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Extreme Heat

 Now that summer is finally upon us, please ensure sun cream is applied.  Children are allowed to bring appropriate hats to school if they wish. We encourage them to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water during this extreme heat, so please ensure your child brings a suitable water bottle in every day. During this time pupils may also take their ties off and undo top buttons.

Stay Safe in the Sun - Competition

 We are currently learning about our personal well-being in PSHE this half term, including our emotions and mental health.

All children will be given a competition entry form if they wish take part in the Stay Safe in the Sun competition run by the School Partnership in association with Garnier. Completed entries can be returned to school by Monday 19th June in order for us to post them in time for the closing date of Friday 23rd June.

Corby Library Activities

Corby Library has some fun activities lined up for children of all ages this June.  From drop in craft sessions to creative writing sessions and book fairs, click here for more information and to get involved.

SEND Local Area Inspection

Inspection of Northamptonshire County Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities from 15 May 2017 to 19 May 2017

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of your local area. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:

  • identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.
The views of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible.

The inspection will also include an online webinar to allow other Northamptonshire County Council parents and carers to contribute. The webinar will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 15 May 2017. It will led by the lead inspector, who will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively Northamptonshire County Council is fulfilling the above responsibilities.

If you would like to take part in this webinar then please follow this internet link

While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend before the introduction of the reforms in September 2014, it is important that this date is used as the start for gathering evidence about the impact of the reforms. We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases.

Information on local area duties toward children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be found on the Department for Education’s website:

Relaunching online payments

We are excited to announce that the school payment system, via Squicard, has been given a shiny new look, and you can now pay for trips online. Click to go through to New users may have to register for the first time using a 9 digit code and a 3 digit security number, and existing users should still be able to use their old login details. Please contact the school office if you are unsure, and we will be happy to help.

Year 3 Dance Festival

On Tuesday, 28th March 2017 the Year 3 children attended the Greenwood Dale Academy Dance Festival at Kingswood Senior Academy. Please take a look at the gallery to see the fun everyone had at this event.

Termly Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the following pupils have been awarded for excellence at the end of Spring Term:

 Well done to our Spring Term Winners

Year 3 Year 4
Academic: Lewis Darroch Academic: Emily Partridge
Good Citizen: Lily Drage Good Citizen: Adema Hill
Token 1: Kyra McLean-Draper Token 1: James Haycocks
Token 2: Luke Julian Token 2: Urszula Pietrzyk
Year 5 Year 6
Academic: Ruby Wortley Academic: Nathan Wiffen
Good Citizen: Liam Carroll Good Citizen: Kyle Thompson
Token 1: Jack Druce Token 1: Sophie Hughes
Token 2: Aaron Shaw Token 2: Ellis McLintock

 Well done to BaldurThe House Points Cup for the Term has been awarded to BALDUR.

Well Done to everyone and keep up the hard work!!





The results will help us focus our resources on issues which parents and carers are dissatisfied with and are most important to them.

Fabulous Flowers in the Forest UPDATE

 Deep Roots Tall Trees Come and join in for a great weekend to celebrate Corby’s wonderful woodlands in the heart of our town!

The Our Woods festival finale weekend is Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May and you can book tickets now to come and see the DREAMING OUR WOODS performance at The Core, then walk down through Thoroughsale Woods to the Boating Lake and see the FABULOUS FLOWERS OF THE FOREST and more! The performances are at 8pm each evening and the flowers will be lit up after dark. They can also be seen any time between Friday evening and Monday 8 May at 3pm.

If your child is in Key Stage 2 they will probably have taken part making a FABULOUS FLOWER OF THE FOREST with artist Sophie Cullinan at school. We really hope that you will want to come and see how these thousands of flowers are part of this festival weekend. Children from every Primary school in town are taking part.

To book your tickets for the performance – phone 01536 470470 or visit or call in at the box office.

All children who have made a Fabulous Flower of the Forest are eligible for a half price ticket if you take this letter to The Core box office and quote the code: FFF567/2017.

World Book Day

 World Book Day LogoOn Thursday 2nd March, the school took part in World Book Day. It was a very special day, as it marked 20 years of the event. The whole school took part, including teachers, and even anyone who did have a costume was actually dressed as a "muggle" from Harry Potter.

Some classes elected a winner for the best costume, and we are pleased to announce that in Asbru class Bridget Hillan won, in Elli class Emilia-Mae Diamond was chosen and in Sol class Cole Garscadden had the best costume. In year 6, Embla's winner was Mollie Cameron, Asgard voted Mason Allen and Jotnar chose Kimberley Gunfield.  In reality, everyone was a winner as the costumes were all amazing, and we would like to thank everyone who took part.

You can view images from the day in our gallery

Don't forget to use your child's voucher they were all given in participating book sellers locally.

Christmas Stamp Competition

 Can you believe it but years 3, 4 and 5 are already thinking about Christmas. They are currently completing their stamp designs for the Royal Mail's Christmas stamp competition. The theme this year is 'what Christmas means to me'. The winning stamp will win a whopping £1000 worth of vouchers for its designer and a £1000 worth of vouchers for the school. We have some wonderful artists so I'm sure we are in with a good chance.

Further details can be found on the Royal Mail Website

Flowers in the Forest

Artist Sophie Cullinan completed 3 workshops at school on Monday 6th February. She presented a whole school assembly introducing the Flowers in the Forest project which is part of the Deep Roots Tall Trees event running in Corby for 2016 and 2017 promoting the amazing woodlands on our door step. Year 5 children produced stunning flower sculptures which will light up and form a magical display in the woodland walk from the Corby Cube through the woods to the boating lake. Sophie will be returning to work with the children from years 4 and 5 during the remainder of February and March. Sophie was impressed by the children's behaviour today and their creativity. The sculptures produced were beautiful. Many thanks Sophie!

You can view images from the fun we had in our gallery

Extreme Weather Plan

We are very fortunate to be enjoying particularly mild weather for this time of year, however, should the weather become more extreme over the coming months we will follow our planned procedures.

 Snow DayThe Academy aims to remain open in the event of snow; in these circumstances our normal curriculum may need to be adjusted according to staffing levels and pupil ratios. We will take the children outside to play in the snow, so please ensure that they have appropriate clothing for snow play including extra socks and a change of footwear.

In the event of very extreme weather conditions, for the safety of children and staff, it may be necessary to close the academy. Please be assured that we will take the decision to close only if it is absolutely necessary. We will notify parents of the situation at Danesholme Junior Academy by text – please make sure we have your most recent mobile phone number so that you receive all relevant information.

The County website address for checking school closure is and our own website will be updated. Local radio stations will regularly broadcast school closure updates (BBC Radio Northampton - 104.2 & 103.6 FM, Heart Radio - 96.6 FM, Connect 97.2 & 107.4 FM, Corby Radio - 96.3 FM).