St Michael's
Church of England Primary School

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Enabling every child to flourish in their potential as a child of God



Accidents and Illness During the School Day

If your child has a specific medical problem let us know so that we are aware of their needs and we can draw up a healthcare plan. If you are at all concerned about your child’s health and welfare please tell the Headteacher or Inclusion Manager.

We are able to administer prescription medicines that need to be taken during the school day only with written authorisation from you. The medicine must be in its original container and brought to the school office if you want your child to receive it whilst in school.

We oversee the self-administration of asthma inhalers by pupils. You will be asked to provide written details of their asthma triggers and dosage. All inhalers and spacers should be clearly labelled with the child’s name and brought to the school office.

We also have procedures in place for children with epilepsy, diabetes or at risk from anaphylactic shock.

If your child has an accident in school they will be attended to by one of our trained First Aiders. We do not apply ointments or lotions in case of allergy or reaction. All accidents are investigated and recorded. We always try to notify parents if an accident has occurred either personally or by a note, particularly if there has been a bump to the head or the face.

Unfortunately, more serious accidents sometimes occur in school and in that event it is vital that we get in contact with a parent or guardian as quickly as possible so that the child may be taken to hospital. Please make sure that we have a telephone number where you may be contacted, and at least two emergency contact numbers. Our records must always be kept up to date, so please keep us informed of any changes, however temporary.

If your child is ill at school we will contact you or the emergency person for them to be taken home. We will always send a child home if they have vomited, have an upset stomach or if they have an abnormal temperature. If we discover a child has headlice in school, we will ask that you take your child home to enable you to administer the appropriate treatment.


Attendance

Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child is in school every day and arrives on time.

Lateness

We are passionate in our belief that children should arrive on time every day to start school in a calm and settled manner. Lateness is unsettling for your child and disruptive for the class. The children must be brought directly to the office by an adult to give the reason for lateness, get a registration mark and be marked in for a dinner.

Collection at the end of the school day

Prompt collection of your child after school is vital. If you are delayed by an emergency, you must telephone the school so that we can reassure your child. Children in Years 5 and 6 may come to school and leave without being accompanied, if you so wish, but the school must be informed of this arrangement in writing. If you make arrangements for someone else to collect your child, you should let her/his teacher know. Younger children should not be brought to school by their older siblings and will not be allowed to go home alone with them. If a child needs to go home during the school day they must be collected by an adult, regardless of year group.

Absence

If a child is absent, please inform the school on the first day of absence by 9.30 am with a reason for absence. The telephone must then be followed up by a letter or email explaining your child’s absence when they return to school. We consider absences to be authorised if your child is sick, however, absences for reasons such as birthdays or shopping trips will be recorded as unauthorised. If your child has a medical appointment, please provide the school with a copy of the appointment card/letter for our records.

The school keeps a record of absences and these are included in your child’s report. Unauthorised absence and persistent lateness is reported to the Local Authority’s Attendance and Welfare Officer. If your child has an infectious disease, please let us know as soon as it has been confirmed. Some diseases are notifiable and we must report them to the Health Protection Agency. We will also inform other parents so that they can check for symptoms. After a stomach upset or vomiting, children should be kept at home for 24 hours to avoid a recurrence at school and possibly infecting other children. Likewise, if your child has a raised temperature, they should be kept at home. If you discover your child has headlice, please keep them at home until you have treated them. The school should be notified so that we may inform other parents.

Holidays

Parents are not permitted to arrange holidays during term time, as it disrupts your child’s learning. Children attend school for only 190 days a year and the rest of the year is available for holidays. In exceptional circumstances the headteacher may authorise a limited absence for attendance at funerals and the like.  If a child is absent for more than 10 days without authorisation the child’s name may be removed from the register and their place offered to another child.

Requests for absence during term time

To request permission to take a child out of school during term time please download the Request to Withdraw a Child from Learning Form (see below), complete the relevant sections and hand it in to the school office or send it to the school.

Click here to download the Request Form (pdf)


Afterschool Clubs

The school is very proud to be offering a range of extra-curricular activities after school, with a nominal charge to help with the cost of materials or provision of trained coaching staff. Each term children have the opportunity to sign up for clubs on offer that particular term.


Breakfast Club

We offer a breakfast club in the mornings from 8am. It is supervised by school staff in the school hall (entrance direct from Champion Crescent) and provides quality child care before school. The cost is £15 per week, regardless of how many days your child attends. If you are interested and wish to place your child’s name on the waiting list, please contact the office. Payment for the Breakfast Club should be made online via ParentPay or by cheque/cash at the school office. We can also accept Childcare vouchers.


