Pupils and staff at SS Peter & Paul are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Gold Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education settings that champion cultural education. It celebrates settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people.

In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, SS Peter & Paul had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.


Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:

“I would like to congratulate SS Peter & Paul on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, SS Peter & Paul exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.”



About Artsmark Award

The Artsmark Award has been created to help unlock the potential of children and young people, to develop their character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding. In short, Artsmark has been designed to bring the arts and culture to life in every classroom.

Awarded by Arts Council England, Artsmark is designed by schools, for schools, to help them deliver high quality art and cultural education.

Across the country Artsmark is rewarding more and more schools and education settings for championing the arts and culture. Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their art provision.

Visit artsmark.org.uk for more information.


About Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.


Visit artscouncil.org.uk for more information.


Dear Parent/ Carer,                                                    Wednesday 28th November 2018




As Head Teachers, we feel that it is our duty to provide parents with a fair and accurate view of the real state of school funding in our area rather than the misleading, over optimistic and inaccurate picture described by the Government. All state schools in England are funded by a central Government grant that is administered by the Department for Education. This grant has not had an increase on a per pupil basis from 2010 to 2017.


Schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding as their income has not kept pace with the rise in costs since 2010. All schools are working very hard to “make ends meet” but this is becoming increasingly difficult and verging on almost impossible. Bank of England information shows that £100 of goods in 2010 cost £121.90 in 2017 (which is approximately a 20% increase), and schools funding has not kept up with the increase in costs.


If schools funding increased by only 15% compared to 2010 this would provide:-


  • £135,000 additional funding for an average primary school with 200 pupils
  • £680,000 additional funding for an average secondary school with 1000 pre-16 pupils
  • £330 additional funding for each nursery child attending 5 mornings a week
  • £2,300,000 for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) including children in special schools, special units or children that need additional help to access education.

As funding has become tighter, schools have had to cut back on:


v  Teaching and non-teaching staff

v  Support for more vulnerable pupils

v  Small group work for children who are               not thriving in school

v  Teaching resources (parents being asked to pay for books and materials)

v  Subject choices in secondary schools

v  The range of activities for primary pupils

v  Extra curricula activities provided free or subsidised

v  Repairs to buildings

v  Renewal of equipment


From March 2018 there has been a very small increase in funding for schools. However, this increase has not closed the gap between the funding your school receives and the funding your school needs to provide the number of teachers and resources required to provide the education all our children deserve.


If you think Government should fund schools sufficiently and fairly, please show your support by adding your name to the petition ‘Increase Funding for Schools’, as well as encouraging family and friends to do so, via the link below:



You will be asked to add some minimal information (name, email address, postcode) and then you will be required to confirm your email address by responding to the automated response sent to you.



Yours sincerely,

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Daily Reading Challenge

At SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School we know how important it is to read and so we are encouraging our children to read every day.

Are you up for the challenge?
Each Friday Assembly we will be rewarding the class with the highest amount of daily readers!

Parents please sign your child’s reading record on a daily basis.

You are signing to confirm that you know they have been reading. There are so many things they could be reading, not just their school home reading book but perhaps a library book, a recipe, instructions, a magazine or anything else they are interested in.
They may be reading independently or with you.

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman

Which class will be the first to win the ‘Daily Reading Challenge’ next week?
Watch this space


Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Punctuality

We are writing to all children’s families to emphasise the importance of being in school on time as there have been numerous incidents of some families routinely arriving at school at 9.00 a.m. or later and collecting their children at 3.30 p.m. or later.

School starts at 8.55 a.m. every day. Children need to be in their class at 8.55 a.m. so that they can start their lessons promptly. Children who arrive late are greatly disadvantaged because they miss starting the day with their peers and the beginning of lessons. This means that they are often unsettled and confused about tasks. Their teacher will not always be able to re explain work.

It is also very important that children establish good routines and habits in preparation for the rest of their lives. Punctuality is a life skill that they need to develop whilst they are young.

It is essential that you ensure that your child arrives at school on time to prevent disruption to your child’s own learning and that of others.

We will continue to focus on this area with children through class work and school assemblies

We are required to monitor children’s punctuality and attendance. On-going lateness (after the class register has been taken) is classified as an unauthorised absence and this is contrary to The Education Act.

We understand that there may be rare occasions when you are unavoidably late due to unforeseen circumstances. On these occasions please make sure that you contact the school office to inform us when you will arrive.

Children must be collected from their classes at 3.15 p.m. If your child is in Year 6 and unless they have your permission to go home by them self, they should be met in the playground at 3.15 p.m. and no later.

High levels of unauthorised absences or poor punctuality can result in a referral to the schools Attendance and Monitoring Officer or other agencies which have a duty to investigate further and could result in legal action being taken against you.

If you are experiencing difficulties with punctuality and would like to talk to us about it, please make an appointment to do so Please keep in mind that Breakfast Club is available to children from 8.00a.m.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs M Butt


Attendance and Punctuality

 School doors open at 8.45am and are locked at 8.55am.
 Any child arriving at school after 8.55am will be recorded as late.
 Parents/Guardians must sign the late register.
 With regard to absence Parents/Guardian must ring school and speak to Mrs Wetherelt, Mrs Lee or leave a message stating your child’s name and the reason for their absence.
 Attendance and punctuality is monitored daily.
 For further information on punctuality and attendance please see the schools attendance policy on our website.