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Time of the School Day

School begins at 8.40am in Key Stage 2 and ends at 3.15pm everyday for children in Years 3 to 6.
School begins at 8.45am in Key Stage 1 and FS, and ends at 3.10pm for children in Years R to 2.

Structure of the Day
All the children are registered at the beginning of the morning and afternoon sessions.  Every child will do a literacy and numeracy lesson every day.  The other subjects are taught throughout the week, although not all subjects will be taught every week.  For instance if Geography is being taught in one half term there may not be any teaching of History until the following half term.

Key Stage 1 have a morning break from 10.15am to 11.30am, and lunch is from 12.00pm until 1.15pm.

 

Key Stage 2 have a morning break from 10.35am to 10.50am, and lunch is from 12.15pm to 1.15pm.

The Foundation Stage organise their morning break around the children's daily needs.

Will my child get home learning?
Home learning is an important way of developing the partnership between home and school.  You will be made aware of the amount of home learning your child will receive, and on what days.  The amount of home learning your child receives will increase as they get older, but we do not believe in giving too much as they have already completed a whole day of learning before they get home.  However, home learning prepares children for the next stage in their academic career.

How do you deal with bullying?
Bullying is not tolerated at Cuxton.  We have a clear policy.  Children are always taught not to accept bullying and to report any incidents to an adult immediately.  All the children are very aware of the consequences of bullying behaviour.  We work together with parents to ensure Cuxton is a bully-free school.  If any parent has any concerns they should report to the class teacher in the first instance or then the deputy headteacher or headteacher.

How do you keep the school secure?
Cuxton is a fenced building.  There are video cameras positioned around the schools which means we can see who is coming in.  All visitors have to report to either office, and they are asked to sign in and wear a visitors badge.  They must also provide identification and a DBS check.

Children are not allowed to leave the school premises during the day unless collected by an adult.  Children in Years 5 and 6 may walk home alone if both the teacher and the parent agree that it is safe for them to do so.

If you ever send an unknown adult to collect your child we will not let them leave unless you have spoken to the teacher or left a note with the office.  This is for your child's safety.

All staff in school, including voluntary helpers, are subject to rigorous criminal record checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service.  We have close links with the police and local community, and any concerns relating to safety and security are always reported and acted upon promptly.

What happens at lunch time?
Children can either have a hot meal, a school packed lunch or a lunch they have brought in from home.  If you think you are entitled to free school meals, we will advise you on the next step.

If your child has a packed lunch from home, please do not provide fizzy drinks.  Water is best.  Please ensure their lunch is a healthy and balanced one.

All the children have an opportunity to play outside at lunchtime, and they are provided with a variety of games to play.  If it is raining, snowing or particularly cold, the children will be brought in to play in classrooms.  Foundation Stage children always play in their own area until the summer term when they prepare for transition into Key Stage 1.

What if I am late with my child?
Please bring your child to the main entrances of the school and ring the door bell to attract staff.  You will need to sign your child into school and give reason for their lateness.  Please do not allow children to wander up the driveways on their own whilst you stay in the car, for obvious safety reasons.

What if my child has been unwell?
Please do not send your child into school if they are unwell or need medication for a temperature first thing in the morning - they need to be at home with you.  Please call into school to explain their absence, and either speak with staff or leave a message on the school answer phone.  On your child's return to school please provide a letter or email to explain the child's absence for our records.  Attendance of all children has to be monitored very closely.

In cases of diarrhoea or sickness please keep your child at home until they are well enough to return to school.  Germs spread very quickly.  Sometimes we have to notify parents of diseases, for example mumps and German measles.

What if my child has an appointment?
Please provide school with proof of an appointment at a hospital.  Dentist appointments should be taken out of school time unless your child is suffering with a tooth ache or is undergoing a series of treatments.  Please have children's eyes tested outside of school times or during the school holidays.

What if I have concerns about my child's develoment?
Please see your child's class teacher in the first instance, and then the schools' SENCO.  It may be that we need to engage the support of outside agencies, for example speech therapists or educational psychologists, or in some cases refer your child to a paediatrician.  All referrals are made with the consent of parents, and this is nothing to worry about.  We have several children in school who receive support in this way.

What if my circumstances change through divorce, family bereavement, moving home, new baby etc?
Please let us know!  We do not wish to pry into your personal lives, but these events do affect your children.  Change is difficult for adults too, and it is best that you have a discreet word with us.  Sometimes a child may need counselling and often we can signpost you to different agencies for support.

What if my child soils themselves at school?
If you child has an accident at school we have spare uniform and wipes.  We will assist them in cleaning themselves and changing.  Sometimes they may need to come home if they are poorly or if they need a bath, so we will contact you.  Please ensure you return any uniform that belongs to school.

What if my child is badly behaved?
We have a clear behaviour policy that we follow, and we expect our children to behave in school and have good manners.  However we recognise some children have different experiences and are at different levels of maturity, and therefore need support.  We would expect parents to work closely with us following our policy and to be supportive, reinforcing our rules with the child.

What if I am concerned about my child's progress?
Please talk with your child's class teacher in the first instance.  If you still feel concerned then see the school's SENCO or one of the senior leaders.  Children develop at different rates, so please try not to compare your child with others.  It may be that we will have to engage the support of various agencies.

How will I know how my child is getting on at school?
You will have the opportunity to meet with your child's class teacher at parent's evenings during the year.  You will also be invited into school to open mornings, and will receive pupil progress reports and an annual academic report in July.

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