Newsletter: 25 September 2015

Headteacher’s Comments

Next week the classes are choosing their school councillors for the year. Those children who are interested in becoming a school councillor need to complete an application form and bring it in on Monday (28 September 2015). They will then read it out in front of the class and the class will vote on who they would like to represent them. The new School Councillors will be announced in assembly next Tuesday.


Well done to Jack Tredgett, Michael Mannix, Irmak Cicek, Hannah Dakin, Naglis Jocius (Miss Panagiotiou’s Class), Ruby Ryan, Harry Sharman, Harry Harmer (Miss Day’s Class), Joshua Johnson, Lily Moore, Malachi Phillips (Mrs Kaleel’s Class), Mikki-May Fells, Leyla Hime, Tyrese Fenton (Mrs King’s Class) Scarlett Wilson (Mr Davey’s Class), Tomor Troshupa, Connor Dunkin (Miss Bektas’s Class), Rhys Brown, Allanah Nolan (Miss Biggs’s Class), James Warner (Miss O’Riordan’s Class) who received Green Cards this week.

Spanish Club

Spanish Club, run by Mrs May, will be held on Mondays after school from 3:15pm to 3:45pm. The dates for this term will be September 28, October 5, 12 and 19 and November 9, 16 and 23.

Spelling Bee

In 2014 the Government published statutory spelling lists that children in Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 must spell. These lists can be found on the school’s website at or inside your child’s Reading Record.   Each half term there will be a Spelling Bee competition. Children will be tested on a selection of the spellings from these lists. The winner in each class will then go up against the other winners of their year group to be crowned Spelling Bee for that half term. At the end of the school year the winners of the 5 half term Spelling Bee competitions will go up against one another to be crowned the ‘Ultimate Spelling Bee’ winner. You can support your child by practising the spellings regularly at home, maybe starting with a few and adding more words once they have learnt how to spell those words.


LunchtimeTimes Table Club- Year 4. Intervention Room (All Lunchtime; drop in)Times Table Club- Year 3. Intervention Room (All Lunchtime; drop in)Times Table Club- Year 6. Intervention Room (All Lunchtime; drop in)


Football Training-

Girls Football team

Times Table Club- Year 5. Intervention Room (All Lunchtime; drop in)


Football Training- Boys Football Team


Star Club- By Invitation.   Miss Bektas’s Classroom (12:40pm)

Times Table Club- Platinum. Intervention Room (All Lunchtime; drop in)


Choir- All Years. Mrs Kaleel’s Classroom (12:40pm)


Gardening Club (12:40pm)

After SchoolSpanish Club- All Years (3:15-3:45)


Street Dance- All Years (3:15pm-4:15pm)


Netball Club- Years 5 and 6 (3:15pm- 4:15pm)

Netball Club- Years 3 and 4 (3:15pm- 4:15pm)Football Club- Years 3 and 4 (3:15pm to 4:15pm)



Tag Rugby Club



Construction Club- All Years- Infant School Hall (3:15pm-4:15pm)

Food Club- Miss Hubbard’s Class (3:15-4:30pm)


The following updates have been made to the school website:

  • Updated school curriculum plans for each term
  • Updated ‘Child Protection Policy’ and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ publication
  • Governors page- listing the members of the Governing body, their responsibilities and attendance rate for past year and any business interests
  • The school’s aims for the next year can be found at

Tag Rugby Festival

Well done to all the Year 4 children who took part in the Tag Rugby Festival last Friday. One team came first in the ‘Plate’ competition and another came third in the ‘Vase’ Competition.

Parent Governor Election

Four of our Parent Governors’ Terms of Office are coming to an end on 14/10/2015. Julie Square and Joanne Ashley are no-longer eligible to stand as they no longer have children at the school. I would like to thank them on behalf of the Governing Body for the support they have given to the school during their term of office. Although Tash Cosford and Angie Schooling’s Term of office has come to an end, they have both expressed a wish to put themselves up for election in order to continue to serve as parent Governors.


