BILTON JUNIOR SCHOOL
Plantagenet Drive, Rugby, CV22 6LB
Performance took Dear All,
place at school today, Hello and welcome back to our new term at Bilton C of E Junior School. I hope you
why don’t you ask have all had a really lovely holiday. I don’t know about you but six weeks has flown
by! The Summer has seen lots of work on a new boiler and some painting in
your child all about it?
classrooms. There has also been some work tidying the fascia of the school and some
Please pay for school electric work.
dinners via SIMS Agora I would like to formally invite you all to a welcome meeting, in the school hall, for
your specific year group on the dates and times below. These are really important
meetings to help you to feel informed of what is ahead for your child/children in the
coming year. They are a great opportunity to meet with your child’s Class Teacher
and meet their Phase Leader/Assistant Heads. Miss Lewis leads Yr. 5 and 6 and Mrs
Thompson leads Yr.3 and 4.
Monday 11th September: Yr. 5- 3:35-4:05p.m. Yr. 6- 4:15-4:45p.m.
Prospective Open Tuesday 12th September: Yr. 3- 3:35-4:05p.m. Yr.4- 4:15-4:45p.m.
Evening / Mornings
The PowerPoint presentations used for each of the meetings will be available via the
We warmly invite BJS website if you are unable to attend.
and children to visit I look forward to meeting you,
Thursday 5th October Mrs. Norton
2017 6.30pm to
8.00pm Holiday shenanigans!
Open mornings Thanks to all the contractors, friends of
Friday 13th October the school and Virgin Media for painting
and Monday 16th three rooms, making the school look as
good as it does coming back to. Thanks
October also to Steve Cave for the new entrance
9am to 11.30am
carpet fitting. It looks amazing!
Please remember to
update the school
office if your address,
numbers or email
address change as it
is important we have
information for your
recorded in school.
Welcome back and congratulations to year 3 and
Oak House for recording 0 late arrivals this week!
There has been a change in Avon Valley School’s Admission Policy. From September For those of you that are new to our school, we award certificates
2017 Avon Valley will be able to admit 10% of its cohort (22 students) on aptitude in the (and some times leaves!) for the house that has the best time
Performing Arts. As we are now a heavily oversubscribed school it is increasingly difficult
for students to join us if they live outside our catchment area and this provision is keeping each week. If a year group or house record 0 late marks
designed to give young people with an aptitude in performing arts the opportunity of they get the 'Golden Pocket Watch' award which is a certificate for
joining a school which has a genuine commitment to dance, drama and music from Year each class and all important leaves for their house! If late marks are
7 through to Year 11. If you have a child that could benefit from this change please visit recorded across the school then the 'Time Keeper's Award' goes to
Avon Valley’s website to apply.
the house with the least marks.
Our staff are most keen to give your children the best possible
education but we need them in school, on time each day in order to
do that. Please support the children to be in class, on time and
ready to learn by 8.50 each morning.
If there are any issues with getting children to school on time,
please speak with Mrs Hodgson our Home/School Support worker.
This week’s Excellence Awards were presented to Lateness = Lost Learning
the following children during Thursday’s assembly:
Is your child getting to school on time? Did you
3SV—Liam C for super listening and enthusiasm know?
3FS– Joel H for fantastic problem solving in maths 5 minutes late every day = 15 hours a year = 3 days of learning
10 minutes late every day = 30 hours a year = 6 days of learning
3ED– Faris H for fantastic perseverance and great mathematical
4AT—Joe D for a positive enthusiastic and responsible start to the 15 minutes late every day = 45 hours a year = 9 days of learning
year 20 minutes late every day = 60 hours a year = 12 days of learning
4BR—Olivia D for a positive and enthusiastic start to the year
4DB—Kloe J for an excellent start to the year and her very sensible Welcome to our new Caretaker and cleaning team
contribution to class
Mr Mallender has started the important job of
5JE—Pranajaa S for a brilliant learning attitude and always tracking taking care of our school. He has already set to make the
the speaker job his own and we wish him every success. Thanks to our
new cleaning team who have polished and cleaned the school
5JB—Jack G for persevering and being resilient with his learning over the holidays making it feel like home.
5SS—Archie B for his superb contributions during class discussions Congratulations
6AL—Adam M for his excellent interaction with answering questions A big congratulations to all the past students we have
using popcorn heard from and about. Well done for all the super GCSE and A
Level results we know about. It is wonderful to hear about your
6KC—Molly S for a fantastic start to Year 6 children's success what ever it might be. Please keep us up to
date we love to know what they do when they leave us as in
6CC—Kai S-R for a really positive start to year 6 some way we feel we have a small part to play in their journey.
French—4DB—Charlie R for spotting a great pattern in the way some
letters are pronounced in the French alphabet—Fantastique!
