All prospective parents from year 1 upwards should contact the school office for information about available places. For places in foundation 2, parents should continue to contact the Education Leeds admissions office. Foundation stage 1 admissions are managed by the school in agreement with national and local guidelines. Depending on availability of places, children may start foundation 1 the term after their third birthday. Parents are invited to specify a preference for a morning or afternoon session, although this is again dependent on places being available.
The school day
The times of the school day are as follows:
Morning session: 8.55a.m. -11.30a.m.
Afternoon session: 12.40p.m. -3.15p.m.
Foundation 2 / Key stage 1
8.50a.m. – 11.45a.m.
12.45p.m. - 3.15p.m.
Key stage 2
8.50a.m. - 12.15p.m.
1.15p.m. - 3.15p.m.
There is a 15 minute break in the morning for both key stages. Key stage 1 also has a 15 minute break in the afternoon. All children have brain breaks throughout the day where appropriate.
Access to school
Access to the school at the start and end of the day for parents and children is via the upper gate (Foundation stage 1 & 2, key stage 1 and lower key stage 2) on Westwoodside and for upper key stage 2 through the lower double gates on Westwoodside.
During the day we ask that all visitors report to the main office, where they can sign our visitors’ book and are given a visitors badge.
If a child arrives after 8.50 a.m. we ask that they report to the office, where their names can be added to the register. It is also helpful if parents can ring the school office before 9.15 a.m. or email the school when their child is absent. Our learning mentors will contact you to follow up absences. If children return to school after a doctor or dental appointment, we also ask that they report their arrival at the office, where their names can be added to the register. If parents arrive during the school day or deliver something (perhaps a P.E. kit left at home!) we also ask that this is done through the school office.
Holidays taken during term time are very unsettling for children, particularly at the beginning of terms when new routines may be introduced and new friendship groups formed. The Government expects that term time holidays should only be taken in exceptional circumstances and for an absolute maximum of 10 days per year. A form is available from the school office or from the forms section of the website should you wish to apply for exceptional leave of absence.
Churwell parent and carer group
PAC has both a fund raising and social function. Not only have many useful resources been bought for the school but staff, parents and children have enjoyed attending many of the events. Parents are encouraged to join the organising group, which meets usually every half term, in the parent / carer room. Posters giving notice of these meetings are displayed around the school
Volunteer helpers are welcomed at the school, for example, in accompanying outside visits or assisting with curricular activities in the classroom. We try to match tasks to abilities, skills and interests. All adults who work with children however, must complete a disclosure form for the Criminal Records Bureau and this law also applies to volunteers.
As our school is set in the heart of the community we are constantly striving to further develop the partnership between school, parents and the community. We very much value the contribution made by parents and members of the community. Parents are actively encouraged to be involved in the life of the school and we are very encouraged by the support and interest that our parents take in their child’s school life. It is this partnership between home and school which is a major influencing factor on a child’s progress and development. At Churwell, parental involvement is encouraged in a number of ways.
Churwell is used on a weekly basis by karate, dance, keep fit and chess groups. The school has established good working relationships with other schools through involvement in the Morley Family of Schools, sports and international events. Before the children transfer to their high school, we work with the year 7 staff to make sure that the children are prepared for and happy to embark upon the next phase of their education.
All children eat in the school halls and have a choice of eating a hot meal provided by Crown Point, who have been contracted by Education Leeds to provide the catering service. There is also the option of bringing a packed lunch. It is helpful for the office staff when all meal payments are made on a Monday, or on a termly/ half termly basis. Cost of school lunches will be advised before the end of the summer term for the forthcoming year. Please send the exact money in an envelope marked with your child’s name and class. This should be given to the class teacher.
Packed lunches may be brought to school in a small named lunch box and stored on the lunch box trolleys/ boxes. Please ensure that their lunch box contains a drink ( no glass bottles, please). Packed lunches should not contain sweets, as these are not allowed in school.
White or light blue polo shirt
White or light blue polo shirt or blouse
Navy blue or grey trousers/shorts
Navy blue skirt, trousers or pinafore dress
Navy blue jumper/sweatshirt
Navy blue cardigan, sweatshirt or jumper
Sensible dark shoes or dark trainer type footwear
White/blue socks or navy/grey tights
Blue/white gingham summer dress
Sensible dark shoes (not open toed), or dark trainer type footwear. Shoes should have low heels.
Sweatshirts, cardigans and polo shirts are embroidered with our school logo and are available through the school supplier. Fleece jackets and reversible fleece/shower proof coats will also be available.
The Governing Body has decided that there will be no prescribed P.E. kit. However, children will need to have trainers and a suitable change of clothing, in school colours, for both indoor and outdoor physical activities. Please note that the P.E. kit should be kept in school throughout the week in case it is needed.
In the interests of safety, please do not let your child wear jewellery in school. Not only can these items be mislaid easily, they can also cause accidents. Earrings are not permitted to be worn for games or P.E. If your child does wear studs to school, please make sure that your child does not wear them on Games or P.E. days.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child’s name. The school cannot be held responsible for any items that go missing from school premises.
Parents/carers are welcomed to discuss any issues which they may have concerns about with the class teacher or headteacher at any time. However, for a more lengthy discussion an appointment should be made.
A formal parent staff consultation evening is held every term. A written report is sent out in July.
New parents and carers are invited to attend an information evening during the summer term before the child starts