BILTON C OF E JUNIOR SCHOOL
Plantagenet Drive, Rugby, CV 22 6LB 7TH SEPTEMBER 2018
BILTON C F E Headlines
POINTS OF It is so good to be back into the swing of things again! It has taken me all
INTEREST: week to get to know which day it is, having had such a lovely break. I hadn't
realised how tired I was until we stopped in July...I hope you had chance to have a break
Dates for parents: over the summer and are ready for the new school year.
A special welcome to all our new families who have joined us this academic year. We know
for Year groups that it is a big leap up from infant school to junior school and we do things differently. If
Yr3 Monday 10/9/18 you have any concerns or worries then please do not hesitate to contact us. The usual steps
are to contact the office who will pass your message on to class teachers. Assistant heads
3:40-4pm are also available as is my Deputy, Mrs Webb or myself. Mrs Hodgson is our Family and
Yr4 Monday School support worker who is also available to help.
Useful email addresses are:
4:25pm [email protected]
Yr5 Tuesday 11/9/18 [email protected]
3:40-4pm [email protected]
Yr6 Tuesday 11/9/18
Hopefully you have received your welcome letters which let you
4.05-4:25pm know about our welcome meetings next week, if not these are
the dates and times:
To continue Monday 10th September: Yr. 3- 3:40-4:00p.m. Yr.4 - 4.05- 4:25p.m
school bulletin Tuesday 11th September: Yr.5 -3:40-4:00p.m. Yr.6 - 4.05- 4:25p.m
please visit the For more information generally, please head to our website to sign up for this news bulletin
school website which comes out each Friday. Here is the direct link to the sign in
to re-subscribe page: http://www.biltonjuniorschool.co.uk/bulletin/4582480830
to our mailing
IMPORTANT: Existing BJS parents please resign up to continue receiving the bulletin.
The page is You can also link to our BJS facebook page which shows day to day some of the things we
under school get up to: https://en-gb.facebook.com/BiltonCofEJNR
Thank you Thanks for your continued support as always,
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Punctuality Lateness = Lost Learning Attendance and punctuality for
Is your child getting to school on time? Did you know? this week will be included in next
5 minutes late every day = 15 hours a year = 3 days of learning week’s bulletin.
10 minutes late every day = 30 hours a year = 6 days of learning
15 minutes late every day = 45 hours a year = 9 days of learning
20 minutes late every day = 60 hours a year = 12 days of learning
25 minutes late every day = 75 hours a year = 15 days of learning
LEAVE OF ABSENCE DURING TERM TIME
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
The Supreme Court recently reached a decision in the case of Platt v Isle of Wight Council which has clarified the law on
unauthorised leave, including holidays, during term time. The parents of children of compulsory school age are required to
ensure that they attend school on a regular basis. The Supreme Court has made clear that attending school ‘regularly’
means that the children must attend school on every day that they are required to do so. As such, the parents of any child
who is absent from school without authorisation for any length of time are likely to be considered as committing an offence
under s444 of the Education Act 1996.
Head Teachers retain the ability to authorise leave in accordance with the Education (Pupil Registration) (England)
Regulations 2006. When considering such requests for a leave of absence, the school are obliged to act within the law. Head
Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances relating to the
application. If the leave is granted, head teachers are able to determine the number of school days a child can be absent for.
It is for the Head Teacher to decide what is ‘exceptional’ and it is at their discretion if the circumstances warrant the leave
to be granted. The school can only consider Leave of Absence requests which are made by the ‘resident’ parent.
Each application for a leave of absence will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own merits.
Where applications for leave of absence are made in advance and refused, the child will be required to be in school on the
dates set out in the application. If the child is absent during that period, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence,
which may result in legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice.
Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the parent(s).
All matters of unauthorised absence relating to a Leave of Absence will be referred to the Attendance, Compliance and
Enforcement Service of Warwickshire County Council
It is important to note, Fixed Penalty Notices are issued to each parent of each absent child, (for example 2
children and 2 parents, means each parent will receive 2 invoices in the amount of £120 each, totalling £240 for
both children, this is reduced to £60 per child if paid within 21 days).
Where a Fixed Penalty Notice is not paid within the required timeframe as set out on the notice, the matter will be referred
to Warwickshire County Council’s Legal Services to consider instigating criminal proceedings under S444 Education Act
Fixed Penalty Notices are issued in accordance with Warwickshire County Council’s Code of Conduct for Penalty Notices.
Your child’s progress academically as well as socially is our shared priority
Before and After School Clubs
Letters have been sent home with pupils for FDS (football), Martial Arts and Story Box (Drama) clubs. If you require
copies please obtain them from the school office.
Martial Arts starts Friday 14th September, Story Box for year 5&6 starts Wednesday 12th September and Thursday
13th September for year 3& 4.
