Newsletters 2017/18

In case you missed them, here are our latest newsletters:

December 2017 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

Ofsted Report

We were last inspected in March 2014, when our Overall effectiveness was graded as Good.

The latest report can be downloaded here: Ofsted Report 2014.

Previous reports can be viewed on the Ofsted website.

Or you can see our highlights from our 2014 report here.

Parent View

Parents can register their views of the school with OFSTED at Parentview.

The Guide for Parents explains the inspection process.

More information can be found on this Ofsted Leaflet and Poster.

Term Dates / School Holidays - Academic Year 2017/2018

Term Dates From To  
Autumn Term Monday 04 September Friday 22 December
Spring term Monday 08 January Thursday 29 March
Summer Term Monday 16 April Tuesday 24 July
Holiday Periods From To  
Autumn Half Term Monday 30 October Friday 03 November
Christmas Monday 25 December Friday 05 January
Spring Half Term Monday 19 February Friday 23 February
Easter Friday 30 March Friday 13 April
May Day Monday 07 May  
Spring Bank Monday 28 May Friday 01 June
Summer School closes at the end of the day on Friday 20 July 2018
Inset Days School Closed:    
  Monday 04 September 2017  
  Friday 27 October 2017
  Friday 16 February 2018
  Monday 23 July 2018
  Tuesday 24 July 2018
Y6 SATS WEEK To be confirmed  

Term Dates / School Holidays - Academic Year 2017/2018 are available to download.

School Office

Please feel free to download the following documents should you need to do so:

School Uniform Order Form (.pdf format)

School Dinner Choices Menu - Winter 2017/18 (3 weekly rota) (.pdf)
Please note all sandwiches will be on a brown breadcake.

School Dinner Choices - School Meal Pre-Ordering System (.pdf)

Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)

Nook Lane is using the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) as a framework to help to further strengthen our partnership with parents and families. The LLPA is a national award and a valuable school improvement tool that will help us to continue to increase the involvement of parents and families in their children's learning experiences.

Our Parent Partnership Policy is available to download.

Further information can be found on the LPPA website...

... and more about LPPA at Nook Lane can be found on our own LPPA page.

Parent / Carer Coffee Mornings to take a break

Due to the very small attendance at our recent coffee mornings we have decided to have a break in the summer term and think of an alternative way to have our parent sessions. We realise that many parents are working and therefore a coffee morning can be difficult to attend.

We will be in touch with parents/carers soon to find out what you would like our information sessions to contain and best possible times to meet.

Thank you so much to all parents, carers and family members who have attended our coffee mornings/information sessions in previous terms. We hope that we have provided you with the things you asked for. We have enjoyed sharing information with you about reading, spelling, maths, risk assessments, preparing for SATs, emotional well-being and computing.

Here is some of the fabulous feedback that we have received:

  • Spelling workshop - 'What a really useful session, sharing strategies with others and learning new ones'.
  • 'Another amazing session from Matt. Very informative. The handouts were great'
  • 'Good strategies. Really useful how school apply them and how to support spelling at home'.
  • Reading session - 'Very motivating, now understand how important reading records are to help make child make outstanding progress'.
  • Maths session - 'Very informtive session, how the school has developed maths was great to find out about'.
  • Safeguarding/emotional well-being session - 'What a fantastic and incredibly useful session, I can't believe how much the school does on SEAL and safeguarding, fantastic'.
  • 'Fantastic session - great to hear how much support school can offer and the language to help'.
  • 'Reassuring to know my child is being looked after on an emotional level, I will be using 'scaling' at home now and 'fizzy' will be a popular word in my house!'
  • Christmas craft day - 'it was great to have the opportunity to work with my child in school, brilliant - thank you for all the planning and 'inclusiveness', a wonderful afternoon I enjoyed everything, some great ideas to try out at home, stress free and relaxing, what a fantastic morning - Easter craft?'.

This has been really useful to us and we hope that in the new year we continue to provide the information and support that you want and need.

Additional Needs Coffee morning and after school session

There will be Parent Forum sessions every half term from now on and there will be a different focus each time. Information about this will follow in the new year.

Feedback from previous Additional Needs sessions:

  • 'Great to meet 'the team' supporting my child in school'.
  • 'Lots of really useful information about how support is organised at Nook Lane, feel I can approach staff with any questions or concerns I have'.
  • 'Was interesting to find out about all the different things going on in school to help children with different needs and emotional needs too'.

Sheffield Parent Carer Coffee Morning

Our annual coffee morning hosted in school and run by a fantastic team of parents from the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum was a great success!

Parents of children with additional needs, relating to social communication and autism, were invited in to school to discuss current changes in SEND provision in Sheffield, how to support children through transition points and how school can support parents and families.

The sessions are always really useful and informative and we find out so much about what is on offer for families of children with additional needs.

Parents can become members of the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum by contacting or ringing 0300321421. The meetings usually take place at St Mary's Community Centre on Bramhall Lane.

Friends of Nook Lane

FONL is a group of parents and teachers whose aim is to raise money for Nook Lane Juniors.

They offer a variety of events to parents and children, which the school benefit from through monies raised. These have included items to expand the children's skills, learning and knowledge. The money also extends to subsidising some trips.

They are a friendly and welcoming group of working mums and dads who all get together with teachers once a month for an hour to organise future events. As we all know, funds to schools have been cut so every little helps.

If you feel you could give a little time to help at events for half an hour or would like to join FONL we would love to welcome you.

Access arrangements:

At the start of next academic year, the school intends to conduct an audit of families' particular requirements so that we can make the necessary provision for supporting anyone with a disability who visits the school.

If parents, family members or other members of the Nook Lane community are disabled and/or have any special requirements regarding access, please contact the school office prior to visiting the school, so that the necessary arrangements can be put in place.

Inclusion Team

In the autumn term the Inclusion Team invited parents and carers of pupils receiving additional support in school to an informal information evening to discuss and share the work carried out in school to help children in all aspects of their learning. Parents were offered the opportunity to come into school, at their convenience, to observe programmes of support being delivered to their child and look at useful resources to use at home.

Before Christmas, in what is turning into an annual tradition, parents from the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum (see below) hosted an informal information session for parents and carers of pupils with additional needs on the autistic spectrum. This event is invaluable as information about local resources, events and support is shared and discussed.

Parent Support

For help, advice and guidance about all aspects of education and other parenting issues:

Parents:Directgov website

Department for Education website

Sheffield Young Carers Charity

In the autumn term School Council chose the Sheffield Young Carers charity as the school's Christmas charity. Through collections at the Y3 Christmas performance, the money raised from the wonderful craft stall and by pupils in the Integrated Resource from their Christmas grotto, we are delighted to announce that the school community raised £296.49 for the charity.

School Council hope to develop other fund raising events for the charity over the coming year. They would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful charity.