Information for Parents
We have tried to pull together all the important information on this page to help you with the day to day life of the school. We hope you find everything you need here and around the website. Please let Mr Lewin have any ideas for how to improve the information available and if there is anything else you think is missing! Thank you.
AN A-Z OF GENERAL USEFUL INFORMATION
APPOINTMENTS WITH TEACHERS
There will be circumstances when you may need to let the School know of changes in family circumstances, or concerns regarding your child’s time at school. Please feel free to make an appointment to see the Class Teacher in the first instance to discuss any of these matters. This can be organised directly with the class teacher on the playground after school or via the School Office. If you need to take the matter further you can always make an appointment via the School Office to meet with Mr Lewin or email him direct using email@example.com
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
Good attendance and punctuality is really important for children attending school – it has a direct impact on achievement and the child’s sense of wellbeing. It is our philosophy to ensure that all children have full and equal access to the curriculum and achieve their full potential across all areas of learning.
Parents have a vital role in ensuring that the children arrive at school promptly, to start the day at 8.50am. Children who continuously arrive late do not have the opportunity to establish good working patterns, they may miss essential information at the start of lessons and are immediately at a disadvantage. If your child arrives any time after 8:50am, please take them to the School Office where they need to be signed in and will be sent to class.
If your child is absent through illness please let the School Office know (by phone on 01483 888388 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org), no later than 9:00am every day that they are absent. As the school has to keep stringent records of authorised and unauthorised absences, it is essential that you let the school know the reason for your child’s absence. Sickness involving vomiting or diarrhoea requires that the child remain at home for 48 hours after the last bout.
We know that in certain situations medical and dental appointments need to be made in school time but we would ask that you try to make routine appointments in holiday time or after school. In the event that a child has to miss school for an appointment please inform the School Office and the class teacher prior to the appointment. Also, please try to bring them in before and return them to school after the appointment so that they miss as little school time as possible.
Requests of absence for non-medical reasons need to be put in writing and sent or e-mailed to Mr Lewin as far in advance as possible but can only be approved in exceptional circumstances. Holidays in term time cannot be approved.
Under current Government guidelines a child whose attendance is 90% or less is a “Persistent Absentee” and the Local Authority’s Educational welfare Office will take action to follow up on continued absences. A child who is absent from school for a total of 19 days a year would fall within this category. We will follow up on all absences.
We are proud to be linked to the Primary School in Busenya, Uganda. St Thomas’ partnership with Busenya School started in 2007 as part of the Guildford Mukono Link set up by Councillor Tamsey Baker, amongst others, which was an organisation committed to the development of partnerships with the Mukono region of Uganda. Mukono is 100km east of Kampala.
The partnership was designed to foster links at all levels – Council to Council, School to School, Hospital to Hospital, and the group of schools that are linked to schools in the Mukono district has grown over the last five years. The partnership is designed to be a two-way learning experience so that children in Guildford can learn about the lives and challenges of children in Mukono and Mukono children can learn about the lives of children in the UK.
For St. Thomas’ the project has been a tremendous learning experience and the children are developing their knowledge of the culture of a region that is so different from their own. The children are excellent advocates for the partnership and want to see the partnership go from strength to strength. There have been a number of reciprocal visits by staff from our two schools. The children are extremely keen that children in Busenya have the same facilities that they do and we have helped the school to construct three new classrooms and install a fresh water well, provide a new playground and also rebuild the collapsed latrines. Our current project is to help secure the school’s farming area and provide much needed equipment in the protection of staff and pupils against COVID, allowing the school to remain open. The Headteacher, Mathias, last visited St Thomas in September 2018 and staff from here hope to travel out to Busenya again in 2022.
