Dear Parents,

Please check here for the latest up-to-date information, or please check out our latest Newsletters for any up-coming events.


We want to keep you informed!There is always lots going on in school and whilst we are limited at the moment, we do want to keep you updated and also share with you many of the activities and learning that happens all of the time.As well as newsletters every other Friday –sent via our app, and posted here on our website ,we also useTwitter and Facebook to share information and photographs. Our calendar on the school website is also populated with events that are planned.

Twitter–look for @clevescross and click ‘follow’. It’s a great way of sharing our school life with you.


Communication with class teachers

It is strange not being able to build face to face relationships with parents, especially as children move into their new classes. We do want to keep channels of communication open though  and therefore we are keeping our class emails going – the same ones that you used during lockdown. So, if you have a questions, information or would just like to give some feedback to your child’s class teacher, please use their direct class email. They are all in the same format:
Reception Class–
Year 1 –
Year 2 –
Year 3 –
Year 4 –
Year 5 –
Year 6 –
These emails are an ideal way of keeping in touch with class teachers, but if you do have urgent information to pass on, please always telephone school to ensure this is dealt with in good time.

Letters Home

We would just like to thank you all for your support over this past year. No-one could have envisaged that it would have turned out as it did, but we have reached the end – eventually! We are all hoping for a normal school year come September, and wish you all a healthy and enjoyable few weeks ahead to spend with your children and family. Thank you for all of your kind wishes and gifts for the staff across school – they are very much appreciated.

Look out for updates from school at the end of August, ready for our return to school on Thursday 2nd September. More details were on last week’s newsletter if you would like to refer back to it. Any changes that we need to make to those arrangements will come out as soon as we have them – via the app and posted onto our website too.

Have a great summer, and fingers crossed for the gorgeous weather to stay with us!

Dear Parents,
It is with great sadness that I must let you know that Graham Marshall, our school
caretaker, and dedicated member of our team here at Cleves Cross, passed away yesterday. He
fought a long and courageous battle with a horrible illness, and we are all devastated to have lost
him. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife and family, who we know will miss him greatly.
Graham has been our caretaker here for over 20 years. He has watched many of you
come to our school as children yourselves and was still here to greet your own children with his
smile and kind words. Every visitor that came to Cleves Cross always commented on the
welcome and courtesy they received when being greeted by Graham. He was proud to be a part
of our school and we are proud to have had him as our caretaker, colleague and friend – he was
an important part of our team. Graham loved being with the children, always having time to
encourage them and joke with them and, as you know, always enjoyed a chat on the schoolyard
with parents.
He will be a huge miss to us all.

Safe Return to School

Please see our recent School Newsletter (9th July) regarding our return to school in September.


Year 5 – Ben Kate, Ella

Year 6 – Riley, Evie

Comic Relief

We’re delighted to have been able to support last week’s comic relief efforts. Thank you for your donations. We raised a total of £294 to donate to the fund.

Friends of Cleves Cross Primary Virtual Balloon Race

Some exciting news!
After a severe lack of fun events and fundraising for the school this year (thanks, Covid!)
We have set up a Virtual Balloon Race.
You can register your balloon at
Tickets on sale now via PayPal
Race starts : 24th March 12pm
Balloons cost
£2.00 each (you can buy as many as you like😁)
Race against your family and friends !
Track your balloon online!
Cash prizes for first 3 balloons past the finish line😁😊
*** race is open to anyone, not just Cleves***

Learning Trust Competitions

January 2021
Please check out the following link regarding the latest Cleves Cross Learning Trust Art and DT competition:

A huge well done to all of the entries of the Art and DT competition. We had some fabulous entries, and it was lovely to see everyone trying new techniques and materials to create ‘A view from your window’. We were all blown away with the entries and found it very difficult to choose just 3 winners. Our first-place prize goes to Blake Stephenson in Year 5 who produced a fabulous sketch of his view, we loved the detail and simplicity of your piece. Well done. Our second-place prize goes to Beau MacDonald-Morris in Year 3 who created a very colourful inventive piece of artwork using different beads and materials. We loved your creativity. Well done. Our third-place prize goes to Joshua Blackett in Year 1 who created a view from a submarine window, we loved your imaginative spin on the competition. Well done. We also want to say a huge thank you to all of the Staff and Adults who took part. Our winners are Mrs Wall who used Disney to inspire her digital art and Sarah McGillycuddy-Clark who drew a view of Bray Beach in Ireland. Thankyou for everyone’s effort and prizes will be waiting when we get back to school!

