Welcome to Southmere Primary Academy
In addition to all the information that you have found in our School Prospectus, we thought it may be helpful to put together some information to help our new parents to find out further information on how our school works, hopefully helping us work together to help both you and your child/children settle in smoothly with our school life.
Our School Day
Our School day starts at 8.50 a.m. and finishes at 3.15 p.m. You will have been shown where to take and collect your children at the start of the school day and where to collect them from at the end. Please ensure that your children arrive at school on time to line up when the doors open at 8.50 a.m. If you are late and the doors are closed, you will need to come the school office to let the office staff know that you child has arrived late. You will need to be waiting outside your child's classroom in time for the doors opening at 3.15 p.m. In the event of an emergency and you expect to arrive late to collect your child, you will need to telephone the office to ask for a message to be passed on to class to let both the teacher and your know child when you expect to arrive.
We have a 'Breakfast Club' every day that opens at 8.00 a.m. The club is free but you will need to bring your child with enough money for them to purchase their breakfast (They can buy toast, cereal and a drink for around 60p) If you wish for your child to come to Breakfast Club, please make sure that they arrive before 8.30 a.m. doors do close at this time as children will not have enough time to eat their breakfast before school starts. (Once the bell goes at 8.50 a.m., staff will take your children into their classrooms)
IF YOUR CHILD IS ENTITLED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS, OR HAS BEEN WITHIN THE LAST 6 YEARS - WE WILL PROVIDE BREAKFAST FREE OF CHARGE.
You will have had the opportunity to choose which meal arrangements suit both you and your child. If you have chosen for your child to have a school meal, these should be paid for on MONDAY morning, in a dinner money envelope. Please write your child's name and class clearly on the front. You, or your child, can give this to your child's class teacher or it can be handed into the school office on Monday morning. These will then be passed onto the school kitchen for you. The office will send out a supply of dinner money envelopes at the end of every half term break for you to use during the next half term. The cost of a school meal is currently £1.60 per day. If you have chosen for your child to have a packed lunch, please send this into class with your child each day so that he/she can put it in the appropriate box ready for lunchtime. If your child arrives without any lunch, we will offer them a school meal (which will have to be paid for) We don't allow parents to bring lunches throughout the morning as the kitchen staff need to know first thing how many children they need to make meals for. If you have chosen for your child to go home for dinners, please make sure that you are on time to collect him/her at the start of their lunch break and bring them back to school in time for afternoon registration which takes place immediately after lunch time.
We offer the use of lockers to children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. There are enough lockers in school for every child to use. If you want your child to have a key so that they can lock their locker, we ask for a £5 deposit. This will need to be paid for before your child can have a key. If the key is returned to the school office at the end of the school year, your £5 will be refunded. In the event of a key being lost, the deposit that you have paid will be used to replace the lost key. If you require another key, another £5 deposit will need to be paid. This will then be refunded upon return of the key at the end of the school year as planned. Please ensure that all locker keys are handed in at the end of July, even if you wish for your child to have another one in September as we check the lockers have keys during the summer break to ensure all lockers have keys ready for the start of September and lockers will be allocated to someone else, which means that you will have lost your deposit.
We do like to take the children out on school trips as often as possible. We will send out a letter to let you know when and where we plan to go. Although school subsidises the cost of the visits, we do ask parents to pay a contribution towards these. We do understand, especially if you have more than one child in school, that it can be difficult to keep up with these costs. To help you budget, we offer a payment scheme of £1 per week, up to a maximum of £30.00 which will cover the cost of all of the trips throughout the year. If you would like to use this facility, please contact the school office with your first payment of £1. (Remember to make sure that your child's name and class are printed clearly on the front)
Also remember, we need your signed permission to take your child on a trip. Please remember to return each permission slip in good time before each visit, otherwise your child may not be able to go.
We hold a 'Good Work' Assembly on a Friday morning for Reception and Key Stage One classes and we hold an afternoon assembly for Key Stage Two classes. We invite all parents of children who are to receive an award. We text parents on Thursday lunchtime of the children who are set to receive an award for their good work the following day. Most of our parents find it nice to come and see their child receiving an award. (Please remember to make sure that we have your correct mobile number)
School aims to stay open whenever possible. In the event of bad weather and school has to close early, we will send a text to the first contact of each pupil. There will be adequate staff to look after your child/children until you arrive to collect them. Should snow fall heavy overnight and school is not able to open, again parents will be sent a text to inform them. This information can also be found on the 'Bradford Schools Online' website and it can be heard on the local radio stations.
If you do not receive a text, school will be open as normal and you will be expected to bring your children to school.
All children in Nursery and Reception are given a carton of school milk free every day.
Children in Years 1 &2 can order this if they wish. (if your child is entitled to free school meals, milk is supplied free of charge) We will send out a letter before the end of each term to offer you the chance to buy milk for the following term if you wish. We have to submit our order for milk before the start of each term, so please make sure you return your slips with your orders in by the deadline on the letter. (We will also send out a text to remind parents) The cost of this depends on how many school days are in the next term and the cost of the milk from the suppliers.
Change of Address/Telephone Numbers
It is very important to keep us up to date of your contact details. We send out a 'data collection sheet' at the beginning of each school year that parents need to check and return to the school office with any changes. If you move home or change your telephone numbers after this, please complete one of the slips in this pack and return it to the school office as soon as possible.
It is expected for your child to come to school with a mild cold etc, but if your child is too unwell to come to school, please telephone us to let us know. If your child is not in school and we haven't had a call from you, we will telephone you to find out why.
If your child becomes ill during the school day, we will telephone you to let you know.
We have lots of staff in school who are First Aid trained. If your child needs to use an inhaler or an epipen, you will need to ensure that an up-to-date one is available to keep in school.
If you child needs to take antibiotics, and your doctor has prescribed this 3 times a day, parents/carers can give this in the morning before school starts, in the afternoon when your child is collected from school and in the evening before your child goes to bed. If your doctor has prescribed antibiotics to be taken 4 times a day, then you will need to bring the medicine into school, signing a form to allow us to give this to your child at lunchtime. (Forms are available from the school office)
As part of the curriculum, you child will be timetabled to do a P.E. lesson. Please make sure that your child brings his/her P.E. Kit in school when they come to school on the correct day, or if your child keeps their P.E. Kit in their locker, remember to make sure that they have their locker key with them.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO MAKE SURE ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME
After School Clubs
Throughout each half term, we run several 'After School Clubs' Letters come out before the club starts to invite pupils to join. (some clubs will only be available for certain year groups depending on the type of club and its suitability to age ranges) If your child wishes to join the club, you will need to complete the slip at the bottom of the letter and return it to the school office. Please note that these clubs can be very popular and are allocated on a first come first served basis. You will be sent a slip to let you know if your child has a place in the club.
Parent Consultation Appointments
We hold Parent Consultations in both the Autumn and Spring terms. You will be sent out a letter inviting you to make an appointment that is convenient for you. You will be sent a slip with your appointment time.
Pupil Reports are sent home towards the end of the Summer Term where there will also be an opportunity for you to make an appointment to see your child's Class Teacher if you have any concerns.
As we have lots of appointments to arrange - once you have received your appointment slip, please help us to make the sessions run smoothly by ensuring that you keep to your time. (It is very difficult for us to ensure that appointment times run smoothly if parents decide they want to change their appointment times)
As part of our 'Healthy School' we provide all children in our Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 classes with fruit every day. We also encourage children in Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 to bring a piece of fresh fruit each day.