1. What should I do if my child is ill and cannot come to school?
Every absence must be accounted for. Please telephone the school office 01322 863680.
2. What clubs are available?
There are a range of clubs available to children. There is a full timetable that details which clubs are available during the school day. Visit the Clubs page >>
3. How will I know what is going on at school?
There is a weekly newsletter sent every week via parent mail or via your child if you do not have e-mail communication. Every class will send a newsletter each term to inform parents what learning will take place in their child’s class. Children have a contact book which is used for communication between home and school.
Curriculum evenings are held to provide more detailed information about the curriculum and teaching approaches. Previous evenings have been held in relation to mathematical operations, handwriting and aspects of English (reading, writing, phonics…)
We have an ‘open door’ policy and encourage parents to work with class teachers and other staff to aid communication. Appointments can also be made with class teachers to discuss any issues or questions you may have.
4. How can I find out what’s happening in school?
Every term, a wide range of exciting events and visits is arranged. These events enrich and broaden the learning experiences of the children and bring fun and enjoyment to learning. Please spend some time looking at the class pages on the website. The school calendar/ diary date list can be found here, this has details of upcoming events or you can use the calendar on in the sidebar of every page of the website.
5. Is the school part of the free fruit scheme?
As part of the National School Fruit Scheme all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with free fruit every day.
6. What happens to lost property?
Please ensure everything is named. Expensive games or toys should not be brought into school. A ‘pocket’ is allowed for use at playtime and lunchtime. Nothing too precious or with batteries please. A lost property bin is kept near the top playground doors and items in this area are available for retrieval at the end of the school day. The lost property bin is often emptied and the contents, if named, are returned.
7. Can Parents help in school as volunteers?
Yes! We value your help enormously. Parents regularly help in all Key Stages. We find that this works best if you do not help in your own child’s class and also if you can help on a regular basis. We also sometimes ask for help with trips, school events and swimming.
8. Where can I park?
We would encourage people to walk to school but understand that people have to make longer journeys and this is not always possible. We also encourage a ‘walk and stride’ policy where you can park a short distance away from the school and walk the remainder of the way.
Do not stop to drop children off on the zig zag lines outside the school – this endangers other children. Parking on-site is for staff, disabled parents and parents with disabled children only. Please be courteous of other road users and also ensure enough space is left for people to walk on the pavement, sometimes with a pushchair.
9. How do we find out about our child’s progress?
Parents are kept informed about their child’s progress through consultation evenings which are arranged in the autumn and spring terms. We also have parent briefings in September which outlines rules and routines of individual classes. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
A detailed written report is sent home towards the end of the Summer term and an opportunity to discuss the report is also available, if parents wish.
Parents are, of course, welcome to make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher or the Headteacher at any time of the year to discuss progress or other matters.
10. What educational visits do the children take part in?
There are many opportunities for children to take part in educational visits. At least once during the school year, year groups will plan a trip to support a particular curriculum area.
11. Can the children bring water bottles to school?
Children may bring a bottle of water to school to keep in the classroom and access when necessary. No juice please. It needs to be transparent and with a sports cap lid. Please label bottles clearly with the child’s name. There is also access to water fountains should children not have a water bottle.
The school prospectus will also contain many answers to questions you may have, please view or download a copy here.
If you have a question that you can’t find here, please get in touch using the details on our contact page>>