WELCOME TO

St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to our school website which I hope you will find both informative and a reflection of what is happening here at St. James School. We are a church school and our Christian values underpin a lot of our work and aspirations both for the children and the whole school community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

How can I make a meeting with my child’s class teacher?

 

Our class teachers are in often in school from 7.30am to 6pm.  Before school they are focussed and busy preparing for the day ahead and afterwards they are often in business or staff meetings, so there may be times when talking to a parent at the class door is difficult.

We know how important it is though for you to have that direct communication with your child’s class teacher and that is why we have set aside every Tuesday from 3.30pm – 4.15pm for parents to be able to drop in informally raise any issues they may have.  If you need a more formal meeting, a slightly longer discussion or a meeting with more than one member of staff, then please call the School Office and we will set it up at a time that is convenient for everyone involved.

How do I make an appointment with Ms O’Brien?

 

Ms O’Brien has an open door policy but because she is often in meetings or in class, it is often better for parents to make an appointment with her via the School Office.  Please just pop in, phone or email. 

How do I find out what my child is learning about?

 

At the start of every half term, your child’s learning topic will change.  To give you and overview of their topic and how it will be delivered via the curriculum, every class teacher produces a one page sheet for pupils and parents.  All of these are published on your child’s class page on the website.  There’s a reminder in our front page news section and our newsletter when new plans are out and there is a hard colour copy of every class’ in the yellow folder outside Ms O’Brien’s office.

In addition, we hold a curriculum meeting (often in the first week of the new half term) where parents are invited to drop in, hear about what their child is covering in their learning and see their classroom.  If you cannot make this meeting and need more information than you can find on the website, the Office can set up at time for you to meet your child’s class teacher.

What’s the deal with homework and book bags and reading logs?

 

Homework for Year 2 upwards is sent home by book bag on a Friday.  Homework should be returned to school on a Wednesday.  The front sheet of each class’ homework can also be found on the website.

For children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, the book bag is a key communication tool from your child’s class teacher and will often come home daily as it contains the children’s reading logs.  We recommend you have a look through it every day. 

Book bags can be purchased from the School Office.

When is parents evening and what happens?

 

We put the date of parent’s evenings in the newsletter and website calendar as soon as we have it confirmed.  It takes place over two days (usually a Wednesday and Thursday) to give as much flexibility to parents as possible with a late finish on one day in order to fit in more with those of our parents that work or have other commitments during the school day.  Two weeks before we send out an email telling you when and how you can book online.  We also let you know that if you are having any problems booking or do not have access to the internet to pop into the Office or email us and we can make your appointment for you.

 

SCHOOL TRIPS

How do I found out if my child is going on a school trip?

 

We plan school trips as far in advance as possible in order to co ordinate venue exhibitions or workshops with curriculum topics and transport available to us.  We put the trip date and class in the diary section of the newsletter and also on the website calendar.  We will send a class email out approximately 3-4 weeks before your child’s trip date.  This email contains information about where and when they are going, what time they leave/get back, what your child needs to bring and the cost of the trip.  At the bottom of this page is the parent consent form which must be signed by you and returned to the Office.  We try to make it clear that unless we have your consent, your child cannot go on the school trip.  You also need to fill out a medical form too, however we have streamlined this process so you will only ever need to fill out one medical form per school year, no matter how many trips your child goes on. 

It is really helpful for us at school if you can return the consent form to us as soon as possible  However, if you have forgotten to return a trip form we will email you a reminder, ask your class teacher to remind you at pick up and put a replacement form in your child’s book bag the day before the trip.  We will also ask your child to remind you if they are old enough to remember to do so!  We will try to do everything in our power to ensure your child can go on their trip but the consent and medical forms are extremely important.  Copies of all of these forms can be found in your year folder outside the school office.

Payments for trips can now be made inline via ParentPay.

School journeys are slightly different.  We try and give you at least 5-6 months’ notice and split payments over this time period.

How do I volunteer to help on a school trip?

 

At the same time we send you trip details, we ask whether you would like to be considered to help on the trip if needed.  If you would like to come, you need to circle this option on the trip form.  Each trip form has a ‘return by’ date on it and we wait until this date (approx. 1 week before the trip) to pick out of a hat the names of the parents who have expressed an interest in going.  We have found this is the only fair way to give all parents an equal chance.  We will notify you if you have been selected by email and then send you the parents agreement form to read , sign and return.  If by chance you are now unable to come, we ask you tell us as soon as possible so we can offer it to someone else.

