The Leverton Infant & Nursery School and The Leverton Junior School Joint Newsletter

The Leverton Infant and Nursery School


The Leverton Junior School

Joint Newsletter

Welcome to the first, of which we hope will become a regular, joint newsletter being sent to every parent in the Infant and Nursery School and Junior School.

Over the past few years, there has been a conscious effort for the two schools to work more closely together to improve the education outcomes for all the children in the school.

Some of the areas we have worked together on developing include:

  • handwriting policy
  • attendance policy
  • phonics teaching

For the remainder of the year we will be developing assessments procedures, as well as working together on developing the new curriculum and Special Needs provision.

Fiona Reid, Headteacher, Infant and Nursery School                Neil Woollcott, Headteacher, Junior school


Well done to Jake Hillyard (Nursery AM), Phinneas Cover (Nursery PM), Thomas Sedge (Gold Class), George Tredgett (Silver Class), Harry McFadyen  (Yellow Class), Ryan Sullivan (Purple Class), Sophia Beschizza (Green Class) and Chinonso Okoro (Blue Class) who received certificates in the Infant and Nursery School this week.

Well done to  Csongar Farkas (Mrs Campbell/ Miss Gibbs’s Class), Leah Hunn (Miss Bektas’s Class), Raqeeb Hussain, Leyla Hime, Tomas Sichel (Mrs Kaleel’s Class) Mika Cox-Cunningham, Demi Hoffman (Mrs Haslehurst’s Class), Ella Freeman (Miss Biggs’s Class) who received Green Cards this week.

School Closures

With the predicted cold spell, we thought it would be beneficial to explain our rationale around school closure.

It is our intention, providing the staff are able to come into school, that the schools will remain open.  Therefore, unless informed you should presume the schools are open and make every effort to get your child into school.  Please bear in mind that your journey may take longer.

If a decision is made to shut the schools, a text message will be sent to all parents and a message will appear on the schools’ websites.

PE Kit

This is a reminder that the PE Kit is as follows:


  • Plain black shorts
  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Outdoor PE Lessons
  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Reception/ Year 1/Year 2/Year 3 Grey Tracksuit
  • Year 4/ Year 5/ Year 6 Black Tracksuit
  • Trainers

Both Schools follow Essex County Council Health & Safety Policy which states that during all PE lessons earrings should be removed and not taped.


Mrs Fiona Reid,  Interim Head Teacher:


Dear Parents and Carers

I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself properly to you via the newsletter, as I may not get a chance to say hello to everyone. Firstly I would like to say that I am delighted to be here as the Interim Head Teacher and to be a part of the team for Leverton Infant & Nursery School. Alongside that I am looking forward to with being able to liaise with the Junior School.

A bit about me:

I originally started my teaching career over 35years ago as a secondary PE specialist teacher in an Inner London School where I taught many different sports including my own specialist areas of gymnastics and trampolining. I then moved into Primary Schools where I eventually became the Head Teacher of my own school for 11 wonderful years. During my time as a Head I also acted as an Executive Head Teacher and worked with a number of schools who were in difficulty. I made the decision to become an Independent Head Teacher in 2011 and since then I have continued to lead and support schools that need extra help.

I am still very active and I try to spend as much free time as I can in the French Alps, which enables me to enjoy my main hobbies of skiing, downhill mountain biking and rock climbing.

Term Dates 2015-2016

The Governing Bodies have agreed the following Term Dates for 2015-2016:


Thursday 3 September            Children return

Friday 23 October                   Break up from School

Tuesday 3 November              Children return

Friday 18 December               Break up from school


Monday 4 January                  Children return

Thursday 11 February             Break up from school

Monday 22 February              Children return

Thursday 24 March                 Break up from school

Monday 11 April                     Children return

Thursday 26 May                    Break up from school

Monday 6 June                        Children return

Wednesday 20 July                 Break up from school


The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Headteachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

If you do take your child out of school for this time after applying for a leave of absence and it not being granted, the absences will not be authorised and the Education Welfare Service may issue a penalty notice to each parent of £60 for each child to be paid within 21 days. If the penalty is not paid within the time scale the penalty will increase to £120. If the higher penalty is not paid within 28 days, the Education Welfare Service will then institute legal proceedings against you in the magistrate’s court under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 for failing to ensure your child attends school regularly.