Newsletter - 6th October 2023

Newsletter - 6th October 2023

At the time of writing this, Year 6 are half way through their AMAZING trip to London. They are having an amazing time! On Wednesday they visited Horse Guards Parade and The Houses of Parliament, they went on the London Eye and then went to see ‘Back to the Future’ at The Adelphi Theatre. A huge thank you to Miss Garnett, Mrs Hatton, Miss Lund, Mr Bester and Miss Cokell for taking the children on this amazing trip.

Parents have a legal duty to ensure their children are in school each day, on time. We know that children sometimes get ill and need time off school, therefore we have set a whole school target of 96% attendance throughout the year.  It is expected that every child will be at expected for their attendance and punctuality throughout the school year.

Whilst any child may be off school because they are ill, sometimes they can be reluctant to attend school for other reasons like friendship difficulties or when struggling with learning. If your child is reluctant to attend school, please bring them to school and speak to a member of staff so we can resolve the issue(s), rather than trying to cover up their absence, or give in to pressure to let them stay at home. As a school, we will always work with parents, and external agencies as appropriate, to understand and address the reasons behind absence.

Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of the day, they miss out on valuable learning and do not spend time with their class teacher getting important news and information for the day. Pupils arriving late also disrupt lessons, which can be embarrassing for the child and can in turn, encourage absence. Being 10 minutes late  every day throughout the academic year is the same as missing two weeks of school.

If your child is often absent or late you may be asked to meet with staff to discuss ways to improve attendance. 

If you are having problems please speak to a member of staff before attendance becomes an issue

St Luke's Tide

This year our celebrations for St Luke’s Day coincide with St Luke’s Church celebrating their 190th Birthday! 


On Wednesday 18th October we will be going to church to celebrate this amazing event.  Children need to taken to church on that morning for 9.00am and we will all walk back together.


Parents and carers are welcome to join us but please be aware that you will need to sit in the upstairs stalls.  If you are staying, it would be very helpful if you are available to walk with the children back to school.


Other celebrations for St Luke’s Tide and St Luke’s 190th Birthday:

Sat 21st October – 5pm Parish Boundary Walk, supper and visit from Bishop Jill

Sun 22nd October – 11am Family Service


Open Day

We are having an open morning on Tuesday 10th October at 10am and an open afternoon on Thursday 12th October at 2.15pm for parents/carers of children who are due to start school in September 2024! Just turn up or send us an email to let us know you are coming.

The Duke's Theatre - A Christmas Carol

We are PROUD to announce that Skerton St Luke's will be visiting The Duke's theatre, Lancaster, this Christmas for a LIVE performance of the traditional tale "A Christmas Carol". 

This will be within normal school hours on Monday 4th December. 

The ticket cost is £11 per person and should be paid for via ParentPay. If you require a barcode to make payment or need any help setting up a ParentPay account, please message Miss Quilliam via Dojo or pop into the school office. If we do not receive enough payments to cover the cost of this EXCITING OPPORTUNITRY to EXPERIENCE LIVE THEATRE, the visit will not be able to go ahead.

If you are able, please make payment by Friday 3rd November or speak with Miss Quilliam if you require additional time. 

A HUGE thank you to the Friends for their generosity who have agreed to buy an ice-cream for every child during the interval .


The Duke's Theatre - A Christmas Carol
Dates for your Diary
09/10/23 4.00pm Governors Resources Committee 5.00pm Governors Standards, Effectiveness and Curriculum Committee
10/10/23 10.00am Open morning for Reception 2024 starters
12/10/23 2.15pm Open afternoon for Reception 2024 starters
17/10/23 6.00pm Reception Parents Phonics Evening
18/10/23 St Luke’s Day – Service in church
19/10/23 9.00am Key Stage 1 Share a Story – Parents invited
20/10/23 School Finishes for Half Term
21-22/10/23 St Luke’s Church 190th Birthday celebrations
02/11/23 School Back after Half Term
06/11 and 09/11 Parents Evenings
10/11/23 9.10am Remembrance in school
14/11/23 5.00pm Full Governors in school
24/11/23 Christmas jumper swap after school
26/11/23 Church Christmas Fair


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