School Name

Nightingale Infant and Nursery School


Summer 3

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to those parents who attended the Public Forum hosted by our Governing Board this week and shared their views on the Governors plans to address the issues highlighted in the Ofsted report. Samantha Dangerfield has asked me to let you know she will make notes available to us all from the meeting at the beginning of next week.

Our thanks also to those of you who have taken the time, since the publication of the report, to e-mail us, talk to us in person, telephone us or even send in cakes to support the many positive things that our fabulous staff at Nightingale do. As the Governors highlighted at the Forum, this is a difficult time for staff and we do all appreciate your continued support.

School Leadership

As those of you who attended the Public Forum are aware, Jonathan Coy resigned as Headteacher of the school on Wednesday 9th May. The Governors appointed Michelle Slymn as Interim Headteacher on the same day. Michelle will start on Monday 14th May and will be in school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week this term. The Governors have arranged for Doug Dale, a Senior Adviser Education Quality Assurance and Intervention Service, to continue his support on a Thursday and Friday each week.

Behaviour Policy

The staff have worked with Neil Campbell, school governor, to develop a new behaviour policy and have implemented it across the whole school from Tuesday of this week. The children attended an assembly to introduce the policy and have talked about it in their circle time in class. Every child understands the behaviour expectations and the cloud, sunshine, rainbow and shooting star symbols are used in every area of the school and the children have enjoyed moving up from the sunshine. Look out for your child receiving a shooting star of the day or week certificate. The lunch time staff have been awarding children demonstrating positive behaviours with a raffle ticket, these tickets will be drawn every week in our Friday whole school assembly and the winner will receive a small prize!

The full policy will be shared on the school website after staff have reviewed it in practice for the rest of this half term.

This week our first ever Shooting Stars of the Week for the Responsibility school value and our class raffle winners are:

Shooting Stars

Raffle Winners

Robin Class



Wren Class



Owl Class



Dove Class

Riley B


Woodpecker Class



Goldfinch Class



Congratulations to them and to all of our children who have shown some fabulous behaviours in school this week including our nursery children who are taking a bit more time to learn what the symbols mean to them. We look forward to celebrating our first Stars of the week from Acorns and Conkers soon.

Staying Safe in the Sun

We ensure our children stay safe in the sun by providing shade in our outdoor areas, access to drinking water and we ask our parents to support this by ensuring their child wears sun cream and comes to school with a named water bottle and sun hat. The best way for children in school to be protected by sun cream is for parents to apply one of the long-lasting products before their child comes to school in the morning. Please note that school safeguarding policies mean that staff cannot apply sun cream to children in our school.

Friends of Nightingale

Thank you to everyone who brought in their filled Bags to School ready for collection yesterday, we will let you know how much was raised as soon as the Friends can tell us.

The Friends will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 25th May, please can all children bring in a tombola prize for the tombola and cake sale that will take place after school from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm that day. The next Friends meeting is on Thursday 7th June at 7:30 pm and we would encourage any parent/carer to attend.

School lunches

We have worked incredibly hard with Pupil Asset this week to resolve the issues and our thanks to all the parents who have helped them get to the bottom of their technical difficulties. You should all be able to log in to the app and see only child meal options and order a meal for your child. If you have any problems accessing the app please let us know, but please access the website through an incognito or private tab using the address and log in to your child account using your e-mail and password.

On Thursday 18th May Norse will be providing the children with a special lunch to celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding, please choose SPL meal for your child on this day if they would like to take part. No other meals will be available from the school kitchen so please send your child in with a home packed lunch if they do not want to participate. If your child has a special menu in place with Norse and they would like a lunch on Thursday, please e-mail the office by Monday lunch time so that the kitchen can make arrangements suitable for your child.


Following on from the whole school assembly on Wednesday when the NSPCC and Buddy came to visit us the children have decided to raise awareness and money for the NSPCC charity. We will be having a Green day in school on Friday where the children can come dressed in something green and bring in a green donation for the Green Tombola! The tombola will be in the school playground from 3pm until 4pm and we hope our families will support this fundraising event.


This week the whole school attendance was 96.39% as our school attendance target is 96% we have achieved it this week. I hope we see this continue to improve throughout the remainder of the summer term as our attendance year to date is only 95.63% which is below the schools target.


We still have a few spaces on Zumba after school on a Monday afternoon and for harmonica or singing clubs on Thursday and Friday lunch times.

Please can we ask that any children using scooters or other wheeled items around the school premises and pavements are carefully supervised to avoid any incidents.

Please can you ensure that your children (including those who don't attend our school) don't use the outdoor play equipment before or after school.

Please remember we have a no phone/photo policy in school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Claire Hart

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