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Friday, 11 March 2022


I hope this finds you all well and that you have had a manageable week? We are still experiencing some staff absence due to Covid 19 and we do appreciate your understanding with this in what are still some tricky and challenging times!

Attendance and punctuality:

Whole school attendance this week: 93.89%

Reception: 88.18%

Year 1: 91.73%

Year 2: 95.51%

Year 3: 91.11%

Year 4: 97.85%

Year 5: 97.92%

Year 6: 93.91%

We are still having to chase some families for reasons for absence when their child/ren is not in school. Please ensure that you call school and leave a voice message or a message on parentmail if your child is going to be absent from school. This is vitally important so that we know where your child is. If we don’t hear from families by midday then we will conduct a home visit to ensure that they are ok – this is following our safeguarding procedures. Our office staff and learning mentor also spend a lot of their time having to repeat call families when a child hasn’t arrived at school.

Minutes late this week:

Total 315 minutes late (5 hours 15 minutes) this equates to nearly a whole day of lost learning for a relatively small amount of children.

I will be sending out minutes late letters on Monday for this week.

I cannot stress enough the importance of arriving to school on time. Children are missing key learning inputs and also disrupting classes by arriving so late to school. Please do work with us to improve punctuality for ALL our children at Spring Bank.

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday 15th March – Year 1 trip to Tropical World

Tuesday 15th March – Thursday 17th March 2022 – Parents evening (whole school)

Thursday 17th March 2022 Year 2 trip to Cannon Hall Farm

Parents evening:

These take place next week. Please ensure that you turn up on time for your appointment as we will be sticking strictly to 10 minutes/child. Please wear a face covering when in school (unless you are exempt) and ensure that you maintain social distancing. We won’t have the books out as we don’t have space for parents to wait indoors at the moment. Many thanks for your cooperation with this and we are very much looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week.


We are starting a Year 1 and Year 2 music club after the Easter holidays. A parentmail has gone out with more information about this. We will also be looking at running at some other clubs so please do keep an eye out for updates on this. Thank you so much for the responses that I have received about clubs at Spring Bank. There is lots of information for us to digest and we will definitely be getting some more clubs up and around.

Jewellery and mobile phones

Please ensure that your child does not wear jewellery to school (this includes bracelets/necklaces and rings) as these pose a health and safety risk to children at school. If children have their ears pierced then they must only wear stud earrings, again this is to prevent them being pulled out or tearing.

If your child (Year 6/Year 5) has a mobile phone because they are walking to or from school on their own then these must be given to the teachers at the start of the day when they are locked away for safe keeping. The phones are then returned to the child at the end of the school day. Please don’t send children to school with phones being kept in coat pockets as we don’t want these to disappear or get damaged.

Parent Governor

We have received two applications for the role of parent governor at Spring Bank. This means that we will go to an election for the role of parent governor. I will be sending out the resume of each parent next week via email and there will also be a ballot paper for you to complete with instructions on how to do this.

It was very lovely to share the competition entries for the drawing and writing competition to raise further funds for MD. It was incredibly hard to pick a winner for each year group but I eventually managed too! If you would like to see the winning entries do check out our Twitter page @bank_primary

I think that is it for this week. I hope you all have a very lovely and well deserved half term!

Take care

Sarah xxx