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May 2024 Round Ups

Latest News Round Up

24th May 2024


Exciting News for 2 Year Olds


Dear Parents and Carers, I am writing to inform you that we are excited to move forward with our 2-year-old provision starting this September.

Many families have expressed an interest in securing a place, and we will be in touch with them shortly to request they make their application for funding under the government's FREE childcare places and complete our Burnside Application form


This is an exciting new initiative for us, and we strongly believe it will strengthen our Early Years Provision and provide children with the best possible start to their learning journeys.

Places are limited, so if you have not already done so and wish your child to take advantage of this opportunity, please register your details with the school office as soon as possible, and we will forward you an application form and provide details of how to claim the government funding.

Our operating hours for the 15 hours of free childcare will be Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming our youngest learners to Burnside Primary School and supporting them on their educational path. Kind Regards Miss Ramsay Headteacher



Household Support Fund - Survey

The introduction to the survey does explain "We are carrying out research to understand people’s experiences of receiving support through the Household Support Fund (HSF).

The Household Support Fund is a scheme delivered by Local Authorities that allows people to get help with essential costs from their local council and other local organisations." The HSF is the grant that NCC receives to fund the FSM holiday vouchers along with other support available from the grant as detailed in one of the survey questions.

The answers that are provided will be completely confidential. Many thanks


Cramlington Cricket Club

All Stars Cricket provides boys and girls from 5-8 years old with non-stop fun. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing your child with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.

  • Fri 17 May - Fri 05 Jul 2024
  • 17:30 - 18:30
  • 5-8 years old

Did you know parents and guardians can get involved and play cricket with their children too?

It's a great way to spend time with your child and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Parent activators (helpers) will support the fully accredited lead Activator in delivering the sessions, supporting and encouraging children as they learn new skills. It's completely optional and you do not need to be a cricket expert to be involved.

Your Activator is Graeme Barnes

For more information about your All Stars session contact Paul Bramley.

Contact Details

T: 07885295862



Lost Property

We have 2 large boxes of lost property in the office reception area, please call in and have a look if your child is missing any jumpers, coats, packed lunch boxes etc.

If these items are not claimed by Friday 24th May, we will be putting them in the school clothing bin outside the office. Thank You


Scooters & Bikes on School Grounds


Please remember children are not allowed to pedal their bikes or ride on scooters inside school grounds, they must be pushed to the nearest gates for exit onto the paths outside school grounds.


Thank You


Parking outside School


Please refrain from parking on the double yellow lines or from blocking the school access when dropping off & collecting children, this is a serious hazard.


Outstanding Lunch Money


Please can all parents pay their lunch money in advance, we now have a large amount of outstanding arrears for school meals. Thank You


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Greggs Cancer Run - Sunday 19th May 2024

Good Luck to all our children & parents who have entered the Greggs Children's Cancer Run on Sunday 19th May 2024.


Our School Run time is 10.45am and we have been advised to park in Car Park B.


If there are any runners still missing their run packs they should go to Information Point at the racecourse either Saturday between 10am and 12pm or on Sunday from 9am-12pm and they will be issued with new run packs.

See you on Sunday!


Scooters & Bikes on School Grounds


Please remember children are not allowed to pedal their bikes or ride on scooters inside school grounds, they must be pushed to the nearest gates for exit onto the paths outside school grounds.


Thank You


Parking outside School


Please refrain from parking on the double yellow lines or from blocking the school access when dropping off & collecting children, this is a serious hazard.


Autism Family Drop In Sessions

Do you have a child aged 0-19 years? 

Come along for a cuppa and chat and to meet other parents.

No diagnosis needed!


Join us on:
Wednesday 19th June 2024 1-3pm

Ashington Family Hub - Alexandra Road, NE63 9EF


Wednesday 3rd July 2024 10am-12

The Community Hub at Cramlington – Forum Way, Manor Walks Shopping Centre, NE23 6YB (Next to Concordia)


Facilitators – and


Burnside School’s Commitment to Safeguarding Children.

I am writing to reaffirm Burnside School’s Commitment to Safeguarding Children. The safety and well-being of our students are paramount, and we wish to keep you informed about the proactive measures we implement to ensure their protection.


The Role of Adults in School

Our dedicated staff undergo comprehensive training to attentively listen to the children and promptly relay any concerns to our designated safeguarding leads, Mrs. Williams or myself. Rest assured, we address every concern with the utmost seriousness and, when necessary, collaborate with parents and/or external agencies to ensure the safety of our students.


Risks Online and in the Home

In today’s digital age, it is crucial to educate our children about the potential risks they face both online and in their daily lives. Our RSHE and computing curriculums are designed to empower students with knowledge about these risks. Additionally, we utilise our assemblies to discuss acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, fostering a culture of respect and safety inline with our school motto, Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Kind.


Encouraging Open Communication

We believe in the importance of open communication. Our students are encouraged to voice any worries they may have with our school staff, whether in person or through our worry box system. This approach ensures that no concern goes unheard and that our students feel supported at all times.


