School is open on Tuesday

We've cleared a pathway from Belle Isle to school. EY children enter through Nursery compound at front of school, KS1 through main entrance, KS2 through Mr Walters and Mrs Baker's classes (the first wooden gate as you walk past the main office). All children and staff can come in winter MUFTI. Staff who have to drive can arrive at school for 10:00, all children for 10:15 (this means if the expected big freeze hits then the roads will be a bit quieter). Children of working parents can be dropped off at the normal school times. I'll be in at 7am to check the state of local roads and pavements and will let you know of any changes. Best wishes, Mr Jones

Our Vision - to make sure that every child is safe, happy and learning

Our values -

At Brockmoor we value learning, compassion and every child's right to a childhood. We plan for our children's futures knowing that we have customized our school to meet the needs of our children. We create and deliver a curriculum that is relevant, appropriate and exciting. This is delivered in an environment which is warm, welcoming and highly conducive in stimulating their achievement. Our drive is to provide every child with the experiences and opportunities to feel successful and value learning as the gateway to future success. The School's ethos is that every child should be safe, happy and learning and this is clearly shared with our children and their families. This ethos is underpinned by us, as adults, ensuring essential core skills are learnt and by modelling the right way to be through our unflinching commitment to develop character in our children. We focus on creating an environment where children are given the tools to choose. To choose to learn, to choose to listen, to choose to lead, to choose to look after one another and to choose to choose. We value choice and strive to build the following personal characteristics in our children:

 Honesty (to take responsibility for our actions)

 Integrity (to keep our word when we promise to do the right thing)

 Courage (to do the right thing even if it's at a personal cost)

 Virtue (to always do the best thing for others, even if it's not always what we want for ourselves).

Through the development of these personal qualities we develop respect and tolerance as part of the promotion of British Values. All adults who pass through our doors must also be willing to commit to these principles. This won't be measured in league tables or necessarily valued by OFSTED but it will allow our children to be a generation that cares more than the one it follows. We can create no greater legacy than that.

What's On in Dudley - The Family Information Service

What's On: Weeks beginning Monday 11th & Monday 18th December

Across the week - No clubs will be on this week. There will be no homework set this week or over Christmas. Please do take the time to look at the Targets given to you by teachers at our Open Evening. Read with your child/children and visit the Sumdog maths website.

Learning theme of the week: Pride (in our presentation, in what we do, in our work and in our school)

Music of the week: Christmas songs!

Website of the week: Seven ways to build character in your children. Visit www.imom.com

The Governors of the School have decided to offer free places for every school age child and one £1 seats to accompanying adults at our January pantomime on Wednesday 3rd January. Tickets are now on general sale at £1 each. Please come to the school office to collect.

Tuesday 12th December - winter MUFTI. Children will be given the choice as to whether to play in the snow so please make sure they wear appropriate clothing.

Tuesday's Wally Wombat performance to Reception children has been postponed due to the weather. We hope to re-arrange for January.

Tuesday regular activity - NO SUNSHINE CLUB SESSION as the Community Room is being used in preparation for our Christmas Fayre. Normally Sunshine Club moms'n'toddlers session runs from 9:00 to 11:00 in the community room. All Brockmoor moms'n'toddlers are most welcome. The next get together will be on Tuesday 9th January.

Wednesday 13th December - MUFTI in return for jars for our Christmas Fete. Adults please bring any glass bottles directly to the school office.

Wednesday 13th December - 10:00 (Rec & morning Nursery) & 1:30 (Rec & afternoon Nursery) Early Years Nativity in the school hall.

Friday 15th December - To celebrate our Christmas Fayre children can come in Christmas clothes and/or decorations MUFTI. Please don't go to the expense of buying Christmas jumpers!

Friday 15th December - Nursery closed all day to allow staff to undertake home visits for January starters. Reception children will be spending the afternoon in the Nursery whilst there classes are used for our Christmas Fayre.

Friday 15th December - Our Christmas Fayre from 3:15pm.

Monday 18th December - Our end of Term Shining Stars assembly at 9:00 (invitation only).

Monday 18th December - Children's Christmas parties on the afternoon. Morning Nursery will have their party in the morning.

Tuesday 19th December - Children's Christmas dinner.

Wednesday 20th December - Our last school day before the Christmas Holidays. School closes at normal times.

Wednesday 20th December - Traditional Carol Services at St John's (KS1 at 9:30, Y3 & 4 at 10:45, Y5 & 6 at 1:30)

Wednesday 20th December - Nursery (Afternoon Session) will be closed.

What's coming over the hill? Important dates for your diary

Wednesday 3rd January, 2018 - Children return for the start of the Spring Term. We've booked in a Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime from the UK's leading school performance theatre group for families on this day at 9:30, 1:30 and 3:40.

