Information for Parents and Carers
Information for new parents and carers
Welcome to our school. We have tried to include useful information for you that will be helpful during the initial period that you and your child are settling into the school routines. If you have any questions please see Mrs Padam or Mrs Thurlow in the school office or the classroom staff.
Times for the school day
Morning Session: 8.55am – 12.00 noon
Lunchtime: 12.00 noon to 1.00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1.00 pm – 3.30pm
All pupils have a morning and afternoon break.
Included in this pack is a sample of the school meal menus which vary throughout the year. The menu is sent out to you at the start of each half term so you know when you order a meal your child will be having something they like. Please note children are encouraged to try all vegetables by the lunchtime staff. Under the current government initiative of Universal Free School Meals (UIFSM) all children in KS1 (FS2, Y1 & Y2) are entitled to free school meals. For the children in KS2 the meals cost £2.20 per day and you can pay at the beginning or the end of the week (this is easier for accounting purposes) or on each day your child has a meal (cheques should be made payable to East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC)).
Book bags are very important, their contents should be checked each day as all letters and information from the school or class teacher will be put into them before your child leaves school each day. Please do not use the book bag to carry your child’s water bottle to school.
The majority of our staff are first aid trained. If your child has a minor accident during the day we will attend to them and then send a pink slip in their book bag detailing what has happened and what treatment they received. In the case of a more serious incident you will be called immediately. If your child bumps their head we will call you and give you the option to come and look at them, if you are in any way concerned, when given details of the incident. Children are always monitored, in school when they have a bump to the head. If at any time your child will need medication during the school day please speak to the office staff regarding the procedure for this. Please note we cannot give your child any medicines without the correct paperwork and we are unable to administer calpol or paracetamol suspension unless it has been prescribed and the bottle has the child’s name on it.
What to do if your child is ill
If your child is too ill to come to school or a problem has arisen and your child cannot come into school please telephone the office between 8.30 and 9.15 am on 01377 236267.
To celebrate the successes of the children we hold a regular assembly. The dates of these will be in our fortnightly newsletters, parents and other family members are welcome to come and join us.
A newsletter is sent out from school fortnightly to keep you up to date with what has been happening in school and to let you know any forthcoming dates, events and activities we have planned.
The school has a texting system to relay messages to parents via mobile phones. Texts may be used as reminders or to inform you that activity details have changed. Could you please keep the office up to date if your mobile number changes.
Before and After School Care
8am – Breakfast Club opens. You can book your child into Breakfast Club for set days each week on a long term basis or up to the evening before you would like them to attend on an adhoc basis although as much notice as possible is appreciated. The cost is £3 per session including a breakfast of a drink, cereal or toast. Your child can come and play from 8.30 onwards for a charge of £1.
3.30pm to 5.30pm After School Care
The After School Session begins with a planned activity followed by a drink and snack. The children can choose to take part in Wii Club, Cooking Club, Craft Club, Games/Gardening Club and Film Club. These activities rotate on evenings throughout the year. We ask that you book these sessions in advance. We require at least 24 hours’ notice if you wish to cancel a session or you may still be charged. The costs are:
3.30 – 4.30 pm £3 per child and £3 for a sibling
3.30 – 5.00 pm £4.50 per child and £3.50 for a sibling
3.30 – 5.30 pm £5.50 per child and £3.50 for a sibling
We ask that children are collected promptly at 5.30pm or a late fee of £5 per quarter of an hour may be charged. Bills for Extended School care are issued monthly and should be paid within 14 days of receipt, cheques should be made payable to East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC).
We have a number of visits throughout the year. Community visits involve the children going out of the school into the local village community and we will send out a letter in September which covers this type of trip for the full academic year. When we plan to take the children out of the village we will send you a letter detailing where the children will be going and how they will be travelling, there is normally a cost for this type of visit.
Collective Worship and RE
As a Church School, we place great importance on our Collective Worship. Our children experience a daily Worship Time, a quality time whereby our Christian values are reflected. We see this as a special time to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and nurture faith by providing a means by which all pupils - both those of faith and non-faith backgrounds - understand more about the Christian faith as well as about other major faiths and festivals. We acknowledge that pupils and staff will subscribe to a range of faiths so we provide opportunities to share in worship in a way which makes sense to them and is appropriate to their stage of development.
We work in close partnership with our local church, St Mary’s Sledmere, as well as the churches at Fridaythorpe, Fimber and Cowlam.
The school’s Religious Education follows the guidelines of the County’s agreed syllabus. We practice a Christian approach to teaching and try to instil respect for moral values, for others and one self. We encourage a sympathetic understanding of other races and religions enabling the children to develop an appreciation of the world around them.
In the Autumn and Spring term you will be sent a letter inviting you to meet with the Class Teacher to discuss your child’s progress, at the end of the Summer term you will be sent a full report. If at any time you have any concerns please speak to the staff.
Details of the school uniform are included in this pack as is a uniform order form. Please note that payment should be included at the time you order your uniform. Please ask at the office if you would like to have a look at samples of the uniform. Our supplier is based in H and K embroidery is based in Driffield they have a shop in Middle Street south near to Wilko and also offer the facility for you to order uniform online at www.handkembroidery.co.uk
Term Time Holidays
The local authority has introduced a policy on term time holidays which means that absence from school in term time can only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Please ask for details from the office before you book a holiday.
Friends of Sledmere School - FOSS
We have an active friends committee who organise a number of activities throughout the year to raise funds for resources, trips and treats for the children. If you would like to join the committee please see Mrs Stokes, the Chair of FOSS or the office staff for more details.
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