Dear Parents and Carers,
As part of our work with the Local Authority to make improvements to the school, we have been allocated two additional inset days on Monday 19th February and Tuesday 20th February 2024.
We will be using these days to work with other professionals to complete training in TEAM TEACH, this will further develop our behaviour management strategies particularly in the area of the prevention and de-escalation of incidents.
I apologise for the short notice, but it will be a valuable opportunity to move forward in improving our school.
Thank you for your continued support.
Derrymount School is being inspected by Ofsted from 10th May 2023 to 11th May 2023. Ofsted would like to know what parents think about the school.
You will be aware of the coverage in the media concerning Group A streptococcus infections, also known as Group A strep, strep A or GAS.
Group A strep is a common bacteria, which many of us carry in our throats and on our skin. It doesn’t always result in illness, but it can cause infections, some mild and some more serious.
More serious infections are caused by the bacteria getting into parts of the body where it’s not usually found, like the lungs or bloodstream. These are usually linked to invasive group A strep also known as iGAS.
iGAS infections are still uncommon, but there has been a slight increase in cases this year nationally, particularly in children under 10, and sadly a small number of deaths. This is understandably very worrying for parents, schools and early years providers.
The increase in cases is being investigated, but is not thought to be because of a new strain of bacteria. It is more likely to be as a result of a number of factors including more social mixing and increases in other respiratory illnesses.
The key messages for parents document attached details the importance of good hand and respiratory hygiene and these will reduce the risk of children picking up or spreading infections and should be encouraged in all settings.
Dear Parents / Carers
As you are aware we have all been eagerly looking forward to the completion of our two new classrooms on our Sherbrook Site. Unfortunately, the contractors have been running behind the original expected date of completion. I am pleased to say that it has at last been confirmed that we can access the building and get the classrooms ready for use, but not until after the 19th December.
The pupils in the U1 and U2 classes will be able to see their new rooms before they break up and when they come back into school on Wednesday 4th January, they will be at the Sherbrook Site. If your son /daughter usually uses LA transport, they will be dropped off and collected from the Sherbrook Site.
Due to the new classrooms not being completed earlier in the term we now require an extra closure day for the Churchmoor Site on 4th January to enable us to set up the classrooms to be ready for the extra pupils coming in. We are relocating the current Primary classrooms, KS3 rooms as well as setting up our Sensory room, Individual areas and library again. We had hoped to do this when U1 and U2 moved to the Sherbrook Road site as we would have had spare rooms available and could have done the work gradually. This has not been possible, and we cannot do all the necessary work safely with the children onsite. The children on the Churchmoor Site will now return on Thursday 5th January. We would have preferred not to have to close the site and apologise that we haven’t been able to let you know earlier but circumstances beyond our control have made it necessary. We will of course provide work for the pupils to complete at home.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year.
Details about the new EHC Hub to access your child’s Annual Review online
Parenting Smart – a free online resource featuring practical advice and tried-and-tested tips for parents and carers of primary age children.
A message from the NHS:
It is now time for your child’s yearly flu nasal spray!
The free seasonal flu spray is offered to all children and young people in school.
Even if your child received this last year it is recommended, they have it again this year or they won’t be protected. With COVID-19 in circulation it is more important than ever to reduce the number of those becoming ill with flu this winter to help protect them and the NHS.
What do you need to do?
You must complete one online consent form for each of your children.
It is important every child has a completed form which states if you would like them to receive the flu vaccination spray or not.
The online consent form can be found through this link:
Visit date: 28th September 2021 School code: NG122949
If you decide you want to withdraw consent you must email email@example.com at least 24 hours before your schools session.
The nasal spray may not be suitable for some children, for more information visit www.nhs.uk/child-flu
Please note: If any of the following happen after completing this form you must contact the School Aged Immunisation Service: if your child becomes wheezy, has a bad attack of asthma, has started steroid tablets for asthma or has had this vaccination anywhere else.
How will the vaccination be given to your child?
We are a team of skilled and experienced nurses and support staff. The flu vaccination is a quick and simple spray up the nose.
Step one: The nurse places the tip of a thin plastic tube just inside the nostril.
The child can breathe normally whilst the vaccine is given.
Step two: Half of the vaccine is sprayed in one nostril.
Step three: The other half of the vaccine is sprayed into the other nostril.
If you have any questions or need support to complete the consent form, please contact our friendly team:
Downloadable version: 2021 Flu Invite Derrymount