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It's Mindful March, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 1st Mar 2021 @ 1:51pm

This calendar has lots of easy mindful activities for each day in March.

NSPCC Assembly, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 12th Feb 2021 @ 10:40pm

The NSPCC have developed an adapted version of their 'Speak Out. Stay Safe.' assembly to support children through the current lockdown. This will be shown as a Facebook live event on Tuesday 23rd February at 10am and can be accessed via the NSPCC Facebook page. It will be available afterwards on the NSPCC website as well.

https://www.facebook.com/nspcc

Communication Thursday, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 11th Feb 2021 @ 1:59pm

Dear Parents / Carers
                I hope you and your families remain safe and well. I would like to thank you for all your continued support and hard work over this last half term, which I know has been very difficult for many of us. There is still no confirmation from the government about the full re-opening of schools but we are planning for this to be on 8th March as was announced (which is two weeks after half term). As I have mentioned previously, we are going to make a few changes to our remote learning starting after February half term on the 22/2/21. This is to reflect changes in government guidance and to help prepare all our young people for their return to school;
·         The children of key workers or deemed vulnerable that are attending school on a daily basis, will no longer be supervised in their year groups, rather they will be with their normal class teacher in their regular classroom.
·         Ms Malton will be taking over from Miss Crowther-Green who will be starting her maternity leave. All year 5 children should continue to access remote work via the Mrs Dyde’s class page and all year 6 children should continue to use Mrs Walker’s class page for remote learning. Ms Malton will conduct the daily class tutorials for her class.
·         All tutorials will operate in exactly the same way as now but will take place via Microsoft Teams and not Zoom. All parents / carers will be sent an individual letter through parent mail or e mail or post (depending what you use), this will contain further instructions about how Microsoft Teams works and most importantly it will contain your son’s / daughter’s unique school e mail address and password. If you have not received this information by Monday 22nd February or you have any questions about how to use Microsoft Teams, please contact the school on admin@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk As always, there maybe a few glitches initially as we move over to using Teams but I am sure they will be sorted out quickly.
 
Parent Friends Association (PFA) Update:
In accordance with the PFA constitution, the financial statement for the year ending 31st of August 2020 and the annual Chair’s Report can now be found on the PFA section of the school website. The school would like to place on record their thanks to the outgoing Chair, Mrs Carlie Wright who stood down in
the autumn term. In her year as Chair, Carlie and the committee, ably assisted by the PFA ‘fairies’, put on a number of high quality events and raised much needed funds for school. At the meeting in the autumn term the committee agreed to fund £2000 of new reading material for each classes recommended reading boxes. Miss Sarah Simpson now takes over as Chair and she will be looking to recruit further members to the committee in the new calendar year, so that the PFA can start to plan for events in the summer term and beyond.
 
Finally, I wish you and your families a safe and relaxing half term break. For those children and families who are in receipt of Free School Meals, you should soon be receiving a link to download your vouchers. If you are facing financial difficulties, please remember to contact Mrs Henshall on senco@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk
 
My thanks once again for your continued support and please remember to contact the school if you need any help or support, we are here for you. 
 
Best wishes
Richard Middlebrook
Acting Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for Alsager Multi Academy Trust

Safer Internet Day Certificate, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 9th Feb 2021 @ 2:11pm

Our Safer Internet Day 2021 Certificate "Together for a Better Internet"

UK SAFER INTERNET DAY, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 8th Feb 2021 @ 5:37pm

UK SAFER INTERNET DAY - Tuesday 9th February 

This year Safer Internet Day explores reliability online. The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction? 

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally with the slogan: Together for a better internet.

More info here:

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2021

UK SAFER INTERNET DAY - RESOURCES BY AGE GROUP 

To support the delivering of interventions the UK Safer Internet Centre have developed a library of educational resources that covers all age ranges and is inclusive of parent/carer resources additionally. 

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2021/i-work-young-people

 

UK SAFER INTERNET DAY - FILMS

To mark Safer Internet Day these three films have been produced. They cover the 5 -11 year olds, 12 - 18 year olds & parents and carers. 

