The school is situated on the very edge of the London Borough of Merton and some of our pupils live in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
Applications for school places for the next academic year are now open. Click on the links below to go to the relevant webpages on the Merton website:
Our attendance figures for the first half term were 95.4%. Thank you to all those families who are making a real effort to attend regularly and punctually.
The winning class so far this year is 5G. Well done Miss Geary’s class, but there is still plenty of time for other classes to overtake them!
Please remember that I am not allowed to authorise any holiday absence and requests for special leave of absence must be accompanied by documentary evidence.
If your child has a hospital or other medical appointment, we must see an appointment card or letter. Most GPs will offer appointments to school age children after 4.00pm so please try hard to ensure your child does not miss important schooling.
Many thanks to all those parents who completed our survey, either online or a paper copy. The results were overwhelmingly positive with 100% reporting that their child enjoys being at Links and feels safe at school, which was very encouraging.
Parents commented favourably on our After School and Breakfast Clubs and the interesting array of school trips available to our pupils. Parents liked the inclusive and diverse community and felt the teachers were supportive and caring, enabling their children to achieve well at school.
We are always pleased to receive suggestions as to how we can improve and many of the comments made were around communicating more effectively with parents. This is something we had identified as a need ourselves and hopefully, by the beginning of December, we will have Parentmail up and running, which will allow us to send information to you electronically, which should be much better for us all.
Some parents felt that the outdoor environment was looking tired and I would agree with that. You will have noticed that we have had the ‘cage’ area refurbished which has made a big difference. The maze will be replanted and the woodwork repaired in time for next Summer, as well as replenishing our rather sad looking flower beds and pots.
Homework was also mentioned, but there were opposing views on the amount and frequency—some thought there was too much, others that there was not enough! We will monitor this over the next few months and make adjustments, if necessary.
We will repeat this survey at the end of this academic year.
You child will shortly be bringing home a book of raffle tickets to sell. Each ticket costs 50p and we have some lovely prizes. First prize this year is £100. Please try hard to sell all 10 tickets and if you would like more books, please ask at the school office. All the proceeds go to enhancing your children’s learning environment.
National Anti- Bullying Week is 16—20 November and the theme this year is ‘Make a noise about bullying’. Children will be discussing all forms of bullying, including online bullying, in classes and assemblies during that week and we will be promoting friendship and teaching children how to prevent bullying and keep safe. We offer a range of services in school for children who are worried about bullying and we hope that parents will also discuss this important subject with their children.
As part of anti-bullying week, we will be selling friendship bracelets and elephant key rings in school and all money raised will go to the Lunchbowl Network charity, who support orphan children in the Kibera slums in Nairobi.
We work very closely with Kingston University as a Partnership School, helping to train the teachers of the future. This term we are pleased to welcome a group of PGCE students to Links school who will receive lectures from some of our experienced members of staff, observe children and teachers in classrooms and undertake their first teaching practice.
The school will be closed on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January 2016 for staff training. Therefore, the children (Reception to Year 6) will return to school after the Christmas holiday on Wednesday 6th January 2016. Existing Nursery children will return on Tuesday 12th January. There will be a playscheme running on both these days.
Our Christmas Fair this year is on Friday 11th December and we will shortly be sending a letter home with details of how you can help and asking for volunteers. Please check in your child’s bookbag!