Kirk Fenton News

22nd October 2021

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Dear Parents and Carers,

It seems like no time at all since we were returning from the summer holidays and already it is half term! What a busy half term it has been! I am so impressed with how well our children have settled back into routines in their new classes and by the standard of the work they are producing despite the ongoing issues around covid that we have experienced. Thank you for your support with this.

We have had a busy week this week with a visit from Selby Foodbank at our Harvest festival worship. They took away many bags of donated goods and were very grateful to you, our school families, for your support.

On Thursday, the schools' cross country competition had to be cancelled so we held our own. The children persevered to complete the course with some outstanding results. Well done key stage 2!

A few notices this week:

  • School closes today and we return on Monday 1st November at 8:50am
  • We are a mobile phone free zone! Please try not to use your phone on our site. We would much prefer you to talk to your children about their day and their learning.
  • Please continue to use LFT testing over the half term break and particularly before your child returns to school on Monday 1st November.

Have a lovely half term

Mrs Karen Williams

Head Teacher


Please do not send anything in to school containing nuts as we have a number of children with severe nut allergies and have noticed an increase in children with packed lunches bringing in items that contain nuts. Thank you

School Safety

Please can we remind everyone when dropping off or collecting children to use the main pedestrian entrance and the path leading down to the office when on the school site and do not walk through any parts of the car park.

Also, our car park must NOT be used when collecting from after school clubs. Please park outside and walk on to the school grounds.

Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe.

Good Work Awards

This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:

Bears - Maisie Y and Min B

Bees - Taryn S-C and Poppy H

Hummingbirds - Bea O and Roxy S

Tigers - Zak M and Luke W

Sharks - Everyone

Earthworms - Emma E and Alisa W

Jaguars - Lola O and Elliot G

Wolves - Liam H and Amelia S

Hot Chocolate Friday

Well done to the following who earned the hot chocolate award:

Bears - Zack S

Bees - Evie K

Hummingbirds - Jacob S

Tigers - Ella M

Sharks - Darcey M

Earthworms - Sienna H

Jaguars - Margery S

Wolves - Ewan P

Winning Team

Congratulations to the Blue Mustangs for their victory this week. Zak & Abi were delighted to tie on the ribbons and are very proud of their team.


The whole school had a fabulous time participating in a capoeira session, learning about the history and culture of capoeira as well as learning some new moves. Jerri said that he was really impressed with everyone's energy, enthusiasm and respect. Well done Kirk Fenton!

KS2 Cross Country

Since lots of classes in KS2 have been working on their running skills, we decided to have a cross country competition. It was fabulous to be able to cheer each other on as a key stage and we showed amazing perseverance to run 1500m which is 16 laps of our playground! Well done to everyone in KS2.

Message from the Head Boy and Head Girl

This week we feel that everyone has been kind and caring to teachers and their friends.

Hopefully everyone enjoyed their sports. They did such amazing running and Brazilian martial arts.

Everyone was persevering and was very resilient in their running of 16 laps of the playground . Also every child in KS2 was supporting each other.

Florence & Harry

Times Tables Rock Stars

Another great week on TTRockstars! It's really great to see so many children working hard on their times tables knowledge. Our winners this week are: Ivor H, Bradley S and Evie H. Well done to all.

The first week after half term we will be celebrating the class who have been on TTRockstars and Numbots the most. They will be our 'Class of the Week' and will proudly be given a certificate to hang on their door or window.


It has been great to see so many children in KS1 working hard on Numbots and we can see the difference this effort is making in class. Well done everyone!

Special congratulations to our Numbots superstars this week; Clara (Bears). Harry (Bees), Brodie (Hummingbirds) and Georgia (Tigers). Remember to keep practising over half term!

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A Message from the Children in Eco/Gardening Club

Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like you to collect 2 litre clear plastic bottles with lids to recycle in to an eco friendly greenhouse for our school garden. This will hopefully be used to help grow seedlings next year in our school grounds.

Kind regards

Gardening Club

Menu Change, Wednesday 3rd November and Friday 5th November

Please be advised the school dinner on Wednesday 3rd November will now be fish and on Friday it is a bonfire special of sausages (please see the menu below).
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Relief Midday Supervisory Assistant (MSA)

Is there anyone who would be interested in being an MSA on an ad hoc basis?

