Headteacher Blog - Latest
24 November 2014
Dangerous Parking and Driving
We have recently had numerous complaints from parents and local residents about dangerous parking and driving around Crossdale. This includes a parent today parking on the kerb, close to a garden wall, forcing children to walk on the road to get around the car.
I am deeply concerned that such reckless behaviour greatly increases the chance of a child being killed or injured on the way to or from school.
Earlier this year we passed registration details to the local police of a car that mounted the kerb whilst driving down Crossdale Drive. The police visited the driver concerned, reminding them of the law and the potential consequences of dangerous driving. Although school has no jurisdiction over traffic around school, we will not hesitate to pass further details to the police of dangerous drivers who put our children at risk.
Due to resignation your School Crossing Patrol who normally looks after children at the Nottingham Rd (o/s Sainsburys) site has left her post.
Are you interested in doing this worthwhile job caring for the safety of children on their journey to and from school? If not, do you know anyone who would be interested? For further information please call 0115 9774865 or 01623520034.
In the meantime, whilst there is no patrol, please ensure that your child is accompanied to and from school by someone responsible.
Thank you for your help.
Principal Road Safety Officer
Nottinghamshire County Council
Click Here to see photos from this year's Love in a Box.
Well over 200 shoe boxes were sent today to support the work of ‘Children in Distress’, a charity dedicated to helping suffering children in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. This kind donation from Crossdale families will support children who are sick, incurably and terminally ill, the poorest of the poor and those who face daily discrimination and prejudice.
The children spent Thursday afternoon choosing gifts and packing the boxes - we really encouraged them to think about the children who would receive the gifts and what would be valuable to them.
Many thanks for all your support with this project. We hope our children enjoyed taking part on the day and that they have gained a broader perspective on the lives and daily experiences of people less fortunate than us. I will be asking the children to pause for a moment on Christmas day and reflect on the difference their kind donations will have made.
Crossdale School is 40 years old. Can you help us to celebrate?
Love in a Box
Many thanks for all your kind donations for our annual Love in a Box appeal. Please send in your final donations over the next two days ready for Thursday’s final preparation and packaging. We can always use volunteers on the day (and the day before / after!) so please pop in if you can help – many parents really enjoy getting involved with this project. Please don’t forget the £2 postage and see our website for specific details of what we we’d like you to send in and how the appeal helps children in distress.
We are not asking for donations for Friday’s BBC Children in Need campaign as most families will have made considerable donations to our Love in a Box appeal. However, we will talk about and promote the BBC appeal to ensure our children understand and feel part of this national event. Pudsey will be sending a message to the children!
You may be aware that the government is currently allocating additional funding to schools in the form of ‘The Pupil Premium’. Schools are allocated funding based on the number of:
- Free School Meals
- Looked After children
- Children whose parents have served in the armed forces
Crossdale uses this money to support children’s learning and progress by ensuring good staffing levels, delivering appropriate interventions, and by buying appropriate resources. Occasionally, for those children targeted by the Pupil Premium, we also support some of the costs of extra-curricular activities such as music lessons and school residential trips. If you would like to find out more about the Pupil Premium at Crossdale, visit the ‘Key Information about the School’ section of the website or pop in for a chat. Alternatively, visit www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium
Thanks to your generosity as part of our Harvest Appeal we will be sending over £250 to the Mary’s Meals. This money will ensure at least 12 children will receive a hot meal at school every day for a year. See http://www.marysmeals.org.uk/ for more information.
Catherine Cox and Sarah Hartley were recently appointed as Parent Governors. Many thanks to all those who put themselves forward for this crucial role. Please see the school website for more information about Crossdale’s fantastic governors.
Please see the school website for details of how you can help Team Crossdale raise money for cancer Research and Action Duchenne.
National Anti-Bullying Week
Starting on the 17th November we are taking part in National Anti-Bullying Week. Our aim is to shine a light on bullying, sending a clear and positive message that it is neither acceptable nor inevitable in school. Each class will be talking about bullying all week, looking at ways to ensure Crossdale is a bully free school.
Key questions we will be asking the children are:
· What is bullying? ; What should you do if you think bullying is taking place? ; Who can you talk to if you are worried about bullying? ; Do you feel safe at Crossdale?
We will also be helping the children to make a distinction between bullying and ‘bothering’. We define bullying as repeated behaviour that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. We often use the term bothering to describe unkind behaviour that falls short of bullying. Childline and several other websites offer more information about bullying. Alternatively, pop in if you have any questions.
We will also look for opportunities to revisit our safety procedures with the children ahead of Safer Internet Day on the 10th February 2015.
Outstanding success for Crossdale students at The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form
We thought you would be interested to know about the successes of the 26 former Crossdale Primary School students who took their GCSE qualifications in the summer. Their results were outstanding and some of the headlines are summarised below.
· 69% achieved the GCSE English Baccalaureate suite of qualifications (Nationally this is 23%)
· 85% achieved an A*-C grade in English and Maths
· 85% achieved at least five A*-C grades including English and Maths (National is 60%)
· A remarkable 35% achieved at least five A*-A grades, 57% achieved at least three.
· 92% made expected progress from Key Stage 2 in Maths (National is 70%)
· 92% made expected progress from Key Stage 2 in English (National is 69%)
· 58% made more than expected progress from Key Stage 2 in English (National is 30%)
· 56% made more than expected progress from Key Stage 2 in Maths (National is 32%)
Some of the students who performed exceptionally well were: Elizabeth who achieved 11 A*/A grades; Rhiannon who achieved 7 A*/A and 5 B grades; Grace who achieved 14 A*/A grades and Patrick who achieved 6 A and 4 B grades.
Crossdale students achieve this very high level of performance every year. We are very lucky to be working with such a talented group of students and are delighted that their progress and achievements are significantly higher than national averages. No wonder the vast majority of the 26 students have decided to stay on to study their A-Levels in our sixth from.
If you would like to find out more about how we work with youngsters to achieve these stunning results then please contact the school office on 0115 9373506 and we will arrange for you to be shown around the school by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Carol Shardlow, Assistant Head Teacher - Progress
We are delighted to be able to tell you (after months of wrangling with British Gas!) that our Solar Panels generated savings of over £1700 from Jan-August 2014. We anticipate this will pay off the PTA’s investment in just 3-4 years allowing to plough well over £2000 into making Crossdale better for your children!
Roll of Honour
· Jacob Daft has been selected for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Under 11’s for next season.
He will be part of the squad for 2015 along with 13 other boys from the County – WOW!!!!
· Isabel Wong (Y6) recently passed her IDTA Irish Riverdance Bronze Award (Commended), her Grade 2 Ballet (Merit), Grade 2 Tap (Merit) & Grade 2 Theatrecraft exams.
Please contact the school office, preferably by email marked ‘Roll of Honour’, if you would like to share the achievements of your children with the rest of the school community. We love to hear about what they have been doing outside of school.
Best wishes, Peter Cresswell
Don’t forget to check the school website for up to date information and key, upcoming, dates.