Prospectus

 

Denholme Primary School Prospectus - click to view our glossy brochure

 

UNIFORM

We have a school uniform and expect all children to wear it.  The uniform requirements for boys and girls are listed below.

Girls

  • Navy/grey skirts or pinafore dresses or trousers (no jogging bottoms or track suits).
  • White or blue socks or tights.
  • White polo shirt (with school motif wherever possible).
  • Red sweatshirt or cardigan (with school motif wherever possible).
  • Home knitted cardigans in the school colour.
  • A pair of black sturdy shoes or black sturdy trainers without any obvious markings. (No fashion shoes, particularly with high heels).
  • A summer dress (blue and white or red and white gingham).

Boys

  • Dark-coloured school trousers. (No jogging bottoms or track suits please)
  • Long or short school trousers.
  • Dark-coloured socks.
  • White polo shirt (with school motif wherever possible).
  • Red sweatshirt (with school motif wherever possible).
  • A pair of black sturdy shoes or black sturdy trainers without any obvious markings.

 

Order forms for sweatshirts, cardigans and polo shirts, as well as P.E. kit and name tapes, are available at the school office.  Bulk orders are sent to our supplier, Term Time Wear, every half term, but we are always happy to place ‘one off’ orders if required.  Uniform can also be purchased from Andrew Firth Uniforms & Staffwear, Low Street, Town Centre, Keighley or ordered online from http://www.tesco.com/direct/denholme-primary-school/6969.school.

 

Remember to clearly mark all clothing and personal property with your child’s name.

 

P.E. (Girls and Boys)

  • A pair of shorts –black or dark blue (No cycling shorts etc.)  and a plain white T-shirt.       

Children’s P.E. will often be done in bare feet but some activities may require the use of plimsolls. The shorts, T- shirts and plimsolls must all be named and be kept in school in a P.E. bag. They will be sent home regularly for washing and checking.

 

Children in Years 2 – 6 will also require an outdoor P.E. kit consisting of a tracksuit/tracksuit bottoms and a sweater and an outdoor change of footwear, e.g. trainers.

 

Please note that for safety reasons we ask all children with long hair to tie their hair back during P.E. and games lessons and when using some specialist equipment in science, art, food technology etc.  Hair should be neat and tidy, hair gel should not be used and any hair accessories such as clips, slides, beads etc should be kept to a minimum.

 

Jewellery and make up (including nail varnish) should not be worn in school.  Earrings are not allowed, except for children with pierced ears, who may wear studs on those days when they do not have swimming or P.E.  On swimming and P.E. days studs should not be worn. The only exception to this rule is if a child’s ears have very recently been pierced then, on P.E. days, they may wear their studs provided they have been covered with tape (by a parent) before coming to school.  Once the lesson is over the child may remove the tape.

 

Children may wear an ordinary watch when they are able to tell the time but responsibility for its safe keeping belongs to them, and the school will not be held responsible for any losses.

  

THE SCHOOL DAY         

 

Morning       8.55 a.m. to 12.00 noon (doors open at 8.45 a.m.)      

Afternoon    1.00 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.

 

School is open from 8.45 a.m.  Parents/carers of children in Reception to Year 2 may enter classrooms every morning with their child to look at their child’s work or chat to the teacher.  Parents/carers of children in KS2 may enter classrooms on a Friday only.  To safeguard children parents must only enter the classroom with the permission of staff and not enter cloakrooms or the rest of the school.  If wishing to visit the office, parents must leave by classroom exit and NOT walk through school.

 

There is a morning break of 15 minutes.  Children in Y1 and Y2 also have a 10 minute break in the afternoon.

 

During morning break a healthy Tuck Shop is available in the dining room.  Children should not bring more than 50p to spend.

 

LATE ARRIVALS

          

The late arrival of children to school causes unnecessary disruption to learning and creates difficulties with regard to registration and dinner numbers, etc.  Any child arriving after 8.55 a.m. must enter school via the main entrance and report their arrival to the administrator in the school office.  Please note that children arriving late will be given a “late mark” and parents will be informed if the frequency of “late marks” is too high.

 

Late arrivals for medical appointments are perfectly understandable but it would help if you could let the school know in advance if at all possible.

