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May News

Dear Parents/Carers


We have had a very busy half term with lots going on. The school is bursting into life and we are making the most of our wonderful Forest School! All our pupils have the opportunity to learn in our ‘Forest’ and this term and have been bug hunting, making wigwams and shelters, learning about keeping safe and exploring. We held an orienteering event in our Forest School this term and 5 special schools from the region joined us.


We held a ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ week in May and across the school pupils found out about Internet Safety, Safety in the Home, Keeping Safe out in the Community and much more.


Middle Phase pupils have enjoyed a French day with grape squashing, French Maths and a French trail in the Forest. Lower Phase also enjoyed their French day last week.


We are very pleased to see such huge support from families for the homework we send home each week. Well done and thank you! This really is helping our pupils make great progress in reaching their targets.


Pupil of the month for May is Xander Tonkinson from Bear Class for always working hard and doing his very best. He is currently going horse-riding with his class mates and is showing lots of love and care towards the horses. Well done Xander!


Dates for Your Diary

Friday 26th May- INSET staff training day

Half Term: Monday 29th May- Friday 2nd June

Friday 16th June- Family Fun Paradise Party (more details to follow)

Monday 19th- Friday 23rd June- PSHE/ SRE focus week ‘Ourselves’

Monday 26th June - Primary Sports 1st choice

Tuesday 27th June- Secondary Sports 1st choice

Friday 7th July: Sixth Form Prom and Buffet

Week beginning 6th July- School production- details to follow

Tuesday 18th July- staff meeting- Meet the new teacher- in the Hall

Friday 21st July- EYFS/ Primary ‘Moving up’ Assembly

Monday 24th July- Secondary/ 14-19 ‘Moving up’ assembly

Tuesday 25th July: Leavers / End of Term assembly and last day of term


Wishing you all an enjoyable half term holiday!


Gill Cartwright


April News

Dear Parents/Carers,


Easter assembly

This was a wonderful event and as always was very well attended! The pupils, dressed as bunnies, chicks, flowers and much more,  sang, danced, told the story of Easter and paraded in their amazing Easter bonnets.

Thanks to FOOPS for the Easter Bunny bringing chocolate eggs to all!

Parents evening
It was good to see so many parents at Parents Evening. This year we held our Post 19 Options Evening at the same
time which gave parents across the school a chance to drop in and see the wide range of options available after school.

Parent governor
Following an election for a parent governor I am pleased to let you know that Andy Hegedus has been elected for a
second term of office. 

Lee Armstrong, site manager at the school for a number of years, left the school in March . He takes up a site manager post nearer to his home.

Baby news
Mrs Laura Foster, teacher in Bumblebee Class delivered a baby girl. Amy Croft, teacher in Giraffe class, had a baby girl. Danielle Mills, Classroom assistant in Owl class delivered a baby girl. Michele Atkins, administrative assistant delivered a baby boy. Helen Dade also gave birth to a baby boy. Well done to all!


World Book Day
Old Park School celebrated 20 years of World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March, pupils dressed up as their favourite character from a book for a donation of £1.00 with all money raised going to Book Aid. We had a wonderful day! 
Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit and Captain Hook visited the school- organised and funded by Foops.

Makaton Choir and School orchestra
Well done to our Makaton Choir who took centre stage at the Vivo Concert at Dudley Town Hall. We also sent an
orchestra to the Town Hall which was an amazing experience for our pupils. 

Sponsored walk
The sun shone for us on our annual sponsored walk which took place on Tuesday 21st March. All the children and
staff took part in the walk as well as many families and friends of the school who came along to join us. Thanks to
FOOPS for arranging our fun event. Sponsor money raised will greatly help our school funds and we will also be
making a donation to the Red Nose Charity. The sponsor money is still being collected!

Thanks also to all of you for helping raise money to buy equipment for the school with an amazing response to our
‘Onesie Wednesday’ event which coincided with Autism awareness month.

Pupil of the Month
Pupil of the Month for February was Joseph Proctor of Tiger Class for excellent work. Well done Joseph!

Pupil Absence
If your child is absent from school for any reason, please can you inform the School Office on 01384 818905. If your child has any medical appointments, we require a copy of the appointment letter to keep our attendance records up to date.

Yours sincerely
Mrs G Cartwright

April 2017

A busy half term!

Bamboozle Theatre

On Monday 23rd January many of our profound and complex children were treated to a fantastic production by the Bamboozle Theatre Company. The story, based on a story set in Scotland was delivered during the day to small groups of children who actively participated and interacted with amazing multi sensory resources. Our children were totally captivated.


