July 2021 parent/carer survey comments:
“We would like to say a massive thankyou to each and every member of the school team. The challenges that you have faced throughout the pandemic are above and beyond reasonable expectations for your role, yet you have ensured the wellbeing and educational support for your children. Many thanks.”
“…has improved greatly in her social and emotional development; and so much more in her academic progress too…well done to her teachers and her wonderful school.”
“Thankyou to all the school staff, less than ideal circumstances this year and last with the pandemic. You have all kept the children happy and safe and disruption to their learning at a minimum. Thankyou.”
“We are so grateful for the wide range of opportunities and experienced …has been exposed to swimming, the zoo visit, the various sport activities. Thankyou.”
“I would just like to say how well the school has handled covid and congratulate everyone for the hard work during these difficult times.”
“I am so proud of …..settling straight back into school after having home-schooling, with great support off all teachers.”
“I am so proud that he has a passion for his school and his work.”
“The school website keeps me up to date. If there has been a problem during school time the school always keep me up to date. Teachers are always willing to help.”
Please ensure any changes to phone numbers/e-mails are phoned/e-mailed in to school. School office: 01207 234531 or school e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparing children for returning to school.
The best way to help your child to prepare for school is to return to structured days, including school night bedtimes, a week before returning. Please talk to your child about returning to school and how it will be the same as the previous term. More guidance is available below and on the school website, in the parents section.
Will school attendance be mandatory?
Yes, the Government have advised that school attendance will be mandatory again and the legal requirements regarding persistent absenteeism will be enforced. Satisfactory attendance is 96% and above.
Which of the usual school attendance rules will apply?
All of the usual rules will apply including:
- parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence;
- the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.
Pupils enter school, as normal, through the front gate at any time after 8:30am and before 8:45am. The gates will not open before 8:30am. If your child walks to school alone, please ensure they do not arrive before 8:30am. Children will then be asked by staff to enter school and wash their hands, ready to enter class. The school day starts at 8:45 am and ends at 3pm.
Pupils will leave, just after 3pm, through different exits. Miss Angus (class 3) and Mrs Taylor (class 3/4) will exit by the front gate – staff will bring the children out to you. All other classes: Mrs Marley (class 5/6), Mrs Buckton (class 4/5) and Mrs Dorward (class 6) will exit by the back gate, at the side of school. Parents/carers are asked to socially distance whilst waiting for their child to exit school.
Breakfast Club and after school provision is available to junior children at the Infant School. It is booked directly with the Infant School (Tel: 01207 234691) and a member of our staff picks up junior children from there at 8.30a.m. and takes them back to the infants at 3pm.
Our full range of after school clubs take place from 3:10-4:10pm. This term it has included:
Monday – football with NUFC, singing club, art club
Tuesday – invited small group tuition for Maths, reading & writing club for Years 5/6
Wednesday – shikkari karate
Thursday – board games, craft club, dodgeball
Continued changes to restrict the spread of coronavirus (please discuss these with your child before they return to school).
-Every room in school has handgel, anti-bacterial spray, handwipes, tissues and lidded bins. Additional cleaning will take place throughout the day in all rooms: surfaces, touchpoints and toilets.
-Additional handwashing will continue to take place and should also be encouraged at home – when entering school throughout the day, before and after eating, after toileting and before leaving school. Pupils, who have a reaction to school soap, may of course bring their own soap/handgel. Handgel will also be available in each classroom and used routinely throughout the day. Parents are reminded to ensure children wash their hands, on leaving the house and re-entering the house after school.
– School continue to use and ask parents/carers to use the “Catch It, Bin It and Kill It” followed by handwash/sanitising of hands, for sneezes.
-School has split playtimes and staggered lunchtimes, which assist social distancing.
-School uses an anti-bacterial fogging machine daily.
-Windows will be open as much as possible to allow for increased ventilation.
-Staff working in school have twice a week home lateral flow tests.
–Every pupil needs to bring a named water bottle, filled from home each day. Water bottles and packed lunch boxes need to be named and return home each evening to be disinfected/cleaned.
–The only items which pupils need to bring to school are a bag with: reading record & homework, packed lunch if not on school dinners, snack, own water bottle, coat, own soap/handgel if reactive to school’s soap and their PE kit. No home equipment such as pens etc. are allowed in school. PE kits will remain in bags and return home each evening.
– School uniform should be worn.
-The same as arrangements prior to the lockdown period, if parents need to contact school they are asked to phone, rather than go to reception, if they can. Any education staff or contractors visiting school will have to follow lockdown health and safety restrictions. If parents need to enter school or access reception face coverings should still be worn.