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2021/i-am-educator/safer-internet-day-2021-films

 

Space Topic, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 5th Feb 2021 @ 4:13pm

Year two have been busy with their space topic this week and they have all made robots. This robot’s name is ‘Sir Job Flag’ (an anagram of the children’s names).

Virtual holiday club, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 5th Feb 2021 @ 9:32pm

Wesley Place Methodist Church are running a virtual holiday club for three days called 'Big Dreams' Holiday Club over half term. Its aimed at primary school children and its free. they will be looking at big dreams and hopes for the future and the story of Joseph. There will be a YouTube video released at 10am and then we will join them on zoom at 11:30am. Both will last about 30 minutes. In between the sessions, there will be a chance to create crafts, where will be providing packs. For more information contact children-family@stpeters-elworth.org.uk

Communication Thursday, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 4th Feb 2021 @ 4:09pm

Dear Parents / Carers

I hope you and your families remain safe and well. Many thanks for all the positive comments we are receiving from families about our remote learning offer and the support we are providing. This week our daily Breakfast Club started and has been very well attended, we have distributed more laptops, our reading book swapping service has started and we have approximately one third of our children in school on a daily basis. It is really frustrating when I hear in the media that schools are ‘closed’, they most certainly are not and we are very busy. As I am sure many of you are aware, this week is also ‘Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week’ and we have posted various related items and links on our website and social media feeds. If you have completed any of the activities linked to mental health awareness week and positive wellbeing that you are happy to be shared with our school community, please e mail your photos and comments to Mrs Henshall at senco@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk and we can share them on our social media feeds and website. It is important that we remember to support and look out for each other, especially during the current situation. However, as I have said before, it is important to remind ourselves and our children, that it is perfectly normal to feel a ‘little flat’ or ‘fed up’ sometimes (especially at the moment), everyone does and that is not a sign of mental illness, it is human nature.

As we approach half term, I would like to praise all our fantastic young people and brilliant staff for the way in which they have approached and managed this difficult start to the term. We do not know anymore as yet, about the full re-opening of schools to all children. The date of the 8th March remains the government’s ambition but that all depends on certain conditions being met, so we will continue with our current offer for the foreseeable future. The one minor thing that will change after half term, is that rather than using ‘Zoom’ for the daily class tutorials and targeted tutorials, we will be using ‘Microsoft Teams’ instead. This is much better platform and will allow staff and children to do much more with it in terms of teaching and learning. The staff have been completing training on how to use this over recent weeks. This is the only change, everything else will be as it is now, apart from as from Monday 15th February, all tutorials will be conducted through ‘Teams’. I will send more details about this in next week’s newsletter.

Please remember we are here for you and to contact school on admin@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk if you have any questions, need support or have any ideas as how we could improve what we are doing.

Best wishes and please keep yourselves safe.

Richard Middlebrook

Remote Learning Offer for Reading, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 29th Jan 2021 @ 11:21am

 

As you continue to support your children with their Remote Learning at home during this national lockdown, we wanted to update our offer of support with reading. 

Please download the letter below for more information.

Communication Thursday, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 28th Jan 2021 @ 2:45pm

