Friday Bulletin – 6th January 2017

6 January 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and a warm welcome back to school after what I hope was an enjoyable and restful break.

One of my bulletins before the Christmas break made reference to changes to a couple of school policies. Following consultation with you via the parent questionnaire, I have rewritten the school policy on homework and am busy getting everything finalised ready for introduction after the February half term. I hope you will find our new home learning policy to be much more manageable and fitting with a busy family life.

The other policy recently under review was uniform. The governors and staff at Kells Lane Primary School are keen to ensure that all children wear the full and correct school uniform. Our policy has now been reviewed and updated. Where possible, consideration has been taken to ensure costs are kept as low as possible.

We are keen not only that our children enjoy a strong sense of identity with their school, but also that children and parents do not feel pressure to buy expensive alternative clothing. We also want our children to enjoy a sense of equality with one another.

We are introducing some changes to our existing policy and respectfully request that you keep these in mind when purchasing any uniform items for the remainder of this academic year. The approved date for the changes to our uniform policy, as set by the school’s governing body, come into effect for pupils in September 2017. A copy of our new policy will be sent home with your child today and a copy is attached below for your convenience.


Many thanks for your continued support.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Whistler



Dates for your diary for coming weeks:

Monday 9th January

  • Clubs start again this week
Tuesday 10th January

  • Early Years vision screening
Wednesday 11th January

  • Beauty and the Beast pantomime in school
Wednesday 18th January

  • Year 6 Puberty talk (delivered by school nurse)
Monday 23rd January – Friday 27th January

  • Maths week in school
Monday 6th February

  • School Book Fair all week
Wednesday 8th February

  • Y2 visit to St. Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead – Poplar class
  • Year 5 ‘Play in a Day’ Larch class (Larch class parents invited to a performance beginning at 2.45pm)
Thursday 9th & Friday 10th February

  • Young Enterprise sale for Valentine’s Day (items on sale from 50p)
Friday 10th February

  • Y2 visit to St. Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead –  Juniper class
Thursday 16th February

  • Last day of this half term for pupils
Friday 17th February

  • Staff Training Day – school closed to pupils today
Monday 20th – Friday 24th February (inclusive)

  • Half term holiday


Uniform Policy for September 2017