-If any pupil or staff, or member of their household, present with coronavirus symptoms, they should not attend school, for any reason. Parents/carers should inform school, self-isolate with all members of their household and apply for a PCR test. We will then follow government guideline on informing contacts of the pupil/staff. If the test is positive further action can be taken by school; if negative the pupil/staff can return to school if feeling well and they haven’t been told to self-isolate as a close contact of someone testing positive. Track and trace will inform close contacts of a positive case of covid, not school. If the number of cases in school meets a concerning level (as indicated in the covid risk assessment, then public health may ask school to send a letter to parents to warn them of this.
-If pupils are isolating school needs to be informed and work will be set for the pupil on DB Primary, our online learning platform.
-If a child or member of staff become ill in school, there is a room to isolate pupils in and PPE equipment for staff to wear.
-Parents/carers are asked to use LFT testing for non-symptomatic testing whilst PCR testing is essential for any person with any covid symptoms.
If your child has been struggling with wellbeing, during the coronavirus period, there are many support sites/workbooks for you to use in the parents’ information section of the news item on the front page and on their wellbeing page on DB Primary.
Loan laptops are available for your child’s use at home, for homework set on DB Primary, Reading Plus, Times Tables Rockstars, Gooseberry Planet, My Maths and Spellzone etc. When your child leaves our school, the laptop and charger needs to be returned to school. If your child needs to isolate they will also be able to access homework set on DB primary.
Please see the school uniform section on the parents’ section of the school website, for expectations of uniform. You can order school uniform items directly online from: totstoteams.com (Tots to Teams); we do not take orders in school. You will have the choice to have the items delivered direct to your door, for a delivery charge, or in bulk to school. Children are able to wear navy jumpers etc., without logos, from local shops such as Asda etc. Please write your child’s name in all of their clothing.
School is now cashless. School dinners and educational visits need to be paid for on Parent Pay. Parent Pay information is found in the parents’ section of this website. We will be able to help you set up Parent Pay accounts. All parents will need to use parent pay, as school trips will be paid for by this.
If you are unsure whether you will be entitled to FSM, school can undertake a quick check. Contact school with the claimant’s date of birth and the claimant’s national insurance number, if you would like this check completed. School dinners cost £2:15 per day and must be paid for, in advance, through Parent Pay. Some people may have had a change in circumstances due to lockdown, please let school know if you have, even if you do not want FSM for your child; this allows school to receive additional pupil premium funding.
All parents/carers wishing to receive information regularly need to download school ping. All letters, parent evening bookings, reminders will be sent out on school ping. If you need to set this up speak to the school office on: 01207 234531.
- Parents are reminded to socially distance when picking up children and to wear a face mask, when approaching school staff to talk or accessing school reception
- Every pupil needs to bring a filled water bottle to school every day. It needs to be clearly marked with their name.
- Children’s names should be written on all of their school uniform and PE kits. PE kits need to be in every day in your child’s school bag.
- Reading books and planners should come to school daily, in the book bags provided for each child.
- School’s dress code includes appropriate hair styles – i.e. no symbols, pictures, patterns, hair extensions or vibrant colours during term time.
- Packed lunch boxes must be clearly labelled with the child’s name.
- In line with school policy and to ensure consistency and keep packed lunches in line with food standards for school meals, packed lunches should not contain the following:
Fizzy / sugary drinks in cartons, bottles or cans
Chocolate or Chocolate-coated products / sweets / confectionary
Chocolate spread as a filling for sandwiches.
If these items are put in a packed lunch, they will be withdrawn and given to the child to take home at the end of the day (Please see packed lunch policy on the school website if you are unsure of what is allowed).
USING BIKES or SCOOTERS TO TRAVEL TO SCHOOL
Pupils are allowed to travel to school on their bike or scooter, but it is school policy that a helmet must be worn. Parents are reminded that the bikes and scooters are left in the yard at owner’s risk.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES 2021-2022
|School closes at end of||Re-opens|
|Summer 2021||Tuesday 20th July, 2021||Thursday 2ndSeptember,2021|
|Autumn half-term 2021||Thursday 21st October, 2021||Tuesday 2nd November, 2021|
|Christmas 2021||Friday 17th December, 2021||Tuesday 4th January, 2022|
|Spring half-term 2022||Friday 18th February, 2022||Tuesday 1st March, 2022|
|Easter 2022||Friday 8th April, 2022||Monday 25th April, 2022|
|May day 2022||Friday 29th April, 2022||Tuesday 3rd May, 2022|
|Summer half-term 2022||Thursday 26th May, 2022||Tuesday 7th June, 2022|
|Summer 2022||Thursday 21st July, 2022||To be confirmed.|
If any parents/carers have had a change to their financial situation and feel they may be able to apply for free school meals support, contact school with your name of the applicant (adult) and your national insurance number for school to complete a check.
