Day to Day Information

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"Pupils say they enjoy school because lessons are usually fun and interesting." – latest Ofsted report

 

The School Day – timetable, playtimes and lunchtimes

The School Day – timetable

8.00 – 8.40 Breakfast Club
8.40 School opens
8.50 Registration

11.30 – 12.30 Foundation Stage lunchtime
11.40 – 12.35 Key stage 1 lunchtime
12.35 – 1.28 Key stage 2 lunchtime

3.00 Foundation Stage ends
3.05 School ends for Lower School
3.10 School ends for Upper School

3.00 – 6.00 After School Club

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Punctuality

It is very important that the children attend school every day and that they are punctual. Young children like to have a routine to feel secure, to enable them to settle to new things more quickly and to feel ‘on top’ of their work. Lateness causes disruption for the teacher and the rest of the class. We expect parents to support both the school and their child to ensure that children arrive well in time for registration.

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Playtime

The children play on the playground, or the field if it is dry. Playtimes are always supervised, usually by a teacher and an assistant. We have a variety of apparatus around the playground for the children to play on. A free piece of fruit or vegetable is given to every child in the Foundation Unit and Key Stage 1, free milk is available to all children in the Foundation Unit and parents can provide fruit or vegetables for older children if they wish.

Lunchtime

School meals are cooked on the premises. These are very good and provide solid, healthy meals at lunchtime. If parents wish their children to have school meals they should order and send money for the week (or longer if they so wish) to their child’s class teacher on a Monday morning, in a named envelope. Cheques should be made payable to "Oxfordshire County Council".

Parents may be entitled to claim free school meals for their children. Claim forms are available from the school office.

Some children bring a packed lunch to eat, and facilities are provided for this. If you wish your child to bring a packed lunch, please ensure that this lunch is balanced and adequate. We ask that children do not bring canned drinks. Children take all their rubbish and leftovers home so parents can check what has been eaten.

After lunch the children play outside or quietly indoors if it is wet.

After School Clubs

At Larkrise we run the following clubs throughout the academic year. Choir club, Music club, Samba band club, ICT club, Art club, Drama club, Science club, Chess club, Library club, Bugclub reading club, Homework club, Football club, Athletics club, Gymnastics Club, Tag rugby club, Netball Club and Adventure trail club.

Some of the clubs are targeted at certain year groups, however throughout a child’s time at Larkrise they will have access to a range of clubs. These clubs are free of charge and run within the school facilities from 3:10pm – 4:10pm.

 

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Absence and Holidays

Absence from School

If your child is going to be absent from school because of illness, medical appointments, etc. please notify the school office as soon as possible. An answering machine is available out of office hours.

Appointments should be made for after school or holidays wherever possible.

If the school feels that the reason for absence is inappropriate, e.g. taking a child shopping, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. By law the school has to report serious cases of absence to the Educational Social Worker and specifically any case where absence falls below 80%. It is expected that children attend school at least 95% of the school year.

Family Holidays

The best time to take family holidays or extended visits is during the school’s holiday periods. Long periods of absence from school can seriously affect your child’s progress. Any request for a longer period of absence should be made in writing on the form available from the office and given to the headteacher. If a return date is not given or if the return date passes with no information from the family, the child’s name may be taken off the school roll with no guarantee of readmission.

 

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PE Kit and Uniform

Uniform and Dress Code

There is no specified school uniform but there is a dress code which we ask all parents to follow. Children should be comfortable, neat and tidy in appearance. Shoes should be suitable for outdoor play and a coat is needed in colder weather. In hot weather, please ensure shoulders are covered and provide your child with a hat.

Younger children need to be taught how to tie laces, do up cuffs and generally look after themselves. We do have a stock of spare clothes for emergencies. We ask for these to be returned, clean. If shoes become muddy children may be asked to remove these indoors. It is always useful for children to keep a pair of indoor shoes at school.

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PE Kit
The children do physical education regularly. They will need:

  • Comfortable trousers and/or shorts (summer and indoors, if preferred)
  • T shirt
  • Trainers for outdoor PE
  • Jumper or tracksuit top

For safety reasons, jewellery and watches must be removed for P.E.

Indoor PE is done in bare feet.

Please leave PE kit at school all week and take it home at the weekend for washing as it is sometimes needed if children get wet in the rain or have a spill. Spare socks and underwear can also be useful – any age child can fall in a puddle.

Year 3/4 children go swimming at the Oxford University swimming pool on Iffley Road. They will need swimming kit, including a swimming hat. Details are sent home each term.

 

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Getting to school – Bikes, Scooters, Driving and Road Safety

Driving and Road Safety

Boundary Brook Road can become very congested and dangerous for children and parents. You can help by walking, scooting or cycling to school, using the many cycle paths.

If you must drive, please follow the voluntary one-way system by turning left immediately after the traffic lights. There is a large car park with pedestrian access to the front of the school on Quartermain Close. In the interests of safety drivers, should not use the school car park nor park on the zigzag lines outside the school.

Records show that the most common reason for lateness is underestimating how long it will take to drive to school.

