“Following a thorough risk assessment and an analysis of staff available to work, The HEART Education Trust have made provision for keyworker and vulnerable children at Henderson Green, Lingwood and Valley Primary academies to attend childcare facilities at Heartsease Primary Academy. Transport has been provided for these pupils. We have made alternative arrangements for the 3 families who requested keyworker childcare support during the Easter holiday.
We would like to thank Kier who have supported us to keep Heartsease open and to Norse Catering Services who have provided lunches for children attending Heartsease and for those families who requested a packed lunch under the Free School Meals Provision.
We would also like to thank our staff who have put themselves on the frontline in helping to keep our schools open and all of the staff who have prepared and photocopied packs of work for pupils and maintained a Distance Learning Service daily on line to ensure that our pupils have been able to keep up a good standard of learning.
We would also like to extend our thanks to all of our parents who have supported their children to complete work both on line and in paper forms.
Norfolk County Council Trading Standards – Scam Alert
The Department of Education are warning that parents and carers are being targeted by scammers.
Fraudsters are targeting families, emailing parents and carers with messages such as “if your child is entitled to Free School Meals send your bank details to the school and they will help with funding while the school is closed.”
The email contains links for parents to follow if they want to reserve the funding. These links are fake. This is a scam.
Author: Cameron Bradbury, Updated: 31 January 2020 14:55
Six primary schools in Norwich North have showed an increase in the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, visited the top performing school of the six.
The 2019 Key Stage 2 results, which were published on the 13th December, showed that the national average had increased to 65% this year. These results are the fourth of their kind since the Department for Education introduced more rigorous assessments to align with the new national curriculum in 2016.
This has brought England’s primary education in line with the best in the world. Each year, more children are meeting the high expectations it sets.
The six primary schools showing a performance increase in Key Stage 2 results were the following:
Heartsease Primary Academy (2018: 41% 2019: 57%)
Catton Grove Primary School (2018: 49% 2019: 63%
St William’s Primary School (2018: 55% 2019: 62%)
Firside Junior School (2018: 68% 2019: 75%)
Sprowston Junior School (2018: 60% 2019: 61%)
George White Junior School (2018: 66% 2019: 67%)
Chloe Smith paid a visit to Heartsease Primary Academy and met with Christina Kenna who is the CEO and Accounting Officer of the HEART Education Trust. Chloe congratulated Ms Kenna on Heartsease’s huge increase in Key Stage 2 performance data and thanked her for all the work her staff, parents and herself had put into the school.
Chloe Smith said “I am so proud to see this increase in results from primary schools in my constituency. It goes to show the sheer dedication parents and staff put in, to make children’s learning experiences, educational knowledge and school life as fruitful as possible”. Christina Kenna commented “It is great to see these kinds of improvements in Key Stage 2 data. We have worked hard at Heartsease to improve on the results of 2018, and clearly these results show what we have been doing with the children is working”.
The HEART Education Trust in Norfolk has launched an initiative to increase the uptake of universal infant free school meals across its four primary academies. From 6th January, pupils will no longer bring packed lunches to school but will instead get a free hot meal. Trust CEO Christina Kenna said, “We have introduced this new initiative as part of our vision to give children the best possible chances in life. Not only will they concentrate better and be ready to learn if they have had a proper hot meal at lunchtime, but they will also learn to make healthier choices about what they eat and get the right nutrition to grow up healthy.” A 2012 pilot study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that Year 6 students in areas of universal provision made an additional two months’ progress over the course of two years relative to similar students in other areas. These significant effects were roughly equivalent to the benefits from national programmes such as the “literacy hour”.
Trust leaders cite a 2018 Education Policy Institute report, where parents were said to be saving an average of 50 minutes and £10 each week as a result of UIFSM. “Schools receive funding specifically for the purpose of providing hot meals to children in Reception and Key Stage One” says Trust COO, Hazel Cubbage. “It seems ridiculous for parents to struggle to plan and pay for lunches when we can provide them for free.”
The Trust says that parents of children with special dietary requirements should not be concerned by the move. “We have worked closely with our caterers to ensure we can provide a wide menu selection that accommodates a range of dietary needs, including vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options. Children will have a choice between three hot meal options, a jacket potato with a selection of three different toppings and access to a salad bar.”
In its letter to parents communicating the initiative, the Trust referred to the positive difference it would make to preserving the planet for its children. Trust COO, Hazel Cubbage, said “Everything we do is about improving the futures of our children, but what future will they have if we destroy their planet and teach them to do the same? We are incredibly conscious of our responsibility as an organisation to make sustainable choices.”
The Trust advises that the initiative is completely in keeping with its organisational values, which include inspiring and empowering personal growth, promoting social mobility and a commitment to social responsibility. “At The HEART Education Trust we are trailblazers. It is our hope that other schools and academies will see what we are doing and follow suit.”
Key Stage 2 pupils, who are not entitled to free meals under the government’s UIFSM programme will continue to bring in packed lunches.
Heartsease Primary Academy were recently visited by the author Jack Trelawny. He talked to children in years 2 to 6 about how stories are everywhere and that you can start to write about real life experiences. They loved the funny pictures he showed them and enjoyed hearing him read from one of his books. Some of the children bought copies of his books and are loving reading them.
See the newsflash below, created by some of our pupils at Valley Primary Academy – fantastic, creative work and resulting in some fabulous written articles too!
See more exciting articles and news stories below, written and presented by some of our Year 5 pupils from Heartsease Primary Academy, published on the Young Journalist Academy’s website.
There’s been some fantastic writing going on…
Heartsease Primary Academy had a fabulous day when British BMX World Cup Freestyler Emma Finnegan came into school to share her inspirational journey and future aspirations with everyone on Tuesday 30th April. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed her visit and were suitably inspired.
Thank you to everyone who donated 50p for the ‘Wear your p.e./sports kit to school Day’ on the day. £181 was raised which will go towards the ‘Inspire Through Sport’ charity.