Dear Parents and Carers
                I hope you and your families remain safe and well. I would like to thank and congratulate all parents / carers and children for the way in which you have coped with the move to remote learning and for many people juggling ‘home schooling’ and work. All schools now have to have a Remote Learning Statement on their website and ours can be found here http://www.alsagerhighfields.com/page/school-policies/32597 or under ‘Information’ > ‘School Policies’. However, I would like to reassure all parents / carers that as a parent myself (albeit secondary aged children), I know that home schooling can be very difficult. Please do not put too much pressure on yourself or on your children. The most important thing for us all, as we navigate through this pandemic, is that our young people feel loved, cared for, safe and reassured. It is also important to remember that it is perfectly normal for all human beings to have some days when we feel a little ‘flat’ or ‘fed up’, especially at the moment. We must not worry if we feel like that sometimes, everyone does and it is important that our children understand that. 
                I would like once again to praise our brilliant staff here at Highfields for the way in which they have embraced live remote tutorials, with setting remote work on their class page, while at the same time supervising children face to face on a daily basis and self-testing themselves for Covid with a Lateral Flow Device twice a week. Their jobs have changed beyond recognition and I am inspired by them every day!
                Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that schools will not open for all children until 8th March at the earliest, depending upon certain conditions being met. We will wait to hear more details on that in the future and I will keep you informed. This means we will continue to work as we are now for a few more weeks yet. We are continually reviewing our remote learning offer and trying to improve it. I have always said, reading is such an important part of our remote learning offer and as from Tuesday 2nd February, we are introducing the opportunity for children to come and swap / collect a new reading book from school. This will clearly have to be controlled, with specific time slots given etc. Details will be sent out in a letter from Mrs Windel, our Reading Lead, tomorrow (29/1/21).
Can I remind all parents / carers to keep on uploading photos and your child’s achievements to our ‘Highfields Stars From Afar’ tab on our website http://www.alsagerhighfields.com/page/highfields-stars-from-afar/89766 The more photos we get the better so please keep them coming in.
Please remember that we are here to help in any way we can. We are continuing to distribute more laptops as they come in, provide regular food parcels for our families on Free School Meals and Sara Leopold our Family Liaison Officer is visiting homes on a daily basis. If you are in need of help, advice, materials to help with work or support please contact Mrs Henshall on senco@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk

Best wishes

Richard Middlebrook
Acting Headteacher Alsager Highfields primary School and Executive Headteacher AMAT
 

We're in the News!, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 19th Jan 2021 @ 2:12pm

Alsager News Hub have shared a lovely news article about our letters and cards to local care homes - check it out here...

https://alsager.nub.news/n/primary-school-pupils-spread-joy-by-sending-letters-and-cards-to-local-care-home-residents

Communication Thursday, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 14th Jan 2021 @ 11:22am

Dear Parents / Carers

I hope you and your families remain safe and well. After all the changes and government announcements of last week, things have calmed down a little and we are starting to establish some routines here in school. It is very important that children have routine when working at home too and I would encourage all parents / carers to try and get this in place as best you can. Hopefully, the daily Zoom calls with your child’s class teacher, are helping to establish some form of routine at home. I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have encountered a few technical issues with these calls but we are slowly sorting them out. If you are experiencing difficulties and are unable to join these daily Zoom tutorials, please contact us ASAP (admin@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk or 01270 882472) and we will do our best to sort it out. I would also like to praise our fantastic staff for embracing this new way of working so readily. It is a big change for us all and the staff have shown real professionalism in delivering these remote tutorials, we will no doubt all get better at them the more we practice. My thanks to those parents who have been in touch and said how much their child is enjoying these daily calls. If we have concerns that your child is not engaging in these tutorials or with the work we are setting, we will be in touch. It is really important that all children remain focused on their school work and keep up with their reading during this period of remote learning. Please remember you can submit photographs of child’s work or achievements through ‘Highfields Stars From Afar’ – see our website for details.

                Today our food parcels for families entitled to Free School Meals have arrived in school and these will be distributed as soon as possible by our newly appointed Family Liaison Officer, Sara Leopold. Please remember that if you, your child / children or family need any support, advice or help during this difficult time, get in touch with us. We are here for you. Please see the attached letter from Mrs Henshall our SENCO which offers further advice and guidance for parents and families.

                Can I please encourage everyone to stay safe during this national lockdown, please follow government guidelines in terms of reducing the amount of contacts outside of your family or bubble that you are having. If your son / daughter is coming into school, please do not congregate around the gates at the start or end of the day, please keep your distance from others and please wear a face covering. It is worth remembering that schools are not closed, we are open with large numbers of children on site and staff are working very hard under difficult circumstances and we must all do what we can to keep each other safe.

