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THE SCHOOL DAY

 

Nursery

8.45 am – 11.45 am

Nursery extended hours - 11.45 am – 3.15 pm

 

Reception, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

8.45 am – 3.15 pm

 

Breakfast Club and After School Club

Breakfast and After School clubs are currently operated by an external organisation (Kids n' Clubs). Details are available via the link below or from the school office.  Breakfast club runs from 7.45 am – 8.45 am, After School club runs from 3.15 pm – 6.00 pm.

MORNING DROP OFF

We ask that parents do not disturb the teachers at this point as this is a precious time and they often take the opportunity to hear children read.  If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or 2 we ask you to leave a message with the member of staff on duty.  You are welcome to speak to the teachers after school or to contact the office to make a separate appointment.

 

Nursery

Please wait within the Nursery Garden until the doors are open.  Please do not allow your children to play on the outdoor equipment set up in the Nursery Garden.

 

Reception and Key Stage 1

  • Reception children enter their allocated reception door from 8.45 am
  • Years 1 and 2 enter through the their classroom doors from 8.45 am
  • Children must be in classrooms by 8.55 am

 

 

Key Stage 2

Juniors enter their classrooms via the junior playground from 8.45 am. The gates will be opened at 8:40 am and children will be supervised from then. Registration starts at 8.55 am.

 

 

AFTERNOON COLLECTION

If for any reason the regular person is unable to collect your child we need to be notified who will be doing so.  This is obviously for security purposes. 

 

Reception/Key Stage 1

Children will leave from their classroom door but will not be allowed to go until they have identified their parent/carer to their teacher.  If for any unforeseen circumstance no one appears to collect an infant child from their class, the child will remain in the school library until arrangements for safe collection have been made.

  

Key Stage 2

All the juniors leave the school independently by their classroom door.  Juniors must come back into the school reception area if their parent/carer does not collect them as previously arranged.  The child will remain in the school library until arrangements for safe collection have been made.

 

This also applies to extra curricular activities.  At times, such activities are cancelled at short notice and we send a text to inform parents and to make travel arrangements.  However, if they are not able to contact their parents or their parents cannot make sudden changes to their arrangements, then the child must remain in the library area where they can be easily supervised.

 

Your child with be taken to KidsNClubs after school club if they are not collected by 3.30 pm (or 4.30 pm if they have attended a school run club).  A charge will be incurred for this service.

 

 

ABSENCES / LATENESS

The school has a legal obligation to monitor the frequency and type of absence (authorised, unauthorised or approved educational activity), and the punctuality of the children. If a child is absent a written note of explanation is required.  It is up to the school to decide how this absence is categorised. Parents should notify the school by telephone on the first day of absence before 10 am.

 

If you are aware that time needs to be taken off, for example a piano exam, dentist, doctor or a hospital appointment then a note requesting time off is expected beforehand and we do ask, if possible, that these appointments are made out of school time.

 

Please also refer to the Attendance Policy.

 

Late Arrivals

At 8.55 am for security purposes, all entrance doors are closed.  If children arrive after 8.55 am they will be classified as late and they will have to enter the school through the main entrance and report to the school office.

 

 

TRAVEL TO SCHOOL

We encourage all our drivers to follow our code to make the journey to and from school as safe as possible for our children and to respect the peace and property of surrounding residents.

 

  • In order to ease congestion drivers are requested to follow the unofficial one-way system i.e. to treat Bradmore Way and Peplins Way as a one-way system, driving down the former and back to the village along the latter.
  • Parents may not bring their cars into the school grounds at any time. 
  • Please contact the school office regarding registered disabled parking.
  • Never stop or park, on or opposite the zigzag lines near the school gates.
  • Leave plenty of time to find a parking space.
  • Do not park on the grass verges or across residents’ driveways – we do get complaints.
  • Ask yourself ‘Is it really necessary to drive my children to school today?’

 

Car Parking - The United Reformed Church

Permission has been given to parents to park their cars from 8.30 am – 9.15 am and from

3.00 pm – 3.30 pm so that parents can walk the remainder of the way with their children.

 

Cycling and riding to School

Years 5 and 6 children are allowed to cycle to school on their own if they have passed their cycling proficiency test (proof may be required).  Alternatively, children may cycle to school as long as they are accompanied by an adult.   Children must wear a helmet when cycling and to be seen cycling safely.  They must dismount from their bicycles or scooters when they reach the main gate and park their bicycles/scooters in the bicycle shed.  All bicycles are left at the owner’s risk.

 

Safety in the School Grounds

Dogs are not to be brought into the school grounds.  If you open any gates please ensure you close them behind you.  The driveway is used by delivery vehicles, visitors and parents of disabled children and therefore it is essential that you and your child keep to the pathways as the driveway is a road.   It is also forbidden for children, including pre-school children, to ride bikes or mini-scooters in the school grounds.   We kindly ask that children do not use the play equipment /trim trails before or after school.

 

 

JEWELLERY/MOBILE PHONES/COSMETICS/MONEY

 

We do not allow the children to wear jewellery except for small plain studs in the ears; this is mainly for health and safety reasons.  Watches, if worn, should be of a sensible design. The school cannot take responsibility if they are mislaid or broken.  We follow the advice given by national organisations that ear studs and watches must be removed before P.E.  If the child cannot remove their ear studs unaided and put them in again then parents must supply micropore to tape over them.  Staff do not assist with the taking out or putting in of earrings.   

 

Unless for a specific purpose such as to pay for a school function, children should not bring money into school.

 

There may be special circumstances when you wish for your child to have a mobile phone.  It is not appropriate for children to have access to them during the school day.  Mobile phones are to be handed into the school office on arrival in the morning and collected at the end of the school day.