MSA - Grade B point 2

An opportunity has arisen for a caring, hardworking and enthusiastic individual to join our ambitious and supportive staff team. We are proud to be a member of the STAR Multi-Academy Trust.

Application pack, including full job description is available by emailing the school office on Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the school office if further information is required.

Before/After School Clubs - Autumn 2

There are a limited number of spaces on all clubs. If payment is via ParentPay, payment is confirmation of a place on the club as it won’t be available to pay if the club is full.


Funky Fingers - Mondays (15th, 22nd, 29th November; 6th, 13th December) 3:05-4pm £8 for 5 weeks via ParentPay (a fun club with lots of hands-on activities suitable for EYFS children; these will also be designed to support fine motor skills)

Lego Club - Wednesdays (17th, 24th November; 1st, 8th, 15th December) 3:05-4pm £8 for 5 weeks via ParentPay

KS1 (Years 1 & 2):

Dance - Mondays (from 1st November to 13th December) 8:00-8:50am, collect sign up form from the office, payable directly to provider.

Art Club - Wednesdays (17th, 24th November; 1st, 8th, 15th December) 3:10-4pm £8 for 5 weeks via ParentPay

KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

Futsal - Mondays (1st November to 13th December) 3:15-4:15pm Free. Last few places

(provided by an external coach)

Capoeira - Tuesdays (2nd November to 14th December) 3:15-4:15pm Free FULL

(provided by an external Capoeira instructor, it is a Brazilian non-contact martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music)

Dance - Thursdays (from 4th November to 16th December) 8:00-8:50am - collect sign up form from the office, payable directly to provider.

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Y6 Application to Secondary School

Deadline is 31st October 2021

Parents Meetings - Online (Google Meet) or Phonecall

W/C 8th November. A link to book an appointment was sent out on Thursday 21st October.

Bears: with Mrs Young or Mrs Skelton online - Mon 8th 3.30-5pm; Wed 10th 3:30-5pm; Thurs 11th 3:30-5pm

Bees: with Mrs Westfeld by phone - Tues 9th 3.20 -5pm; Wed 10th 9.20-11.20 & 3.20 -5pm

Hummingbirds: with Mrs Slater online - Mon 8th 3.30-5pm; Tues 9th 3.30-5pm; Thurs 11th 1.30- 5pm

Tigers: with Mrs Fitzpatrick or Mrs Bembridge by phone - Mon 8th 2:30-4.40pm; online - Tues 9th 3:20-4:40pm; Thurs 11th 1.30-2.30pm; Fri 12th 9:30-12

Sharks: with Mrs Wolterman or Mrs Bembridge online - Wed 10th 1.30-5pm; by phone - Thurs 11th 2.30-5pm

Earthworms: with Mrs Harrison online - Wed 10th 2pm - 6pm; Thurs 11th 3:45 - 4:30pm

Jaguars: with Mr Symes online - Mon 8th 3.30-5pm; Tues 9th 1-5pm

Wolves: with Mrs Cameron online - Tues 9th 1.30-3pm & 3.30-5.30pm; Wed 10th 3.30-5pm

YR-Y6 Nasal Flu Vaccinations in School - consent required

25th November

Application for Primary School Places

Deadline is 15th January 2022

Pupil Premium & Free School Meals Funding

As you will be aware, Universal Free School Meals are automatically available to all children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. However, if you meet certain criteria, your child may be eligible for Free School Meals for the whole of their primary education as well as additional funding to support them with their education, called a 'Pupil Premium'. This additional funding benefits our school to support us to increase your child's attainment.

To qualify for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month);
  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

If your family circumstances change, you may become eligible. Please see the North Yorkshire website below for more information and to access the relevant application forms. Once your application has been processed, school will be notified automatically . If you require any support with understanding Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding or help with your application, please call one of our admin team who will be happy to advise.

NYCC - Secondary School Places

FAO Parents of Year 6 Pupils

You can apply for a secondary school place for your child from 12 September 2021 and you must submit your application by 31 October 2021

This information is for families living in North Yorkshire who have a child born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 as your child is due to transfer from primary to secondary school in September 2022.

