HELP THE PTA EVERY TIME YOU SHOP!
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.
**CORONAVIRUS—PUBLIC INFORMATION **
The Government has stated that the NHS is well prepared to deal with this virus.
You can help too.
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
• Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.
Find out more at: gov.uk/coronavirus
If you or someone you know is planning to travel to China or returning to the UK from China, please check Foreign Office advice:
Upcoming PACT workshops
Bumblebees 9am and 12.40pm Thurs 5th March Reading
*SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR HALF TERM HOLIDAY *
Both schools will close at the end of the day on Friday 14th February for the half term holiday.
The schools re-open on Monday 24th February.
We hope our families have an enjoyable break.
RECEPTION GOING TO OUTER SPACE!
A special Planetarium will be set up in Reception for the children to look at outer space close up on Monday 24th February.
This will start Reception ‘To infinity and beyond’ topic
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.
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.
+ BLUE COAT PLUS +
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.
USE YOUR LIBRARY AND BORROW BOOKS FOR FREE!
Walsall libraries are threatened with closure due to
Show your support for a fantastic free
service which enriches the whole community’s ability to learn and gain new skills.
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.
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