BT BASIC INTERNET – FOR FAMILIES IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
The monthly line rental only costs £5.16 (including VAT) a month. As well as getting free weekend calls (up to sixty minutes duration) to 0845 and 0870 numbers, it comes with a call allowance of £1.50 and a £10 monthly price cap.
If you would like to add broadband to a BT Basic line, the total cost of this is £10.07.
With the price cap, it means no matter how many calls you make the most you’ll pay each month is £15.16 or £20.07 with broadband, if you keep with the eligible calls included within the price cap. If you make fewer calls it will be less. This applies to UK numbers starting with 01, 02, 03 and 08 as well as UK mobile numbers starting with 07 – so UK mobiles are included too! You can choose to have either monthly or quarterly bills.
How the Call Allowance and Monthly Price Cap Works
· Monthly price cap – To help you save money on call costs, you have a £10 monthly price cap on UK phone line numbers starting with 01, 02 and 03, UK mobile numbers starting with 07, and 08 numbers.
· This doesn’t mean we stop you making calls once you’ve spent £10 or that you have to make £10 worth of calls. You can make as few as you like. But if you do make over £10 of calls (eligible for the price cap), you’ll know that you’ll only pay a maximum of £10 a month for your calls. We charge this amount after you’ve used up your £1.50 call allowance
· Call allowance – As well as the price cap you get a call allowance of £1.50 a month. This is to spend on calls to UK phone line and mobile numbers beginning with 01, 02, 03, 07 or 08, and international numbers. So as long as you stay within your £1.50 call limit your phone bill will always be £5.16 per month.
· If you go over the call allowance we will charge up to £10 for calls eligible for the monthly price cap (01, 02, 03, 07 and 08 numbers). That’s even if you’ve spent more on these types of calls.
· If you go over your allowance with calls that aren’t eligible for the price cap you’ll pay 11.3p a minute (plus 3.3p for each call) for all normal UK calls. And for all other calls you’ll pay our standard BT Basic calling package rates.
Who Can Get BT Basic?
You must be getting one of the following means-tested benefits:
· Income Support
· Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
· Pensions Credit (Guaranteed Credit)
· Employment and Support Allowance (Income related)
· Universal Credit (and are on zero earnings)
How to Order BT Basic
If you’re the named account holder, you can get a BT Basic application form by calling 0800 800 864 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday). We will talk to you about the calls you make so that you can be sure BT Basic is the best package for you.
You will need to fill in a simple one page application form and return it to us within 14 days of receiving it.
You will also need to give us some personal information:
· Y0ur date of birth
· Your National Insurance number
· Confirm the benefit you are receiving
· Remembering to sign and date your application before returning it in the pre-paid envelope.
We need these details so we can check your records with the Department for Work and Pensions and find out whether you qualify for BT Basic.
Completed application forms should be returned in the envelope provided. If you do not have an envelope, you can send it to this address (remember to put a stamp on the envelope, otherwise it won’t be delivered by the Royal Mail):
What Happens Next?
Don’t worry about contacting us, we’ll tell you as soon as possible whether your application is successful. When we have all your information, we’ll check your personal details against benefits information held by the DWP and we’ll write to you after we’ve processed your application.
If you have not filled in your form correctly, this might take up to 30 days. If we need any more information, we will contact you. If you do not qualify for BT Basic, we will write to you to let you know and tell you about other ways you can save money on your BT bill.
If your circumstances change and you are no longer getting one of the benefits that qualifies you for BT Basic, you must let us know so we can review your situation.
Citizens Advice County Durham – fuel poverty support.
We have a team of 5 expert energy advisors who are able to assist with things such as changing tariff, helping with supplier disputes, understanding the energy bill and most importantly assessing for a £49 fuel voucher for anyone struggling with topping up their prepayment meter.
Support for emotional wellbeing
Click on documents below to find a range of organisations for support for emotional wellbeing and mental health, including one point, camhs and camhs emergency telephone numbers.
Here is a link to download the office packages being used in school such as Word, Powerpoint etc.