School Name

Nightingale Infant and Nursery School


5.1.18 Newsletter

Values Day

Yesterday, the whole school focused on our Core Values. It was wonderful seeing everyone working together and learning about the values of the school.

A core value is a central belief which is understood and shared by every member of the school community. 

Core values arise out of what we believe to be important about people, about society and about learning and knowledge. 

At Nightingale Infant and Nursery our Core Values are: 

Aspiration Acknowledging that aspirations can take many forms and all aspiration, no matter how small or insignificant, should be celebrated. We should be ambitious about what can aspire to. 

Resilience Staying strong when things go wrong and maintaining a positive ‘can do’ attitude in the face of adversity. 

Respect  Developing self-respect, and respect for others. Promoting inclusion, and appreciating and valuing the diversity of people’s circumstances and backgrounds. 

Responsibility Taking responsibility for the way we lead our lives; how we use our talents, rights and opportunities. 

Believe  Developing self-belief and belief in others. Promoting trust, hope and confidence in each other and oneself. 

Curiosity  Being imaginative and creative; noticing what is happening around them and questioning what they see. 

At Nightingale Infant and Nursery, everything we do is based on Respect for all members of our school family. We put our Belief in each other which enables us to form meaningful, long lasting friendships within our learning community.  We value diversity and provide an environment where everyone has the opportunity to Aspire and have belief in ourselves. Our aim is to provide a creative and balanced curriculum where everyone is Curious and passionate about learning. We value having the courage to try new challenges and the Resilience to keep going. We celebrate the successes and achievements of everyone in our school and we all share a responsibility to make it the best place it can be.

2017 Parent Survey Feedback

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here, as promised is the summary sheet of our 2017 parental survey. A big thank you to everybody who took the time to fill it in. Although rather comprehensive, we wanted to cover a range of areas to help us make our school even better, so many thanks to those of you who took the time to complete it.  A number of your points, many of which we had already identified ourselves, will be appearing as part of our School Improvement Plan this year, a summary of which you can access on the website.

Overall, the responses were positive and are a credit to everyone in the school community for all their hard work to provide the very best opportunities for the children at Nightingale. Many strengths have been identified but particularly pleasing to see were the positive responses about both physical and emotional safety: high expectations and the quality of education received alongside happy children and a high proportion who would strongly recommend Nightingale to others. There was a great deal of helpful constructive feedback all of which we listened to and discussed. As you can see from the table below we have already started to incorporate this into actions and will continue to reflect and, where possible, apply the rest over the coming year. I can only reiterate to the senders of the less positive responses that surveys best reflect trends, so please come in and talk to myself or a governor so that we can try to address any issues or concerns you have.

If you do not feel any of the issues you raised have been addressed please come in and talk. We are proud of our open door policy so please do not wait until our next parent survey next year. If there is something you wish to celebrate, discuss or raise please contact the school office to make an appointment.

Areas Identified for Development Actions for Spring and Summer Term

To promote a powerful reading culture within the school community.  Create reading areas in every classroom.

Invest in new books for guided reading

Staff reading for pleasure INSET

Develop new policy for reading across the school

Invest in author/poet visits

To improve partnerships between the school, parents, children and other education providers Further develop links of communication to include Headteacher’s and pupil voice capture.

Headteacher’s briefing, including updates about SEN, Curriculum and Assessment.

The first of these will happen 18th January 2018 at 9:30 am.

In the coming year (2018), we will do a pupil survey to provide the children with a chance to air their views. There will be another parent survey in the following academic year, to gauge your thoughts and reactions on certain matters or developments but in the meantime, please keep talking through one of the channels that exist and we will keep listening.


Disagree/strongly disagree  Don’t know
 My child feels happy at this school 46




 My child makes good progress at this school 45




 My child is well looked after at this school 47


 My child is taught well at Nightingale 45






 My child receives appropriate homework for their age 





 The school ensures pupils are well behaved 41




 The school deals effectively with bullying 34






 The school is well led and managed 38






 The school responds well to any concern I raise 37






 I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress 30






I would recommend Nightingale to another parent







Dates for the Diary

Big Shares : Year Two on Tuesday, 9th January at 9.00 am.

                     Reception on Wednesday, 10th January at 9.00 am.

                     Year One on Thursday, 11th January at 9.00 am.

These events are a chance for parents and carers to come into school to share in their child's learning.  They happen twice every half term, at the start to launch the new topics and at the end to share in the Grand Finale.  This gives parents the opportunity to see their child's work, learning and activities, and to be included in the grand finale.  Parent feedback is always encouraged during and after our Big Share events and you will be given a feedback form to complete on the day. Achievement certificates are also presented during these events.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Update on Mrs Martin

Mrs Martin's absence will be covered by a supply teacher.  Mrs Bradfield and Mrs Shepherd will ensure continuity with the children's learning and the delivery of the curriculum.

Special Lunch

Norse are offering a special 'Paddington Bear Brunch' on Thursday, 18th January.  This meal is included in the Universal Free School Meal Allowance.  The menu will be 'Knuckles McGinty's Sausages' (pork chipolatas) or (vegetarian sausage), 'A Sunny Day' (omelette) , 'Paddington's Luggage Tag' (hash brown), 'Mr Brown's Beans' (baked beans) and to finish off 'Aunt Lucy's Marmalade Creation' (vanilla sponge topped with orange drizzle icing and mandarins).  If you would like your child to have this lunch, please book as normal via the Pupil Asset Parent App choosing HOT or VEG (if they want the vegetarian sausage).  Jacket potatoes and school packed lunches will still be available in addition.  There will be no closing date for this offer and you will be able to book the dinner for your child on the day via the app before 9.00 am please.  

For any children who we currently cater for with gluten, dairy or egg allergies then the menu above has been adapted to suit their requirements.  For children who currently have a 'complex' menu provided (more than one allergy) then their issued Special Menu will be served as normal.  For any queries, please contact the school office. 

Message from the Friends 

We would just like to say a very big thank you for the success of the Christmas Fair held in the final week of the term and especially to all who set up, helped, served, ran stalls etc. We raised an amazing £800 so thank you very much!

Kitchen Vacancy

Norse Catering are looking to appoint another kitchen assistant in our kitchen.  The vacancy is for 1.5 hours per day (7.5 per week) working 12.00 - 1.30 pm £7.50 per hour.  If you are interested check out the Norse Catering website or contact Amanda Cooper on 07788567009.  Closing date is 11th January 2018.

Polite Reminder

Please can you be respectful of where you park your car when dropping off or picking up your children. Please do not park on the yellow zig zag lines or in front of the school gates. Be respectful of the residents around the school. Thank you for your consideration in this.

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