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Crigglestone St James
CE Primary Academy

EVENT 1 17/18 NOTES - MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER @ 6.45PM


1) Academy Development Plan Priorities

  • Increasing the independence and resilience of children specifically through the development and deployment of Educational Support Assistants.
  • Review of reading, including home/school reading systems, teaching of reading and developing the love of reading.
  • Further development of RE, including implementation of Understanding Christianity and Diocesan schemes of learning and links with our partner school in Tanzania.
  • Review of wider curriculum, including Science and non-core subjects.


2) Streamed Classes - This enables all staff to take into account individual children's starting points. In Key Stage One, children are streamed for reading, writing and maths. In Key Stage Two, children are streamed for reading and writing.

3) Star of Safety - The children have already begun to hear about the Star of Safety. The children have come up with a number of things that would make them feel happy, safe and respected in school.
The 5 points are:
1. Feeling safe online (e-safety)
2. Kind hands and feet (not hurting others)
3. Saying the right words (showing more tolerance)
4. Nobody will be bullied (everyone will feel safe)
5. Safe movement around the school (sensibly walking down corridors etc)

In the centre of the star, there will be information about who the children can go to if they feel they need help with anything.

4) Fund Raising & Priorities for 17/18 - It was agreed that the fund raising efforts from this year would go towards buying resources to extend the curriculum e.g. more medals at sports day.

Events for this academic year

    • Christmas Fayre - Thursday 30th November
    • Disco - Spring Term
    • Quiz Night - Friday 11th May


    Sal's Shoes Initiative - This was a great success. There was in excess of 500 pairs of shoes. Chris Duggan kindly drove down south with a van full of shoes to where the charity is based. There was agreement that something like this would be pursued - maybe with Clarks shoes

    5) Open Questions

    - There was a question relating to Caterlink and the food hygiene rating that it had been awarded. Mr Denton will look into this.

    - A question was asked relating to Parentmail where the payment for the pantomime went live before the letter came out. This was noticed in school and discussed as to how this can be made better.

    - A question was asked as to whether parents could be given some information about credit unions and advertising this for people in hardship. Mr Denton will look into this.


    EVENT 3 16/17 NOTES - FULL FORUM THURSDAY 4TH MAY @ 6.15PM

    1) Home/School Agreement - Final Draft for 17/18 - Mr Denton shared the Home/School Agreement with parents linking to their suggestions last time. Parents agreed with the expectations suggested from school and the expectation from parents/carers.

    2) Re-development and refurbishment plans for St James - Summer Term 2017 and beyond - Mr Denton explained the need to make better use of the space we have. The school wants to create more learning spaces so the children's starting points can be considered more precisely within grouping. To ensure this 'streaming model' can happen, more learning spaces need to be available. Also, the oldest classroom will be moved so it provides an updated, appropriate learning environment. A leadership block will be created at the front of the school and the ICT room will be developed to a larger learning space. 32 new portable laptops are now available to develop the use of ICT across school. Parents were taken on a tour of the school to show them where the changes will occur and explain the impact it will have on the children's learning.

    3) Parent views sought on: Recent LKS2 Show/Parents Evening/Election Day/Sports Week/School Information for September 2017/Attendance & Punctuality Policy - Parents support the idea of altering the LKS2 show to two evening performances on different nights. Everyone was happy about the Parents Evening format. Mr Denton shared the general 'I can help session' which will be combined into one session at the beginning of the year. Mr Denton explained the attendance and punctuality policy, which everyone agreed with and supported. Mr Denton discussed the election day school closure developments and the ongoing search for a solution. The Sports Day arrangements will remain as highlighted in his recent letter even if election day changes.

    4) New International Community Partnership - Mr Denton shared the partnership with Ragata School in Mara, Tanzania. He shared the 'shoulder to shoulder' celebration/launch day in June. He outlined how the partnership will have both an understanding, communication and fundraising aspect to it. Members of St James Church, the diocese and teachers from the school in Tanzania will be present at the celebration event, the academy will continue to work very closely with St James Church upon all aspects of this.

    5) Open Questions from Summer Term

    What is the development in the playground like? The parent partnership have bought new equipment for the area and the friendship 'Sunshine' zone is almost complete. The 'Positive Pals' ideas has now been developed to other year groups and has been given a set area on the field.