Foodbank Harvest Collection
Every year we help support the Rugby Foodbank with donations of food and we would like to do the same this year. If you
have any food from the items below please can you bring them in on Wednesday 20th September. Reverend Tim from St
Marks will be in school to take the collection on behalf of Bilton C of E Junior School. We keep a box in the front entrance of school
throughout the year for any donations you have at other times. Your contributions make a massive difference to our community.
UHT milk/dried milk Tinned vegetables/fruit Coffee/hot chocolate Jam/Marmalade Long Life Fruit Juice
Tinned Meat/Fish Tinned Rice Pudding/Custard Pasta/Rice (500g) Tinned Potatoes/Tomatoes
Thank you in advance.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE DURING TERM TIME Warwickshire County Caterers—School Dinners
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR PARENTS The price of a school meal for Junior School pupils will
increase to £2.20 per day during the first half of the
The Supreme Court recently reached a decision in the case of Platt Autumn Term and the cost of meals is estimated as follows:-
v Isle of Wight Council which has clarified the law on unauthorised
leave, including holidays, during term time. The parents of children 5 day week £11.00
of compulsory school age are required to ensure that they attend
school on a regular basis. The Supreme Court has made clear that 1/2 term payment (34 days) £74.80
attending school ‘regularly’ means that the children must attend
school on every day that they are required to do so. As such, the (Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Friday 20 October 2017 incl)
parents of any child who is absent from school without
authorisation for any length of time are likely to be considered as Please ensure that payment for school meals is sent on the first
committing an offence under s444 of the Education Act 1996. day the child requires a meal, as we do not wish to upset chil-
dren by repeatedly asking them to bring in their money. The
Head Teachers retain the ability to authorise leave in accordance option to pay online using our Agora payment system is the
with the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. preferred option & is possible after you have requested details &
When considering such requests for a leave of absence, the school a registration code from the school office, which will enable you
are obliged to act within the law. Head Teachers may not grant any to payments online once registered—
leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional
circumstances relating to the application. If the leave is granted, Please give us 48 hours written notice of any change of meal ar-
head teachers are able to determine the number of school days a rangements. Many thanks
child can be absent for.
Claim your free school meals
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 ...everyone's a winner!
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 Applying for Free School Meals has never been easier.
will be recorded as an unauthorised absence, which may result in
legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Parents can either call 01926 359189 or visit
Penalty Notice. www.warwickshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals and receive an
instant decision regarding eligibility. Any information you
Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result provide will be treated in absolute confidence. If you receive any of
in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the parent(s). the following benefits then your child may be eligible for Free
All matters of unauthorised absence relating to a Leave of Absence School Meals:
will be referred to the Attendance, Compliance and Enforcement
Service of Warwickshire County Council Income Support or Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance (but not
Contribution Based Job Seeker’s Allowance).
It is important to note, Fixed Penalty Notices are issued to each
parent of each absent child, (for example 2 children and 2 parents, The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit.
means each parent will receive 2 invoices in the amount of £120 Child Tax Credit where the family’s annual income as assessed by
each, totalling £240 for both children, this is reduced to £60 per
child if paid within 21 days). HMRC is not in excess of £16,190. Please note that families who are
also entitled to Working Tax Credit do not qualify for Free School
Where a Fixed Penalty Notice is not paid within Meals.
the required timeframe as set out on the notice, Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
the matter will be referred to Warwickshire Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (but not
County Council’s Legal Services to consider Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance).
instigating criminal proceedings under S444
Education Act 1996. *If you qualify we are entitled to an extra £1,300 of pupil premium benefits so please
sign up to help support your child and the school.
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
PTA NEWS PTA NEWS We hope you will support your PTA in the following
events, please pop them in the diary so you don’t miss out
The next PTA Meeting at school: on all the fun.
Tuesday 12th September 2017 @ 7pm
Friday 22nd September PTA Quiz
Everyone is welcome Friday 6th October—School Disco
Saturday 2nd December—Christmas Fayre
If you have any suggestions for the PTA or would like to
get involved please email [email protected]
School Information School—Diary Dates
School gates open at 8.30am, doors open at 8.40am 2017/2018
School starts at 8.50a.m - Any child arriving after this time is late and will be marked
Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October
as such. 2017—Half Term
School finishes at 3.30p.m Monday 25th December to 5th January 2018—
If your child is ill and going to be absent please either telephone us on 01788 810675 Christmas Holiday
Monday 19th February to 23rd February 2018—
(you can leave a voice mail if the office is closed or busy) or email us Half term
on [email protected] Friday 30th March 2018 to 13th April 2018—Easter
If you feel you need to meet with a teacher face to face please email the school Holiday
office [email protected] Monday 7th May 2018—School Closed Bank Holi-
If you need to talk with a teacher over the phone or have a general enquiry for them day
please email [email protected] Our teachers are busy with your Friday 25th May 2018—Teacher Training Day
children in the classrooms all day however they will get back to you as soon as Monday 28th May to 1st June 2018—Half Term
possible. Friday 20th July 2018—Teacher training Day
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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