Useful Information

Guidance on school routines and expectations.

ARRIVING IN SCHOOL AND COLLECTING

The children are expected to be increasingly independent over their time at Wroughton Academies so we ask that parents encourage their children to walk into school by themselves in the morning. Parents are welcome into the school playground but please be aware that there is no supervision by school staff on the playground in the mornings.

START OF SCHOOL

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will line-up in their playground each morning and will be met by teachers at 8.35am.

END OF SCHOOL

School ends at 3.20pm. We try to get children out as soon as possible but there may be occasions when they come out a few minutes after this time, because they have been tidying up or there have been issues to resolve.

Many parents like to agree a meeting place after school so that their child knows exactly where to find their parent. It gets busy at the end of the day with so many parents and children! As children get older many parents allow their child to walk home.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Letter about school uniform

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PE & GAMES KIT

It is important for pupils to wear correct clothing for physical activities. For PE children require a t-shirt in their house colour with logo and blue shorts. For games activities outside, children need a warm tracksuit in winter and trainers. Children will have games lessons outside in winter unless the weather is very bad.

Y3 Children take part in swimming lessons. This is a statutory subject and all Y3 children need to attend. All clothing should be clearly labelled. This will help it to be returned if misplaced.

Jewellery must not be worn for sporting activities and long hair should be tied back. It is helpful if stud earrings are not worn at school on a PE day. If ears have recently been pierced and earrings cannot be removed we ask that the studs are protected with a piece of plaster or adhesive strip.

Please make sure that your child has a PE kit in school every PE day as PE is a legal curriculum requirement.

PARKING IN THE SCHOOL CAR PARK

The school car park is limited in size and therefore parents/carers should not use it to drop off or pick up children.  Please come onto the school site from Burgh Road through the pupil entrance and park vehicles on the public roads.

338364773812894258 - _MG_0800STATIONERY EQUIPMENT

There is no need to bring extra equipment into school unless your child wishes to. We appreciate that some children like to have their own pencils and pencil cases. The school provides the equipment that is needed in class. Problems can arise if a child’s own equipment goes missing and it is difficult for the class teacher and TAs to dedicate time trying to locate items. However, if your child wishes to bring their own equipment and is prepared to take responsibility for it, we are happy for them to do so. We expect that school equipment is looked after and respected.

338364773812894258 - _MG_0796SCHOOL MEALS

We cook all our meals on site and all food meets the nutritional standards set by the government. The menus are sent home termly and are on our website. Children choose their meal at the start of the school day and pay at the till each lunchtime. Please make sure that your child has a secure purse or wallet to keep their money on them until lunchtime.

Some children prefer to bring a packed lunch. Please aim to provide your child with a well-balanced packed lunch.

If you think your child is eligible for free school meals, please collect a form from the school office.

Water is available in the dinner hall at lunchtime, throughout the day in classrooms and at the water fountain.

Spring 2017 Dinner Menu

BREAK TIME

You may like your child to have a mid-morning snack. We welcome sandwiches, fruit and vegetables, and would ask you not to send your child with chocolate, crisps or sweets of any kind. With so many children in school, we ask that foods without packaging are provided for a mid morning snack as the packages tend to end up as litter around the school.

WATER

Research shows that our brains need water to stay active and alert. All children are encouraged to drink water during the day. Please provide your child with a spill-proof plastic bottle that they can take home at night to rinse.

338364773812894258 - _MG_0795TRANSPORT TO SCHOOL

All children are encouraged to walk or cycle into school. Gorelston was designed with many footpaths and cycle ways. We have a bike shed in the playground where children can lock up their bikes.

In the interest of safety, parents are asked not to drive cars onto the school premises and to park considerately around the school.

MOBILE PHONES (including Apple watch)

We request that children do not bring mobile phones into school. However, if there is a valid reason for needing a mobile for the journey to and from school, the phone should be handed into the school office on arrival into school for safe keeping during the school day. While in school, if a phone call home is required, the school office will use the school’s landlines to contact parents. The school cannot guarantee the safe keeping of phones not handed into the office.

Apple watches are not only expensive items to bring into school, but also perform the same functions as many phones. Due to safeguarding reasons ie photos can be taken, messages and emails can be sent, we cannot allow these in school.

COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS

We aim to communicate well with parents and have a number of ways of ensuring that parents are kept informed of things happening in school. There is a school newsletter which is sent home on a regular basis. We use texting and emailing so make sure that the school office have your latest details. In addition to this, there will be letters home for specific events or where parental permission is required. Our website is a good place to refer to as all communications are added to this regularly too.

338364773812894258 - _MG_0798APPOINTMENTS WITH SCHOOL STAFF

Should you wish to talk to the class teacher, contact the school office who can make arrangements or they will ask the teacher to contact you after school.

Pastoral issues can be discussed with a member of our Pastoral Team. Miss Lacey is the school’s Pastoral Manager and is a good point of contact for parents.

Mrs Clack, the school’s Special Needs Co-ordinator, is very happy to meet with parents and can be contacted through the school office.

