Start and End of the School Day
No child should be on the school premises before 8.40 a.m. (when a member of staff will be on duty), unless they are attending the Early Bird Club which commences at 8.00 a.m.
Children should be collected promptly at 3.15 p.m. A member of staff will be on duty until 3.30 p.m., but any child not collected by that time will be placed in the care of the AllStars after school club and the appropriate charge for this facility will be passed on to parents.
If you have arranged for another parent to collect your child from school please let your child’s class teacher know or in an emergency please telephone the school office.
Attendance and Absence
Morning registration starts at 8.55a.m.
Any child not in school by 9.15a.m.must be accounted for and it is part of our morning routine to ‘chase’ any absences that are unaccounted for.
Our attendance policy states that 'The times children can safely arrive at school and can go into their classroom will be clearly communicated to parents. The attendance of children who arrive late will be registered as follows:
If you know your child is not going to be in school through illness, please telephone the office before 9.15a.m. If you know your child is going to be absent for any other reason, please let the office know, in writing, in advance, so that the register may be marked accordingly.
As far as requests for absence during term time are concerned; please read the school policy (available on the website) and submit a completed Absence Request form in advance of the requested dates. There is a selection of exceptional circumstances whereby we can authorise absence. If the request does not fall within these criteria, the absence will be unauthorised.
Each year we have an attendance target set by the DfES and your co-operation in ensuring that the children are in school as much as possible, is greatly appreciated.
May we advise all new parents and remind all others regarding administration of medication in school.
Asthma If your child suffers from Asthma would you please ensure that an ‘Asthma Card’ is completed and that an inhaler is provided for use in school.
If your child is prescribed medication at any time, that requires administration during the course of the school day, it is necessary for an ‘Administration of Medicines’ form to be completed and passed into the school office with the appropriate medication. We will then ensure that it is administered appropriately. It is the responsibility of parents to collect this medication at the end of the day
Due to a change in school policy we are now able to administer non prescribed medicines. Please be aware that an ‘Administration of Medicines’ form will need to be completed to enable us to do this. Please see Mrs Rhead in the school office .
If your child suffers from any allergies (sticking plaster, food, etc) this should have been noted on their admission form. If any medication is required, this should be dealt with as ‘Prescribed medication’ above.
In all cases, we ask that parents advise us of any change in medical condition / information. If you have any questions or queries, please contact the school office.
We provide your child with a free water bottle on their admission to school.
Please make sure that it is re-filled and sent in to school daily, so that your child has access to a drink, as and when required.
School Uniform and PE Kit
Children are required to wear Navy Jumpers or Cardigans, the girls must wear either Navy trousers of skirts/pinafores and the boys must wear grey trousers/shorts. During the summer term girls may prefer to wear a blue/white gingham summer dress.
White shirts and school ties must be worn by all children from Reception to Year 6.
School uniform is available to be purchased from the school. Please see order form and price list under the Useful Information tab on this website.
Please could we ask that children have a warm coat with them during the cold weather, as they spend a lot of time outside and can get very cold, very quickly.
Also, may we ask that children with shoulder length hair or longer (girls and boys), come to school with their hair tied back please in either a ponytail or bunches.
PE kit must be kept in school ALL week, so that it is readily available for their lessons.
Please ensure that every item of your child’s uniform and PE kit is named. We try very hard to return ‘lost property’, but this becomes impossible if items are un-named. For your assistance we have information on suppliers of iron-on or sew-in labels. Please ask at the office for more information.
“Up the Creek News”
This is the title of our weekly newsletter, which is available on the school website every Friday afternoon. Please go to www.newton-ferrers.devon.sch.uk to access your copy. A copy will also be emailed out to each family. Please do make a point of viewing this as it will keep you in touch with what is going on in school and will have an updated list of diary dates. In an effort to be as ‘green’ as possible, we endeavour to send out all paperwork electronically as far as possible, but please let the office know if you specifically require a paper copy.
In the event of closure owing to bad weather etc., you will be notified by text and/or email. The information will also be available on the school website and Radio Devon.
Healthy school meals are cooked on the premises in our school kitchen.
The menu is currently on a three-week rolling programme, with a main choice, a vegetarian option and also a third option of jacket potato, available every day.
School meals are provided FREE of charge to children in Yr.R, 1 and 2 and also to those who qualify for a free school meal by way of income qualification. If you think you are entitled to income related free school meals, please collect an application form from the school office.
If your child has any special dietary requirements, please make an appointment to see the school cook, Mrs King, to discuss this.
Healthy Snacks & Packed Lunches
We would like to remind all parents that school policy is for children to bring in fresh fruit or vegetables only for break time snacks. This is provided free of charge to children in Class 1 and 2 under a government funded initiative. If you would like us to provide fruit for any child in Class 3, please contact the school office for more information.
A drink of milk at break time is also provided free for children under the age of 5. You can register with Cool Milk and pay for a daily drink of milk for your child, if you wish to carry on this facility after your child’s fifth birthday.
