I stood at the junction of Ellis Way twice this week in a yellow jacket at drop off time 8.45 – 9.15am. I have asked people if they have a blue badge when they are attempting to enter the site, and if not, I have directed them to park along the local roads in the same way as all the other parents.
People have driven at me at high speed and people have been rude. As the Headteacher of this school, my aim is to keep your children and families safe. Please join the majority in leaving earlier, parking at a distance and embracing the chance to wrap up and walk into school.
Ellis Way is extremely dangerous, and it is a matter of time before there is another accident. The message below from the RAC clearly states that if it is not sensible, or in my opinion safe you shouldn’t park on the pavement. Ellis Way is far too narrow for people to pass by safely and they have to walk in the road. Could you please park further away and be part of a safe solution.
What the RAC says:
Outside of London, we advise people to use common sense when faced with no other option but to park on the pavement.
If you are parking along a narrow road, where parking wholly on the road would stop other cars, and particularly emergency vehicles, from getting through, then it is a sensible option to park partially on a pavement, providing there are no parking restrictions and providing you are not blocking a wheelchair user or pram from using the pavement.
If there are restrictions, or your parking would cause wheelchair users or people with prams to have to walk into the road, then you should find somewhere else to park.
Please can we remind all parents/carers that they should be checking the children’s devices, phones etc each week to check the settings and the content of any messages or viewing. You can set up family share accounts or upload apps in your name so that you can see and monitor the content. If you need support with this, please refer to Mrs Redden’s regular information and newsletters or contact school. We are aware of children as young as Year 4 accessing highly inappropriate videos via YouTube.
No Pens Day
On Wednesday the children completed many activities without using pens to encourage more Oracy and confidence in speaking and listening. The children had fabulous ideas and shared their passions across the school via ‘Show and Tell’.
Some of you may have seen an ambulance here on Monday afternoon. Our thanks to Becky Swan who is a paramedic and came to talk to the Year 6 children about heart rates. The children also had the opportunity to see the equipment used in the ambulance.
Carols on the Green
Thank you to Miss Hodges for organising a beautiful event and Miss Price for making eye glowing leaf lanterns with her Forest School group. All the musicians including Mr Lagdon performed carols for us and kept choirs of children, families and local residents in time. We wrapped up warm and it was a wonderful Christmassy evening.
A small group of Friends volunteers have been battling through illness and busy preparing the Christmas Fair today. It’s going to be wonderful this evening with Santa and his elves in his Grotto, the school choir, the raffle, refreshments and all the stalls! It would be amazing if more volunteers came forward next year to help support the children’s events. All volunteers are welcome, whether it’s on the committee or helping for an hour. It would be so sad if we couldn’t carry on.
Christmas Jumper Day
Next Thursday, 7th December is Christmas Jumper Day with donations for local, vulnerable families, children and young adults.
It’s the Inclusion coffee morning from 9am -10am in the Bridge on Monday morning – all are welcome.