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HELP THE PTA EVERY TIME YOU SHOP!
The PTA is registered with The Giving Machine.

 If you would like to help the PTA every time you shop online, register at www.thegivingmachine.co.uk

and select Blue Coat Federation PTA as your chosen charity.

BLUE COAT HAS IT’S OWN FOOD BANK— CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HELP OTHERS?
Parents/Carers can leave food for the local food bank in a special box in either the Infant or Junior entrance areas.

    Canned foods, pasta, cereal, porridge particularly welcome.
At this time, there are many local people unable to afford enough food to feed themselves and their families properly.

This is a way the community can help and make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

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LAST PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP

The last Parent and Toddler group of the term will take place on Wednesday 27th November.

The Parent and Toddler group will be back in January!

IMPORTANT MEETINGS FOR PARENTS/CARERS OF CHILDREN MOVING INTO RECEPTION AND YEAR 3 IN SEPTEMBER—TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER.
Parents/Carers of children currently in Nursery
Children in our Nursery do not automatically move into Blue Coat Infant School Reception.

Parents/Carers of current Nursery children must complete the local authority’s admissions online preference form to secure a

Reception place for September.

This must be submitted by 15th January, 2020.

Parents/Carers of children currently in Year 2
Children in our Infant School do not automatically move into Blue Coat Junior School Year 3.

Parents/Carers of current Year 2 children must complete the local authority’s admissions online preference form to secure a Blue Coat Junior School place for September.

This must be submitted by 15th January, 2020.

Meetings about the admissions process:
Fiaza Kausar from Walsall Council Admissions will be leading meetings with parents/carers at the Infant School on

Tuesday 26th November to support with the process.
Morning Nursery parents/carers 9am
Afternoon Nursery parents/carers 12.30pm
Year 2 parents/carers 2.30pm

 

FEDERATION NON-UNIFORM DAY—FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER—£1 DONATION FOR PTA
There will be a non-uniform day to help the PTA raise funds in preparation for the Christmas Bazaar.

Infant and Junior children can wear their own clothes on Friday 29th November in exchange for a £1 donation for the PTA.

FEDERATION CHRISTMAS BAZAAR—FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER
AT THE JUNIOR SCHOOL—3.30PM
Delicious Food            Exciting Stalls                     Festive Refreshments
Christmas Raffle                      Father Christmas
Seasonal Amusements Donations of Books, Toys, Cakes etc for the Christmas Bazaar need to be in school by the morning, of Friday 6th December.

If you would like to help the PTA in some way with the Christmas Bazaar please email pta@bluecoatfederation.co.uk or leave a message at one of the school offices.

Christmas Dates

December 2019

Wed 4th 2pm Years 5 and 6 Strings, Brass, Woodwind and Choir concert –Juniors

Friday 6th 3.30pm Federation Christmas Bazaar in the Junior School

Tuesday 10th 1.45pm Foundation Stage (pm Nursery & Reception) Christmas Performance

Wed 11th 9.30am Foundation Stage (am Nursery & Reception) Christmas Performance

Wed 11th 2pm Years 5 and 6 Steel Pans Concert – Vera Fenn Building

Tuesday 17th 1.45pm Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) Christmas Performance

Wed 18th 9.30am Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) Christmas Performance

Thursday 19th pm Federation Christmas Parties

Friday 20th 10.30am Federation Christmas Service at St. Matthew’s Church

Friday 20th Federation Christmas Dinner

Friday 20th 1.50pm Infant School Term Ends

2.00pm Junior School Term Ends

 

Thank you to the committed volunteers of the PTA who have organised so many great events for the community last year.
Thank you also to the community for supporting different events throughout the year.

 Infant and Junior children with members of the PTA organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning for the community.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event.

We are thrilled that the total raised for this important charity by the community is £332.66!

 

The Summer Fair was a great success.