 

My thanks for your continued support and understanding

 

Warm regards

 

Richard Middlebrook

Acting Headteacher and Executive Headteacher AMAT    

Lawton Manor Pen Pals, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 13th Jan 2021 @ 8:06pm

Just before Christmas, Highfields children wrote some wonderful letters and made beautiful cards for residents at six local care homes, and one of them has written back with a lovely letter that can be seen below.

If children would like to write to the home direct, this would be fabulous and very appreciated. What a lovely way to get children writing! Please see the poster image for more information.

 

Thank you for your great support in 2020, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 13th Jan 2021 @ 8:26pm

A big thank you to all of our wonderful Highfields families, who despite themselves being in such challenging times, have still managed to make such a massive difference to our local families. Well done everyone – Please see a letter from the food bank in the download file below.

For the Parents of Year 5 and 6 Children Only, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 11th Jan 2021 @ 10:04am

Dear Parents / Carers

                Apologies for yet another message, however, due to the absence of Miss Crowther Green (year 5 teacher) we are having to make some changes to our remote learning for upper Key Stage 2 pupils. I appreciate your support and understanding of these changes in advance.

  • For the week beginning 11/1/21 – the three classes should continue to access their remote learning from their respective class teacher’s page on the website, as they did last week. If Miss Crowther Green’s class require more work this week, please access the year 5 work on Mrs Dyde’s class page.
  • For the week beginning 11/1/21- Mrs Walker’s and Mrs Dyde’s class will have the daily Zoom tutorials as planned but I’m afraidMiss Crowther Green’s class will not have any Zoom calls this week.
  • From the week beginning 18/1/21 onwards – all upper Key Stage 2 children will be split into 2 groups, year 5 and year 6. All year 5 will have Mrs Dyde as their teacher for remote learning up until Feb ½ term – all year 5 children should go to Mrs Dyde’s class page on the website to access their remote work and they will have daily Zoom tutorials with Mrs Dyde.
  • Similarly, from the week beginning 18/1/21 onwards - all year 6 will have Mrs Walker as their teacher for remote learning up until Feb ½ term – all year 6 children should go to Mrs Walker’s class page on the website to access their remote work and they will have daily Zoom tutorials with Mrs Walker.

 

Once again many thanks for your patience and understanding with these changes.

 

Kind regards

Richard Middlebrook

Zoom Tutorials, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 8th Jan 2021 @ 4:39pm

Dear Parents / Carers

                I hope you and your families remain safe and well. My thanks once again for your patience and support this week. It has not been an easy week for all of us! As promised, your child’s class teacher will begin their daily Zoom tutorials with their classes next week (starting Monday 11th January). These will be a chance for your child to have daily contact with their teacher, discuss the work they have been set on their class page, ask any questions they might have and ask for any help or support they might need. These Zoom tutorials will vary in length depending on the content and if the member of staff is in school that week supervising other children. For those children who are in school (deemed vulnerable and those of key workers), there is no need for them to attend these Zoom tutorials, as they are receiving day to day support and contact from staff anyway and we do not have enough devices to share among all the children who are in school.

Your child’s class teacher will e mail you with an invitation to the meeting. This obviously relies on us having the correct e mail address for you. If you do not receive an email invitation by the end of the day on Monday 11th January, then please contact us on admin@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk with your correct address so we can update our records. Similarly, if you are having issues with internet or device access, then please contact school and we will do our best to help. We want all children to be able to access these remote tutorials.

The staff have been given some guidance to follow for these calls and can you please ensure that your child follows all the remote learning protocols below

· They must be suitably dressed.

· Please do not allow them to conduct these calls in their bedroom or the bathroom.

· A member of staff will never have a one to one call with a child – there will always be someone else on the call.

· At the start of each call, please make sure the camera and microphone is turned off. These should both remain turned off unless told otherwise by their teacher.

· Expectations in terms of pupil behaviour are the same as if they were in school, children will be reminded of this at the start of each tutorial. Please remind your son / daughter of this. Staff have been told that a child can be asked to leave the call if their behaviour is not appropriate.

· Please make sure your child ‘leaves’ the meeting when they are told to by their teacher.