LIBRARY

We have a well stocked library and each class has a timetable slot weekly in which to change their book. Some Year 6 children are taught how to carry out some library jobs and can support the younger children. If your child needs to access the library in between the class library slots, this can be done at lunchtimes. Children are able to borrow up to 3 library books at a time. We appreciate that some books take longer to read than others so if your child wishes to keep the book for more than 2 weeks, bring the book back to the library to be rescanned. This helps us to keep track of the books and minimise loss.

We have a computerised system for taking out the books. We ask that all school library books are returned to school and Mrs Larkowsky, our Librarian, sends reminders home when necessary. We are happy to have any books returned whenever you find them!

IMG_1313EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

We run a wide variety of extra curricular activities at lunchtime and after school. The activities list comes out termly (we aim to get this to parents at the end of the term before) and children sign up to the clubs. We need parent permission and information about how you will collect your child at the end of the club. Our school clubs are free to the children (including those run by external providers).

ATTENDANCE

Good attendance enables children to fully access all school provision and to make good progress across the curriculum. It is also hard for a child with poor attendance to maintain good routines and friendships. The government changed the law on term time holidays so schools are unable to authorise holidays. Parents need to apply to Mr McCarney for leave of absence from school. When a child’s attendance falls below 90%, school may ask for medical evidence if sickness is given as a reason for absence. The child will also be monitored by the Local Authority’s Attendance Support and Enforcement Officer. The school has a very strong Pastoral Team which can support good attendance so parents are referred to the team when their child’s attendance causes concern.

The child will be marked late if they arrive after 8.40am and recorded as unauthorised absence if they arrive after 9.10am. Letters are sent out to parents offering school support if, when monitoring the registers, there appears to be an issue. If attendance does not improve the school is obliged to follow a legal route, which may result in a court appearance.

Parents must contact the school as soon as possible before 11.00am to inform of a child’s absence from school.

338364773812894258 - _MG_0793HOMEWORK

All year groups will set homework over the week. Often this is in the form of a longer project which may be set over half a term. Children are expected to read regularly, at least 3 times a week, spend at least 30 minutes per week on maths activities.

Some children find it hard to complete their homework at home so some year groups offer lunchtime provision, during which time children can complete their homework with support.

READING

All children are heard read over the week. As children move into Key Stage 2 this is usually during Guided Reading sessions. Some children benefit from extra reading to an adult too, so this is put in place for those who need it. A Reading Record is used across the school for parents and staff to write in or comment about the child’s reading.

IMG_0781SCHOOL TRIPS

We aim to give the children a rich and varied curriculum and some of the most memorable aspects of this will be the school trips, visitors and special events. We ask for parental contributions towards these to enable them to take place. As a school we heavily subsidise school trips so the remainder that we ask from parents is only a part of what the trip or event costs the school. Please appreciate that without parental contributions these trips, activities and events cannot take place.

CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS

We have weekly Celebration Assemblies and try very hard to celebrate when a child has worked hard, demonstrated perseverance, thought differently about a problem or has made good progress. This is done throughout the year on a day to day basis in class (there are in class systems to promote positive actions and behaviours) and as a whole school. Children will come home with stickers, certificates and notes. Much is done throughout the year to ensure that all children are praised for what they achieve.

SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS

From time to time children will require support from our Parental Support Adviser or Nurture Team. It may be that there is, for example, a bereavement in the family, a separation, friendship issues or anger management concerns. Our well trained team is available to the children following a referral by the parent, school staff or the children themselves. One of our team will work with the child for an agreed period of time and will liaise with the parent on how this has helped.

338364773812894258 - _MG_0789SCHOOL RULES

We find it unhelpful and unnecessary to have a long list of school rules but at the heart of our school rules is ‘RESPECT’.  What this stands for is

  • Responsibility
  • Enjoyment
  • Safety
  • Perseverance
  • Excellence
  • Community
  • Teamwork

We have found that all matters relate to these. For example, if a child hits another child, one was not keeping the other safe. If school property is damaged, respect for the environment hasn’t been demonstrated. Children will have discussed these rules with their class and their teacher and are encouraged to think about how they can demonstrate respect and safe behaviours. You might like to try this at home?

MEDICATIONS

If your child has any medical needs or needs to take medication of any sort, please let the school office know. We have a permission form to sign which includes all the information school needs to know so that we can administer the medication properly. We also need to know if your child requires an inhaler for asthma and be regularly updated if circumstances change.

338364773812894258 - _MG_0832PARENT VOLUNTEERS

We welcome parents to work alongside the staff in school and such involvement is invaluable for all concerned. There is an open invitation for parents to let us know when they can come and how they can help. All volunteers working in school are required to have an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service or DBS check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau or CRB) and this can be arranged through the school office.

FRIENDSASSOCIATION

We are pleased to have a Friends Association and value the part that they play in the school. If you would like to join or offer help at times, let the office know.

CONTACT DETAILS

WROUGHTON ACADEMIES
Burgh Road
Gorleston
Great Yarmouth
Norfolk
NR31 8BD

Tel: 01493 806780
Fax: 01493 442917

Email: enquiries@wroughtonacademies.org.uk