Excellence Awards Educaterers—School Meals
This week’s Excellence Awards were presented to The price of a school meal for Junior School pupils will increase
the following children during Thursday’s assembly: to £2.25 per day and the cost of meals is estimated as follows:-
3ES—Chloe H for an excellent start in 3ES and show- 5 day week £11.25
ing fantastic listening skills
3SV—Jake G for being very helpful and making a 1/2 term payment (39 days) £87.75
super start to year 3
3ED—Nihal S for making a fantastic contribution to (Tuesday 4 September 2018 – Friday 26 October 2018 incl)
class discussions all week
4AT—Joseph McG for his fantastic mathematical Please ensure that payment for school meals is sent on the first day
thinking the child requires a meal, as we do not wish to upset children by
4DB - William S for a great start to year 4 repeatedly asking them to bring in their money. The option to pay
4FM—Whole class for making a positive and happy online using our Agora payment system will be available shortly.
start to the year
5JE—Lailah F for an excellent start in 5JE and being Open Evening and mornings for
a great classroom helper prospective parents 2019
5AL—Sinead L for a positive start to year 5—making
a great effort Open Evening Thursday 27th September 6-7:30 p.m. Head will give a
5SS—Imogen R for her help in sorting out and talk at 7:15p.m.
cleaning all 35 new chairs—Thank you Open mornings on Wed 3.10.18 and Fri 5.10.18 timings 9.15-11.15.
6KC—The whole of 6KC for a great start to year 6
6CC—Elsbeth R for being a compassionate, helpful Triple P Course
member of the class
6JB—Sophie N for making excellent contributions to Warwickshire Parenting Team are running a Triple P group course
discussions (Positive Parenting Programme) group course in Rugby. The course
is free of charge and will run between 19th September and 07th
After school clubs November 2018.
If you are interested in accessing this parenting support please do so
If you sign your child up to any of the clubs run after by booking on a place through the following link:
school PLEASE make sure the child knows they are https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/parentingcourse5to12
attending and also update Wild Club if a booking is no If you would like help with parenting niggles but are unable to access
longer required or if they will be late going to them. the course, please feel free to contact Mrs Hodgson in school (tel
Please note FDS, Drama, Wild Club, Hotshots, Martial Arts, 01788 810675 or via
Netball Club and Funstar Education (Dance) clubs are email [email protected]) who will be
independent to the school, therefore under GDPR BJS are happy to help.
not allowed to share any emergency contacts /
information about children with the clubs. Please ensure Personnel Information—Please ensure we are kept up to date!
you have provided all personnel information necessary Please remember to update the school office if your
with the clubs. address, contact telephone numbers or email address
Thank you. change as it is important we have the correct
information for your children's contacts recorded in
_____T: 07971073530 / 07849168639 www.funstareducation.co.uk E: [email protected]____
Our club offers children a chance to learn the coolest commercial & hip-hop moves to the latest songs whilst having fun in a relaxed
and safe environment. We incorporate challenging games which teach children life skills, self- confidence and encourage them to be
active. Our most important aim is to have FUN. What better way to end the day!!
We run a motivating awards system where each month one child who we feel has excelled and improved considerably will receive a
Funstar trophy, there may also be the opportunity to show off their talent in assemblies, school performances and to parents.
Funstar StreetDance -(3.30pm -4.30pm) Friday’s 14th September - 14th December 2018 – 13 sessions @ £3.50 =
TO APPLY: please go to www.funstareducation.co.uk registration/payment tab. Then select the click here link for term time classes.
Limited spaces are available therefore places will be given on a first come first serve basis. (All current children must also apply online
every term or their name will not be added to our online register) , Many thanks Funstar Education
Inspire PTA NEWS
Dates for your Diaries:
Thursday 8th November—Fireworks @BJS
Email: [email protected]
Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November—Half
School Closes Friday 21st December 2018 at
School Information Monday 7th January 2019—Teacher Training Day
School Opens Tuesday 8th January 2019
School gates open at 8.30am, doors open at 8.40am Monday 18 February to Friday 22nd February
School starts at 8.50a.m - Any child arriving after this time is late and 2019—Half Term
School Closes Friday 12 April 2019 at 3.30pm
will be marked as such. School Opens Monday 29 April 2019
Monday 6th May 2019—School Closed Bank
School finishes at 3.30p.m Holiday
If your child is ill and going to be absent please either telephone us on 01788 810675 (you can leave a Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019—Half Term
Monday 3 June 2019—Teacher Training Day
voice mail if the office is closed or busy) or email us on [email protected] School closes Thursday 18 July 2019 at 3.30pm
Fri 19 July & Mon 22 July - Teacher training
If you feel you need to meet with a teacher face to face please email the school office
If you need to talk with a teacher over the phone or have a general enquiry for them please email
[email protected] Our teachers are busy with your children in the classrooms all day
however they will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you would like to share concerns or contact Mrs Hodgson our Home/School Support worker, please
call the office, pop into school or email her directly on [email protected]
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