I am therefore writing to invite any other parents who wish to stand for election as a parent governor, or nominate another parent, to do so. The governing body, with the headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Governing bodies have three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. However, we would particularly welcome nominations from parents who can understand data in a range of forms. Training is available for all governors and this board of governors has an expectation that those new to being a governor attend induction training.

The enclosed sheet summarises the circumstances under which someone cannot serve as a governor. Nominations must be from parents or carers with children at the school on the day that nominations close.

If you would like to stand for election please arrange for the enclosed nomination form to be completed and returned to the school no later than 9 October 2015.  You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. Self-nominations will be accepted, but if you are nominating another parent please seek their prior consent.

If there are more nominations than vacancies the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.


MacMillan Coffee Morning

The Friends of Leverton Infant school managed to raise an astonishing £298.50, and together with the Junior’s breakfast club takings this morning the sum raised is now £327.50. The Friends are going to continue to sell cakes at the Inflatables Day event this afternoon.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 30 September                                 Governors Personnel Meeting (6:30pm)

Wednesday 30 September                                 Governors Finance and Premises Meeting (7:30pm)

Thursday 1 October                                            Year 6 Visit to King Harold – 1:00- 3:15pm

Wednesday 14 October                                      Year 4 Harvest Assembly (Parents welcome)

Friday 16th October                                            Spelling Bee competition

Friday 23 October                                               PTA- Halloween Disco (4:30pm Years 3/4 and 6:30pm Years 5/6)

Friday 23 October                                               Break up from School

Saturday 31 October                                          Year 7 application deadline

Tuesday 3 November                                         Children return

Friday 6 November                                             PTA- Fireworks Display

Tuesday 17 November                                       Pupil Progress Meetings

Wednesday 18 November                                 Full Governors Meeting (7:00pm)

Thursday 19 November                                     Pupil Progress Meetings

Friday 20 November                                           PTA- Leverton’s Got Talent

Friday 11th December                                        Spelling Bee competition

Friday 18 December                                           Break up from school


2016 dates will be back on the newsletter next week











Pen Portrait (maximum 250 words)


















I wish to submit my nomination for the election of Parent Governor.   I confirm (i) that I am willing to stand as a candidate for election as a parent governor and (ii) that I am not disqualified from holding office for any of the reasons set out in the School Governance Regulations (found on back on this form).



Signature (Date) Completed nomination forms must be returned to the school by Friday 9 October 2015






















Qualifications to serve as a governor as per the SGCR 2012


A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of his/her election or appointment and cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school. A person is disqualified from holding or continuing to hold office as a governor or associate member if he or she:

  • is subject to a bankruptcy restriction order, an interim bankruptcy restrictions order, a debt relief restrictions order or an interim debt relief restrictions order
  • has had his/her estate sequestrated and the sequestration has not been discharged, annulled or reduced
  • is subject to:
    • a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Act 1986
    • a disqualification order under the Companies Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002
    • a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002
    • an order made under section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under a county court administration order)
  • has been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by an order made by the Charity Commission or Commissioners or High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the charity, or under section 34 of the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 from being concerned in the management or control of any body
  • is included in the list of people considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children
  • is disqualified from working with children or subject to a direction under section 142 of the Education Act 2002
  • is disqualified from working with children under sections 28,29, or 29A of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000
  • is disqualified from registration under Part 2 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 for child minding or providing day care
  • is disqualified from registration under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006
  • has received a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than 3 months (without the option of a fine) in the 5 years before or since becoming a governor
  • has received a prison sentence of 2½ years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor
  • has at any time received a prison sentence of 5 years or more
  • has been convicted under section 547 of EA 1996 (nuisance or disturbance on school premises) or under section 85A of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (nuisance or disturbance on educational premise) during the 5 years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor
  • is employed at the school for more than 500 hours per academic year if wishing to stand for parent governor at the same school
  • is an elected member of the Local Authority (applies to parent and community governors only)
  • has refused a request by the clerk to the governing body to make an application under section 113B of the Police Act 1997 for a criminal records certificate
  • has been disqualified from holding office as a governor of this school due to failure to attend governing body meetings for a continuous period of six months