Guilden Morden Church of England (VC) Primary School

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find information about the Pre-School ?

You can find more information about the Pre-School by going to the Pre-School Page or by reading the Guilden Morden Pre-School Aims document.

What time does the school day start and end ?

The day begins at 9.00am. You are welcome to arrive with your child from 8.50am when a member of staff will be on duty at the back school door. Entry is through the side gate. You do not have to stay until 9.00 am. The side gates are locked at 9.00 am to keep the children safe. If your child is late arriving at school, you will need to take your child to the front office. As the register will have been marked, you will be asked to sign in the late book so confirm their attendance. The day finishes at 3.15pm, children will be collected from the back school door or conservatory door for the children in Class 1.

How are the classes organised ?

There are 3 classes: Class 1 for Reception (4-5 year olds), Years 1 & 2 (5-7 year olds);
Class 2 for Years 3 & 4 (7-9 year olds); Class 3 for Years 5 & 6 (9-11 year olds).
Another name for Reception class is the Foundation Stage, Class 1 children are in Key Stage 1 and Classes 2 & 3 are in Key Stage 2.

Who teaches the classes ?

Class 1 Teacher - Mrs Berrio; Class 2 Teacher - Mrs Morris & Mrs Dunnell; Class 3 Teacher – Mrs Laura Cooper. There are 3 teaching assistants – Mrs Smith, Mrs Bowyer and Miss Weddepohl.

Is there a house system in school ?

There are 4 houses – Saturn (red), Venus (green), Neptune (blue) and Jupiter (yellow). Children join a house when they join the school. Siblings are in the same house. The house system is used at lunchtime, on sports days, the swimming gala, as well as for other whole school activities throughout the year.

Is there a personal reward system in school ?

Children are rewarded each week upon merit for exceeded their expectations for honouring the code of conduct. In addition, the Head Teacher may choose to award a child for particular work or behaviour that is well done. These awards are presented weekly on Friday’s assembly.

How much do school meals cost ?

School meals are free for the first three years of school (Reception, Years 1 & 2). For older children, meals costs £2.25 each. Children may have school meals and packed lunches from home, but we would prefer if the same meal pattern is followed each week. Payment for school meals is through our online payment system ‘ParentPay’. When your child joins the school, you will be given log in details for ParentPay.

Where can I find the current lunch menu ?

The current lunch menu is sent home twice a year, and it is also located on our school website. Cambridgeshire Catering Services provide the meals, which is cooked in our school kitchen. Every child in the first 3 years of school is offered a piece of fruit or vegetable at break time.

What is the school’s website address ?

The address is www.guildenmorden.cambs.sch.uk

Can my child learn a musical instrument in school ?

Children may learn an instrument individually or in pairs. Costs vary. Please ask at the office for details of our music provider through Cambridgeshire Music. A half term’s notice is required if your child wishes to stop taking instrument lessons at school. All children who learn to play a musical instrument in school take part in a concert in the summer term.

How do I enrol my child in school club ?

We have a breakfast club (7.45am- 8.50am) as well as an after school club (3.15pm -5pm or 6pm).These clubs are called ‘Cool School’ Club. Details of the fees can be provided by the office, or are shown on the school website.

How do I order school uniform ?

One of our parents assist the school with orders and supplies of new school uniform. She also holds a stock of good quality second-hand uniform.

Is there a residential trip for the older children ?

In the summer term, children in years 5 & 6 have the opportunity of taking part in a three day two night residential trip, usually at one of the Kingswood centres.

What must I do if my child is too poorly to attend school ?

Please contact the school by email (preferably) or telephone before 9.00 am. If your child is unwell for more than one day, please keep the school informed.

What will happen if my child becomes poorly whilst at school ?

Your child will be cared for. If we consider that your child is too poorly to remain in school, we will contact you or your other named family contacts in order of your chosen priority, to ask for your child to be collected from school. You will be asked to sign the child out of school in the records book.

What happens if my child is hurt during the school day ?

Your child will be looked after by the first-aiders. If they receive a bump to the head we will send home a ‘head bump letter’ so that you are aware. If we are concerned about a particular injury, we will contact you.

What happens if my child needs medicine during the school day ?

If you are able to, please come into school to administer the medicine yourself. If you are unable to do so, you will need to complete a form and bring in the prescribed medicine which must be dated and clearly labelled by the pharmacist with your child’s name and dosage required.

How do I let the school know that my child has a medical appointment during the school day ?

Please email the office with the details of any appointments where your child will need to be taken out of school, so that your child’s teacher knows in advance.

Does my child need a book bag and PE kit in school every day ?

Children need a book bag and their PE kit at school every day. The book bag returns home every day, and the PE kit returns home every Friday. Please check the book bag for any possible notes being sent home. We would encourage you to spend time sharing your child’s reading book each day.

When is swimming taught at school ?

Swimming is taught during the second half of the summer term. The PTFA run swimming sessions after school and at weekends.

Is there a weekly school newsletter ?

A newsletter is emailed to parents and friends of the school on a Friday afternoon, as well as placed in the child’s book bag. The newsletters (and other letters home) are also available on the school website. If we send home a letter with a permission slip attached, please complete and sign the slip and return it to the office as soon as possible.

Where can I find out this school’s term dates ?

Term dates will be found in the admissions pack with reminders on our weekly newsletter. They can also be found on the school website.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 

What time does the school day start and end ?

