Dear Parents and Carers,
I am delighted to welcome both children and parents back to school after the summer break. Our teachers and staff are really looking forward to another year of exciting learning at Nightingale.
Nightingale's Aims and Vision
Looking back to last year, I am delighted with what was achieved during my first year at Nightingale, both academically and across wider experiences as well. We are determined as a team to give our children the best possible start in reading, writing and maths. After a very successful year of pupil achievements last year (Year 2 reaching above the national average in reading, writing and maths), our aim is to consistently perform above national levels at the end of Year 2. Our very dedicated team works hard to provide an excellent and exciting education for our young children in order to build a happy and successful future for them.
I feel especially proud of our outstanding work to narrow or eradicate the achievement gaps between children. This is still continuing this year, with our new SAFS (Student and Family Support) team. Mrs Thurston is available every morning from 9 – 9.30, to talk through any of your concerns regarding your child or family. You are welcome to pop in and see her and to say 'hello'.
I am pleased to tell you that we have been busy making improvements to the school premises during the holiday. New fences have been installed around the front of the school, making the school much more secure and meeting rigorous safeguarding requirements. We thank those parents for their feedback regarding the fencing, saying how much safer it is and how it has improved accessibility to the school site.
We have also continued to invest heavily in curriculum resources; replacing, for example, EYFS resources and furniture. In the Reception and Nursery classrooms, we have purchased new continuous provision resources such as furniture, water trays, small world toys and role play toys to name but a few! We have already had some positive feedback on the improvements to the school environment, and we are looking forward to seeing the children enjoy the new resources when the Early Years children start school next week.
We welcome Claire Hart back into Reception Wren Class. Mrs Hart will pick up her leadership role as before, and will lead the school in Student and Family Support.
Sadly we have to say goodbye to Mrs Howes. She has made an outstanding contribution to Nightingale. We wish her well in her new venture.
Achievers of the Week:
Joining Mr Coy for Hot Chocolate this week for displaying our core values were:
Michael from Dove Class
Daisy from Woodpeckers
Alfie from Goldfinches
Alfie P. from Owl Class
Community Achievers were:
Harry from Dove Class
Amillie from Woodpeckers
Lara from Goldfinches
Isabelle from Woodpeckers
Joshua from Woodpeckers
Emma from Goldfinches
There will be a brief meeting (15 minutes) held immediately after school drop off (9am) in your child’s classroom, to share class information, talk with your class teacher and have a look around the classroom.
Year 1: Friday 15th September
Year 2: Thursday 14th September
Attendance and Punctuality
Registers are open at 9.00am. Children will be marked in late after 9.20am. Please request an absence form from the office if your child requires permission to take time off school. Absences not requested will automatically be recorded as unauthorised.
Nightingale’s journey to ensure that all children achieve their potential will continue this year.