June 2019

This Week

posted 28 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

We have had a truly REMARKABLE week at Lea Forest. Our school seems to be busier than ever with children attending competitions, visits from colleagues and other schools and parent events taking place on a daily basis. Our children and staff are amazing ambassadors for our school community and I’m always pleased to hear the positive feedback that we receive from everyone.

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!

We started the week with a trip to Weston Super Mare for Year 2. The children and staff had a fantastic time exploring the seaside, paddling in the sea and playing in the arcades. It was great to see the children using their knowledge from the Beach Combers topic to enjoy, explore and understand the seaside environment. I’d like to pass on my personal thanks to the staff and volunteers who supported us on the trip and helped to make a remarkable memory for all of our children. We were also lucky to get a dry sunny day, which was topped off by having fish and chips before leaving for home.

CEO Visit

I was delighted to welcome our Chief Executive Officer, Mr Julian Drinkall, to Lea Forest on Tuesday. I had the opportunity to share many of our successes and achievements and our fantastic plans for the future. Children from Years 4 and 5 escorted him on a tour of our remarkable school. It was wonderful to see all of our children from Nursery through to Year 6 engage with Mr Drinkall and share some of their own successes. During his visit, he personally praised our Year 6 children and thanked them all for their incredible effort during the SATS period. He also spent time with our children in Early Years and was very impressed with their story telling and knowledge of minibeasts.

Remarkable Ideas Event in London

Mr White, Miss McLaughlin and a team of Scientists from Year 5 travelled to London on Wednes-day to participate in the Academies Enterprise Trust’s #RemarkableIdeas STEM competition. Our team dis-played their weather balloon project and demonstrated the proto-type to the judges and other schools that were at the event. We are thrilled to say that the judges were amazed by their ideas and we came away with the 1st place trophy! Well done to Mr White and our scientists in Year 5!

Goodbye and Good Luck

On a final note, we say good bye and good luck to Mrs Nazar, our wonderful finance administrator who will be moving to her new role on Monday. She will still be working for AET and will be involved with school, but will be based at Greenwood Academy in Castle Vale. I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to her for all her hard work to help keep Lea Forest running well financially.

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget that next week is incredibly busy with sports days, The #RemarkableLives Awards (see page 2) and a trip to Twycross Zoo for Nursery.

Make sure you check the diary on the website for times and dates.

African Drumming

posted 28 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

On Tuesday the Key Stage 2 Hall was filled with the rhythmic sound of thirty Djembe drums as our children from Years 3, 4 and 5 took part in an African drumming workshop.

Our children learnt how to play the Djembe and learnt how they are traditionally made.

“It was very loud and funny” Ruby

You can watch some of our practice sessions on Lea Forest : TV

#RemarkableLives Festival

posted 28 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

Next week Mr Clarke, Mr Taylor, Mrs McCarthy, Mr Croxon , Mrs Shread and a team of our amazing children will be taking a very special journey to a #Remarkable event at the Derngate Theatre in Northampton.

We will be celebrating the Academies Enterprise Trust’s #RemarkableLives project and sharing some of our own amazing achievements with schools from across the country. Make sure that you follow the event on twitter, class dojo and Facebook.

Superb Sports News

posted 28 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

We were delighted to learn that our Year 3 and Year 4 athletics team have qualified for the Birmingham School Games finals on the 28th of June at Birmingham Universities Selly Oak Sports Ground. They will also be joined by our Y5 and Y6 Kwik Cricket Team too.

Help Raise Funds For Lea Forest

posted 28 June , 4:39 by J Croxon

Have you registered to support us through easyfundraising yet?

It’s a really simple way to raise money for us through your everyday online shopping with over 3,600 big name retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and ASOS, and it’s completely free!

Please ask family and friends to support us by clicking the link: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/leaforestprimaryacademy/

We’ve managed to raise £23.84 so far.

Head Teacher's Message

posted 21 June , 11:39 by J Croxon

Busy, Busy, Busy...

I would like to start by apologising if you haven’t seen me out and about on the gates this week, but I have been really busy welcoming a number of visitors into school all week. The days really do speed by at Lea Forest, but I guess it is true what they say and “Time flies when you’re enjoying yourself.”

