The School Day
The school gates open at 8.30am unsupervised until 8.45am when children are encouraged to go directly to their classrooms.
The school day starts at 8.55am
Punctuality is very important and children are expected to be in their classrooms for registration at 8.55am. Late arrivals (after 8.55am) must be signed in at the school office.
School finishes at 3.15pm. Children will be dismissed onto the playground by the class teacher.
Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children will be dismissed to an adult. Key Stage 2 children may walk or cycle home by themselves with written parental permission.
Regular attendance is absolutely vital to a child’s progress, and it is a parents lawful duty to ensure that their child attends school therefore it is assumed that absence will normally only be for ill health.
If your child is absent, Parents/Carers are asked to telephone school on the first morning of absence, before 9.15am, and send a brief note of explanation to the teacher concerned when your child returns to school.
The school operates a ‘First Day Call’ system whereby if we haven’t heard about a particular child’s absence we will contact the parents concerned.
No holidays will be authorised during term time.
School Bursar - Mrs Lorraine Chamberlain Office Staff - Mrs L O'Reilly, Mrs A Smalley and Mrs D Syme
If you send in money to school, whether it is for school meals, trips, swimming or for any other purpose, it should be in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, class, the amount of money and what it is for written on the front. Your child should then hand it in to the class teacher. No money should be paid directly to the office by parents. It must be handed to the class teacher by the child. If you are unsure whether you owe money you will be informed by letter from the office.
The daily running costs of our school are met by the Local Authority . but as a Voluntary Aided School, the governors of St. Philip Howard, on the behalf of the Diocese, are responsible for 10% of the cost for the upkeep of the exterior of the fabric of the school building and for any new buildings.
The governors ask parents for help in raising funds for this purpose, in particular by contributing towards the school’s building fund. School Building Fund can be paid by cash, cheque or standing order.
This is a voluntary contribution.
We actively encourage parental involvement in the child’s learning and in school activities. Open evenings for parents to meet their child’s teacher and discuss his/her progress are held twice a year, during the Autumn and Spring terms. It is very important that the children are represented on both occasions. Written reports are sent home towards the end of the Summer term. We also have an open session during the Summer term when parents are invited to look at the children’s work throughout the school and see their child’s new classroom.
Parents assist in the school by hearing readers, working with groups or individual children and helping in the organisation of the library or the resources room. We warmly welcome any offers of help or provision of resources. However, all volunteers must be CRB checked before they work with our children.