Parent and Carers
The School Day (September 2020)
School Starts | 8.55 am KS1 and KS2 9.00am FS2
End of lunchtime | 1.10 pm
End of school FS2/KS1 | 3.00pm
End of school KS2 | 3.15 pm
It is important that children arrive on time to ensure that they have a settled start to their school day. If your child is going to be late arriving at school please let us know so we know your child is safe. Children arriving after the morning bell has sounded should be signed in at the school office by a responsible adult.
All FS2 and KS1 children are handed over to a responsible adult at the end of the school day.
Older children will identify to their teacher who is the adult that is collecting them.
If you wish your child in Y5 and Y6 to leave the premises by themselves please inform school in writing - this can be by email or letter.
At the start of the year, please make sure you tell a member of staff who will be collecting your child and if there are any changes to the normal routine at the start of the school day -this can be emailed in as well. If due to unforeseen circumstances you are late, children will be sent to the school office to wait.
All children are required to wear the following school dress.
Top half - navy sweatshirts/cardigans (with or without school logo), emerald green or white polo T-shirt.
- Bottom half - navy trousers or skirt
- Footwear - plain dark colours
Please ensure that all items are clearly named
School polo shirts, sweatshirts, P.E kits etc are available to buy from Tesco Direct.
Dress For Safety In P.E. Activities
- The school P.E Kit is a t-shirt and dark shorts,
- Sweatshirts or tracksuits may be worn for outdoor P.E. lessons when the weather is cold,
- Usually children will work in bare feet when doing PE in the hall, pumps are required for outdoor work or occasionally in the hall,
- Jewellery may not be worn for P.E. sessions and must be removed prior to the lesson. If earrings/studs cannot be removed because they have recently been inserted then children will only be allowed to proceed with the lesson if they cover their earrings with tape. Staff are not permitted to remove or replace earrings in children’s ears,
- Children in the older classes may have swimming lessons at some time during the year and will need a swimsuit, towel and cap if they have long hair,
- Children will not be allowed to participate in swimming lessons if they are wearing earrings/studs,
- All items should be clearly marked with the child’s name and kept in a drawstring bag.
Attendance and Term Time Holidays
May we remind you that parents do not have a legal right to remove their children from school during term time to go on holiday. Good attendance is vital in all pupils.
Please do not arrange holidays in term time.
Since September 2013 new guidance has come into operation from the Government:
- Holidays in term time are not authorised,
- Head teachers can only authorise leave in ‘exceptional circumstances’ not for holidays,
- Requests for leave should be made in writing to the Head teacher 20 days before the due date and the Head teacher will respond within 10 days of receipt of the request,
- The Local Authority will issue a penalty notice (fine) if school requests this for 5+ consecutive days absence. Fines are £60.00 to be paid in 21 days or £120 to be paid between 21 and 28 days.
- We aim to ensure that pupils with medical needs are fully supported, enabling them to take a full part in school life,
- Medication will only be administered by school staff when a child has ongoing medical needs that affect his/her attendance and/or welfare at school,
- If your child has an ongoing medical condition requiring medication that must be administered during the day please discuss it with us so that we can make arrangements for support,
- A request for School to Administer Medication form must be completed.
A copy of the complete Policy for Dealing with Medical Needs is available on request.
Health and Safety
- The school car park is for staff and authorised visitors only. There is a small car park near the main entrance for disabled visitors only. This car park should not be used for dropping off or collecting children without authorisation. Application forms for a permit to use this car park are available from the school office. Parking is available at the Community Centre car park at the beginning and end of the school day, and is the recommended parking place for parents, especially when dropping off or collecting their children. There is a footpath from the Community Centre car park, across the park, directly to the school grounds.
- Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the school site.
- Dogs are not allowed anywhere on the school site.
- For safety reasons, children are only allowed to use the playground climbing equipment when supervised by a member of staff. Please do not allow your children to play on the equipment after school as it encourages others to do so.
Extreme Weather Procedure
Whatever the weather, we aim to provide as normal a service as possible each day.
When the weather is challenging we always follow these principles:
- Grenoside Community Primary School will always stay open, unless it would be unsafe for children, staff and/or parents for us to do so.
- If a decision is taken not to open the school a text message will be sent to all parents and carers (please make sure the school office has your up to date contact details). School closures are also announced on BBC Radio Sheffield and Hallam FM.
Food in School
There are three options at lunchtime, and parents are free to choose whichever is most convenient for them.
Children can stay for a school dinner, bring a packed lunch, or go home at lunchtime. Most of our children remain on site during lunchtime. From September 2014 school meals will be provided free of charge to all Infant children. Please see the separate letter for more information.
Our meals are provided by ‘Mellors’, and are cooked on site by fully qualified staff. A choice of two main meals and desserts, one of which is suitable for vegetarians, is offered to the children. There is a three week rotating menu, a copy of the current menu is available from the school office. The menus are usually changed two or three times a year.
Children may purchase milk at a small termly charge.
Children entering school will be supplied with free milk until their 5th birthday, after which a pro-rata charge will be made for the remainder of that term.
Infant children are provided with a piece of fruit, free of charge, during morning break each day.
Children may bring a piece of fruit from home for morning break if they would like.