ABSENCE/LATENESS/ILLNESS/MEDICINES

What happens if my child is absent from school – either with an illness or has a medical/dental appointment?

 

If your child is not in school through illness or because of an appointment you can do two things.  Either email the School Office with the reason for their absence or fill in an absence form which is outside the Office when your child returns to school.

If you do neither you will be sent a letter asking you to complete a form as we must have a reason for your child’s absence from you in writing.  For persistent absences or lateness you will be sent a personal letter or email asking you to come in for a meeting to discuss the matter further.

What do I do if my child arrives late to school?

 

If your child arrives after 9am their class register will be closed.  If that is the case you must come via the School Office, sign your child in and fill out a late form. This means that the register can be updated centrally and your child included.

What do I do if I am running late to pick up my child after school?

We know this happens on occasion, so please phone the School Office and we will be able to let your child know so they don’t worry.

What do I do if I want to take my child out of school in term time?

 

You should fill out a ‘request for leave form’ which is also outside the School Office.  Ms O’Brien will consider each application at an individual level.  Please note a request for a holiday in term time will not be approved.

What happens if my child is ill at school?

 

If you child is unwell - if they have been sick or have a temperature - we will call you immediately.  To do that we use the child information form that you have filled in.  It is really important that this contact information is completely up to date – so if you change a phone number or address, please let us know as soon as possible. 

If we cannot get through to you we will leave a voicemail and try the second contact name and number you gave us on your child’s information form.  If we are unable to get them, we will keep on trying until we reach you by phone.  Your child will be looked after and kept comfortable until you can come and pick them up.

If your child has an accident at school, we will call you immediately.  If we think it is serious we will also call for an ambulance.  If this is the case, we will let you know immediately and keep you abreast of the situation until you are able to get here.

Why do I do if my child needs medicine at school?

 

We are only able to administer medicine that has been prescribed by a doctor.  You need to bring the medicine into the School Office and fill out a medical form (which includes information such as when to administer it and how much to give).  The Office will then pass the information sheet and medicine on to the qualified first aiders in school who will make sure your child has it at the right time.  If you need to collect medicine at pick up, please come to the School Office and they will fetch it for you.  If it needs to be given over a few days, then please bring it each morning to the Office.  You will only have to fill out a form once.  Please remember that children are not allowed any form of medicine in their bags including Calpol, throat lozenges etc.

FINDING OUT ABOUT EVENTS IN SCHOOL

How do I find out then my child’s class assembly is?

 

The timetable for class assemblies is drawn up in the first week of the term.  Once agreed, the dates and times are published on the website calendar.  They are also published in the main copy of the newsletter.  If we have to change a date at any time we try to give you as much warning as possible and we will group email the class to let you know.  Class assemblies are on a Friday from 9am – 9.20am in the school hall and parents of that class are very welcome to attend

Where do I find out about term dates and holidays?

 

All our term dates for the next year are on the school website under Term Dates and on the website calendar.  INSET days when school is closed are also marked in red and highlighted in the newsletter.  Signs are put up around school on the week of an INSET day to remind parents.

If, for any reason such as snow, and school is closed at short notice, you will receive a whole school text alert from us.  We do not send these often so if you do receive a text from us, you know that it is important and time sensitive and that you should read it as soon as you can.

How do I find out about other school events that may be happening?

 

We let you know about events happening in school via the school newsletter.  These may be things like dressing up for World Book day, harvest festival, school photographer, parents evening etc.  If the event affects just your child’s class such as workshop etc, you will be emailed direct with the details.  If it is a whole school event, we will do our best to send a reminder a day or two before by email, but the newsletter every Friday is often the best way to know what is coming up.  Please remember though that if you are ever unsure about what or when something is happening, you can always email the Office or come in and ask.

You need to contact your class reps for information on events that are organised by the Friends, such as the Christmas or Summer fair.

SCHOOL LUNCHES

How do I find out about school lunches?

 

If you want to know what food is on offer on a particular day or week you can look on the school website or the menus which are posted on the front door and notice board down by the school gate.

