• LATEST NEWS : Week Ending Friday 4th October 2019

  • Scooter Pilot Scheme: Following enquiries from some parents, we are running a week trial for children to travel to/from school on their scooters. This is on the understanding that scooters are left on the school site at parents own risk. The information letter that went home earlier in the week is available for download HERE. Scooters need to be left under the shelters in each yard dependent on the end of day arrangements. For instance, Year 3 and 4 will leave theirs on the front yard as that is where they are dismissed on an evening, with Year 5 and 6 leaving theirs on the rear yard. We will review the practicalities at the end of the week but please ensure your child's scooter can be identified as theirs with a suitable label/keyring or similar that shows their name.
  • Parents Open Afternoons: We will be hosting the first of our open events for parents week commencing 14th October, and all parents are welcome to come along. The links below list the information letters and dates for each year group - this is an informal opportunity for you to see a lesson in progress, join in with class-based activities, look through your childs work and have an informal chat with the teacher. More fomal one-to-one consultation sessions will be held later inthe school year, normally before Easter.
  • Open Afternoon Year 3
  • Open Afternoon Year 4
  • Open Afternoon Year 5
  • Open Afternoon Year 6
  • Community Mural School Launch: A group of our Year 6 children were involved in a community art project last year which saw them working in collaboration with David Wilkinson, local artist, following studies linked to the Da Vincci exhibition at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden. This has culminated in the creation of two community murals sponsored by the North Area Committee Comunity Chest fund and we would love the parents of our talented artists to come along to school on Monday afternoon to see the unveiling of their hard work. Contact the school office for further information.
  • PE Kit Pilot Scheme: Mr Speck has introduced a new scheme to try and make the organisation of PE a little easier, specifically with regard to the time it takes children to get changed, lost property and issues around privacy. We took quite a lot of feedback....some good, some not so good!...around this suggestion but we think the majority of parents are in favour of the new plan. Just to remind you, children are encouraged to come to school on their designated PE day already dressed in their sports kit. The information letters are available by clicking the links HERE and for the follow on letter HERE The new practice officially starts from Monday 16th September. It will run to half term and then we will assess the impact and whether we are going to introduce it as a permanent change. Make a note of your childs PE day:
  • Year 3 Monday, Year 4 Tuesday, Year 5 Wednesday, Year 6 Thursday
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  • School Remission Guidance: Some children are exempt from paying for certain school services dependent on their social circumstances. We class these children as the Pupil Premium cohort and in the main it relates to those on Free School Meals, Adopted from Care, Looked After Chidren and Forces Chidlren. The table below shows how much reduction a child would get dependent on their circumstances and we would ask parents to take this into consideration when making payment for school visits, music fees etc.

 

  • Pupil Premium Category Remission Rates

    Free School Meals (FSM)

    Protected FSM

    (See note*)

     

    100% remission of school trip contributions

    100% remission of school provided music lessons (but NOT those with Mr Morris)

    100% remission of any After School Club fees as applicable

    75% remission of the total cost of residential visit to Derwent Hill

    Looked After Child/Adopted from Care As above - same remission rates apply as those for FSM
    Forces Child 25% remission of all categories
    Ever 6 Child 25% remission in all categories
  • *NOTE: Protected FSM: Under the Government's revised Universal Credit roll out, any child listed as being eligible for free meals as of 1st April 2018 will have this eligibility 'protected' until 2022, irrespective of whether the parents financial/employment status changes. The school will therefore continue to categorise these children as FSM rather than re-assessing them as Ever 6. This means they will continue to benefit from the full FSM remission rates. Any child who came off the FSM register prior to April will now be categorsied as Ever 6. It is the responsibility of parents to take these remissions into consideration when paying for any school service. If you choose to pay the full amount for a school trip, for example, we will assume you are wanting to support the school irrespective of your Pupil Premium status and we would not automatically reduce a payment on your behalf so please take this into account when making any voluntary contributions. 

  • Ear-ring policy: First and foremost, children should NOT be wearing ear-rings in school under any circumstance. We have to take a hard line on this for the purposes of safety. If a child has accidentally forgotten to take them out and can remove the ear-rings themselves, that's fine. If they cannot, we will NOT do it for them nor will we provide tape to cover them. Even if you tape them up yourself before sending your child to school, they are still in reality wearing them and there still remains a risk for PE etc. So.....the best way to avoid further action is to take them out before school! PE is a statutory requirement of the curriculum and we cannot persistently have children missing lessons for this reason. Where staff notice a child has their ear-rings in, and they cannot take them out themselves, you will be advised accordingly thus ensuring they are not worn the following day. Thank you for your support in this area.
  • Nut Free School: Can we politely remind parents that Fulwell Junior School is a 'nut free zone' insofar as we do not allow children to have nuts of any variety in school, either as a healthy snack or as part of their packed lunch. This is due to the number of children we have with very high risk nut intollerances. Even traces of nut oil on hands etc. could cause a severe reaction in another child, so please support us in avoiding nuts as part of your childs daily diet.

  • Medication in School: Children who need to continue to take or have recently been prescribed medication to have in school must have a Medical Statement completed by parents so that we can administer it on your behalf. Remember, unless specifically advised by your GP, and medication only required to be taken 3 times per day does NOT need to be taken at school as parents can spread that dose between breakfast, teatime and bedtime.

  • Reporting Absences: If you know your child is going to be absent from school, could we kindly request you ring the school office or send a text message BEFORE 8.45am. Similarly, if they have to attend a medical appointment, please let us know in advance - wherever possible, we must have sight of the appropriate appointment card/letter.