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St Kenelm's Church of England Primary School

St Kenelm's Church of England Primary School

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Welcome to St Kenelm's CE Primary School

I would like to offer you a warm welcome to St. Kenelm's CE Primary School. We are a one class per year village school with strong links to the local community, situated in a beautiful, rural setting.

Ours is a happy school with a family atmosphere where everyone is known, understood and cared for. We believe that building high self-esteem and confidence is the key to success in order that each individual can achieve their potential. We aim to develop a strong sense of citizenship in our children within the school, local, national and global community.

We have high expectations of each individual at St.Kenelm's and we expect everyone to do their best. We strongly believe that fostering a real passion for learning is crucial to achievement and we try to enhance this through a whole range of experiences both within and outside the classroom environment through an exciting and vibrant curriculum.

As a church school, we have a strong relationship with St. Kenelm's church community and our Christian values underpin everything we do. However, we believe that we should develop the spirituality of all our children whether they are of the Christian faith, other faiths or of no faith.

St Kenelm's is an open, friendly school and parents are always welcomed and encouraged to be partners in school life. We value a happy, secure, relaxed yet purposeful environment and a tour of the school will demonstrate the respect, the fun and the challenge we offer.

Suzanne Shackleton



05/03/2021: Newsletter for week ending 5th March has now been published...please visit the News tab - Newsletters. It contains lots of useful information and updates with regards to children returning to school on Monday 8th March - we look forward to seeing you!

04/03/2021: Return to school letter...please refer to Mrs Shackleton's letter with regards to returning to school on Monday 8th March 2021 - visit the Parents tab and select 'Letters'.

World Book Day - Thursday 5th March 2021. Mrs Thomas has sent a letter out via ParentMail containing lots of information and links to celebrate this day.  There is also a link to World Book Day assembly which will be hosted by local member of Parliament, Sajid Javid...please refer to the letters section under the Parent tab for more information.

25/02/2021: Children returning to school w/c 8th March: Please refer to the letter sent from Mrs Shackleton today with regards to drop off and collection times.  The letter is located under the Parent "Letters" tab, thank-you. We look forward to seeing you all.

BBC Headroom: BBC Headroom has some fabulous resources, all in one please, from various site across the BBC: BBC - Headroom - Your Mental Health Toolkit               

Safer Internet Day...please refer to the letter and guide in our Letter section under the Parent tab.  We recommend viewing the letter and guide especially during such times with home-learning and live lessons.

CBBC Bitesize School Programmes...Please visit our Parents tab for Week 5 live lessons...

Important Reminder: We finish for half-term on Thursday 11th February as Friday 12th February is a Staff Training Day - children will not be in school on this day and there will no live lessons, thank-you.

Newsletter - 5th February 2021...Mrs Shackleton's latest newsletter is now available - please go to the NEWS tab.

Mental Health Week - 'Place2Be' Children's Mental Health Week 1st - 7th February. Please refer to the Parent Tab (Letters) for information from our Deputy Head, Mrs Thomas.

School will be closed to all children on Tuesday, 26th January 2021.  This is due to the snow, and the surrounding roads and pavements being treacherous. Thank you for your understanding.

Newsletter - Friday 22nd January 2021...Please visit the NEWS tab for Mrs Shackleton's latest newsletter.

CBBC Bitesize School Programmes...Please visit our Parents tab for Week 2 lessons or for more information, please click on the link below...Lockdown learning with the BBC in January 2021 - BBC Bitesize

Free School Meals: If you feel your financial circumstances have changed, please click on the link below to find out more about applying for Free School Meals...

Applying for Free School Meals | Applying for Free School Meals | Worcestershire County Council

CBBC School Programmes: As of Monday 11 January, CBBC started broadcasting three hours of primary school programmes from 9am every weekday. Please visit the Parents page for more info or click on link below: Lockdown learning with the BBC in January 2021 - BBC Bitesize

Newsletter - 18th January 2021: Please refer to the News tab for the latest Newsletter.

Don't forget to follow us on twitter for messages and ideas! Our Twitter handle is @KenelmsSt.  Please do follow us and retweet!

05/01/2021: We will be open for pupils of critical workers (and most vulnerable children) from Nursery through to Year 6 as stated in the DfE Guidance; Critical workers Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings - GOV.UK ( refer to the urgent letter from Mrs Shackleton dated 04.01.2021 for further information, thank-you.

05/01/2021 - School Closure Announcement: Further to the announcement last night - school will be closed with the exception of critical/key worker and most vulnerable children - please refer to the Parents section - Letters "Urgent Letter to Parents 04.01.2021".

Newsletter: Please visit our News tab to view Mrs Shackleton's latest newsletter - 14th December 2020.

Latest Vacancies: Please visit our News Tab for details on our 2 latest vacancies; Data Protection Officer and Clerk to Governors.

HSA: Please refer to the HSA page (under our Community tab) for their latest Christmas Newsletter...they have put together some fantastic festive "socially-distanced" themed activities for our school community to participate in...please do take a look!

