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.

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. We recently 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.

What's On: week beginning Monday 21st August

Wednesday 23rd - Parent and child drop-ins. Mrs Stanton and Mr Jones are in school to listen to any concerns you may have from 8:00 to 11:00 in the morning.

What's On: Week beginning Monday 4th September

Monday 4th September - anxious children and parents are most welcome to pop into school between 1:15 and 3:00 in preparation for their first day on Tuesday.

Tuesday 5th - Children return to school (Monday is staff training).

Its a long way off but please be aware we've booked Jack and the Beanstalk for Wednesday 3rd January. It's performed by a professional group (who blew our socks off last week presenting Kosmic Krew - just ask your child how good they were). They will be performing for Y1 and 2 children and family members at 9:30, Year 3 & 4 children and their families at 1:30 and Early Years, Years 5 & 6 children and families at 3:40. Tickets will be £4.50 each (the group are expensive) or £16 for a family ticket of four. I know this might seem expensive straight after Christmas but it's a fraction of the cost of going to the theatre. If you were planning to see a pantomime this year please make it ours! Tickets will go on sale in the Autumn Term with all children in Years 1 to 4 guaranteed at least one seat. That should still leave around 170 tickets for family members. For Early Years, Years 5 & 6 the 284 tickets will go on general sale at a point to be announced (were mindful of doing this in the fairest way possible).

Learning theme of the week: Listening to others (linked to the Y5 & 6 mindfulness themed week).

Website of the week: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/mindfulness.aspx www.safesearchkids.com/ ('Google' Mindfulness and click on the NHS link). In a nutshell mindfulness is thinking about the present rather than worrying about what may or may not be happening next. It's not a recipe for recklessness, more a way of slowing down for your own mental health.

Music of the week: Mindfulness music.

Reason to be cheerful in these times of unrelenting challenge

Governors have approved new carpets and furniture for Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. The children who are moving up from Reception through to Year 4 will return to newly refurbished rooms in September. If anyone knows of a firm that pays for old tables or chairs or you want some for yourself or a local group please let the office team know. We will be trying to sell, recycle or offload up to 200 chairs and 100 tables in the week beginning Monday 24th July!

Best attendance for the 2016-17 academic year goes to 2L (for EY & KS1) & 5/6W for KS2. Overall our attendance for the school year is 95.35% (just above our floor target of 95%).

We have five top 10 winners in the latest Sumdog online maths competition. Tiffany in Y4 finished 9th overall across Dudley. Liam in Y6 finished 6th. Lauren in Y4 was 3rd, Ahsan in Y6 was second and Lacey in Y3 finished first. Well done one and all.

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

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.

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.

We're finalizing the two dates but sometime during the holidays there will be two drop-in mornings for any parent to come into school to discuss concerns about their children. I've always worried that we don't offer support over the long summer break. A decision on the mornings is being made this week. We'll send a reminder out on the app.

Weeks beginning Monday 31st July and Monday 7th August - Bounce4U holiday playscheme in school. Please see the office team for details.

On Wednesday 9th and Wednesday 23rd August Mr Jones and Mrs Stanton will be running a summer holiday drop-in clinic for parents and carers from 8:00 to 11:00. During these times they will be available to discuss any worries that you may have. Children can be brought with you.

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

Monday 4th September - staff training. School is open for children and parents to drop in and look at classrooms between 1:15 and 2:30 if they are fretful about the new school year.

Tuesday 5th September (Monday 4th is for staff training on Kinetic letters and Talk to Write) - children return to school at normal times. Nursery and Reception children have a 'staggered' start so that staff can settle children in more calmly. Even though our boiler replacement work should be complete could Reception children please come in and go out through the Reception gate on the SK1 playground. We hope this reduces congestion at the start and end of the day.

From Tuesday 5th September to 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 will be trialing having 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.

Tuesday 12th September - Sunshine Club moms'n'toddlers first session form 9:00 to 11:00 in the community room. All Brockmoor moms'n'toddlers are most welcome.

Monday 25th September - School photographer in.

Monday 16th October -reading week in school with Roald Dahl day on Tuesday 17th October.

Friday 3rd November - School closed for staff training (Talk to Write as a way of improving writing skills day 1 of 2)

Friday 24th November - national vaccination for children from Reception to Year 4 age (details to follow)

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 (details to follow but tickets will be no more than £4.50 per person). This will cost you a fraction of the price of a theatre production so please consider this as an affordable alternative.

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.

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.

Our Aims

All children are valued as individuals and whilst in our care we aim 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 Starts: Tuesday 5th September (Monday is staff training - Kinetic Letters and Talk to Write)
Half Term: Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October
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
May Day Bank Holiday closure Monday 7th May school closed
Year 6 SATs week 2018 Monday 14th May to Thursday 17th May (Friday as back up date for missed tests)
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