Thank you for your generous donations to the Food Bank. Your donations were sent to the warehouse and weighed 84 kg and will provide 105 meals.
Thank you for your generous donations to the Food Bank. Your donations were sent to the warehouse and weighed 84 kg and will provide 105 meals.
Click the link below to see the Parents’ Guide to Grammar. This is a really useful document to remind you of things that you may not have needed to use since you were at School! We thought it might help you support the children with their homework.
Click on the link below to read the latest OFSTED report:
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am delighted that your child’s early years provider has recently been awarded a Quality Mark for Early Years Award.
This national accreditation is awarded to early years providers of any size within the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sector which meet the Quality Mark Standard. Schools can gain a similar Primary or Secondary Quality Mark for their work in English and mathematics. Each Quality Mark award will last for three years, after which a renewal assessment is required.
The Quality Mark for Early Years promotes and supports the development of young children in their communication, language and early mathematical skills. This is achieved through providing investigative learning opportunities suitable for the stage of development each child has reached, with support from skilled practitioners. Such a positive start in their early years gives every child the ‘bedrock’ of a good education and sets them up with the skills they need for their future school and adult lives.
To achieve a Quality Mark a provider must undergo an assessment, carried out by an external accredited assessor, against the 10 ‘Elements’ of the Quality Mark for Early Years framework. These include reviewing young children’s learning needs and planning their next steps, providing safe, stimulating resources and equipment – both indoors and outdoors – and having skilled early years practitioners. Positive partnerships with families and effective monitoring and evaluation are also required – particularly to achieve renewal when continuing development must be demonstrated.
I hope you will share your child’s early years provider’s pride in achieving this award.
Nicola Morris, Quality Mark National Director
OFSTED will be inspecting School on Tuesday 16th November and Wednesday 17th November. Please see the following letter and guide for parents.
15 November 2021
Dear parent or carer
Inspection of Grindon Infant School by Ofsted
We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 16 November 2021. The lead inspector will be Kathryn McDonald. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet that came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools and what happens during an inspection.
Your views about the school are important to us
If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Ofsted Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.
Ofsted Parent View asks for your opinion on some aspects of your child’s school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child’s school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.
To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.
Please complete the online survey by 11am on 16 November 2021 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 17 November 2021.
Speaking to an inspector
If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 03000130579. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.
More information is available in Ofsted’s privacy notice:
The contact details for Ofsted’s Data Protection Officer are as follows.
Information management team
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.
Inspection support administrator
Why does Ofsted inspect schools?
We inspect schools to provide information to parents, to promote improvement and to hold schools to account for the public money they receive. School inspections are required by law. We provide an independent assessment of the quality and standards of education in schools, and check whether pupils are achieving as much as they can.
Who inspects schools?
Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Ofsted Inspectors (who in most cases are serving school leaders who inspect for Ofsted for an agreed number of days each year) carry out the inspections. All inspectors have been trained to, and assessed against, Ofsted’s standards.
When do inspections happen?
When Ofsted has judged a school to be good or outstanding after a section 5 inspection, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good or outstanding and that safeguarding is effective. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school. Ofsted does not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, but if we find some evidence that the school would now be better than good, or standards may be declining, we will carry out a full section 5 inspection with graded judgements. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection, but if we have serious concerns about a school, for example in relation to safeguarding, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.
Although most good or outstanding schools will be inspected as outlined above, some good or outstanding schools will automatically receive a section 5 inspection instead of a section 8 inspection if our risk assessment process indicates that the quality of provision in the school may have deteriorated significantly, or where a school has undergone significant change, such as in its age range.
A school judged as requires improvement at its last inspection is a school that is not yet good but overall provides an acceptable standard of education. The school is inspected again within a period of 30 months. Where a school has been judged as requires improvement at two successive inspections, it will be subject to monitoring from inspectors to check its progress and is inspected again within a period of 30 months.
Outstanding schools that were formerly exempt from routine inspections
Between 15 May 2012 and 13 November 2020, maintained primary and secondary schools and academies judged to be outstanding in their overall effectiveness at their most recent section 5 inspection were exempt from routine inspections. These schools are now once again subject to routine inspections under section 5. This also applies to academy converter schools that were formerly exempt because the overall effectiveness of their predecessor school was outstanding at its most recent section 5 inspection.
All formerly exempt schools must receive an initial inspection under section 5 or section 8 before 1 August 2026. Those schools that were last inspected under section 5 before September 2015 will receive an initial section 5 inspection. Those last inspected under section 5 after this date will receive an initial section 8 inspection. If an initial section 8 inspection indicates that outstanding performance may not have been maintained, we will normally carry out a section 5 inspection within the next academic year or as soon as possible thereafter and, in any event, before 1 August 2027. Beyond these initial inspections, future inspections for these schools will take place as set out in section above.
How long do inspections last?
An inspection under section 5 usually lasts two days but, for section 8 inspections of good or outstanding primary schools and good or outstanding maintained nursery schools with less than 150 pupils, we will normally inspect for one day. The number of inspectors on the inspection team will vary according to the size and nature of the school.
