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Lights, Camel, Action! Photographs

Lights, Camel, Action!
 Click above to see photographs from our Christmas show
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Snow and ice - Take care!

Unlike other schools in Keyworth, Crossdale is not situated on a road that is typically gritted by Nottinghamshire County Council during unusually cold and icy conditions. Over the years we have occasionally had to close the school when the roads around the school have been dangerously icy and slippy. Most of the risks associated with these conditions can be mitigated if motorists avoid Adams Hill and Crossdale Drive. Adams Hill can become especially treacherous if untreated – we have seen several small accidents on Adams Hill over the years when cars have slid backwards and off the road, or into other vehicles.

Therefore, in order to minimise the risk of pedestrians or motorists being injured near Crossdale School we would ask that, during icy and dangerous conditions, motorists aim to park up before reaching Adams Hill and complete their journey on foot. Obviously, this means some families will need to plan to leave 5-10 minutes earlier than normal.

We would greatly appreciate your support with this as it will allow us to keep the school open secure in the knowledge that we are not placing the children at significant risk. Please pop in if you have any questions.


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Christmas Fair 2017

Click the image to see pictures from our Christmas Fair 2017
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Crossdale sing with the KPNS choir at Christmas!



Keyworth and Crossdale choirs singing together, Christmas 2017 - Click to view!
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The 12 ways that Christmas shoppers can keep children and data safe when buying smart toys and devices (ICO)

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Planning to spend a couple of hours in a Christmas Market or even on Amazon? This Christmas there will be more tech toys than ever before, and many of them will use bluetooth or wifi to link to apps and the wider internet. Some of these toys will have cameras and microphones recording the environment and the child's play. The Information Commissioner recently published an article looking at the risks of using smart toys and it is well-worth sharing it with parents.

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News from the Governing Body

Please click below to read an update from our Governing Body.




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The children have loaded the car with our harvest donations ready to deliver to the food bank...



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Crossdale 10k and Fun Run

Many thanks to everyone who came along to support the 10k and Fun Run today. Another great event made possible by the support and commitment of the PTA, 10k committee and staff. Everyone had lots of fun and we raised valuable funds to spend on the children at Crossdale.

The 10k has been running for 18 consecutive years and we now need some new blood on the committee - can you help? Pop in for a chat...

2017 results available here

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Keeping your child safe online

Keeping under fives safe online (ChildNet)

Ofcom research in 2016 showed that almost 40% of 3-4 year olds and two thirds of 5-7 year olds go online. We know that children need support in these environments, to get the best out of using the internet, and there are real advantages in making sure that children are supported in their internet use right from the start. ChildNet has prepared a guide for the parents of under-7s to help them think about the issues involved.

Keeping Children Safe Online (for parents) (NSPCC)

The NSPCC have drawn together lots of advice for parents, including Being Share Aware, MineCraft Safety Advice, and how to stay safe using apps. The information can be found here:


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Crossdale News (Autumn 1, Issue 1)

Welcome Back!

I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer and that your children are ready to get back into the swing of the ‘Crossdale Way’!

Collaboration update and congratulations Miss Seedhouse!

Our collaboration with Keyworth Primary School has now been made permanent and both schools will operate under one governing body. As Mr Cresswell’s role as Executive Headteacher across both schools is also now permanent, Miss Seedhouse will become Crossdale’s ‘Head of School’. Although her job description will remain exactly as it has been over the last two years, ‘Head of School’ better reflects her role and responsibilities at Crossdale. Congratulations Miss Seedhouse!

Practically, this means that Mr Cresswell will retain overall accountability for what happens at Crossdale, whilst Miss Seedhouse is responsible for the day to day running of the school and implementation of our policies.

Staffing updates

  • Over the summer Miss Spafford has married her partner and will now be known as Mrs Deegan. Many Congratulations!
  • In year 3, Miss Jackson will be joined by a student teacher, Mr Boyd-Brown, who will be based at Crossdale for the majority of this academic year.
  • Miss Holder has also joined the team as an apprentice Teaching Assistant and will be largely based in year 2.


Base Introductory Meetings

These meetings are an invaluable means of sharing information about Base systems and routines and have proved a most helpful introduction to the school year for both parents and staff. We hope you will be able to attend.

These meetings are arranged as follows:

Wed 13th September                                      Base One (Years  R,1 and 2) 6.00 – 6.45 p.m.

Wed 13th  September                                     Base Two   (Years 3 and 4) 7.00 – 7.45 p.m.

Thus 14th  September                                     Base Three (Years 5 and 6) 6.00– 6.45 p.m

Email and mobile phones

** Very Important ** Please let us know if you change your mobile number or email address. We increasingly rely on these as our primary means of communication so accurate contact details are very important.

10k and Fun Run

Please keep Sunday the 17th September free and come along to join in with our annual running event. A Fun Run and the full 10k should mean that there’s something for everybody. Our fantastic organising committee (made up of parents) would still appreciate some extra help. We need helpers to set up the event on Saturday 16th in the morning and on the actual day of the event. Please pop in (or call / email the office 0115 9748088 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can offer any assistance). Click here to see photos of the event and / or enter!

Pupil Premium

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.

Children in R, Y1 and Y2 all receive free school meals, but do not receive the pupil premium unless parents apply. If you are eligible, it would be very helpful to the school if you apply.

