Key Dates For Your Diaries

Training Days For 2016-17

Mon 23rd January 2017

Mon 5th June 2017

Parents' Evenings

Tues 7th February 2017

Thurs 9th February 2017

Citizenship Assemblies

Mon 12th December 2016

Mon 3rd April 2017

Mon 17th July 2017

Educational Visits

w/c 7th November 2016:
Y5DC Thornbridge residential

w/c 14th November 2016:
Y5HL Thornbridge residential

Weds 16th November 2016:
Y6 Kelham Island Museum

Fri 9th December 2016:
Y3 Night at the Museum

w/c 22nd May 2017:
Y6 Lockerbrook residential
( Y6CP Mon-Wed &
Y6LB Wed-Fri )

Other Events Booked

Fri 2nd December 2016:
Y6 VE Tea Party

Thur 2nd March 2017:
World Book Day

Fri 24th March 2017:
Red Nose Day

Y6 SATs

w/c 8th May 2017

Y2/Y3 Transition

Tues 13th June 2017:
Y2/Y3 transition evening

Fri 16th June 2017:
9.30am Y2 pupils in school for singing assembly & play time

Mon 10th July 2017:
Moving up sessions (11.00-2.30)

Weds 16th July 2017:
Y2 parents' open afternoon (pupil-led tours)

Y6 Transition

Mon 10th July 2017:
Y6 Bradfield transition day / Moving up sessions

Sports Days

Tuesday 27th June 2017:
Y2/Y3 Sports Afternoon

Thurs 6th July 2017:
Sports Afternoon

Tues 11th July 2017:
Y6 Bradfield sports day (for all Y6 children)

Friends of Nook Lane Events

Weds 30th November 2016:
Film Club (after school)

Thurs 8th December 2016:
Christmas Fayre 3.30-5.00pm

Mon 9th January 2017:
New Year disco

Y3 Christmas Concerts

Tues 13th December 2016:
Y3 concert (evening)

Weds 14th December 2016:
Y3 concert (morning)

Weds 14th December 2016:
Y3 concert (evening)

Y6 End of Year Concerts

Tues 18th July 2017:
Y6 performance (evening)

Weds 19th July 2017:
Y6 performance (morning) with infants

Weds 19th July 2017:
Y6 performance (evening)

Parents' Area

Newsletters 2016/17

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

May 2017 Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter

October 2016 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.


Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND)

Every early year setting, school and college must outline what their local offer is to children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).

Nook Lane's Information Reports can be downloaded below:

SEN Information Report: Mainstream provision

SEN Information Report: Integrated Resource provision


Learning Policies

Here are some of our learning policies that you may wish to download:

Teaching and Learning Policy

Feedback and Marking Policy

Calculation Policy

Family Flier for Spelling Changes

Spelling Policy

Reading Policy

Home Learning Policy

Learn how our new approach to spelling helped children make 20 months progress in an academic year and how we've proven that a home reading culture helps accelerate learning in school. It's all revealed in these two family-friendly documents:

Spelling at Nook Lane

Reading at Home

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is specific, additional funding provided to support the education of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years, children who have been looked after by the Local Authority for one day or more or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or have been eligible in the previous four years.

Pupil Premium Plus is specific, additional funding for children who are adopted.

Total number of children eligible for Pupil Premium at Nook Lane : 36

Funding for 2016-2017 for children eligible for Pupil Premium/Pupil Premium Plus : £49,840

Our Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-2017 is available to download.

Our school pupil premium allocation supports the varying needs of our vulnerable children.

The pupil premium funds are allocated each year following a needs analysis which prioritises the most vulnerable groups and individuals in terms of their academic progress and emotional well being. These children will have the opportunity for individual or small group tuition by teaching staff providing additional support in English and/or maths.

Limited funding to resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at the same time.

The school tracks closely the attainment and progress of children who attract pupil premium funding, offering additional support, particularly with small group/1-1 tuition in maths and English.

Term Dates / School Holidays - Academic Year 2016/2017

Term Dates From To  
Autumn Term Thursday 1 September Friday 16 December
Spring term Tuesday 3 January Friday 7 April
Summer Term Monday 24 April Friday 21 July
Holiday Periods From To  
Autumn Half Term Monday 24 October Friday 28 October
Christmas Monday 19 December Monday 02 January
Spring Half Term Monday 20 February Friday 24 February
Easter Monday 10 April Friday 21 April
May Day Monday 01 May  
Spring Bank Monday 29 May Friday 02 June
Summer School closes at the end of the day on Friday 21 July 2017
Inset Days School Closed:    
  Thursday 01 September 2016  
  Friday 02 September 2016
  Friday 21 October 2016
  Monday 23 January 2017
  Monday 05 June 2017
Y6 SATS WEEK To be confirmed  

Term Dates / School Holidays - Academic Year 2016/2017 are available to download.

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

Attendance and Absence during term time

We have a very clear attendance policy - set out in our Attendance Guide 2015/16 and our Attendance Flowchart. Over the last 3 years our attendance rates have been:

  • 2015: 96.4%
  • 2014: 96.4%
  • 2013: 96.4%

Our whole school Attendance Target is 97% and our pupils receive certificates for 100% attendance or for meeting the school's attendance target at the end of each full term. We also have a prestigious weekly attendance cup that is presented to the class with the highest attendance.

Our Exceptional Leave During Term Time Policy emphasises strongly the detrimental effect of families taking holidays during school time, especially at the beginning of the school year and during examination times. A fortnight or even a week's missed work can be damaging to a child's progress.

You can also download our Attendance Guide for Parents: Missing School = Missing Out.

Please read our Cover Letter and Exceptional Leave Policy & Application, which needs to be completed if you wish to apply for authorised absence during term time for holidays or other reasons.

From 20th January 2014, the Nook Lane Governing Body have agreed to adopt the October 2013 Local Authority policy on exceptional leave during term time. This means that if you take your child on holiday in term time without authorisation from the Headteacher you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice. You can read more in our letter home, which was issued to parents on 17 January 2014.

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 - Summer 2017 (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'.

SEAL questionnaire results - March 2016

All pupils complete a SEAL baseline questionnaire every year. It is really good to see how well our children understand themselves and how to support their own emotional well-being, mental health and behaviour.

We use the information to monitor and support individual children and groups of pupils and work with families if appropriate.

Please see the school's ECM/Safeguarding flowchart to see how Nook Lane support the emotional well-being of its children and families.

Main Findings - 2016 results in bold (2015, 2014 & 2013 results in brackets)

  • The vast majority/overwhelming majority of pupils are happy being them - 94% (94%, 98%, 97%)
  • The vast majority/overwhelming majority of pupils get on well with their teachers - 98% (96%, 98%, 98%)
  • The vast majority/overwhelming majority of pupils like their class - 97% (97%, 98%, 98%)
  • A very large majority of pupils can describe how they are feeling most of the time - 96% (97%, 96%, 91%)
  • A very large majority of pupils like coming to school - 94% (94%, 97%, 95%)
  • A very large majority of pupils understand their feelings and manage them - 96% (95%, 97%, 91%)

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 www.sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk 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.