A separate holiday list is provided at the beginning of each school year. You may obtain further copies on request from the office or check our school calendar on this website.
Please notify the school on the first day of your child being away from school. If your child is absent for a longer period of time, a letter explaining the absence is also required. Only the Head Teacher can authorise absence. Absences which are unexplained or the reasons given deemed unsatisfactory by the Head Teacher are considered to be unauthorised, as is persistent lateness. Absence is referred to the Education Welfare Service in these cases. Holidays during term time will not be authorised, nor will absence for modelling or auditions during term time.
YOUR CONTACT DETAILS
Let the school know the address and telephone number where you may be reached during school hours. Any change of address or telephone number MUST BE reported to the school. We also require two emergency contact numbers; one of the emergency numbers should be for someone who could get to the school within 30 minutes.
Please be punctual in bringing and fetching your child each day. Be sure that your child attends regularly, and collect them promptly at 3.15pm.
PARKING IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS
Parking facilities at the school are for staff and Governors only. We appreciate the inconvenience caused to parents who bring their children to school by car and apologise for this, but the safety of the children is our major consideration.
Sweets, chocolates and chewing gum are not allowed in the school. Instead, we encourage the children to eat fresh fruit and drink water during morning break. The National Fruit Scheme provides free fruit for children in the Nursery, Reception and KS1. KS2 parents are asked to provide their child/ren with a piece of fresh or dried fruit.
School dinners are cooked on the premises and are available at a standard charge which changes from time to time. Alternatively, your child may bring in a packed lunch. The children are encouraged to eat their school dinner, and staff monitor that they have a reasonable meal at lunchtime. We do not allow either sweets or fizzy drinks as part of a packed lunch. Payments for school dinners must be made in advance, on a Monday or a Friday. This helps the office staff to order the correct number of meals. One week’s notice of any changes, i.e. switching from school dinner to packed lunch or vice-versa must be given. If you prefer, you can pay by cheque on a half-termly or termly basis.
The current cost of a school meal is £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
If your income falls below a certain limit, meals may be provided free. Application forms are available from the school office or Thurrock Council have advised that parents/carers can now apply for Free School Meals online. Applications can be made by visiting: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/school-meals/free-schoolmeals
All Reception and KS1 pupils are entitled to a free school meal. Arrangements are made to ensure that suitable meals are available for children needing special diets for health reasons. If your child needs a special diet you should put your request in writing to the Head Teacher.
We ask all parents to put their child’s names in all items of clothing. As you can appreciate, one school tie looks very much like another! If your child loses an item, the best place to look is outside their classroom. Some lost property is brought to the office, and unclaimed items are disposed of at the end of each term.
CHARGING AND REMISSIONS POLICY
The Governors recognise the value that a wide range of additional activities including clubs, outings and residential experiences can make towards a child’s personal and social development. They aim to promote such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school, and as additional operational activities. If such activities are to take place, it is necessary to ask parents for voluntary contributions.
GOVERNORS’ BUILDING MAINTENANCE FUND
Parents are invited to contribute a minimum of £15.00 per year or £6.00 per term , per family to assist with the upkeep of the school buildings.