The School Day, Routines and General Information
Our School Day
Teachers are in their classrooms to supervise children from 8.50 each morning. Staff will be on duty at this time, but not before. We expect children to be in their classrooms ready to start work by 9.00am. After this time gates onto the playgrounds will be locked. Children arriving after 9.00am should enter school through the main reception.
Illness, Absence & Punctuality
It is the legal responsibility of parents to ensure their child attends school regularly and absence from school should not be permitted without good reason. Regular attendance at school enables children to cope more easily with school routines and work, thereby making learning more satisfying and ensuring greater progress both socially and academically.
If your child is unwell please inform us by 9.00am on the first day of absence. It is our policy to follow up any unexplained absences immediately.
Please ensure your child arrives on time - even the odd ten minutes or so lateness soon adds up to a lot of missed work.
For Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, years 1 and 2 children are entitles to the Universal Infant Free School meals. If your child requires a special diet please see the school office for more information.
It is vital that all parents that qualify for free school meals still register their child with the local authority because the additional funding means that these children can benefit from additional school support, a reduction on the cost of the school uniform and class trips. Please see the Free School Meals section for more details.
For Key Stage 2, years 3, 4, 5 and 6 the cost of school dinners is £2.20 per day. Please send the correct payment in an envelope with your child's name, class and please follow the school meals contract. If at any point in the school year you wish to change your contract please inform the office staff a week in advance of the change and they will issue you with a new contract. Payment can be made by cash or cheque. Please make cheques payable to LCC.
Free School Meals
Families of children and young people in full-time education may be entitled to claim free school meals, providing they receive a qualifying benefit. For further information and to find out if you qualify please contact our school office or alternatively you can visit the Leicestershire County Council website or contact the County Council direct by the following options:
- E-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Request an application form on 0116 3056588 or 0116 3057093
- Apply via telephone on 0116 3056588 or 0116 3057093
- Fax 0116 3055785
The Pupil Premium link will show you how we spend the money we gain from parents registering for Free School Meals.
Children can also bring a packed lunch. We ask that packed lunches do not include items of food containing nuts as we have several children with severe nut allergies. We are a nut free school and thank you for your support with this. We have also been awarded a ‘Healthy Schools’ status and would ask that you support us in promoting a healthy diet.
Most items of school uniform including PE kit and book bags can be purchased from our school office with the remaining items easily available at most supermarkets or uniform outfitters.
Photographs of items of uniform, price list and reviewed Uniform Policy will be coming soon, so watch this space!
Parking and Safety
Please drive and park safely around school.
Parents should not park or walk across the car park at any time, unless parking in the disabled bay.
Children are not permitted to walk through the car park at any time.
We do our best to arrange deliveries at times other than the beginning and end of the school day but there are occasions when vehicles do need access at these times.
Please remain considerate of local residents and do not block their driveways. Always ensure you park in a way that the bus and parents with pushchairs can get past safely.
Please do not park on the yellow zig-zag lines in front of the school gate.
We offer a number of extra curricular opportunities for our children throughout the year ranging from Gymnastics to Dance Mats, Fun Club to Creepy Crawly Club plus a range of sporting activities. We also offer Bike4Life to our Year 5 children each year.
An updated list of extra curricular clubs will be uploaded soon. Letters have been sent out to individual classes and children for current clubs.
We are in the process of reviewing and developing our clubs provision and will be gathering views from children and parents in the near future.
Prescribed medication will only be administered by staff if clear written instructions to do so have been given by parents or carers and the school has indicated that it is able to do so. Forms can be obtained from the school office. Please note that staff are acting voluntarily in administering prescribed medicines.
Non Prescription Medication
School staff will not administer non-prescribed medication. Topical treatments such as creams for minor conditions can be self administered with written permission from parents or carers. Parents and carers are welcome to come to school to administer other non prescription medicines to their child if their child is well enough to be at school.
Emergency treatments such as the administration of an Epi-Pen will only be administered in accordance with a care plan and following relevant staff training. Parents or carers must take responsibility for updating the school with any changes in administration for routine or emergency medication and maintain an in-date supply.
Inhalers are kept by the children or in classrooms as appropriate and follow the children to the swimming pool and on trips etc. Older children may carry their own treatment medication but if this isn’t appropriate the medication is kept by the member of staff in charge.
All medication kept in school is stored securely and appropriately.
Admissions to Fernvale Primary School are made in the September of the year your child turns five years of age. Applications must be made some months before (usually by the previous January at the latest) so we encourage you to apply in good time. Applications are made to the Local Authority and can be made electronically via their website. Paper copies of forms can also be requested.
Admission to any other year group must also be made via the Local Authority.
Visits to Fernvale Primary School are welcome. Parents who wish to view our school should telephone the school office to arrange an appointment.
Please check the Local Authority websites for additional information:
School Complaints Procedure
It is our policy at Fernvale Primary School to work in partnership with parents and the wider community. We believe that co-operation and a sense of joint purpose between School and parents will assist in ensuring open and positive relationships.
From time to time, however, parents and members of the public may express concerns or make a complaint. We take all complaints seriously and have procedures in place for dealing with them. Where possible, complaints will be resolved informally. Where a complaint has not been resolved informally, then formal procedures as detailed in our complaints procedure may be followed.
Copies of the complaints procedure are available from the school office on request.
We are a non smoking site and smoking is not permitted anywhere in the school buildings or grounds.
Dogs, other than guide dogs, are not permitted in the school buildings or grounds.
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