Kirk Fenton News
7th January 2022
Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy New Year! Welcome back to a new year and a new term at school.
First of all, thank you for all of the lovely gifts and cards that myself and staff received at the end of term
We started the new term thinking about the 3 wise men and the value of perseverance, one of our school values. I'm sure we have all persevered over the last two years and this term will be no different as Omicron takes hold. Thankfully at this point, the number of pupils off school remains low so let's hope it stays that way. Please let us know if anyone in your immediate household tests positive so that we can support all our children and keep everyone safe. We, in turn, continue to be guided by Public health England and their local advisors who are working with all the schools.
After school school clubs will begin again soon although we have cut down on a few for this half term as the nights are dark so quickly and the weather is not favourable at this time of year. On top of this we are cautious of mixing children too much until we know what the impact of Omicron will be.
Just a couple of notices this week:
- We still have children coming into school with no coat. The children do go outside every day to play and also sometimes to complete classwork so it is important that they are warm. This includes having warm hands and dry feet. If you are struggling to provide warm outdoor clothes, please let school know as we can often help.
- Parking - A gentle reminder again to be considerate when you park to drop off and collect the children. We receive several complaints throughout the year because people have blocked drives or parked so that others can't move their vehicles.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Karen Williams
Good Work Awards
This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:
Bears - Thomas D and Ziggy P
Bees - Josh A and Eva K-E
Hummingbirds - Finlay O and Alex E
Tigers - Harvey S and Lenny T
Sharks - Flynn A and Skyla S
Earthworms - Harrison P and Bradley S
Jaguars - Grace P and Niamh M
Wolves - Zak B and Finley W
Hot Chocolate Friday
Well done to the following who earned the hot chocolate award:
Bears - Austin B
Bees - Erin N
Hummingbirds - Zion P
Tigers - Coby W
Sharks - Isabella H
Earthworms - Evie W
Jaguars - Lola O
Wolves - Cora M
Times Tables Rock Stars
Despite only being back for a few days, some children have continued to push themselves on TTRockstars with an aim to improve their timestables! It's great to see such good enthusiasm. This week our certificates go to: Oliver G in Sharks and Liam H in Jaguars. Well done boys!
Our class of the week this week is Wolves, who have worked extremely hard this week.
Before/After School Clubs
KS1: Mondays 3.15-4.15pm, starting Monday 10th January
Dance Club - contact Courtnay, Dance Elite to book:-
KS1: Tuesdays 8-8.45am, starting Tuesday 11th January
KS2: Thursdays 8-8.45am, starting Thursday 13th January
KS2: Tuesdays 3.15-4.15pm, starting Tuesday 11th January
Bees Parent's Meetings - by phone
Wednesday 12th January 9.00 - 11.15am; 3.15 - 4.50pm
Thursday 13th January 3.15 - 4.50pm
Application for Primary School Places
Deadline is 15th January 2022
Pantomime in School
Tuesday 18th January
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 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
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Ulleskelf Sports and Social - Saturday 8th Jan
Tombola prizes include Temple Spa products, Clarins, Cowshed, Avon, Whiskey and Wine for adults and teddies galore for children.
Please join us between 10-12noon for coffee, cake, bacon sandwiches, crafting and a chat and try your luck at winning a prize.