All our classes are named after saints:
EYFS: St Salvatore and St William
Year 1: St David and St Stephen
Year 2: St Cloud and St Elizabeth
Year 3: St Susanna and St Dorothy
Year 4: St Kea and St Peter
Year 5: St Catherine and St Teresa
Year 6: St Dominic and St George
Class TEACHING TEAMS for 2020-21
|Class name||Teacher(s)||Additional teaching support staff|
|Mrs Sumsion||Mrs Lyon
|Mrs Morgan (Mon- Weds)
Mrs Wichmann (Weds – Fri)
|Miss Davis||Mrs Middleton
|Mrs Hills (Mon – Weds)
Mrs Royce (Weds – Fri)
|Mrs Della Maestra||Mrs Marshall
|Mr Kitcatt||Ms Cooper
Mr Gillan (trainee teacher)
Miss Petley (Mon – Weds, Friday)
|Mrs Carney||Mrs Eckhardt
|Mrs Terry (Mon – Weds)
Mrs Gordon (Weds – Fri)
|Mrs Grove (Mon – Thurs)
We send all important information by email using Scopay Comms and our newsletter, the St Thomas Weekly News. This comes to you each Friday via email and is then available to read at your leisure on the school website. Please do take the time to read this each week!
The Class Reps across the school are a vital part of the PTA and for Reception parents it is also a fantastic way to get to know the parents of the children in your new class. It is typically a role for one year and we have two reps per class so you can help each other out.
For the Reception year it is useful if one of the Class Reps already has another child/children in the school, as they will be more familiar with what to do, however, this is not an absolute pre-requisite. There are no hard and fast rules about being a Class Rep, it is how you would like to do it. It is a fun and sociable role and a good way to get to know other parents.
The Class Rep
- Is a friendly face to new parents
- Compiles a list of parent contact details and emails it to the rest of the class.
- Acts as a communication link between the parents.
- Organises social events, for example coffee mornings, drinks at the pub, meal in a restaurant, ‘Bring a dish’ night at someone’s house or whatever activities you think people might like to do.
- Organises the Christmas and Summer collections for the class teacher and teaching Sending an email to parents, collecting the money and buying the gifts.
- Organises parental support for PTA school events, for example organising a cake sale and running a stall at the Christmas Fayre.
If you are interested in becoming a class rep, please get in touch with the PTA direct. A list of current class reps can be found under the PTA section of the website.
CLOTHING AND BELONGINGS
We don’t have very much “Lost” property but far too much “Left” Property! Please label all clothes and personal belongings clearly, i.e. PE kit and uniform plus water bottles and lunch boxes, as many get left behind around the school and this can be upsetting for the children. Also please make sure your child’s coat and school jumper has a loop that the child can hang easily over the coat pegs. We only keep un-named left property for a couple of days before disposing of it – you have been warned!
Your child’s PE bag should be sent in to school at the beginning of the half-term and usually only comes home at the end of each half term, for washing. Please label the PE bag clearly on the exterior, so that teachers can identify it easily.
We are very proud of the wide range of clubs and activities that are available to your children at lunchtime, or more usually after school. A full list is available from the School Office and will be sent to all parents by scopay comms before the start of each term. Details are also available here. Bookings for Clubs are made through your Scopay account on a first come first served basis, once a club is full it will no longer appear on Scopay. We would encourage you to allow your children to be a part of one or more of our clubs as it is an important way of making new friends across the school and learning new skills in a happy and relaxed atmosphere.
COLLECTING CHILDREN AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY – current arrangements in place as part of our COVID response:
Reception children are to be picked up from the old Reception area at 3.10pm
Year 1 children should be collected from the old Reception area at 3.20pm
Years 2 and 3 will be collected from the MUGA – please space yourselves around the space ready to collect your children
Year 4 will be collected from the Stage area by the Prayer Garden
Year 5 from outside the Savio Suite
Year 6 from the top of the Drive through space.
We really appreciate your cooperation and keeping to the one way system around the site!
To ease congestion in Horseshoe Lane West, we operate a staggered collection for Key Stage 2 where parents may collect their child(ren) between 3.20pm and 3.40pm.
