FAQs

This page should be able to answer any questions you have regarding your child attending this school. If you feel that this page hasn’t given you the answers that you need, please feel free to contact us at school and we will do our best to help you.

 

Simply click on the question to see the answer.

Can parents use the staff car park?

No. To ensure the safety of our children and families, we request that parents DO NOT drive onto the school car park at any time of the day. This includes the times when children are arriving or leaving before or after school clubs.

If you arrive at school in a taxi, please do not allow the driver to come onto school premises.

Can my child bring a drink to school?

Yes. However, this must be in a plastic container with a non-spill lid. Water or flavoured water is permitted but NOT cordial or fizzy pop, as this causes resources to become sticky in the event of a spillage.

How should I pay dinner money?

Dinner money should be paid promptly on the first day of the school week. If parents wish to do so, they may pay for a half term or term in advance. If your child brings in their dinner money, then the correct amount must be sent, as change cannot be given to children.

If dinner money is in arrears by the end of the school week, then no meals can be provided  for the following week until all payments are up to date.

My child wants to change from packed lunches to school dinners or from school dinners to packed lunches

Requests for changing dinner arrangements need to be put in writing for the attention of the staff in the office. Changes can only be made at the beginning of each half term.

If your child takes packed lunches, please ensure it is stored in a suitable box and is brought to school at the beginning of the day. No hot food is allowed.

We’d like to take our child out of school during term time for a holiday

The Department for Education has made some amendments to the 2006 School Attendance Regulations. These amendments came into force on September 1st 2013.

Under the previous regulations the Headteacher was able to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time for up to ten school days. This was always dependent on a history of good attendance, with each case taken on its own merits.

However, from September 2013, under the new regulations, the Headteacher is unable to grant any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents will have to provide concrete evidence that their circumstances are exceptional. Affordability of holidays cannot and will not be accepted as a valid reason. The ten day threshold has also been removed and now it is the Headteacher's responsibility to determine the number of days leave that a child may be away from school if exceptional circumstances have been proved.

Penalty notices will be issued to parents who fail to ensure regular attendance at school. Please note that all absences will be followed up so it is vital that sickness is reported to school on the first day of absence. However, penalty notices will be issued if 'sickness' is used as an opportunity to take holiday leave.

Please ensure that any requests for leave are put in writing, giving detailed reasons why the leave cannot be taken outside of school time.

I'd like to help in school

We welcome volunteers. However, we need to know that we can rely on their help on a regular basis so that staff can plan activities for volunteers to do with the children. If you wish to volunteer, an application form needs to be completed, two references provided and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check carried out to ensure that the school meets safeguarding requirements.

My child is going on a school trip, what is the best payment method?

Put the money in a clearly marked envelope with your child's name and class on it and hand it to the class teacher or teaching assistant. In the case of residential trips, payment plans can be organised, with money paid to the office.

My child has nits or worms

It happens! Please let us know then we can send a text to ask parents to be alert and to check their own child.

 

For worms you need medication available from the chemist. It does the trick quickly and painlessly. Encouraging your child to wash their hands after they’ve been to the toilet and before they eat food will help to ensure they stay ‘worm free’!

 

If your child has head lice or nits you can either use a lotion available from the chemist or put a good amount of conditioner on your child’s hair and comb through with a special fine toothed comb. You’ll need to keep doing this until all the lice have gone. Nits are the eggs of the louse and look like round blobs close to the scalp. The lice are the live insects. If you find head lice or nits you need to treat everyone who has close contact with your child. If you don’t, the likelihood is that your child will keep being re-infected.

 

In the case of serious infestation, the school will ring you to ask for treatment to be carried out immediately at home.

Is it PE today?

At the beginning of the school year, your child’s teacher will inform you of when P.E. will take place. P.E. kits need to be kept in school throughout the half term to ensure that your child is prepared for their lesson. Y6 undertake swimming lessons for a 10 week period in the Autumn term. Additional P.E. activities may take place throughout the school year.