 

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Illness, Accidents and Medication

Illness or Accidents at School

At times children become ill or may have an accident at school. If, in our opinion, this is of a minor nature, we will either return the child to the class or contact a parent on their emergency telephone number. If you change your number, please let the school office know as soon as possible.

If a serious accident occurs we will contact you straight away and ask you to take the child to hospital. If we are unable to reach you, we may have to arrange this ourselves.

Medications

Only certain medications are permitted at school. Parents should complete a form to request a classroom assistant to administer any medication during the day or, as in the case of children with asthma, we ask you to complete a form so the child can use their inhalers or medication themselves.

Drugs

Any evidence of illegal drugs being brought onto school property will be immediately reported to the Police.

No smoking is permitted on school property.

 

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Home and School – Homework and Teacher Consultations

Homework

We encourage all parents to take an interest in what their children are doing at school. Children who are supported at home will make better progress at school. We set homework from an early age. The full policy is explained in the Homework leaflet in the New Parent Packs.

Parent/Teacher Consultations

We welcome parents to take an interest in and share in the educational development of their children. It is as partners that parents and teachers can become more effective and your child can really benefit. We organise several consultations over the year and you are encouraged to raise any issues or questions you may have with the class teacher or leadership team via the school office.

Scheduled parent/teacher consultations are:

Autumn Term
Parents have the opportunity to meet the teachers and discuss their children’s progress at school. The children’s books are available.

Spring Term
Teachers will share each child’s profile. This summarises personal and social development and the child’s attitude to learning. Parents are invited to stay behind and write their comments on the profile. National Curriculum records and children’s books are also available.

Summer Term
The parents of each child will receive a written annual report. Parents of Year 2 and Year 6 children also receive details of their child’s performance in Statutory Assessment at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2. An opportunity is given for parents to discuss this report at school.

Home school agreement (link to Home School agreement doc)

 

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Safeguarding, Bullying and Behaviour Policy

Larkrise School is positive about child protection. We are part of a wide child protection network including local doctors, health workers, Social Services Departments and the police. Concerns about child abuse and neglect are always shared with other agencies. We are committed to working with others to promote the rights and interests of all children.

School Behaviour Policy

Throughout the school we expect all children to behave responsibly:

  • All children should be able to learn, and teachers able to teach, without being disturbed by the behaviour of others.
  • All children and staff should feel safe and respected without fear of violence, threats, menaces, insults or bullying.
  • All children should follow the instructions of staff in a respectful way.

The vast majority of children understand how they are expected to behave at school and are positive members of the school community. The school is a calm, caring, industrious place. Voices are seldom raised and staff support the children in their development, learning and play.

If a child behaves in an unacceptable way we take a number of actions as detailed in the Behaviour Policy.

 

"Behaviour is outstanding." – latest Ofsted report

Race , Equality and Cultural Diversity

Larkrise School is committed to:

  • Promoting equality of opportunity
  • Promoting good relations between members of different racial, cultural and religious groups and communities
  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination

Larkrise is truly multicultural. Children from all over the world attend the school. We have families from different countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. Staff, governors and parents see this mix as being very beneficial to all children attending the school. Customs and cultures enrich the teaching and learning that takes place in the school. This diversity is valued throughout the school and a variety of activities and events are organised to reflect this diversity and to encourage children and families to respect and experience the cultural richness of others.

The school fulfils its legal duties and is guided by 3 essential principles: every pupil

  • Should have opportunities to achieve the highest possible standards
  • Should be helped to develop a sense of personal and cultural identity that is confident and open to change, and that is receptive and respectful towards other identities
  • Should develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need in order to participate in Britain’s multi-ethnic society and an interdependent world

See our Equalities Policy and Plan

 

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Security, Photos and Trips

Security

The school is on a very open site, and the building has over 25 external doors. Because of this, security is a real issue. Children come in and go out of school through the rear doors at the beginning and end of the school day. At all other times parents and visitors should always enter the school through the front door and make themselves known at Reception.

The school does not take responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, any item brought into school. This includes items of jewellery or clothing, mobile phones, watches, toys and games.

The full copy of the Health & Safety Policy is available from school for parents to see if any so wish.

Photographic & Video Images

We permit the use of cameras and video recorders at school events as long as this does not spoil the event for others and the images are for personal use only. The school and the media may use photographic images of children in publicity material and reports about school events. No personal details will accompany these images.

Educational Visits

Each class will be taken out of school on educational visits on a regular basis. These visits are used to stimulate all sorts of work back in school. If they are local visits requiring no financial outlay, we ask you to fill in a general consent form. There will always be a teacher and an adequate number of adults accompanying the class.

If the visit is further afield costs may be incurred. In these cases we ask for voluntary contributions.

A residential trip is organised for Year 6 children; a charge is made to parents for the residential aspect of the trip. Details of such visits will be sent to you telling you of the overall costs and arrangements. Every child in that class or year group will have the opportunity to go on the visit. However, if voluntary contributions do not cover the cost of any trip it may have to be cancelled.

See The Governors’ Policy on charging for such activities

 

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