Newsletter – 17th January

Following our last Parents Forum meeting I have been asked by a number of parents to bring the following matter to your attention.

We all recognise and understand the crowding in the playground at the beginning and end of day but there are an increasing number of parents who stand right in the wooden gateway preventing the children from getting in and out. We are limited for space and in the past we have had to stop all parents from coming onto the playgrounds but this caused congestion in the alley way. I am reluctant to take this step so I would ask that everyone who comes into school stays around the edge of the playground at the beginning and end of the day. This also applies to pre-school children waiting to meet siblings. Please keep younger children with you and don’t let them run freely around the site.

I have also received an email from a local resident who is concerned about the parking issues at the end of Bowmans Avenue and Stuart Drive. He points out that:

Large estate cars are parking half on the kerb which does nothing to aid anyone’s visibility, in fact it increases the risk of children popping out from between cars onto the road, doors opening into the road, and reducing road width to anything trying to pass by.

I had hoped that by changing the route through the school it would stop people from parking at the end of Bowmans Avenue and Stuart Drive and encourage people to drive straight through. Please think carefully about where you are stopping and whether you are blocking the road or pavements.

The school bell does go at 8.45am and all children should be in the playground before this time. Please help your child by ensuring they are in school on time each day.

It is very important that we have up to date contact details for all the pupils. There are times when we need to contact parents during the day and if we cannot get hold of you then we need to have an alternative number. Thank you for using the answer phone to record absences in the morning. This is working well and we have to make very few calls to follow up unexplained absences. If you wish to leave a more detailed message and are unable to get through on the telephone then please feel free to email the office with the necessary information on This address can also be used to update contact details.

Please remember that we are a ‘nut free’ environment so no products containing nuts must be brought into school or included in packed lunches.

If you have anything you wish to discuss with me, please do not hesitate to come and see me.

Mary Driver