Monthly Archives: May 2015

SCAM TARGETING THE ELDERLY

Information from Humberside Police.  Please pass on to friends, relatives and neighbours where relevant.

People are urged not to fall foul of police telephone scam.  Police are urging elderly and the wider public not to transfer funds to criminals involved in a bogus police officer scam.

Over the past few months Humberside Police have received a large number of calls from elderly residents reporting being called by an unknown person pretending to be a police officer.

During the call the offender suggests the people called have been the victims of fraud and to contact their banks (providing them with a number to call).   When they call the bank (using the provided number) they are asked for their card details and personal data.   The victim then receives a further call from the bogus police officer suggesting they transfer their money to a police security account.

Fortunately the majority of people have become suspicious and called Humberside Police; however numerous people have transferred large sums of money.

Police would never ask members of the public to transfer or hand over money as the victim of fraud.

Following the incidents police are urging members of the public to:

  • Never give out bank or personal details to strangers over the phone;
  • Never withdraw money and give it to a stranger or transfer funds to an unknown accounts.

Anyone who thinks they may have received a call along these lines should report it to police on the non-emergency number 101.

Dinner Money – Summer Term 2

The cost of Dinner Money for next half term will be £75.60. This will take you from 2nd June – 21st July 2015.

Please Note: If your child is attending any trips/residentials, please deduct the days from this total (£2.10 per day).

Umbrella Trust

Umbrella Trust

We have successfully worked with a group of other schools, collectively known as The Alliance, for a number of years now.  We intend to continue to work with these and other schools in the local authority.  Recently, many schools (including some Alliance schools) have chosen to become part of one of the various academy trusts in town.  It would appear that, of the original eight Alliance schools, only four are likely to remain as ‘stand-alone converter academies’ in the future.  Those schools are; New Waltham, Waltham Leas, Signhills Infants and Signhills Juniors.  The Governing Bodies of these academies, including our own, have decided, in the interests of maintaining our independence and current freedoms, to form an Umbrella Trust.  It will be known as the Athena Learning Alliance.

What is an Umbrella Trust?

An umbrella trust is a group of schools that wish to work together under a charitable trust to explore the benefits of shared services and other opportunities to collaborate for school improvement.  This is no different to where we are now – but it is a formally/legally recognised organisation and provides greater security than being a stand-alone academy.  Each school retains its own Board of Governors, its own funding direct from the DfE and is only accountable for its own performance.

What will be the impact on yourself?

In hard reality – none whatsoever.   School uniform will stay exactly the same.  The governors, headteachers, teachers and staffing of the schools will stay the same.  The benefit to parents and pupils is that we will be less likely to be absorbed by a large national academy chain or secondary school trust – and be subject to a complete change in philosophy and staffing re-organisation.

We will keep you informed of the progress towards this new status, which itself is not a lengthy process.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs J Kaye                                                                                         Mr S Carr

Chair of Governors                                                                             Headteacher