See separate information provided.
For the older children snacks, such as toasted muffins, are available at morning break time from the school kitchen. Please make a payment of £10 on Parentpay and Mrs King, the Kitchen Manager will run a tab for your child and advise you when your credit has run out and needs a top up.
Prices for the Tuck Shop are as follows:
Muffin 25p – Juice 25p – Melon 25p – Apple 20p – Orange 20p - Pear 20p Yoghurt 30p – Cracker 5p.
The children in Class One regularly undertake a ‘Welly Walk’. It would be really helpful if children could be provided with a pair of wellingtons to keep in school.
Contact Information, etc.
Contact information and parental permission forms are signed by parents when children start at the school and data is checked annually.
Please remember to provide the office with any information that needs to be updated on your child’s records, i.e. change of address / telephone (and mobile) number / medical information / dietary information, etc.
Parents, Family and Friends are welcome to join the school each Friday morning for assembly.
On the first Friday of each month the assembly will take place in Holy Cross Church and otherwise in the school hall.
Assembly starts at 9.15 a.m. and usually lasts approximately half an hour.
During the course of the year each Class will lead one of the assemblies and share with everyone the work they have undertaken during the term.
Every Friday morning, children have the opportunity to enjoy a piece of flapjack (freshly made by Mrs King, our kitchen manager) for their morning snack. If you would like your child to have some Flapjack the cost is 25p per slice, payable on Parentpay once termly (but children are limited to one slice each). All flapjack payment must be made online and in advance of any flapjack being supplied. If you would like to order please make your payment and your child will then be included.
Visitors to the School
May we please remind all visitors to the school that they must report to reception on arrival and sign in the visitor’s book. Once registration has begun at the start of the day, all outer doors will be closed and should NOT be used as a means of access to the school. Also, if your child is late, or they have forgotten something and you wish to drop it in to them, please come to reception.
Volunteers in Schools
We are always delighted to be offered voluntary help in school, either on a regular or casual basis. If you would like to assist with reading or any of the workshops that are offered during the term, please see either your child’s class teacher or Mr Brown.
It is a requirement that all volunteer helpers undergo a check with the Disclosure & Barring Service. These checks are now carried out on-line. Please contact the school office for more information.
The residents of our neighbours in the bungalows at Dillons are elderly and some are infirm. Please do not park in the bays that are reserved for Dillons. We would ask you also to respect the privacy of the residents and not use their paths as a walk-through to the main road. Thank you
A cake raffle takes place each Friday and tickets may be purchased on the day at 25p each (maximum of 4 tickets per child). The cakes are made by willing volunteers and we will happily add any names to the rota which is kept in the school office.
Proceeds from the raffle go to boost PTFA funds.
Where possible, we encourage all payments to be made using ParentPay, an on-line system (you will be issued with log-in details once your child starts at school), with the exception of uniform, which is ordered (via the office) through the PTFA and for this we ask for either a cheque payment to ‘Newton Ferrers Primary PTFA’ or cash; payments for Friday cake raffle should be made in cash please. Please can all school meals be paid for in advance of having your meals, as we are unable to offer any credit facilities.
The PTFA play an active part in supporting the school, by organising fundraising events throughout the school year.
There are regular PTFA meetings during the school year which all parents are welcome to attend.
Early Bird and AllStars
Before and after school provision operates with our Early Bird Club from 8.00a.m. until the start of school each morning and after school with our AllStars Club from 3.15 to 5.30p.m. A leaflet is enclosed providing more information regarding cost / booking arrangements, etc.
Parking and Bicycles
The limited parking within the school grounds is for staff (school and playgroup) use only. However, there are also two disabled bays for anyone requiring this facility. Parents bringing or collecting children from school are asked to park, with consideration, outside of the school.
Parking for Bicycles and Scooters is provided outside the main entrance door. For the health and safety of everyone, please ensure that cycles etc, are not ridden whilst on school premises.
We are very fortunate to be able to offer a wide variety of clubs, some during the school lunch hour and others after school, provided by Staff, volunteers and outside agencies, all of whom are DBS checked. A new list of clubs available is provided on a termly basis and we ask parents to support their children in choosing clubs that are available for their child’s age group and by completing a Parental Permission Form. This will confirm not only the clubs they would like to attend, but also, in the case of after school clubs, whether they have permission to walk home or whether they will be collected from school, or go on to the AllStars club afterwards.
If a child would like to try a new club, then it is generally possible to have a ‘taster’ session, after which they can decide whether or not to sign up for the club. There is then an expectation that the club will be attended on a regular basis for the full term and fees (if and where applicable) paid promptly at the start of each term.
We are fortunate to have the services of the following peripatetic music teachers:-
Mrs Swift – Piano
Miss Smith – Guitar
Alex - Drums
For details of lessons available and costings, please contact the music teachers directly who’s numbers are available on the termly clubs list.
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