What judgements do inspectors make?
Inspectors will make graded judgements on the following:
and the four key judgements:
the quality of education
behaviour and attitudes
leadership and management.
Where applicable, inspectors will also make a graded judgement on the effectiveness of the early years or sixth-form provision in the school.
Inspectors use the following four-point scale to make all judgements:
grade 1 (outstanding)
grade 2 (good)
grade 3 (requires improvement)
grade 4 (inadequate).
The school must take all reasonable steps to make sure that parents of pupils at the school receive a copy of the inspection report.
What happens if Ofsted judges a school to be inadequate?
If inspectors judge a school to be inadequate, it will be placed in one of the following two categories of concern.
Special measures – This means the school is both:
failing to provide its pupils with an acceptable standard of education
not showing the capacity to make the improvements needed.
Serious weaknesses – This means that the school’s performance requires significant improvement but meets only one, or neither, of the conditions for special measures. A school with serious weaknesses will have one or more of the key judgements graded inadequate (grade 4) and/or have important weaknesses in the provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
A maintained school judged as inadequate and placed in a category of concern will be issued with an academy order by the Secretary of State for Education, to require it to become a new sponsored academy. Inspectors will not normally monitor the school unless there are concerns or there is a delay in the school becoming a sponsored academy.
For academies, maintained nursery schools and non-maintained special schools that have been judged as inadequate and placed in a category of concern, inspectors will visit these schools to check on their progress until they can be removed from the category (unless, for academies, they are re-brokered with a new sponsor to become a new sponsored academy). Ofsted will normally re-inspect these schools within 30 months of the publication of the inspection report that placed them in a category of concern.
How much notice do you give to a school before you inspect?
Most schools receive notice of their inspection on the morning of the school day before the inspection begins.
However, Ofsted can inspect any school without notice where this is judged to be appropriate.
What happens during an inspection?
Inspectors talk to the headteacher, governors, staff and pupils, and consider your views as a parent. They spend most of their time observing a wide range of lessons and looking at the quality of education in the school, and the impact of the curriculum. Inspectors give specific attention to the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills in lessons.
They also look at the personal development, behaviour, attitudes and welfare of pupils at the school, the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; and how well the school is led and managed.
For information about the inspection of boarding or residential provision in schools, please refer to the guidance for schools on being inspected as a boarding or residential school.
Inspection and the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic
Our approach to inspection will take into account the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption it has caused to schools. Inspectors will discuss the impact of the pandemic with the school, including how the school leadership responded to the situation, and will take that into account in their assessment of the school.
Schools that were last inspected before the start of the pandemic can expect their first routine inspection to be up to six terms later than they would have been inspected. This is due to the suspension of routine inspection activity as a result of COVID-19.
How can I make my views known?
If you are the registered parent of a child at the school, the school will send you a letter notifying you of the dates of the inspection. This letter provides you with details and options for providing your views. Our survey site, Ofsted Parent View, is the main source we use to gather parents’ views about a school. Inspectors will use the views expressed on Ofsted Parent View when inspecting your child’s school.
Can I speak to the inspectors?
You may have the chance to speak to the inspectors during the inspection, for example at the start of the school day. The inspection administrators will be happy to pass on messages to the inspectors and may be able to arrange telephone conversations if you are unable to speak to them in person. Their contact details will be in the letter that tells you about the inspection. Please remember that inspectors cannot deal with complaints concerning individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.
What happens after the inspection?
The lead inspector reports their judgement to the headteacher and governors. The inspection findings are published in a report for the school, parents and the wider community. Inspection reports provide information about the effectiveness of the school’s work and contain recommendations about what the school should do to improve further. Reports are published on our reports website.
Where can further details be found about school inspections?
The education inspection framework sets out the principles that apply to inspection and the main judgements that inspectors make when carrying out inspections.
The school inspection handbook and school inspection handbook – section 8 set out the statutory basis for inspections, what schools can expect at inspections and provide guidance for inspectors on making their judgements.
What happens if I have concerns about the inspection?
Complaints are rare, but we treat them very seriously. You can find out more on our website or by calling our helpline on 0300 123 4666.
If you need any more information about our work, please visit our website or call our helpline.
What happens if I have concerns about my child’s school?
If you are concerned about your child’s school, you should start by talking directly to the teachers or headteacher or, if necessary, the governing body or the local authority. If you are not satisfied with the responses you receive, Ofsted may be able to help.
You can find out more on our website or by calling our helpline on 0300 123 4666.
More information is available in Ofsted’s privacy notice.
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Year 2 Parents
Your child will be completing their Phonics Screening Check in the week beginning Monday 6th December. This is the Y1 phonics test that they should have completed in June but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This test is only take place during this particular week so children must be in School during that week and holidays will not be authorised even if deemed exceptional.
Thank you for your continued support and if you have any concern or questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Class Teacher.
