The School Day
Infants 8.55 am - 11.45 am 1.00 pm - 3.15 pm
Juniors 8.55 am - 12.00 noon 1.00 pm - 3.15 pm
All children are allowed into School from 8.45 am onwards.
The hours spent on teaching during a normal week (excluding the daily act of worship, registration, lunch and other breaks are as follows: Hours per week DfEE recommended minimum KS1 21 hours 21 hours 40 mins KS2 23 hours 55 mins 23 hours 45 mins
At break time we encourage children to bring fruit, biscuits or crisps (no sweets or chewing gum please). If you wish, your child may purchase crisps, fruit or drinks from the school tuck shop.
Mid-Afternoon Break- ( Infants only) 2.15 - 2.30 pm
Lunch Break Juniors 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm
Infants 11.45 - 1.00 pm
School meals, prepared and cooked on the premises, offer the children a choice of fresh wholesome food. A vegetarian option is always available. Infant and junior children eat at separate sittings, seated at tables for eight children. Dinner money for the week should be brought into school on Monday morning in a clearly labelled envelope. Cheques should be payable to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. If you are entitled to free school meals, please apply at the the local education offices. Your child may wish to bring a packed lunch. If so, please ensure that it is securely packed and that drinks are in cartons or cans and not glass bottles.
School Opens - 8.45 a.m.
Children are allowed into the school building from this time onwards and they are expected to work quietly in their classrooms. It would be appreciated if children did not arrive in the school playground before 8.40 a.m. as it is not possible to guarantee supervision before that time and we cannot ensure their safety.
School Begins - 8.55 a.m.
At this time children still in the playground are brought inside to join those already in the classrooms so that school can begin.
School Ends - 3.15 p.m.
Please have a care for children's safety when arriving at and leaving school. Observe the parking restrictions and do not obstruct the school gates. Lunch is seen as a social occasion and good table manners and behaviour are encouraged. The entire lunch break is well supervised by experienced ancillary staff whose prime function is to ensure the well-being and safety of the children. We would appreciate it if you would be prompt if collecting your child at the end of the day. Children (especially younger ones) become very anxious if they see everyone going home and they cannot see their parent / carer.
Priority of admission is given to children living in the Governors' Priority Area, as detailed below.
Where applications exceed the number of places available the Governors Admission Panel will confirm places by taking into account the following criteria for admission in order of priority :
1. Whether the child resides in the Governors' Priority Area as agreed with Stockport Education Authority.
2. Whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the School.
3. Whether the child / parents regularly and / or frequently worship at St Thomas' Church, Heaton Chapel.
4. Whether the child / parents regularly and / or frequently worship at another Anglican / Christian Church. (A clerical reference may be required).
5. Whether there are medical / social reasons why the child should attend the School.
6. Proximity to School. This criteria will also be used to distinguish between applicants in categories
2 - 5 where necessary.
Those not gaining a place will be put on a waiting list in proximity order based on the home address starting with those who will have siblings in the school on admission.
(In exceptional circumstances the Governors reserve the right to waive these requirements for medical and social reasons.)
Appeals Against Decisions Relating to Admissions
Parents whose children are not offered a place have the right to appeal. Appeals will be heard by an Appeals Committee organised by the LEA. Further details of the appeals procedure will be sent to any parent whose child is refused admission. Any appeal should be made in writing to the LEA and must be received within 15 days of the date of the letter refusing admission.While they are at St Thomas' School we aim to help the children be happy, confident in their own beliefs and ideas and be able to communicate these ideas to others.