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Fairfields Primary School ~ FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to many of the questions commonly asked about Fairfields Primary School. If your query isn't addressed here please contact us instead.


Uniform

What is the uniform for Fairfields Primary School?

The school uniform colours are green and grey or black. It is most sensible if young children are sent to school in clothes they feel most comfortable in and can get in and out of quickly and easily, especially in times of greatest need! Children should be encouraged to wear "sensible" school shoes during the day in order to protect growing feet. They may change into trainers or plimsolls at playtime to avoid ruining expensive school shoes. Children play out in all weathers. If it is wet underfoot, please send wellington boots or sensible footwear for puddles. Remember that although it may be dry on your way to school it could be raining by lunchtime. Please send your child with a coat in inclement weather.

For boys and girls any of the following may be worn:

 

What is the physical activities uniform for Fairfields Primary School?

This is of great importance and children are expected to have their clothing for these activities in school at all times.

All clothing must be clearly marked with your child's name. Staff will not be responsible for unnamed lost property.


School Meals

How much do your school meals cost and who provides them?

School meals are cooked on the premises and the cost is £2.00. Edwards & Ward  provide our meals and take payment. This is not the responsibility of the school. Children should bring their dinner money to school each day in a purse or sealed envelope and put this in a container in the classroom. At lunchtime the children pay for their meal via a till system. Alternatively meals can be paid for in advance each Monday morning from 8.40am when our School Cook is in the school hall to collect payment. No meals may be paid for in arrears.

Please click here to see the current menus which work on a three week rotation. Check our weekly newsletter to find out which menu is being served each week.

What happens if my child forgets their lunch money?

If a child comes to school without lunch or money we will loan them the correct amount for one day’s meal. We expect this money to be refunded to the school the following day.

Can my child bring packed lunches to school?

Yes. Children bringing packed meals to school must leave their lunch box in the trolley or basket provided in their classroom. No food is allowed in cloakrooms. Lunch boxes should be taken home at the end of each day and drinks bottles disposed of or taken home.

My child always gets hungry mid-morning, can they bring a snack into school?

We try to discourage children from eating between meals in the hope that they will eat all their lunch. If your child must have a midday snack they should bring fruit, no wrapped food or crisps please. Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day. Drinking water is available in school. If your child brings a named, plastic bottle to school they may refill it at any time.

Is there any food the children aren't allowed to bring into school?

As this is a Healthy School we do not allow children to eat sweets in school at any time.


Medical & Health

Please remember to inform the school of anything that may affect your child, whether it is for medical reasons or because of family circumstances.

What will happen if my child has an accident at School or is unwell?

If your child has a serious accident, you will be notified as soon as possible. If you are not available, we will act as if your child were our own and inform you when we can. If a child becomes unwell during the school day, we inform parents and ask for the child to be taken home, since our facilities for coping with a sick child are very limited. No child will be permitted to leave school during school hours unless collected by a parent or carer. When collecting a child, parents are asked to report to the school office, and sign the pupil out.

Do you have a school nurse?

A programme of visits from the school nurse is arranged during a child’s primary school years and you will be invited to meet the school nurse during some of her visits.

What happens if my child needs prescribed medicine during the school day?

In the case of a child needing medication prescribed by a doctor during the school day, parents are asked to complete a consent form available from the office, and to give the medicine to the office at the beginning of morning school. Staff cannot take responsibility for any other medication other than that prescribed by a doctor. Any other medication should not be brought in to school.

How can I help this process run smoothly?

We need an emergency telephone number for all children in school. If your contact number changes at any time, please remember to inform the admin. office so that our records can be altered. Children get very distressed if they are unwell and we cannot contact you. If your child is going to be absent from school at any time, please telephone the school on the first day of absence after 08.30 hrs.


Lost Property

What happens if my child loses something at school?

We do all we can to recover items that go missing. We try to impress upon children a healthy respect for their own property and that of other people. If your child has lost something, please inform his or her class teacher as soon as possible. Older pupils take on the responsibility of managing the lost property.

What can I do to help stop my children losing things while at school?

It always helps if everything your child brings into school is clearly marked, particularly clothing, footwear, watches, keys and pens. We would also advise children not to bring in possessions, which can easily be broken or sadly missed if lost. The school cannot accept responsibility for any items left unattended on school property. Money should not be brought to school unless it is for a specific purpose and then it should remain in the safe keeping of the class teacher.


Dropping off & Collecting Children

The parents of Foundation Stage children are always welcome in school, especially at the beginning or at the end of each day. Small children need the security of a parent or guardian to guide them through the first few minutes of school, removing coats and hanging up bags etc.

What time can I drop my child off in the morning at Fairfields Primary School?

Children are not supervised on the playground before 08.40 hrs Please do not leave your child unsupervised on the playground in the morning. The doors are opened at 8.40am and pupils must go straight to their classrooms to be ready for registration at 8.55am. A bell will ring at 8.50am to remind children to get to class. The school cannot accept responsibility for pupils who arrive at school before 08.40 hrs.

What should I do if my child is late?

Children who arrive at school after 08.55 hrs must enter by the front entrance and report to the school office where they will be signed into the late book.

What happens at the end of the school day?

At the end of the day, pupils need to be reminded of all the things to be taken home, especially packed lunch boxes. All children should be collected from the playground. Class teachers take the pupils into the playground to meet parents.

3.10pm FS, Years 3 and 4 - Normal door, Year 5 from the Medical room door

3.15pm Years 1 and 6 - Normal door, Year 2 from the Medical room door

Under normal circumstances, all pupils should be collected by 15.25 hrs. There will be no supervision on the playground after 15.30 hrs.

What if something comes up and I can't be at the school for 15.25 hrs?

If you are delayed for any reason please contact the school as soon as possible.If you are not able to collect your child by 15.25 hrs, they will be waiting for you in the admin. office.

What if I want to collect my child during the school day?

Parents wishing to collect their children between 08.55 hrs - 15.15 hrs must report to the school office. Children must be signed out before leaving the premises.


Homework

Will my child get homework?

Yes, all our in all year groups get homework dependent on their ability. Children learn most effectively by being actively involved, both at school and at home, in doing interesting things. We encourage parents to talk to the children about what they are doing at school and to take them to places of interest to extend their knowledge and understanding. Homework is set on a regular basis to all children. The quantity and frequency of the tasks set varies throughout the school. Children in Year 6 are expected to undertake enough homework to prepare them for homework commitments at secondary school.


Helping In School

Can I help out at school?

Parents and grandparents are always welcome to help in school whether on a regular basis or as a one-off activity. Teachers will frequently ask for specific support to help with a special activity or outing. Parents are welcome to work alongside their own child but will also be asked to assist other children. Some parents prefer to work in a class that does not contain their own child, in the library or preparing resources. All help is gratefully received, however, we are now required to ask that you undergo a CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) check first. Please ask at the school office for the relevant forms.


Absence from School

How do I report an Absence?

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason at any time, please telephone the school on the first day of absence after 08.30 hrs.

If you are taking your child out of school during term time, a holiday form must be completed. These are available from the admin office. You are encouraged not to take your child out of school in term time as breaks in their education may not be recovered later.

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