· As parents / carers, these tutorials are public calls and so if you have an individual or private concern or issue, please contact the school directly.

 

I really hope your son / daughter and you find these remote tutorials useful and beneficial. This is a new way of working for the school and the staff, so please be patient with us initially while staff familiarise themselves with this approach. There are bound to be some teething issues initially but they will be sorted out over the first week or so.

 

My thanks once again for all your continued support and understanding.

 

Kind regards

 

Richard Middlebrook

Parent Update, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 7th Jan 2021 @ 11:20am

Dear Parents / Carers

                I hope you and your families remain safe and well. I apologise for another message from school and I am very conscious of bombarding you with information but these are unusual times. I would like to raise a couple of key points with you;

 

Day to day school provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers

We are delighted that so many of the families we contacted have taken up our offer of a school place and are sending your children in to school. We feel this is the best place for them and we are so pleased you agree. However, we have been overwhelmed with requests directly from families contacting the school wanting an on-site place for their child as a ‘Key Worker’.  We will of course do all we can to meet those requests, however we are now quarter full as a school and at full capacity in several bubbles. The government advice remains “the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.” It is in the national interest that if we want to get through this pandemic as quickly as possible, that we must restrict leaving home and mingling with other people as much as possible. Reducing human contact is the best way to keep everyone safe. For this reason, I would urge all parents / carers who are ‘Key Workers’ to please only request a place for your child / children here at school if you have absolutely no alternative and only use this provision on the days that you are unable to keep them at home. If you currently have a place for your child as a ‘Key Worker’, can you please re-consider if you need the place here at school? I fully understand that every family situation is different but if requests for places continue to come in from ‘Key Workers’, we will not be able to accommodate all requests and will have to make the very difficult decision of prioritising certain professions (eg. NHS workers).

 

Zoom / Live daily tutorials starting week beginning 11/1/21

As I mentioned in my communication to you on Tuesday 5th January, next week all class teachers will begin making daily contact with your son / daughter via Zoom in the form a short tutorial (details will come out tomorrow). Since then, several parents have been in contact with me and asked why all lessons or remote learning cannot through Zoom or Microsoft Teams. We are working towards offering more ‘live’ remote learning in the coming weeks, however, parents / carers must also be aware that as we have around a quarter of our children in school each day (as vulnerable or children of key workers), staff are supervising them during the day on a rota. This means that class teachers will not always be available during the day to deliver live / remote lessons, as they are supervising children here in school (we do not have the capacity in terms of staff here at Highfields, that we have for example at Alsager School). I hope you understand the limitations that our blended approach (remote learning and day to day supervision) creates for staff when it comes to live remote learning.

 

Finally, please remember that we want to celebrate any achievements of our children during this lockdown period. We are calling this, ‘Highfields Stars from Afar’. If you would like to send in a photo of your child’s work or any achievements they are proud of while working remotely, please do so by sending a message on our Facebook page. We will upload this to be shared on our social media feeds and on our website. This will be closely monitored by our communications team.

 

Many thanks for your continued support

 

Best wishes

 

Richard Middlebrook

Message to parents / carers, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 5th Jan 2021 @ 4:38pm

Dear Parents / Carers

                My thanks once again for your patience and understanding with closing the school at such short notice today. Following meeting with staff and suitable planning time, I am now in a position to update you on the plans we have for both the school opening for vulnerable children and the children of key workers and for our provision of remote learning. This will start tomorrow, Wednesday 6th January. Please remember this is a very fluid situation and we have had to respond to the closing of schools at very short notice, so there will no doubt be some ‘teething issues’ initially but we will ‘iron these out’ over the coming days. I will continue to send out regular updates, so please check our school website, Parentmail and our social media feeds.