    What are the next steps in early years after the re-development last Summer? A planting area is being developed at the moment to cover aspect of the early years curriculum. The small intervention room has had a positive impact on the pupils development and we continue to use this. We are continuing to prioritise the independence of the children, building their stamina and developing the layer of challenge in readiness for year 1.

    Would you be interested in Code Club? This was shared by a parent as some downloadable materials for 9 to 11 year olds. The information is going to be passed on by a parents to Mr Denton.

    6) Parent Partnership Fund Raising - the Sal's Shoes initiative was discussed and updated with donations, collections and delivery to London highlighted. Guidelines about packing for safe transportation were considered. It was agreed that correspondence will be sent to parents in July.

    Quiz Night will be on the last day of this half term. Sponsors and donations of prizes continue to be sought for this event.

    A 'MacMillan Coffee Morning' has been proposed for Saturday 30th September - after the previous success.

    Partnership leaders will contact volunteers for support around the forthcoming Sports Week events.

    UPDATES UPON PREVIOUS QUESTIONS WERE GIVEN.



    EVENT 3 16/17 NOTES - FULL FORUM THURSDAY 4TH MAY @ 6.15PM

    1) Home/School Agreement - Final Draft for 17/18 - Mr Denton shared the Home/School Agreement with parents linking to their suggestions last time. Parents agreed with the expectations suggested from school and the expectation from parents/carers.

    2) Re-development and refurbishment plans for St James - Summer Term 2017 and beyond - Mr Denton explained the need to make better use of the space we have. The school wants to create more learning spaces so the children's starting points can be considered more precisely within grouping. To ensure this 'streaming model' can happen, more learning spaces need to be available. Also, the oldest classroom will be moved so it provides an updated, appropriate learning environment. A leadership block will be created at the front of the school and the ICT room will be developed to a larger learning space. 32 new portable laptops are now available to develop the use of ICT across school. Parents were taken on a tour of the school to show them where the changes will occur and explain the impact it will have on the children's learning.

    3) Parent views sought on: Recent LKS2 Show/Parents Evening/Election Day/Sports Week/School Information for September 2017/Attendance & Punctuality Policy - Parents support the idea of altering the LKS2 show to two evening performances on different nights. Everyone was happy about the Parents Evening format. Mr Denton shared the general 'I can help session' which will be combined into one session at the beginning of the year. Mr Denton explained the attendance and punctuality policy, which everyone agreed with and supported. Mr Denton discussed the election day school closure developments and the ongoing search for a solution. The Sports Day arrangements will remain as highlighted in his recent letter even if election day changes.

    4) New International Community Partnership - Mr Denton shared the partnership with Ragata School in Mara, Tanzania. He shared the 'shoulder to shoulder' celebration/launch day in June. He outlined how the partnership will have both an understanding, communication and fundraising aspect to it. Members of St James Church, the diocese and teachers from the school in Tanzania will be present at the celebration event, the academy will continue to work very closely with St James Church upon all aspects of this.

    5) Open Questions from Summer Term

    What is the development in the playground like? The parent partnership have bought new equipment for the area and the friendship 'Sunshine' zone is almost complete. The 'Positive Pals' ideas has now been developed to other year groups and has been given a set area on the field.

    What are the next steps in early years after the re-development last Summer? A planting area is being developed at the moment to cover aspect of the early years curriculum. The small intervention room has had a positive impact on the pupils development and we continue to use this. We are continuing to prioritise the independence of the children, building their stamina and developing the layer of challenge in readiness for year 1.

    Would you be interested in Code Club? This was shared by a parent as some downloadable materials for 9 to 11 year olds. The information is going to be passed on by a parents to Mr Denton.

    6) Parent Partnership Fund Raising - the Sal's Shoes initiative was discussed and updated with donations, collections and delivery to London highlighted. Guidelines about packing for safe transportation were considered. It was agreed that correspondence will be sent to parents in July.

    Quiz Night will be on the last day of this half term. Sponsors and donations of prizes continue to be sought for this event.

    A 'MacMillan Coffee Morning' has been proposed for Saturday 30th September - after the previous success.

    Partnership leaders will contact volunteers for support around the forthcoming Sports Week events.

    UPDATES UPON PREVIOUS QUESTIONS WERE GIVEN.