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Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

The DfE have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)


Welcome to Sunnyside Spencer Academy!

Everything we do at Sunnyside is about providing our children with an excellent education and enriching experiences to promote a love of learning. Our aim for our school community is for all to grow and shine! 

We think Sunnyside is a very special place to be because of our wonderful children. We strive to provide the very highest standards of education within a caring, exciting and stimulating environment. We want our children to be excited by the curriculum and challenged to achieve their full potential. We want our children to enjoy their learning and feel valued. By working closely with our parents and governors, we ensure that all our children have an excellent start to their educational journey. 


Sunnyside is a community that:

  •  Is aspirational and successful in meeting high expectations.
  • Promotes happiness through being kind, supportive and empathetic towards others.
  • Together will achieve independent life long learners.
  • Provides a nurturing environment which develops positive, tolerant, resilient citizens.
  •  Enriches the lives of all. 

We hope that our website captures the spirit of Sunnyside and the rich and varied opportunities children receive at our school. 

Parents/Carers are warmly welcomed to come in and help so please drop in and chat to a member of staff.



Sunnyside's Moodle space will be coming soon!

Governance is the process by which any organisation or group organises in order to be able to make decisions. In schools, this includes the governing body, who are responsible for scrutiny of decisions made in school and for driving improvement, and the processes and policies which allows the school to work effectively and appropriately.

As a member school within a multi-academy trust, responsibility for the governance of Sunnyside Spencer Academy ultimately derives to the Board of Trustees appointed to the Spencer Academies Trust. In common with all Spencer schools, Inkersall Primary Academy has a Local Governing Body (LGB), which is technically defined as a committee of the Trust Board.

The powers defining the legal relationship between Sunnyside Spencer Academy and The Spencer Academies Trust, together with the delegation of general powers within the trust, are set out in a document called the Scheme of Delegation.

  • The Scheme of Delegation used at Sunnyside Spencer Academy can be found here.
  • The Trust governor handbook can be found here.
  • A copy of other Trust governance documents are available here.


If there is anything else you would like to know, please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 sat-principals-meeting-1081 Dianne Raynor Miss Emily Hall - EYFS & KS1 Leader PB BS

Laurie Baczynski

Dianne Raynor

Emily Hall

Paul Brockless Dr. Roy Bradshaw

Beth Homer



Beth Homer


  • Laurie Baczynski (Principal)
  • Dianne Raynor (Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Governor)
  • Paul Brockless (Chair of Quality & Standards and SEND Governor)
  • Dr Roy Bradshaw (Community Governor)
  • Beth Homer (Parent Governor)
  • Emily Hall (Staff Governor)




Our Clerk to Governors is Claire McMillan:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Claire has completed the National Clerks Development Programme and has access to a network of support through the Trust's half-termly Clerks Briefings.


Your child may have come home and talked about VCOP and you may have wondered what it is. VCOP stands for Vocabulary, Connectives,Openers and Punctuation and is from the work of Ros Wilson. The idea being that there are 4 key points to effective writing and this is where we get the acronym VCOP.

V = Vocabulary. These are the words that will help children to improve their writing. We encourage children to use exciting vocabulary in their writing and you can help your child at home by starting a vocabulary bank of exciting words and their meanings.

C = Connectives. These are sometimes referred to as joining words as they make our sentences longer and more varied. Younger children will learn the connective 'and' first but we support our children to move onto more complex connectives such as '...in addition to.." You can help your child at home by giving them examples of connectives and asking them to put them into an appropriate sentence.

O = Openers. These are words or phrases that we start our writing with. At home why not see how many openers you can use or spot in a newspaper report or story when you are reading together?

P = Punctuation. These are the marks we use to help us make sense of our writing. We start with full stops and capital letters but quickly move on to commas etc by Y2.

To help us in school we use the VCOP triangles which show the progression from from Reception/Y1 all the way through to Y6. The triangle starts at the top with the common types of VCOP and builds on these as you move down the triangle to the base. By Y6 we expect all of our children to be at the bottom of the triangle and using a range of VCOP in their writing. To help you support your child at home you can download a copy of the triangles by clicking the link below. Can you think of some games to play with your child at home based on VCOP? We would like to hear all about any games that you develop so we can share with others.

At school we teach phonics and early reading skills using the letters and sounds approach. You may have heard this referred to as Synthetic Phonics. Synthetic phonics is the breaking down of words into their separate sound components known as phonemes. Phonemes can consist of more than one letter for example ch, oo, er, igh etc.

In our teaching we discuss elements such as:

Digraphs: these are two letters making a single sound eg: ar, ee, ou etc.
Trigraphs are three letters making a single sound eg: igh.
A grapheme is a phoneme written down.

Segmenting is where you break each word into its separate phoneme, for example 'chop' has 3 phonemes, ch/o/p. Blending is simply putting those sounds back together to form a word.

Some words in the English language cannot be broken down into separate phonemes. These words are known as tricky words and we teach the children to be able to read and know the whole word, for example, 'said' or 'what'.

There are 6 phases within Letters & Sounds with Phase 1 being taught in the Early Years. Most children will complete Phase 6 by the end of Year 2, however this can continue into Year 3 if required.

To help parents to support their children at home we have been given permission to use the brilliant 'Mr Thorne Does Phonics' videos. These support the development of phonics and early reading skills. The methods you see are the methods that we use in school. 

eSafetyChildren today have embraced new technologies as a source of information, education and entertainment. The use of digital technology has been completely normalised by this generation, and it is now fully integrated into their daily lives.

Technology is changing all the time and young people are no longer passive recipients of online information, but are increasingly interacting directly within a digital landscape in a variety of ways.

Children are increasingly referred to as 'digital natives': citizens born into a digital world, who grow up surrounded by and emerged in the technology and tools of the digital age. Their confidence and skills in using this technology is typically high, but their knowledge and awareness of the inherent issues, risks and dangers is usually very low.

Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe – this isn't just a top down approach. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. Teaching your child about technology should be seen as another part of keeping them safe, just like crossing the road or learning to swim.

Do you know how to keep your children safe? Do your children know how to keep safe? At Wyndham Primary Academy we are committed to discussing these serious issues as part of our e-safety curriculum (including capturing their online habits in our e-safety questionnaire) but we can only be successful if we all work together: pupils, parents and teachers.

There are some helpful websites, which can offer up to date advice. Follow the links below...





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