emma at the University of Nottingham,
She wanted to pass on her thanks to the Year 2 children, she described them as a credit to the school and said that the manners and behaviour of the children was impeccable
We have been given the following warning:
Snapchat have introduced a new tracker in the update where you can view the exact location of your friends. It can give you the area, town and street and if you zoom in enough, it shows the house on the street layout.
If your children are on Snapchat please check that their location settings are set to Ghost mode.
To do this make sure the app is the updated version and go to selfie mode on the camera. Then zoom out. It will give you the option of changing who can see your location.
Please follow the link attached for more information. BBC Snap Chat Warning
What a pleasure it was to take some Y1 and Y2 children to a football festival this afternoon (14th June) at Brookhill Leys. The talent shown was amazing and it was brilliant to witness true sportsmanship throughout the afternoon. Our KS1 superstars won every game. The scores were: 2-0, 2-1 and 5-0. WOW! Well done. Miss Keetch.
Girls Football Results
Springbank vs Awsworth 5-0
Springbank vs Hollywell 0-3
Springbank vs Larkfields 0-1
Brilliant event girls and well done for representing Springbank Primary at our first ever girls football competition.
The whole school attendance for the week 12.5.17 is 96.1% and the class winner is Y3 100% and Y6 100%. Well done!
The whole school attendance for the week 28.4.17 is 96.1% and the class winner is Y4 99.3%
Just a reminder that Year 6 SAT's are Monday 8th May to Thursday 11th May, please note that it is essential that ALL year 6 children attend this week.
Just to let you know there will be a price increase for school dinners from Tuesday the 18th April, children's meals £2.29 and adult meals £2.75.
Thank you Heather Roper