Chinese New Year

Celebrations took place across the school to celebrate Chinese New Year. The Upper Phase made Chinese Foods, danced to Chinese music and Eagle and Owl Classes made their very own dragons and treated the whole school to a dancing dragon display! They also had a 'chop stick' challenge, eating rice with chopsticks. Well done Byron for winning the challenge!


Del the music man is making an Old Park CD

Every child in the school will be part of the Old Park CD, either playing an instrument or singing. Each class has a song. Look out for the CD which is coming available shortly.


Find a friend

Our school council asked for a quiet area in each of our playgrounds where anyone can go who wants to find a friend to play with. What a lovely idea!  We now have symbolised signs and chosen special places where friends can meet.


Sad news

It is with great sadness I need to let you know that Shifa Mohammed, one of our precious pupils, sadly passed away in December. Shifa was a wonderful little girl who bravely faced many challenges in her life. She is sadly missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.


Pupil of the month for January

Congratulations to Sophie Steele. During the Christmas holiday Sophie produced some excellent written work about her holiday. It was beautifully written and she had also carefully drawn pictures to illustrate what she had done.




We say goodbye to Carol Prentice, classroom assistant,  who left us in January to take her retirement and spend time with her grandchildren. 


Ben Oppenheim, classroom assistant  leaves this month as does Lee Armstrong our full time site manager.


We wish them all every success in the future.


Reminders, events and dates for your diary

Tuesday 28th February, Parents Evening combined with a Post 19 Options Evening from 6-8pm: a chance to talk to staff from colleges and local providers about what is available for our young people when they leave school. All welcome, no matter what age your child is.

Thursday 6th April : Easter Assembly Secondary, 14-19

Friday 7th April : Easter Assembly EYFS and

Friday 7th April- Last day of term


Summer Term starts Monday 24th April 2017


INSET day- Friday 26th May









January 2017


Dear Parents and Carers,


At the start of the New Year I would like to remind you about our healthy eating approach. We firmly believe that our children can be encouraged to eat healthily and we would like to ask you to continue to support us by providing a healthy snack at break time and also think carefully about healthy lunch boxes if your child brings one.


We are asking that rather than chocolates and high fat content crisps you continue to send in, for example:

  • Fruit or vegetables (apples, bananas, grapes, carrots etc)
  • Sultanas or currents in small snack boxes
  • Dried fruit
  • Low fat Yoghurt
  • Low fat cereal bars


We do provide water, milk and sugar free squash in school. If you do want to send a drink for your child, rather than high sugar fizzy drinks we would ask you to try sending fruit juices.


Packed lunches should avoid:

  • Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate coated biscuits and sweets
  • Sausage rolls
  • Nuts (we are a nut free school)


Many thanks for your support in this,


Gill Cartwright


December news


Dear Parents/Carers,


What an exciting time of year with so much happening! We have visited Santa in various locations, gone to the Sea Life Centre, cinema, the Sycamore Centre, Dudley Zoo and Safari Park and all enjoyed carols with Dell the Music Man and the Old Park School Band.


A residential took place at Astley Burf in November with pupils from the Upper Phase of the school. This was very successful with pupils showing great independence and maturity and willing to take on many new challenges. Well done!


Thanks to all of you who joined us for our Breakfast with Santa on Sunday 27th November. Santa was amazing and took a great deal of care to make every child feel special. Thanks also to all of you who came to our Christmas Celebration with Carols and saw our youngest children perform the Nativity.


Party week was a great success with pupils meeting Santa in our school grotto. Children all received a present from the school and enjoyed party games and food as well as a disco. Presents for the children were purchased with money kindly raised by FOOPS and your generous donations.


Many thanks to our friends at the 'Buffs' who continue to support the school by raising money for us. Their generous donations have purchased two new changing beds for our pool area.


We say a sad farewell to Ann Moran a teacher at the school for a number of years. Ann is taking retirement and we wish her the very best for the future.


I am very sorry to let you know that Subhan Khan, one of our very precious pupils, sadly passed away on Tuesday 15th November. He was a little fighter and had great spirit and was so happy at school. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


From all the staff at Old Park School we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing the children on Wednesday 4th  January 2017!


Yours sincerely,


Mrs G Cartwright





Brunch with Santa!


