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2024 News! An exciting year ahead

Nettleham Church of England Aided Junior School – January News 2024

It is wonderful to welcome the children back to school for the New Year, and we look forward to many great things.

One thing is for sure, we love being in school with our pupils!

A few key messages from us


Thank you to everyone who parks sensibly and safely before and after school. Unfortunately, we have one or two people who have been parking in very unsafe places including on double yellow lines, zigzags and also double-parking to block the road.

This is obviously very dangerous. Sadly, we have had to pass details on to Lincolnshire Police. Please think of our children and park in the right place.

School start and finish time

In 2024 school gates will continue open at 8.45am and close at 8.55am in the morning with pick up time at 3.30pm.

Break time snacks

To encourage healthy eating throughout the day we would like to share with you the following guidance for break time snacks at school.

  • Any variety of raw fruit and vegetables, Cheese portions, fromage frais/ yoghurt, bread sticks

Children should not have the following as morning snacks in school:

  • Fizzy or sugary drinks, chocolate, sweets, nuts of any description (due to allergies in school), crisps, pastries

Update your details / reporting absences

Could you please ensure that our office has your latest contact details? It is fantastic to have the technology to contact parents immediately now in the case of school closure or to discuss the children’s education and well being. However, this does depend on us having your latest address, phone and email details.


If your child is absent from school, could you please report this to school by 9:30am. Please note that you can do this by leaving a message on our designated absence line which is operational 24/7, sending an email, or via our website whichever is easier for you.

Uniform and PE kits

It’s great to see the children back looking so smart for the new year. We would like to remind everyone that trainers are not part of normal school uniform.

Children do need their full PE kits in school at all times.

Cold Weather: School Closure and Clothing

Previous winters have proved that it is always good to be prepared for extreme weather! In the event of severe weather conditions which you suspect could result in the closure of the school, please tune in to BBC Radio Lincolnshire between 5:30am and 11:00pm Monday to Friday on 94.9FM or to Lincs FM 102.2.

 Obviously, staff will make every effort to arrive at school in poor weather conditions, but in the event of the school being under-staffed or there being a heating failure, we would have to close the school, and this will be announced on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Lincs FM.  We will also place a notice to this effect on our website and contact families through our email and text message service.

Should the school be open, and your children are unable to attend, we ask that you contact us and inform us of this in the normal absence manner. At the same time, if the children do come to school and there is snow on the playground, we will let them out at break if they are correctly dressed in warm clothes and boots/ strong shoes for outside with another pair of shoes/ trainers to wear in school. Please ensure all footwear is named; a carrier bag for wet footwear is also very helpful.

Sports success on the horizon (again!)

We have a very busy term ahead with sport including:

Our Cross-Country teams beginning their challenge to retain individual and team titles in the league of more than twenty schools.

The expansion of a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs to promote physical well-being.

Our sports teams taking part in a range of events and competitions.


David Gibbons               



Key Dates for Spring and Summer Term 2024

Some are subject to confirmation and there will be plenty more to come!

TERM 3   Wednesday, 3rd January 2024 to Friday, 9th February 2024

TERM 4 Monday, 19th February 2024 to Thursday, 28th March 2024

TERM 5 Tuesday, 16th April 2024 to Friday, 24th May 2024

TERM 6 Monday, 3rd June 2024 to Friday, 19th July 2024

Wednesday 3rd January – Start of new term

Friday 5th January – Y3 Pantomime performance to families 6pm

Friday 12th January - Height and Weight Measurement for Year 6 pupils – 1:15pm to 3pm - JW’s Room

Wednesday 17th January – Year 3 to Cresswell Crags

Friday 26th January – Y4 Roman trip

Wednesday 31st January – Planetarium in school all day – Year 5 and Year 6

Thursday 1st February – Musician in residence day

w/c 5th February – SEN Review Meetings Week

Wednesday 21st February – Year 4 swimming begins

Wednesday 21st February – Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena

Tuesday 5th March – Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 6th March – Parents’ Evening

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day

Wednesday 20th March – Y3 to Lincoln Cathedral

Wednesday 27th March – Rhubarb Theatre working in school pm

Tuesday 16th April – Y6 online safety morning

Thursday 18th April – Y3 online safety morning

Friday 19th April – Y4 and Y5 online safety day

Wednesday 24th April – Y5 Trip to Leicester

w/c 13th May – KS2 Y6 SATs week

Friday 17th May – Wrates Photographers – Class Photos (am)

Week beginning 20th May – Y6 Bikeablity

w/c 3rd June – SEN Review Meetings Week

Friday 7th June – PTA Summer Fayre – 4pm-6.30pm

Friday 14th June – Y3 to Gibraltar Point

w/c 17th June – Kingswood residential trip for Y6

Wednesday 26th June – Sports Day - pm

Tuesday 2nd July – Move up day (including Y2s to visit for morning and spend time in classes) – am 

Tuesday 2nd July and Wednesday 3rd July – William Farr Transition days

Thursday 4th July – Year 7 Induction Day - Priory LSST, Priory Witham, Priory City of Lincoln, Priory Pembroke

Friday 5th July – Year 7 Induction Day - Priory LSST, Priory Witham, Priory City of Lincoln, Priory Pembroke

Wednesday 17th July – Leavers’ Service – 7pm

Friday 19th July – Last Day of Term