Newsletter - 26th September 2022

Newsletter - 26th September 2022

Thank you to all of you for your support for the local food banks through our harvest festival on Friday. All of your donations went to St Luke’s Church to be presented during the service on Sunday and then distributed to local food banks. Food Boxes As you may be aware there is a huge demand for boxes and support from the local food banks and they do an amazing job in helping people in our community. We have been fortunate enough to receive donations from Rapid Relief Team who provide boxes with food that has a long shelf life for people to access. If you, or anyone you know, could do with support from this charity, please contact Mrs Armistead direct to arrange – OR 01524 65445. School Opening On Tuesday 27th September the Bishop of Lancaster, Right Reverend Dr Jill Duff, will be in school to conduct the official opening of our new build. This will be conducted in the hall at 9.30am and all of the children and special guests will join us. Unfortunately we don’t have enough room in school to invite all parents to join us, but we would like to invite you to come for a look around school from 3.30pm on Tuesday 27th. You’ve seen the changes from the outside, now come and see them inside the building. Ways to get involved • Join in Friends of Skerton St Luke’s (FOSSL) activities. All parents of pupils at the school are automatically members of FOSSL so anyone can come along to meetings and join in with all fundraising etc. For more information email friends of or DM on Facebook • Become a School Governor. School governors are volunteers who work together with the Headteacher and the local authority to improve education and other outcomes for all pupils. The governors meet as a full governing body three times per year. If you would like to know more about this role please contact Mrs Armistead on 01524 65445 or email • Volunteer to listen to children read. If you have some time to spare, a good grasp of written English, and if you enjoy spending time with children, you could become a school reader. For more information please contact Mrs Goodwin on 01524 65445 or email • Offer to lead an after school club/ lunch time club in the Spring or Summer Term. We love offering different extra-curricular activities to the children in school. If you have a particular skill that you would like to share with children then consider offering to lead a club in school. Some examples might be gardening, sewing or cooking. For information please contact Miss Garnett on 01524 65445 or email • Join Drop In on Wednesday straight after school. Parents can join their child in the classroom to chat about and see what they have been learning. No need to book, just turn up. Kind Regards, Mrs Armistead

Late Arrivals

Children arriving late, after 8.55am, should be accompanied by an adult to the School Office at the front of school.  Parents and visitors must sign in and enter school through the secure entrance at the front of school. If your child arrives between 8.55am and 9.15am, they will be marked as late. If your child arrives after 9:15am they will be marked in the register as unauthorised 'late after registers closed’. 

You may be subject to a penalty notice if your child is consistently late for school.  

Smoking and Dogs

We are a smoke-free premises and site. Parents are also reminded that when on the school premises (including passage from Vale Road and pedestrian driveway) dogs are not allowed.


We cannot allow children to leave school e.g. for a dental or medical appointment before the end of day, unless collected by a parent or responsible adult.   We ask all parents in KS1 at the beginning of every year to provide school with a list of adults who have permission to collect their child.  The list must be kept up to date at all times.  If an adult attempts to collect a child and their name does not appear on the list, we will refuse them.


When dropping off or collecting your child, please park with consideration.  Do not park across resident’s drives or park on the grass embankment across from school.  We suggest you park at the community centre which in itself is safer as you do not have to cross the main road.  Do not ‘stop’ or ‘park’ on the yellow zig zag lines outside school – this is dangerous and illegal.  Penalty tickets have recently been issued.


Children MUST wear full uniform including black school shoes, except on PE days.  On PE days we encourage children to come to school in PE clothes (school t-shirt, track pants or shorts and trainers)

No rucksacks or other bags.  Book bags, lunch boxes and water bottles only please.  Long hair MUST be tied back and all jewellery must be removed.

Please ensure all items are labelled with your child’s name.

School Applications

Primary School - Apply before 15th January 2023 

Secondary School - Apply before 31st October 2023

Dates for your Diary
27/09/22 9.30am Official School Opening of new building (3.20pm School open for parents)
30/09/22 Year 6 sharing for Celebration Worship
04/10/22 Y6 Eucharist in hall – parents and parishioners invited
04/10/22-07/10/22 Year 6 to London
07/10/22 Year 5 sharing for Celebration Worship
10/10/22 4.00pm Governors Resources Committee & 5.00pm Governors Standards, Effectiveness and Curriculum Committee
14/10/22 Year 4 sharing in Celebration Worship
17/10/22 School Photo Day
18/10/22 St Luke’s Day – Service in church & 6.00pm Reception Parents Phonics Evening
20/10/22 Key Stage 1 Share a Story - Parents/Carers invited
21/10/22 Year 3 sharing for Celebration Worship & School Finishes for Half Term
02/11/22 School back after Half Term


It’s a lovely community. We all feel like a part of St Luke’s family. My child loves her teachers and knows other members of staff. It’s lovely to walk into school and people know my child’s name and always say hello to her, even teachers from other classes or Mrs Armistead.


I know when I drop my kids off they are happy and safe and they both enjoy their time in school.


Thank you for not only teaching my daughter but also caring for her. She’s really happy at school and is making great progress in all areas of learning.


The staff have been so supportive of my child with Special Educational Needs. They are amazing and it makes me confident that my daughter is well looked after and if she has any problems they will help.

Parent of a child with SEND

The Reception Open Day really showed the school in a good light. The Headteacher showed us round and knew all of the pupil’s names. All of the children we met were friendly and polite but more importantly they were all smiling whilst learning.

Prospective Parent

Teachers are very helpful, friendly and approachable

Pupil, Year 6