AMBERLEY PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
Becoming reflective, independent and aspirational learners for life
CHILDREN AT THE HEART
OF OUR UNIQUE COMMUNITY
WELCOME TO AMBERLEY PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
Miss Sharon Cale
Our aim is to create confident, well-rounded and motivated children, who are guided by strong Christian values.
I hope that you find our site informative and helpful in answering any questions you may have.
The Amberley Vision wheel incorporates all the elements of our school vision; the foundations we believe are necessary for each of us to grow into strong adults who lead fruitful lives.
The vision permeates through everything we do, using core Christian values and biblical teachings as vehicles for life.
Please click on the Vision and Values tab for more information.
We use the Parable of the Sower to unite our school community in its understanding of what we hope to achieve. The story helps us to understand the elements that are needed to grow into reflective, independent and aspirational learners for life.
THIS WEEK AT AMBERLEY
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THE GOLDEN BOOK
Our Latest News
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The Pink Letter page where our weekly newsletters can be found.
DEAR PARENTS & CARERS
Wow, what a week. Remote learning is now in place and all pupils have accessed this provision. It is amazing walking around the school in the morning, watching the teachers’ remote teaching alongside teaching children in the class. I would like to say how proud I am of all the staff for adapting so quickly to the changes. In addition, for using constructive feedback to tweak lessons and timetables to suit the individual year groups and families.
However, we do understand there are still changes that we need to make and we, like you, are learning every day. Thank you for the constructive feedback along with the support that you have given. We have adapted where able and will continue to do so, in line with the needs of our family’s. With the support of the governors and the teacher’s conscientious attitudes, we will continue to work with families to make this provision the best it can be.
We understand that remote learning is challenging especially when parents are working from home and have siblings, however you are doing a great job and we are really proud of our community coming together. Derek from Open the Book called this week to send his regards to the school and offered to support the school in any way he could. This was a lovely act of kindness and we thank him dearly. If you are struggling with devices or managing the curriculum, please give me a call and we can discuss these issues. The DFE guidance is clear that during lockdown, home learning is not a choice. We have a legal duty: ‘Expectations include; setting meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, teaching a “planned and well-sequenced curriculum”, and gauging how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum.’ The DFE expect 4 hours of remote learning a day. We are trying to limit the screen time, however children learn best when they receive instant feedback and that is why we have chosen to deliver more live than recorded lessons.
The aim of this incredibly important lockdown is to enable everyone to stay at home, lessen mixing and, therefore, reduce any potential transmission. Critical worker provision is designed to offer emergency childcare for those parents who are unable to supervise their children at home.
Should anyone who has requested critical worker provision find they can reorganise arrangements and no longer require their child to access school, please let me know. At present, the demand for critical worker places is far larger than in the first national lockdown. We are doing our very best to accommodate need and support parents, some of whom are front line NHS workers.
Any reduction in mixing, whether at school or elsewhere, can only help protect my staff, other children and other families and therefore I would like to be able to keep numbers to a minimum. Please only use the critical worker status as a last resort. It is not an entitlement that you must use and the government guidelines state that if a parent is at home, the child should be kept home.
We will ring all our families next week to check there have been no changes in circumstances and may also request full completion of uncompleted paperwork. We are permitted to ask for a pay slip or work ID if we feel that the provision is not being used in line with the guidance. (Please do not be offended when we call or when evidence is requested). Belted Galloway and Hereford class have had between 12-16 pupils at different stages in the week. This is putting the staff at risk as well as being a concern should a bubble burst. (Wednesday and Thursdays are particularly high on numbers.)
I understand how difficult it is and would like to remind you that school is here to continue to support you. Please let me know if you are struggling, in any way, and I will try to support your needs as appropriate. We are missing all our children not being with us in school.
Take care and stay safe.
Golden Book Pupils-Noah, Alex, Gabe, Alice H, Renée, Rose, Henry, Aubrey, Wilf and Poesie
Here is the link to the latest issue: Families Magazine Gloucestershire
Whole School Attendance:100%
Government Guidelines: 98%
School Target: 97%
SMARTIES CHALLENGE - THE RESULTS
Just befor Christmas, the children of Amberley must have been extremely busy doing their chores and collecting their 20p coins!
Altogether we raised
This is a fantastic result and a brilliant effort from everyone!
The winners of the class competition are
Congratulations to you all!
You have won a class prize which will be given on your return to school.
Well done to everyone who brought in their Smarties tubes to help raise money for the school.
Thank you for your support!
As the new academic year escalates, I thought this would be good timing to remind parents/carers of the changes to the free school meals application process. Last year GCC launched an online portal for parents/carers to apply for their child/rens free school meals and to date GCC have received over 10,000 applications. GCC have recently conducted a survey with parents/carers that used the portal and the feedback was very encouraging and they were happy that there was this on-line facility. GCC therefore want to continue to encourage parents/carers to self service using the GCC on-line system.
GCC have a new dedicated email address for Free school meals which is firstname.lastname@example.org
TRANSFER TO SECONDARY SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2021
Please make your application online where possible by Saturday, 31st October 2020
Advise and guidance on the process and all Secondary School Admissions Policies are available to parents in the Secondary School and Academy Information and Guidance Booklets which are available to view online at
Every Monday morning, the children attend church for school worship at 9:05am. This is currently on hold as per COVID-19 recommendations.
All parents are welcome to attend services once they resume.
Breakfast club will resume in September. There is a daily charge of £4 per child.
Booking forms will be available through the breakfast club, the school office or the website.
In recent years’ the number of children attending education settings with a variety of medication needs has increased. For this reason, medication training has been completed, however any medicines requiring administering is still preferred to be administered by a parent/carer. The school needs to take into consideration not only the needs of the child but also those of the staff team and others such as the LEA, OFSTED and Healthcare Professionals
Please administer any medicines before school and inform the school office of dose administered and I will monitor your child throughout the day and contact you should the need arise
currently unavailable due to COVID-19
Amberley Parochial School provides free milk for under 5's and a subsidised price of around £14.00 per term for children over 5.
To register your child for school milk
AMBERLEY SCHOOL IS CARBON NEUTRAL!
We have succeeded in raising enough money to buy an offset to remove from the atmosphere the 32.19 tonnes of CO2 Amberley School's electricity and gas produced last year. We hope you enjoy watching the bees coming to your bee friendly plants next summer!
CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we are looking to support the 'BCRT used postage stamp appeal' to raise money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust (Charity Number 1159590), the leading charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer, and would love the support of your school and connections.
We are looking for used and new postage stamps from the UK and overseas, and any amount at any time of the year is very much appreciated. Every stamp sent will help, even if you get a few stamps a year for your birthday or Christmas.
Instead of throwing away your stamps, we can raise vital funds to help continue with research, providing information and raising awareness.
Primary bone cancer can occur at any age, but affects mostly children, teenagers, young adults and the elderly. On average 12 people every week are diagnosed across the UK and Ireland. The survival rate for this disease is just over 50% and this has not changed in the last 25 years. With your help we can work towards changing this, so more people have a chance to live!
AMBERLEY SCHOOL CALENDAR
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