Swinton Queen Primary School newsletter 18th June


  • Hello from Mr Higginbottom
  • School updates
  • 30 hrs codes for FS1 pupils
  • Diary dates.


It is a real pleasure to be the new head teacher at Swinton Queen Primary School. I've already enjoyed a lovely 'welcome back' from some of the staff I worked with when I was a teacher here back in 2000-2005. How lovely to see that some of you are 'children' that I taught then and you now have your children at the school. I loved my time at Swinton Queen and I'm so delighted to be taking on the role of head teacher here.

After moving on from Swinton Queen in 2005, I taught at a school in Doncaster where I then was appointed as the deputy head and subsequently the acting head teacher. Since 2012 I have been the head teacher at Everton Primary School near Bawtry, Doncaster, and I have gained some really valuable experiences which I know will help me as the head teacher at Swinton Queen.

It is my absolute priority to ensure that your children get the very best out of their time at school. I can already see that they value their time in school and I want to build on that to work with them, our teachers and yourselves to ensure that every child gets the best possible chances.

I have already been busy recruiting some new staff. To strengthen the leadership team I have appointed Mrs McArdle to be assistant head teacher who will work with Mr Arran Tasker who has been appointed from a Barnsley school to also be an assistant head teacher at Swinton Queen. Mrs Cunningham will continue in her role as the Deputy Head teacher, so we have a strong leadership team ready to ensure that we build on the wonderful things that happen at Swinton Queen and that children have great opportunities to thrive. We are appointing some new teachers over the next week or so and once our staffing structure is complete and ready for September, we will write to you to let you know who your child's teacher will be.

I look forward to meeting you in September, but if I can answer any questions in the meantime, please do contact me via the school office and I'll do my best to help. I am also spending time in school over the next few weeks so if you see me outside either before or after school please feel free to come over and say hello.

Mr P Higginbottom.

School Updates

Sports Day

In light of the recent updates on COVID and the delay to ending lockdown we have taken the difficult decision that we will not be offering the option for parents to attend / watch sports day. Whilst we know that this is not the news many of you wanted to hear we have to put the safety of our staff and pupils first.

Battens Disease Awareness Day - Thank You


We now have 93% of families that have downloaded and used the Parent Portal app. If you have not yet done this, and would like school to support you with this, please can you contact the office who will be happy to help you.

Beat the Street - SQP style

Next week we will be sending home a 'Beat the Street' challenge to all pupils - Miss Robinson and Mr Allen have done an amazing job creating this for us. There are 15 locations to visit and a number of questions to answer - completed / part completed forms needs to be handed back into school by the 9th July. We will then score each entry and announce the 4 winners - 1 each from - EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2.

When this challenge is sent home please can you ensure you read the disclaimer and that extra care is taken walking to any locations near water. We advise that this is done as a family activity and children are supervised at all times.

When we have our winners we will then let them pick what prize they will like from the following;

  • Stunt Scooter
  • Tri Scooter
  • Skateboard
  • Balance Bike
  • Heelys

Good luck everyone and have fun.

30 hr codes for new FS1 pupils (September 2021)

Autumn 30H EEF Guidance

Parents must obtain EEF 30H codes by 31st August 2021 for use in the Autumn Term. We can only accept codes acquired after this date if a Parent makes a New Employment – mid term use application to Rotherham Early Years.

School Holidays / Diary Dates

Sports Days - Week commencing 5th July.

Summer – School closes on Tuesday, 20th July 2021.


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