Children in Reception – Year 2 are entitled to free school lunches and will get them automatically.  If you would prefer your child to have a packed lunch, please let the Office know.

If your child is in Year 3 upward you will receive an email from the School Office every term asking if your child would like a school lunch.  It will also contain information on the cost and the deadline to pay by. If your child does not intend to continue with school lunches and is switching to packed, please let the Office know. 

If your child would like to switch from packed to school or school to packed lunches half way through a term, please give the Office one weeks’ notice.

What if my child has an allergy or a religious reason to avoid certain food?

You MUST fill out a lunch allergy/preference form letting us know what your child CANNOT eat.  This will be passed on to the lunchtime staff to monitor and the school’s first aiders

OTHER THINGS YOU MAY LIKE TO KNOW

Where can I order school uniform?

 

Our uniform supplier is Braggs Clothing in East Finchley.  You can order uniform direct from them via their website at www.braggschoolwear.co.uk or over the phone on 0208 445 3945 or in person at their shop at 341 Ballards Lane, North Finchley, London N12 8LJ.  You can download Bragg's price list from our website.

White polo shirts, grey trousers, shorts, skirts or dresses are available from most retailers such as M&S, Tesco, Asda etc.

You can order the following items from the School Office: Choir T shirts, baseball caps, book bags, house PE T shirts (for Years 3 – 6).  Uniform order forms for these are available to download here or outside the school office.  Please fill one out and return it to school with a cash or cheque made payable to St James Primary School. When your uniform order is ready we will send it home via your child's class.

How do I arrange music lessons for my child?

You can do this direct with Haringey music services.  Forms are outside the School Office or you can visit their website. 

How do I find out about after school clubs?

 

These are all on the school website with times and days they run.  To apply for a place for your child you need to contact the after school club organiser direct.  Their contact details are on the same web page.

How do I find out more about applying for pupil premium?

Please pop into the School Office and pick up a form.

 

How do I find out more about the Governors?

 

The Governors have their own page on the website with details of who they are, what they do and what committees they sit on.  In addition they send out a termly newsletter and from time to time they may garner parent’s views via a survey or questionnaire.  In the Autumn term they write to all parents about the school’s voluntary maintenance contribution.  They are present at most of the school events from church services to the Summer fair and from the new parents evening to sports day.  You can contact them at any time by emailing them at governors@stjamesprimaryschool.co.uk.

 

 

 

Introduction

At St James, we know good communication with our parents and pupils is important and we use a number of ways to keep in contact with you.  These include

  • Emails, phone calls and letters if it’s an individual or personal matter
  • Groupcall if it’s a class or whole school issue
  • Friday’s newsletter - our key weekly communication giving you a run down on everything that has happened that week in school and a head’s up about what’s coming up
  • School website which is up to date with the latest calendar dates, school and class news, information about E safety and safeguarding as well as all our policies.

Of course, communication is two way and if you cannot find the information you are looking for, the School Office is open from 8.30am – 4.30pm.  Our email is office@stjamesprimaryschool.co.uk and our telephone number is 0208 883 6540.  If our office line is busy then please leave a message and we will get back to you.

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions that you may find useful and they are as follows:

  • How can I make a meeting with my child’s class teacher?
  • How do I make an appointment with Ms O’Brien?
  • How do I find out what my child is learning about?
  • What’s the deal with homework and book bags and reading logs?
  • What’s the deal with homework and book bags and reading logs?
  • How do I found out if my child is going on a school trip?
  • How do I volunteer to help on a school trip?
  • What happens if my child is absent from school – either with an illness or has a medical/dental appointment?
  • What do I do if my child arrives late to school?
  • What do I do if I am running late to pick up my child after school?
  • What happens if my child is ill at school?
  • Why do I do if my child needs medicine at school?

  • How do I find out then my child’s class assembly is?

  • Where do I find out about term dates and holidays?
  • How do I find out about other school events that may be happening?
  • How do I find out about school lunches?
  • What if my child has an allergy or a religious reason to avoid certain food?
  • Where can I order school uniform?
  • How do I arrange music lessons for my child?
  • How do I find out about after school clubs?
  • How do I find out more about applying for pupil premium?
  • How do I find out more about the Governors?