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Just for Parents!

We know that we won’t be able to answer all of your questions unknown-31209_640here, but we thought it would be helpful to group together some of the information that regularly gets asked about.  This of course does not replace a conversation with your child’s teacher, but is a good place to start!

Parents at all schools are encouraged to use the Ofsted Parent View facility on their website to provide feedback on many aspects of the life of a school. We would like to encourage our parents to provide feedback on Mawsley Primary School in this way. You can do this through the official Ofsted Website www.ofsted.gov.uk. This is another way in which we can respond to your feedback.

Here are some of the more frequently asked questions – if we are missing something you think would be useful please let us know!

 How do I get in contact with the School?

Full details of how to contact the school can be found on the ‘Contact Us‘ page of our website, this includes postal address, telephone, fax and email addresses with names of key contacts.  We also display a map to help you find us!  If you need to get in touch outside of office hours, then please call the main office number (01536 799182) and leave a message on the voicemail – this is checked every morning during term time.

 How does the school get in contact with me?

The most common way of us sending information to you is via a letter which will be given to your child – this is used for general communications. If we have an urgent need to get in touch with you then we will telephone using the details you have provided to us. If you need to ‘update your details‘ please let us know in the office or via the website. We are also proud to produce a weekly newsletter which contains lots of information about things going on at shcool.

 What are the School opening hours?

The school is open during term time between the hours of 08:30am and 16:00pm.  Some extra curricular clubs take place at the school outside of these hours – please see our ‘Clubs‘ page for full details.  The start of the school day is 08:40 through until 15:15.

 How do I report my child's absence?

If your child is not well and will not be attending school it is important that you let us know – this ensures that we maintain accurate records of attendance.  Please telephone the school office on 01536 799182 – we have an automated system which enables you to simply leave a message – this can be selected by pressing ‘1’ on your telephone keypad.  If a child does not attend school and we have not been notified we will try to get in contact with you to ensure everything is OK.  Please send in a letter to school when your child returns explaining the absence.

If you have changed your mobile telephone number or email address and are concerned that we do not have the most up-to-date details, please let us know.

Public Health England provide a really useful factsheet that provides information on childhood illnesses and recommends how long a child should remain off of school.  Please use this as a guide but always consult with your GP if you are at all concerned (for those registered with the Doctors in the Village – contact details can be found here).

 What are the Schools lunchtime arrangements?

We run 2 lunch sessions, the first starts at 11:55am and lasts for 60 minutes – this lunch session is for children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2.  The children eat lunch first and spend the rest of the time playing outside (weather permitting).  The second lunch session starts at 12:25 and lasts for 50 minutes – this lunch session is for years 3,4,5 and 6.

Hot school dinners are available through ‘Kingswood Catering‘ at a small cost (£2.30 per day).  If ordering online these must be ordered 1 week in advance by Wednesday at midnight for the following weeks dinners.  If you do not have access to the internet then you can order using order envelopes and these must be handed into school on a Monday morning for the following week.  From September 2014 all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 will be entitled to free school meals as part of the Government Universal Infant Free School Meal Scheme.  If you would like your child to have free school meals you still need to register and order them with Kingswood Catering.  For older children in Year 3 and above you will need to apply to the County Council for Free School Meals – please speak to the school office for advice or go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk to register.

If you would prefer for your child to bring in a packed lunch, we encourage a healthy eating approach and ask for parents to avoid sugary snacks and fizzy drinks!

 My child is being picked up by someone else - who needs to know?

You will need to let us know if your child is going to be collected by someone else – please let your child’s teacher know on the morning – however if it is short notice, please speak to a member of the office staff who will ensure that the teacher is made aware of the arrangements.

 What First Aid care is available at the School?

We have a number of fully qualified first aid staff on site at all times.  This includes whilst the children are in the playground.  Any injuries or incidents are recorded and you will receive a ‘white’ slip with details should this be the case.

 My child needs to take some medicine - what do I do?

We are only allowed to administer medicines prescribed by your childs Doctor, this unfortunately means that we cannot give medicine such as Calpol.  If your child needs Calpol during the day then we encourage you to visit the school to administer as required.

 Can you tell me about the Admissions process?

In summary we cannot allocate a place at the school directly as this is undertaken by Northamptonshire County Council.  We are however more than happy for you to visit the school and have a look around.  Full information can be found on our ‘Admissions‘ page.

