For PE lessons children need a School PE Kit which consists of a plain white T-shirt and black or dark blue shorts/leggings. We encourage bare feet for gymnastics and dance activities, but a pair of plimsolls/trainers are needed for outdoor lessons. PE kits should be recalled periodically for a wash. PE bags are on sale at the School Office. Please provide appropriate PE clothing for your child to do outdoor PE during the winter months.
Valuables in School
Children are discouraged from bringing money, toys or valuable items such as mobile phones or electronic devices into school. In a few extreme cases where an older child may need to bring a mobile phone into school, this should be following a discussion with the Headteacher/Deputy Head and should be kept at the school office during the school day. Any children bringing items into school do so entirely at their own risk.
We are pleased to be able to cook hot school meals in our own kitchen. An external contractor (Taylor-Shaw) ensure we provide a healthy, balanced menu. This includes a meat/fish option, a vegetarian option and a halal option together with access to a salad bar. There is then a choice of sweet or fresh fruit. For children with diagnosed food allergies a special menu can be provided.
Following local authority guidance, school meals must be paid for in advance. School meals are paid for via ParentPay. Families are issued with their own secure access to this site. Details are available from Rachel Wilson the School Business Manager.
Free School Meals and Milk
Children of parents who are in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance are eligible for free school meals and free milk. Further information is available from the School Office. For those children who choose to pay for milk there is a charge which is paid termly. Children under 5 are entitled to free milk until their 5th birthday when you will be informed of the cost for the remainder of the term.
Periodic checks are made on the health of children in school. Parents will be informed when their child is due for a routine test.
Absences and Illness
We need to be informed of the reason for any child’s absence from school. Please leave a message on the answer phone or speak to a member of the office staff from 8.00am – 9.30am on the first day of absence. Your child’s absence will then be marked in the register. If a child has no mark in the register and no message has been left a member of staff will contact those families to ask why the child is not in school. If you wish your child to be excused physical activity, a letter should be sent to the class teacher. If your child is taken ill during school hours, we will contact you at home or work. To help us, we ask you to let us have current telephone numbers for daytime contact.
Wherever possible please try to make dental/medical appointments outside school hours. However if this is not possible, please visit the school office to collect an authorised absence pass. This should then be taken along to the appointment with you to evidence that school is aware of your child’s absence.
Leave of Absence in Term Time
Holidays or time away from school in term time are only authorised in exceptional circumstances. Please see our Request for Term Time Absence form, found in the documents section of our school website.
Medicines in School
We would encourage parents to try to administer medicines before school, at tea time and bed time, however if it is needed more regularly it can be given in school. Only designated members of staff can administer medication in school and only medicines prescribed by a doctor of pharmacist can be given to children. In order for this to happen, parents need to complete a ‘medicines in school’ form available from the school office or downloadable from the school website. Alternatively parents are welcome to come into school at lunchtimes to administer medication themselves.