The Wilfred Owen School

Aiming high together: We believe, achieve, succeed
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  • 16/07/2018
    SEND Survey

    Children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Shropshire are being asked for their views on how they would like to receive information about SEND services, and how they could be more involved in decisions about those services. Please follow the link below to have your say on future developments.

    http://shropshire.gov.uk/news/2018/06/survey-children-send/

     

  • 10/07/2018
    Text messaging service

    With effect from 10th July 2018 our text messaging service is now via ParentMail, which will include a free, secure mobile app for you to pick up school communications on the go. This service will be beneficial to you because you can:

    Use a free, secure mobile app on Android and iOS to pick up school messages instantly.

    Connect to other schools, nurseries or clubs that use ParentMail.

    Highlight important messages or archive old messages to make life easier.

    Messages can be sent directly to mums, dads and carers – even grandparents!

    Update your contact details within the secure mobile app.

    Registering with ParentMail is very easy. Over the next few days you will be sent a text message from ParentMail, when you receive this please just follow the instructions in the message. Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone you can then download the ParentMail App for the best user experience. To do this, simply search for “ParentMail” in your App store.
    Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

    If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit the help site: www.parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/  or if you have not received any contact from ParentMail within 7days please contact Miss Corbett or Miss McLuckie in the school office.

    Sending messages via text incurs a 4p per message charge for our school so as you can imagine this proves quite a costly exercise for us. As messages received through the app will not incur any charges for the school can we please ask that you download this and complete the registration process as soon as possible?

    Thank you

  • 11/06/2018
    Changes to Data Protection Law (G.D.P.R.)
     You may be aware that from May 2018 the rules around data protection are changing. The 'General Data Protection  Regulation' (GDPR) will change how we can use your personal data and keep it safe, and will also strengthen your rights over your own data. The point of this is to make sure sensitive or private information about yourselves and your children stays safe. Whilst it is similar to the current Data Protection Act in many ways, there are a few differences, so we need to make a few changes at the school in order to ensure we remain  compliant. One of these changes is that we have updated our privacy notice; a copy of  this was sent out in June 2018. If you have any questions about how the GDPR affects you please contact Mrs Lynch on 282360 or our Data Protection Officer, Mansel Davies, on 01743 244632 / daviesmansel@aol.com.

     

  • 06/06/2018
    Empower Trust

    As of the 1st June, 2018 The Wilfred Owen School became an academy as part of The Empower Trust.  Over the past two years a group of school have worked together to establish a Multi-Academy Trust based on shared vision and values.  During this time the Governors and Senior Leaders in school have consulted with staff, pupils and parents on this change and the responses have been very positive. 

    So, what will this mean for our school?

    The answer is that as part of Empower Trust we will be able to have more freedom and control over some of the decisions we make.  We can focus our budget, resources and policy on ensuring that every child gets the very best quality of education and the broad range of opportunities they deserve.  It means that, working with other schools, we can develop and offer opportunity to our staff so that they can be outstanding teachers delivering a first class curriculum.

    It also means that we can keep our strong sense of identity as The Wilfred Owen School.  We have no plan to change uniform, logos or spend large amounts of money on rebranding.  We will continue to provide the best for every child and work with our local community.  As part of the trust we will be able to do what the name suggests – Empower every member of the school community to reach their full potential.

     

  • 06/06/2018
    Universal Credit Update June 2018
    In May 2018 the full service for Universal Credit comes to Shropshire.    Anyone whose circumstances change and who might need to make a new claim to Income Support, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit or the means-tested parts of Jobseeker’s and Employment and Support Allowances, might be told to claim Universal Credit instead. Jobcentre Plus will be able to tell you if this is the case. The Universal  Credit assessment will include the money you are entitled to for housing costs such as your rent as well as money for any dependent children and it will be paid to you in one monthly amount. This might not be easy for everyone to adjust to so it might be possible to get the benefit paid differently and to get some help to set up and manage your money as well.   

    THIS WEEK’S TIP: If you are already getting Universal Credit or if you are making a claim and you are having difficulty managing your money, you can get help by calling 0345 678 9078 and asking about personal budgeting support. You will be able to see a trained Citizen’s Advice budgeting adviser free of charge who can help you set up and manage a budget as well as talk you through how Universal Credit might be paid differently to help you.  

     

  • 14/05/2018
    Fruit preparation for packed lunches
     With regards to the inclusion of grapes and cherry tomatoes in school packed lunches and the risk of choking involved we felt it would be useful to give you some guidelines.

    Grapes and cherry tomatoes should be cut in halves with grapes being cut lengthways.

    Please can parents do this if you are sending in these types of snacks for your children. We would ask for your support to help keep children safe. Thank you.