Children under the age of 8 should always be collected by an adult.
If you are going to be late for any reason, please notify the School Office by 3:00pm. Your child will then be taken to the office at 3:20pm. (Please ring on 01483 888388)
If your child is being collected by someone other than yourself you must inform the teacher or the School Office with the name of the person collecting them. Otherwise, the teacher will not release your child to that person. (Please ensure you comply with any relevant restrictions on household bubbles and contact)
COVID AND SELF ISOLATION
|What to do if…||Action required||Return to school when…|
|My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19 (and I would have kept them at home pre Covid-19)||Call the school to report your child’s absence due to illness.||After 48 hours following the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea if this is the cause of absence.|
|My child has Covid-19 symptoms:
HIGH TEMPERATURE – this means they feel hot to the touch on the chest or back (37.8°+)
A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH this means coughing a lot (for more than an hour), or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
A LOSS OR CHANGE TO YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything.
|Do not send your child to school
Contact school to inform us
Whole household self-isolate for 10 days.
Get a test – By calling 119 or going online*
Inform school immediately about test result
|The test comes back negative|
|My child tests positive for Covid-19||Do not send your child to school
Inform school immediately about test result
Child to self-isolate for 10 days
Whole household self-isolate for 14 days.
|They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
UNLESS they are still ill.
|Somebody in my household has Covid-19 symptoms||Do not send your child to school
Whole household self-isolate for 10 days
Household member to get a test
Inform school immediately about test result
|The household member is negative|
|Somebody in my household has tested positive for Covid-19||Do not send your child to school
Whole household self-isolate for 10 days.
|The child has completed 10 days of self-isolation|
|NHS Test & Trace has identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Covid-19||Do not send your child to school
Self-isolate for 14 days
|The child has completed 10 days of self-isolation|
|We/my child has travelled and have to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine||Do not take unauthorised leave in term time
Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel
Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:
Do not send your child to school
Self-isolate for 10 days
|The quarantine period of 10 days has been completed|
|We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding||Do not send your child to school
Contact school as required by the pastoral team
Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again
|School informs you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again|
We are always looking to improve the learning opportunities that we can offer to our children. Our curriculum is intended to be engaging, varied, fun and as hands-on as possible! Full details of the curriculum can be seen here. Each term you are sent Curriculum newsletters which explain the topics and how they are connected across the various subject areas for the coming term. Each week the website is updated with “Learning at a glance” for each year group so you can keep in touch with what your child will be learning that week.
Each topic is taught as a Learning Journey and culminates in a S=P+A+C+E day at the end of each term – a day of challenge and celebration based around the topic. Our curriculum covers the content requirements of the National Curriculum with additional opportunities for cooking and gardening, music and many other areas besides. French is taught from Year 1 onwards.
CYCLING AND SCOOTING
Our cycle and scooter racks are open for those of you wishing to cycle or scoot to school – we suggest accompanying your child(ren) until they have had recognised training. Please remember to ensure your child(ren) wear a helmet and ensure the bike has a padlock and key!
Cycling proficiency classes in school are not offered until years 5 and 6.
REMEMBER – no cycling or scooting on the school grounds, please dismount at the gate.
Meals are free for all EYFS Reception class children and KS1 children. To help us with our planning, please ensure you complete the Free School Meals form supplied to you and return to the School Office as soon as possible.
The School is very fortunate to have the convenience of school lunches prepared and cooked on the premises. There is always a choice and the cooks follow the Healthy School Guidelines. The catering service is owned and run by Surrey County Council.
(For KS2 pupils, dinner money is paid on a half termly basis in advance. Payments can be made online or by cheque (made payable to Surrey County Council (SCC)).
The cost for the half term is included in the newsletter and on the school website.
If you believe that your child would qualify for the Pupil Premium (‘free’ school meals), please contact Mrs Clay c/o the School Office and she will be able to confirm your eligibility very quickly and in confidence.
