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Our Lady and St Joseph's Brooms RCVA Primary School, Leadgate

We Learn, We Love, We Grow in Jesus' Name

General Information

General Information

 

Contacting School by Telephone

Please contact the school office on 01207 503979 if you have a message for your child’s class teacher or have any queries, concerns or need to report an absence.

If you have a safeguarding concern, please contact the school office and ask to speak to

Mrs J Cruise, Executive Headteacher or Mrs R Anderson, Deputy Headteacher in her absence.

For safeguarding reasons children are asked not to arrive in school before 8.45am when supervision begins, and it is equally important that children are collected from school promptly at the end of the school day.

Please note, that due to the current pandemic restrictions, school entry and exit times have been staggered. This it to ensure that social distancing measures are in place, so that we can keep pupils, their families and staff safe.

 

Contacting Staff Outside of School

We welcome discussion with parents/carers on all aspects of their child’s education, and personal and social development. It is the school’s policy that these discussions must take place on the school premises or in other professional settings. This enables us to have the right information available to discuss your child’s needs.

Please note that discussions or contact with staff must not take place via any unofficial channels. Please do not contact staff outside of their professional role or by personal communication such as their private email addresses, personal telephone numbers or via social media such as Facebook Staff should not be contacted outside of working hours.

 

Email

Please email the school address: ourladystjoseph@durhamlearning.net if it is your preferred option of communication.  All emails will be responded to as soon as possible, however please note if your email requires a more detailed response, this may take a while longer.

 

Text Messages

Our Lady & St Joseph Brooms operate a text messaging service to contact parents/carers with reminders about school events as well as any urgent information

Please help us by making sure that we always have your correct mobile telephone number. If your details change at any time, please notify us as soon as possible.

Please note that text messages are sent only to the first priority contact number and that family members must then pass on any messages.

 

Website

The school website is a useful tool in finding out information about our school. Information such as newsletters, school policies, information on admissions, holiday dates and termly events, SEND information reports and other useful information can be found on the school website.

 

Facebook

Information will be posted frequently on the School Facebook page, please check this regularly.

 

Newsletters

A weekly Newsletter is available every Friday.  This can be accessed on the School Website and School Facebook Page.  This will include information and diary dates of forth coming events.

 

School Letters

During the year we will write to you with information about activities that will involve your child, these could be educational visits, sporting activities or special events in school. At times this will be emailed and posted on the school website and Facebook page, however if it requires a response it will be distributed to the children to take home.

 

Visiting School

Under normal circumstances we have an open door policy and parents/carers/visitors are most welcome.  We will ask you to sign in and wear a visitors badge in keeping with our safeguarding guidelines.

Unfortunately due to the current pandemic we are unable to allow visitors into school.

However we have provided prospective parents with a virtual tour of the whole school and Early Years.  We hope by viewing our school it will give you an idea of our school and if parents/carers have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

 

Childcare Provision

Our Lady & St Joseph Brooms RCVA Primary School are pleased to offer Childcare Provision Monday to Friday (8.15am - 4.30pm).

Morning Provision will start promptly at 8.15am.  All children will be admitted at 8.15am.

Unfortunately latecomers will not be admitted.

After School Provision will finish promptly at 4.30pm, however we offer flexible earlier collection times if required.

If children who are staying for the After School Provision wish to bring a healthy snack, they are more than welcome to do so.

There will be a charge of 50p per session.  Payments should be made weekly by cash. 

All staff have appropriate Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Training.

(Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and our safety measures, children attending will be kept in their own 'class bubbles.' 

Places will be limited and initially children of Key Workers will be prioritised.)

If you wish to take advantage of this service, please download and complete the booking form (can be found under the Parent Section/Childcare Provision) each week and return to school via email or with your child. 

We will require booking forms to be handed in a week in advance.

Please contact the school office 01207 503979 if you have any further queries.

 

Medical Care

Please contact the school office if your child needs to take prescribed medication.

Parents will need to complete a medical form, this is also available on the school website, under Parent Section/Downloadable Forms.  The form must be completed and the medication handed in at the school office. Parents must also complete a form for their child’s Inhaler.  Your child’s inhaler must be clearly labelled with the child’s name, dosage and times to be given.

Minor injuries will be attended to in school. In the event of a more serious accident we would try to contact parents; medical assistance would be sought immediately. It is, therefore, vital that we have up to date information relating to emergency contacts, doctor’s details and medical details for our records.

 

Parents Afternoons & School Reports

Parent’s afternoons are held during the Autumn and Spring term. This allows parents to see how their child has settled into the new school year, to meet with their class teacher, to see their child’s work, discuss progress and receive children’s personal targets.

School Reports will be distributed to all parents/carers and the end of the academic year.

 

Parking

The Highway Code states that cars should not be stopped on zig-zag lines even for just a few seconds. Parents are asked to follow the Highway Code. The school car park is for staff use only. Parents should also refrain from using Redwell Hills Residential Care Home car park or turning in their grounds, as this is private property.

 

Parents/Carers of Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mrs J Cruise. If any parent/carer has a concern regarding their child’s needs or feels that they would benefit from speaking to Mrs Cruise, please contact the school via email or phone.

 

Jewellery

Jewellery must not be worn in school on grounds of health and safety. All jewellery including ear rings must be removed for PE and Swimming Lessons. School will not accept any responsibility for any injury, loss or damage when jewellery is being worn or removed and left in school.

 

Complaints

Please come and see the Headteacher initially. We hope to be able to resolve all complaints, in most cases we find that common complaints can be dealt with successfully at an informal level. Should a parent wish to make a formal complaint, it should be addressed to the Chair of the Governing Body. The matter will then be referred to the governors of the school. Please note the school’s complaints policy is available on the school website.

 

Fruit                                 

Fresh fruit is provided as part of a Government initiative, each day for all children in Foundation Stage and KS1.  We encourage children to try new fruit.  If there is anything your child is allergic to, please inform school promptly.  KS2 children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit into school every day.

                                             

Cool Milk                       

Our school provides a milk scheme that is available to all of our pupils and we would like to invite you to register your child.                          School milk is free for all under-fives and is subsidised for pupils aged five and older at around £15 per term.

How to register

Simply register at www.coolmilk.com or complete a registration form which is available from school upon request.

If you have any questions regarding school milk please visit www.coolmilk.com or contact Cool Milk directly on 0800 321 3248.

                                             

Water Bottles

We ask that Parents/Carers provide their child with a suitable water bottle clearly marked with their child's name.        

It should be taken home every night and returned each morning filled with fresh

water only.  Children are encouraged to drink water as regularly as possible.

 

Payment Details

We require all payments sent to school (whether they are by cash or cheque) in a sealed envelope with the following clearly marked:

  • Child’s Name

  • Year

  • Amount

  • What the payment is for e.g. dinner money, school uniform etc.

If possible payments for dinner money should be in a separate envelope to other items, or clearly marked on the envelope.

Dinner money should be paid on Monday/Tuesday every week at a cost of £2.15 per day or £10.75 per week.

Correct money will help greatly.  

 

PE Days

On your child’s PE day, they should wear their PE Kit as their school uniform.  We suggest tracksuit bottoms or leggings, t-shirt and their school jumper/cardigan.  Children can wear trainers or plimsolls.

Class 1 (YR, Y1 & Y2) – Thursday

Class 2 (Y3 & Y4) – Thursday

Class 3 (Y4 & Y5) – Wednesday

Class 4 (Y6) – Wednesday

 

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