Latest Parent Information


Parent Update 5.2.21
Self isolating Family Friendly Information
COVID-19 Infections and School Attendance 01 02 21
Jan 2021 Parent Update 22.1.21
Recording Live Teams Lessons
Jan 2021 Parent Update 8.1.21
Parent information re Closure January 2021

School will remain open to vulnerable children (those with a social worker) and the children of key workers.  If you need to, please refer to the App to request a place.

Critical Workers Guidelines

To review the latest Government guidelines regarding what is a Critical Worker please checkout the link below:

Useful links to access support during lockdown

  • Energy Advice Programme – need help with energy costs? 

  • County Durham Families Information Service 

  • Mental health and Emotional Support 

  • Durham County Council Covid-19 support 

  • Free Employment Support Service 

  • Foodbank Information 


Blended Learning (Remote Learning)

The DfE (Department for Education) have asked all schools that where a class, group of pupils, or individual pupils need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or there are local or national restrictions requiring pupils to remain at home, schools are expected to provide immediate access to remote education.

As a school, we have decided to start using ‘Microsoft Teams’ to access learning whilst at home. It will be used every week for home learning (Assignments) and messages. Microsoft Teams will also be used to support any child that has to remain at home while self-isolating. If your child is self-isolating you will be contacted by the school to inform you that daily home learning will be in your child’s Microsoft Teams Class, ready for them to access. This is our first step on our journey towards ‘Blended Learning’ – teaching children in the class and at home, if needed.

Supporting Children With Home Learning

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a free Microsoft App/site that aims to simplify creating, distributing and assessing learning in a paperless way. Teachers can use Microsoft Teams to send announcements to entire classes, share resources, lesson notes, inputs, diagrams, and home learning. Children can use it to access work covered in class in school, at home or on the go and complete home learning. Parents can use some of the features of Microsoft Teams to help engage with and support children in their home learning. It is a free resource that can be accessed from any device connected to the internet – laptops, desktop computers, tablets or mobile phones. If you do not have the technology for this, please contact the school office.


Microsoft Teams has a number of different uses and benefits:

  • Teachers can use it to set classwork/home learning tasks.
  • Teachers can upload and save files which children can access both in and out of school.
  • Frequently used website links can be shared on Teams which allows pupils quick and easy access.
  • Microsoft Teams is a FREE website/app which is part of the free Microsoft suite of educational resources (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Forms etc.) This can be downloaded free from your regular app store. (It can also be accessed through a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox).
  • Children can discuss classwork/home learning and can collaborate together on tasks.
  • It encourages and develops our children’s digital literacy – many organisations, places of work, universities and secondary schools also use Microsoft Teams.
  • Children can upload work for the teacher to see and feedback on.
  • In each class Team are links to their regular useful websites, i.e. Spelling Shed, Conquer Maths, Times Table Rockstars, and more. This is to make it easier for the children so that they can access school links all from one place, Microsoft Teams.


Children will be shown in class what their ‘Team’ looks like, so please waste no time by logging in with your child’s unique username and password. This will be in your child’s Home Learning Journal (Years 1-6). Reception will mainly complete home learning through Tapestry. If you do not have your child’s login details for Teams, please contact their teacher.

We appreciate that this is a new way of teaching and learning for everyone, the teachers have been busy learning and practising different aspects of this in preparation for this new way of teaching. We anticipate that there may be aspects of this that will require adapting as we all become more proficient in ‘Blended learning’. We thank you in advance for your patience with this as we work together to support your children’s learning.


Children in Need

Thank you for your kind contributions towards this worthy cause.  We managed to raise £258.70!

Harvest Video

The children have really enjoyed learning about Harvest this half term! We hope you enjoy the video!

Thank you for your kind donations which we have now passed onto St Lukes Foodbank.


September 2020

Attendance guidance for Parents
Parent information letter for September 2020
Covid 19 letter to ALL parents 30.9.20

Can my child go to school today?

Parent Guide

New Starter Information

Parent Guide Reception Class
Starting arrangements Sept 20
Tapestry Online Journal

Scamps Parent Guidance during Covid