Please give us two weeks’ notice if your child wishes to change from hot dinners to packed lunches, or vice-versa, because the kitchen always has to order the food supplies in advance. To do this email Mrs Simpson on email@example.com
DROP OFF LANE
To ease congestion along Horseshoe Lane West, we do operate a drop off lane in the mornings. If you wish to use this facility, you can drive into the school through the top gate (the gate nearest the Epsom Road), observing the speed limit of 5mph maximum. There will be escorts on hand to bring the children to the playground between 8.30 and 8.50 each morning.
When exiting the school by car, you should only use the bottom gate. This is an automatic gate. Please drive slowly towards it and its sensors will detect your vehicle and open.
You should always turn LEFT when exiting. Your co-operation is needed to try and alleviate the congestion on Horseshoe Lane West. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that our children are safe coming to, and from, school.
EDUCATIONAL VISITS (currently trips are not happening due to COVID but as soon as we can safely start again, we will!)
We look to provide as extensive a range of learning opportunities for our children as we can. This includes offering a range of Educational visits each year and residential trips in Years 4, 5 and 6. In the last year, the Reception children have been on a school trip to a Farm and have had various visitors including a Police Officer, Doctor, the Fire Engine, Palaeontologists and the Minibeast Man!
A charge is made for School trips and, whilst your contribution is voluntary, without sufficient money these opportunities may be affected, resulting in cancelled trips or lessons. The teachers visit the venue prior to the trip day, to undertake a risk assessment.
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
It is essential for the School Office to have one or more emergency numbers where you can be contacted, should the need arise. Please ensure you update the school of any changes.
Gift Aid is a Government scheme which applies to all donations to a charity, in this case the school, whether it is a one-off or regular payment. This means for every £1 you donate to the school, we can claim 25p at no extra cost to you. Either you or your spouse must be a UK taxpayer. If you have not already signed up this is a simple process which can be done through the online Scopay payment system, which is the easiest and preferred method.
- Log on to your Scopay account (please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a new user and need an online link code to get started)
- Go to Your Info
- Click on Gift Aid
- Fill in details and tick the tick box
- Click Confirm
- Message box will appear ‘Gift Aid details saved successfully’ which sends an automated email to us with the completed form
Gift aid forms can also be downloaded from the link at the top of this page if you would prefer to print and complete that, or a paper copy is available from the School Office.
We have one rule in school which is that we treat others as we would like to be treated.
To help the children understand what our Golden Rule means, we follow and apply our ten Golden threads of:
Our Governors lead by Chair, Mark Richmond, are a dedicated group of parents and parishioners and others who help lead the strategic direction of our school and hold Mr Lewin and his team to account. You can find out much more and see who’s who on the Governing Body here.
To help cover the costs of maintaining the school, the Governors request a voluntary payment of £54 per child or a maximum payment of £100 per family per annum. It can be made by standing order or cheque, made payable to St. Thomas of Canterbury School. If you are a taxpayer, making a Gift Aid Declaration enables the Governors to claim back the tax. Please complete the relevant forms which will be given to you before starting at the school or send a cheque on your child’s first day of school. This Fund is essential for the maintenance of our school and its grounds.
We aim to offer holiday clubs in every school holiday (for at least part of the break). These run in the school grounds and will be advertised through the Weekly News. We also aim to offer a club on each INSET day. More details can be obtained from the School Office.
HOME SCHOOL LINK WORKER
Our Home School Link worker, Claire Daniels, works with our families when the need arises. At any point if you feel you would benefit from her help, please contact Mrs Daniels direct or Mr Lewin in total confidence.
These are in-service teacher training days for staff and the children do not come to school on these days. The dates are shown on the term dates information and are on the Annual Calendar for parents and in the newsletters.
Jewellery must not be worn in school, with the exception of small ear studs, sensible watch and a crucifix worn inside shirt. Items are worn at your responsibility and must be removed for PE/Swimming lessons.
If girls wish to have their ears pierced, this should be done at the beginning of the Summer Holidays please, to allow time to heal and for the girls to have the confidence to remove their ear studs when necessary.
The School is made up of the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception or EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2). KS1 covers Year 1 and Year 2; KS2 covers years 3 to 6.
LAST DAY OF TERM
Our curriculum continues to be delivered each and every day right up until the last day of term. There is always a whole school celebration on the last day (it may be Mass) and the day finishes after lunch at 2pm.
Please see Clothes and Belongings above.
We are bound by Health and Safety Regulations to limit the number of medicines kept on site. Whilst we recognise the need to hold medicines for life threatening illnesses, such as anaphylactic shock etc., the school cannot be responsible for administering any un-prescribed medicine (like Nurofen or cough medicine), apart from Paracetamol (Calpol). If your child requires medication during the school day please fill in the relevant form and speak to Mrs Simpson or Mrs Read in the School Office.
For children with a medical condition requiring on-going medication, arrangements will be made for these to be given in school upon completion of a Healthcare Plan, a copy of which is issued to all new starters. Please complete and return to the School Office if appropriate.
At various times in the year we have MUFTI days when the children can come to school in their own clothes or themed costume. These are usually to celebrate a special national event, part of a curriculum theme or as part of a whole school fundraising effort.
MUSIC- INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS
If you would like your child to learn an instrument whilst at school, please contact Surrey Arts Council directly (http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/recreation-heritage-and-culture/surrey-arts/music). It is advisable to book early as there are often waiting lists.
We use our weekly newsletter to keep parents informed about what is going on in school. Please make sure you read these as they always contain important information. If you are not receiving the weekly newsletter via email please let Mrs Read and Mrs Simpson know by emailing email@example.com
The children write and publish their own newspaper on a monthly basis, The Thomas’ Times with a roundup of events with lots of pictures and class articles. This is available via ScoPay Communications and is then to be found on the website.
Curriculum newsletters are sent out each term to highlight what your child will be learning across the curriculum in the coming term. Copies of all the newsletters are available on the school website.
NUT AND OTHER ALLERGIES
Please note that our school is a Nut Free school, which means no nuts are allowed. Please also remember this on the cake sale days (see the PTA section below), as there are children and staff who have a nut allergy in the school and are in danger of going into anaphylactic shock after being in the presence of these foods.
We take online safety very seriously and all the children have lessons in this important area of personal safety every half term. We also run parent classes and expect all new parents to attend these sessions. We have an authorised use policy which has to be signed by all adults working or volunteering in the school and all visitors are also required to follow its terms.
Open afternoons are usually held on a Friday each month, and the Annual Calendar and newsletter will confirm the dates. From 3.20-3.45pm, your child’s class will be open for you to view their work with them. This is not a formal event, simply a chance to see your child’s work, with your child, if you can. The children love to be able to show you what they have been doing; and it provides a great chance for you to come into the classroom and look around. You can also take the opportunity to visit The Canvas, our school Art Gallery.
At the end of the year we hold a Celebration Evening when you have the chance to walk through the school to see each class room and samples of our learning from across the year.
OUTSIDE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN RECEPTION
The Outside Classroom is the area directly outside the Reception and Year 1 classrooms. It is used as a classroom area to support and extend the curriculum. The Reception classes will use the area at playtimes and lunch-time activities when they first start school. It gives them a chance to ‘bond’ and get used to school playtimes until they are ready to move into the large play areas.
The resources that are left outside are for learning and we would ask that you do not allow your children to use them for playing, before or after school.
PARENT TEACHER EVENINGS
In the Autumn and Spring terms you are invited to meet your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress and learning. This is also a chance to view your child’s work. All the classrooms are open and your child’s work will be left out for you to look through before or after speaking to the teacher. Appointments with the teachers are to be booked in advance via your Scopay account.
