Useful school information
Applying for school and nursery places
A reminder that applications for school places – at this school for children moving from nursery, and at the Junior School for children moving from Y2, need to be made direct to the City Council – online at www.sheffield.gov/pupiladmissions.
We have 4 suppliers of our school uniform - MyClothing Online, School Trends Online, Glue Online and Pinders at Crystal Peak. Download more details here.
Common Illnesses and Recommended Absence from School
Below is advice from the Health Protection Agency on recommended absence times for various conditions.
Safer Internet Usage
Our Family of Schools holds special ‘Safer Internet Days’ to promote the safe and responsible use of technology! Our children learnt how to stay safe on the internet, and we looked at child friendly search engines, internet rules and safe communication.
We have a set of school rules relating to children’s use of the internet:
We only use the internet when an adult is with us.
We can click on the buttons or links when we know what they do.
We can search the Internet with an adult.
We always ask if we get lost on the Internet.
We can send and open emails together.
We can write polite and friendly emails to people that we know (with our teacher’s permission).
The framework which governs how we use the internet in school is set out in full in our E-Safety Policy, which can be downloaded here. There is also excellent guidance on safe use of technology on the Thinkuknow website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk.
Term Time Leave and Holidays
Headteachers are no longer permitted to authorise holidays/term time leave unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. This includes holidays that have already been booked. You may also be aware that if holidays are taken which have not been authorised, parents may be fined. From this point forward, our family of schools has agreed that any unauthorised holidays/term time leave taken which spans 5 or more consecutive days will be subject to a fixed penalty notice of £60 if paid before 21 days, and £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. This is in line with Sheffield Local Authority’s policy on term time leave. Please remember that all holiday/term time leave requests need to be made in writing using our leave of absence request form available from the school office or our website. These must be submitted 20 days before the start of the planned holiday.
You can download here a letter from all headteachers in our family of schools setting out arrangements for leave of absence (which includes holidays). The letter sets out the consistent approach being applied across our family of schools. The application form requesting exceptional leave of absence during term time can be downloaded here. For any further information, please see Mr Varnam.
Head lice are one kind of visitor that we do not want in school! Unfortunately, as in any other place where there are groups of children, there are occasional incidents of head lice in school. Fortunately, they can be kept at bay if we all take action as soon as we notice them. Please read the following and help us to keep head lice out of school.
When we notice head lice in school we will…
Sensitively speak to the parents/carers of any child identified as having head lice;
Send a text to all the parents and carers so you can check your own child carefully and treat if necessary;
Send out leaflets giving advice on the best way to get rid of head lice.
We will not…
Exclude any individual child from school;
Make children feel uncomfortable in any way about the fact they have head lice – it can happen to anyone!
To help us achieve a head lice free school, we would like you to…
Let us know straight away if you notice head lice or nits (eggs) in your child’s hair. This will help us to send out texts quickly and, hopefully, stop the head lice spreading;
Check your child’s hair thoroughly. The eggs in particular can be small and easy to miss. Please check your child even if you do not think he/she has them;
Treat your child’s hair using a recommended method. You can find advice on one of the leaflets we have sent out, or on the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice , which outlines the best way to use either the wet combing method or ‘over the counter’ products. Continue treatment until the lice have gone, and check all members of the family.
Safety in School
Download a special supplement all about keeping children safe in our school. It highlights some of the measures we take to keep children free from harm, and also gives some very useful reminders for parents/carers. We hope you find these helpful.
Free School Milk
Do you think your child might be eligible for Free School Milk?
School receives additional funding for pupils whose parents have income levels which make them eligible for Free School Milk (and Meals from Year 3 onwards), called Pupil Premium. Although all meals for F2/Y1/Y2 children are now free, we still receive this funding which allows us to provide additional resourcing in school for our most vulnerable children. Parents who think they might be eligible under the Free School Meal criteria should apply to ensure that the school receives its proper allocation of Pupil Premium monies.
Learn Share Morning
As part of our desire for greater parental/carer involvement in their child’s learning we will be running ‘Learn Share’ sessions every Friday morning from 8.40 am until 8.55 am in your child’s class. This will provide an opportunity for parents/carers to look at their children’s books, and review their learning and planned next steps. You are also welcome to add your own comments about how well you feel your child is progressing in school. The Learn Share mornings will be a great chance to practise with your child any next steps that have been given. We hope this will further strengthen our partnership with parents and give you a greater insight into your child’s learning. Please do come along or send another family member.
Making School a ‘Mobile Phone Free Zone’
As a school, we are trying to make our school a ‘mobile phone free zone’. There are a number of reasons for this, the main one being to ensure the safety of children in school and the wider community. As many 16mobile phones now have cameras incorporated within them, it would be very easy for any visitor to school to take pictures of children and then post them on social networking sites without permission. Therefore, we are encouraging all parents/carers/visitors, whilst in school, to turn off their mobile phones and keep them safely tucked away. We understand that there may be times when you need to make urgent phone calls, so please do feel free to come into school and ask to use the library or staff room. This will give you more privacy. We understand that this might seem to some an unreasonable request, but imagine if photos of your child ended up on the internet because visitors in school had used their mobiles to take pictures of them. You would (quite rightly) then be asking me how this could have happened in school - hence our decision to try and become a mobile phone free zone. This is now becoming common practice throughout many public services e.g. hospitals, doctors, dentists, and is a new welfare requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum produced by the Department for Education.
Happy and Proud
As you know, we have many reward systems and celebration times in school to mark children’s achievements, but we want to give you the opportunity to be more involved in these. We would like to know about any of your child’s successes, achievements, progress or special behaviour at home so that we can share these with the rest of the class, and teachers, each Friday. For example, these might include learning to ride a bike successfully, gaining a swimming certificate, showing kindness to a younger brother or sister, or finally going to bed on time!
You can download below certificates to complete when you feel there is something your child has achieved that you would like to share with the school.
And….all parents/carers can come and look at their children’s books on any Friday when you drop off or collect children in order to see how they are progressing at school.
Please do join with us in making your child feel special as a result of their efforts at home and at school.
Short Break Grants
Short breaks are designed to give the parents and carers of disabled children and young people a break from their caring responsibilities, whilst providing the child or young person with something fun and fulfilling to do.
You will be eligible to receive a grant from us if your child:
1. Receives high rate disability living allowance in either the care or mobility components.
2. Does not receive high rate disability living allowance but received a grant from us last year following the submission of additional information, and approval was given less than 12 months from the date of this year’s application.
3. Already receives another form of assessed short break - for example, residential provision, snips etc.
To apply visit:
Making a complaint
Follow these steps in order.
Only move on to the next step if your complaint is not resolved.
Complain in writing to the headteacher.
Complain in writing to the school’s governing body.
The school complaints procedure should be published on the school’s website. It should tell you what kind of complaints the school will deal with, such as bullying or bad behaviour.
You may not be able to complain direct to academies or free schools if you don’t have a child at the school.
After you’ve followed the school’s complaint process, you can complain to the Department for Education (DfE) if you’ve followed all the ‘Make a complaint’ steps.
To complain about how a whole school is run
You can complain to Ofsted if:
you think a school isn’t run properly and needs inspecting
you’ve already followed the school’s complaints procedure, and have approached the DfE or EFA
Check what they can help you with before you contact them.
You should get a response within 30 working days. It will tell you if Ofsted will investigate or not, and why. They may decide the school you’ve complained about doesn’t need to be inspected.