Team Points

Saturday Sept 19 05:50am Posted By J Croxon

Our winning team this week are Ash. A huge well done to all of our pupils in Ash.

You can also see the running totals so far.

Mr Clarke's Message

Saturday Sept 19 05:50am Posted By J Croxon

Year 2

I’d like to say well done to the Year 2 children and parents for engaging with our online provision during the bubble closure. We look forward to welcoming back Year 2 on Monday 28 September.

Thank you

I just wanted to say thank you again this week for all of the support and encouraging comments and views from parents and carers during these very different times we find ourselves. Have a great weekend!

European Day of Languages

Saturday Sept 19 05:50am Posted By J Croxon

On Tuesday 29 September we will be celebrating European Day of Languages. Throughout the day children will be taking part in a wide range of language based activities and

experiences. Each year group has been assigned a specific country and are invited to come to school that day in the clothing of their chosen country or the colours of the country’s flag.

Nursery France

Reception France

Year 1 Spain

Year 2 Italy

Year 3 Greece

Year 4 Germany

Year 5 Russia

Year 6 Poland

At playtime we will be hosting a French themed cafe, serving years 3 to 6 with a wide selection of French pastries and crepes for 50p each. To adhere to government guidelines the entry times to the cafe will be staggered by year group and children will be required to sanitize their hands before entering and leaving. If your child would like to purchase from the cafe please send them in with money (no more than £2 per child).

Anti-Bullying Quality Mark - Bronze Award

Saturday Sept 19 05:50am Posted By J Croxon

I am delighted to share that we were awarded the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark - Bronze Award this week. To achieve this award we had to demonstrate that we are meeting the following standards:

● Taking a whole school strategic approach to preventing bullying;

● Ensuring the development of the ABQM-UK sits with the school’s leadership and in whole school development planning;

● Having an up-to-date Anti-Bullying Policy that meets the ABQM standards;

● Establishing a Peer Support scheme (e.g. buddy scheme, restorative justice scheme, peer mediation scheme) within the school;

● Sharing information with parents about the school Anti-Bullying policy and who to contact should issues arise;

● Developing a clear understanding about how to prevent and counter cyber-bullying.

A huge well done to our school council, anti-bullying steering group and to our peer mentors who all contributed to our success in gaining this award - ably led by Miss Hadfield who is really passionate about ensuring children are safe and happy in school. Miss Hadfield has worked relentlessly on creating a culture in school which is fully inclusive and is accepting of differences.

A Message From Our CEO

Saturday Sept 19 05:50am Posted By J Croxon

A message from our CEO Please find a link to Julian Drinkall’s second video message of the year here where you will hear Julian talking about the road ahead as well as exploring new possibilities in the way we deliver education, with a more bespoke approach, tailored to each child’s individual needs. Click here to watch the video

Help Us Recycle!

Saturday Sept 19 09:50am Posted By J Croxon

We are aiming to turn Lea Forest green this year and will be recycling batteries with the big battery hunt! We'll be sending home battery boxes next week that to collect any used batteries in. Please return them to school when they are full and help us to win some fantastic prizes for our children and families. We'll be having a prize draw for all children that return battery boxes to school. Last year we collected just under 100 kilograms of used batteries. Lets see if we can double that this time!

Polite Reminder

Saturday Sept 19 09:50am Posted By J Croxon

I would like to remind parents, carers and pupils of the importance of maintaining high standards of hygiene. If your child is in a “bubble” that has being sent home to isolate, they must remain at home - they must not be brought to school when dropping off siblings that are still attending school. If you need support with getting your child/children to school, please get in contact with us.

Wishing you all an enjoyable and restful weekend. Take care and stay safe!

Team Points

Saturday Sept 19 09:50am Posted By J Croxon

Our winning team this week are OAK. A huge well done to all of our pupils in Oak.

You can also see the running totals so far.

Mr Clarke's Message

Saturday Sept 19 09:50am Posted By J Croxon

It has been a difficult week, with Year 2 being being closed from Wednesday 16th September until Monday 28th September because of a confirmed case of COVID-19 for a member of staff. I know this will have caused some frustration and concern, however, I have been really impressed and encouraged by the reaction of our pupils, parents and staff. I would like to thank those of you that have taken to time to give me messages of support. The Year 2 team have been extremely proactive in terms of setting work remotely and ensuring the learning experience for our youngsters hasn’t stopped with a remote offer offered immediately. Meanwhile in school, it’s been business as usual. Despite the current situation, as I walk around school each day it is fantastic to see the learning experiences, enthusiasm and brilliant work being completed. It is also pleasing to see the remarkable behaviour and conduct from our pupils.

