Welcome back to school!

I would like to begin my first newsletter of the new academic year by extending an extremely warm welcome back to school to all of our pupils, staff, parents and governors. I hope that you have all been able to enjoy a restful summer break and are all refreshed ready for the start of what promises to be another extremely exciting and successful year for Stanley Crook Primary School.

Special welcome is extended to our 23 new pupils who have joined our school in Reception and to their parents and families. Our aim at Stanley Crook Primary is to start every child on their journey through school in the best possible way. We hope that our new pupils will flourish and thrive whilst at Stanley Crook and make the most of all the learning opportunities that the school has to offer. By the time every pupils leaves Stanley Crook, we hope that they have developed the lifelong skills to be resilient, respectful and independent individuals who have a love of learning. I am looking forward to meeting with the parents of new starters in due course. However, if any parent/ carer has any queries relating to their child’s education, please do not hesitate to call me. My staff and I in school are here to support in any way we can.

Our School Mission: ‘To try our best, to tell the truth, to look after each other and our community’ continues to be central to our ethos at Stanley Crook Primary School. The notion of T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) also supports our aim of providing a dynamic learning environment centred around a well-designed and robust school curriculum which meets the needs of all pupils and provides each of them with the best possible opportunities to succeed.

The summer break has been a busy one for our school. During the past six weeks, major refurbishment and         restructuring work has been completed to provide better and more effective learning spaces, a welcoming reception/ lobby area, a new administration office and a new staff room. The project has involved a significant amount of work but I am extremely pleased with the outcome! I would like to pay special thanks to our caretaker, Mr Shaun. Throughout the project he has been on-site supporting the Local Authority and the support he has     provided me during this time has been invaluable.

Attached to this newsletter, you will find information relating to your child’s Team timetable and Curriculum Map. The timetable provides detail on when your child will require additional kit in school (for PE, for example) as well as highlighting when other subjects will be covered during the week. The Curriculum Map is a long-term overview of Topics and Subjects which are due to be covered during this academic year. At Stanley Crook Primary School we continue to focus heavily on the “3 R’s” (Reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic) but do this through a topic based           approach which provides creative and cross-curricular learning opportunities.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be hosting induction meetings for parents/ carers to meet with their child’s new class teacher and find out more about the new academic year in their child’s Team. More information will follow.

Thank you for your continued support and, once again, a warm welcome back to school!

Mr D Christie—Headteacher

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