On Thursday night the halls at Bevington were jumping with children enjoying themselves at the school disco. Early years and Key Stage 1 rocked out with Mr Smith on the mic whilst upstairs Mr Bedeau was spinning the decks for Key Stage 2 ! Everyone left very sweaty, having danced their feet off all night. What a wonderful night. Make sure you are in the queue for the tickets for next term’s disco when they go on sale.
It really was lights. camel, action in the middle hall yesterday as Year 5 dazzled us all with their production that had us all dancing in the aisles and their teachers dancing on the stage. Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the scenery, costumes and choreography which were all extremely professional. The children make us exceptionally proud when they produce performances of that quality. Thank you Year 5!
Year 6 had an excellent time at the British Museum yesterday learning more about ancient Egypt. They saw lots of mummies and artefacts and some of them even found a long lost twin as you can see on Twitter.
They also really impressed the social media department at the museum who re- tweeted them to all their followers. Well done Year 6- you are a credit to the school!
We are writing to inform you that RBKC are in the process of asking some parents for consent to run a confidential check to confirm whether some currently unregistered children could be eligible for a Free School Meal.
Those families included in this exercise have been sent a letter by RBKC which explains the process, and gives the opportunity to opt out by returning a short form. The deadline for opting out is Monday, December 12.
If your child is already registered for an FSM this will not affect their access to the meals. RBKC are only looking into pupils who are not yet registered.
This process will not reach all families who could be eligible, especially those living in a different borough to our school. We would still like to urge parents who think their child might be eligible for a meal to apply via the School Office.
Registering your child doesn’t mean they have to take the meal if you don’t want them to, but it will guarantee extra funding for your child’s education via the Pupil Premium grant. For more details on FSM or the Pupil Premium please take a look at the facts below.
The Facts: Free School Meals and Pupil Premium
Who qualifies for Free School Meals?
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of any of the following entitlements:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (as long as you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on
From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were made eligible for free school meals, regardless of family income. This is known as universal infant free school meals.
Once your child reaches Year 3 they will need to be registered by the school should you wish for them to start, or to continue receiving the free meals.
What are the benefits of claiming the meals?
School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and they can also save you time and money.
Claiming free school meals also helps the school. We get extra funding, known as the ‘pupil premium’, for every eligible pupil who is registered.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The ‘Ever 6’ pupil premium grant is funding provided to schools to help all pupils reach their full potential, regardless of background or financial situation.
Your school is eligible for £1320 additional funding if your child:
Has been registered for free school meals at any point in the past six years.
Your school is eligible for £1900 additional funding if your child:
Has been looked after under local authority care for more than one day.
How is Pupil Premium funding used?
The pupil premium is not used to pay for school meals. Schools use the funding to improve the attainment of pupils who are eligible.
You can find more information on how schools use pupil premium funding on your school website.
How can I ensure my school gets the funding?
The more eligible pupils that are registered for free school meals, the more funding the school receives.
Registering does not mean your child has to take up free school meals if they don’t want to.
You should still register for free school meals even if:
Your child already receives universal infant free school meals
You would rather your child had a different meal, such as a packed lunch
Last night teachers from Bevington, St Mary’s, St Thomas’ and Barlby all met to look at learning and discuss standards across the schools. This gave us all a great opportunity to think about how the children’s learning compares across North Kensington and generated lots of ideas and conversation about teaching methods and techniques that help all learners.
We now meet regularly once a term to do this and will be planning more events that we can offer jointly to parents as well as we share so many families.
We had a brilliant assembly from the people at Magic Maths today who will be offering a club at Bevington next term. They will be out in the playground next week with flyers and information about the club which is a really exciting opportunity for pupils across the school to get even better at maths than they already are! Please look out for them.
Oral Health is vital to all children and unfortunately accounts for a large proportion of absence days at primary school. At Bevington we place high importance on oral hygiene and oral health across all years, but in particular EYFS. Each year we participate in the ‘Smile Programme’ with the NHS dental service coming into school to educate the children. Please view the link to the information from the workshop and contact details for local NHS dentists.