The Hungate Echo

Sherburn Hungate Weekly News - Spring Term 1 - Issue 4

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A word from Mr Broom.

After last week's rather hectic schedule, it's been a relatively settled one in school. We're now having a steady flow of prospective parents visiting our school, looking for places for their children from September. I must say, it's a real pleasure to show people around the classrooms and learning space as there's a real buzz for learning in all areas.

Next week we have visiting teachers from other local schools, coming into school to look at the high quality teaching going on. We've also shared training with Appleton Roebuck school on Tuesday for our teaching assistants.

Finally, as the weather gets colder, please be aware of the slippery surfaces around the school during the morning drop-off. NYCC caretaking services didn't grit the paths earlier this week and I can only apologise for the difficult conditions.


It's important that children attend school regularly and at Sherburn Hungate, we recognise that excellent attendance leads to excellent achievement. Fact!

Congratulations to our Year 1 children who are our attendance champions in school this week with 98.3%.

As you can see below, our attendance in most classes is above the national average which is fantastic. Thank you for your support on this.

We have a small number of children who's attendance is in well below the national expectations. These children are known as persistently absent when their attendance falls below 90%. I will be making telephone calls to parents of these children.

The overall attendance this term is 96.5% and is above national averages. Thank you for your continued support with our attendance drive. It is really appreciated.

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Information about your children

Sometimes, life throws up the unexpected and this can affect how children learn and the way they act and react in school. If you think that events in your family life could affect your child in school, then please let us know. Discretion and confidentiality will always be applied but it helps us to better understand them in school. Thank you.

Our Star Achievers this Week

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Can you help? Free coffee!

We've purchased new sand for our EYFS sandpit but it's in bags and needs to be moved to the pit. In the absence of a caretaker, we're asking for help from strong men & women so that our children can enjoy this lovely feature of their learning through play.

All you'll need is a spade and a barrow! If you can help, please let us know. Thank you.

Childminder Meetings

We have two childminder meetings scheduled for 5th February and 5th March.

Governor Academy Discussion - Wednesday 7th February @ 1730

Following the consultation period for the proposed STAR Multi-Academy Trust, we are offering our parents the opportunity to ask our governors questions relating to their unanimous decision to be part of the proposed MAT. If you would like to attend the meeting, please click here.

Buddies Before/After School Club

We are excited to announce that 'Buddies' before and after school club will be opening at our school on the 19th February. Opening hours will be Monday to Friday, term time only. The morning session will be from 0730-0900, and the afternoon session 1500-1800.

For further information click here.

Kelly Summersgill at

Kelly is looking forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer Readers Needed

If you would like to come into school and support our staff with delivering reading to children, please get in touch. We're currently looking at afternoon sessions only.

Book Day? Why not a Book Week!

We know that World Book Day is on 1st March and of course, we'll celebrate this on the day with children dressing up as a book character and engaging in fun book activities. However, our Reading Week will take place when the Scholastic Book Fair arrives in school on 7th/8th/9th/12th March.

On Wednesday 7th March, we'll also be holding our story evening event. This is where the children will return to school in the evening (6-7pm) to listen to some amazing storytelling. Further details to follow but the event will be support by our wonderful Friends Association and will be free of charge.

New Spring Lunch Menu & Special Lunchtime Events

We have a new Spring Lunch Menu to enjoy. Click here for more information.

Special Lunches this half term:

Friday 9th February - Year 4 Valentine's Lunch - Please book by Monday

Thursday 22nd February - Year 5/6 Special Lunch - More information to follow.

Train to Teach with the STAR Alliance

If you thought that you’d missed the chance to train as a teacher, perhaps it is time to think again –with the School Direct programme through STAR Teaching School Alliance, you could train to become a teacher in a local primary school in less than a year.

For those interested, please see the attachment below.

Wider School Community Items

Stay up-to-date with the Sherburn Community Website

Stay up to date with the latest news and updates happening in Sherburn in Elmet and the surrounding areas. From community matters and local events to important information and general news, the Sherburn in Elmet website will give you all the information you will need to find out more about the historic village of Sherburn in Elmet.

Train to Teach with STAR Alliance

Ever thought about become a teacher and making a difference to the lives of so many young people? Read on...

The STAR Alliance (Sherburn, Tadcaster & Rural Teaching School Alliance) are offering places for the 2018-19 academic year through the teach direct route, in association with Hull University. If you would like to know more, call in for a chat or click the link below for further information.

Further Information - Click Here

Sherburn High School Newsletter

Click here to access the December edition of the Sherburn High School newsletter. Further information can be found at

Tadcaster Grammar School Newsletter

Click Here to access the October edition of the Tadcaster Grammar School newsletter. Further information can be found at

Sherburn-in-Elmet Lions Club

I met with the Elmet Lions Club on Wednesday to talk about how they could support our school and how our school could become involved in their community work. A couple of points of information:

If Elmet Lions is something you would like to get involved in, please email Ann at