Weekly Round Up

This week we have heard all about the amazing London trip our choir attended – everyone in school has been amazed by the experiences our singers had, and we hope you enjoy reading further about the event later in this week’s blog.

We have also had success with our Y5 netball teams, who represented the school amazingly at their cluster event, with one team bringing home silver medals from the competition. Mr Williams was full of praise for how well the children played, showing teamwork and resilience in abundance!

We have had an artistic week in all classes, with beautiful creations taking shape, inspired by a range of contemporary painters, sculptors and textile manufacturers. We look forward to seeing the children’s work up on the walls in time for parents evening next week!

With one more week to go, and so much to pack in, we can’t wait to share more news and events with you all next week!

Class Round Up

Let’s see how Year 3 and Class B3 have been getting on the last couple of weeks.

Year 3

Year 3 have completed their art work inspired by Guiseppe Archimboldo. This has followed on from our amazing work in our parental engagement last week. 

We have also had lots of fun and laughter in our comedy show for Red Nose Day.

Class B3

We have enjoyed World Book Day sharing lots of stories and visiting the school library. Our parents came in for parental engagement to help us make a fruit salad, it was delicious!

We also celebrated Red Nose Day. We all dressed in something red completed a quiz, shared jokes in a comedy assembly and created our own red nose posters.

Prom Praise

On Monday, 9 girls from Year 5 and 6 represented Dormanstown as part of the Tees Valley Education trip to Prom Praise in London. 

We had a very busy couple of days sightseeing the capital. On Monday, we arrived in London and went straight onto the London Eye where we spotted Buckingham Palace! Then we walked to the Houses of Parliament where we got a private tour and even got to go and watch live debates in the House of Lords and the House of Commons. We finished of a busy day by going to watch Back to the Future at the theatre, which was amazing! 

On Tuesday, we went to Shrek’s Adventure, which was Shrek-tacular. Ms. Lees had to go into Shrek’s toilet and look for gold, which was pretty disgusting! Then we went to the Royal Albert Hall for Prom Praise. The theatre was beautiful and it was such a fantastic experience to be part of. Everyone sounded amazing!

On Wednesday, before we went home, we went to Harry Potter Studios where we got to see behind the scenes and we even got to ride a broomstick and catch a snitch, as well as learning how to wand duel!


Each week we have an ‘Awesome Attendance’ competition for the class or classes with the highest attendance. The class with the highest attendance will receive a letter and the first class to spell out ‘Awesome’ receives a treat for the whole class.

Which class will be the first to receive that treat?

This weeks winners are………

Missed Learning

42.5 days of missed learning occurred this week due to unauthorised absences. Unauthorised absences are for holidays, parents/carers not contacting the academy or any other unexplained absence. With most minor ailments, children can be in school, so we really encourage you to think about keeping your child at home.

100% Attendance

This week we had 221 children who achieved 100% Attendance for this week, which is Fantastic!

A huge WELL DONE to you all.

Can you get 100% next week?

Missed Appointments

We strive to accommodate parents/carers with appointment times within the academy. Unfortunately we have noticed that many appointments have been missed, occasionally this may be due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have to cancel and/or re-arrange your appointment, please ensure you contact the academy as soon as possible. Failing to turn up for an appointment and not contacting the academy to cancel it has an adverse effect on other parents/carers appointment times. This can also take valuable staff time that could have been utilised by other parents.


There would appear to be a problem with head lice in the academy.  Several parents have informed us that their child has headlice; obviously this must mean that there are other children who also have the problem. 

I have taken this opportunity to provide some up-to-date advice for treating headlice and I would ask every parent to please check their child’s hair tonight and every night and treat if necessary. 

It is not sufficient to simply shampoo your child’s hair; this will not get rid of the lice – parents should visit a chemist, supermarket or see their family doctor to purchase or obtain a prescription for headlice lotion and follow the instructions.  An alternative method, and one which does not involve the use of chemicals, is as follows: 

  • Fill a sink with water 
  • Wet the child’s hair 
  • Apply conditioner 
  • Comb (with a fine tooth comb or nit comb) the child’s hair into the sink.  If there are any lice they will fall out into the water. 

It is recommended that the above treatment be done for at least 4 days. 

If you know your child has headlice, please treat it as soon as possible and check your child’s hair every night.   

The school nurse can be contacted via school, if any further advice or information is needed

Diary Dates and Reminders

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Next weeks choices will be Week 3

Nut Free Academy

A reminder to all parents we are a Nut Free Academy, please read below.

Links to support our Children and Families

Actions for Happiness

What actions you be taking over Easter to have a Mindful March.

Cost of Living

SEND Family Voice

Further information for Clubs over the Easter holidays can be found in the brochure you can download.

Exploitation week seminars

Webinar information for parents and carers

World Book Day Story Writing Competition

To celebrate World Book Day and National Careers Week, Building our Future would like you to write a story, of a maximum of 500 words, that explains why it is important to know where we get energy, and how we use it.

We want you to create an “Energy Superhero” – we want a fantastic name for your hero, and they must have Super Powers – these are sources of energy, such as Wind, Solar, Tidal, Biomass….the list goes on.

What will happen to your Superhero? Why do they need to use their Energy Super Powers? Will they save the day or the planet?

The only limit is the number of words – we want the most creative, wonderful stories, and it can include illustrations.

Prizes will include a book voucher for the winning entry, and a class visit to the O&M Base for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, at the Port of Tyne.

The wind farm is being built in the North Sea, and will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, with nearly 300 wind turbines. The cables that will transmit the renewable electricity from the wind farm and into the national electricity network to be distributed to homes and businesses are being buried right under our feet here in the Tees Valley.

Entries should be submitted to Jacqui Hutchinson, Primary Careers Co-ordinator, via the RCVDA Building our Future web page: https://www.rcvda.org.uk/2024/03/06/world-book-day-competition-building-our-future/ or via your school teacher.

Deadline for entries is Friday 12th April (so you have the Easter holidays too to work on your story), and judges will include Equinor and SSE Renewables representatives from Dogger Bank Wind Farm, wind farm supply chain company Keltbray, Teesside Un


You can get your children’s uniform here.

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