Friday Bulletin & Diary Dates – 13th September 2019

13 September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

During the summer term, we were asked by Gateshead Council to provide a temporary Nursery for 20 pre-school children following the closure of the Hardman Centre.

It is our intention to provide a Nursery permanently to assist with provision in the area.  The proposal is out for consultation and we would welcome comments from parents of children currently on roll at Kells Lane, direct to Jan Batchelor at the email address below.  Depending on the outcome of the consultation period, we should have a decision on whether we have been successful by the end of this half term.

The proposal from the local authority is as follows:

‘The Governing Body of Kells Lane Primary School, Kells Lane, Low Fell NE9 5HX is proposing to lower the admission age of the school from four years to three years to allow early education to be delivered in a nursery class. Initially there will be 26 part-time equivalent places (15 hours). The proposal is as a result of the recent closure of the Pre-School within the Hardman Centre.

Minimal costs would be incurred by the school in the implementation of this proposal.   

 The Governing Body is seeking comments regarding this proposal.  Please send comments of support for the proposal or objections to the proposal to Jan Batchelor, Early Years and Childcare Service, Gateshead Council, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH.  Alternatively, telephone 0191 433 5128 or email .

 All comments should be received by 5.00 pm on Friday 27th September 2019.

It is anticipated that the proposal would come into effect from January 2020, should the decision to implement the change be taken, after giving due consideration to all comments received.’


To register your interest in a potential Nursery place at Kells Lane, please email Tracey Skinner, School Business Manager at


I hope you all have a lovely weekend.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Whistler



Wednesday 18th September 2019

·         Year 6 Visit to Beamish

·         STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshop for Year 2 (in school)

Thursday 19th September

·         Year 5 first swimming session (both classes)

Monday 23rd September 2019

·         Year 1 visit to Kells Lane Park

Thursday 26th September 2019

·         Rabbi Glickman visiting Year 4

Friday 27th September 2019

·         The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – This year the children will be baking cakes and various other sweet treats in school to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of our dear friend and colleague Mrs LeMarquand.

Week beginning 30th September 2019

·         Book Bus visiting school (will be open before and after school)

Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th October 2019

·         Parents’ evening – Reception to Year 6 – booking information coming soon

Friday 18th October 2019

·         Last day of this half term

·         Non-uniform day in aid of our playground project

Monday 21st – Friday 25th October 2019 inclusive

·         October half term

Wednesday 30th October 2019

·         Year 1 visit to Castle and Keep

·         Technology Tom visiting Year 6

Friday 1st November 2019

·         Year 3 visit to Arbeia

Tuesday 5th November 2019

·         Year 4 visit to Hancock Museum

·         Reception class visit to Seven Stories (class to be confirmed)

Thursday 7th November 2019

·         Reception class visit to Seven Stories (class to be confirmed)

Week beginning 11th November 2019

·         Anti-bullying Week

Friday 15th November 2019

·         Children in Need

Monday 16th December 2019

·         WW11 Street Party in Year 6

Wednesday 18th December 2019

·         Whole school visit to pantomime – Cinderella at Gateshead Stadium (9- 12)

Thursday 19th December 2019

·         Last day of term for pupils ( non-uniform day)