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4th December 2020

Christmas Jumper Day

We will once again be participating in this annual charity event, with proceeds going to the charity ‘Save the Children’.

It will take place on Friday 11th December.

Children can come to school in a Christmas jumper/top and or decorate an existing top with Christmas things and bring a donation of 50p towards the charity. They need to wear school trousers/skirt and school shoes as normal.

Christmas Raffle

The Raffle will be drawn next Friday, 11th December.

Christmas Cards

Children will be able to bring Christmas cards into school. Each class will have a post-box so that the cards can be quarantined. If there are any cards for children in different bubbles these will be quarantined in the office.

Christmas Parties

Christmas party dates are as follows:

Tue 15th Dec – Rec / Y1 / Y2

Wed 16th Dec – Y3 / Y4

Thurs 17th Dec – Y5 / Y6

Due to current COVID 19 Health & Safety guidance, party food will have to be pre-packaged e.g. cocktail sausages, crisps, punnets of grapes, mini scotch eggs. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any homemade food. Teachers will send a slip home the week before the party requesting what party food they would like your child to bring in.

Sandwiches will be provided by the school’s catering team.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner dates are as follows:

Tues 8th Dec – Rec / Y1 / Y2 / Y5

Wed 9th Dec – Y3 / Y4 / Y6

If your child is having a Christmas dinner they will not need a packed luck on their allocated day.

COVID 19 Guidance for schools

In following the DfE’s guidance on re-opening of schools, one of the measures that we have to have in place is increased ventilation in all rooms. As we are approaching winter, this will make classrooms cooler than usual. Your child can therefore wear a vest or base layer under their school polo or a school fleece if they wish.

Staff Absence

It is possible that staff absence may be higher than normal due to self-isolation or their own children having to self-isolate. School will endeavour to cover any absence internally and when necessary, through supply agencies. We will do everything we can to keep classes open, however if high staff absence does become the case, we may have to close certain classes on the grounds of health and safety, although this would be a last resort.

School Closure due to Adverse Weather

It is once again the time of year when we enter a period of what is likely to be unsettled and adverse weather.

Adverse weather conditions cause all of us problems and the impact on running a school can be significant. Critical factors taken into account when deciding to remain open or to close include road conditions, safety of the site and staff/pupil ratios.

It may well be the case that an occurrence of adverse weather leads to an early morning decision whether to close the school. With the variation in geography and climate throughout the district, it is normal for the Headteacher to make an individual school closure decision. This decision will be based on a health and safety assessment (both for members of staff and pupils); the school will be kept open if at all possible. Only in exceptional circumstances will the school be closed. If weather conditions are such that the school makes a decision to close before the normal school day starts, then instruction will be given to publish notification between 7.00am and 7.30am in the following ways:

  • Notification of closure through a text sent via ParentMail
  • An update via Twitter – @ThorpeBradford
  • An update on the Bradford Schools Online website – https://bso.bradford.gov.uk/Schools/Home.aspx
  • A school closure message on local radio stations

If weather conditions are such that a decision to close is taken during normal school hours, then all parents/carers who have provided us with mobile telephone contact details will be informed by text. Some staff will remain in school to supervise pupils until they are able to get home.

As you can appreciate, we attempt to ensure we can deal effectively with weather conditions and circumstances arising from this that are beyond our control and I trust you feel reassured that we will do all we can.


Achievement Awards:

Y1Adrian Wanat / Emma Foulds

Y2 Lucas Fitzgerald / Ellie Craven

Y3 Imogen McKee / Harry Nelson

Y4 Alex Hall / Leon Patterson

Y5 Layden Fletcher – Robb / Milly Belsten

Y6 Faye Yeadon / Lily-Grace Clough



This week’s winners of our behaviour award are Y1.  Well Done!


Birthday Children


Nora He

Nevaeh Waters


Happy Birthday