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Update Wednesday 1st April 12:08

We currently have no demand for provision for critical workers children, however if you are a critical worker and would like childcare, please contact the school by emailing office@overstrand.norfolk.sch.uk 

No free school meal provision over Easter

There are (confusingly) two types of Free School Meals

1) Universal Free School Meals - these are for every child in Year 2, Year 1 and Reception. These are not being provided for during the Covid19 pandemic, or during Easter

2) Free School Meals - these are for Pupil Premium children. You will know who you are as we have contacted you all recently! The Government have  introduced a voucher scheme for some schools after Easter, but we will continue to as we have been: the Free School Meal sandwich packs will start again after the Easter holiday.

We'll meet again! (The video is from our last day!)

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Advice for home schooling!

The school is preparing for how we offer support after Easter but until then...watch Joe Wicks and read these articles!

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/education/headteacher-common-sense-tips-for-stressed-out-parents-1-6582545

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/mar/23/let-your-kids-get-bored-emergency-advice-from-teachers-on-schooling-at-home

Good apps!

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/mar/29/learning-apps-for-stir-crazy-kids-while-schools-are-closed

 

 

HOME LEARNING

Friday 20th March is the last day of school for a while.

We will be putting up support for children at home shortly.

We will also be putting up support for parents and carers.

But..take it easy!

The Belfry works for everyone because we all believe Happy Children Learn - and that will have to be the starting point for us all with our home schooling arrangements.

We need to be happy and adjust to being at home and not feel pressured into replicating school - that, in my opinion, is a sure fire way to ramp up stress!

Resources will soon be available to satisfy the most keen of home educators! However, my strong advice is to use these early days to settle down and adjust; work out how to get along and enjoy being in each other's company during these strange times. 

Routines and homework can evolve later, but need to be built upon a bedrock of peace and calm, and everyone getting on. Happy Children Learn from Happy Households. So please look after yourselves.

 

We are all living through strange times but one reason the Belfry works is the sense of community, and we hope to maintain that the best we can. Although we have to physically self-isolate we are still a community and we will all support and care for each other, even from a distance. Advice and support will be available for us all as we go forward.

 

More details as we get them but please take it easy and the school will re-open for us all as soon as we can! 

Coronavirus Facts

Welcome!

Hello there!

I’m Titus Cotton and I am very proud to be Head of the Belfry CEVA Primary School in Overstrand.

We are a small school with 136 pupils, situated in the seaside village of Overstrand, North Norfolk.

The original school dates back to 1830 and our current building was completed in 2006.

The children, their parents, the staff and the governors all work very hard to try and make the school the best that it can be. 

Vision, Values and Ethos

We have three mains aims and beliefs that help us all in settling into school:

Our vision is that  “Happy Children Learn”.

It is our underlying ethos too; we believe that Happy Children Learn, and our vision is for the school is Happy Children Learning.

But where does this happiness come from? As a Christian school we are centred around the theme of Grace, perhaps best exemplified by the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). As a school we defined our understanding of Grace as, "All choices have consequences, and all pupils are valued unconditionally”.

The children have created their own ethos: “Be Fair, Share and Care”.

Once settled and happy in school our focus on Learning is very much about “Ambition and Progress”.

Hopefully the website will give you a flavour of the school – if there is anything else that you would like to know then please do not hesitate to contact us!

Best wishes,
Titus Cotton, Headteacher

Our Christian Value this half term is FORGIVENESS

Our Ofsted! Thank you to everyone who supports the school!

"...children ‘thoroughly enjoy’ coming to school every day and ‘thrive’ in the ‘can do,’ caring and supportive atmosphere you create for them...exceptional care and consideration": Ofsted Dec 2016

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 

Luke 2:40    King James Version 

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