Newsletter 22nd September 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We come to the end of another busy week at Mousehold. The reception children have settled in so well and it’s hard to believe that they have just started with us. The year 1 children have really been enjoying the Capoeira and ukulele lessons and it has been lovely to see them so involved. The Year 2 children had their first Samba lesson with Jon this week in the hall and the excitement afterwards was lovely to see and hear.

Next week we start our after-school clubs. You will have received an email confirming which club your child has been allocated, based on the choices you made. Please note that all these clubs finish at 4pm and you must be available to collect your child at this time.

Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We have a celebration assembly each Friday afternoon where we share children’s achievements with everyone. As part of this assembly, we congratulate the class with the highest overall attendance for that week. The class with the highest attendance in Key Stage 1 receives ‘Top Dog’ to take to their classroom for the week. The class with the highest attendance in Reception receives ‘Top Cat’.

Our whole school attendance target is 96%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 96%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 99%.      

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Our Opening Times have changed

In line with government guidance, compulsory time spent in school at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School has now increased to 32.5 hours from September 2023. These changes do not affect our Nursery School, where a morning session remains as 08:30 to 11:30am and an afternoon session is 12 to 3pm. Here are our school opening times.


Opening times:
Morning session: 8:40 – 11:45am
Afternoon session: 12:45 – 3:10pm

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 &2)

Opening times:
Morning session: 8:40 – 12:10am
Afternoon session: 1:10 – 3:10pm  
There is 15 minute break in the morning

The gates will close in the morning at 8.50am from September 2023. Pupils arriving after this time will need to sign in at the school office and your child will be marked as late.

Parking and traffic outside school

This is a recurring issue and one that is difficult to resolve. It relies upon everyone showing respect and tolerance for others outside the school gates. We have had a few residents contact school to say their drives have been blocked and they couldn’t get out and this was a worry for them. We have also had incidents where cars are half parked on the verge, blocking the road and getting very close to pedestrians. This is particularly bad on wet days when more families drive to school. Please be very mindful of young children walking, cycling and in pushchairs and be tolerant of other drivers. We really do care about the safety of our children in school as well as out of school. If we all play our part in this, we can ensure everyone stays safe and well. Thank you to the majority who are tolerant and respectful.

Fun Links

You may find the following link useful as we head further into the autumn term. There are lots of good ideas here that you can do with your children over the autumn period!


Please see our website for all of our policies and more information about safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood and Miss Wood.

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 25th September – Flu Vaccine Team in school

Week commencing Monday 25th September – After School Clubs begin and will run for 10 weeks

Thursday 12th October – School Photographer here

Thursday 19th October at 08:50am and 2:45pm (Repeat) – Phonics Talk for parents in the school hall

Week commencing 23rd October – Half Term Holiday

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust