June 2019

This Week

posted 14 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

It’s been an incredibly busy week at Lea Forest this week with sports events, trips and activities taking place. On Thursday Mrs Terry and a group from our gardening club represented the school at the NEC with their amazing themed wheelbarrow display.

I’m also delighted to report that Mrs Newbold and a team of our Year 4 children have won a national poetry competition and will be performing the Rachel Rooney poem ‘Cool’ on the stage of the National Theatre in London on 3 July. You can watch the winning performance on our YouTube Channel by clicking the link. It’s wonderful to see our children being successful in so many different areas of the curriculum.

On Monday we were joined for a special assembly by Kevin Grealish, father of Aston Villa Player Jack Grealish who shared with us his experiences of Jack growing up as we focused on our father’s day celebrations. On Tuesday and Wednesday the animal man was visiting our children in Year 3 and Nursery. I was amazed how brave our youngest children were when they met Boris the Tarantula!

We’ve also been visited by several schools this week who always comment on our schools welcoming atmosphere and polite and friendly children. It’s always a pleasure to hear such positive comments about our school.

A huge congratulations to Millie in 6CF for gaining a place in Aston Villa Academy. This is a fantastic and well-deserved achievement.

Have a fantastic weekend and a great Father’s day on Sunday. See you all bright and early on Monday morning ready for another REMARKABLE week.

Summer Events

posted 14 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

We’ve got a busy diary of summer events coming up over the next weeks...

Look out for more information about our Father’s Day BBQ, Year 2’s trip to the Beach , the EAL Hub trip to the Country Park and lots more besides. We’ll be sending out lots of information via Class Dojo, Twitter and the school website.


posted 14 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

Please help us to ensure that your child doesn’t miss any of their education by arriving at school before 9am. Our playground gates open from 8:45am every morning and our lessons start from 9am. We will be focussing on improving our punctuality and will be working with parents to reduce the number of late marks that children are receiving.

Gardener's World Visit

posted 14 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

On Thursday Mrs Terry and our amazing gardening club visited the Gardeners World show at the NEC. The children have been busy creating a truly remarkable Greece themed wheel barrow for the #TravelBarrow competition.

The children also got to watch the Gardeners Live show and explore the floral marquee and chat with expert gardeners about our vegetable allotments.

Polite Reminder

posted 14 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

if your child does arrive late to school, please wait for a member of our staff to sign your children in.

Thank you for your support in this matter.

Play Off Finals

posted 14 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

On Thursday evening Miss Lewis and our Yr5 and Yr6 footballers travelled to Castle Vale stadium to participate in the Erdington and Saltley league finals.

Our players played very well this season and we’re very pleased that we finished in 4th place out of all of the district schools that participate in our league.

We hope to be on the podium next season!

Finals Results:

Lea Forest 1 vs Hillstone 4

Lea Forest 1 vs Mapledeane 4

Unicef Rights Respecting Award - Update

posted 14 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

We are looking forward to welcoming the assessor for the Silver level of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Award next week. Miss Hadfield and our school council will be sharing some of the activities, lessons and events.

Watch out for updates about our award progress in the next newsletter and check out the Rights Respecting section of our website for updates about all of the amazing activities we do at Lea Forest.

Lea Forest - Junior PCSO's

posted 14 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

Meet our new recruits! PSCO Khan was in school this week to meet our newly appointed Junior PCSO’s. Over the next year they will be working with PCSO Khan and West Midlands Police to help improve our community and tackle the on going road safety issues around our school site.

Welcome Back!

posted 7 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

I hope that everyone enjoyed their half term break and feel ready for the last sprint to the end of the school year! Time really does fly and I can’t believe that I have nearly completed my first full school year as Headteacher here at Lea Forest . Just 7 weeks left until we can enjoy a long break and hopefully some nice weather.

We ended the last half term with Year 2 completing their SATS week. I would like to say a HUGE congratulations to all of our Year 2 pupils that sat their SATS tests - they really did REMARKABLY well and I am so proud of them. I will share just how well they have done closer to the end of the school year where I will also share other achievements. Remember: We are hoping on our most successful year to date, so keep those fingers crossed.

It’s been a quiet week first week back with a lot of our children and families celebrating Eid. I hope that you all enjoyed your celebrations and had a great time. It’s been a fabulous end to the week with lots of sport wins to celebrate. Check out page 2 for more information.

It’s a VERY BUSY countdown to the end of term now, so please keep-up-date with key events via Class Dojo, Twitter, Facebook and from our notice boards around school.

Kwik Cricket Cup

posted 7 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

On Wednesday, Miss Lewis and our Y5 cricket team travelled to Sheldon Marlborough Cricket Club in Yardley to play in the district finals of the Kwik Cricket Cup.

Our team played brilliantly, finishing in 1st place by showing incredible skills and teamwork as they played against teams from neighbouring schools .

They have now qualified for the Birmingham School Games Finals on 11th July and will be representing our district. Good luck!

Attendance Updates

posted 7 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

This academic year, the local authority has issued a number of fines for leave in term time totalling £3435 to families for persistent absence.

Ms Wale and the attendance team are monitoring attendance very closely this term in an effort to reach our 96% target and are reminding all parents that leave in term time will be treated as unauthorised absence. Parents will automatically be referred to the local authority if a holiday is taken during school time. We hope you support us to improve attendance.

Semi Finals Against Yardley Primary

posted 7 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

It was nail-biting evening on the field last night when the football team played in the semi-finals play offs to reach the finals next week.

After a 0-0 first half score, Lea Forest managed to secure a goal in the second half, winning the match and securing a sport in next week’s final.

Look out for more information about the finals next week! Good luck!

Parking Around The School

posted 7 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

Please help us to keep the traffic moving around the school and ensure that our children are safe by parking legally.

We are reminding all of our parents that they must not park on the yellow zig zag lines on Hurstcroft Road and Eddish Road or obstruct our neighbours driveways

Our friends from Shard End Police Station will be patrolling the local area in the coming weeks and monitoring the situation.