Risks in the Community

The safety of our children extends beyond the school premises. We actively monitor and assess ‘school safe’ alerts from local schools. Should a risk be confirmed by the police, we adhere to our internal procedures and promptly.


Our regular drills for ‘invacuation’ and evacuation are meticulously conducted to ensure that our children are well-prepared to respond in the event of an emergency.


We thank you for your continued trust in Burnside School. Together, we create a secure environment where our children can thrive.


Miss Ramsay



Summer Term Assessments

We are writing to inform you about the national assessments that will be taking place this term for children in various year groups.


Year 6 Assessments (SATs): This week marks an important period for our Year 6 students as they undertake the End of Key Stage assessments. These tests assist in evaluating the progress and understanding of our students in their primary education.


Year 2 Optional Assessments: Throughout May will see our Year 2 students participating in optional national tests. These assessments are designed to support teacher judgements and provide additional insights into the learning achievements of our students.


Year 1 Phonics Check & Year 2 Retakes: During the week of 10th June, Year 1 will have their phonics screening check, and Year 2 will have the opportunity for retakes. This is a vital step in ensuring our students are developing strong foundational skills in reading.


Year 4 Multiplication Check: During June, our Year 4 students will undergo the Multiplication Check, an assessment that helps us understand their proficiency in this key area of mathematics.


The outcomes of these assessments will be shared with you in the school reports which you will receive on Wednesday 17th July.

NFER Tests for Literacy and Mathematics: Children in Years 1, 3, 4, and 5 will be completing their second round of NFER tests for literacy and mathematics during June and July. These tests are an integral part of our ongoing assessment process.


Assessment of Writing Skills and Knowledge: Throughout the term, our teachers will also be assessing your child’s writing skills and knowledge across all year groups. This continuous evaluation helps us tailor our teaching to better meet the needs of each student.


Reception and Nursery Assessments: Our dedicated teachers in Reception and Nursery continue to work closely with children daily to assess what they know and remember, fostering a nurturing environment for learning and growth.


We appreciate your support and cooperation during this period and are committed to providing the best educational experience for your child. We would like to stress that we do not put pressure on our children and repeatedly tell them all they need to do is their best.


Year 2 Class Assembly


The Year 2 children are hosting a class assembly on Friday 24th May at 9.15am, this should last approx 30 minutes, all welcome, refreshments will be served before.

Looking forward to seeing you all there

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10th May 2024


Burnside Family Picnic Night 26th June 2024

We are thrilled to invite our Burnside families to our first Family Picnic Night.


Please join us on the school field on Wednesday, 26th June 2024, from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM.


This event is a wonderful opportunity for families to socialise in a relaxed setting while the children enjoy our playground and expansive field. We encourage you to bring a picnic, along with a blanket or comfortable chair for seating. Please note that disposable BBQs will not be permitted.


For those with a sweet tooth, an ice cream van will be present, offering a variety of treats which you can purchase directly from them.


Safety and supervision are our top priorities. Therefore, all children MUST be accompanied by an adult ( over 18 years ) who will be responsible for their supervision and care throughout the event. You must not drop your child off and leave. 


You can secure your tickets from  the school office either in person or by sending an email to


The staff and I look forward to seeing you and your family for an evening under the sky, filled with fun and community spirit.


Warm Weather


Please remember to send your children into school with sun cream and a hat, now that the weather is improving.


Government Free Childcare for 2 Year Olds

I am writing to express our gratitude to all of you who have shown interest in our proposed provision under the government’s new initiative for free childcare for two-year-old children. We have received expressions of interest from over 20 families, which is a testament to the community’s enthusiasm and support for this project but also the trust and confidence they have in Burnside Primary School.


The governors and school leadership agreed to the idea in principle. This is a significant step forward, and we are excited about the potential benefits this provision will bring to our children and their families.


To ensure that we are fully prepared and in a position to implement this initiative effectively, we will having further meetings next week. 


Following the meeting, I will be in a better position to provide you with more detailed information. We are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. 


Thank you once again for your interest and support. We look forward to the possibility of embarking on this exciting journey together.


Wear Green 16th May to support Mental Health Day


We are excited to announce a special event at our school that underscores our dedication to nurturing well-being and mental health. On Thursday, the 16th of May, we will be hosting our Wear it Green for Mental Health Day.


Green symbolizes mental health acceptance, embodying hope, strength, and support. By participating in Wear it Green Day, we can collectively show our commitment to fostering a supportive environment where mental health is prioritized and discussed openly.


We encourage all children to come dressed in green on this day as a vibrant expression of solidarity and awareness for mental health causes.


Together, let’s make a positive statement and contribute to the well-being of our community.


Greggs Cancer Run

Good Luck to all the parents & children who are taking part in the Greggs Cancer Run on Sunday 19th May.


We have been allocated a run time of 10.45am and to park at Car Park B.


Please arrive early as parking and access to Newcastle Racecourse will be very busy


STEM Communities workshop - Year 4

Museums Northumberland will be visiting our school this half term and working with Year 4 today to discover what life is like underground in a salt mine near Whitby and how this is related to sending spacecraft to Mars. 


