We welcome your child to St Augustine's School
All that we do is underpinned by our Mission Statement:
GOD IS THE HEART OF OUR SCHOOL
RESPECT OURSELVES, EACH OTHER AND THE ENVIRONMENT
OPEN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS
WORSHIP AND WONDER
INSPIRE EACH OTHER
NURTURE THE BEST A PERSON CAN BE
GROW AND LEARN TOGETHER
The playground gate opens at 8.45am and a member of staff is on duty from this time to supervise (children should not be left unsupervised before the gate opens). When the gate opens, please walk your child onto the playground and feel free to stay with them until their teacher welcomes them from 8.50am. A teacher will remain on duty in the playground until 8.55am.
The gates will be locked at 9.00am and will remain locked during the day. If your child is late bring them to the front entrance and sign them into the ‘late book’. For security reasons we ask that you do not accompany them through the school to his/her class. They will be taken by a member of staff while you sign the late book, located in the front porch.
At the end of the day parents/carers should wait on the pathway until the gates are opened at 3.20pm. Children will be dismissed by their teacher from the playground. At 3.30pm the wooden playground gate will be locked. At this point, any child who has not been collected from the playground will be taken to the office and you will have to press the call button to gain access to the main entrance.
From 4.30pm after school clubs (with the exception of Eden Club) will be dismissed from the first Year 1/2 classroom from the playground (on the right), 1/2 St Bernadette. Parents should wait on the path until the gate is opened. Eden Club children should be collected from the main entrance, please push the call button and wait to be admitted.
In the morning, all clubs and Eden club will continue to use the call button and enter through the main entrance. The children will be dismissed from morning clubs straight to their classrooms.
The main car park gates will only be open to allow access for staff and will be closed when the children are coming into and leaving school. Please do not walk down the driveway to gain access to the school and remind your children to dismount and walk their bike or scooter down the footpath.
ORGANISATION OF THE SCHOOL
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE – There is a total pupil admission number of 45 children, who are divided into two classes of either 22 or 23. We employ a staggered start to best meet the needs of our new children and to accommodate our visits to their homes.
KEY STAGE ONE – Children are in classes of 30 and are grouped according to age.
KEY STAGE TWO – Grouped in six classes according to age, but set for Maths in Years 5 & 6.
For security reasons it is essential that we know with whom your child is going home. We are unable to release your child without written authorisation. Please let us know who has permission to collect your child by completing our Going Home Arrangements form and returning to your child’s class teacher. If occasionally you are unable to pick up your child on a particular day, let your class teacher know in writing in advance the name of the person who will do this. If there is an unexpected change of pick up for your child and the adult is not on your permission list, please contact the school office.
CARS AND PARKING
We request that you follow these rules:
EMERGENCY CONTACTS AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
It is essential for us to have emergency contacts and telephone numbers, should your child have an accident, fall or be unwell during the day. Please give an additional contact other than parents and please ensure that they are correct and updated as necessary.
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN HOME AND SCHOOL
We use ‘Parentpay’ for almost all communications home to parents delivering letters and notes electronically to your email address(es). Payment for school trips and permission slips may also be requested by Parentpay. For parents who do not have internet access, paper copies will be sent home.
The school website www.st-augustines.kent.sch.uk is also updated regularly, and the homepage is often used for important announcements (especially in times of snow or other events).
Every week, a newsletter is also sent home via Parentpay. This contains important information about things happening in school. We also use Facebook for announcements and communication – one from school: search facebook ‘St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School Tunbridge Wells’ and another for parent and carers to communicate on: search facebook ‘St Augustine’s School Parent and Carer Page’. Any abuse or misuse of these platforms will result in you being removed and blocked.
If you wish to speak to your child’s class teacher you could see if they are free to talk before or after school by approaching the teacher directly or contact the school office first. For a more lengthy discussion with your child’s teacher, you can make a mutually convenient appointment by telephoning the school office, writing to your child’s class teacher, or emailing the office.
HEALTHY, SAFE AND SECURE
We value and respect all our children and families equally and recognise that they learn best when they are
healthy, safe and secure. If you have any concerns about their learning, safety or welfare please feel welcome to contact us.