                Even though we have been through a ‘lockdown’ situation previously, during the spring and summer terms of 2020, there are different expectations this time round and it will operate slightly differently this time. We are working on the premise set out by government that this lockdown will run until February half term (12/2/21) and school will open to all children again as normal on Monday 22nd February. Please remember if you have any questions or concerns to contact the school on admin@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk We are here to support you, your children and your family through this difficult time. Any concerns or questions about Free School Meals, foodbank access, general welfare, vulnerable children or key workers, please contact Mrs Henshall our Assistant Headteacher on senco@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Vulnerable Children and Children of Key workers

Today, we have individually contacted all families if we think your child / children are in this category, to offer you a place starting on Wednesday 6th January. If we have contacted you, I would really encourage you to take up our offer, as we feel it would be in the bests interests of your son / daughter to be in school. If we have not contacted you and you feel your child should be in this group and in school, please contact Mrs Henshall on the e mail address above ASAP. When this group of children are in school, they do not need to be in uniform, it will be the same staggered start / end times that we have been using this year (between 8.40am – 3.20pm), arrival and drop off will be at the Asda car park gates and lunch will be provided or they can bring their own packed lunch. Children will be placed in a year group bubble (this might be different from their class bubble) and they will remain in that bubble throughout. They will be supervised by staff and spend the time in school completing the work that has been set for them remotely by their class teach (please see below – Remote Learning). They should come to school expecting to complete the work their class teacher has set them and our staff here in school will support them in doing this.

 

Remote Learning

As a parent myself, please understand that I fully appreciate all the issues that come with remote learning and ‘home schooling’. The best place for children to learn is in school but we must work together to make this work as best we can for the benefit of your son / daughter. The government has recently set out clear expectations in terms of remote learning, it should be a minimum of 3 hours per day. Like last time, all the remote learning for your child will be in their class page on the school website. Staff have been uploading this work today and will continue to do so. The daily work set will consist of maths (using a module called ‘White Rose Maths’ which consists of video demonstrations, followed by activities), English related work and another subject which will be changed each day. In addition, children will be asked to complete some of the various learning packages we use in school, these include ‘Rock Stars Times Tables’, ‘Bedrock’ for English and ‘Spelling Shed’.  Reading is always hugely beneficial to a child’s academic progress and please try to continue to do as much reading as you possibly can with your child / children during this period. It is expected that your child / children will complete and engage in all this work on a daily basis. This will be monitored by their class teacher and if they are not completing the work set, we will be in contact with you.

As from the Monday 11th January onwards, your child’s class teacher will also have a short daily tutorial with the class. This will be conducted via Zoom (details and invites etc to follow later). This will be a chance for your son / daughter to see their teacher on a daily basis, discuss any issues they might have with their work, a chance for staff to provide some specific support and it will also be a chance for the children to ask any questions they might have about the work.

We have worked hard over recent months to ensure that all children have access to devices they need to ensure they can complete work on line and remotely from home. If this still presents a problem for you and your child / children, please contact the school office at the admin e mail address above ASAP.

Similarly, if your child is in need of any stationery, to help them complete their work at home or needs to swap / collect a new reading book, please contact school.

 

During this period of remote learning, we would still like to celebrate our children’s work and achievements. We are calling this ‘Highfields Stars from Afar’. These will be shared on social media and on our website. If you would like to send in a photo of your child’s work or any achievements they are proud of, please do so by sending a message on our Facebook page. This will be closely monitored by our communications team.

 

We are aware that with the sudden announcement last night, children will have left their belongings in school. If your son / daughter needs to collect something from school (eg. reading book, pencil case) or needs stationery to help them work from home over these next 5 weeks, then they can come and collect it on the specified slots below. Please come to the Asda car park gate, please maintain social distancing, adults please wear face coverings and only the child can enter the school building and go to their classroom;

·         Year 6 – Wednesday 6th Jan – 3.30pm - 4pm

·         Year 5 – Wednesday 6th Jan – 4.00pm – 4.30pm

·         Year 4 – Wednesday 6th Jan – 4.30pm – 5pm

·         Year 3 – Thursday 7th Jan – 3.30pm – 4pm

·         Year 2 – Thursday 7th Jan – 4.00pm – 4.30pm

·         Year 1 and Reception – Thursday 7th Jan – 4.30pm – 5pm

 

My thanks once again for your support and understanding. Please remember that we will do all we can to support you, your children and your family over the weeks ahead, feel free to contact us at any time. As I said yesterday, it is more important than ever that we work together during these coming weeks for the benefit of our children and our community.

