This week’s message (Friday 22 April 2022)

Friday 22 April 2022

With bright sunny days, what a great week to kick off the Summer term! We hope you all had a lovely break.


Our whole school attendance is at 95.2% – that’s a rise from 04 March when we last reported. Great news!

Please remember that we’re not allowed to authorise term-time absence unless it’s in exceptional circumstances, and if you do need to request term-time absence it should be done in advance using a form you can collect at the office.

Thank you for supporting your child to attend school regularly and on time.

Updated NHS Covid symptoms lists

The NHS COVID-19 symptoms in adults and symptoms in children have been updated. Are you aware of all 12 possible symptoms?

The official advice is that adults and children who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including Covid, should follow the UKHSA guidance. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.


We also want to let you know about a couple of changes to our teaching team coming soon…

As you know, Miss Wilson is expecting her first baby. She goes on maternity leave at the end of this half term: Friday 27 May (she planned it well so she could make sure Y6 completed their SATs!). For the final half of the summer term, Mr Wilks will teach Y6 with the support of Miss Kennedy and Miss Canning.

The big change for September is that Mrs Burke has made the decision to retire. With 20 years at Moortown under her belt, Mrs Burke is one of our longest-serving members of staff and definitely the longest-serving teacher. The time has come for her to hang up her Reception key and to enjoy some well deserved time for herself and her family. I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing her all the best and thanking her for all her hard work – she’ll be missed.

From September, there will be two new members of staff – one to take over from Mrs Burke and one to cover Miss Wilson’s maternity leave. This follows a very extensive recruitment process across the whole of Sphere Federation (186 applications in total!). We were overwhelmed by a very strong range of applicants.

Please note, however, that some Moortown teachers will move classes – the two new teachers won’t necessarily take over in Reception and Year 6 (although you may notice a familiar face return!).

We’ll let you know later in the term classes and teachers.

Have a happy and healthy weekend.