Apart from the children in Year 6 who are invited to attend the meetings with their parents, this is an evening for parents only.
Unfortunately, there are no facilities for parents to park on the school site, unless you are a disabled-blue badgeholder.
When parking in the surrounding area, especially Horseshoe Lane West and Greencroft, please remember:
- Keep the yellow zig-zag lines clear at all times
- Do not park on the yellow lines or in the restricted areas
- Do not cause an obstruction or double park
- ALWAYS park with consideration for our neighbours
Some of the above are enforceable traffic offences and you may be fined or lose points on your licence!
REMEMBER – DRIVE and PARK SAFELY – with the safety of ALL children in mind.
We take great pride in our School, in our uniform and in our appearance – it says a lot about our attitude to learning and to school life – look smart, feel smart. Accordingly we have some ground rules which we ask everyone to respect:
- Boy’s hair please to be short – off the collar and extremes of styles to be avoided please.
- If a child’s hair is long enough to be tied back, it MUST be tied back using sensible hair accessories in navy blue or white can be worn – NO decorative clips or hairbands please.
- No highlights or coloured hair please and no hair gel. Any ‘holiday’ hair, i.e., braids, or henna tattoos should be removed for the start of the new term.
- Children should not wear nail varnish in school and the only jewellery permitted is small ear studs. Children can wear sensible watches and a crucifix or cross is fine (but worn inside the shirt). Please note that all these items are worn at owner’s risk and must be removed for PE/Swimming lessons. If girls do have their ears pierced, this should be done at the beginning of the Summer Holidays, to allow time to heal and for the girls to have the confidence to remove their ear studs when necessary.
As a parent of St Thomas of Canterbury School, you are automatically a member of the PTA. As a member of the PTA, you do not need to make any commitments; all we ask is that you support the events that the School runs by taking part and having fun!
St Thomas of Canterbury has a friendly, active PTA group who organise events throughout the school year. Our primary aim is to raise money for school projects, equipment and for the school’s nominated charity project, a partnership with Busenya School in Uganda. Typically the PTA raise between £20,000 to £25,000 a year, the majority of which is invested back into the school with a portion being donated to Busenya. This money is raised through events ranging from cake sales and children’s discos to a summer ball, adult social events and the Christmas Fayre and also schemes such as Amazon Smile and Easy Fundraising. However we are not solely about fundraising. We hold a number of events for parents, children and families which are more focused on inclusivity and contributing to memorable childhood experiences for our children. The Secret Santa shopping day and Easter Egg hunt always prove very popular.
The PTA committee comprises of a small number of volunteer parents who are then strongly supported by a much wider network of active parents and teachers from throughout the school. Each year, we have a variety of volunteer parents/groups of friends who decide to get together to organise a particular event such as a summer ball or the Summer Fayre. We aim to limit the holding of certain committee posts to two years. This helps to keep our PTA vibrant with new ideas and means parental involvement is shared among a wider network of parents.
All of our parents are members of the PTA but we need your active support!
Our current chairs are Louise Byrne and Pervinder Dosanjh. Please contact them to volunteer or for more information at PTAChair@st-thomas.surrey.sch.uk
Daily reading is such an important part of learning right through primary school. At St Thomas we ask for your support with this and all parents and children are asked to sign a reading promise which highlights the importance of reading.
The School Office is open from 8.30am to 4.00 pm for information and support.
Letters, consent forms etc should be put into an envelope, and clearly marked with the child’s name, amount and description of the contents, and handed to your child’s class teacher. Please encourage your child to remember to hand these in. It is an exercise in responsibility. Alternatively, hand them straight into the School Office.
When you come to office you will meet Mrs Foster, Mrs Simpson, Mrs Read, Mrs Clay or Mrs Tahouri.
In an attempt to remove all cash and cheques from school we are asking parents to use our e-payment method to pay for dinner money, trips, extended school etc. This can be done online using a very secure website called Scopay. You can also pay the Governors’ Fund contribution through Scopay.
