Issue 30 - Friday 3rd May 2024

Headteacher's Welcome

Dear Parkfield Families,

Can you believe it's already May?! The warm weather this week has reminded us of the importance of staying hydrated, especially for our young learners. Just a quick note: Parkfielders need to bring a school water bottle.

Today, Year 2 embarked on an unforgettable journey to Chester Zoo! I'm sure it was a day filled with excitement and wonder for all Parkfielders. Keep an eye out for some captivating photos soon on our photo albums page.

A big thank you to all the family members who joined us this week for our two family learning events, focusing on reading and grammar. I hope you found them informative and valuable in supporting your child's learning journey at home. Looking forward to welcoming our Year 4 families next week.

Enjoy the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend! Take this time to relax, recharge, and create some wonderful memories with your loved ones. We'll see everyone back in school on Tuesday, May 7th.

Wishing you all a fantastic start to May!

Mr Kemp



Our choir will be competing at the Rochdale Music Festival next Tuesday and information has been emailed out to all involved. Good luck to those Parkfielders performing and thanks in advance to those families that are able to come along and support us.


Please ensure that your child has their reading book available everyday in school along with their personal organiser. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and some children in Year 3 , that are working on our Read, Write Inc programme, should have two books with them each day as a minimum. Books need sending back into school as these are changed regularly.


Family members of Y4 pupils are welcome to join us next Tuesday morning at 9am in the hall to join in an English lesson. You will be working alongside your child and we hope that it gives you a flavour of the expectations in the year group and the confidence to better support your child with their spelling, punctuation and grammar.


A reminder that the new summer dinner menus continue next week. You can view them all on the website by clicking here (we're on Week 2 next week).


TUESDAY (07/05) - YEAR 5/6 Rounders and Cricket

WEDNESDAY (08/05) - YEAR 5/6 Multi Sports 

THURSDAY (09/05) - YEAR 5/6  Athletics

As usual, if the school has a fixture on the evening of a club then the club will not be on.  The newsletter and School calendar will be updated each week regarding this.



Unfortunately, Mrs Price will be leaving us at the end of the school year because she has secured a promotion as Deputy Head at a school in Bury. Mrs Price has been a wonderful member of staff at the school for the past five years and she will be missed by all. Recruitment for Mrs Price's replacement will take place over the coming weeks. 


For the safety for our students with nut allergies, please do not pack anything containing nuts into children’s lunch boxes.  Thank you 


Good news. Broadbents is going to remain open and they will continue to supply our Parkfield school uniform.


Due to the increased costs of school water bottles we are going to allow children to bring their own water bottles into school and these can be taken home, washed and returned with fresh water each day. Please can you you send small water bottles because these will then fit under our water towers. Please be aware that water bottles may go missing at times and school aren't responsible for replacing these. As a result, please be mindful of the amount of money spent on a water bottle as we know there are some very expensive makes out there.


We have now over 170 parents signed up! Click this link to set up a parent account which we will then approve. This will provide you with the opportunity to see how many Dojo points your child has earnt and what for. Please note that we are only using the app for Dojo points, not messages or photos, therefore you do not need any of the subscription options you might be offered. 


The vast majority of Parkfielders are logging in on a weekly basis to TTRS to help develop their quick recall of multiplication facts. More information about this great resource can be found here: 


To promote a love of reading we are re-launching our 'Secret Reader' initiative on Friday 8th March (World Book Day). This is where an adult comes into the class for the last 15-20 minutes of the day and reads to the children. However, the children won't know who is coming in and what is being read until the adult arrives. The secret reader may be a teacher, older pupil, ex-pupil or a family member. If you're interested please click here to suggest which days from 8th March onwards that would suit you best and the office will contact you. Thank you!

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Mr Kemp is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Mrs Clawson and Mrs Smith (Deputy DSL). If you have any concerns about the needs or welfare of a pupil, please don't hesitate to contact the school. We all share a responsibility to our pupils safety and wellbeing.

As a school our promise is: We will listen, we will support and we will take action.

More information can be found on the school website here: 


As you are all aware, school attendance and punctuality is one of Parkfields priorities and I have been thrilled with the support that parents have been giving with regards to improving their children’s attendance.

Our school target is 96% this year and we need your continued support to ensure that we meet this mark.


Please note that, in line with the school policy, fines will be issued to families that go on a term time holiday where children miss 5 consecutive full days. Currently the fine is £60 per child per parent which equates to a £240 fine for a two parent family with two children. If you are going on holiday due to exceptional circumstances, please speak to the headteacher as a fine may not have to be issued. More information an be found on our attendance policy found here.

Persistent Absence 

Persistent absence is defined by the Government as attendance below 90%. This equates to 19 days or more of absence a year or 100+ lessons missed. If a child’s attendance drops below 90% this could lead to them becoming a safeguarding concern. This could also result in the authority taking legal action against parents, resulting in a fine or court appearance. Over the next few weeks I will be making contact by letter with the families of children whose attendance is below 90% to invite you into school for a discussion about how we can support you to improve your child’s attendance. 

Thank you so much to all the families who have been working hard to ensure children’s attendance and punctuality is high. Establishing early good habits really will make a positive difference to their lives. The link between attendance and achievement cannot be over stated. Your child will achieve better if they are in school every day. Only in very exceptional circumstances should a child be absent from school. Please ring the school office no later than 8.30am to report an absence.


Please get your child to school on time. Poor punctuality can lead to your child…  

At Parkfield children are to line up before school and doors open at 8.45am.  They close at 8.50am.

If you arrive after 8.50am you will have to come through the school office.





At Parkfield we promote the 5 ways to Wellbeing which can help children and adults to achieve a more positive lifestyle.

#THRIVE offer a local service for children and young people aged up to 19 years who are experiencing health and wellbeing issues such as feeling stressed, worried or not enjoying things. #Thrive can also provide advice and support to parents, carers and anyone that works with a child or young person. You can find out more information about the service by clicking here: 

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