Supermarket vouchers for families eligible for free school meals will be ordered from 18th January. We do not know how quickly the orders will go through so please bear with us, and check your email inbox aswell as your spam folder.
The vouchers will be for £15 per week, per eligible child. These will be issued on a fortnightly basis - w/c 18th January and w/c 1st February.
If your circumstances have changed and you think you may now be eligible for free school meals, please check via https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/southampton/.
Due to the uncertainty regarding the new strain of Covid-19 and the increased risk this poses to staff, pupils and our wider community we have made the difficult decision to close the school for the week 4th to 8th January.
We will be open for keyworker/vulnerable children from Wednesday 6th January and home learning will be available online from Tuesday 5th January.
If your child attended as a keyworker in the summer you will be contacted tomorrow regarding provision.
If your child did not attend in the summer but you require a place please contact the school by midday Monday via telephone or email and we will get back to you.
We will update you regarding provision for all children as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding.
Dear Parents and Carers,
As Southampton has now moved to Tier 4 we have reviewed the school risk assessment and would ask you help us keep the school safe by adhering to the government guidance and by following our school protocols.
Thank you for helping us all stay safe.
SWAYTHLING BAPTIST CHURCH invite you to join them ONLINE for MESSY CHRISTMAS using the link below:
Autumn Reports home today (20/11/2020)
Your child will bring home their Autumn report today in a white envelope.
Each report will have a personal statement and a section referring to English and Maths. It includes comments specific to your child and how they can make further progress.
If you have any questions regarding your child's report, please contact the school via email or telephone.
KS1 (infants) Collection Update:
Thank you very much for your support this morning, as we had a sucessful first day of the Octavia Road closure. Now that the road will be clear, please can KS1 (infant) parents/carers line up in the afternoons in the same place as in the mornings: Yr R - on the path opposite the infant gate Yr 1 - to the left of the infant gate Yr 2 - to the right of the infant gate This will improve social distancing and make it easier for staff to identify who is collecting.
If your child is absent from school, please can you ensure that you advise the school via Studybugs, telephone (02380 556691) or email (email@example.com). This should be by 9.30am on the first day of absence. It is really important that we know the reason, so that we can follow the correct guidelines. Thank you for your support.
* all children should have a change of PE shoes for outside PE, as they will often use the school field and cannot wear the same shoes that they wear for school.
* all children also need a pair of plimsoles for indoor PE. They previously had bare feet in the hall, which is no longer an option under the new guidance.
Your child's PE days will be listed on their class newsletters which will be available at the end of the week, however it is preferable if the PE shoes can stay in school.
Thank you for your support.
School Reports Your child's annual school report has been posted to you, unless your child is coming into school and then they will bring it home. Included in the envelope will be your child's transition information for September, a contact details sheet and a medical conditions update form. Please can you check the details and return the contact sheet and medical form in September.
Welcome back Year R!
Well done to our Year R children who have had a fantastic return to school this week. They were amazing at learning and implementing social distancing.
Please continue to reinforce these guidelines at home as they play an important role in keeping everyone safe.
A huge thank you to our school staff who have worked really hard to make the phased return such a success. They have found ways for the children to still have fun activities to do and made the bare classrooms more bright and cheerful – including a bit of decorating!
We look forward to welcoming back our Year 1 children next week.
The Schools Library Service have launched this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Silly Squad. They have a new web page over on the public library site, which has all the information parents need to sign up their children to the Challenge.
They have bought lots of new eBooks and eAudio books especially for Silly Squad. These books are freely available for children and families with library cards through Borrowbox from the Library website. For those that do not have library cards, parents can sign up online via:
More information can also be found at:
Love Southampton is the initiative of Churches, Charities and individuals across the city in Southampton, uniting to help support those most in need during the current Coronavirus outbreak.
They are working together with the Council to focus on 5 key areas of need - older people, those with mental health needs, refugees and asylum seekers, the homeless and those in extreme poverty as well as families in crisis.
A broad range of charities and Churches have partnered with them to ensure that they can provide practical and emotional support to each of the above identified groups.
The website: lovesouthampton.org.uk is a place where people can offer help, or go to for help. A dedicated team are available to match the help to the need. We are currently signposting to the partner charities for specialist help as well as helping people get food and offering relational support for those who are lonely and struggling.
Home Learning resources
Over the holidays the Southampton City Council Education Team put together all the on-line teaching resources that can be used for schools and parents to help engage pupils while at home. These have all been put on the Young Southampton website, so that there is a central source of information that can be accessed for Early Years through to GCSE pupils.
The site can be accessed via this link:
and then select the links in the Covid-19 & Home learning section at the bottom right of the page.