The week after your child starts school, you will be given a secure online account, activated using a unique activation username and password; you will be prompted to change these and to keep them safe and secure as your Username and Password for future logins. You can then make payments for school items using your debit or credit card, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
The School is lead by a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) comprising the following staff members:
Neil Lewin Headteacher
Kate Carter Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Leader
Amy Grove Teaching and Learning Leader
Esther Sharpe Data and Assessment Leader
Mark Jones Extended Schools and Educational Visits Leader
Nikki Davis RE Leader
Jacqui Clay Business Manager and Clerk to Governors
SHOW AND TELL
On a given day each week whilst in Early Years (and often in KS1 classes too), your child will have a chance to bring in an interesting item or toy to show to the class and to talk about it. It is preferably something that relates to the children’s topic and that the other children can learn about, it could be anything. This is very popular with the children, as they love to bring in something from home. It is to encourage children to speak clearly and to listen to others – part of the “Speaking and Listening” criteria for Early Years.
Don’t forget to bring a small piece of fruit (no nuts) in to school each day. In EYFS these are put together in the snack bar to which the children have access at certain points during the day. All children also need a water bottle full of water (only please). The children will be shown where to put their snack/drink and their lunch boxes in the classroom and should be encouraged to do this independently as soon as possible! Additional fruit/vegetables are provided for free for snacks for Early Years and KS1.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
We are focused on providing the best for every child in our school and look to provide a fully inclusive curriculum for every child whatever their special educational needs or disability. Our Inclusion team is led by our Deputy Headteacher, Kate Carter.
Kate Carter Inclusion Leader
Caroline McNiff SEN Coordinator (focus on Early Years and children in Years 1-4 and children with English as an additional language (EAL) and high achieving children)
Claire Daniels Home School Link Worker
Heather Mitchinson ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)
Annalise Baldock SEN Assistant
Lisa May Inclusion Team
Grazyna Slominski Inclusion Team
Alison Skobelski Inclusion Team
START OF THE DAY (Reception)
Our aim is to encourage the children’s personal and social skills, especially independence, from Day one. We have a set procedure for dropping off and picking up for all year groups and this is explained in the separate information sheet given at Induction.
In association with the Southern Pro-Musica and the Royal Grammar School in Guildford we provide a strings scheme for our Year 4 children. Every child learns to play a violin and cello and the result is amazing!
SUNCREAM AND SUNHATS
Please make sure your child is wearing suncream and a sunhat on sunny days.
We are proud of our uniform and believe that it has a good influence both in and out of school. It fosters a good collective and community spirit and a sense of responsibility. All children attending the school must wear the correct school uniform. Please encourage your child to wear their uniform with pride. Every item of uniform should be clearly marked with the child’s name.
We take great pride in our uniform and in our appearance – it says a lot about our attitude to learning and to school life – look smart, feel smart.
The PTA second hand uniform shop is available to buy second hand items of uniform. It is always worth checking before buying new.
ALL items of uniform and equipment must be named please to ensure they can be returned if left behind!
The school enjoys a great wealth of support from parents and grandparents in the classroom, helping with hearing the children read or with activity mornings – we benefit greatly from this generous support. Please think about whether this is something that you would like to do, even one hour a week is a great help to the teachers and to your children.
Please note, however, you cannot help at the school or on school trips until:
- You have an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure Barring Service). Ask at the School Office for the DBS information.
- You have met with Mr Lewin to learn about our safeguarding procedures and what to do in an emergency as well as our expectations of each other. You will then be asked to sign our Partnership Code before starting to help in class.
We encourage all the children to have water bottles and to use them regularly through the day to ensure they keep themselves hydrated. Drinking water is available from the various drinking fountains around the School. Children are encouraged to re-fill their bottles at the fountain, once they are empty. Please ensure all water bottles are labelled with your child’s name.
Our weekly newsletter which comes out each week on a Friday with news about the week that has passed and dates and information for the week ahead – required reading!
