Newsletter 4th March 2022

Headteachers Update

Welcome to this, our second newsletter published on our website. You can find this, and past issues published on the website by going directly the News & Events tab. You can filter to just see the Newsletters from there.

Today's update is from the Federation's Deputy Headteacher: Miss Knapp

I want to start by saying a huge thank you for the warm welcome I have received at the Schools of Woolton Hill. I feel very privileged to join at such a crucial time in the journey of the new Federation and I know I have landed on my feet at Woolton Hill. My first term has been very focused on getting to know all the children and working alongside the staff team. This term, my aim is to spend more time talking to parents to gain your perspective and build relationships – please look out for me on the school gate at both schools and do come over to say hello and talk to me about your experience of the Schools of Woolton Hill.

The schools are welcoming and friendly and have such a desire to further improve, which is something I have been impressed by and delighted to be a part of. I have been impressed by the children’s friendly welcome, their curious nature, desire to learn and their drive to make things even better for themselves and for the schools. Every day the children talk to me about what is good about their school and also how we could make it even better! The staff team have made me feel equally welcome and part of something special here in Woolton Hill. I have enjoyed getting to know the team and make positive changes together.

I have been especially impressed by the children’s writing, across both schools, our children are inspired to write well because of the exciting books and themes planned and taught by the teachers. Last term I have been delighted by reading instructions for marvellous medicine recipes, news articles and reports about the island of Pandora. We have some inspirational writing going up on display in both schools. We recognise that parents have not had the usual opportunities to visit school and so we’re looking forward to starting to welcome parents gradually back into school as well as sharing some highlights via blog posts on the school website.

This term I am looking forward to leading some exciting new opportunities for collaborative working across the two schools. This has started positively this week with our Year 6 Peer Mentors visiting St Thomas’ to lead positive play sessions at lunchtime (you can find out more about this in the news section of the school website). We are also in the process of electing a new School Council at St Thomas’ to join the team of children at the junior school. We hope they will all be working together this term to plan our school event for Red Nose Day! Finally, we are working hard to select and train a group of Year 5 children to be Reading Buddies. Look out on the school website for how this scheme will benefit both younger and older children.

I look forward to another busy term at the Schools of Woolton Hill.

World Book Day

Children from across the Federation had an amazing World Book day yesterday. Pupils and staff looked fantastic in their costumes and I'd like to say a big thank you to all the parents who supported this. The children took part on lots of activities designed to promote a love of books and reading. You can find out more here.

Mother's Day Lunch

To celebrate Mothers' Day we'd like to invite Mums to come and have lunch with their children! Spaces are available each lunchtime w/b 28th March. To book your place click here.

Simply RSVP to save your place. Places are limited so please respond quickly and if you are unable to make it, please cancel your place so that we can offer to someone else.

Menu will be "Week 1" and cost £2.81 (payable via Scopay). See here for the menu

Parent Volunteers

We would be very grateful for any parent volunteers who could commit to come into school to read with children every week between 1:30 - 3:30pm. If you would like to volunteer please contact the school office with your availability. Thank you.

Early Birds

I am pleased to be able to offer supervision for children whose parents need to arrive early for work in the mornings. Starting at 8am, from Friday 28th February, 'Early Birds' will be a place where children can can take part in a variety of fun activities before school starts.

The School plans to run this club on a trial basis, initially to the end of the school year, in order to establish demand for the service. Although we will not be able to offer breakfast to pupils, we will provide plenty of activities to keep children busy and amused.

Parents are able to make booking via the Arbor Parent Portal and Arbor App. Places cost of £4.50 per session, payable through the school office.

After School Club

We currently have vacancies for a Play Leader and Play Worker at the new After-School Club, that we hope to launch on Monday 28th March. If you would like to apply for one of these roles, you can find out more below. Currently we have been unable to fill these vacancies and ask if you know of anyone who might be interested in either position that you pass along this information.

We are also looking for donations of good quality toys and games that the children can use at the club. Please bring in anything you think is suitable.

Red Nose Day

This takes place on Friday 18th March. Children are invited to wear their own clothes (no football kits) in return for a £1 donation to the charity. The school council are currently deciding on what further activities will take place and they will write to you next week with the details.

Homework Update

Following feedback from parents and staff we have recently made some minor adjustments to how we set homework. You can read about these changes here.

Sex & Relationships Education Parental Consultation

Thank you to everyone that completed the survey. We had 14 responses and some really useful feedback. Lots of parents requested more detail of precisely what is taught to the children and when this done.

We are in the process of updating the Federation's Policy for its Sex & Relationships Education. This is a statutory Policy that all schools must have and forms a vital part of our educational offer. It is important that the school's approach reflects the views of our parents and I invite you to submit your views by completing our survey.

Governing Body

We have a vacancies for parent governor volunteers which we need to fill as soon as possible. We have always aimed for a partnership with parents which undoubtedly brings great benefits to the children. One of the most significant ways you can help in promoting this aim is to volunteer to be a parent governor. For more information click here

The Governing Body is also looking to recruit a new Clerk. This is a paid role and you can find out more by clicking here.

Peer Mentors

Our peer mentors have been supporting play times at St Thomas' this week. They have done brilliantly and you can read about their work here.


Star Awards

Congratulations to the following children for their recent star awards. Star awards are displayed in school for a week and then sent home.

4th Mar: Martin M-B, Henry W, Xander B, Caden H, Niamh P-C, Barney B, Louann D, Jamie E, Emilia K, Alice S, Rosie R and Tom W.


Hot Chocolate Awards

4th Mar: Luey P, Jemima R, Toni-Lea E, Jasmine J and Jack R.


Other updates


Well done to our fantastic team of archers who represented WHJS at the Archery tournament at Park House School before half term. They did amazingly and the full match report can be found here


Woolton Hill 3 - 1 Oakley

The netball team played a match at home to Oakley this week and were delighted to win. The full match report will be available soon.

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