If your child is ill, for whatever reason, we need to be informed by 9.30am on each day of the absence, otherwise the absence will be marked as unauthorised. Absences can be informed by telephoning the school and leaving a message, sending a ‘communication’ via Parentpay or by emailing the school office: email@example.com. In the case of sickness and diarrhoea, children should not return to school within 24 hours from their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. If your child is sick at school, and sent home, they should not return the following day. The expectation is still 24 hours from the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Please notify the school if your child has contracted or come into contact with any communicable diseases such as Chicken Pox for example – we have children with low immune systems who are at a greater risk from these illnesses.
We expect at least 95% attendance for every child. If there are issues with ill health or other issues that reduce your child’s attendance below this percentage we will work with you to improve this.
We have a useful guide on our website called ‘Is my child too ill for school?’ http://www.st-augustines.kent.sch.uk/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/ if you are in any doubt about sending them in.
If your child needs to take any medication whilst at school, a ‘Parental Agreement Form’ will need to be completed and handed into the office (forms are available from the office, or can be downloaded from the website). All medicines must be handed in to the school office in their original container as dispensed by the pharmacist. If your child has an inhaler, please ensure that they have had medical instruction on its use. All inhalers are kept in the classroom. It is essential for the class teacher to know if your child suffers from any medical condition.
Children often feel hungry at break-time, so we encourage you to send your child to school with a snack of fruit. We do not allow sweets, chocolates, biscuits, cereal bars or crisps and no nuts or food containing nuts please. We are a nut free school. We are involved in the Government’s free fruit scheme for infants; this means that they will be given an additional piece of fruit/vegetables to eat during the day. If you wish you may send in small treat to share with the class on your child’s birthday. These treats will be share with the class at the end of the day. Please do not send in cakes or chocolates/sweets for the class that contain nuts.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS (ALSO KNOWN AS PUPIL PREMIUM)
You may also be entitled to claim ‘Free School Meal’ status which secures important additional funding for the school. Your child does not have to have school lunches for the school to receive the additional funding. This funding is used to benefit your child’s learning for six years, whether your child has a school meal or not. Please see the enclosed letter for further information.
Every child under the age of five is entitled to a free 189ml serving of milk whilst in attendance at a registered day care provider for two or more hours a day. Upon starting school your child is registered to receive their portion of free milk with our milk provider Cool Milk which will continue until their fifth birthday. After their fifth birthday you may chose to continue with the milk scheme at a subsidised rate of approximately £14.00 per term. If your child is entitled to ‘Free School Meals’, your child will automatically receive a free 189ml portion paid for by the school.
School lunch is at 12.00pm for children in Reception and KS1 and 12.15pm for KS2. School lunch sample menus can be found via a link on our school website: http://www.st-augustines.kent.sch.uk/school-meals/ From September 2013 the Government pledged funding to all schools in England to provide every child in Reception and Years 1 and 2 with a meal at lunchtime, known as Universal Free School Meals. If you choose for your child to have a packed lunch it must be a healthy one. This should be a named lunch bag\box and must not include chocolate, fizzy or energy drinks, nuts or products made with nuts. We are unable to store packed lunch food in a refrigerator so please keep this in mind when choosing what to give your child.
We do not insist that children eat all the food on their plate but we do encourage them to eat as much as they can. If we think that there may be an issue about not eating sufficient food, we will tell you.
We have some children in school who are likely to suffer from anaphylactic shock if they come into contact with any nuts. Please do not use peanut butter or chocolate/hazelnut spread as any part of your child’s lunch.
We are a cashless school, therefore all money for trips, lunches or saving schemes should be paid via your Parentpay account.
SCHOOL PTA (PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION)
As a parent or carer of a child at St Augustine’s you’re already a member of our PTA. Your skills, or even just your presence, are very much appreciated. Not only can you make a real difference but a child’s extended family (aunties, uncles, grandparents) can also get involved. Children love seeing their families in school and we strongly believe that school and families’ working in partnership is the most positive way to raise money and secure the best educational experiences for our children. You can benefit them, improve their educational environment and make friends too. The varied work means there's something for everyone - it's not just about being on the committee. More families involved with their PTA means more money raised through more fun events, benefitting everyone.
We have a Governing Body to ensure that children receive the best education possible. The Governors are selected from a variety of backgrounds to reflect the many interest groups within our school. Membership comprises of representatives of the local Parishes (Foundation Governors), parents, staff and the Local Education Authority. The Chair of the Committee of Governors is currently Judy Green. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org