Friday 6 January 2023

Weekly Newsletter - Friday 6th January

Headteacher: Mrs L Nicholls 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year
Happy new year to you all and welcome back after the holidays, I hope you had a wonderful festive period. It was great to see the children coming back to school yesterday full of enthusiasm, ready for an exciting term. While this is a short term it is usually a very productive time, children know the routines and expectations and teachers are able to concentrate on children’s progress. We will be opening the door of the University of Broadford again this term and we know how much these activities are able to really capture the children’s imagination. I know that you will enjoy the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher at the end of this half term to receive an update on their learning so far this year. 

Back to School Health Advice
With return to school this week, we would like to remind all parents and pupils to ensure they are doing everything they can to protect themselves and others from the winter bugs that are currently going around. Anyone with a high temperature/fever is advised to remain off school until their temperature has returned to normal, and are fit and well enough to return. Regular hand washing is really important, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue is a good way of preventing the spread of coughs, colds, flu and Covid as well as Strep A infections, which are still circulating.

Back to school advice issued amid high levels of flu, COVID-19 and scarlet fever - GOV.UK (

School Uniform 

It has been wonderful to see all of the pupils return to school looking very smart in their school uniform. Please be reminded that the school colours are navy blue and grey/black. All school uniform is available through Premier School Wear ( If you require any assistance with uniform please speak to Mrs West in the school office. 

Newsletters 2023
As you are aware we try to be as paperless as we possibly can as a school. We want to reduce our carbon footprint so that we can create a better environment for the future and our children. The weekly newsletter will continue to be available via the school blog (accessed via the school website), facebook and twitter and will be emailed via the sQuid system. 

Please ensure that your details are up to date on the school system and if you have changed your email address or telephone number that you let us know as soon as possible. 

Reception Admissions September 2023

If your child is looking to join our school in Reception 2023  it is vital that you get your application completed by 15th January 2023 or it is likely you will miss out. Last year we had over 150 applications for just 90 places. Even as a three form entry school, we have more expressions of interest than we have places – YOU MUST APPLY! Attending our Nursery will have no impact on your application. Many parents mistakenly believe that a place in the Nursery = a place in Reception… it doesn’t!

IMPORTANT & URGENT MESSAGE – Please help us to provide the very best education to your children.
If your child is eligible for free school meals and you have not yet registered, please register NOW –  you will be helping us and we can help you!
For every pupil who is eligible for Free School Meals, our school receives additional funding which enables us to provide essential learning resources, inspiring experiences and great facilities for our children.
Many people do not realise our KS1 children who receive a Universal Free School Meals are also eligible for this funding if their families are in receipt of the relevant benefits. 
If your child is eligible for free school meals as well helping the school funding you will also receive:

  • a voucher for each child, once per year to assist with the cost of school uniform (redeemable at Premier Schoolwear)

  • assistance with contributions towards school trips and residential visits

  • some children / families are put off because they think that Free School Meals status means that they have to eat the school lunches. This is not true!

  • If you prefer to bring a packed lunch, that is absolutely fine. The school dinners will be there for you should you want them… but they are not compulsory.

Who is eligible? If you are in receipt of any of the following benefits your child may be eligible for free school meals.


* Income support

* Income based Jobseekers Allowance

* Income related Employment Support Allowance

* Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit

* Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income of less than £16,190

* Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

* Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

* Universal Credit (your household income must be less than £7,400 a year after tax and not including any benefits you receive)


If you believe you may be eligible please click on the link below and complete the application form

We are happy to help you apply if you are unsure of your eligibility - please contact Mrs Gibson in the school office.​ 

Please do this today! It is very important for us to have all of our eligible families registered as soon as possible.

Shared mailboxes and communication 

Don’t forget that you can contact staff using the shared mailboxes. They are checked daily and can be used to ask questions, pass on information or check details:

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. I will be at the gate every morning for you to speak to in person. Most mornings you will also be able to find Mrs Stanley, Mrs Ward, Miss Estall or Mrs Wallis to help you with any enquiries. If you would prefer an appointment please call into the office to fix a time. 


After school clubs resume on Monday 16th January. You will be informed by Mrs Said, Ms Float, Miss Evans and Mrs Martin  which club your child has been allocated for the spring term. If you are collecting your child, dismissal from clubs is at 4.15 pm. Year 5&6 pupils can walk home if we have received permission from parents or carers. 

Winter in Coming!

As we return from the festive break, the air is crisper and the temperature is lower. Please remember that children will go outside everyday and will require coats, hats, scarves, gloves and appropriate footwear.
In order to keep the school environment as clean and comfortable as possible we encourage pupils to bring indoor shoes into school. These could be slippers or sliders that they could change into once they have come inside after being outside.
Thank you for your continued support in this matter.

New Staff
We are delighted to introduce our new members of staff to you.
Miss Hurrell has returned to Broadford and is teaching year 1 Beech class for the rest of the year.
Mrs Nur will continue to teach Pine class for the remainder of the year.
We welcome  Mr Joseph, Miss Edwards and Mrs Bullman who have all joined our teaching assistant team. 

Good news 

Congratulations to Mrs Rice and her husband who have welcomed a baby girl to their family, Florence Ava Ellen Rice was born on New Year’s day. I have passed on our best wishes from everyone here at Broadford. 

Diary dates for Spring 1

Monday 9th January 

Bikeability starts for pupils in years 5&6

Tuesday 10th January

Year 5 Stepping Up course starts 

Thursday 12th January 

Year 6, Willow and Maple Spinebreakers visiting Harold Hill library 

Friday 13th January 

University of Broadford starts for pupils in years 3-6

Tuesday 17th January 

School nurse drop in session 8.30 am

Year 1 parents stay & learn session

Friday 20th January 

KS2 choir visiting the 02 for the Young Voices concert. 

Tuesday 24th January 

Year 4 parents stay & learn session 

Tuesday 31st January 

Year 5 parents stay & learn session 

Wednesday 1st February 

Premier reading league winners reward trip 

Thursday 2nd February 

Year 4 Viking workshop 

Tuesday 7th February 

Year 3 parents stay & learn 

Wednesday 8th February 

Parents Evening 3-7 pm 

Thursday 9th February 

Year 4 Spinebreakers trip 

Parents Evening 3-7 pm 

Friday 10th February 

End of half term 

INSET Dates for 2022-23

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

1st September 

2nd September 

31st October 

20th February 

5th June 

Havering school term dates 2022-2023

Weekly Attendance  Target 96%

Our attendance percentage for the first term of the year was 93%. We are below the target set for all schools by the government and we would really love to see this percentage rise this term. Remember the number 1 job for ALL pupils is to come to school everyday on time. 

Breakfast Club 

Breakfast club runs every morning from 7.45 am. The cost of breakfast club is £1.55 which is payable via sQuid. Please make sure that you book your child’s place by 3.00pm the day before you would like them to attend on the sQuid system.

Havering Catering Services

Week beginning is week  on the Havering catering services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.37. 

Please be reminded that your child’s sQuid account should be topped up at all times. We cannot provide dinners for pupils whose account exceeds a debt of £10. If you are experiencing difficulties please contact Mrs West in the school office who will be able to provide you with support and  assistance. 
I am very pleased to inform you that the school kitchen now offers a halal chicken option. Whenever there is a chicken dish on the lunch menu there will always be a halal option available for those pupils who follow a halal diet. 

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely,


Mrs L Nicholls 


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