Weekly Round up

What a week it has been at Dormanstown!

The week started with storms, but ended in sunshine – and we have had an incredibly busy few days with all our year groups.

We have seen parents visit for enrichment sessions, reception attend their first PE trip (more of which later), Year 4 begin their business and enterprise project with Jacqui and Helen from Anglo-American, Year 5 work with Teesside University to create some stunning animations as well as Phil from Aspire Judo provide taster sessions across the whole school – WOW!

It has also been a week tinged with sadness as we said farewell to two of our staff community. Mr Long is sadly leaving us to pursue further opportunities after 5 amazing years leading the school. In his time as head Mr Long has been instrumental in improving the educational offer we provide all our children, and he will be greatly missed. Mrs Bell is also moving on to pastures new. Mrs Bell has been an amazing support to all our children, and her work with individuals to support them through the challenges they face has been incredible – and we know the children have loved the time they have spent with her. We wish both members of staff all the luck in the world in the future.

Read on to find out what some of our year groups have been up to, and keep checking our social media and parent comms for the latest updates!

Class Round up

It’s been very busy for our Reception and B1 classes this week, let’s see what they’ve been up to.


Reception had a fantastic time developing their balance skills at the Sports Partnership balance festival. We completed obstacle courses, rode balance bikes and raced on scooter boards.

We all had such a great time. We are so proud of the children’s impeccable behaviour, determination and perseverance. 

Class B1

For last couple of weeks B1 have been learning about Birthdays.

We have looked at when our own birthdays are and we have planned a special birthday party for Miss Watkins.

We have written birthday cards, made birthday decorations and baked a delicious birthday cake.

At the party, we will be trying some tasty party food and playing party games. It is going to be lots of fun!


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

27.5 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 225 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

Lunch Menu

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

Cost of Living

Keeping Children Safe online

National Sleep Helpline

The 4 T’s of Diabetes

Agency Coffee Morning

Just a reminder that the Multi Agency Coffee morning is taking place every Wednesday during term time for families who have a concern that their child may be autistic, have sensory processing needs, ADHD or FASD.  The following professionals will be there to answer questions; Neurodevelopmental team, SENDIASS, R&C SEN Team, CAMHS/SPOC, Carers Together, SEND Family Voice, Kooth, Inclusion.


Families Drop In

Online Courses for Parents

Access to Research

MAX Card


You can also get your children’s uniform here.

Lollipops have a preloved rail out on the shop floor with various items on including polo tops, trousers, sweatshirts/cardigans, shoes, plimsolls, summer dresses etc. All items on the rail are free for anyone to take, they just ask for customers to be considerate of others when taking items. There is a box for anyone who would like to make donations which we then add to the rail.

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Twitter – @LollipopsMiddl1

Instagram – @lollipops_middlesbrough

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