Home School Agreement

St Michael’s Church of England School’s vision is to enable every child to flourish in their potential as a child of God. The school places Christian values at its heart and believes that it can best deliver a successful education and achieve its stated aims by maintaining an effective partnership between school, church, parents and pupils. The school has therefore developed a home-school agreement, which sets out the 'terms ' of this partnership to help enable each child take full advantage of all that the school has to offer

The Governors have agreed that all parents and carers with a child/children at this school should be asked to sign the agreement to signify that they understand and accept the partnership.

Click here to download the Home School Agreement.


Parental Engagement

At St Michael’s we start the year by inviting parents to an Information Workshop.  This is an opportunity for parents to see their child’s classroom and the class teachers to share the expectations for the year and give a brief overview of the learning that will be happening in class. 

To provide parents and carers with the opportunity of a formal meeting with their child’s teacher, they are invited to attend Parent’s Evening during the Autumn and Spring Terms.  During these meetings, parents are able to view their child’s books and discuss with the teacher the child’s attainment and progress as well as the child’s targets going forward.  At the end of the Summer Term, detailed reports written by the class teacher are sent home and parents are invited to meet with the teacher if they wish to discuss the written report.

More informally, a ‘Commitment to Learning’ report is completed for every child at the end of the Autumn and Spring Terms.  This report seeks to recognise and celebrate the efforts made by each child towards their learning, such as showing interest and enthusiasm and responding to feedback in a resilient manner.

To provide parents with a true insight into school life, parents are invited to a number of events held throughout the academic year:

·       Reception parents are regularly invited to join their child on a Friday morning for ‘Stay and Play’, where parents are able to enjoy the classroom activities alongside their little ones.    

·       The ‘Bring Your Parent to School Day’ is a termly opportunity for parents to join their child in class to experience their learning first hand. 

·       In the Spring Term, we have an initiative is known as “My future is so bright, I need to wear shades”. The aim of the day is to encourage the children to begin to consider their future careers and parents are invited to speak to them about their professions.

·    Every Friday, our Celebration Assembly takes place and parents of those children receiving certificates are invited to attend. Certificates are presented for displaying fantastic effort, good values or for being considered as ‘Star of the Week’ in their class.  Platinum Certificates are awarded to those children who have displayed impeccable behaviour by doing the right thing even when no-one was watching.

·       Events such as the Mother’s Day breakfast, Dad’s Sports Game and the Summer Fair are held annually and very a very popular with our parents.  Any adult playing an important role in the child’s life, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, older brothers or sisters are invited to attend such occasions.   

·        We have several church services to which parents are invited to, such as the Buddy Service, Harvest Service and Christmas and Easter Eucharist.

     At St Michael's we are particularly proud of our children delivering high quality performances and parents are always warmly invited to our Christmas Performance, Summer Performance and Year 6 Final Performance.

What parents can do to help:

    St Michael's recognises the vital role parents play in their child's education and we hope that parents, pupils and teachers will work in partnership to promote positive learning within and beyond the school gate. There are many ways in which parents and carers can support the work of the school. Most importantly, parents really help us when they support their child in coming to school on time and ready to learn each day.

    There are always lots of learning that can take place at home to help children - reading to them, hearing them read, discussing books, taking them to the local library, helping them to learn their spellings and times tables, supporting them to understand money and change, teaching them to tell the time, playing educational games such as Scrabble and, most importantly, taking them on trips around London (and beyond) to gain knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

    Visits and visitors are seen as a vital stimulation for children's interest and are closely linked with the curriculum. Each year group goes on at least one trip per term; some times local, sometimes further afield - into central London or out into the countryside. However, for this to happen, we do rely on parent volunteers to accompany the children and we are always very appreciative of the parent who can volunteer their time. Therefore, if you have the capacity to support us in this manner, please let the class teacher or office know.

    We welcome parents to volunteer to read with the children in school but we ask that they commit themselves to a regular time slot so that we can plan for and rely on their attendance. Any parents interested should please contact the office. All adults who regularly work in school are subject to full police and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, which the school will organise.


Lunches, Snacks and Sweets Policy

School dinners must be booked and paid for on a week-by-week basis - day by day changes are not permitted as it makes it difficult for the kitchen staff to order the right quantities.

School dinners MUST be paid for in advance and school is not permitted to give credit. You may pay for them weekly, monthly or termly online or by cash or cheque. Dinners currently cost £11.00 per week (i.e. £2.20 per day), which is similar to the rest of Lewisham schools. Online payment may be made with a debit/credit card via ParentPay (see link from menu button). Children who are paying for school dinners by cash or cheque should bring in their payments on a Monday morning. These should be placed in a sealed envelope, clearly labelled with the child’s name and class. Should your child be away after you have paid for the dinners, you will automatically receive a credit for the next week. If your child requires a special diet e.g. vegetarian, or allergy related, please let the office know in writing or email our caterers (allergens@ainp.co.uk)  All children in Reception class and Years 1 and 2 are entitled to a (Government funded) free school meal.