The day begins at 9.00am.   You are welcome to arrive with your child from 8.50am when a member of staff will be on duty at the back school door.  Entry is through the side gate.   You do not have to stay until 9.00 am.  The side gates are locked at 9.00 am to keep the children safe.  If your child is late arriving at school, you will need to take your child to the front office.   As the register will have been marked, you will be asked to sign in the late book so confirm their attendance.  The day finishes at 3.15pm, children will be collected from the back school door or conservatory door for the children in Class 1.

 

How are the classes organised ?

There are 3 classes:   Class 1 for Reception (4-5 year olds), Years 1 & 2 (5-7 year olds);

Class 2 for Years 3 & 4 (7-9 year olds);   Class 3 for Years 5 & 6 (9-11 year olds).

Another name for Reception class is the Foundation Stage, Class 1 children are in Key Stage 1 and Classes 2 & 3 are in Key Stage 2.

 

Who teaches the classes ?

Class 1 Teacher -   Mrs Berrio;  Class 2 Teacher -  Mrs Morris & Mrs Dunnell;     Class 3 Teacher – Mrs Laura Cooper.     There are 3 teaching assistants – Mrs Smith, Mrs Bowyer and Miss Weddepohl.

 

Is there a house system in school ?

There are 4 houses – Saturn (red), Venus (green), Neptune (blue) and Jupiter (yellow).  Children join a house when they join the school.  Siblings are in the same house.  The house system is used at lunchtime, on sports days, the swimming gala, as well as for other whole school activities throughout the year.

 

Is there a personal reward system in school ?

Children are rewarded each week upon merit for exceeded their expectations for honouring the code of conduct.  In addition, the Head Teacher may choose to award a child for particular work or behaviour that is well done.  These awards are presented weekly on Friday’s assembly.

 

How much do school meals cost ?

School meals are free for the first three years of school (Reception, Years 1 & 2).  For older children, meals costs £2.25 each.   Children may have school meals and packed lunches from home, but we would prefer if the same meal pattern is followed each week.  Payment for school meals is through our online payment system ‘ParentPay’.  When your child joins the school, you will be given log in details for ParentPay.

 

 

Where can I find the current lunch menu ?

The current lunch menu is sent home twice a year, and it is also located on our school website.  Cambridgeshire Catering Services provide the meals, which is cooked in our school kitchen.  Every child in the first 3 years of school is offered a piece of fruit or vegetable at break time.

 

What is the school’s website address ?

The address is www.guildenmorden.cambs.sch.uk

 

Can my child learn a musical instrument in school ?

Children may learn an instrument individually or in pairs.  Costs vary.  Please ask at the office for details of our music provider through Cambridgeshire Music.  A half term’s notice is required if your child wishes to stop taking instrument lessons at school.  All children who learn to play a musical instrument in school take part in a concert in the summer term.

 

How do I enrol my child in school club ?

We have a breakfast club (7.45am- 8.50am) as well as an after school club (3.15pm -5pm or 6pm).These clubs are called ‘Cool School’ Club.   Details of the fees can be provided by the office, or are shown on the school website. 

 

How do I order school uniform ?

One of parents assists the school with orders and supplies of new school uniform.  She also holds a stock of good quality second-hand uniform.  

 

Is there a residential trip for the older children ?

In the summer term, children in years 5 & 6 have the opportunity of taking part in a three day two night residential trip, usually at one of the Kingswood centres.

 

What must I do if my child is too poorly to attend school ?

Please contact the school by email (preferably) or telephone before 9.00 am.  If your child is unwell for more than one day, please keep the school informed.

 

What will happen if my child becomes poorly whilst at school ?

Your child will be cared for.   If we consider that your child is too poorly to remain in school, we will contact you or your other named family contacts in order of your chosen priority, to ask for your child to be collected from school.   You will be asked to sign the child out of school in the records book.

 

 

 

 

What happens if my child is hurt during the school day ?

Your child will be looked after by the first-aiders.  If they receive a bump to the head we will send home a ‘head bump letter’ so that you are aware.  If we are concerned about a particular injury, we will contact you.

 

What happens if my child needs medicine during the school day ?

If you are able to, please come into school to administer the medicine yourself.  If you are unable to do so, you will need to complete a form and bring in the prescribed medicine which must be dated and clearly labelled by the pharmacist with your child’s name and dosage required.

 

How do I let the school know that my child has a medical appointment during the school day ?

Please email the office with the details of any appointments where your child will need to be taken out of school, so that your child’s teacher knows in advance.

 

Does my child need a book bag and PE kit in school every day ?

Children need a book bag and their PE kit at school every day.   The book bag returns home every day, and the PE kit returns home every Friday.  Please check the book bag for any possible notes being sent home.  We would encourage you to spend time sharing your child’s reading book each day.

When is swimming taught at school ?

Swimming is taught during the second half of the summer term.   The PTFA run swimming sessions after school and at weekends.

 

Is there a weekly school newsletter ?

A newsletter is emailed to parents and friends of the school on a Friday afternoon, as well as placed in the child’s book bag.  The newsletters (and other letters home) are also available on the school website.  If we send home a letter with a permission slip attached, please complete and sign the slip and return it to the office as soon as possible.

 

Where can I find out this school’s term dates ?

Term dates will be found in the admissions pack with reminders on our weekly newsletter.  They can also be found on the school website.

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