Free School Meals Voucher
If your child/children are eligible for Free School Meals you will receive an email today (Thursday 2nd April) with details of a £15 per child, per week supermarket voucher. The vouchers will be sent via email from Monday 20th April. This will replace the current packed lunches that have been supplied/delivered to you. We are unable to provide lunches during the Easter holidays.
Any queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think you may now be eligible due to a change in your circumstances, please check via the Southampton City Council website on: https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/southampton/
If your eligibility is confirmed, email us at the address above so we can add you to our register.
You can email your class teacher for help and support
Free School Lunch Delivery
From Monday 30th March Free School Meal lunches will be delivered to your house if you have been collecting them or contacted us to be added to the list.
If you have not collected and wish to be added to delivery please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
Free School Meal Lunch Collections From tomorrow (Tuesday 24th) packed lunches will be available for collection between 11.30am and 12pm. This is for KS1 & KS2 children who are eligible for free school meals. This is only applicable to free school meal pupils, and does not include universal free school meal pupils (which is all of KS1). You are eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of any of the following: Income support, Child tax credit (but not if you receive working tax credit), Universal credit (your household income must be less than £7400). If your child is in KS1 and you are unsure about your eligibility, please email or phone the school office.
Please click on the link to above to find out information about our Christmas Fair that will be held on Thursday 5th December.
A separate letter will be sent home with details about how you can book a slot to visit Santa's Grotto!
Please let us know if you are able to help, or if you can donate a prize for the raffle. Thank you.
The annual flu vaccinations will take place on Friday 22nd November during the school day. Your child will bring home a Flu Immunisation Consent Form and information leaflet. Please can you return the form by Tuesday 19th November, even if you have chosen for your child to opt out. Thank you.
Our next visit for prospective families is on Monday 21st October. Please contact the school office (02380 556691) if you would like to attend.
Please can the reply slips for the Year 5 & 6 Outdoor People Camp be returned by Monday 14th October. If you have any questions please speak to the class teacher or you may find the answers on the link: https://www.theoutdoorspeople.com We are not planning a residential trip for the current Year 5 children next year, so we hope that all the Year 5 & 6 children are able to participate this summer.
We are lucky to be part of a new initiative starting this week which provides a break time healthy snack for the Junior children.
This will start tomorrow and the children will be given a healthy snack if they would like one.
More details will be in the school newsletter coming out shortly
We will be reconstructing the signals on both sides of Swaythling Arch where Wide Lane joins Stoneham Way. As well as upgrading the signals we will also create a new shared cycle route and signal phase for cyclists to pass through Swaythling Arch.
This phase of works will require the closure of Swaythling Arch for the duration and access between Wide Lane and Wessex Lane will be reduced to one lane controlled by temporary signals. This route is principally being maintained for buses, access to the train station and for local businesses and residents. All other traffic wanting to reach Stoneham Way should follow the diversions via Wide Lane and the Junction 5 roundabout with the M27. During this phase, a site compound will be located in the slip road from the Swaythling Arch.
During these phases, we will be resurfacing sections of Stoneham Way and Wide Lane overnight. This will require the closure of Wide Lane from Wessex Lane up to the Roundabout with Mansbridge Road.
This week the Reception class teachers will be doing home visits.
From Monday 9th September Year R are in from 08.55 to 11.30
From Monday 16th September Year R stay to lunch, go home at 12.55
From Monday 23rd September Year R will stay all day
INSET days for 2019/20 academic year:
Monday 2nd September
Friday 25th October
Friday 6th December
Friday 14th February
Monday 20th July
Please click on the link to complete a survey about school funding cuts:
The children in Years 4 and 5 have recently taken part in some educational workshops run by the charity MyBnk. Their aim is to help children understand about managing money to assist them as they get older.
The children should have brought home a MyBnk Family pack with lots of information inside.
Please can you follow the link to complete a survey about the paper version of the Family Pack:
Here is a link to a digital booklet that you can trial you wish:
Does your child play Fortnite: Battle Royale computer game ?
Ask your child are they playing the Fortnite game on their computer, games console, or mobile.
If so, are they talking or texting to other people?
You are able to turn off the voice feature but you are not able to disable the text chat feature. How do you or they know who they are chatting to?
Laura Randall, NSPCC’s associate head of child safety online, said “Apps, sites, and games such as Fortnite: Battle Royale can be great opportunities for young people to play and engage online.
“However in light of emerging concerns about the risks children could be exposed to, we are urging parents to be aware of Fortnite’s features. It’s vital parents have regular conversations with their children about the games they are playing, and how to stay safe online.
Anyone looking for further online safety advice can contact the O2 NSPCC online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002 or use this link https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ .
Southampton University will be published some photos taken at school during Chinese lessons and from our Chinese experience day later this term. (Years 2 to 6 only)
Please inform the school if you do NOT wish your child's photos to be used by the University.