When does school start?

The children’s school day is divided into two sessions:

8.55a.m. – 12.00 noon                1.00p.m. – 3.15p.m.

The doors open at 8.45 a.m. to enable a prompt start to the school day.

No child should be on the school premises before 8.45 a.m. as playground supervision is not provided before then.

The school office is normally open from 8.45 a.m. – 4.15 p.m.

What happens at break time?

Between 10.35 a.m. and 10.50 a.m. there is a mid-morning break when children can go outside for fresh air and exercise with their friends. Children are expected to go the the toilet during break in order to minimise classroom disruption.

The playground is divided into zones to define the types of play and monitor the safety of the children.

Typically, the zones consist of:

football, netball games

chasing games

playing with playground equipment

quiet area

There is always a teacher and teaching assistant on duty to supervise behaviour and deal with any incidents and first aid.

We encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles and children should bring a healthy snack, eg. fruit rather than crisps, to eat at playtime.

If your child has signed up for ‘Cool Milk’ this will be given to them at break or lunchtime.

What happens at lunchtime?

A traditional healthy choice meal is cooked in the school’s kitchen and is available to all children. The charge for a meal is £2.00. Money is payable in advance online through the Tucasi payment system or at the office and should be in a sealed container bearing the child’s name and class.

Free School Meals are available for children whose parents are in receipt of Income Support/Child Tax Credit.

Children who prefer to bring sandwiches are provided with a place at a table in the hall. Packed lunches should not include hot liquids, fizzy drinks, cans, or anything packed in glass as these present potential hazards. Parents are asked to provide a plastic cup, straw or sports bottle for the drink. Water is the healthiest and safest option. As we are a ‘HealthySchool’ and wish to encourage healthy choices, sweets should not be given as part of a packed lunch.

If your child forgets their packed lunch the school will try to contact you. Failing that, a school lunch will be provided. In these cases the school expects the parent to reimburse the cost the following day.

As we have some children who have a severe allergy to nuts, which could be fatal, you are asked not to give peanut butter, nuts or nut products to your child as part of a packed lunch or snack. Even the smell of nuts can cause anaphylactic shock resulting in the need for immediate emergency treatment.

We expect children to behave thoughtfully at all times and regard the eating of a meal together at lunch-time as an opportunity to encourage them to behave well. The Senior Meals Supervisor in consultation with the Headteacher keeps a close watch on the standard of behaviour.

What happens at the end of the day?

Lessons finish at 3.15p.m., when the children go home.

A variety of after school clubs, such as football, cookery, book, gardening, run on different evenings, from 3.15 to 4.00 or 4.15. If your child does not attend a club they have signed up to and you have not notified us beforehand, we will contact you to for safety reasons.

Letters are always sent home first so that consent is given before children can stay late.

An after school club is run by Basingstoke Play Council who collect the children from school at the end of the day.

Contact  07984 881 806

Are children allowed to bring mobile phones into school?

Mobile phones, pagers and electronic toys should not be brought to school.The school cannot accept responsibility for personal belongings, money or for items brought in from home.

Do the children go on School Visits?

Children of all ages take part in visits in school time to places of interest connected with the work they are doing in the classroom. These visits are of great educational value.

For incidental visits around the neighbourhood, and into town, covering consent forms are signed by parents when the child joins the school. For major outings parents are given notification, and permission in writing is required before the child can be included in the group going out.

Parents are always asked to make a voluntary payment to cover the cost of travel and entrance fees which are always subsidised by the School Fund and kept as low as possible. The Governing Body is grateful that parents fully support these visits by covering the costs through voluntary payments therefore enabling them to take place. Without the full support of parents we would have to greatly reduce the number of visits we arrange.

We also take our Year 6 children away for a residential week in the Spring/AutumnTerm. This is a highlight of their time with us, and a wonderful opportunity to do practical work as well as to have a lot of fun!

Are there Car Parking facilities in the school grounds?

Parents bringing children to and from school by car are asked to exercise great care in the vicinity of the school. Please do not park in the area with restriction markings or use the main entrance for turning. Due to lack of space and for safety reasons, parents are not permitted to drive into the school grounds or use the car park, even at the end of after school clubs.

What if it snows?

Please read our snow plan here!