General information - See Below
Extra activities on offer at the school
We feel it is important to give children opportunities to explore their gifts and talents through after school activities. Details of clubs on offer are publicised each term. There is usually a small charge to cover materials or the cost of expert coaching.
Private instrumental tuition is available during the school day from Year 1 onwards. Individual or small group lessons can be arranged for piano, recorder or guitar. Fees are charged in a termly basis by the tutors and costs depend upon whether the lesson is taken as part of a group or as an individual. Further information can be obtained from the school office.
Child Care Clubs
We offer before and after school child care on the school premises. Our Early Birds and After School Club are led by school staff and are organised in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory requirements. The clubs are open to all children on roll at the school. Details of charges and how to register are available from the school office.
A safe learning environment
We require parents’ help to ensure children arrive at school and leave safely. Access to the school is via a public footpath at the side of the school site. Please do not walk or drive up the school drive at any time as this can be dangerous.
School staff take responsibility for the children from 8.50 a.m. each day. The doors are opened at this time and children are welcomed into school by their class teacher. Punctuality is very important and lessons start promptly at 9.00 am. Children arriving after this time must report to the school office so that they can be registered for the day.
At the end of the day, children should be collected by a known adult from their classroom exit at 3.30 p.m. Please let us know if your collection arrangements change. We need written notification of a parent’s permission for older children to walk home on their own.
We endeavour to make sure our school is safe and secure and we operate several security procedures to support this. A door security system controls access to both the main building and the annex. Please let us know in advance if you need to collect your child for an appointment and needs to be collected from school during the day.
Children are expected to attend school regularly and to be at school on time. We ask parents to contact us as soon as possible if for any reason their child cannot come to school. As a safety measure we will ring you if a child has not arrived by 9.30 a.m. and we do not know why they are absent. Where unexplained absence or lateness becomes a problem we may refer the matter to the Education Welfare Officer.
Holidays in term time are discouraged because they can disrupt children’s learning. Permission for term time absence for a holiday must be sought in writing. Term time holidays are not authorised unless there are very exceptional circumstances and your child's attendance is above 95%. . A holiday schedule is on this website and it is also available at the school office.
Meals, snacks and drinks in school
School meals are cooked on the premises by Citywide Catering. A selection of hot and cold foods is available each day and a three week menu, which complies with healthy school food standards, is followed. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Milk and water are available at lunchtime. Your child may bring a packed lunch from home if you prefer. All children eat together, irrespective of their meal type.
Milk is available and is ordered on a termly basis. Children are allowed to bring a piece of fruit to eat at break times. They can pre-order toast, which is available at morning break. Please do not send sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks into school.
Children need to be able to drink water regularly as this keeps them alert and helps with learning. Water bottles can be purchased from the school office and cost £1.50 each. Water fountains are also available in school.