Wednesday 10th January - Our next fortnightly Reception Stay and Learn sessions for children and parents - Following meeting with the Parent Voice, the Reception team will be leading Kinetic Letters sessions for Reception children AND PARENTS. Both Reception classes sessions take place in the school hall from 9:00 to 9:25.

Friday club - Year 4, 5 & 6 football club will start again on Friday 5th January and runs from 3:15 to 4:15. Children who took part in the Autumn Term may continue. New members are welcome, letters are available from the school office.

Friday homework - For Years 1 to 6 homework goes out on a Friday afternoon. This will be a writing activity and a maths activity that should build on the work that has taken place in school as well as spellings to be learnt. The work should have been explained to the children and an example of how to set it out written on it. This should only take a few minutes and it's important that you help your child with this. It needs to be back in school by the following Wednesday so staff can go through it with the children. The first time homework is forgotten in a term a quiet reminder is given to the child, the second time you should be informed. After that any forgotten homework has to be completed on the Wednesday lunchtime (the children obviously still have time for a lunch).

Monday 12th March - School closed for staff training (Talk to Write day 2 of 2).

Monday 14th May to Thursday 17th May - Y6 SATs week.

Lates

Quite a lot of parents have been caught out by school entrances closing a few minutes earlier than has normally been the case. The reason for this is that staff who man the doors are needed to be working with groups as soon as is really possible. That's why we're closing doors at 8:55 prompt, so they can get to these jobs. We apologise if this is causing problems, especially for parents who have to use more than one entrance, but signage does show that the school day starts at 8:45 prompt. For larger families please come and talk to the front office team about the problems you face so that we can find an amicable fix for you.

Governor update

There have been a few changes in governor support for school over the last few weeks. We've welcomed Hannah Dodd as a new Parent Governor and Adam Wheeler as a Community Co-opted Governor. Helen Yorke has become our new Chair of Governors with Sue Greenaway moving to Vice Chair. I'm thrilled that Malcolm Kendall will continue as a governor with responsibility for staff well-being and outdoor learning.

Lunchtime arrangements

Up to at least the October half-term Reception lunch will run from 11:30 to 12:30. The reason for this is the awful acoustics in the hall. Despite soft mood candles, music and a well staffed lunch hall it can be quite noisy and this upsets our youngest children. By having an earlier lunch most should be out to play before it gets too busy. Years 5 and 6 are currently trying using trays, plates and dishes instead of our normal one piece plastic tray. If feedback from the children is positive we'll all move across to this after half-term.

Every other year group has one early lunch a week. Year 1 and 2 have lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 (except on a Thursday when it is 11:45 to 12:45). Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 lunches run from 12:10 to 1:10 with each having one early lunchtime. Year 3 have their one early lunch on a Wednesday from 11:45 to 12:45. Year 4 have theirs from 11:45 to 12:45 on a Tuesday. Y5 & 6 have an early lunch from 11:45 to 12:45 on Mondays. Please note Year 3 children are no longer eligible for a free school meal unless you register them for Pupil Premium. If you are in receipt of certain benefits then this not only provides a free meal but also school with funding.

Nursery arrangements

In response to parent requests we are trying something new when parents drop off and collect nursery children. Morning drop off for 8.30am will be via the back playground (as it was during the Summer Term). Morning collection at 11.30am will be via the nursery entrance at the front of school. Afternoon drop off for 12.30pm will be via the nursery entrance at the front of school and these children can be collected via the back playground at 3.30pm.

The way in which we have organised Nursery for September means we can offer wraparound care (that includes a lunchtime and afternoon session) to any morning nursery parents who want it. The introduction of 30 hour nursery offer for working parents earning between £16,000 and £100,000 may mean it is free for you! Please see Mrs Holtham in nursery for details.

Snacks in school

We allow children to have crisps, chocolate bars and biscuits at lunchtimes as part of their dinner. We encourage the children to balance these with fruit or other healthy options. Crisps, chocolates and biscuits are not allowed at break times. The reasons behind this are to reduce litter and improve the children's dental hygiene.

Our School Priorities for 2017-18

School Priority 1 - To raise the achievement of pupils so that every child who is below what is nationally expected of them makes better than expected progress. By doing so we will close the gap between how well our children do at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 assessments compared to children across England.

School Priority 2 - To improve the quality, quantity and presentation of writing across the school. Specifically Early Years will be introducing 'Kinetic Letters' as an approach to developing writing technique whilst KS1 and 2 are participating in a 'Talk to Write' writing project alongside staff from six other Dudley primaries.

School Priority 3 - To develop a mindful school that puts well-being at the forefront of our drive to raise standards. This will focus on nurturing and maintaining healthy bodies and healthy minds.

