Copy of letter which has gone home with pupils today regarding class changes.

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been advised by the local authority that owing to the reduction in our school roll for this session, we must reduce the number of classes at Milton of Leys from 14 to 13. This is because with our current school roll, pupils from P1-7 can be accommodated into the identified banding for classes and within the national class size guidance.

We have also been advised that we have to work within the guidelines issued in the budget saving briefing highlighting that there is a £3.5 million savings which is to be delivered by: “Re-base all school staffing allocations across Primary, Secondary and ASN schools to ensure transparency and fairness in allocations following national class size guidance and removing all ad-hoc allocations to ensure stable staffing within our communities.”

We realise as a school the impact that this will have on all children, parents and the community. All classes will have some change and we are working hard to re-structure the classes trying to minimise disruption to learning as much as we can and supporting the health and well-being of our pupils. We are committed to getting it right for every child, and will work closely as a staff team as we support the children with these changes.

Our timeframe is for the new classes to officially begin on Monday 16th September; meaning that children will be in their assigned class going forward for this session from Wednesday 18th after the inset days.

Owing to the need to reduce our classes, one of our teachers, Mr Lallah in P6 will be leaving Milton of Leys to continue his probationary year at another school. We wish Mr Lallah all the best for his future journey in the profession and thank him for his time here with us at MOL.

For all pupils to be part of this new structure, there will be some changes of pupils across all classes. The most significant change to the classes for this session is that owing to the numbers we will no longer have the P2/3 and P3/4 classes. From the week beginning Sept 16th, we will have P1A, P1B, P1/2, P2, P3A, P3B, P4, P4/5, P5, P5/6, P6, P6/7, P7. This means that Mrs Mateer will now teach P3B while Miss Williamson will teach P6. Where possible Mrs Mateer will continue to teach the P3s in her class, but regrettably, Miss Williamson will have to say goodbye to her P3/4 class for now as she moves up the school. For the children in P2/3 – P2 children will continue this session in either P1/2 or P2; and for pupils in P3/4, the P3s will begin in either of the two straight P3 classes or as P4s in either P4 or P4/5.

We will confirm your child’s new class no later than Tuesday 10th. This will enable us to ensure that we have the transition process underway in school with hand-over information for pupils between staff. We will closely support all pupils, including pupils who have benefited from enhanced transition in the past, aiming to minimise disruption for them as much as possible.

Class teachers going forward will be:

P1A        Mrs MacQueen

P1B        Mrs Macaulay

P1/2       Miss Shimmield

P2           Miss Mackenzie

P3A        Mrs Tulloch

P3B        Mrs Mateer

P4           Mrs Laing/Mrs Mulraine

P4/5       Mr Blair

P5           Miss Sparling

P5/6       Miss Hutcheson

P6           Miss Williamson

P6/7       Miss Coe

P7           Miss McPherson

During next week we will have ‘getting to know you’ times for children to meet in their new classes to ease transition. We are very mindful of our duty to the children to support their well-being and will work closely as a team to meet their needs.

Meantime, I thank you for your support and understanding in advance. It is a challenging process but please be assured that we will do all we can to make it a positive transition for our children at Milton of Leys.

Kind regards,

Meg Snedden

Acting Head Teacher

Milton of Leys Primary School

Tel 01463 773020

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