 

Warm regards

 

Richard Middlebrook

Acting Headteacher Alsager Highfields Community Primary School

Executive Headteacher AMAT

 

Message from Mr Middlebrook: School Closure, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 4th Jan 2021 @ 9:41pm

Dear Parents / Carers

                I am sorry for this late notice but given the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening about the immediate closing of schools to all but vulnerable children and those of key workers, I am sure you will understand. I am sure you share my frustration with this situation and with the late notice you and we have been given, schools did not know this was going to happen either. To help us plan going forward, I’m afraid we are going to close the school to all children tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January). We will re-open on Wednesday 6th January for vulnerable children and children of key workers only. We will be in touch with all families tomorrow with further details about our partial re-opening on Wednesday 6th January and with our plans for remote learning going forward.

I am so sorry for you, your children, the staff, our school and our nation that we find ourselves in this situation. We are facing very difficult times ahead but as I have said many times before, we must role model positivity and reassure our children and young people. We must give them hope that we will get through this together – and we will, provided we work together!

My thanks for your understanding about closing the school tomorrow and we will be in touch during Tuesday with our plans going forward.

 

Warm regards

 

Richard Middlebrook

Acting Headteacher Alsager Highfields and Executive Headteacher for Alsager Multi Academy Trust

Return to School (Mon, January 4th), by Mrs Muddy

Date: 1st Jan 2021 @ 4:40pm

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to seeing the children back at school on Monday the 4th of January.

Please see our letter below with information about the return to school. 

Alsager Highfields Official Christmas Video, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 22nd Dec 2020 @ 11:13pm

Our wonderful school Christmas video – and incase you missed it, the Annexe production of Whoops-a-Daisy Angel. 

Merry Christmas from Mr Middlebrook, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 21st Dec 2020 @ 10:19am

Dear Parents and Carers

                From everyone here at Alsager Highfields, we wish all of our school community a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2021. School will open as normal for all children on Monday 4th January, we look forward to seeing you then.

 

Warm regards

Mr Middlebrook

National Songbook 2020, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 15th Dec 2020 @ 11:15am

Congratulations to Mrs Lindblad’s year 3 class for their part in the National Songbook 2020. Schools across the country sang ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin and the completed charity video and single have just been released on YouTube. Please click on the link below to see our talented children singing brilliantly and you can also donate to the charity behind the project which is raising money for local foodbanks. Enjoy!

New Headteacher Appointment, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 14th Dec 2020 @ 6:08pm

Dear Parents and Carers

                I am delighted to inform you that following a rigorous two day selection process and a strong field of candidates, we have appointed Mrs Rachel Woollam to be the new Headteacher here at Alsager Highfields. Mrs Woollam is an experienced and highly effective senior leader, she is currently Head of School at Rode Heath Primary School. Both the Board and I are convinced that she will be an excellent appointment and will build upon  the many improvements we have made in recent months.

                Mrs Woollam will take up post after Easter. In the meantime I will continue as Acting Headteacher with the ongoing support from Mr Leech. This was always the plan, my role here has always been Acting Headteacher, once Mrs Woollam takes up post, I will continue to work with her and Alsager Highfields, in my role as Executive Headteacher for Alsager Multi Academy Trust.

 

I am very excited about the future here at Alsager Highfields, we have made real improvements in recent months and the Board is convinced that Mrs Woollam will build on this and take our school forward.

 

Kind regards

 

Richard Middlebrook

Executive Headteacher Alsager Multi Academy Trust

Annexe Production of Whoops-a-Daisy Angel, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 11th Dec 2020 @ 9:23pm

The long-awaited Annexe Production of Whoops-a-Daisy Angel. A special thank you to Albert’s dad, Mr Rowell, for filming our show and making it look so professional.

 

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