General Information

School starts at 8.55am promptly.

Key Stage 1

Foundation Stage, Years 1 and 2 all finish at 3.10pm.

Parents and carers are responsible for informing the school who will be collecting their child/children by means of a form issued from the school office at the beginning of the school year. If there are any changes to these arrangements, then the school office needs to be informed immediately.

Key Stage 2

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all finish at 3.20pm.

The collection information forms are also in place for KS2, however parents and carers may choose for their children to make their own way to and from school.

New starters in any year group

Please see additional page for all the information about starting our school.

High School Links

As a designated feeder school for Rainhill High School, the vast majority of our Year 6 pupils usually transfer to Rainhill High School.  The school actively works to strengthen close links with Rainhill High School at every opportunity and particularly during your child’s time in Year 6 in order to assist a smooth transition.

Emergency Contacts

The school office distributes new emergency contact forms for all children on an annual basis. However if any details change throughout the year, please contact the school in writing to confirm the changes as soon as possible.

Attendance

Our school attendance for 2014-2015 was 96.1%. Our target for 2015-2016 is 97.5%.  Our main area of concern is the number of holidays which continue to be taken in term time.  The school leadership cannot stress enough the importance of children being in school for effective teaching and learning to take place. The school manages attendance in a compassionate way and our school ethos is supported by our attendance consultant Mrs Gresty. (Please see our Attendance Policy).

Our school has caring and supportive ethos which will be reflected in our care for your child if they are feeling under the weather or nervous about changes in school. e.g starting a new Key Stage. Our school can administer medication to help your child stay well in school. (Please see medicine policy for further details)

Absence from School

If your child is absent from school, parents/carers are requested to telephone as soon as possible and certainly before 9.30am on the first day of absence providing the reason. Upon your child’s return to school, a letter is not necessarily required provided that we have been notified of the reason by telephone. Parents and carers need to contact the school every day their child is absent unless they have already specified a length of time during the first phone call  (01744 678400) based upon medical advice. Parents are not authorised to take their children out of school for holidays during term time. This is the schools policy because such absences are detrimental to the child’s learning.

Only the Headteacher can authorise your child’s absence from school. Please see the attendance policy for more details.

School Meals and Packed Lunches

Children are encouraged to stay for daily nutritious school meals. Our meals are prepared and cooked on site in a setting with a 5* rating for hygiene. School meals cost £11.30 per week (£2.30 daily).  Monies are payable in full on a Monday morning. Money should be sent into school in a clearly marked envelope with the child’s name, class and amount. Cheques should be made payable to St Helens Council. Children are welcome to stay on a Friday only for a hot meal (usually fish and chips) at £2.30. All Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 children are entitled to a free school meal under a government scheme.

Primary School Menu 24th April – 29th October 2017

Parents/carers who may decide to opt for packed lunches for their children, do so with a balanced healthy diet in mind. No fizzy drinks, crisps or chocolate bars.

Healthy Snack

Children in Foundation stage will be expected to pay £6.00 per half-term (£36.00 per school year) for a healthy snack that is bought and distributed in class on a daily basis by the class teacher.  Children in all other years are welcome to bring a healthy snack of their own to eat at morning break.

Milk

Foundation Stage and KS1 children are eligible for daily milk. This costs £6.00 per school year.

Pupil/Parent/Carer/Teacher Meetings

The school provides 3 formal meetings times per year. We strongly encourage all parent/carers and their children to attend these meetings to review progress, celebrate effort and achievement and set new learning targets. Our teaching staff will contact parents and carers at other times throughout the year if necessary to further improve their children’s rate of progress and behaviour for learning.

Home School Agreements

We strongly value our partnership with parents/carers and this begins with our Home School Agreement which is sent to all new starters to our school. We trust that the agreement holds firm for the duration of each child’s education at our school.