After School Clubs

Friday Sept 11 12:50pm Posted By J Croxon

We are pleased to let you know that from next week we will be starting our after school clubs again, however, the booking process is changing. We will no longer be sending home letters with reply slips. All clubs must be booked using a new online google form which will detail all the clubs, dates, times etc. Bookings can be made here:

Your child will not be allowed to attend a club unless he/she is booked onto it. Please be aware that under the current circumstances you will only be able to choose a club for your child to attend from

your child’s ‘phase bubble’, they will not have access to all clubs during these times.

You will receive a confirmation text to inform you that your child has been successful in gaining a place.

School Development Plans

Friday Sept 11 12:50pm Posted By J Croxon

  1. To ensure outstanding leadership at all levels impacts on a remarkable quality of provision.

  2. To deliver an ambitious curriculum which is coherently planned and sequenced, enabling children to become passionate learners and developing life-long skills to unlock their potential to live remarkable lives.

  3. To develop confident, assured pupils whose excellent attitudes to school-life have a strong positive impact on their desire to live a remarkable life.

  4. To have high expectations of behaviour and conduct which are reflected in the children’s commitment to a respectful culture where less than remarkable is not accepted.

To create a remarkable foundation where there are no cultural, social or economic barriers, giving children the best possible start to their educational journey.

Parking Update

Friday Sept 11 12:50pm Posted By J Croxon

We are working in partnership with our local councillors, West Midlands Police and the local parking officers to ensure that the roads are kept safe and parents park legally and safely at all times during the school day.

Parking enforcement officers will be visiting Lea Forest regularly and will issue fines to drivers who park in a dangerous or illegal manner.

To help us, please try and walk, scoot, cycle or use public transport to get to school every day.

PE Kit Update

Friday Sept 11 12:50pm Posted By J Croxon

PE Kits Update

As always, we listen carefully to feedback from our parents and have taken the decision to allow children to wear their P.E kit to school (on the day that they have P.E) all day from next week.

We feel that under the current circumstances this will reduce the need for children to get changed and the potential of mixing up clothing with their classmates. It is important that the P.E kit is seen as an extension of our school uniform, therefore our high standards should be maintained.

As with all items of uniform, please ensure that all clothing is clearly marked with your child's name, so that it can be returned to you in the event that it is misplaced.

Our uniform is available to purchase online from our online uniform shop which can be found on the school website.

Every purchase you make will help the school, with 5% of the total being donated back to Lea Forest by our supplier.

Mr Clarke's Message

Friday Sept 11 12:50pm Posted By J Croxon

What a REMARKABLE week!

I have been so impressed with our first full week back and with just how well all of our children have returned to school. This week, we welcomed our children in Nursery and Reception classes into school and I have been truly amazed by their bravery, smiley faces and enthusiasm. I’ve also been impressed with the children’s appearance, all wearing the correct school uniform. I would like to say a huge well done to all of our children for making such a positive start, but I would also like to give a shout out to all of the parents/carers for following our guidance and for making the start and end of each school day safe and successful. You are all doing so well. Remember, if you need any support, the Learning Mentor Team have a wealth of resources to support children and families. If you need any support please speak to Mr Wills, Mr Comrie or Mrs Tarrant.

Team Points

Our winning team this week is HOLLY with 3654

2nd = Ash with 3607

3rd = Bramble with 3547

4th = Oak with 3203

Reminder to all parents

Please respect the social distancing rules that we have put into effect for the safety of our whole school community. Ensure that the gates do not become obstructed and that you are not putting others’ in danger. 99% of you are doing a fabulous job in keeping everyone safe. Wishing you all a fantastic weekend!

Mr Clarke

Secondary School Applications

Sunday 6 Sept 9:30am Posted By J Croxon

Parents of Children in Year 6: Secondary School Applications September 2021

The online Secondary School application process for our current Year 6's is now open. Parent's wishing to complete the application can do so via the links below:

Birmingham Residents:

Solihull Residents

Parents can also book an appointment with Mr Croxon via our website if you require assistance in completing the forms online. Booking Form:

Please note that applications close on the 31st of October 2020.

Virtual School Competition Extended

Sunday 6 Sept 6:30am Posted By J Croxon

We have 2 iPads and 2 Amazon Echos to give away. Children must complete all online 10 lessons to be able to be in with a chance to win. This competition was set for the summer break, but we have extended the deadline in order for more children to be in with a chance of winning. Click on the following link:

When visiting the site, simply select your current year group and follow the instructions.

