Letters to Parents

School Uniform Shop

By Community, FS1, FS2, Fund Raising, House Jericho, Letters to Parents, Lost Property, PSHE, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

We are truly grateful for all of your uniform donations. Every night Mrs Nightingale restocks the clothes line and they are selling fast.

In assembly, we have discussed with the children about how cool it is to reuse and recycle- we hope that the school uniform shop will send out a clear message that they can make a difference to the world we live in.

Thank you,
The St Alban’s Eco Warriors!

Teacher Strikes

By Community, Letters to Parents, News, Newsletter

Dear parents and carers,

The NEU have confirmed that further teacher strikes will take place on Wednesday 5th July and Friday 7th July.

Please find attached a letter confirming which classes will be closed on this day.

If you have any further questions then please contact school.

Thank you,

Mrs Gurner

Newsletter- May 2023

By Community, FS1, FS2, Letters to Parents, Newsletter, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please find attached a copy of our latest newsletter, which contains important updates and information for the upcoming summer period.

For those who prefer a paper copy, ask Mrs. Shemwell at the school office, and she will be happy to assist you. Additionally, you can access the newsletter on our school website under the “Parent Letters” section, where it will be available for viewing and download.

I’m sure you share our excitement as we approach the final day before the holidays. Wishing you all a peaceful Spring Bank Holiday.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Gurner

A HUGE thank you from the PTA

By Community, English, FS1, FS2, Fund Raising, Letters to Parents, PTA, Year 1, Year 2

We have some exciting news to share with you this week! Thanks to your incredible support at PTA events, we have received Toni’s, wonderful listening stations, for our nursery, reception, and year 1 and 2 classrooms. These listening stations will provide our students with the opportunity to enjoy their favourite stories during wet plays or quiet reading time.


We extend our deepest gratitude to all the parents who have contributed to the PTA events, making it possible for us to acquire these valuable resources. On behalf of the children, we want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for your generous support.


We are thrilled to share that we are currently in the process of designing a new outside quiet area for our KS2 students. The PTA has graciously agreed to fund this project, which will provide a serene and comfortable space for our older students to relax and engage in quiet activities.

PE Kit Vote

By Community, Equality, Letters to Parents, Physical Education, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

Earlier this year, we introduced a new PE kit protocol, where children came to school wearing their PE kit. While this change received mixed feedback from parents, we value your opinions and want to find a solution that works best for everyone.

To address the issue regarding PE kits, we would like to invite parents to participate in a voting process. Your input will help us determine the preferred approach moving forward. We have outlined two options for you to consider:

Option 1:

Children bring their PE kit in a named bag and leave it at school. It is the responsibility of both the child and parent to ensure the kit is regularly taken home for washing. Teachers will empty the cloakrooms every half term to facilitate this process.

Option 2:

Children come to school wearing their PE kits.

To gather your votes, Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Jepson will be sending out a voting poll within the next two weeks. Your vote truly counts and will play a significant role in shaping our PE kit protocol.

Thank you for your continued support and active involvement in shaping our school policies.

Look out for the poll on Class Dojo!

Attendance – Education Welfare Officer

By Community, Equality, Letters to Parents, Mental Health, News, Newsletter, Policies, PSHE

Dear parents and carers,

We are pleased to announce that DSAT now have an Education Welfare Officer, Alison Hallewell.

Alison’s main role will be to monitor attendance across all of our schools and support families to develop good attendance. Alison can also support with Early Help referrals.

After half term, she will be organising regular parent drop-ins on a Wednesday afternoon. More information to follow.

Thank you,

Mrs Gurner

Maths Parent Meeting

By Letters to Parents, Maths

Thank you to all the parents who came to our Maths Parent Meeting this afternoon. I know how much fun you all had doing maths!

At St Alban’s, we believe that our ambitious maths curriculum ensures that all children know and remember more.

In maths lessons, prior knowledge needs to be deliberately activated so at the start of every maths session before new ideas are introduced, time is spent enabling all children to revisit the knowledge they will need. This REVIEW helps children to make connections and should be generative so all students are engaged in retrieving their existing schema.

A key challenge for learning is that working memory is limited.

There are lots of things that can cause it to be overwhelmed.

Learning facts to automaticity, can help to ensure that working memory remains focused on the information that is being taught. 

ALL children need a DEEP understanding of the maths they are learning.

Topics last for as long as the children need to grow and embed their learning.

Remember, we are all mathematicians.

Parent Maths Meeting April 2023