Newsletter 8th September 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we start the new academic year I would like to welcome all new families and welcome families who have been with us in previous years. I hope you all had a good break. The start of a new term has a feeling of hope, new beginnings, and excitement. There are often also some anxious and nervous feelings. Staff have these feelings too. There is always a senior leader on the playground before and after school and teachers will be available at the classroom doors.

We have had such a good start to the new academic year. The Year 1 and 2 children have settled well into their new classes, made new friends, kept old friends and have got used to the new routines. Our new Reception and Nursery children have been visited by the class staff this week for home visits. The staff are grateful for this as it really does help the children settle when they start school next week.

Mrs Rayner

Unfortunately, Mrs Rayner is leaving us next week as she has secured another job working at the UEA. She will be excellent in her new role, but she will be greatly missed. We wish you the very best Mrs Rayner!

Mousehold’s High Five

Our ‘High Five’ is the golden thread that underpins our Curriculum:

Respect   Help   Learn   Enjoy   Achieve

Children leave Mousehold as successful learners who:

are critical thinkers, with enquiring minds who can adapt to the ever-changing world around them. (Respect)

can understandcooperate, and shape the world together. (Help)

are motivated and passionate about lifelong learning. (Learn)

are happy and confident to succeed in modern British society. (Enjoy)

are resilient, with a growth mindset to carry on achieving. (Achieve)

Please talk to your children about the High Five. If you feel your child deserves a High Five letter for something they have achieved at home, linked to our High Five, please let a senior leader know on the playgrounds in the morning or afternoon. If members of staff notice something amazing in school your child will receive a High Five letter and will stand up in a Friday assembly.

Mousehold Facebook Page

This is a great way to stay connected. You will find us at Mousehold Infant & Nursery School.

If you don’t have Facebook, a social media feed is on our home page of our website.

Change of opening times 2023/2024

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 – 11:50am
Afternoon session: 12:50 – 3:10pm

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 &2)

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

The gates will close from 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.

The Friends of Mousehold School

As you will have seen the new play equipment has been installed and looks fantastic. Once again thank you to the Friends for supporting us to purchase this for our children.

I would also like to thank Mrs Rayner who has spent a lot of time organising, sourcing and purchasing the equipment.

The children have loved exploring this during break, lunchtime and throughout the school day!


Can we remind parents that children are not allowed on the equipment in the mornings before school, as there is no supervision or first aid available. Thank you for your support with this!


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

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.

Diary for your Dates

11th and 12th September 2023 – Transition Days for our new Reception children

11th September 2023 – Nursery opens

13th September 2023 – all Reception children in for their first full day.

25th September 2023 – Vaccination UK team in school for flu vaccinations – further details to follow shortly.

12th October 2023 – Photographer will be in school for individual and sibling photos

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