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Strike Days

Dear Parents and Carers

As you may be aware, further strikes have been announced for Wednesday 5th July and Friday 7th July.

Due to teachers striking and Parkside staff needing to look after their own children as their children’s schools are closed, we will only be open to a few pupils on the 5th and will be fully closed on 7th July.

Due to changes in staffing over the last term, we will have fewer staff available on 5th July and, therefore, we can only remain open to a few pupils with the greatest need.  If your child meets this criteria you will be contacted over the next two days.  If you do not receive a ‘phone call then the school is not open for your child on 5th July.  Please do not assume your child will be able to attend school on the strike days even if they have previously, this will be confirmed via a ‘phone call. 

The school is not open to any pupils on 7th July.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and hope you understand that the staff are on strike to try and ensure the Government understands the funding crisis in schools and how this is negatively impacting on the pupils.  The teachers do not take strike action lightly and hope the situation is resolved soon so that no further strikes are necessary. 

Kind regards

Carolyn Ellis-Gage    (pronouns she/her)

Head Teacher

Email from Head Teacher 15 June 2023

Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to let you know about events coming up this term.

16th June is the Norfolk Day of Welcome.  Parkside is a school of sanctuary and will be learning about how to welcome those from other countries that have been forced to leave their homes due to war, famine or natural disasters.

26 – 30th June is Norwich Pride Schools Week.  We will be joining other schools across Norwich to learn about Pride and celebrate being able to be proud about who we are. The theme is ‘This is a safe space’ and this will form the basis of the learning at an appropriate level for the age and stage of our young people. 

4th July – This is the final Parkside parents evening for the year; class teachers will email you with details about appointments.

Individual class trips and visits will be communicated through the class teacher and emails.

Kind regards

Carolyn Ellis-Gage    (pronouns she/her)

Head Teacher

Musical Keys Special Event 17 June 2023

We wanted to let you know about a special event happening this Saturday 17th June from 2 – 4 pm at Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich.

The team at Nomadic Lion are on the final stretch of completing the Walk of Joy East Anglia – a 230 mile sponsored walk around Norfolk and Suffolk to raise funds for Musical Keys.

On Saturday – their final day – the team will head to our Saturday Group at Norwich Arts Centre to join the music and fun, to celebrate the end of their amazing journey.

Then from 2-4 pm we are inviting everyone to join us at Chapelfield Gardens, around the bandstand, for free face painting and music. The weather is looking great so it would be really lovely to see you for a nice relaxed afternoon with the extended MK family!

There are no toilet facilities within the park but there are Changing Places toilets at Chantry Place shopping centre and The Forum, both just a 3 minute walk from the park.

We really hope to see you there,


Musical Keys

Specialists in disability and creativity

Martineau Memorial Hall, 21 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

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