We raised the following funds:
Fun Food Fridays £150.44
Non-uniform day £507.79
Summer Fair £891.07

 

 INSPECTIONS AT BLUE COAT

We are delighted to let you know the outcomes of the two inspections which took place at the end of last term.

 

Infant School Church School Inspection—Excellent

Click here to read the latest report.

Junior School Ofsted Inspection—Good

Click here to read the latest report.

These are great outcomes for the Federation and we are pleased that they confirm the high quality of provision we have in place for all the Blue Coat children.

Following a parent survey, here are the percentages showing numbers who agree or strongly agree with the statements:
My child likes school 97%
Teaching at Blue Coat is good 96%
Most children behave well 85%
The school provides appropriate homework 95%
There is a good range of activities 92%
The school is led and managed well 94%

Some of the parental statements:
~ There is a strong set of values that permeate every aspect of school life;

~ Efforts to adapt the curriculum are amazing;
~Celebration assemblies are an enjoyable opportunity to see my child being praised;
~ Office staff are very friendly;
~ I like Forest School and Drama Club.

Some of the things for us to work on as well:
~ Inform as early as possible when a club is cancelled;
~ More clubs relating to learning (homework and booster).
As always, we greatly appreciate all your feedback and we will use it to note what is going well and plan our focus for further improvement to meet the needs of our community.

 

 CASHLESS PAYMENTS!

The School Gateway App can be used to pay for Blue Coat Plus, Clubs and Trips online and with debit/credit card.

You can  download the School Gateway App on your mobile phone and/or registering online at www.schoolgateway.com

The App will also provide a free messaging service between you and school.

To successfully register, please make sure the school has your correct email address and mobile phone number.

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 OUR BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

The Club offers high quality care for Blue Coat pupils

from 7.45am and until 5.45pm every day.

Our hourly rates are very competitive with other local providers and the staff provide a great range of activities for the  children.

The club is extremely popular—to be sure of a place for your child, make sure you book your place now.

Phone 07528 607897 to make a booking.

Club Fees from September

Breakfast Club from 7.45am£4.50 per session

After School Club End of school to 4.30pm£4.75 per session

4.30 to 5.45pm £4.50 per session

Both evening sessions discounted rate(3.10 to 5.45pm)£9 per evening

Busy Bee, Co-op and Kiddie vouchers all accepted.

New Tax Free Childcare Scheme can also be used to cover a large part of the cost.

For details visit www.tax.service.gov.uk/childcare-calc

We have ensured that our prices for these services  remain highly competitive when compared to other local schools and childcare providers.

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USE YOUR LIBRARY AND BORROW BOOKS FOR FREE!

Walsall libraries are threatened with closure due to

funding cuts.

Show your support for a fantastic free

service which enriches the whole community’s ability to learn and gain new skills.

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WALKI NG BUS

Do you have difficulty finding a parking space in the morning when you drop off your child?

Would you appreciate a bit of extra time to get to work after you have dropped your child off for school?

If so, the Walking Bus is the perfect answer!  Drop your child with staff and volunteers at the Tantarra Street Car Park by 8.40am.  They will then have a healthy walk up to school with school staff ready for their day.

The cost is just 30p per day or completely free if you volunteer to walk with the bus at least once a week.

Speak to staff in one of the school offices for more details.

 

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COULD YOUR CHILD BE ENTITLED TO PUPIL PREMIUM?

Your child could be entitled to pupil premium (additional funding to support his/her education).      

  Pupil Premium children receive additional discounts for a range of school activities including clubs and trips as well as Free School Meals.

Your child will be eligible for Pupil Premium if your family is in receipt of:

  • Income Support (IS)

  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA(IB))

  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA (IR))

  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), provided you do not also receive Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, that does not exceed £16,190 or less.

  • Guarantee Credit element of State Pension Credit

Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Children who have been adopted are also entitled to Pupil Premium but parents/carers must inform us so that we can register them.

Please ask for an application form at either school office if you think you might be entitled to this extra funding for your child.