News and Updates
Academy Consultation Feedback
See the News and Updates section of the school website for feedback following our parents and staff consultation meetings on the potential conversion of our school to an academy as part of a Multi Academy Trust. Please pop in if you have any questions or comments.
Don't forget that school will be closed on Thursday 5th May for Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Staff will be taking part in training at KPNS on that day.
Do you know anyone affected by cancer? Do you want to show your support as an individual, family or group? Is the Race for Life too formal for you? Do you want to bring a wheelchair, back-carrier or pushchair, take a gentle stroll or just walk the dog?
If yes, then the Memorial Walk is for you.
Totally inclusive, Children and adults have, in the past, used ingenious methods to get around eg. skipping, skating, walking backwards and even unicycling!
Moira Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer whilst pregnant. Imagine the shock, and the effect on family, friends and the community. She died in November 2004, at the age of 40 after a brave 11 month battle. She was wife to Steve and a working mother to three young girls, aged 1, 4 and 6 at the time. Alice, Emily & Isabel Wong, all former Crossdale pupils, now study at South Wolds Academy.
Back in 2005, parents at Crossdale Drive Primary School, joined by staff, family, friends and pets, organised the first walk around the lake in Moira’s memory. Since then, community groups, including Keyworth Brownies and Scouts have taken part in this simple, donation-only event which has raised nearly £9000. All the money raised supports Cancer Research Fund UK, the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They continually find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and are entirely funded by the public. www.cancerresearchuk.org
So dust off those trainers, walking boots, scooters or bikes and join us for the evening. It is an opportunity to reflect and catch up with friends or make new ones. The walk is not just for Moira but for all those carers and sufferers out there. Come rain or shine we will be there. We even provide sweets for those that finish!
Although barriers are now in operation at the country park, the exit barrier will be raised after 6pm, so you won’t need to pay for car parking.
Hope to see you there again this year. Together we can make a difference.
When: Wednesday 22nd June 2016, 6.30pm for 7pm start
Where: 5km circuit anti-clockwise around the Regatta Lake at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Adbolton Lane (approx 1 hour walk).
Start: at the blue seats by the Boating Lake Club House
If you can’t make it on the night, you may wish to donate at: www.justgiving.com/12thmemorialwalk2016
Janet Blakey, Diana Ives, Steve Wong
The PTA need you! The PTA of Crossdale Primary is a Parent-Teacher group who are always keen to welcome new members. Throughout the school year fundraising events are held to raise money which is spent to improve facilities for your children. Currently there are a core group of regular members, which involves attendance at one or two short meetings each term, with possible additional meetings in the run-up to the large events. Meetings are held either at the School or at a local venue. The PTA would love your support to help make these events even better and easier for all involved. Whether you have a couple of hours available during the year, and could perhaps help out at an event, or if you have more time and would like to volunteer for one of the PTA posts (Chair or secretary), your support is very much welcomed. We are really keen to encourage new members and to get new ideas. It is a great opportunity to meet other parents and staff and to feel a little more involved with the School community. Lots of great work has been done over the course of many years, but without new members there is a real danger that there will be too few members to continue running the PTA as we do now. All of the money raised from the PTA goes straight back into school to improve the environment for our children and contribute towards enriching their education. If you are available to offer any of your time to become involved in the PTA or to support at the upcoming summer fair, please join us at the next meeting on Thursday 19th May at 7pm at the school.
Footballs: If you have any spare footballs that are no longer being used at home, the PTA would like to collect them for use at school and PTA events. Any donations can be taken to the school office.
Roll of Honour
· Clara and Kesia Sharman did their Ballroom and Latin exams, and passed their National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD), Rainbow exams. Clara has passed 6, and Kesia has passed 4, both highly commended. They have also both received a Merit Award Trophy for the past year of dancing.
· Amy in yr3 has passed her Theatre craft dance exam with Merit. Well done Amy - mummy is very proud!
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.
Mr Cresswell and Miss Seedhouse
Please find 3 documents below that give feedback on our week of meetings held as part of the consultation process to consider forming a Multi Academy Trust.
Many thanks to all those parents who attended and asked such constructive and pertinent questions.
Do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions.
CONSULTATION LETTER FOR PARENTS
March 29th 2016
Dear Parent or Carer,
Consultation on a proposal to establish a multi-academy trust and convert to academy status
The Governing Body has been considering carefully the school’s future plans in a fast changing and increasingly challenging educational landscape. Our priority is to enable the school to continue to provide an excellent education for our children while protecting the school’s role at the heart of our community and retaining the school’s unique qualities and strengths.
For some time our school has been part of the Rushcliffe Learning Alliance (RLA), a collaborative network of 33 local schools. We will continue to be part of the RLA but can see huge benefits from working more closely with a smaller group of partner schools, all from within the RLA.
Over the last year we have therefore been working closely with other Governing Bodies to explore how partnership could provide even greater advantages for our schools. As part of this, we have also considered the current Government policy that all schools become academies.
The Governing Body believes the best way forward is to establish a local multi-academy trust and for our school to convert to an academy. The proposed Nottinghamshire Learning Together Trust would have seven founding member schools, listed alphabetically below.
· Burton Joyce Primary School
· Cropwell Bishop Primary School
· Crossdale Drive Primary School
· Heymann Primary and Nursery School
· Keyworth Primary and Nursery School
· Robert Miles Junior School
· Tollerton Primary School
We believe pupils and staff will benefit from the greater opportunities that formal partnership, through the Trust, will bring, which include;
· extending the learning opportunities and activities for pupils,
· enriching the curriculum through partnership working and shared resources,
· enabling the sharing of excellent practice in teaching and learning,
· enhancing the professional development of teaching and support staff,
· building mutual support and accountability between the Headteachers and between the Governors, and
· securing cost and resource efficiencies through joint commissioning of services.
Our school shall continue to play an important part in the local community. We will remain active members of the Rushcliffe Learning Alliance and will continue to work closely with the Local Authority.
We are now consulting with parents, carers, staff, pupils and the community. The consultation period will run between Tuesday, March 29th and Friday, May 6th 2016. The Governing Body will then consider a report on the academy consultation before making a final decision on whether to proceed with the proposal. If the Governing Body agrees to proceed, the plan is for the Trust to be established and for the schools to convert on August 1st 2016.
We would like to invite parents and carers to attend one of the joint consultation meetings detailed below. You will be welcome to attend any meeting, regardless of which school your child attends. At all meetings, there will be a brief presentation and then Governors and Headteachers will be available to answer any questions you might have.
Monday 18th April, 6.00pm at Robert Miles Junior School
Tuesday 19th April, 6.00pm at Burton Joyce Primary School
Wednesday 20th April, 2.00pm at Cropwell Bishop Primary School
Wednesday 20th April, 6.00pm at Heymann Primary and Nursery School, Key Stage 1 Building
Thursday 21st April, 2.00pm at Keyworth Primary and Nursery School
Thursday 21st April, 6.00pm at Tollerton Primary School
We are aware that there is not a consultation meeting at Crossdale School as we were unable to schedule meetings at every school location. However, as stated above, we expect parents to attend the meeting at the most convenient location and on the most convenient date for them, regardless of which school their child attends.
This proposal does not affect out 2 year collaboration agreement with Keyworth Primary Schools. Governors will continue to monitor the impact of the collaboration arrangement as previously planned.
We have also attached a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, which we have prepared to help answer some of the questions we anticipate you may have. If you have any feedback on the proposal that you would like to share with the Governing Body, then please do complete the attached survey form and return to the school by Friday, May 6th 2016.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE FAQ DOCUMENT AND TO DOWNLOAD THE PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE