Letters to Parents
Start of the school day:
The school gates will be open between 8.40am and 9am. If your child is in Morning Nursery, your child will be expected to be at school for 8.40am promptly. For all other year groups, you should arrive at school between 8.40am and 9am. A member of staff will be on duty at this time, when the breakfast café opens.School cannot be responsible for children before this time. Children should enter by the correct door from the playground. Parents should not come into school with children but remain outside. Playground doors will then be locked; parents and late children should then use the front door of the school. It is hoped every effort will be made for children to be at school ‘on time’, as the first twenty minutes is a very important part of the day.
Breaktimes: There is a morning break and a lunch break scheduled for each class at different times during the school day. During the morning break, all children will be offered a piece of fruit to eat each day. Children should bring a water bottle into school each day; this should be in a plastic bottle and should be clearly labelled with their name. This should be fruit juice, water or a milk flavoured drink (no fizzy drinks please).
Alternatively you are able to buy school milk which costs £12 each term - excellent value and much healthier. During warm weather the milk is stored in cool boxes to ensure it is cool to drink. Children who are entitled to free school meals will receive free milk each day, as will children under 5 (up to and including the term in which they are 5).
End of the school day:
All children will leave by the doors on the playground where they can be collected. Parents and older children should not enter school but wait on the playground where children will be dismissed.
Catch up lessons:
Catch up lessons will be every Tuesday and Wednesday for all children in Reception, KS1 and KS2.
Here are the drop off and collection times for year groups:
There are three options you may wish to choose:
School lunch (paid/free)
Packed lunch from home
Home for lunch
Please could you inform school at the beginning of term of your intentions? Should you wish to change these arrangements please inform the school in writing. This should only ever be on a weekly basis; it will not be possible to change on a daily basis.
If the children go home for lunch, they should return to school before the beginning of the afternoon session.
It is always helpful if children paying for a school lunch could bring money in an envelope labelled with their name, class and amount enclosed.
All children in Key Stage 1 are entitled to a free school meal automatically. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and how to apply for free school meals, click the link below.
Both Governors and Staff would like to stress how much importance we attach to the wearing of school uniform. It certainly helps to foster a sense of belonging and help children be ready to complete their school work. It also is cheaper to provide for in many ways, eliminating the desire to send children in designer wear.
We ask for children to attend in a school sweatshirt or T-shirt with grey skirts or trousers and white shirts.
If possible shoes rather than trainers, these can then be used for PE, however even trainers are in preference to large-heeled shoes which can be very dangerous. School ties also add an extra feeling of belonging to St Stephen’s. Sweatshirts bearing our own school logo are available in school, as are ties, PE kits and school book bags.
Sweatshirts (Royal Blue)
PE Kit including pump bag
from £ 8.50
from £ 9.00
All garments should be clearly marked with your child’s name.
PE plays an important part of time at school and parents should provide children with kit suitable for gymnastics and dance in the hall and games outside. A pair of pumps or trainers are vital for games lessons. These also should be clearly named and preferably kept in a pump bag which can be hung on the child’s peg. T-shirts and school shorts are also available from the school office at a very competitive price. The children do feel proud and develop a sense of belonging when wearing the school uniform.
Jewellery and Valuables
Children should not wear jewellery of any kind in school, with the exception of small plain studs if children have pierced ears. I cannot stress the importance of this rule enough. So many accidents are caused when children are wearing jewellery such as necklaces and rings.
Valuables and personal possessions should also not be brought into school. Everything children require to work at school will be provided and so nothing extra is required. Things can go missing and often cause problems; swaps etc. and much time is wasted sorting things out.
If you feel it necessary for your child to bring a mobile phone to school, it must be handed in to the class teacher to keep. No mobile phones should be kept by the children; these will be taken from the child and returned to you.
What is a Breakfast Café?
Our breakfast Café gives the children the opportunity to have a free bagel and fruit juice every single day. We are very fortunate to be working with a charity called Magic Breakfast. They provide us with free bagels and fruit juice for our children.
When does it open?
Bagels and fruit juice will be available in class for pupils when each year group arrives.
Why do we run a Breakfast Café?
A hungry child is more likely to be restless, unhappy, lethargic, distracted or disruptive in lessons. We want all of our children to have a nutritious breakfast. We want all of our children to be ready for learning. We want to support and help our families. A hungry child is simply not ready for learning and will not achieve their best.
Who are Magic Breakfast?
Magic Breakfast are a charity who provides free, nutritious breakfasts to schools where over 35% of pupils are eligible for free school meals.
Magic Breakfast came into being because evidence shows that eating a healthy breakfast helps to improve a child's concentration, behaviour, attendance, punctuality and educational attainment.