Reminder: "Save the Children" - Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 11th December 2020:  Parents/Carers have been sent information via ParentMail today 01.12.2020.

Hot Lunch Trial Day:  Parents/carers have been sent a letter today (01.12.2020) with regards to trialling a hot lunch on Thursday 10th December. Please refer to the Parents Tab and select Letters.

Newsletter 27th November 2020: Please refer to the NEWS tab to view this weeks Newsletter which is packed with lots of information and how we are planning our Christmas celebrations this year...Happy Reading!

Please visit our Community tab and select  "Home School Association" - HSA are hosting a Christmas Mufti Day on the 4th December 2020 - see flier for details, thank-you.

Reminder: Please return your child's flu form by Friday 27th Nov at the very latest. Flu vaccinations will take place on Thursday 3rd December 2020. Thank-you.

A polite reminder that we cannot accept forgotten items via the office during the school day. The only exception we can make is for essential medication. Please ensure that your child has everything they need when they arrive in the morning. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

UPDATED NEW Emergency contact number for COVID-19 reporting only: In the event that your child (who attends St Kenelm's CofE Primary School) receives a positive test for COVID-19 out of school hours, please send a text message to 073794 59591 - this will of course be handled sensitively. Please remember that all other absences must be reported in the normal way by leaving a message on the absence line on the main school number. Thank-you.

Virtual Phonics Presentation:  Mrs Hayes has produced a Virtual Phonics presentation which explains how we teach phonics in Reception - please refer to the Reception Starters tab for further information - scroll down to Virtual Phonics.

School Website: Our school website contains a wealth of information including policies, newsletters and lots more besides! These are available for you to print should you wish to do so. However, should you require a 'paper copy' of any document on this site please contact the school office on 01562 710 214 or feel free to e-mail us ( Thank you.

ParentMail:  Here at St Kenelm’s, we use ParentMail, a service to communicate to parents. Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and things that really matter is something we care about.  Please ensure that you have provided consent to receive ParentMail communications - should you require further information please email thank-you.

Payments4Schools: Effective January 2020: We are excited to promote our online payment system; Payments4Schools facilitates payments for school trips and other school payments online using a credit or debit card - pay at your convenience 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please see the 'Parents' Section for a copy of the letter and guidance that will be sent home with your child. Payments4Schools can be accessed by clicking here or via the 'links' section of our School Mobile App. 

School Mobile Phone App: Have you downloaded our  School Mobile Phone App? Please see the 'Mobile App' page in our 'For Parents' section for further details and how to download the App FREE to your mobile phone to keep up to date with school news and receive alerts from school which can be adapted to meet your interests within school and your child's specific year group, as well as whole school alerts, all direct to your mobile phone. 

Virtual Phonics Presentation:  Mrs Hayes has produced a Virtual Phonics presentation which explains how we teach phonics in Reception - please refer to the Reception Starters tab for further information - scroll down to Virtual Phonics.

Home School Association (HSA): Please refer to the HSA page for their latest newsletter.

Talking to your child about COVID-19... "Worcestershire Children First" have produced some interesting material and video-clips which families/carers may find useful when talking to children about Coronavirus. Please visit the Parent page for further details.

Keeping Children Safe Online: We have received useful information and guidance from GOV.UK with regards to "Keeping Children Safe Online" - please refer to the Parents page for further information, thank-you.

MIND: Please refer to the Parents page for some helpful information from MIND - Mental Health Charity.

Wraparound Care: St Kenelm's Primary School currently offers onsite Wraparound Care from 7:30am to 6:00pm. Please click here for further information about "St Kenelm's Wraparound Care " and here for an application form to secure your child's place. For any further information please see the 'For Parents' tab of the website which has a link to the Wraparound Care page, or contact Mrs K Moore via Just a reminder that the school telephones are not manned before and after the school day, therefore if you wish to get in contact with Wraparound Care staff outside of these times in an Emergency, please use the mobile as follows: 07376 925 685.

Daily Mile School: We are a daily mile school! Staff and children have been enjoying the new fitness and well being regime. Find out more on

Data Protection Regulations: have changed and as a result we have updated our privacy notices.  This is all part of our continued commitment to compliance and protecting your personal information.   We are not changing how we use or collect your information, rather our policy more clearly explains how, why, where and when we store and process your data, and also reflects your rights under the GDPR. A copy of the Privacy Notice for Parents / Carers can be accessed here.

Parking: In the interests of safety please could we ask parents to refrain from mounting and driving along the pavement to let oncoming traffic by before and after school. We appreciate that the road outside of school gets incredibly busy but we would ask for your patience in letting other road users by rather than jeopardising the safety of children and other pedestrians. We also ask that parents/carers park vehicles considerately especially at the beginning and end of the school day. The Swallows Nest and The Sun have kindly agreed for parents/carers to use their car parks providing parents/carers do not park in or near the entrances. Thank you. 

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