We all had a wonderful time on Sunday morning when we met Santa in his grotto and enjoyed a hearty breakfast! Thank you all for supporting our school. We will continue to sell tickets for our raffle which will be drawn at our Christmas Carol Concert on Monday 12th December. 


Week commencing 12th December

Monday 12th                                          EYFS/ Primary Carol Concert (am from 9.30)

                                                              Upper/14-19 (pm from 1.30)


Tuesday 13th                                           Lower and Middle phase party


Wednesday 14th                                     Christmas dinner


Thursday 15th                                         Upper and 14-19 phase party


Friday 16th December                             End of Term


The last day of term is 'Wear your Christmas Jumper to school' day for the

'Save the Children' Charity. If your child would like to wear a Christmas jumper or T Shirt on this day, please send a donation.


October news


Dear Parents and Carers,


It has been a busy start to the year as our children settle into their new classes. They have all done very well, especially our 13 new starters.


We said a sad farewell to Mrs Chris Quinton this term. Mrs Quinton has been our School Business Manager for the last 11 years. We wish her the very best for the future and thank her for all that she has done to make our school safe and well resourced. We welcome Mr Gregg Poole, our new School Business Manager.


We have a new Chair of Governors- Mr Alex Burns. Alex has been our Vice Chair for a number of years. He takes over the role from Rita Tonks who has held the position of Chair of Governors for the last 15 years – the entire time that I have been Head teacher. She has given her time as Chair, often on a daily basis, as well has her knowledge, wisdom and understanding of children with a disability. We are very pleased that Rita will continue as a Governor.


Harvest Festival – Thank you to everyone who came to school our special Harvest Festival assemblies. Every class took part with song, dance and poetry.  Once again, many thanks to everyone for the generous donations of produce. This was taken to a local food distribution centre for the needy in our community.


Student of the month – Well done to our two pupils of the month! Brandon Stokes, student of the month Post 16 Class 2 for passing his driving test in his electric wheelchair and Haydn

Bate, student of the month Post 16 Class 4 for his mature attitude to his work.  Well done also to all of our youngest new pupils who have taken up places and settled so well in our reception classes.


Parents Evening- Parents Evening is on Tuesday 8th November between 5.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.   We look forward to seeing you on this important evening where you can discuss your child’s progress.


At the start of the new school year I want to remind you about our healthy eating approach. We firmly believe that our children can be encouraged to eat healthily and we would like to ask you to continue to support us by providing a healthy snack at break time and also think carefully about healthy lunch boxes if your child brings one.


We are asking that rather than chocolates and high fat content crisps you continue to send in, for example:

  • Fruit or vegetables (apples, bananas, grapes, carrots etc)

  • Sultanas or currents in small snack boxes

  • Dried fruit

  • Low fat Yoghurt

  • Low fat cereal bars

We do provide water, milk and sugar free squash in school. If you do want to send a drink for your child, rather than high sugar fizzy drinks we would ask you to try sending fruit juices.


Autumn Term 2016- Some useful dates and events happening in November


Friday 21st October- This is an INSET day and the school is closed to all pupils

Monday 21 – Friday 28th October- Half Term

Tuesday 8th November- Parents Evening


We also have an INSET day arranged for Tuesday 3rd January 2017



If any parents/ carers have updated their contact numbers, can you please make sure you update your records on Parentmail. Please contact the school office for information about this.  As well as informing local radio stations, in the event of school closure due to bad weather or heating failure  Parentmail is the most effective way we have of informing you, so please sign up!


Please do take the time to look at our school website. Policies are available for you to read and information about the school is regularly updated. We also have the SEN Information Report as part of the Dudley Local Offer. Government Legislation requires all schools to publish an SEN Information Report that details the provision that the school can offer your child.


EHCP meetings

If parents/ carers have received any documents from school regarding EHCP meetings, can you make sure they are returned to school! This will help us prepare in advance for the EHCP meeting.


We look forward to seeing you all during the school year at the many events we hold!

Yours sincerely


Gill Cartwright


Our first week in September news!


A whole school welcome back assembly  started  the new school year off on the first day of term and it was wonderful to see all the children back in school .


We had 12 new Reception aged children to welcome this term!  They have very quickly settled into school life in Butterfly and Ladybird classes. In their first week as well as taking on a full school day they have been swimming, explored our Forest School and eaten their dinner in the dining hall. We are looking forward to their first performance in our Harvest Assembly!


