HALF TERM MONDAY ........20TH FEBRUARY TO FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2017 .CHILDREN RETURN ON MONDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2017

Welcome to Heathlands

 

Our academy aims to play a full and active role in the local community. We value our children and their families and are ready to listen and help where we can. We keep parents/carers well informed about their children and the academy's activities. We welcome and encourage parents/carers to be involved in the life of the academy.

The children are the focus for all we do and we provide a safe and happy environment for them to work in.  We deliver a rich and stimulating curriculum with a strong emphasis on challenge and progress.  The academy curriculum is based on the National Curriculum with a particular emphasis on reading, writing and maths. The rest of the curriculum is taught through a variety of themes. This provides your child with a broad and balanced curriculum that gives children the opportunity to use and increase their skills and talents as they progress through the academy and in later life.

We treat all children as individuals and operate a structured and positive approach to behaviour management. The structured framework for behaviour keeps rules to a minimum and is developed in partnership with the children. This helps to create a calm and safe environment for both children and adults, where self discipline and concern for others are paramount.

Through all our activities we aim to build pupils positive self-esteem and equip the children with the skills needed for lifelong learning. We believe in an inclusive environment where all children are welcome in our academy regardless of race, gender, ability, culture, religion or disability. Our Equal Opportunity Policy is designed to enable all children to have equal access to the curriculum and an equal chance to achieve their best.

At Heathlands we operate an ‘open door policy’ and are very pleased to be a partners with parents and children in their education. I am available every morning and afternoon on the school gate for any questions and queries.

Mr Pete Higgins

Headteacher

 

LATEST NEWS.....

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

As you know we had a meeting with concerned parties in December about the issues around cars being parked during drop off and collection times along the roads and in particular around the Ashville Avenue entrance.  You already know the issues: blocked driveways, 3 point turns, double parking along with parking across verges and pavements. Just this morning, I had to speak with 3 sets of parents who were parked on the double yellows and zig zags outside school. I won’t go into these in detail here as I believe I made my points clear in a previous letter, but you can imagine my frustration when I see this.

 

Since then I have had a meeting with the transport department, police, school governors, residents and local councilors along with representatives from the University. The key points will be covered in the travel plan which I am in the process of writing but the main point will be about encouraging parents to park elsewhere and to walk that extra minute or two to school. This will include parking at the Kingfisher, the Hunter’s moon and the shops at Shard End.

 

In addition to this, residents and I will also be noting down registration numbers of cars that repeatedly are being parked or driven in an inconsiderate and dangerous way. These numbers will be then passed onto police who will take appropriate action.  This is under police instruction. I will also be placing the numbers in the school newsletter in the hope that parents will want to avoid being mentioned. This will be published on the newsletter as of next Friday.

 

The police will also be contacted when there have bee n confrontations. The incidents involving behaviour of our parents is quite disturbing and reflects very badly on our school and harms our reputation.

 

The travel plan will take a good amount of time to both write and implement. When I add this to the time that I personally have spent on this issue; it is a lot of hours and in fact days. There is a lot of work to do at Heathlands and my core purpose here is to raise the standard of education for your children. Time I am spending dealing with this could be much better used. Please support me with this.

 

Please take note of the points in particular about numbers in the newsletter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr P Higgins

Headteacher

ENQUIRIES TO THE SCHOOL

 

We welcome enquiries to our school.  Please feel free to contact us on the following number: 

 General enquiries/Public enquiries please contact

Mrs Lawson, Office Manager on 0121 747 2705

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