 

Any child who has to leave school before the end of a session, eg to attend an appointment, must sign out at the main office.

 

OFFICE HOURS

 

The school office will normally be attended between 8.30 a.m. and 4.15 p.m. Monday to Friday.

 

CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES

        

Should your address or emergency contact numbers change or pick-up procedures differ from usual, please inform the school immediately so that our records can be updated. It is important to maintain accurate information on every child.  If you think our records might be out of date please contact the office.

 

EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF THE SCHOOL

 

In the event that the school has to close at short notice we will make every effort to contact parents in order that they may take their children home.  If such arrangements can not be made, your child will be cared for until you can collect them.

Information on closures will, as far as possible, be broadcast by local radio early in the morning, although this is generally only used for severe weather, or through our text messaging service.  Also check the school website where information will be regularly updated.

 

ABSENCES

         

There are new arrangements for applying for leave of absence from school, which came into effect from 1st September 2013.

 

Pupils attend school for a maximum of 190 days each academic year.  Full attendance is vital for your child’s educational progress.  Bradford Council expects all parents/carers to ensure that their children attend school whenever possible.  Absences due to holidays taken during term time can seriously impact on a pupil’s academic attainment.  Amendments made to Education (Pupil Registration (England) Regulations 2006) remove references to family holiday and extended leave, as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days.  The amendments make it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  This does not include holidays.  Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

 

Each parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school may have to pay a  Penalty Fine of £60 (per parent, per child)  issued by Bradford Council, if they pay within 21 days; or £120 if they pay within 28 days.

 

The Governing Body will not authorise any holidays in term time.  Leave of absence will only be granted if there are exceptional circumstances.  Such circumstances will be determined by the school’s Senior Leadership Team and a member of the Governing Body.  Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis.

 

Please ensure you use the request form for leave of absence if it is your intention to take your children out of school during term time.  However, we do ask that you consider the issue carefully before taking your children out of school, particularly in years 2 and 6 when the National Curriculum Assessment Tasks are undertaken and at important times such as the beginning of the school year.

 

In some instances the cumulative effect of holidays and absence through illness can have serious implications with regard to progress and levels achieved.  All absences, both authorised and unauthorised will be recorded and reported to parents in July of each year.

 

In the event of absence from school, parents should contact the school office as soon as possible giving the reason for absence and an approximate estimation of how long the absence is likely to last.  This can be done by telephone, email, text message, fax, or by sending in a note to school. 

 

When your child has had a stomach upset and sickness it is important that you allow a period of at least 48 hours to elapse after the sickness has finished before sending him/her back to school.  Such action will help to prevent the infection spreading unnecessarily to others in the school.

 

Any unnotified absence will result in a call/visit from our staff to verify the reason.  Frequent absence or patterns of absence will be reported to the Education Social Work Service for them to investigate.

 

ADMISSIONS

 

Children’s names for nursery places are taken as soon as possible and children are admitted to nursery, if a place is available, the term after their third birthday.  Application forms are available from the school office.  The Nursery teacher arranges admissions to Nursery and home visits.

 

Attending our nursery does not automatically guarantee a place in school.

 

The Admissions Team at the local authority process the annual allocations to reception and year 7, in-year applications and also the appeals process.

 

Information is available on bso.bradford.gov.uk in the following area: Site Content | Admissions | About Admissions.

 

Please click here for further information about admission to Denholme Primary School.

 

SCHOOL MEALS

 

Children may stay for a school meal, bring a packed lunch or go home for lunch. Meals are cooked in our own kitchens and at present about 65% of children have a school meal and about 35% bring a packed lunch. Very few children go home for lunch.

 

Children staying for a school meal are given a choice of either a hot meal or a ‘cold’ option which may include, choice of sandwich, small salad, muffin/flapjack or similar and a piece of fruit.

 

From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 get a free school meal, regardless of the income of their parents.

 

For children in Key Stage 2 the cost of a school meal is currently £1.60 per day (£8.00 per week.)  Meals should be paid for by cash (the correct amount please) or cheque.  Cheques should be made payable to Bradford Council.  Please enclose payment in a sealed envelope and send it into school on a Monday morning. The envelope should be clearly marked “Dinner Money” with your child’s name and class written on it. 