I am delighted to announce that we have a new Parent Governor, Miss Adele Dixon.
This year for Harvest we are collecting for the Sunderland Food Bank. If you would like to donate any food then please pass your donations to your child’s Class Teacher or put them in the yellow bin in the main entrance by Wednesday 20th October. We are sorry but we are unable to accept fresh food donations. Thank you.
To all parents of pupils at
Grindon Infant School
Date: Autumn Term 2021
Our Ref: WH/GIS
PO Box 100, Civic Centre
Sunderland, SR2 7DN
Tel: 0191 520 5555
This matter is being dealt with by: William Harrison, Governor Support Officer, Governor Support Team, Civic Centre, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DN
Parent Governor Election
One vacancy exists at your child’s school for a Parent Governor with immediate effect. Governors serve a four-year term.
If you are a parent of a registered pupil at the school (or an individual who has parental responsibility for, or cares for a registered pupil at the school), I am writing to you on behalf of Education Services, to seek nominations for this Parent Governor position.
You would be expected to attend Governing Board meetings at least once a term. When appropriate, these meetings can be conducted virtually. Working alongside the Headteacher, governors’ responsibilities now include :-
• attending meetings regularly and contributing to discussions. Governing Boards must meet at least three times per year.
• helping to establish the aims, policies and objectives of the school, and how standards of education can be improved
• helping to draw up the School Development Plan
• setting the school budget and monitoring expenditure
• ensuring that the national curriculum is implemented and hearing any complaints about its delivery
• appointing, promoting, supporting and disciplining school staff, and deciding their salaries
• acting as a link between the local community and the school
• producing an action plan after an OFSTED inspection and monitoring how the plan is put into practice
Working on behalf of Sunderland City Council. www.togetherforchildren.org.uk
• considering cases of excluded pupils
• establishing a Performance Management Policy
• ensuring accountability
You do not have to be an expert on education to be a member of the Governing Board, and we value the contribution that all members bring to the role. Nevertheless, a key consideration in the appointment and election of all new governors should be the skills and experience the Governing Board needs to be effective. It is therefore important that all prospective governors for election or appointment understand the role of a governor and that they will be expected to adhere to a governance Code of Conduct.
Any specific skills or experience that would be desirable in a new governor, such as the willingness to learn or skills that would help the Governing Board improve its effectiveness and address any specific challenges it may be facing will be an advantage. Training and development will be provided via the school.
You may self-nominate, but if you wish to nominate another parent you should seek their approval before submitting the nomination.
If you would like to be nominated as a Parent Governor please email your full name, date of birth along with the name of the school, name of your child and their year group to email@example.com You may submit a nomination in writing. Please ensure these are hand delivered or posted to the school in line with the closing deadline of the end of the school day on Friday 8th October 2021.
Further to this, please send a personal statement of no more than 250 words. Your statement may include:
• evidence of the extent to which you possess the skills and experience the board desires;
• your commitment to undertake training and development to acquire or develop the skills to make an effective contribution to governance;
• if seeking re-election, details of your contribution to the work of the board during your previous term of office; and
• how you plan to contribute to the future work of the board.
If a greater number of nominations are received than spaces the school will implement a ballot procedure. More details of this will follow if necessary.
It should be noted that the appointment of a Parent Governor will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). The Council is responsible for processing these checks on school governors and candidates can be assured that all information is treated in absolute confidence.
You can find out more about school governors by visiting the City’s website: –
Before completing a nomination, please carefully note the list of disqualifications below. If any of these apply to you, it will mean that you are ineligible to serve as a Parent Governor: –
You are disqualified from holding office if you:
a) are not a parent of a registered pupil at the school at the time of your election (although it should be noted that you are entitled to complete your term of office if your child leaves the school during your term)
b) are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order, an interim bankruptcy restrictions order, a debt relief restrictions order or an interim debt relief restrictions order
c) have been convicted of an offence, either within the UK or elsewhere, punishable by a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine: –
(i) for a period of at least three months within the past five years; or
(ii) for a period of not less than two and a half years during the past twenty years;
(iii) for a minimum period of five years.
d) have been convicted of an offence under Section 40 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (nuisance and disturbance on education premises) or Section 547 of the 1996 Act, which took place on any school premises and were sentenced to a fine;
e) employed in any capacity at the school for 500 hours or more per year
f) are below the age of 18 years.
g) you have been removed from office as a charity trustee by order of the Charity Commissioners or the High Court.
h) where at any time you are included in the list of teachers and workers with children or young persons whose employment is restricted (List 99/Barred List)
i) where you have been disqualified from being a proprietor of an Independent School or for being a teacher or other employee in any school
j) where a governor refuses a Disclosure and Barring Service check
k) Have been disqualified as a Parent Governor in another School in any Local Authority within the last 5 years
If, having read the above list of disqualifications, you are satisfied that you are eligible to serve as a Parent Governor please submit your nomination and parental statement by the end of the school day on Friday 8th October 2021.
Governor Support Team
Direct Line: 0191 561 2626