The Wilfred Owen School

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  • 05/11/2018
    Friends of Wilfred Owen Christmas Fair
     The Friends are holding their annual Christmas Fair on Friday 30th November from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. With your help we are hoping that the event will be a huge success and great fun for all the family. A letter with further details and raffle tickets will be sent out shortly, please do your best to sell your allocated books—if you feel you could sell more to your friends and family please see Miss Corbett or Miss McLuckie in the school office. 

     

  • 05/11/2018
    Nursery Admissions
     If  any parents would like to register their child for Nursery please collect a registration form from the school office. On most occasions we are now able to offer children five terms, and in some instances six, of Nursery education, subject to places being available. A child can join our Nursery the term after they are three years old:  

    1st September – 31st December: Spring term (January) intake 

    1st January – 30th April: Summer term (April) intake 

    1st May – 31st August: Autumn term (September) intake

     

  • 05/11/2018
    Children in Need
     Children in Need takes place on Friday 16th November. As the them this year is ‘The Big Spotacular’ the children can come to school dressed in spotty or brightly coloured clothes and pay a donation of at least 50p per child. On this occasion football kits or fancy dress clothes are not permitted. 

     

  • 16/10/2018
    Parent Hub text messaging service

    We have finally managed to carry out all the preparatory work for our new text messaging service; from now on we will be using a new text messaging app called Parent Hub. The service is designed for parents to receive messages through the app – if parents download the app this will save the school money as it is free for us to send messages via the app.

    As well as receiving messages you will be able to subscribe to your child’s class ‘channel’ so you can view their feed. Each class feed will include updates and letters, as well as other messages you may be sent.

    The app is easy to use and free to download. Please follow the instructions below to sign up to the app.

    Parents who do not download the app will still be able to receive text messages, but will not be able to access anything shared on the class feed, such as pictures and updates.

     


    The Wilfred Owen School

    would like you to join their channel on Parent Hub.

    Just tap “Add a School ” in the app and enter the handle below...

    @WilfredOwenSch

    The Parent Hub app is FREE to download and use.

    What is Parent Hub?

    Parent Hub is a FREE app that helps keep you up to date with what’s going on at school. You’ll receive messages, pictures, documents and newsletters, all in one handy place.

    Instructions for Parents

    1. Download the Parent Hub app from your app store (iPhone or Android).

    2. Create yourself an account.

    3. Choose “Add a School” and enter the school handle (above).

      Visit www.parenthub.co.uk to find out more

     

  • 08/10/2018
    Clubs
     If your child is not attending an after school club for any reason can you please ensure that you send a letter in to school or phone in on the day to confirm this. We cannot allow children who are down to attend a club to leave school at 3.15 p.m.  without parental permission to do so. If your child no longer wishes to attend any club please let us know as soon as possible as some clubs have waiting lists and we can reallocate the place to someone who wishes to attend.

     

  • 17/09/2018
    Year 5/6 Residential Visits
     Next year’s residential visit for Year 5 and 6 pupils will take place in March 2019 as follows:

    Caradoc—Monday 18th—Wednesday 20th  March 2019

    Grinshill—Wednesday 20th—Friday 22nd March 2019

    Can you please send in the completed permission forms for your child along with the deposit of £20 before Friday 5th October.  If anyone wishes to  discuss the visits please see Miss Hughes, Mrs Heaton Cooper or Mrs Hughes.

     

  • 17/09/2018
    Shropshire Public Health Nursing Service
     The School Nursing Service takes over children’s care from the Health Visitor at the age of five.

    Child health records are handed over to the school nursing service from the Health Visitor and remain with the School Nursing Service until young people leave school or sixth form.

    · School Nurses are qualified registered nurses or midwives with specialist training and experience in public health for children, promoting healthy lifestyles

    · Provide health assessments

    · Health screening, such hearing tests and as the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) completed in Reception and Year 6

    · Supporting pupils with long term health conditions or disabilities such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy

    · Primary school and community drop-in’s

    · Working with schools, children and young people to address smoking, alcohol or drugs.

    · Support to parents and carers providing advice on specific issues such as bedwetting or healthy eating

    · Protection of vulnerable children to improve their health outcomes

    · Signposting and access to other services, young people and families.

    If you require help or advice please contact the School Nurses on 03333583654/ 07507330346.

     

  • 10/09/2018
    Newsletters by email
     If any parents would prefer to receive a copy of the weekly newsletter by email please can you email                                            admin@wilfredowen.shropshire.sch.uk with your contact details and we will add you to our online list. If ever you miss receiving a  newsletter for any reason you can find back copies on the school website www.wilfredowen.shropshire.sch.uk

     

  • 10/09/2018
    Parking guidelines
     As we start a new term we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the parking rules for the site and would ask for your  co-operation in complying with them.

    1. The two spaces by Poppies are for dropping off/ picking up e.g. with a young child asleep in the car and a ‘quick dash’ into Poppies/ Nursery. They are for very short term parking for Poppies/ Nursery only.

    2. The ‘disabled parking bays’ should only be used for that purpose by ‘Blue Badge’ holders.

    3. ‘Dropping off’ and ‘collecting’ children on the upper loop is permitted if the driver stays in the car however please be mindful of other road users.

    4. Cars should NEVER be parked on the area in front of the Wilfred Owen entrance and compound gates as this must be kept clear for emergency vehicular access, pick up for children with disabilities and for site deliveries.

    Anyone parking should use the main car park only. There are five ‘red lined’ bays for The Wilfred Owen School on the top car park but these are used by staff who could be required to take children home or to a doctors in a semi-emergency or are frequently in and out of school. Please never use Severndale parking (blue lines) or M.A.C.F.S.S. parking (green lines).

     

  • 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.

     

    
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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