End of Term Headteacher letter

Dear Parents / Carers,

It has been a fantastic first half term at Kilburn Grange School and the new pupils have really settled in well. Well done to all the children for producing such excellent learning at the Fantastic Finish.

Please see below a few reminders and updates for next half term which should ensure that everything at the school continues to run smoothly. I have also attached a list of key dates for your information. I am hoping that the school newsletter will be up and running again next half term.

Happy Diwali

I would like to wish all of our Hindu parents a Happy Diwali this week. I hope you enjoyed your celebrations!

Ms Aikman

We would like to wish Ms Aikman all the best for the birth of her new baby girl. We will all miss you and look forward to seeing you and baby soon. Ms Aikman will be starting her maternity leave on Friday 20th October and is hoping to return to Dale class in July. Ms Selwa will continue teaching Dale Class throughout Ms Aikman’s maternity leave.

Key rings

We have decided that key rings on book bags will no longer be allowed at the school due to children becoming upset by them being ‘swapped’ and getting lost. As this has had an effect on the teaching and learning, we would request that the key rings are kept at home from 30/10/17 onwards. If children continue to bring key rings after this date the staff will take them away and give them to parents at the end of the day. We will be explaining this to the children in assembly.

Working with You to Keep Your Child Safe

At Kilburn Grange School the most important part of our role is to keep your child safe. We would like to remind you that if your child has an accident outside of school, you must tell the school and complete a pre-existing injury form. If your child has an accident at school, we will inform you either by telephone if your child has a serious injury or head bump, or via the class teacher at the end of the day. You will also receive a first aid notification form.

Other ways we keep your child safe is working with professionals from the local authority, such as the early help team in Camden and Brent, who provide family support. We also work closely with the school nursing team.

I am the designated safeguarding lead at the school, which means I have overall responsibility for the safety of your child. This is a role which I take very seriously and at times may need to liaise with professionals at the local authority in order to provide the best care and support for your child.

Health & Safety

In order to ensure that your child is safe at all times in school we would like to remind you that earrings should not be worn on P.E. days as they could cause a serious injury if caught on clothing during activities. Please ensure that you remove your child’s earrings before school. The class teacher may remind you in the morning and during P.E. sessions or after school clubs we may deem it necessary to cover your child’s earrings with tape. If we think that it is too much of a risk, we may not allow your child to participate in some sports activities, however we would try all other means necessary (including requesting that you come to school to remove the earrings) before taking this action.

It is fantastic that so many children are travelling to school using scooters, however if your child is late, you will need to take your child’s scooter home with you as we cannot keep scooters in the school building once the gate is locked.

I am very pleased to let you know that we had an extremely successful fire drill today and all of our pupils and staff evacuated the building in 3 minutes! We will continue to practise our evacuation procedures to ensure that the children can continue to quickly leave the building in an emergency.

After School Clubs

Please can you ensure that if your child attends Ballet, Sports, Zumba or Football Clubs, they are required to wear their school P.E kit (or ballet kit for those who attend Ballet). If your child does not bring their kit we will call you and ask if you can bring it to the school otherwise they may be unable to take part.

Finally, I am pleased to inform you that the whole school attendance is currently 97.2% which is above the national average. Very well done to all of our families!

If you have any questions regarding the information above, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Wishing all of our families a safe and happy half term!

Kind regards

Ms Helen Richardson

Headteacher