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Severe Weather Plan

The school has a severe weather plan which activates when there is a risk of closure because of snow. Schools are expected to make a decision

ON THE DAY, taking into account the condition of the school site, the availability of staff (who travel considerable distances to school) and the 

forecast for the day ahead. Parents will be informed by text message by 8.15am latest is school is to be closed for health and safety reasons.

Breakfast club parents can ring ahead to check that there is someone in school to receive children. There may be occasions when a closure decision

 can be made sooner, for example, due to a heating failure, but many closure decisions, made in advance, cause children to lose a day’s schooling

 unnecessarily. Although any course is inconvenient for families, the health and safety of the children and the staff must come first.

North Tyneside Services and Support

Organisations that support children and families in North Tyneside have come together to deliver the Front Door service.

Members of the public and professionals can use one number to access any services for children and families in North Tyneside. 

You can contact them on Tel: 0345 2000 109.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass, is being run in partnership with both North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police. The project, which commenced in June 2016, aims to support children who are affected by domestic abuse.  Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing for a young person, who can often see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.As a result, following any domestic abuse incident being reported into Northumbria Police, specialist Police Officers will make contact with the school and communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated school staff.  This will ensure that the school is made aware at the earliest possible opportunity and can subsequently provide support in a way that means the child feels safe.

We have 2 members of staff who have been fully trained to liaise with the Police, when required, and will ensure that necessary support is made available to the child following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident. Any conversations that are held with the child will be done in a quiet setting, away from any other children.

This project demonstrates Collingwood’s commitment to working in partnership, to safeguard and protect children, and to providing the best possible care and support for our pupils.

There is more information about the initiative on the website:

Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs R Weddle. Please contact the school office (0191 200 5038) if you need any further information in regards to this.

Message from the Fire and Rescue Service Team

During the spring months of April and May, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service sees an increase in the number of fires which are set deliberately.

 Most of these fires occur on grassland, woodland, waste land, in fields, parks and playgrounds. They are usually started by young people setting fire

 to rubbish, grass, fly tipping, hedges and fences. Not only do these anti-social behaviour fires cause damage to property, the environment and tie up

 firefighters unnecessarily but they can also cause injuries and deaths; what may seem like a bit of fun can quickly spread and endanger lives. 

The Fire and Rescue Service is asking parents to support them by finding out what their children are doing if they go out during the lighter nights.  

They want parents to back the campaign by making children aware of the dangers of setting fires deliberately – it’s no game playing with someone’s life.

 Fire is unpredictable and dangerous, not only can it kill but deliberately setting a fire can leave you with a criminal record and scar you for life.

 Please follow the link to view our short film which highlights that fire crews cannot be in two places at once The film 

shows a young person being dropped off by his mum to play with his friends in a park. They decide to set a fire which is put out by fire crews who 

also receive a call to attend a road traffic collision (RTC). A fire crew from another station attends the RTC whilst the local crew is busy putting out the 

rubbish fire started as a bit of fun. After they arrive to support the fire crew at the RTC the driver of the vehicle dies. 

For more information on how to stay safe from fire please visit or or, or search for ‘twfrs’ on Instagram.

Susan Traynor

E-Communications Officer

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Homework Guidance
In light of research conducted by the Sutton Trust, the staff at Collingwood Primary School have discussed the issue of homework and devised the following guidance for parents, carers and children. A letter detailing the guidance is in our Welcome Packs and also given to children at the start of the new term, September 2015. If you have any questions about homework, please ask your child's class teacher.

Assessment at Collingwood Primary School
In response to the government removing reporting to parents using levels, Collingwood Primary School has developed a revised assessment system for our pupils. More information can be read on our Curriculum and Assessment page on the website. We have sent a letter out to parents and carers explaining the changes which you are welcome to read here.

Being Safe On Line
Every year, the children in Collingwood Primary School find about being safe on line. Miss Stidwell has a talented group of Digital Leaders who have make e safety presentations for our whole school and share these across the different classes. Our Digital Leaders have to apply for the job and they have interviews with a senior member of staff. They wear badges to show that they are Digital Leaders for our school.
We invite parents to an e-safety session in autumn term. Mr Finch, an e-safety advisor, talks to parents about how they can help their children stay safe. Our Digital Leaders also talked to parents about their lessons and what their new job entails. 

In 2015-2016, our school has agreed to support the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind. We invited John and his black labrador Ivor into school for our assembly and he told us how Ivor helps him every day. Ivor is a guide dog and helps John around the house and when they go outside. We think that helping others is a really important value and want to help. Our School Councillors met to discuss what events we could hold to raise money. The hope was to raise £300.00 so we could sponsor a puppy and follow their journey of becoming a guide dog. 

We are delighted that in the summer term 2016, we raised lots of money at our Summer Fayre! This means that we can sponsor a guide dog! Our School Councillors will be meeting to set this up and then report back to the whole school in assembly. Our newly appointed School Councillors voted to sponsor a guide dog puppy called Zac and we will be sharing his progress in assembly.

Thank you for all of the lovely Harvest donations you sent into school. On Thursday, our KS1 and KS2 children went to St Peter's Church to celebrate Harvest with Mother Frances. The singing was lovely and well done to our Year 6 children who read our poems and Bible readings clearly and carefully to our parents and friends. Well done also to our Y2 children who recited a Thank You Harvest Poem. Our KS1 children also sang and performed a song called Let's Harvest and used sign language to show the words of the song. Our favourite hymns in KS2 were Autumn Days and He's Got the Whole World.
Your food donations will go to the Nite Bite Charity who support those people who are in need to some extra help.