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September update

Dear Parents, 


I hope you are well and have taken time to have a break this summer. We are excited to warmly welcome everyone back to the new academic year on Friday 4th September, especially to those new to our school, and those that were unable to attend from 1st June.


It is vital that children and young people return to school - for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development. We are all here to help ease transition so please do ask any of us a question, no matter how trivial. We realise there was an abundance of information sent to you at the end of term and that this can be confusing at times. Please keep in mind teachers are always briefly available at the end and start of the school day to answer any of your quick queries. Additionally, the office, and myself, along with my senior leaders, are always available first thing on the gate or contactable via email or phone.  Any detailed communications can take place with your class teachers via ClassDojo.      


I trust you have all had a wonderful summer and hopefully managed to spend much needed time with family and friends. Over the summer, Nightingale Primary has been far from quiet. Many of our teachers moved classrooms, offices have been swapped and some much-needed work was carried out internally by Mr Burton. Thank you to all the staff for ensuring that our school is ready to hit the ground running. The teachers and LSAs have done a remarkable job ensuring their classrooms are inviting, purposeful and set the tone for learning, albeit the desks being organised a little differently this September. Mr Burton has met with various contractors to ensure that works are carried out to the required standard as well as making sure the site is ready for the safe return of the children. 


More excitingly for our children, our adventure playground has been replaced and updated considerably under many recommendations from our children past and present. Our aims were to: 


  • Develop a purposeful space and provide physical challenge for pupils years 1-6  
  • Ensure over half of the equipment builds core strength 
  • Ensure space is diverse in its challenge with a mixture of climbing, balance and reaching activities  
  • Ensure that space is designed with incentive to engage with, again and again, but in a different way e.g. trail to complete, obstacles can be travelled over/completed again in a different way.   


On Tuesday, I shall add some photos to ClassDojo for you to share with your children. The usual rules apply to use of which I am sure you can recall – the equipment can only be used under the supervision of a member of Nightingale staff and during school hours only.    


Breakfast club is due to relaunch from 7th September and our new wrap around care will launch in October.  Further details of both can be found on the ‘Latest News’ section of the website.


Finally, I am delighted to share with you that we will be launching our new website in September. This has taken many months, but I am thrilled with site; user friendly, fresh looking and in keeping with our vision for Nightingale.   


Yours sincerely and with best wishes,  


Mrs Hannah Beckett