 Do you have a School brochure that I can look at?

We have a.pdf version of our School Brochure if you would like to view it or download it. If you would prefer a hard copy, then please get in touch with the school office who will be more than happy to post one out to you.

 When was the last OFSTED report and how did the school do?

Mawsley Community Primary School was last inspected in January 2014.  The school received an overall rating of GOOD and we are working very hard towards improving this next time.

We are very proud of the fantastic efforts made by the most recent Year 6 pupils – they did brilliantly.

 Do you have the School Performance Tables for me to look at?

The Department for Education measure the performance of all schools each year.  The information is provided online on their website for you to view.

 How does Mawsley School support the National Curriculum?

All of our lessons are based upon the National Curriculum.  There is lots of information to give you here, so we have a series of pages for you to look through.  Not only do these give you a clear view of what your child will be studying, we have also tried to provide supporting materials that you can use/read to help them along at home!

 Are there any clubs that my child could attend?

We run a series of extra-curricular clubs and activities – we change these each term to both keep them fresh, and give the children lots of new opportunities.  If you would like to see the current clubs, and when they run please take a look at our ‘clubs‘ page.

 Are there any music lessons available?

In partnership with Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, we are able to offer our children tuition (this is at a cost) in the following instruments: Violin, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Guitar.  We have experienced teachers visit the school each week (during the school day) – loan instruments can be arranged.  If your child is interested in playing an instrument then please contact the school office in the first instance and we will make arrangements for you.

 Can I pay for trips, music or snacks online?

Yes!

We have a secure online payment site (www.scopay.com/mawsley) which you can use to pay for any of the school trips, music lessons and snacks. To start using this service, we need to give you a unique reference (a ‘Pupil Link Code’) which can be obtained from the school office. Along with the code we will provide you with all the information you need to get going.

 What are Phonics?!!?

Phonics are the sounds that different letters and sets of letters make when ‘sounded out’.  This approach helps the children learn how to read words.  We use the Oxford University Press Read/Write Inc phonics approach very successfully within our school. During the foundation stage, we start to learn the first sets of letters, with the children learning to make the correct ‘sound’ (phonic) for each of the letters, this is then continued through years 1 and 2.  We find lots of parents are unsure of how phonics work in practice, and so if you would like some further information there is a fantastic site you can visit with some instructional videos – alternatively please speak with your child’s teacher.

 Is there somewhere I can look at the school policies?

As you would expect, we have a series of policies that govern the way we operate under a number of different scenarios, having these in place means that we can act consistently and fairly.  If you would like to discuss any of our policies please contact the school office who can make arrangements – alternatively we have made a series of our policies available for you to read or download.

 What are the term Dates this year?

All of the important school dates can be found on our website, this includes not just our term dates but also information on all of our teacher training days, we will also ensure that other key dates (trips, performances etc.) are available to you.

 Can I take my child out of school during term time?

Children should not be taken out of school during term time.  If you need to take your child out of school during term time please complete a copy of the Leave of Absence form – once complete please return this to the school for review by the Head Teacher.  As of September 2013 new legislation was introduced on this subject – you can read more about it in a letter sent to parents (09/09/2013)

 What things can I do to support my child's learning?

There are lots of ways that you can support your child throughout their time at our school.  For some ideas please take a look at our ‘Curriculum‘ pages where we provide some great  resources (books, places to visit etc.).  There are also some great sites that the children can use online – take a look at our ‘Just for Kids!‘ page for some ideas.  If you would like to discuss something specific, then please speak with your childs teacher who will be able to help.

 What is the Schools approach to bullying?

We do not tolerate the bullying of any member of the school community. This community is made up of children, parents/guardians/carers, governors and all staff and we will actively support all victims of bullying and take appropriate action with the perpetrators.  Our Anti-Bullying policy provides a clear description of our approach.  If you have any concerns about bullying please contact either your child’s teacher or the school office who will discuss the matter with you.

We are proud to have been awarded Silver accreditation for our work/approach to anti-bullying by The Diana Award, with 6 of our year 5 children attending training and now recognised as anti-bullying ambassadors.

 Can you tell me about the school uniform?

We have chosen to have a uniform at our school, full details (including who to order items of clothing) can be found on our ‘Uniform‘ page.