"a Village Academy"

Welcome to our school!

Tatworth Primary School

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Car Parking

Car parking at the beginning and end of the day is very difficult as the school is situated on a very narrow road and surrounded by houses. Our neighbours get very upset with the school if parents have shown a lack of consideration when parking. We would, therefore, like all parents to consider:

• Not using the car at all and walking with your child

• Setting off earlier on your journey to school so you are more likely to make a more considerate choice when you park

• Cycling to school. Arriving at the back of the school via the Recreation Ground is a safe option. Please click and

complete this form

• Using the Recreation Ground to park your car. Mr Clarke opens up the gates every morning. Then it is just a short (less

than five minutes) walk to the school.

• Avoid parking on Wellings Close and across lane/house entrances.

Structure of the Day

7.45 - 8.45 am

Breakfast Club

A small charge is made for this service

8.45 am

Children line up in class lines ready for their class teacher to take them into their class

8.50 am

Registration

9.00 - 10.10 am

Lesson 1

10.10 - 10.20 am

Daily Mile Run

10.20 - 10.30 am

Break 1

10.30 - 11.40 am

Lesson 2

11.40 - 11.50 am

Break 2

11.50 am - 1.00 pm

Lesson 3

1.00 - 2.00 pm

Lunchtime

2.00 - 3.30 pm

Assemblies/Lesson 4

3.30 - 5.30 pm

Stay and Play

A small charge is made for this service

3.45 - 4.45 pm

Clubs run every evening

A small charge is made for this service

Lunch Arrangements

At midday children eat a packed lunch or hot meal under supervision and they also have time to play outside.

Reception and Years 1 and 2 children are entitled to Universal Free School Meals, which must be ordered via ParentPay. Meals are also available for KS2 children at a cost of £2.50 per meal and are bookable per half term via ParentPay. Please click here for the Spring 2017 menu and here for allergen information.

Packed lunches should be sent in a small, named, secure container. Glass or tin containers are not allowed, neither are fizzy drinks. Water is available in school.

Please note that, as a result of some children who attend the school having a severe nut allergy, in July 2016 the Board of Governors agreed the school be 'nut free'. Should these children come into contact with a nut product it could be life threatening. A child with a nut allergy does not have to eat nuts themselves to react it sometimes only needs to be a touch from someone who has eaten them for them to react. This means that the following items cannot be brought into school:

Packs of nuts/any nuts - peanut butter sandwiches - fruit and cereal bars that contain nuts - chocolate bars or sweets that contain nuts - sesame seed rolls (children allergic to nuts may also have a severe reaction to sesame) - cakes made with nuts - Nutella.

Please help us minimise the risk for these children as much as possible and assist those parents who have children who may have a life threatening reaction.

Children may bring a fresh fruit or vegetable snack to eat at morning break. A free piece of fruit is provided each day for the three younger classes.

The school encourages healthy eating. Sweets, chocolate and crisps are not allowed. To access our food policy please click here.

However, once a month (on a Friday) we do have a 'cake day'. This is to raise funds to help subsidise school visits and the cakes cost 10p each.

Attendance

We actively manage attendance strongly disapproving of parents taking their children on holiday in term time. In 2015/16 our attendance rate was 96.2%.

Children who attain 100% attendance in a term will receive a letter praising them for their achievement. Further acknowledgement goes to those children who achieve 100% attendance in the year.

Should your child's attendance rate fall below 94% the school would be concerned, if it fell below 90% the Principal would wish to discuss the matter with you.

Should your child not be able to attend school for whatever reason please advise the school office by 9.15 am.

Punctuality

Each morning we like all the children to be on the main playground by 8:45 (Reception children will make their way to their classroom when they arrive). At 8:45 Class Teachers come on to the playground and raise their hands, which is the signal for the children to start forming their class line. Mr Clarke stays at the playground gate encouraging any stragglers to quickly join their line. At 8:50 a final check up-and-down the road is made and the gate closed. The Recreation Ground gate and front gate are then locked. Any children arriving after 8:50 should make their way to Reception and wait in the foyer. Parents will need to sign the ‘late book’ at this point. Mr Clarke then takes these children down to their class.

We would like to stress the importance of the children arriving on time as children arriving late will disturb the start of the class lesson.