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Thursday 5 March is
WORLD BOOK DAY
Pupils are welcome to dress up as their favourite character in return for a suggested voluntary donation of £1, which will be used to purchase new resources for our library. Pupils not wishing to dress up should come to school in uniform as normal. Whilst face paint might be used to enhance a costume, general make up should not be worn.
All costumes will be entered into our annual competition, with results being announced in the next newsletter. We will also be staging a 'whole school read' in our assembly and all pupils will be taking part in our 100 word story writing project during the course of their timetabled English lessons. We look forward to sharing some of the stories with you!
Here's to another successful World Book Day at Linslade!
Out of County Applications for a Year 5 place for September 2015
We understand there is still some confusion over how to make an application for a Year 5 place for next year if you live out of county. We have been in contact with both Central Bedfordshire and Bucks School Admissions Services and this is the outcome.
· You can either apply to Bucks CC on an In Year Transfer Form and ensure you mark this clearly 'For admission to a CBC School in Year 5 for September 2015
· OR apply direct to Central Bedfordshire using the Transfer to Middle Application Form as we are heading into December and the closing date is fast approaching.
Whichever method you use, if you would like to make contact with Jenny Robinson, PA to the Headteacher at Linslade, once you have submitted your application, we will do all we can to track it. If you encounter any difficulties whatsoever, please contact Jenny who will do her best to help.
Social Networking Agreement
Dear Parents and Carers,
Schools in Leighton Buzzard, Woburn Sands and Totternhoe work together in a partnership known as Learning Community 2 (LC2).
All the schools within the LC2 partnership value the relationship that exists between home and school. We strive to make excellent provision for all our children and offer parents/carers a variety of opportunities to share in this. We take parental concerns very seriously and are pleased that the vast majority are resolved by the Class Teacher/Middle Leaders. However, as Headteachers serving in local schools, we felt it appropriate to write to you regarding the growing use of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
We would like to remind you that using Facebook, Twitter and other Social Networking sites is not the correct forum for issues or concerns about the school. The school does not engage with social media to resolve school matters, preferring to direct parents and carers through the correct channels within school which promote face-to-face discussion. If at any time you have an issue, your first port of call should be the Class Teacher. If it remains unresolved, then please contact the respective Head of Department and finally the Headteacher. If you are still dissatisfied, then you should put your complaint in writing to the Chair of Governors.
The vast majority of people who use social networking show respect in their communication with others and this is something that we must encourage to show our children that we are positive “digital role models”. We hold all our dedicated staff in high regard, who make every effort to deliver an enjoyable and enriched learning experience for the children. Personal comments on sites such as Facebook have a potentially large audience, do not afford us with an opportunity to respond professionally and are hugely discouraging for all staff. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) advises that online comment may be regarded as defamatory if it is directly about, or refers to, an individual who may be easily identified. May we also take this opportunity to remind you that, in line with school policy, it is not acceptable to upload photographs or video clips of your child taken at school which include other children onto social networking sites without the permission of their parents/carers.
We hope that you understand and appreciate our position on this matter. We are looking to maintain the strong relationship that we have with our families and wish to work with you on this issue.
Thank you for your continued support.
Welcome to Linslade School
We are a thriving academy, delivering a broad curriculum, wide range of extra curricular activities and challenging expectations to our motivated, well behaved pupils.
We hold a traditional belief in the importance of strong values: our children are expected to be polite, considerate, self motivated and hard working. At the same time, we offer an innovative curriculum which seeks to develop the whole child, leading to high rates of progress and strong levels of achievement. We place a focus on sports (we hold specialist status in sport), drama, arts and music in order to motivate children in all aspects of school, especially in their academic studies. This philosophy, soundly grounded in research and successful experience, is supported by the extensive use of setting by ability and small classes (usually between 16 and 24) to ensure that appropriate challenge can be given to every child. We are firm believers in the importance of competition. Our House System routinely provides pupils with opportunities to compete in activities such as sport, drama, music and art. We also run an extensive fixture list, with matches in a number of sports at all age and ability levels. Residential and day trips, visitors and curriculum enrichment days complete our broad curriculum.