     

  • 08/05/2018
    Universal Credit

    Universal Credit (UC) is coming to Shropshire

    In May 2018 the full service for Universal Credit comes to Shropshire. Anyone whose circumstances change and who might need to make a new claim to Income Support, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit or the means-tested parts of Jobseeker’s and Employment and Support Allowances, might be told to claim Universal Credit instead. Jobcentre Plus will be able to tell you if this is the case. Universal Credit has been in the news a lot and many people might be worried about the effect on them and what they might need to do, so to help families understand, we will be publishing a series of short advice articles through this newsletter. Each will look at a different requirement of this new benefit and will hopefully help you to find out more. You only need to claim UC if your circumstances change and you need to make a new claim to one of the benefits it replaces. Some people may have a choice and be told that they might be better off claiming UC. It is worth seeking advice from a specialist like Citizen’s Advice or searching for an online benefit calculator to check first. Please don’t make a claim just to see if you would be better off on UC because if you do it will stop any current benefits. Take this simple online test to see how ready you are:

    http://ucpp.dwp.gov.uk/universal-credit-preparation/

    To find out more about UC visit:

    https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/universal-credit

    Or call the UC helpline on 0800 328 5644 or 0800 328 9344

  • 08/05/2018
    Sun Safety
    In line with Shropshire Council guidelines we promote a ‘common sense’ approach that most parents and carers would take in providing sun safety for their children.  The Local Authority recommends the following:  

    Sun cream should be applied before arrival at school and should be a minimum of factor 15, which is the minimum factor advised by the Department of Health.  Sun cream is not to be brought into school as staff are advised not to apply sun cream to pupils. Many shops now have available ‘once’ creams, which means they can be applied before school and last all day.  In warm weather  children should wear hats, long sleeves etc. as appropriate and bring a water bottle to school. We make use of shade around or in the school and aim to ensure that children are not out in the sun for prolonged periods.  Please make sure that if your children are on visits during the summer months they have suitable clothing, hats and drinks.  Visits may be cancelled or cut short in extreme hot weather due to the risks of sunstroke, sunburn and dehydration. 

     

  • 23/04/2018
    Uniform and P.E. Kit Reminder
     Can you please ensure that your child/ children bring their P.E. Kit to school with them on a Monday each week. If your child has forgotten their kit we do try to loan them one but we only have a limited supply of spares. If you have any old kit you no longer use please can you send this in to Debbie?

    Please ensure all of your child’s P.E. kit and uniform is labelled with their name so we can return lost items to their rightful owner.

    Children should come to school wearing the correct school uniform, including black shoes (no trainers).  Replacement uniform items can be purchased from the School Shop Direct; details can be found at

    http://www.schoolshopdirect.co.uk/ or by contacting them on 01743 4404498.

    Once again if you have any uniform your child has outgrown please send this in to Debbie. Thank you.

     

  • 23/04/2018
    Statue of Remembrance
     Our whole school project for this term is to raise money towards buying a statue of remembrance for the school grounds as part of the ‘There But Not There’ project.  

    Each class will be doing something to raise funds, which will be  linked to the work they are doing this term. We hope to have enough to buy a statue before November 2018, which marks not only 100 years since the end of WW1 but also the death of Wilfred Owen.  In school we have one of the poppies that was on display at the Tower to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 so this would be a fitting tribute to mark the end of the hostilities. More information can be found via the following link:

    https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk/

     

  • 27/03/2018
    Information about Assessments
    Please look at the Key Information drop down menu to find additional information for parents about the end of Year 2 and Year 6 assessments in 2018.
  • 16/01/2018
    Empower Trust

    The Governing Body has received notification from DfE that they have approved our application to change the legal category of our school from Local Authority maintained school to that of Academy as part of a new Multi Academy Trust named Empower Trust.

    Information about the changes is under the Key Information tab on our web site.

    A consultation will run from now until 12th February.  See the web site for further details.

    
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Welcome


Welcome from the Headteacher

I would like to extend a warm welcome to The Wilfred Owen School.

Since 1st June, 2018 The  Wilfred Owen School has converted to being an Academy School.  We are part of The Empower Multi-Academy Trust, a group of local schools with a shared vision and values.  More about the Trust can be found under the Key Information Tab above.

We are a friendly, caring school.  Staff, children, parents and governors work together to enable everyone to achieve their full potential.  We believe that every onel can achieve great things and we work hard to develop this self-belief and ambition.  We see the importance of the whole family and wider community in the success of our school. Working with these groups is one of our priorities.

We have  achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark as a recognition of our work towards inclusion.  This is a big part of our values and School ethos and we are proud of this achievement.

At The Wilfred Owen School, we value academic achievement.  We also see the equal importance of social and emotional development by providing our children with rich and varied opportunities.

We believe that happy, safe and secure children learn best when they are able to take risks and challenge themselves and others.  We offer a wide range of support and opportunties so this can happen.

We aim to include enough information on this website to allow you to make an informed choice, we recommend  visiting the school at work to see what we do. 

I look forward to personally welcoming you to The Wilfred Owen School.

Mrs Kerry Lynch

Headteacher

 Our School Aims:

At The Wilfred Owen School we aim to:

* Develop and sustain children’s natural creativity and enthusiasm for learning, their ability to enjoy and accept challenges, set challenges for themselves and develop the resilience to take risks and get things wrong.

* Have high expectations of ourselves and others and recognise, value and celebrate the achievements of all members of the school community by providing opportunities for them to reach their full potential.

* Encourage all children to achieve a high degree of responsibility, self-discipline, self-esteem and self-reliance.

* Foster values and qualities to fully prepare children for the next stages of learning, whilst nurturing spiritual, moral, physical and cultural development.

* Promote a shared understanding of the world and the people around them and the values of the Britain in which we live.

British Values at The Wilfred Owen School