 

Cosmetics, tattoos and nail varnish are not permitted at any time.  Hair bands should be plain and hair tied back if longer than collar length.

 

 

LUNCH

Our school meals are provided by Hertfordshire Catering Limited. For more information on school meals follow the link below:

 

SNACKS/DRINKS

Fresh fruit and vegetables are provided for KS1 children, which are eaten during morning break time.  At KS2 the children are allowed to bring in fruit only for their break time.

 

Milk is available for Nursery children free of charge and for Reception children until the term that they turn 5.  It is available for all other children, for which a charge is made at the beginning of each term. Children are asked to bring in a small named bottle of water with a retractable nozzle so that they have easy access to water during the day.

 

Due to the number of children who have an allergy to nuts, the school has decided that no products containing nuts will be served or permitted within school.

 

 

ILLNESS/MEDICINES

Listed below are the recommendations of the Hertfordshire Health Authority.  This is only a guide, and it must be stressed that if you are in any doubt whatsoever, you must consult a doctor.

 

Diseases  Exclusion Period
Chickenpox   Five days from onset of rash
Conjunctivitis      None but seek medical advice for treatment.
Diarrhoea and vomiting   Exclude until symptoms have stopped for at least 24 hours for children in Nursery and Reception at least 48 hours)
Head lice No exclusion necessary but refer to pharmacy for advice on treatment.
Impetigo  Until healed.  (Seek medical advice)
Measles For 4 days after onset of rash.
Mumps  For 5 days after onset of swelling.
Ringworm (general) No exclusion once appropriate treatment commenced by GP.
Rubella (German measles) For 6 days from the onset of rash
Scarlet Fever For 24 hours from commencing appropriate antibiotics.
Threadworm  No exclusion time but treatment necessary.
Verrucae (warts)  No exclusion necessary but keep lesions covered.
Whooping cough For 5 days from commencing appropriate antibiotics.

 

Please do not send any child back to school if the minimum period of absence is up and they are not fully fit.

 

Sometimes children are fit to return to school after an absence for illness but still need to take medicine. We strongly recommend that if it is necessary for your child to take medicine at a particular time, you come to school to ensure correct timing and to avoid the danger of medicine being left around school.

 

There are occasions when this might not be possible, in which case a form, available from the school office, must be completed and given to the school office.  Any medicine must be very clearly marked with the child’s name.  If it is a complex matter please contact the school so that the issue can be discussed and the safest and best procedures can be put into effect. Children are not allowed to have medication on their person, including such items as throat lozenges, vapour rub and Olbas oil.

 

 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

It goes without saying that a school succeeds best when parents and teaching staff work together.  We have extremely good relations with parents and many come into school to help with various activities.  We actively encourage this.  If you are concerned about something that your child is doing then we strongly encourage you to talk to the teacher about it (preferably after school) or if necessary telephone the school.  A request for an appointment, however, is always helpful as the teachers may be involved in other activities.  If you wish to see the Headteacher, please contact the school office for an appointment.  The Head will of course try to see any parent at any time if the matter is very urgent.

 

  • Parents will be invited to attend Parent Consultation meetings each term and will receive a formal written report in the summer term. Reports will contain information regarding progress towards targets, attainment, strengths and areas for development.
  • Parents will be invited into school to join in with their children’s learning and to share their views at Parent Voice meetings.
  • Every term we also hold informal parent drop-in sessions after school to celebrate the learning the children have been involved with that term. These are an opportunity for parents to view work on display in classrooms and see the work that pupils have been doing in their books.

 

These occasions for contact may be looked upon as the minimum recommended.  We hope that parents will feel able to contact the teacher at other times for an appointment, if this seems desirable.  

 

 

COMMUNICATION

  • A fortnightly newsletter is produced for all parents and is available on the website (follow the link below).
  • We urge all parents to sign up to ParentMail to receive other communications.
  • Our website contains information such as term dates and details of clubs etc.

 

 

Child Protection (See Child Protection Policy)

The school works in partnership with parents to support children in every way possible. However, the Children’s Act places a clear responsibility on schools to ensure that they work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.  As a result, if concerns are raised within the school or a child or parent reports a situation involving possible abuse including neglect, we would not be able to guarantee confidentiality.  This would have to be referred on to Social Services.  This is in line with Government and Hertfordshire policies.  All staff are expected to inform the designated teacher for child protection (the Headteacher) if they have any concerns.  The school follows the Child Protection procedures established by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board - a guide to procedure and practice for all professional staff in Hertfordshire who work with children.

 

Criminal Record Checks

All staff employed at the school have a mandatory criminal record check (DBS) carried out before they commence employment.    All others who work at the school and have regular contact with the children, i.e. parent volunteers etc. also have a DBS check.

 

 

Complaints

The school has good relations with parents and problems can usually be dealt with quickly and satisfactorily.

 

 

There are various stages for the complaints procedure to pass through.

 

  • The most common initial approach will be to the staff member concerned. Most questions concern classroom based factors and are usually resolved through explanation.
  • If the parent is not satisfied with the response then the complaint should be passed on to a senior member of staff, either the Deputy Head, Phase leader ad or Headteacher. 
  • If a parent is not satisfied with the response made either by the member of staff or the Head/Deputy/Assistant Head then the next recourse is to the Governors. No individual governor has any power to act and the complaint must be referred to the Chairperson for action by the appropriate committee.

 

Full details concerning how to complain are available below or from the office.  

 

 

Snow/Emergency Closure

In the event of that the school needs to close due to snow or an unforeseen emergency a message will be posted on www.hertsdirect.org.uk or a ParentMail text message will be sent out.

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