The School Day
Our school day begins at 8.45 a.m. however children are welcome to come into the playground from 8.40 a.m. when there willl be a member of staff on duty.
The EYFS children can be taken straight into the classroom at 8.45 a.m. The children in Years 1 to 6 wait on the Junior playground until the whistle is blown at 8.45 a.m. when they line up and are taken into school by the class teacher.
Teachers collect their classes from the playground and this is a good time to catch them if you have any quick queries. If you require a longer chat please pop into school from 8.30am and we shall try to accommodate you. Alternatively you can always make an appointment to see a member of staff at the end of the school day.
When the school day ends the children are brought onto the Junior playground by their class teacher and handed over to the parent/guardian.
8.45 a.m. School day begins
8.50 a.m. Registration
9.00 a.m. Collective Worship
9.15 a.m. Lessons
10.25 a.m. Break
10.40 a.m. Lessons
12.00 p.m. Lunch time
12.45 p.m. Lessons begin for KS2
1.00 p.m. Lessons begin for KS1
2.00 p.m. Break time (Infant classes only)
3.05 p.m. School day ends
Our school curriculum
At St. David's C of E Primary School we follow a thematic, skills-based curriculum with the aim of fostering a love of learning in all children. Values Education is an integral part of the curriculum and is taught in a two-year cycle. Please see the school curriculum document at the bottom of this page for further details of the curriculum we teach.
In school all children are expected to follow the SMART rules:
S – Safe: To behave in a way which keeps themselves and others safe.
M – Manners: To show good manners at all times, remembering to say please and thank you.
A – Attitude: To demonstrate a positive attitude to their work and others persevering and showing courage when something is difficult.
R – Respect: To be respectful to all members of the school and wider community, treating others how they wish to be treated
T – Team: To be a good team player, proving to be trustworthy and just, caring about others.
Each class has a behaviour chart where the children aspire to reach the gold section by the end of every school day. We use numerous rewards to encourage good behaviour, however we also have a set of sanctions for children who do not meet our behaviour expectations. You will find a copy of our Behaviour Policy which is available in the‘Useful Documents’ section of the school website.
Late arriving to school
If your child is late arriving to school he/she must enter the school via the main office to ensure the school secretary can amend the school registers.
Late collecting from school
We understand that occasionally parents/carers may be late collecting their child from school. If you know you are going to be late please ring school to let us know. Your child will stay with the class teacher until 3.15 p.m. after which time he/she will be taken to Play Space, our after school club, to allow the teacher time to attend after school meetings etc and there may be a small charge.
If your child is ill, you must contact the school by 9.30 a.m. to let us know. We have a dedicated absence line (01608 650521—option 1) which you can leave messages on 24 hours a day. If your child is suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea we request that you keep your child away from school for at least 48 hours after his/her last episode of illness.
If your child requires any medication to be administered in school you will need to complete and sign a ‘Medicine Administration Permission Form’. This form can be found in the school entrance or is available to download from the website.
We aim for pupils to be in school as regularly as possible. You will find a copy of our Attendance Policy on the school website. If a child’s attendance dips below 90% we will ask for the parents/carers to come into school to discuss the issues surrounding the absences. The school’s Parent Support Advisor may also attend the meeting to ascertain whether the family require additional support.
Please do not book holidays in term time as this seriously disrupts your child’s education. If you plan to take your child out of school for any reason you will need to complete a notification of absence form and only under exceptional circumstances will permission be granted.
Before and after school care / Holiday care
To support our working parents and carers, the school is able to provide extended care, known as Play Space, from the hours of 7.45 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. during the school term. Play Space is run by a dedicated team of staff, the majority of whom work at St. David’s School as teaching assistants or lunchtime supervisors. There is a charge for this service and more information can be found on the After School Care page of the website or by contacting the school secretary. There is also a holiday club at St. David’s School, run independently by Walkers Day Nursery, during each holiday apart from the Christmas break. For more information about the holiday club please contact Caroline on 01608 651334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Support Advisor
In school we have a Parent Support Advisor, Tracey Baker, who can offer support to children and their families on a wide range of issues. Tracey can be contacted by email email@example.com or through the school office.
Children can bring packed lunches to school or order school dinners.
We like to promote healthy eating and request that sweets, chocolate bars and fizzy drinks are not brought to school.
Hot school dinners
Hot meals are served daily and menus are available each term from school. You can find out more about Caterlink, who make and serve our hot school meals, on their website: http://www.caterlinkltd.co.uk/
All children in the Infant classes are entitled to free hot school meals. However if your child is in the Juniors and you think s/he may be eligible for free school meals please complete a free school meal application form, which you can collect from the school entrance or one can be downloaded from our website. If you require support to complete the form please contact the school secretary or our Parent Support Advisor.
Uniform is worn at St. David’s C of E Primary School to develop a sense of pride in being a member of the school community.
- Jade green jumper with school logo
- Grey or black school trousers or shorts
- White polo shirt or white shirt
- Grey or black socks
- Sensible black school shoes
- Sun hat / cap (summer)
- Jade green jumper or cardigan with school logo
- Grey or black school trousers
- Grey school skirt or pinafore
- White polo shirt or white blouse
- Grey/black tights or white socks
- Sensible black school shoes
- Sun hat / cap (summer)
- Yellow gingham dress (optional in the summer)
- Round neck white t-shirt (logo optional)
- Black shorts
- Black pumps or trainers
- Plain tracksuit / joggers in cold weather
Jumpers, cardigans and book bags can be purchased directly from the school's preferred supplier, Wreal Embroidery (password is jade) or order forms can be downloaded from the school website and handed in to the school office. School uniform can also be purchased from Tesco's online school uniform store. Please ensure that all items of clothing are name labelled, including shoes and trainers.
Hairstyling and jewellery
All shoulder length / long hair must be tied back using a black, white, yellow or jade green hair band, scrunchie or bobble. Apart from stud earrings, no jewellery must be worn in school. If your child has pierced ears, small studs are permitted however they must be removed by your child or covered up for PE.
Children in Years 3 and 4 take part in swimming lessons at some point during the academic year. This constitutes one of the PE lessons for that week and children will have the opportunity to attend 10 swimming sessions.
Keeping parents and carers informed
In September we hold an information evening to inform parents and carers of the school routines and expectations.
In the autumn and spring terms Consultation Evenings take place. We use an online system to enable parents/carers to sign up for a specific time to meet with the class teacher.
Classroom drop-in sessions take place weekly where parents/carers are invited into school from 8.35 a.m. until registration to have a look at their child's work. We change the day each term to suit working parents/carers and we look forward to seeing you as often as you are able to visit.
Keeping parents/carers informed
A detailed end of year report is sent to parents and carers in July.
Bulletins are sent home every other Friday and contain information relevant to families for the forthcoming week. The bulletins are also available to read on the school website.
Text messages are used to send urgent information. Please ensure we have your up-to-date mobile phone numbers.
The staff at St. David's C of E Primary School are always willing to meet with parents and carers to discuss any concerns or queries. Please see teachers on the playground before school or make an appointment via the school office.
Your views matter to us
We are very interested in finding out your views and we regularly send home questionnaires or links to online surveys. This shapes the way we devise policies and procedures in school, so please do share your views with us.
Parent View gives parents and carers the opportunity to share their view of St. David's C of E Primary School with Ofsted. You can access the questionnaire via https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.