Parents in School
While this prospectus seeks to provide as much information as possible, there is no substitute for visiting school, meeting staff and seeing the school at first hand. We hope that all parents will feel able to come into school where you will certainly be made welcome.
There are two formal parents' evenings when you can make an individual appointment with your child's teacher. The first takes place in September or October to give you the opportunity of meeting your child's new teacher for the first time, or renewing links with a teacher you know. The second takes place in March or April to give yourselves and the class teacher the opportunity to discuss your child's progress over the year.
If you wish to discuss your child's progress at any other time please contact us to make an appointment with the class teacher. The school produces a detailed report in the second half of the summer term describing each child's achievements and progress over the year. Parents are given the opportunity to discuss this with the class teacher if they wish to do so.
There is a programme of parent assemblies, which are very well supported by parents, grandparents and friends. A note is sent out periodically to publicise the dates.
Parents are also welcomed in school to help in class. If you have any special skills we can make use of or simply a wish to support children in school, please let us know and we will be pleased to have you help. Please speak to Mrs Oakes who takes responsibility for parent helpers in school, if you wish to help. Volunteers should note that all adults working with children, including volunteers, are required by law to submit to criminal vetting.
'Out of Bounds' Areas in School
During the school day, the grass banks next to Years Two and Three and that part of the field across the Primrose Lane exit path and including the grass mound are out of bounds to the children. We have these arrangements on the grounds of health and safety. The Years Two and Three windows open at head height and in the past we have had some nasty accidents as children on the grass banks have bumped their heads. The mound has also seen some nasty accidents as children have run down and fallen over. In addition, children who go behind the mound are not visible to staff supervising children at playtime and lunchtime.
Children become confused if there are different rules at different times of the day and keeping them safe during the day becomes more difficult. We would be grateful if, at the beginning of the day and when collecting children at 3.30 you would not let children play in these areas.
Children should not be in school before 8.50am unsupervised by parents and should enter school as soon as teachers unlock classroom doors. Ball games are not allowed on school premises in the morning or at home time because of the dangers to babies, toddlers and parents.
There is no charge for any work that is a part of children's statutory entitlement of the National Curriculum.
Governors have regretfully found it necessary to introduce a charge, currently set at £45 per term, for small group instrumental tuition. Parents who wish their children to have instrumental lessons but who find the cost difficult should contact Mrs Oakes.
A small charge may be made to cover the material costs of practical work, which is taken home, and the running costs of any extra curricular activities.
Voluntary contributions are requested to cover the costs of off-site study visits and residential visits. Parents are routinely advised that no child will be excluded from a visit if they do not pay, but if insufficient funds are raised for a trip, it may not take place.
However, please note that where any charge is made the governors have a policy of remission in the event of hardship and further details about this are available from the head.