We are committed to providing a safe, secure, happy, caring and supportive environment, recognised by Ofsted. All the staff, both teaching and non-teaching, have a responsibility for the children at our school and parents should feel secure that their children are in safe hands. The children remain with their class teacher for most of the time where a strong, secure relationship is fostered. Pastoral care is essential and is provided in a positive and sympathetic way by our staff, who take the pastoral part of their role very seriously. If children have concerns about work or relationships we have strategies for dealing with them in a sensitive and caring way. We work in partnership with parents and it is helpful if parents let us know of any changes in home circumstances that might affect their child. Personal information is, of course, treated sensitively and in confidence.
We aim to create a healthy environment and children are not allowed to bring sweets to school. This includes birthday and family holiday treats. We do not give sweets as rewards for good behaviour or successful learning. We encourage children to bring their own fresh or dried fruit for morning break and to bring a fresh bottle of water into school each day in a labeled bottle. This ensures that children are refreshed and do not become dehydrated during the day. Water coolers are installed for emergency use when children forget their own bottles. Children are encouraged to drink sufficient water and are allowed to wear sunhats and sunglasses during the summer months. We ask that parents and carers apply sun cream before school as we are not allowed to do this in school.
Wrap Around Care
Our wrap around care is of good quality but it is limited to just under two hours overall. This is because provision beyond two hours would trigger a requirement for separate Ofsted registration, creating a significant workload and is not a priority in our school improvement plan. We run a Breakfast Club from 8.00am-8.45am. We also run a Care After School Club (called CASC), from 3.15 – 4.15pm. Both are managed at competitive prices and are available to all children who are in Y1-Y6. They are very popular and there may be a waiting list for places. We sometimes offer places to younger children in Reception but this depends upon numbers of children and staffing ratios.
Early Morning Arrival and Supervision
Classrooms are open from 8.45 a.m. and we ask that children other than those attending Breakfast Club do not arrive before this time as we do not provide early morning outdoor supervision. Parents are responsible for their children before 8.45 am. It is important that children do not play ball or running games before school opens as this can cause accidents when there are large numbers of children and families waiting to enter school. Children may come to school on scooters, skateboards etc. but they must NOT ride them within school premises. We are sorry but we have no facility for storage, so these items need to be taken home by adults.
Lunch time is an important social occasion. All full time children, and nursery children with flexible provision, have a lunch break. There are senior lunchtime supervisors and a team of midday assistants on duty to care for the children. We have a significant number of first-aiders in school and children are encouraged to play games and take physical exercise. There is also a range of extra-curricular activities available to children during lunchtimes. Children may either have a school lunch or a home-packed lunch. All infant children are eligible for a free school lunch. School lunches are prepared in our kitchen and served in one of the halls. The meals are very popular, of a very good standard and offer a choice of main courses and desserts. We ask families to inform school if their child has any special dietary needs or allergies. In home packed lunches children may bring fruit juice, but no fizzy pop and no sweets or chocolate bars. We know that defining the difference between chocolate biscuits and chocolate bars is not always easy. We therefore ask that parents avoid all chocolate to make this simpler for children to understand. Families are asked to give a period of notice of at least two weeks if their child is changing from school lunches to home packed lunches or visa-versa, and this should preferably be in writing. Lunch money should be sent to school on Monday morning in a sealed envelope or purse, clearly labeled with the child’s name and class. Families that think they may be eligible to claim free school meals, can contact the school for advice and support.