Families living outside North Yorkshire will need to contact their own home Local Authority to obtain the information regarding school admissions and to make an application to the Authority where they live.

The information on the website regarding the application process will be updated by 12 September 2021 at Including:

• the criteria used by the local authority to allocate school places at maintained schools

• links to the admission arrangements for schools which are their own admissions authority, such as certain academy schools and voluntary aided schools

• specific school information including the number of places allocated and statistics for the 2021-22 academic year

• eligibility for home-to-school transport

• the online parent portal where you will be able to create an account and apply online for a school place.

It is important that you read all of the information on the school admissions and transport pages before completing the online Common Application Form (CAF).

NYCC Primary School Places

FAO Parents of nursery age children

(who were born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018)

If you have a child who falls into the age range above they are due to start school in September 2022 and you must apply for a primary school place for them to start in Reception.

The deadline to submit your application is 15 January 2022

You must apply for a school place even if your child has an older sibling at the school you would like them to go to or they are attending a nursery attached to the school.

This information is for families living in North Yorkshire. Families living outside North Yorkshire will need to contact their home authority to obtain their information regarding school admissions.

The information you need to apply for a primary school place is available at

Staff Thank You's

If anyone would like to say thank you to or has any positive comments for a member of staff then please complete and submit the form below.

Following the successful EGM held on Thursday 21st October, Friends of Kirk Fenton are pleased to confirm that a new committee has been formed for the 2021/2022 school year. Thanks to Mrs Williams and all those that attended, plus the people who put themselves forward to join the committee and those willing to volunteer for events.

Firstly the new committee would like to thank the outgoing members for their efforts over the previous years, particularly Michelle Seguss who, after 6 years of being involved in Friends, is taking a well deserved break from the committee.

The new committee members are as follows;

Mark Gayton

Joanne Plowright

Liz Ayton

Annie Ellis

Serena Lowes

Caroline Murray

Suzy Gilespie

Mark Plowright

We look forward to being able to raise funds, put on some events in the next year and welcome your support. We will be in touch soon regarding future meeting dates and plans - so watch this space and the Facebook page after half term.

If there are any fresh ideas people think Friends could consider please speak to one of the new committee or get in touch via email ( ) or the Facebook page ( - we are all ears on new ideas!

If you want to add your name to the list of people willing to volunteer - then get in touch and we can add you to the volunteer WhatsApp group (for when we need to put a shout out for some help). Or if anyone else wants to join the committee please get in touch.

Friends wishes everyone a great half term break before the exciting run up to Christmas



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Dance Elite Half Term Halloween Camp

We also have a Halloween camp during the half term. Dance Elite have organised a Spooky Halloween Camp for children ages 4+yrs.

Thursday 28th October Drop off 9:00-9:15am & Pick up time between 3:00- 3:15pm at Brotherton Parish Hall.
Halloween is an exciting time for all children! So we have put together spooky dance routines, creepy arts & crafts, lots of Halloween games and of course they can DRESS UP! £18 per child for the day! All children will be put into age groups so they can make new friends within their years. Please bring a packed lunch!

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NYES Catering are excited to announce their annual Pumpkin Carving Competition! We want to inspire primary and secondary pupils to get creative in their kitchens with this Autumnal inspired event.


We want pupils to (safely!) carve or decorate a pumpkin at home – they can be scary or cute – you are the decider in this challenge!

We’ve even enlisted the help of The Whole Hogg Farm Shop & Tearoom – a local, family business that celebrates local and seasonal produce; including home grown pumpkins to pick– to help choose the winning masterpiece along with 2 of our in-house judges. The Whole Hogg team/family are really looking forward to seeing all of your brilliant designs, and the fun you have with your pumpkins!

There is an exciting first place prize to be won – an Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with 7” Display and 16GB data! Plus a runners up prize of a fun Colouring Book.

We will also share a couple of tasty recipes to use up your unused pumpkin to reduce your food waste from carving your magnificent pumpkins!

How to enter

Simply email a photo of your carved pumpkin to:

Please include the pupil’s name, age, and details of the school they attend (plus a name for your pumpkin if you like!).

STAR MAT Vacancies

Please click on the following link for details of our current vacancies:
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