Routines & Organisation

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ROUTINES AND ORGANISATION

The times of the school day

Mornings

8.45am – 12.00noon

Afternoons

1.00pm – 3.00pm

Arriving at school

Children may arrive at school from 8.35am and must arrive by 8.45am, which is the official start of the school day. They go straight into their classrooms where the teachers will be waiting to receive them with quiet music playing or an activity prepared.

End of the day

Parents may meet their children in the playground at 3.00pm. Please let us know if you are going to be late collecting your child so that we can make sure he or she is looked after safely. Please also let us know if somebody other than your self is collecting your child.

Please do not bring dogs onto the school site, for hygiene and safety reasons.

Sweatshirts, polo shirts, coats, PE shorts, t-shirts, caps, book bags and PE bags may all be ordered from the School Office.

School clothing must be clearly marked with the child’s name as all the children in the school have similar clothes!

School Dress


Sweatshirts, polo shirts, PE shorts, t-shirts, caps, book bags and PE bags may all be ordered from the School Office or from the Tesco Uniform site or the School Trends Uniform site.


 

We want our children to develop a strong sense of belonging to their school, and be proud of wearing its uniform. We ask you to support this by ensuring that your child wears school uniform at all times.

Grey trousers/skirt – girls may wear smart grey or navy trousers

Pale blue polo shirt/or pale blue shirt

Navy sweatshirt/pullover/cardigan

Pale blue and white checked summer dress (optional)

Navy waterproof coat/fleece

PE Kit

Pale blue t-shirt

Navy shorts/PE skirt

Plimsolls/trainers (most indoor PE is barefoot)

Footwear should be smart, sensible shoes with low heels.

Trainers are not suitable everyday footwear.

The wearing of any type of jewellery is not permitted, with the exception of very small studs for pierced ears. These must be removed for swimming, and either removed or taped over with surgical tape for PE lessons. Parents will need to provide their children with tape for this.

 


School clothing MUST be clearly marked with the child’s name as all the children in the school have similar clothes!


 

Lunchtimes

School meals are prepared by our cook, in the school kitchen. There is always a choice of meals, including vegetarian choices. We are committed to the Healthy Schools standards, and so do everything we can to encourage children to make sensible choices and eat a nutritionally balanced meal. Alternative provision can be made for children with special dietary requirements.

The cost of a school meal is currently £2.20, making a total of £11.00 per week (likely to increase slightly every September). This must be paid on Monday morning for the whole week. Children may decide to have an occasional school meal, or to have a school meal on certain days in the week. Payment for these should still be made on Monday morning.

School meals can be paid for by cash or online, and this should be brought to school in an envelope marked with your child’s name and class and given to your child’s class teacher. If paying by cash, please make sure you put in the exact amount needed, as the school office is unable to give change. You may pay for a whole term of school meals, at the beginning of term. Please ask at the office for the amount required.

Free school meals

In September 2014 all KS1 children (YR,1&2) are entitled to a Free School Meal (FSM). However, as a school we receive additional funding for each child that is registered as eligible for FSMs. Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

Income Support

Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Universal Credit

If your child is eligible, it is very important that you register them to ensure the school receives the additional funds that can be then spent on a wide range of provision that will benefit your child.

You can apply by visiting and clicking ‘free school meals’ under www.kent.gov.uk‘Education and Children’ section, then choose ‘apply online’ option or you can click here.

Packed lunches

Children may prefer to bring a packed lunch to eat in the hall at lunchtime. We ask parents to support us in encouraging healthy eating. Children should have some fruit or vegetables as part of their lunch, and may not eat sweets or chocolate. Please do not send fizzy drinks, or breakable containers. Diluted fruit juice or water is best for quenching thirst, and is not so harmful to teeth.

When the weather is warm during the summer term children may eat their packed lunches outside in the school grounds at the picnic tables or in sheltered areas on the field.

Attendance

Regular school attendance is essential if a child is to make the most of the opportunities available to them. We actively seek to raise and maintain levels of attendance by:

 Promoting a positive and welcoming atmosphere in which pupils feel safe, secure and valued

 Promoting positive behaviour and anti-bullying

 Delivering a differentiated and relevant curriculum

 Promoting opportunities to celebrate and reward pupils’ diversity, successes and achievements

 Celebrating good attendance

 Ensuring that attendance is monitored effectively and reasons for absences are recorded promptly and consistently

As Parents, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school regularly. You should also make sure that your child arrives on time and in a fit state to benefit from the education offered to them.

We monitor children’s attendance on a termly basis and will invite you in, if your child’s attendance is considered low.

Absences/Holidays

We believe that children need to be in school for all sessions, so that they can make the most progress possible. However, we do understand that there are circumstances under which you may legitimately request leave of absence for your child to attend, e.g. a special event. Please contact the school at least a week in advance, and these will be considered on an individual case basis.

You no longer have an automatic right to withdraw your child from school for holidays in term time. We may however grant leave of up to 10 days for very exceptional circumstances. When considering each case we will take into account your child’s attendance to date. We do not authorise any leave in May or September (unless this is leave linked to armed forces operational deployment).