  1. Five one-hour online English lessons and five one-hour online Maths lessons: Each lesson has a specific objective tailored to your child’s year group and lessons should be completed in the right order.

  2. Fun easy-to-use apps to deepen knowledge and learning: These are fun ways for your child to practice and stretch their learning in English, Maths and more. Easily accessed on their device and perfect for when there is a bit of downtime.


Sunday 6 Sept 6:30am Posted By J Croxon

We recognise that some families and pupils may be nervous about returning to school. We would like to reassure you that we are here to support you and your family and will do our utmost to help your child return to learning on the school site and to enjoy being with his or her friends again. You can see how we have prepared the school for the return on our website here.

The school gates open at 8.45 am and close at 9 am. Please ensure that you arrive with your child between these times, that you are not late but that you are also not too early - this avoids large groups of parents waiting at the gates, which makes social distancing difficult. If you do have to arrive before 8.45 am, please do wait on the footprints with your family group - this will keep everyone safer. The school gates open at 3pm for afternoon collection; Reception children should be collected at 3pm, Year 1 and year 2 children at 3:10pm, Years 3 and 4 at 3:20pm and Years 5 and 6 should be collected at 3:30pm.

Our staff are available to discuss any concerns at all with you and can be contacted by calling 0121 675 3985, email at, Class Dojo or on the gate at the beginning and end of the day. For the time being entry to the school building, including the office is prohibited without prior arrangement. We may also contact you ourselves for a chat as we want to deal with any worries you or your child has as soon as possible.

If you have changed any contact details - phone, email or moved house, please let us know straight away. We need to hear from you each day if your child is going to be absent for any reason -and we will follow up with you if we don’t hear anything. To report your child absent, please call school on 0121 675 3985 and leave a message via the reporting your child absent option, before 9am. You can also email on:

The Department for Education has said that all pupils should return to school unless they are following advice from Public Health England or clinical guidance from a medical professional who has oversight of your child’s medical needs. This means attendance at school is compulsory.

No school wants to take legal action - our aim is always to work with you to sort things out so please do get in touch if you need any advice or support. We have updated our Attendance Policy with an addendum which you can see on our website here.

Welcome Back

Sunday 6 Sept 6:30am Posted By J Croxon

Welcome back

I hope that you all had a great summer break, despite all of the uncertainty. The term started for staff on Tuesday 1 September where we spent the day focusing on curriculum development and celebrating our successes from the previous year. Our second staff training day on Wednesday 2 September focused on personal development, behaviour and welfare. It was also a good opportunity during these two days to update staff on our safe return to school plans and risk assessments.

It was fantastic to welcome children in Years 1 - 6 back to school on Thursday morning. Seeing happy and excited parents and children walking through the gates from 8.45am was a wonderful experience. As I walked around school during the day, it was brilliant to see our children actively engaged in their learning and generally delighted to be back to business. Children always amaze me with their resilience and the way in which they adapt to situations. It was also lovely to see our children enjoying safe social time together at breaks and lunchtime. Everything felt ‘normal’ again. It also reminded me, being back amongst staff and children, what an amazing school I have the privilege to lead. We have spent time reminding the children about social distancing and the importance of good hygiene and washing their hands regularly. Each and every room has a wash station and all rooms have also been equipped with a wall mounted hand sanitizer. We have also spent time talking to pupils about the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on mental and physical health.

The number of children attending school blew me away and also reassured me that we’d got it right! The amazing attendance figures this week shows that parents trust what we’ve put into place and that children want to be in school. We always struggle with our attendance, but I’d like to say a huge thank you for such a positive start. Keep-it-up!

Next week, we welcome children joining our Early Years. We are delighted to be able to offer 90 places (3 classes) in Reception this year. This is due to the wonderful reputation of Lea Forest in the local area. Our Early Years team have been working tremendously hard preparing the classrooms and outdoor environments. We also welcome our new teacher, Miss Kenny, who will be teaching REK.

We’ve had so much work carried out throughout the summer to further improve our learning environments and our new entrance is 99% complete - just some finishing touches left now. I am sure the academic year will continue to be a huge success for us all at Lea Forest Primary Academy and am very much looking forward to the REMARKABLE term ahead of us!

Wishing you all a great weekend. See you all again on Monday. If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff on Class Dojo.

Mr Clarke