Parents

The School Day

Valuable items

School Lunches

Letters and Newsletters

Fruit, Milk and Water

Volunteers

Attendance and Punctuality

Parents’ Evening

Illness in School Time

Meeting Staff

Charging Policy

Coffee Mornings

Jewellery

 

The School Day


Official school hours run from 8.55am to 3.15pm although the school doors open at 8.45am when the children can make their way to their classes and take part in early morning activities to improve their basic skills.  We encourage all parents and children to make use of this early opening, but children will not be marked late until 9.00, 5 minutes after the official start of the day.

 

 

Breakdown of the school day:

 

Breakfast Club 

7.30 a.m.

Doors open for  school 

8.45 a.m.

Official start of the day

8.55 a.m.

Reception/ KS1 break

10.30 a.m. – 10.45 a.m.

KS2 break  

10.55 a.m. – 11.10 a.m.

KS1 Lunchtime  

11.45a.m. – 12.45 p.m.

KS2 Lunchtime 

12.15 p.m. – 1.15 p.m.

KS1 break  

2.00 p.m. – 2.10p.m.

End of the day 

3.15 p.m.

 

 

Nursery hours:

 

Morning Nursery

8.30a.m. - 11.30p.m.

Afternoon Nursery  

12.15p.m. - 3.15p.m.

 

At the end of the school day, parents/carers wait in the school playground for the children to be dismissed.  We will not release the children to anyone who is not on the approved collection list, so please inform the school if you need any changes to be made to the list or if you will be late to collect your child.

Parking and congestion on the roads near the school can become heavy at critical times such as school opening and school closing, so we ask parents and carers to walk to school unless they absolutely need to drive.  If driving is unavoidable we ask you to park a little further away from the school and walk a few metres with your child/ren in order to help to ease the congestion. 

A secure bike shed is available for children to leave their bikes during the day. Please speak to the School Business Manager or Admin staff if you would like to make use of this facility.

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School Lunches

School lunches are provided and cooked on site.  All lunches are checked against national healthy eating standards.  Please inform the school if your child has any special dietary requirements or dietary allergies.  Children with food allergies and special dietary requirements wear particular items to ensure that they are easily identified.   

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Sample Menu:
Fish choice: Lemon Sole Grill with baby baked potatoes
Meat choice: Chicken Fajita with peppers and onions
Vegetarian choice: Vegetarian Bolognese Bake
Vegetable Selection: Mixed vegetables
Dessert: Spiced banana cake with custard

Daily section includes: Salad Bar, Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt, Cheese & Biscuits
Selections of sandwiches in brown and white bread are also available.

Since September 2009 every primary school child in Newham has been eligible for free school meals.   For more information on free school meals, click here.
                                                                                                    
Children are able to bring in packed lunches in  lunch boxes with their names clearly marked on them.  We encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and to limit the number of chocolate bars, crisps etc. Nuts are not allowed owing to the risk to those children with severe nut allergies.  

A healthy tuck shop is available for Year 6 children during the mid morning break serving toast, water and juice.

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Fruit, Milk and Water

Milk is provided free of charge to nursery children.  A piece of fruit is also provided daily through the Government’s fruit scheme for children in Reception and KS1 (Years 1 and 2).  Children in KS2 (Year 3 - Year 6) are able to bring in fruit from home for their own mid- morning break if you wish them to. 

The school encourages children to drink water throughout the day and all children are provided with a free water bottle when they first join the school.  Please ensure that bottles are clearly marked with your child’s name.  Bottles are sent home to be refilled each evening and should be returned to school the next day. 

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Attendance and Punctuality

Regular and punctual attendance is imperative for educational progress, child development and to help children form positive attitudes towards their education. 

 We encourage good attendance and punctuality in a number of different ways. Trophies and Teddies are awarded to the classes with the highest attendance on a weekly and termly basis.  Certificates of attendance are also awarded termly to individuals who have had 100%, 95+% attendance or who have improved their attendance or punctuality.

We operate a daily late gate to encourage good punctuality. 

If your child is unable to attend school, please contact the school office by telephoning on the first day of absence.  This absence will need to be followed by a letter on the child’s return to school giving the reason for the absence.  

Term time holidays are not allowed.  Research has shown that absence from school, for whatever reason, disrupts the continuity of learning, undermines educational progress and can lead to underachievement.   The Executive Director of Education (Newham) and the Mayor of Newham have embarked on a campaign to place a uniform ban on all requests for term time holidays.  Any such request is not permitted and any such absence will mean that the child runs the risk of losing his/her school place.

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Illness in school time

If your child becomes ill during the school day, s/he will be looked after by the schools Welfare Assistant or first aiders and if it is necessary you will be contacted.  It is therefore important that the school has up-to-date contact details and numbers for parents/carers.

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Charging Policy

Educational visits are a major part of your child’s education and school life.  Charges will only be made for a school activity if it is the only way to guarantee that the event takes place.  This will usually include:  individual music tuition, most visits and excursions, residential visits or some school clubs.  Parents will always be informed of this at the outset and we will try to assist those parents who have a genuine difficulty in paying. 

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Jewellery

No jewellery or nail varnish should be worn to school.  Bangles or bracelets which are worn for religious reasons should be covered by a sweatband during PE, games and swimming. 

Children with pierced ears may wear one pair of plain studs.  These will need to be removed for PE, games or swimming or be covered with a plaster provided by parents for PE and/or swimming.

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Valuable items

Children are not permitted to bring any items of value to school such as expensive clothes, toys, watches, mobile phones or large sums of money.  The school does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage of any such items if they are brought into school. 

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Letters and Newsletters

We do our best to keep parents/carers informed of what is happening in the school through regular letters home.  Year group newsletters are sent home three times a year (Autumn, Spring and Summer) and the Headteacher’s newsletter is sent out monthly. 

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Volunteers

We welcome parent/carer volunteers who are able to contribute to life of the school.  This may be by hearing readers or speaking to the children about their jobs and professions. Please contact the school office if you are a parent and you are interested in volunteering.  We hold volunteer events throughout the year.

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Parents’ Evenings

Full Parents’ Evenings are held three times per year to give teachers the opportunity to feedback to parents on their children’s progress and for parents to pass on information relating to their child or to address any concerns with the teachers.  There are also a number of phase meetings which are specially arranged for parents as appropriate throughout the year.

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Meeting Staff

Your child’s class teacher is on hand to speak with you as necessary.  It is often possible for  meetings to be arranged for you before or after school. 

You may also make an appointment to speak to the Deputy or Headteacher if the class teacher or school office staff are unable to deal with your queries or concerns.

We encourage parents to inform staff of their concerns so that any issues can be discussed and dealt with quickly.

 

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Coffee Mornings

Coffee mornings are held regularly with the Headteacher, the Business Manager, the school nurse or other special visitors who speak on educational issues or advise parents on diet, exercise or child health.

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