BEFORE STARTING SCHOOL
What do I need to provide for my child so that s/he is ready for school?
Ensure that your child has the correct uniform including PE kit and footwear, a book bag and a PE bag, all of which should be marked with your child’s name. (Sweatshirts, P.E. shirts, Book bags and PE bags can be bought from www.differentclassschoolwear.co.uk user name: bourne password: primary). You should also provide a bottle of water and if your child is bringing a packed lunch from home, a suitable bag/container; please note that unfortunately we do not have facilities to refrigerate lunch so an insulated bag/container is preferable – again these should be named. The water bottle and lunch container should be taken home for cleaning on a daily basis; your child should keep their PE kit in a bag at school and taken home for washing at the end of each half term. Remember that your child goes outside for breaks and for learning activities so in cold/wet weather ensure that your child has a suitable coat/jacket and shoes. You do NOT need to provide any pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, sharpeners or books!!
Is there anything else I can do to prepare my child for school?
Ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep when s/he has school the following day.
Ensure that your child does NOT wear any jewellery to school other than studs for pierced ears but these must be removed on PE days. If in doubt please ask the teacher which days these are. Also please bear in mind that if you plan to have your child’s ears pierced please have it done at the start of the summer holidays as it usually takes 4-6 weeks for them to heal properly.
THE SCHOOL DAY
What time does school start?
8.40 for Nursery and 8.50 for reception. The gate is closed at 9.00am. Pupils arriving after this time are late and must sign in at the office.
Where can I park if I come by car?
Unfortunately there is very limited space in our car park and there is no space for parents to park. Unfortunately there is no parking available on the streets immediately surrounding school as they are for residents only. The nearest parking is at the GAA club, which is on the other side of the park.
Can I come in to the school in the morning to help my child hang up his/her coat / talk to the teacher etc?
For a number of reasons, including the safety of your child, we would ask that you do NOT come into school with your child; it is a very busy time and we need to get the children settled in class as soon as possible – if your child needs help one of our staff will help. If you need to speak to the teacher and it will keep until the end of the day this is more convenient and less disruptive for your child and his/her classmates. If you need to get a message to the teacher urgently please give the teacher a note or ask our office staff to pass on a message.
What if we are late?
The playground doors have to be shut as soon as the last children have entered the building. If you are later than 9.00 a.m. please bring your child into school via the main entrance and ensure that the office staff note his/her name and class – this is necessary in case your child has missed morning registration. If you are very late please tell the office staff the reason why as this needs to be recorded. It is important to try your best to be punctual but no matter how late you are please do bring your child to school except if s/he is unwell.
What if my child has forgotten something that s/he will need at school?
We would ask that you try to make sure that your child brings everything s/he will need for school that day with him/her in the morning in order to minimise interruptions to classes and to the work of our office staff but if this is unavoidable please come to the school office via the main entrance and ensure that the forgotten item(s) are clearly marked with your child’s name and class.
When does my child have breaks?
All pupils have a morning break of 15 minutes. Lunch break for Reception is from 11.45-1.00 and for Years 1-6, 12.00 – 1.00
Can I take my child home for lunch?
You are entitled to take your child home for lunch but we do not encourage this as it means that s/he misses out on the social aspect of lunch break and depending how far you live from school it can be quite a rush in order to get back ON TIME for the afternoon session.
Does the school provide my child with lunch?
A. If you have applied and your child is entitled to Free School Meals please let the office staff know that you would like your child to have a hot lunch; vegetarian and special dietary requirement lunches are available. If you need to make an application this is done online. The Eligibility Checker is available on the following link free school meals eligibility checker and you will need your National Insurance Number and Date of Birth to apply.
B. If you are not entitled to Free School Meals then you can purchase hot lunches from school for your child; these cost £2.25 per day and must be booked and paid for in advance via Schoolmoney. Menus are emailed to parents and the meals must be booked by the previous Wednesday. Please contact the school office if you need any assistance.
C. If you prefer to provide your child with a packed lunch from home please ensure that it is healthy – no glass bottles, fizzy drinks or sweets!
What time does the school finish?
School finishes at 3.00pm except on the last day of term when school usually finishes at the earlier time of 1.15 pm. Please note that on the last day of half-term (in October, February and May/June) we finish at the usual time of 3.00pm
What if I'm late to pick up my child?
If you have an emergency whereby you are unable to collect your child at the end of the day you must contact the office staff immediately. If a child is not collected at 3.00 p.m. we will check for any information about changes to the normal collection routines. If no information is available, we will attempt to contact parents/carers at home/work/mobile phones. After 3.15pm your child will be sent to the After-School club and you will be charged for this. If by 4p.m your child remains uncollected and there has been no contact made by parents or carers, it will be necessary to contact Social Services.
What if my child cannot attend school?
If your child is unable to attend school for any reason please phone the school office on 01895462359 to let us know. Please give your child’s name, class and the reason for his/her absence. If you do not contact us, we will phone you to enquire about your child’s absence. If you know in advance that your child is going to be absent (e.g. hospital appointment) please let us know.
You may be asked to put this in writing, especially if the absence is for more than a day.
What if I need to pick up my child early?
If you need to pick your child up earlier than normal please let the office staff know in advance and they will pass the message to your child’s class teacher. When you come to collect your child you must come to the school office to sign him/her out and the staff there will contact his/her class.
We would ask that you try to avoid taking your child out of school whenever possible; most appointments can be arranged outside school hours. Proof of appointments may be requested.
Can I take my child for a holiday during term time?
The law requires you to send your child to school every day that it is open. It is school policy not to authorise requests for leave of absence. Please remember that the more time your children miss from school, the more difficult it is for them to catch up missed learning. If you have an exceptional circumstance and need to take your child out of school during term time you must make your application in writing in advance and you may need to attend a meeting with the Deputy Head teacher.
What shall I do if my child is having problems at school (or outside school but which may affect his/her schooling?
It is probably most appropriate to speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance, even if the problem is with him/her. S/he may refer the matter to another member of staff such as the Phase Leaders, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Headteacher or Head teacher.
If the problem remains unresolved please speak to our office staff for an appointment to see one of these members of staff.
What shall I do if I have a concern or comment?
Again, it is probably most appropriate to speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance. They will be available in the school playground at the end of each day. Our leaflet What to do if you Have a Concern gives you full information on how to direct your concern or comment.
MY CHILD'S PROGRESS
When will I meet my child's teacher and how do I know how my child is progressing?
In the Autumn and Spring term you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s class teacher at our Parents Evenings. Your child is continually assessed and we will report to you termly. In addition, every Tuesday morning is set aside for Parent consultation where you can make an appointment with the class teacher to discuss your child’s ongoing progress.