Our School Bursar - Mrs P Bagnall
Our School Clerical Assistant - Mrs K Dutton
Mrs Bagnall or Mrs Dutton will be your first point of contact whenever you ring or visit The Richard Heathcote Community Primary School. If as a parent you have a query, please speak to either Mrs Bagnall or Mrs Dutton who will be happy to help you.
Please contact the office on 01782 720406 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our school office is available from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm, when we will be happy to take your calls and answer any queries you may have. Calls received outside of the normal school day will be answered by our messaging service and we will get back to you as soon as possible. (Please remember to leave your number along with your message.)
To assist you we have also answered some general questions and queries in our FAQ section below. For more information regarding our policies or procedures please refer to our policy documents and school prospectus found in our Policies, Legal Data and OFSTED and Parent sections of the Website.
If you are thinking about your child joining The Richard Heathcote Community Primary School, then we would like to thank you for considering our school and would ask that you contact us, at the office, to arrange a visit.
We run a full time nursery and honour both the 15 and 30 hours of funding. If you are entitled to 30 hours you must apply for your code before the beginning of every term. This means applying three times a year. This code must then be given to Mrs Bagnall to secure your child's hours. If you only need 15 hours, these can currently be selected by parents however this can change based on our numbers and the needs of the children. We encourage, for the sake of your child's routine, that they attend nursery every morning of the week from 8:45am to 12pm. This supports them in their transition to school and builds their routine ready for Reception. Where this is not possible, we can be flexible.
Once you have applied we offer a transition process whereby we arrange three visits to see your child before they join us. More information is provided at the time.
If your child will be 4 years old between 1st September 2020 and 31 st August 2021 and you are considering applying for a place at our school, then please note that the application process for Staffordshire opens 1st November 2020. You can apply at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/admissions. You will also find much useful information regarding the Application Process and dates as to when to expect an offer of placement for your child.
All Reception and KS1 children currently receive a Free school meal under the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals Criteria. You do not need to apply, simply let the office know.
The cost for school lunch is currently £2.35 per day for KS2 children.
If you have a child in KS2 they may be entitled to free school meals if you are in receipt of one of the following:
Remember, by applying for free school meals for your child, you are also helping your child's school - For every child registered for free school meals the school receives extra funding, known as Pupil Premium, which helps the school raise achievement levels, therefore helping your child as well as others. All schools now publish how they spend Pupil Premium and the impact the funding has had on achievement. You will find the information about Pupil Premium at The Richard Heathcote Community Primary School in our Legal Data and OFSTED section of our Website.
Children can order snacks each day consisting of including fresh fruit and a drink. These should be paid for at the beginning of the week, for the whole week.
At The Richard Heathcote Community Primary School all children are actively encouraged to drink fresh water periodically throughout the day, and they all have access to our fresh, cold, filtered water fountain sited on our main corridor. the children are now asked to bring in their own labelled water bottle from home to use in school. Each class has water monitors, who rinse and fill all the bottles regularly so that the children have fresh cool water at all times. Children can aslo help themselves to water from the fountain at break times and lunchtime, before and after sports and PE and during lesson times, at the teacher's discretion. This is especially prevalent during hot weather in the Summer months.
Our school uniform is available to order from Clive Marks, Newcastle. Our uniform consists of
The safety of all our children here at The Richard Heathcote Community Primary School is paramount, therefore we need to know where they are throughout the school day. If your child is unwell and too poorly to attend school, please let us know as early as possible.
Similarly, if your child is going to arrive at school late please let us know as soon as possible, and remember they will need to be signed in at the front window of the office, when they do arrive at school.
As you are no doubt aware, new legislation is now in place regarding parents requests for authorised absences due to family holidays, and extenuating circumstances. Please see our Attendance Policy, found in the Legal Data and OFSTED, Policies and the Parent section of our Website.
Medicines in School
Sometimes it is necessary for children to receive medicines during the school day, e.g. if your child is well enough to return to school after an illness but has yet to finish a course of anti-biotics, or they have a cough etc. In such cases, the prescribed medicine must be given in at the office for permission to be granted and the necessary consent form signed. You are also welcome to arrange to come into school at a designated time to administer the medicine yourself.
If your child has a long term condition such as asthma, diabetes etc, then a health care plan will be put into place with the school nurse, and designated and trained staff will oversee and administer, where necessary, any medication and documentation.
We hope that you find the information here on our School Office page useful and informative, should you have any other queries or questions please contact us by telephone at the office on 01782 720406 or email us email@example.com
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