Weekly update 09.04.20

9th April, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well and are managing to keep your children occupied. Please don’t feel that you have to put pressure on your children to do lots of work. Your lives must be tricky enough as it is without doing battle over English or maths! If you can, try to keep things ticking along by doing a couple of activities each day and we would always encourage the children to read as much as possible. If you do need extra work for them, the government have published a list of websites where children can access online learning. The link is below.


If your children are using the online learning resources, please ensure you remind them about internet safety. The following link can provide support and advice to help with this.


Keeping in touch

If you need to get in touch with us at school for any reason, some of us will be in from Wed -Fri next week and then Monday to Friday in the following weeks. Alternatively, you could email:


Free School Meals

For children who are eligible for free school meals, packed lunches will be provided from Wed to Friday next week. Following this, if you have provided an up to date email address, vouchers will be emailed directly to you. For those of you who have told us you don’t have an email address, paper vouchers will be posted.

Please note: this is for children eligible for free school meals and not for those in KS1 and F2 who receive a free school meal as part of the universal offer to all children.

I hope you manage to have a lovely Easter and that we will see you all before too much longer.

Best wishes,

Margaret Newcombe

Acting Headteacher

Weekly update 27.03.20

Dear Parents and carers,

I hope you are keeping safe and well in these difficult times. I realise that it is tricky having your children at home all day. Please do not try to replicate the school day at home. Having some kind of routine will help to keep things calmer as children prefer to know what is happening and when, but make sure that routine includes exercise, playing and relaxing. Obviously, we have sent out links to websites etc for the children to keep their brains active and we also expect them to read as much as possible, but please don’t make your lives even more difficult by battling over school work!

School has been open this week for the children of key workers and other children classed as vulnerable.

Whilst we are committed to providing care for essential workers during the hours they are working, we will only do this if there are absolutely no other alternatives.

Please DO NOT put our staff at risk by bringing your child to school if you are not a key worker.

The staff have been doing an amazing job in taking care of the children. Lyndsey, our cook, isn’t in at the moment but in her absence, Bev and Carol have provided everyone with delicious dinners.

The catering service have been sending packed lunches for children in receipt of free school meals. If you are eligible, please look out for the texts informing you when to collect. We are expecting a delivery on Monday with food for three days; we will let you know when it arrives. If you really can’t leave your home, please let us know and we will try to bring the lunches to you.

If you are collecting food or we are dropping it off, social distancing must be maintained along with appropriate hygiene measures: wash your hands after touching the bags and wash the fruit before eating it.

If you need to contact us, the school office is open from 8:30 until 3:15 each day or you can email



With very best wishes to all of you,

Margaret Newcombe

Acting Headteacher

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Sports Funding 2019-2020


Physical Education and Sport play a very important part in the life of our school. We believe that PE and Sport contributes to the holistic development of young people at Hillocks and are learning more about our school values. We believe that our sport provision provides a healthy environment for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing (integrity). Children are recognising that anything is possible through engaging in a high quality sporting experience and are enthusiastic about improving their personal best (Resilience).

The results of the provision at Hillocks is evident when viewing the participation and medal tables on the School Games Programmes. Pupils at Hillocks have also achieved the Silver Award in summer 2018 and retained it in summer 2019. Our pupils, families and staff are very proud of our sporting achievements raising the profile of Hillocks Primary School.

Sophie Dunn & Mark Dobb are currently updating the Sports Funding plan. Most classes are now active for 30 minutes a day as part of the government initiative (engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity). The PTA have kindly offered to purchase a number of emblem t-shirts for after inter sporting events. We run a variety of well-attended afterschool clubs as well as competing in regular school games competitions.

The Government have announced new funding for Physical Education and Sport. The funding is assigned to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision. Funding of £16,000 plus £10.00 per pupil is allocated to every primary school. Hillocks Primary School will receive approximately £18,744 in the academic year 2019/20. Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality of PE and sport provisions, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

At Hillocks, are using some of the funding to:

Employ the skills of two sports specialist to provide quality sports provision to all pupils. Within this agreement, the following is provided:

  • High quality P.E lesson plans
  • After school sports clubs for KS1 and KS2 – vulnerable pupils identified and included introducing sports to pupils, such as; Athletics, Boccia, Cross-county and Dance
  • Accompanying and transporting pupils to after school games and competitions
  • Organising in-school competitions with our Young Ambassadors
  • Developing Sports Leader Programme to develop lunchtime and playtime activities
  • Improving knowledge and understanding of fun games for our Midday Supervisors to implement within their role

We contribute to District School Games (Ashfield) this provides access to:

  • School Games competitions
  • Free CPD opportunities
  • Young Ambassadors (children who represent good values and are positive role models to other pupils through their sporting achievements)
  • Inclusion Festivals/ activities ensuring equal opportunities for all our pupils
  • Develops external links through clubs and the wider community
  • Access to targeted schools events and the introduction of new sports

School swimming providing:

  • At the end of our year 6 cohort we are hoping that all pupils are competent in water and can; swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres; use a variety of strokes effectively and; perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
  • Other year groups access weekly swimming tuition all year round (34 weeks) with qualified coaches at our local Leisure Centre pool and transport is included in this.
  • A private taxi for an SEND is provided to transport a child for his inclusive swimming


Sports Specialist (including afterschool clubs) £2,816.46
District School Games £750
Heart Machine rental and service £2298
Swimming (Y6 and transport) £2,799.33
Breakfast Club (2 staff members) £3,000
TOTAL £11,663.79

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Click on link below to see how the 2018/2019 Sports Funding was spent:




We have regular contact from parents regarding headlice in school. It is really important that parents/carers regularly check children’s hair. 

 Below is advice from the NHS website and attached is a leaflet about wet combing. 


We also have a few headlice combs in school so if you need one please see Jo in the school office. 

Click on poster below which gives advice on how to treat headlice.


MOMO Online Safety Guide

Below is the online National Safety guide for parents.


Please click on link below to download the Safer School App.

The App is designed to support and protect children by educating and empowering them both at school and at home.  Through their access, your children get access to information that is relevant to them and you will receive tips and advice on how to keep them safer on line.


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Reporting a child’s absence

Dear Parent/Carer,

Communication to our School for a child’s absence

Our school has an automatic communication system that will allow you to contact us directly by text message, to keep the school up dated with any general Information such as:

  • To report a child’ absence.
  • Appointments
  • Pass on message to class teachers
  • Any other problems

During busy hours the staff receive phone calls asking questions that are not of an urgent nature. By using Text Messages In you will help the school.

You schools dedicated texting mobile number is:  07480 632322   text GIF

You would just text this number normally just like texting friends and family, please confirm your child’s full name and class when texting the school.

We as the school will be able to text back using the system if you need a reply, however, the aim is to free up time in the office, and is just another arm of communication between the parent and the school.

If you do not want to send a text then you can ring the school number 01623-408785 and press option 2 and leave a message as to why your child is absent or you can e-mail school:


It is important to let school know as we monitor all attendance and punctuality daily.



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