A big welcome to our new staff! We welcome:

  • Greg Poole as our new School Business manager, working alongside Chris Quinton until she leaves at the end of September.
  • Clare Carter has been appointed as a Teacher.
  • Emily Cresswell takes up a teaching post in Bear Class.


Thank you to everyone who replied to our Parents and Carers Questionnaire  for 2016. We had a very high return of forms this year  and the responses from you were overwhelmingly positive towards the school and the work we do. We are delighted that the very heart of what we do, our ethos, vision and core values continue to shine through. 


July news


Dear Parents and Carers


The end of another busy and exciting year at Old Park School. 


Thanks to all of you who supported the school by sending in goods for us to sell and coming to the Summer Fayre on Saturday 2nd July. We were delighted that so many of you came along on the day and helped us raise £1,800 for our school fund. We are so grateful to FOOPS for working so hard for many weeks to make sure we raised as much money for the school as possible. Also, thanks to Barclays Bank who match funded the money raised by the school. 


We are very pleased to let you know that we have appointed Richard Morris as our new Forest School Leader. Children are now having regular Forest School Sessions in our wonderful outdoor classroom.


Also new to our staff team is Matt Savary, appointed IT Technician following the departure of Luke Child last month.


Parents enjoyed Makaton Training this term delivered by Jonathan Wiggin who is a Regional Makaton Trainer. More training will be on offer during the next academic year. Please contact the school if you would like to be placed on our'waiting list'.


On our  sports days we were lucky to have gorgeous weather and thanks to so many of you for coming along to cheer on the children in their races. A big thanks to students from Thorns Community College who helped us set up the races, help give out drinks and support the children.


Our school prom for our leavers and older students was wonderful. We were so proud of these independent and amazing young people who looked tremendous in their ball gowns and suits! They enjoyed a buffet and disco.


We ended the year with our Celebration Assemblies. As always we celebrated our children’s achievements and some of our youngest pupils received their Early Years Learning Journey folders whilst older pupils as they moved up the school received their Records of Achievement. We are all so very proud of all our pupils!


The Awards Ceremony for our 14-19 aged students who are working towards or have gained a wide range of accredited qualifications for their work will take place in the Autumn Term.


Our end of year Leavers Assembly

We were very sad to say goodbye at our Leavers Assembly to our oldest pupils.  


This year we said goodbye to the following students:


Joshua Dingley who goes on to Dudley College                    

Joshua Bayliss who goes on to Dudley College                    

Bethany Dathan who goes on to Foxes College

Catherine Anderson who goes on to Dudley College                    

Alicia Millard who goes on to Dudley College                    

Adeel Ali who goes on to a Post 19 Provider

Matt Roguski who goes on to a Post 19 Provider

Alishaan Naseer who goes on to a Post 19 Provider

Jordan Munday who goes on to Dudley College                    

Jordan McGee who goes on to a Post 19 Provider

Sarah Waldron who goes on to the National Star College

Zaki Munyaneza who goes on to a Post 19 Provider

Dale Aston who goes on to a Post 19 Provider


We are very sad to see these young people leave us but extremely proud of their achievements.


We will miss them all so much and we wish them the very best for the future.


We also said goodbye to Mrs Smith our 14-19 Deputy who takes up a Headship at Rigby Hall Special School and Becky Gayden who has a promoted post at Chadsgrove Special School.


Simone Kynaston a classroom assistant also moves to Old Hall Special School Walsall in September.


The Lettice Holt Award

This is awarded annually by the FE staff to a student who has been outstanding and a credit to the school throughout their time with us.  This year the award was given to Jordan Munday. Well done Jordan!


Child of Courage Award

This award is given in remembrance of Hazel Thomas who worked at the school and passed away in 2005. Her family wished the school to nominate a child of courage each year. We have many such children and it was a difficult decision, but this year we agreed that Lilly May Rhodes  should receive the award. Lilly May has been in hospital a number of times this year. It has been difficult for her, but she has always smiled and met these difficulties with courage.


We thank our wonderful volunteers (over 40!) for supporting the school. It is amazing that so many are willing to give their time to help us in the classrooms, swimming pool, and as part of FOOPS. Their support opens up so many more opportunities for our children. 


Sad news

Shamiler Araf, one of our precious pupils who left the school last year, sadly passed away in June. Shamiler was truly courageous and very much loved by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.


Summer Holiday

School reopens for the Autumn Term on Wednesday 7th September.


We hope you all have a very happy summer holiday and look forward to the new school year in September!


Yours sincerely

Gill Cartwright



July 2016