Children who bring packed lunches should bring them in packed lunch boxes clearly labelled with the child's name and class. Parents are advised that we do not have cool storage areas in the school and so packed lunches must only contain items which can be stored at room temperature or even above. There are some children in the school who have potentially life threatening allergies. It is therefore crucial that packed lunches do not contain nuts or nut products, particularly peanuts, peanut butter or muesli bars and in line with our no sweets and chocolate policy we ask that the children have no chocolate, chocolate biscuits, sweets or sugary drinks. Please see our packed lunch rules below.

Children in the infants will be provided with a piece of fruit each day for the playtime break in the morning. Children in the juniors may bring in their own fruit for the playtime break in the morning. This should be placed in a plastic bag or container clearly labelled with the child’s name. (In order to protect the health and safety of children in school with serious food allergies, it will not be possible for children to bring in any other types of snacks.)

We are proud of our 'healthy school' approach and therefore we don’t allow chocolate or sweets in school. Please do not send party packs or birthday cakes and treats to school on your child’s birthday - it does not advocate healthy eating and there are potential allergy risks.

Dinner Menu

The current menu can be viewed by clicking here (opens in a new window)

Packed lunch rules

  • The main meal should be a healthy combination of carbohydrate and protein with a side serving such as fruit, vegetables or yoghurt. Lunches may also contain one sweet/dessert item such as a cake, biscuit or small fruit bar (fruit bars will be seen as a dessert as they have a high sugar content and will not be allowed as a break-time snack) and/or one savoury additional item, which could be bread sticks, crisps or crackers.
  • No chocolate or any chocolate flavoured food (e.g. chocolate mousse, chocolate chip muffins or cookies, chocolate spread, etc.)
  • No sweets
  • No nuts
  • Only water - no sugary drinks, flavoured water or fruit juices
  • Cakes, crisps and biscuits are allowed (but no chocolate items) as a dessert. The size and number should be appropriate to a dessert helping/portion and not be the majority/bulk of the meal.

Parent View

Ofsted provides an opportunity for parents to submit their views about a school online over twelve different aspects. Click here to go to the parent view Ofsted website


Parent Pay

The school use ParentPay to collect online payments for a range of services including, dinner money, breakfast club, after-school clubs, trips and the Governors’ Fund – follow the link above.


Timetable of School Day

  • 8.45: Parents and children can enter the playground
  • 8.55: SCHOOL STARTS
  • 10.15 – 10.30: Collective Worship*
  • 10.30 – 10.45: Playtime
  • 11.45 – 13.00: Reception and Year 1 lunch
  • 12.00 – 13.00: Year 2 & Key Stage 2 lunch
  • 15.15: End of school day for Reception and Key Stage 1
  • 15.30: End of school day for Key Stage 2

*Our assemblies are a very valuable part of our school day and an opportunity to promote our shared values. It includes an act of collective worship as required by law and in accordance with our Christian ethos. Tuesday worship is held in church and led by the Vicar of St Michael’s Church.


Uniform and PE kit

The school takes a great pride in its school uniform and PE kit and all children are expected to wear it. Staff and Governors ask for parents’ co-operation in carrying out the school uniform policy. All clothing and other items (e.g. bags, lunchboxes, etc.) must be clearly labelled with the child’s name.

Items of uniform specific to St Michael’s can be bought from the school office.

The uniform requirements and price list can be seen by clicking here (pdf)


What parents say about what we do

It is always helpful for us to obtain parents’ views regarding our performance at St Michael’s. This enables us to not only be aware of what is working well, but also to reflect about areas where we could improve further.  This feedback is crucial in aiding us in our efforts to provide the best possible experience for our children.

Every Autumn Term we conduct a questionnaire for parents and carers - click here for the results of our most recent survey distributed in October 2018.

Here are some of the comments we have recently received from parents:

‘My husband and I cannot thank you and all the St. Michael's staff enough for going above and beyond, not only to educate our child, but to support and nurture his whole well-being.  We are very appreciative.’
‘Love it here, so very happy with our teachers, so caring and kind to my daughter’.
‘Our child is very happy here and has settled in well. Very happy with her progress in all areas’.
‘My child is excited to go to school!’
‘I am so grateful to both the teaching and non-teaching staff for the excellent job! Well done!’
‘I continue to be amazed by the effort the teachers make to go above and beyond. Every child matters and each one is truly cherished to reach their potential and be a life-long learner. Thank you.’