If you would like a paper copy of the information on our school website we can provide this free of charge. If you want to find out more about life at Brockmoor click on the 'Parents' pencil. The school prospectus in this section should tell you lots about life in school (including school times). If you're thinking of joining our rapidly growing school family please click on 'Parents' pencil then go to 'Policies' and you'll find information on admissions. If you need help at home there's guidance in the 'Parents' pencil as well.

Holidays in term time

School is still legally obliged to challenge all holidays in school time and will do so. Last year we had a horrible experience where a child returned from a holiday to find their place in school had been taken. That child is still on a waiting list to return to Brockmoor. Can I also remind parents that 8:45 (except for Nursery at 8:30 and 12:30) is the time that children need to be going into classes not arriving at the school gates. Late arrival unsettles the child and disrupts the start of the day.

Activities in the local community

Messy Church takes place on the second Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5:30pm at St John's Church for children aged from 5 to 10. Messy craft, messy story, messy fun, messy singing, messy food and prayer are all free but donations are most welcome.

Places of Welcome: St John's Church have just become part of a growing network of 'Places of Welcome' that are run by local community groups who want to make sure everyone in our community has a place to go for conversation and a cup of tea if they want and need it. The drop-in is meant to be friendly and hospitable and the tea is free! It's a place where you can talk and be listened to. They take place on Saturdays between 10am and 12 noon at St John's Church, High Street, Brockmoor.

Reason to be cheerful in these times of unrelenting challenge

As of Sunday 12th November the school community have raised nearly £3,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital and Beads of Courage. With two desperately poorly Reception children in their care we are truly touched by the humanity and generosity of our school family. Our own School Council of children chose to donate half of their funding to these most worthy of causes.

We've just completed our analysis of the annual Parent Questionnaire. We had 116 families respond and overall parents and carers view of the school is very positive. A year ago parents had two areas of concern around school life. Then 8% of respondents were concerned about bullying and 6% about communication between home and school. Concerns around bullying have reduced considerably and many parents commented on how well the school communicates with them. The full picture is in the Parents pencil tab.

Over 40 of our Year 1 children are regularly being supported by family members at our 9:00 on Thursday mornings phonics with parents sessions. I'm so proud of all those who could attend. The last session is planned for Thursday 19th October.

We were particularly proud of the way in which children were able to talk about how they want to support British Values at Brockmoor during our recent 'In your hands' theatre show and workshops. Children spoke passionately about freedom of speech, the rules we follow, respect and tolerance.

Please note despite the fact that the government has finally promised to keep free school meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 you may be eligible for Pupil Premium. Last year we received £180,000 Pupil Premium top-up funding for parents on certain benefits. Disgracefully unless you apply we don't get that money even if your child is eligible for it. Put simply we are going to have to nag you to death to check because if all those eligible don't apply WE WILL HAVE TO LOSE STAFF! For Year 2 children moving into Year 3 the time of free school meals has now passed. You need to apply for Pupil Premium in order to still receive a free dinner.

Reception slippers in school taster week. We're looking at the practicalities of trialing this in school. Details to follow.

We're a good school with many outstanding features in all areas, click below to read the July 2014 Ofsted report to find out why.

How we'll get there - Our aims are to :

  • Create a secure, happy and caring environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Our mantra is that every child should be safe, happy and learning.
  • Provide a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum within and beyond the current statutory requirements.
  • Create an atmosphere which promotes high standards of moral and social behaviour and which enables everyone to achieve their best.
  • Build character in our children so that they know the difference between right and wrong, they can empathise, understand and respect difference.
  • Encourage our pupils to strive for high academic standards and to be ambitious.
  • Encourage everyone to become interested and involved in the life of the school and the wider community.
  • Recognise everyone's efforts and achievements.
  • Encourage everyone to value and celebrate the religious, cultural and social diversity that exists within our community.
  • We believe that partnership between parents and school is very important and invite you to be involved in your child's education.

We look forward to working with you and developing a strong link between home and school. Working together in partnership we can ensure that your child enjoys their time at Brockmoor and reaches their full potential.

Term Dates - please check these before booking holidays!

2017 Autumn Term
Term Ends: Wednesday 20th December
2018 Spring Term
Term Starts: Wednesday 3rd January (Tuesday is staff training)
Half Term: Monday 19th February - Friday 23rd February
Term Ends: Thursday 29th March
2018 Summer Term
Term Starts: Monday 16th April
Half Term: Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June
Term Ends: Friday 20th July
Local elections Provisionally school may be closed on Thursday 3rd May for local elections. As soon as we know we will update you
May Day Bank Holiday Monday 7th May - school is closed
2018 Autumn Term
Term Starts: Tuesday 4th September (staff training on the Monday but anxious children can pop in to see classrooms and meet teachers between 1:00 and 3:00
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