Break time snacks should consist of fruit, dried fruit, vegetables or any other healthy snack; NOT crisps, biscuits or, in particular, NUTS- please remember we are a Nut free school. All children in the FS and KS1 receive free fruit and vegetables daily as part of the Government scheme.
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that the school has up to date contact details for them should they need to be contacted at any time. It is also imperative that parents contact the school if their child has any specific medical needs, to enable a healthcare plan to be completed so staff are aware of any action to take in the event of your child being unwell at school. We use School Gateway to send parents e-mails; please ensure you give the office any new home/mobile telephone numbers and/or e-mail addresses to ensure we are able to contact you if necessary.
School Uniform Guidelines
Click here to access the uniform Guidelines
Inevitably some clothing is lost from time to time. Lost property is stored in front entrance. If not claimed after a term we dispose of it.
Medication in school
Some children may require medication from time to time but the only medication that we are allowed to administer is that which has been prescribed by a doctor. Under no circumstances should children bring any other form of medication to school e.g. cough sweets etc. Medicines such as Calpol, Ibuprofen, cough mixture etc are not allowed to be given to children by school staff, unless prescribed. If your child needs to have prescribed medication administered at school, please come to the Office where you will need to complete the required permission form.
The staff administer this in a voluntary capacity and it is the responsibility of the parents and/or children to remember to come at the appropriate time.
If your child needs medication three times a day the LA recommends this doesn’t come to school but is taken before school, on return home from school and before bed (unless it is essential to be taken before food at lunchtime).
Some children will have specific medical needs and will have an individual medical plan drawn up for them in liaison with the School Nurse.
Inhalers/ Epi-pens are kept with the child in their classroom. It is the responsibility of the parents to inform the school if their child is asthmatic or has an epi-pen and to ensure the required inhaler/epi-pen is in school and in date. We send medication home home at the end of each term and it is to come back into school on the first day via the office. Children who require asthma inhalers or epi-pens are not allowed to be in school without their medication.
Home School Agreement
Each September, parents/ carers, children and staff are asked to sign our Home/ school agreement. This ensures that everyone is clear in their role in supporting children to have the best educational experiences. It helps our children to see that we are working in partnership to support them to be successful at school. You can read and print a copy here.
We have an ‘Open Door’ policy whereby we hope that parents feel they can come and talk to staff if they have concerns; unless urgent or a quick message, it is better to catch teachers at the end rather than the beginning of the day to either talk with them or make an appointment.
Parents have the opportunity to attend Parents’ Evenings that are arranged in the Autumn and Spring Terms. We run information evenings from time to time, usually on learning or curriculum issues.
A comprehensive Newsletter goes out every other week. This is e-mailed using ParentMail and is also available on the website. Throughout each term you will receive letters/e-mails from class/year group teachers regarding plans for the term, specific events or visits.
All concerns or issues regarding your child should always go through their class teacher in the first instance; most things are resolved this way. It may be necessary to consult the Deputy Head or the Headteacher as appropriate.
Accessing the Pupil Premium Funding for Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One children.
If you are a parent or carer and you receive one of the benefits listed below, your child may be eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant. This Grant releases extra funding into our school, enabling us to provide additional support for those children in receipt of it. For additional information on the way that Sauncey Wood uses the Pupil Premium funding please look under the Statutory Information menu page of our website.
To ensure that the funding is released into school you must register on the Herts Direct Free School Meal Page or phone the number listed below.
Registering is vitally important as it ensures that your child receives the additional support that they are entitled to.
Registering for Free School Meals in Key Stage Two
Children in Key Stage Two are not automatically entitled to a free school meal. If as a parent or carer you receive one of the benefits listed, your child may be eligible for a free school meal and the Pupil Premium Grant. Again the Grant releases extra funding into our school, enabling us to provide additional support for those children in receipt of it. You must register on the Herts Direct Free School Meal Page or phone the number listed below to ensure your child receives a free school meal and to release the funding that enables us to provide the additional support.
Benefits that qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meal
• Income support;
• income-based jobseekers allowance;
• income-related employment and support allowance;
• support under immigration and asylum law;
• the guarantee part of state pension credit;
• child tax credit and you have an annual income of £16,190 before tax or less;
• working tax credit during the 4 week run on period.
* Please note that if you receive both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit we will not be able to claim the pupil premium grant.
How to register for The Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meals
Online: At www.hertsdirect.org/freeschoolmeals
Phone: 0300 123 4048
Birthdays and Celebrations
It is always nice to celebrate a friends birthday or another celebration and something we support. Children will be sung to in class. We will not be giving out any food items and ask that you do not send any into school. You may like to consider donating a book for the class to read or a game for wet play times to share and play together. We thank you for your support in this. You can read our Healthy Schools policy here.