‘Apply for a grant for school shoes and a winter coat The School Benevolent Fund is an independent registered charity which offers a grant towards shoes and coats for school pupils. A grant of up to £35.00 can be awarded towards a winter coat and up to £35.00 for a pair of shoes for families who are eligible. The full list of criteria can be found on the application form. You can apply for the grant if your child attends any school within County Durham. You must apply for the grant through Thornhill Primary School as they administer the School Benevolent Fund on behalf of all schools. To apply, complete the form and return to the address below. School Benevolent Fund Application Form (PDF, 279.5kb) School Benevolent Fund, Thornhill Primary School, Thornhill Gardens, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 1ES ‘SchoolBenevolentFundApplicationForm2019
Year 6 Parents, please see the attached letter from Mr Kevin Reynolds, Executive Principle of Consett Academy.
The INSET Days for 2020 – 2021 Academic Year are as follows: –
Tuesday 1st September 2020
Friday 23rd October 2020
Monday 04th January 2021
Monday 19th July 2021
Tuesday 20th July 2021
Please note – school will be CLOSED to children on the above days.
I hope you and your families are well. As your Chair of Governors I wanted to let you know that I had paid a visit to school, both buildings, on Tuesday, keeping social distances and wearing a mask as and when necessary, just to see how our members of staff were and how the classrooms had been set up in preparation for the children going back to school.
A great deal of work had obviously been done by Paul, our Site Manager, and his staff during the holidays and all the teaching and non-teaching staff in both buildings were extremely busy putting the final touches to their own classrooms. It was interesting to see the children’s desks all facing the front and it brought back memories of my first year of teaching when the setup was very similar. That was many years ago as some of you will know. Obviously in the infant building the positioning of desks was very different. The staff in our infant building were working very hard to get the outside areas ready for the first day of school and it was amazing to see the many varied opportunities open to the children for outside activities when they return to school.
I was very impressed with all the new seating and storage facilities which were in place in both playgrounds, and the new outdoor hand washing facilities are going to ease a good deal of any congestion at the end of morning breaks and the lunchtime break.
A great deal of thought and hard work has been put into the new arrangements which will benefit the children in both buildings. It is obvious that all teaching, non-teaching staff and our school Management team are making sure that the start of the school year will go smoothly and your children will be safe and happy at Shotley Bridge Primary School. I would normally offer to help in the Reception classes but due to the virus situation this is not possible at this present time. I hope I will get the opportunity to meet some of our new parents when present circumstances improve.
Best wishes to you all
Judith Doran (Chair of Governors)
Please click on the link below to see the letter from Mr Bell.
Please see the letters below regarding wider opening on June 15th. Thank you
Dear Parents and Carer’s,
Welcome to the Summer Term 2020.
Please click on the link below to view Mr Bell’s most recent letter to parents during this uncertain time.
Dear Parents of Reception children for September 2020
If you have received an offer of a place at Shotley Bridge Primary School, please accept the offer of a place by 30th April . Durham Local authority will then inform us who our new starters are. As soon as Durham supplies us with your details we will contact you to start preparing you all for transition to Shotley Bridge Primary School. We always take great care to make transition into our school, throughout our school and onwards from our school, as successful and positive an experience as possible. This will undoubtedly be of paramount importance during this unique and unprecedented year and we will do everything we can to allay any worries you may have.
Mr. M. C. Bell
Offers of a Primary School Place
Information from Durham Local Authority
Your child will receive one offer of a school place. If he/she could not be offered a place at one of your preferred schools, he/she has been offered a place at the nearest school to your home address that has places available.
How you will be contacted with an offer of a school place
If you completed a primary school application online, you should have received an email with an offer of a school place. If you haven’t received an email you should log in to the Parent Portal.
If you completed a paper application you will receive an offer of a school place by letter.
Accept your offer
You should accept the offer of a school place within two weeks of the offer being made. You should do this in your Parent Portal account if you applied for a place online, or by return post if you did not apply online.
Make sure you respond to avoid the offer of a school place being withdrawn and the school place being offered to someone else.
The Speech Link Team.
Parents, please click on the link below for recent online safety guidance to help you to keep your children safe on line.