- CLASS WORSHIP
Once a year, and with great excitement, each class takes a turn at leading our morning worship for the rest of the school and to their parents on a Thursday morning, incorporating a topic they have been studying. You may be asked to help make or supply a costume or props! For the Reception classes it is in the Summer term! All parents in the class are invited to watch and it usually starts at 9.00 am and ends by 9.30 am.
- CLASS MASSES
All our classes attend a 10.00am Parish Mass at St. Pius on a Thursday morning once a year. Parents are invited to join them. Details will be in the School Calendar and in the school newsletter. Reception classes do not take part but the Parish Priest comes in to school to visit them.
- PRAYER SERVICES
Each year group leads a Prayer service for parents once a year. These are very special occasions for the year group to come together and worship.
- WORSHIP IN SCHOOL
There is an act of worship every day in school.
Monday it is the whole school together following the weekend Gospel and making links with our daily lives.
Tuesday there is worship through singing with the sharing of hymns and songs in Key Stage celebrations.
Wednesday the Key Stages have separate worships picking on a theme related to current events or school life and linking it to our faith.
Thursday there is either class based worship lead by the class teachers and the children themselves or it may be a class’s turn to lead worship for the whole school or perhaps a Year group Prayer service or a visit to Mass at St Pius.
Friday there are separate Key Stage Celebrations worships focussed on recognising special awards made each week to children from across every class – they appear in the Roll of Honour in our Weekly News. At the start and end of each term and on other special occasions there are whole school Masses celebrated in the school by the Parish Priest.
- PARENT PRAYER GROUP
The parents’ Prayer Group meets once a month and all parents/carers are always welcome. We meet to pray for the whole school community, remembering any events and trips, and Prayer requests from the children’s classrooms.
WRAP AROUND CARE
On school days we have pre bookable wrap around care available. The Breakfast Club runs every morning from 7.45 and the after School Club runs until 5.30pm.
Our aim is to help children develop their full potential through positive, social, emotional, physical and intellectual experiences, by providing a stable, secure and relaxed environment where parents and carers feel happy to leave their children. We maintain high standards of childcare in which there is provision for continued learning through play, sport, arts.
As the Club is part of St Thomas of Canterbury School, the policies, procedures and working practices run in tandem with those of the school. The Club is managed by experienced and qualified staff and we look forward to welcoming your child. Please contact the School Office for any further information.
|1. Morning Session||7:40 – 8:50 am||£5.00|
|2. Morning Session||8:10 – 8:55 am||£5.00|
|After School Sessions|
|1: Afternoon Session||3:20 – 4:30 pm||£5.00|
|2: Afternoon Session||4:30 – 5:30 pm||£5.00|
|Late picking up fee||£10.00|
WHO TO ASK?
We really do want everything to be the very best that it can be for your children. Inevitably there will be times when we won’t get it right or haven’t told you everything you needed to know. In that event please don’t be afraid to ask
- If it is a safeguarding matter, please raise it immediately with either Mrs Carter or Mr Lewin (our Designated Safeguarding Leads)
- If it relates to your child’s progress, behaviour or friendships, speak with their class teacher
- If it is an SEN matter, speak to Caroline McNiff our SEN coordinator
- If it is about clubs or trips please speak to the Office or Mr Jones who is the senior leader with responsibility for both
- If it is about admissions to the school, speak to Mrs Tahouri
- If it is an administrative question, ask at the Office
- You can always speak to Mr Lewin about anything!
- Our senior Leadership team comprises:
- Mr Lewin, Headteacher
- Mrs Carter, Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Leader
- Mrs Grove, Leader of Teaching and Learning
- Mrs Sharpe, Data and assessment Leader
- Mr Jones, Extended Schools Leader
- Miss Davis
- Mrs Clay, School Business Manager
If you have any ideas for additional information that we should have included in this Guide, please email Mr Lewin on firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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