We started the week with a maths activity workshop for our Year 3 children led by Mrs Green and Miss Ward. It is great to see so many adults attending these mornings and supporting the children’s learning. For anyone unable to attend these workshops, we have added all of the slides used on our parents section of the website. Click here to view: https://sites.google.com/aetinet.org/lea-forest-primary-academy/parents/workshops. Throughout the rest of the week we have welcomed teachers from other schools who have visited to see our outstanding quality of education, Firehorse Productions and Governors. Also this week, Miss Jones took her EAL group to the park and they had the best day!

We did it! - Unicef Right Respecting Award

I set Miss Hadfield and the Rights Respecting Schools working group a task at the start of this academic year to achieve the SILVER award. This was a tall order, but in true Lea Forest style, the whole school have worked together and really driven children’s rights. We were joined by an external assessor on Tuesday and she agreed that we had worked considerably hard and therefore awarded us the SILVER award. I would like to say a huge congratulations for a wonderful team effort. Never standing still, we now want GOLD, so will be working hard to achieve this over the next two years. You will soon see a lovely new banner appear outside of school to celebrate our achievement.

Governors Visit

We were joined by our Governors on Wednesday and they were absolutely blown away by the remarkable children and staff at Lea Forest. They carried out discussions with senior and middle leaders, book looks, learning walks, looked at data, listened to children read, spoke with some of the children about their learning and even talked to Victo-ria Shread about the wonderful work of our PCAB. These days are always thorough, but are necessary to ensure we continue to build on strengths and drive standards forward. I am delighted to tell you that Governors agreed with my judgement that our school is OUTSTANDING. We just need Ofsted to visit now to confirm this too. As always, Gov-ernors were highly complimentary of our children - they really are REMARKABLE.

We are off to London

We’ve had some amazing news that some of our Year 4 children (with the help of Mrs Newbold) have won a national poetry competition. The photograph shows their reaction when we told them that they were the winners.

Their prize is to attend a poetry event at The National Theatre in London. They are so excited for this event and I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating them.

Please check page 2 for more information about events from this week and planned events. This is the final bit of the year now when it all gets very busy as we race to the finish line. Next week I will be writing to you all about transition and explaining the process this year. It’s nearly time to find out classes and teachers for next year! In the meantime, I have 500 reports to write, so on that note - have a great weekend. See you all again next week.


Firehorse Productions - E Safety

posted 21 June , 11:39 by J Croxon

The team from Fire Horse theatre company were back at Lea Forest this week helping us to learn the importance of being safe when using technology.

We’ve also got an exciting e-safety project in partnership with the National Online Safety centre coming to Lea Forest in September that we hope will help parents and carers build their own knowledge of e-safety and help keep our children safe when using their devices.

Non Uniform Days For The Summer Fayre

posted 21 June , 11:39 by J Croxon

After such a successful Family Fun Day event last year, we will be holding another one this year on Friday 12 July 2019 from 2pm to 5pm

In preparation for this, we will be holding a number of non-uniform days in order to collect different items. On Friday 28 June we are asking children to bring in Toiletries (Shower gel, Bubble Baths, Soaps and perfumes) to help support our stalls.

Lea Forest's Got Talent

posted 21 June , 11:39 by J Croxon

Are you a magnificent magician, a soulful singer, a remarkable rapper?

It’s time to find your remarkable and show your amazing talents to the world. The auditions for Lea Forest’s Got Talent will be happening in the next few weeks and the final will be held on Thursday 18 July.

We can’t wait to see our children’s remarkable talents! Look out for more information next week.

Athletics At Ninestiles

posted 21 June , 11:39 by J Croxon

On Wednesday Miss Lewis and Mr Carlton took a group of athletes from Year 3 and Year 4 to compete in the district finals at Ninestiles Academy in Acocks Green. The children took part in a range of different athletic challenges, including: sprinting, hurdles, javelin and long jumps.

Miss Lewis was very impressed with their sporting skills and team spirit!

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.