26th September 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

Regular and punctual attendance of pupils at school is both a legal requirement and a priority for us at Kimberworth Primary School in order to maximise the educational opportunities available to pupils and ensure that pupils reach their full academic potential.

School Attendance Target

In order to promote this and ensure consistency across schools within the area, as a learning community, we are setting our school attendance target at 97% this year. 97% attendance equates to 5 days of absence across one full academic year. As in previous years your child’s attendance level will be available on their Assertive Mentoring reports each term. Rewards for regular punctual attendance will continue with Attendance Shop taking place at the end of term and Bronze, Silver and Gold awards issued for one, two or three full terms of attendance. Any children whose attendance or punctuality causes concern will be informed and offered support from school to increase attendance. If there is no improvement referrals into the Early Help and Family Engagement Team will be made.

Term Time Leave and Unauthorised Absence

Over the summer holidays Rotherham MBC has changed their policy on when Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) will be administered for unauthorised absences. This is in response to the Government concerns around attendance in schools falling and the significant impact this could have on a child’s education. We have to refer parents for a FPN if the child’s overall attendance is affected by the unauthorised absences taken. Please see the criteria below with changes to the code of conduct-

  •  A Fixed Penalty Notice should be issued for holidays in term time when a child’s attendance falls below the combined national average percentage (currently this is 95.3% for 2016-2017)
  • The time period considered has been amended to include the holiday period and the previous 12 months attendance.

As a result of this amendment we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that time off school for holidays is not a right. Parents are strongly advised to complete an application form, with appropriate evidence, in advance of the booking any intended holiday. Schools within the Learning Community will then consider every application individually; their policy is NOT to grant any leave of absence other than in the most exceptional of circumstances.

If a request for term time leave has not been authorised and you take your child out of school during term time, you can be referred to the Local Authority who have the powers to issue a fixed penalty notice · £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days. ·£120 per parent per child if paid 21-28 days.

Yours Sincerely,

M Tapp


Year 4 in the balance…

Class 4 have been worked really hard on balancing in their gymnastics lesson this week. They have practised a range of balances and then worked in groups to perform each other’s ideas. They are looking forward to linking these balances and creating sequences on apparatus over the next few weeks. Here are some photographs from the session.

Tingatinga Art Work

Kimberworth Primary School took part in the Picture This Project. Throughout school the children studied the Tanzanian artist  Edward Tingatinga. Each class then created artwork in their own Tingatinga style. Here are some photos of the children’s art work. All the children worked extremely hard. We are all very proud of their lovely art work.

Welcome back everyone!

We hope you have all had a wonderful summer break.

Here are some dates for your diary.

Parents Meetings

You are welcome to come to meet your child’s class teacher on the dates and times below.

Thursday 6th September at 9am Year 4
Friday 7th September at 9am Year 2
Monday 10th September at 9am Year 5
Tuesday 11th September at 9am year 6
Wednesday 12th September at 9am Year 1
Thursday 13th September at 9am Year 3

Upcoming Trips

  • Monday 10th September Year 2 Conisbrough Castle
  • Wednesday 12th September Year 6 residential Crowden
  • Monday 24th September Year 6 Crucial Crew


Term Dates from September 2018
Monday 3 September 2018 – INSET DAY
Back to school  Tuesday 4th September

Autumn Half term
School breaks up – Friday 26th October 2018
Monday 5th November 2018 –INSET DAY
Back to school Tuesday 6th november

School breaks up – Thursday 20th December
Friday 21st December  – INSET DAY
Back to school Monday 7th January 2019

Spring Half term
School breaks up – Friday 15th February 2019
Back to school – Monday 25th February 2019

School breaks up– Friday 12th April 2019
Back to school – Monday 29 April 2019
Thursday 9th May –INSET DAY

Summer Half term
School breaks up – Friday 24th May 2019
Back to school – Monday 3 June 2019

Summer holiday
School breaks up Friday 19th July
Monday 22nd July – INSET DAY

Kind regards
Marion Tapp

Head Teacher


Foundation Two enjoyed a day exploring the minibeasts and birdlife at Old Moor Reserve. We spent the morning pond dipping, then used binoculars to look for different species of birds from a bird hide. We even spotted a Lapwing, just like our class mascot, Lilly!
After our picnic, we went into the woodland habitat to hunt for more minibeasts! We used large nets to catch the flying minibeasts and looked at them closely through a magnifying glass!!
We had a fantastic time; Old Moor Reserve is definitely worth a visit!

Newsletter July 2018

Kimberworth Primary School Term Dates from September 2018

  • Monday 3 September 2018 – INSET DAY
  • Back to school  Tuesday 4th September

Autumn Half term

  • School breaks up – Friday 26th October 2018
  • Monday 5th November 2018 –INSET DAY
  • Back to school Tuesday 6th november


  • School breaks up – Thursday 20th December
  • Friday 21st December  – INSET DAY
  • Back to school Monday 7th January 2019

Spring Half term

  • School breaks up – Friday 15th February 2019
  • Back to school – Monday 25th February 2019


  • School breaks up– Friday 12th April 2019
  • Back to school – Monday 29 April 2019
  • Thursday 9th May –INSET DAY

Summer Half term

  • School breaks up – Friday 24th May 2019
  • Back to school – Monday 3 June 2019

Summer holiday

  • School breaks up Friday 19th July
  • Monday 22nd July – INSET DAY

Classes for September 2018

  • F1 – Mrs C Gerstel
  • F2 – Miss A Miller
  • Y1 – Mrs Malin /Mrs Roddis
  • Y2 – Miss H Johnson then Miss N Wilkinson after her maternity leave
  • Y3 – Mrs E Jessop
  • Y4 – Mrs K Black
  • Y5 – Mrs C Trevenna
  • Y6 – Mrs J  Edwards

The children will be visiting their new classes and meeting the new teachers over the next few weeks.

Mrs C Kent

Mrs. Kent will be retiring at the end of this term. Mrs. Kent has been a wonderful member of staff who has always worked hard for all the children in school. Mrs. Kent is going to be greatly missed by all staff and pupils and we wish her a long and happy retirement

Sports Day…

Achievement Awards 29 June 2018

Newsletter : Picture This! June 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

‘Picture This!’ Is a Rotherham wide art project that focuses on a particular art style or art work that schools are invited to use as inspiration for cross curricular work.

This year the chosen artist is Edward Tinga-Tinga and our school have produced some fabulous pieces of artwork that will be displayed at Magna, along with all the other schools that have taken part.

The exhibition will be open in the Red Hall at Magna from Wednesday 27th June until Tuesday 10th July, during normal hours. Visitors from all over the region will be able to see the high quality work produced by children and young people in Rotherham.

Why not go along for yourselves and take a look at Kimberworth’s display and the work that other Rotherham schools have done too!

Dates & Information

Thursday 28th JuneSports Day
– F2, Y1 & Y2 – 9:15 AM
– Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 – 1:30 PM

Wednesday 4th July – Y6 Leavers Disco
– 6:00 PM
till 7:30 PM

Thursday 5th July – Y6 Evening Assembly to Parents & Y6 Children
6:00 PM

Monday 9th July – Y6 Children start at Winterhill

Friday 20th July – School Closes for the Summer holiday


School Games

click to enlargeWe are delighted to announce that Kimberworth Primary School has achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to:
Active Regen
Mrs E Jessop

We look forward to applying once again in 2019!

M.Tapp Headteacher