General information for parents

Your Child’s School Day
Morning Session 8:50 a.m. – 12 noon

Children should arrive between 8.40 and 8.50a.m. The Governors are extremely keen that a high level of punctuality should be maintained. Lateness not only puts the individual child at a disadvantage, but also disturbs the pattern of teaching for the whole class. A record of habitual lateness is kept in the school registers.

In the interests of your child’s security and safety, he/she should not arrive at school before 8.40a.m, at which point pupils can start entering the school building. Supervision is provided for children on-site over the lunch-break and morning and afternoon breaks.

Morning break 10.40 – 10.55 a.m.

Lunch-break 12 noon – 1.00 p.m.

School meals and packed lunches are eaten in the school hall under supervision.

Afternoon Session 1.00 – 3.30 p.m.

Afternoon break 2.15 – 2.30 p.m.

School Meals
The County Council has given the School Meals Contract to Caterlink in September 2012. A balanced menu, with a degree of choice, is provided in our meals, which are cooked on site. Many children as possible are encouraged to take this option, but we do also supervise the consumption of packed lunches brought in by children.

From September 2014, all children in Years R, 1 and 2 are entitled to a free school meal each day.

For KS2 pupils, the price of a meal is £2.20 daily to take into account the government’s strict new nutritional guidelines. Payment must be made in advance. Credits for absence will be automatically carried forward. The school is not permitted to allow consumption of meals without advance payment.

Homework
Homework is given each Friday and should be brought back into school the following Wednesday.

At the beginning of each term, KS2 pupils will be given a grid outlining their homework activities for the term.  They have the choice of which activities they would like to complete each week.  This allows the pupils freedom to plan their homework alongside their other activities.

The government guidelines, which have been adopted by the Governing Body are as follows:-

In the Reception Year: 10 minutes for reading and 10 minutes for other activities. The reading may be you reading to your child, or it may be your child reading to you.
In Years 1 and 2: 10 minutes for reading and 10 minutes for other activities.
In Years 3 and 4: daily reading; weekly spellings; weekly times tables; one piece of numeracy work; one piece of literacy work
In Years 5 and 6: weekly spellings; weekly mental maths challenge; one piece of numeracy work; one piece of literacy work. Children should be reading regularly.

The role of parents with homework:
Provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place for doing homework.
Make it clear that you value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help them make progress.
Expect deadlines to be met and check that they are.
Give praise (especially to young children) for the completion of homework.

Absence from School
Reason for absence must be notified to the school by telephone call. If an absence is likely to extend beyond three days, please make this clear. Unexplained absences are referred to the Educational Welfare Officer. In the interests of their safety, children will not be released during school hours for appointments, etc, unless parents have contacted the school in advance and come to the office to collect them. Children with hospital, doctor, dental appointments etc. will need a Pupil Pass which can be obtained from the office. The latest statistical evidence shows that the overall rate of attendance is 95.1%.

Home-School Agreement