All parents can apply here. 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

Diary Dates


13 & 14     Base Meetings

29   Back to School Disco (6-8pm)

17   Crossdale 10k

25   School photos


12   PTA Film Night

23 - 27    School closed for half term

 30    INSET (school closed)


12    PTA Film Night

7 & 9    Parents’ Evening


23   School closed for Christmas


8   Back to school

Please check the school website for updates and changes to school dates

Roll of Honour

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,

Mr Cresswell & Miss Seedhouse

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CROSSDALE 10K TRAIL AND FUN RUN, 17th September 2017

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CROSSDALE 10K TRAIL AND FUN RUN, 17th September 2017

Fun Run 9:45 a.m. / Main Run 10:30 a.m

As the big day is approaching, we wanted to update you on Crossdale’s biggest fundraiser and community event of the year:

  • The Pear Tree have kindly donated prizes for this year’s event. As a local, community event it’s great that local businesses are supporting us. We hope Crossdale parents and those attending the 10k will reciprocate and pop in to the Pear Tree for a drink and some food!
  • We still need helpers to prepare and organise the event on the 16th and 17th of September. If you can help out for anything between 2 and 10 hours that weekend please get in touch – we need you!
  • The 10k committee have been working their socks off to organise the 18th consecutive 10k and Fun Run. All is going well, except our attempts to gain sponsorship. We normally secure up to £1500 in sponsorship to pay for the set up costs of the event. This year we have secured £0! DO YOU KNOW ANYBODY OR ANY COMPANY WHO MIGHT SPONSOR THE EVENT? IN PREVIOUS YEARS, INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS HAVE CONTRIBUTED BETWEEN £200 AND £1500 TO SUPPORT THE EVENT.
  • Entries for the event are coming in – have you entered yet? Visit the website ( for entry information and encourage friends, family and colleagues to come along!


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Help Needed

Please read the attached letter and let us know if you can help.

Many thanks





The 10k committee have been working their socks off to organise the 18th consecutive 10k and Fun Run. All is going well….

 ….except our attempts to gain sponsorship. We normally secure up to £1500 in sponsorship to pay for the set up costs of the event. This year we have secured £0!




Contact Mr Cresswell if you think you can help…



CROSSDALE 10k and Fun Run

Sunday 17th September 2017

 Fun Run 9:45 a.m.

 Main Run 10:30 a.m.

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Try a musical instrument!

We had an assembly today to encourage children to try a musical instrument. Pop into school if you'd like more information.


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Music evening photographs...

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Music Evening

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You’ll never walk alone

Walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone,” so the anthem goes.

After a day of persistent wind and rain, over 100 participants braved the cold summer evening. The weather, along with illness, school concerts, school residentials, Scout activities and University Open Days, probably accounted for the lower than usual turnout for this event. However, it didn’t dampen the spirits as the rain held off and we reflected on the past year and remembered those, past and present affected by cancer.

The walk allows children, as well as adults, the opportunity to show their support for others and they did not disappoint, turning out in force, enthusiastic as ever, many on their bikes and scooters. Others managed to walk the 5km around the lake. It is important that our next generation understand what cancer is, how it affects people, are able to talk about it and not be scared of it.

The walk has become a community event with the 4th Keyworth Brownies and 1st Keyworth Scouts (including Cubs and Beavers) again taking part, as did staff, governors, children and parents of Crossdale Drive Primary School. We even had a Dutch contingent this year.

To the Keyworth Community and beyond, thank you for your continued support, either in person or in spirit. The total raised so far this year in aid of Cancer Research UK is £530.75, which edges the total amount raised to over £10,000. If you wish, you can still donate via the website below.

Many of you were at that first walk back in 2005 and have supported us every year. For some, this is your first walk. This Walk of Hope is not just about Moira Kelly, as many of you will not know her, but for all those out there who are battling with cancer, day in, day out.

You’ll never walk alone.

We hope you enjoyed the walk and hope to see you all again next year. Let’s hope the weather will be better!

Janet Worrell, Diana Ives, Steve Wong

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Changes to the Governing Body

Please find below a letter detailing changes to our Governing Body.

201706 Governing Body changes letter

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Share Aware - esafety

Share Aware

A parent has recently spoken to us about their child’s online interactions, in the family home, with an unknown adult living elsewhere in the UK. Please read and use the information below to help support the ongoing safety work we do in school.

Share Aware, from NSPCC, gives parents all the tools they need to have regular and informed conversations with their child about staying safe online. Under 20% of parents discuss online safety regularly with their children but we want to get every family talking about their child’s life online, just as they would their day at school.

Parents can sign up to the Icebreaker email series and become an expert in their child’s online world in 6 weeks, follow our four simple steps to keeping kids safe online, watch our film ‘Safety advice from a 10 year old’ or visit Net Aware – our guide to your child’s social networks apps and games.

The internet is a great place for kids to be, being Share Aware makes it safer. 

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Walk of Hope, 28th June 2017

When: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Where: 5km circuit (approx 1 hour walk), anti-clockwise around the Regatta Lake at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Adbolton Lane.
Start: at the blue seats by the Boating Lake Club House

Do you know anyone affected by cancer, past or present? Do you want to show your support as an individual, family or group? Are you, yourself a sufferer? Is the Race for Life too formal for you? Do you want to bring a wheelchair, back-carrier or pushchair, take a gentle, contemplative stroll or just walk the dog? If yes, then the Walk of Hope is for you. Totally inclusive, children and adults have, in the past, used ingenious methods to get around the lake eg. skipping, skating, walking backwards, 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 6, 4 and 1 at the time - Alice, Emily & Isabel Wong.

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 also taken part in this simple, donation-only event which has raised nearly £10,000 over the years. 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.

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.

We hope to see you there again this year. Together we can make a difference.

If you can’t make it on the night, you may wish to donate at:
Janet Blakey, Diana Ives, Steve Wong

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Safer Internet Day 2017

The whole school will be taking part in different activities this week all to raise the awareness of using the internet more safely. Ask you children about what we've been doing in school and let us know if you have any questions.



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