What should I do if my child is not able to attend school?
Please ring the school office by 9.30am if your child is not attending school that day. The reason for their absence will be recorded in the register.
If we have not received a reason for absence by 10am, we will ring the contact numbers given to confirm the reason.
It is no longer school policy to authorise absences for holidays within the school term dates. Please arrange an appointment with the Head of School to discuss your circumstances if a situation arises within the family that you feel requires your child to miss school - even if this is only for one day.
We regularly monitor the attendance of every child in the school, and a low percentage (under 95%) or unauthorised absences will result in a letter to parents and an invitation to meet with the Head of School to discuss ways to improve your child's attendance. Persistent low attendance will be brought to the attention of the local authority attendance officer. Please read the Attendance Policy for further information.
What uniform do the children need?
Children should wear a purple school sweatshirt or cardigan and yellow polo shirt, which can be ordered online from Tesco, combined with black or grey trousers or skirts. In the summer the girls may also choose to wear summer dresses of school colour; e.g. yellow and white gingham pattern. Shoes should be plain black with either laces or a strap.
Children should not wear jewellery to school. One small, plain pair of stud earrings may be worn – these need to be removed, or taped over, for PE activities.
The children change for all Physical Education activities; PE kit is a yellow T-shirt and black shorts or leggings (also available online from Tesco).
Children in Bees and Owls Class need plimsolls for indoor work.
Children in Eagles and Tigers classes need a pair of trainers, they may wear tracksuits for outdoor games and appropriate studded footwear and shin pads are needed for football club.
We find it advisable for the children to wear an overall or apron to cover their school clothes during art and craft activities. You will probably find that an old shirt will do nicely.
Please make sure that all uniform and shoes are clearly labelled.
When does school start and when does it finish?
The doors are opened at 8.45 am so that pupils may be properly greeted on arrival before the day begins formally at 8.55 am. Children are welcomed into their classrooms and involved in short tasks before registration.
Children should not arrive at school before 8.45 am, and no responsibility can be taken for them until this time. Also when the children are dismissed at 3.15 pm parents should wait outside the building, and take children safely home down the footpath. Please do not use the car park entrance.
With regard to parking of cars on the school premises, please park outside the school grounds at the peak hours, before 9.00 am and between 3.00 and 3.30 pm, as cars are a potential danger to young children entering and leaving the school. Leave the car park entrance clear in case of emergency and please do not obstruct private driveways.
How much to school dinners cost?
Children may either bring a packed lunch or have a school meal provided by an external catering company. Menus covering the week's meals are available in school. School lunch costs £2.05 a day. A register is taken every morning for children to tell their classteacher if they are having a school dinner that day. The children should bring their dinner money to the office in a sealed envelope with their name and class clearly written on it. There are also facilities at the school for the children to bring sandwiches. Please consider how you are able to make your child's packed lunch as healthy as possible - we ask that there is not too many sweet items and fizzy drinks are NOT allowed. We encourage all the children to drink water with their meal.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible to have a school dinner free of charge.
Free meals are also available for the children of families in receipt of some benefits. Please contact the East Kent Area Education Office if you think you are eligible or collect a form from the school office.
What do I need to do if my child needs to take medicine during the school day?
If you require us to administer any type of medicine to your child during the day, please bring their medication to the school office and complete a permission form. Medication will be stored in a dedicated fridge and will only be returned to a responsible adult.
Children should not bring their own medication into school - this includes asthma inhalers.
If a child has been sick they should remain away from school for at least 48 hours to ensure they are not contagious.
If you are unsure if your child is well enough to attend school, please ring the office for advice on whether we are able to accept them. Wherever possible children should attend school.