 

We are all ever-more aware of the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet.  All school meals are assessed by a dietician from the Health Authority and represent excellent value.

 

Children bringing packed lunches should have a proper lunch container, which is clearly marked with their name.  Please note that hot drinks, glass bottles and sweets are not permitted.

 

School has no facilities for cold storage of packed lunches.  Any food, e.g. yoghurt, cheese, which requires keeping at a minimum temperature is best avoided in a packed lunch container.

 

If your child has a school dinner and payment has been made for a week during which an absence occurs, a credit for any missed dinners will be recorded on the school meals register.

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS and PUPIL PREMIUM

 

As all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 now receive a free school meal there is a concern that parents on non-working benefits, who would have qualified for ‘eligibility based’ free school meals, will no longer apply as there will be no discernible benefit to them.  This could mean a loss of Pupil Premium Funding to the school.  Primary schools currently receive £1,320 for every child registered for free school meals.

 

Parents are entitled to free school meals for their children if you are in receipt of the following benefits:

 

  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit(But not Working Tax Credit) with an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) of less than £16,190
  • Pension Credit(Guarantee Credit only)
  • Support from NASS(National Asylum Support Services)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

 

Children who qualify for Free School Meals may also get help with the following:

 

  • Help with the cost of school trips
  • Help with gravel costs to school
  • Help with school uniform costs
  • Help with council run music lessons at school
  • Extra funding to support them at school

 

For further information on entitlement and applying for Free School Meals please visit:

 

www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/advice_benefits_and_council_tax/benefits/free_school_meals

 

Alternatively you can email: benefits@bradford.gov.uk or telephone 01274 432772.

 

MILK/WATER/FRUIT

 

Milk is provided free of charge to all children in Nursery, Reception and children in Key Stage 1 and 2 who are eligible for free school meals.

 

All other children can order milk, which must be paid for in advance.  Parents will be notified of costs as these may vary termly.  

 

Drinks of water are readily available to all children throughout the school day.

 

A piece of fruit is available for every child in Nursery, Reception and KS1 every day.

 

MEDICINES

 

We have a detailed policy about the administration of medicine in school.  This can be viewed on our school website or a copy can be obtained from the school office.  No medicine can be administered in school without prior written permission.  Forms are available from the school office

If children become ill during the day, the school will endeavour to contact parents and/or carers.  It is essential that we have up-to-date contact numbers and addresses.  If your child is injured we will take steps to ensure that they receive professional help quickly.

 

The school has occasional visits from health professionals.  It is possible to contact the school nurse, Lorna Patchett, at Haworth Road Health Centre on 01274 544814.

 

VISITS

 

At the beginning of each academic year, parents will be asked to sign a form allowing short environmental visits around the school and the local area (eg: around the village or to the local church).  These will always be well supervised.  For all visits that take place during and after school which require transport,

entrance fees, etc, we will ask for a financial contribution from parents.  If insufficient funds are received we may have to cancel the visit.  Where necessary, payment may be made in instalments.

 

Our Charging and Remissions Policy can be viewed on our school website or a copy can be obtained from the school office.

 

PARENTS AND SCHOOL AND THE HOME/SCHOOL AGREEMENT

 

There is a Home School Agreement that sets out what parents can expect from school and how children and parents should help us.  This is issued to all pupils in their school diary.  All parents are asked to sign the contract.

 

We welcome offers of help to hear readers, or to help in various ways.  We would like mums, dads, grandparents and carers to come to school events as well as class assemblies, book fairs and sports matches.  The Friends of Denholme Primary School organise excellent events throughout the year to raise money for items in school and they are always looking for willing and enthusiastic members.

 

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

 

Complaints should be brought, initially, to the class teacher, then, if necessary, to the headteacher, who will listen and advise.  A guide to the Complaints Procedure is available in school.

 

The headteacher will, in most cases, be able to resolve complaints but may need time to investigate.  A more formal route for more serious complaints is by letter to the Chair of Governors, c/o the school.

 

 

 

Disclaimer

 

The information above is believed to be correct at the time of printing (March 2016).  There may be changes throughout the course of the year.