Will my child need a coat?

Your child needs to have a coat in school, unless we have a heatwave! Even in the summer term, sudden downpours or a drop in temperature might occur – please dress your child appropriately for the weather forecast of the day. The children will go out to play, even when it is cold. Please label the coat with your child’s name.

May my child wear jewellery (including earrings) at school?

Children should not wear any form of jewellery as this may be lost and can cause accidents in P.E. and in the playground.  The school offers this disclaimer – that should an accident be caused to self or others by the wearing of jewellery, the school will not be held responsible.

Under no circumstances can pupils wear jewellery during P.E., including swimming.

Make-up and nail varnish are not allowed.

My child needs to take medicine during the school day

Usually if your child is ill enough to need medicine they aren’t ready to be back at school. Sometimes however, they are much better but need to finish a course of treatment. If the dosage is three times a day, then this can be administered at home – before school, after school and before bedtime. However, if the dosage is more frequent, school will administer the medicine, as long as a permission form is completed.

My child is ill

If your child is too ill to come to school, please telephone the school office between 8.30 and 9.15am to let us know. If we don’t hear from you we will ring to check all is well at some point during the morning.

I'm worried about my child

If you have any concerns do let us know. Usually your first port of call would be your child’s teacher or one of the teaching assistants who work with the class. The best time to catch the teacher is at the beginning or end of the school day; however, once lessons begin, staff will be unable to meet with you. Alternatively, speak to Mrs Messham or the staff in the office if the issue is of a more pressing nature.

I'm going to be late picking my child up

School finishes at 3p.m. We ask that parents make every effort to be on time when picking up their children. If, on a rare occasion, you are going to be late, please ring school and let us know. Your child will wait in the main school building, where they will need to be picked up from the office.

If a child is not picked up by 4.30p.m and no reason has been given, then Local Authority guidelines say that we have to ring the police, who will then contact Social Care.

We're late for school

Don’t worry if it’s a ‘one off’ and your child is usually in school on time, just get to school when you can. Your child will have to sign in electronically at the main office, giving the reason for their lateness. Persistent lateness will be monitored.

Where do I wait at the end of the day?

Children in EYFS and KS1 are brought to the door at the end of the school day and will not be allowed to leave their teacher until they can see you. It helps if you wait in the same place each day then they, and we, know where to look. If someone different is picking your child up, do let us know at the beginning of the school day. KS2 pupils leave from two exits – the blue doors leading into the KS1 playground or via the metal steps into the KS2 playground.

We ask that parents do not come into school building at the end of the day, other than through the main entrance. If you wish to see your child’s teacher, please inform Mrs Kirkham or Mrs Munro at the office.

My child was upset when I left them at school this morning

Thank you for trusting us and leaving your child with us. We know that this can sometimes be really hard. If you are worried, please ring school and someone will pop down to the classroom to check on them and we will let you know how they are. Please be assured that in almost every case we will find your child busy learning, happy and enjoying their day.

We've lost something at school

Please make sure that you label all your child’s belongings clearly in an obvious place so that if they do lose anything and it is found, it can be returned to them. If something is lost it may be in the classroom; alternatively, please inform Mrs Hart, our site manager, who will keep a look out for any stray items.

What does my child need to bring to school each day?

Your child should bring their reading folder to school every day. In it should be their current reading book and their reading record. We ask that parents write a comment when they have read with their child each night. Staff will reply at least once per week to give tips on a possible focus for reading at home.

P.E. kits should be kept in school in a suitable P.E. bag for the half term. At the end of the half term, they will be sent home to be washed. It is important that these are returned to school on the first day back after each holiday. All items should be labelled with your child’s name.

Does this school have access for pupils with disabilities?

Access into the main building, KS1 playground and into Early Years Foundation Stage is possible via two wheelchair ramps. Only one KS2 classroom is inaccessible due to a flight of stairs. However, adjustments would be made to relocate year groups if necessary. Within the school, there is a purpose built accessible toilet and a shower room in Nursery.