Children will be designing ‘Mission on Mars’ challenges during the session and later in the term  (see list below with dates) they're inviting you to join them to show off their work.

Working with your child, together you will code our robots and solve the challenges created by your child and their friends. No prior experience needed! 


Your children will become our Mars programming experts who will guide you on your journey and staff will also be on hand to give you all the support you and your family need. Refreshments and snacks will be provided at family sessions. 


These sessions are part of a longer-term project from Museums Northumberland to create a community of people, adults and children who explore areas of science, technology, engineering and maths of their choosing together and we hope that you will join us! 



Date/ time:  Monday 20th May – two sessions for families with children in Year 4 ONLY


1.30 Arrive and set up hall space

2 – 3.15pm Session 1

3.30 – 4.45pm Session 2

4.45 – 5pm Tidy and depart


Please inform school office staff which session you would like to attend, places are limited, please book ASAP.



Latest News

7th May 2024


Nursery Places September 2024

We are delighted to inform you that Burnside Nursery has received a significant number of applications for the upcoming academic year starting in September 2024.


The number of families interested in our Nursery reflects the trust and confidence our community places in our commitment to providing an outstanding early learning environment.


To ensure that all interested families have the opportunity to experience what Burnside Nursery has to offer, our deputy headteacher, Mrs. Williams, is continuing to conduct tours of our school. These tours are a wonderful opportunity for prospective families to see our facilities, meet our staff, and learn about our curriculum and ethos.


If you or someone you know is considering Burnside Nursery for their child’s early education, we encourage you to contact the school office at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment for a tour. Spaces are filling up quickly, and we would love to have the chance to show you why Burnside Nursery is such a special place for our youngest learners.


We thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to welcoming new families to our community.



Enhancing the Nursery Outdoor Space - Work to start soon!

We are thrilled to announce that the long-awaited project to enhance our nursery outdoor space will commence in the week beginning 13th May 2024.


This development includes the construction of an obstacle course, akin to the one currently enjoyed by the older children on the school field.


This addition to our nursery has been a dream for many years, and we are now fortunate enough to see it come to fruition. The new obstacle course will provide a stimulating and dynamic environment for our young learners to explore and develop their physical skills.


Please be assured that while we undertake this exciting project, we will make necessary adjustments to the nursery children’s outdoor schedule to ensure their safety and continued enjoyment of outdoor activities. We anticipate no disruptions to the daily routines of the rest of the school.

We appreciate your support and understanding during this time and are confident that the new garden facilities will greatly benefit our children.


Speech and Language

I am pleased to share with you some wonderful news about a recent event at Burnside Primary School that has highlighted the exceptional work being done within our Special Needs department, particularly in the area of Speech and Language.


Mrs. Burnip, our Special Needs Leader, extended an invitation to colleagues from various schools across North Tyneside to visit our school today. The purpose of this visit was to showcase the outstanding practices we have implemented, especially those concerning speech and language development.


During the visit, Mrs. Burnip presented the remarkable work that Mrs. Bussey and Miss Hedley carry out with our students in our dedicated Speech and Language room. It was an opportunity for our guests to observe the positive environment and the tailored support provided to each child.


The feedback we received from our colleagues was nothing short of exceptional. Their commendations serve as a testament to the dedication and expertise of our staff. In fact, one of the visitors was so impressed that she has requested a follow-up visit to further her understanding as part of her ongoing studies in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).


On behalf of us all, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to both Mrs. Burnip, Mrs. Bussey and Miss Hedley for their extraordinary commitment and the significant impact they have made in this area. Their efforts have not only enhanced the learning experience of many children but have also set a benchmark for excellence within our community.


I am proud to have such dedicated professionals on our team, and we look forward to continuing our journey in providing an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all our children.


Well done and thank you again.





Dear Parents and Carers, I hope this message finds you well. As we continue to enjoy the summer term and look forward to our regular summer events programme, I would like to emphasise the importance of good attendance at school.

Regular attendance ensures effective learning and contributes to your child’s overall educational experience.

In February, we requested your cooperation in scheduling routine medical appointments outside of school hours or during school holidays whenever possible.


We understand that there are other types of appointments that may require children to miss part of the school day. In such cases, we kindly ask that you follow the guidelines outlined below:

Advance Notification: Please inform the school in advance if your child needs to attend an appointment during school hours. This allows us to plan accordingly and ensure a smooth process. You can notify us by sending a letter, email, or text message that clearly indicates the date and time of the appointment.


Proof of Appointment: To authorise your child’s absence, provide proof of the appointment. This can be in the form of a letter from the healthcare provider, an email confirmation, or a text message. Having this documentation helps us maintain accurate attendance records.


Timely Collection: When collecting your child from school for an appointment, please arrive promptly. Our office staff may have other responsibilities, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


We appreciate your understanding, however, I must address a concern:


Our administrative staff have reported instances of parents being rude to them when asked to follow these guidelines.


As a school community, let us treat each other with kindness and respect, at all times. Thank you for your continued support in ensuring a positive learning environment for all our children.

Kind Regards J Ramsay Headteacher


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