Frequently asked questions

How much is Dinner Money? (Year 3 up).

Presently the daily cost is £2.20 for children in Years 3 - 6. Infant school meals (Reception - Year 2) are free following Universal Free School Meals funding launched September 2014.

What time does school start?

We start school at 08.50 a.m. Reception - Year 2 classroom doors open from 08:40 to 08:50 a.m. Years 3 - 6, Teachers will gather on the playground from 08:40 a.m and walk to classrooms for 08:50. Gates open 08.30 a.m. We would encourage children to be in the school playground from 8.40 a.m to avoid lateness and the stresses this can bring.

Where can I buy uniform?

Our uniform is purchased online from Brigade Clothing - Click on the ‘Parents click here to order’ button. Type in St Clements Hill and select us from the drop down menu.

Can I park at the school?

We do not have a car parking facilities on site. The school is situated on residential roads and we ask parents to park legally and with due consideration for our neighbours.

Can my child cycle to school?

Yes, your child can cycle if they are accompanied by an adult. If you wish your child to cycle on their own we would need a permission letter from the parent with parental responsibility. A secure cycle shed is provided on site.

What do I do if my child has lost a piece of clothing?

Parents must either sew a name label into all clothing or write the child’s name in indelible ink. We are able to provide the use of an indelible ink pen when purchasing school uniform, and there is also an indelible pen in all classrooms. If an item goes missing your child must inform the class teacher and class teaching assistant and look in the lost property. We will do our utmost to find lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement.

When will my child start in Reception?

This will depend on their age and parental preference, usually children join Reception class in the September following their 4th birthday. Please see the school prospectus under the Admission section and for further advice you can speak to the school office staff.

What do I do if my child is ill?

Parents should inform the school by telephone on the first morning of an absence by 10am and provide a reason for the pupil's absence. The school will contact the pupil's family and thereafter other emergency contacts if no explanation is given to confirm the reason for the child’s absence. Children should not return to school until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness.

What is the School policy on holidays during term time?

Holidays are Unauthorised when taken during term time.

If I have the time is there a way I can help out at school?

Yes, the school would love to hear from you if you have a skill, job or talent that will be of interest to the pupils.

What are INSET days?

INSET stands for In Service Training. All schools in England have five days every year when they are closed to pupils to allow for staff training. They are an important part of staff training and development, ensuring that staff stay up to date with latest developments and so education in our school remains ‘cutting edge’.

What is EYFS?

EYFS = Early Years Foundation Stage and is the provision for 0- 5 years. At St Clements Hill this is our Reception class.

What are Key Stage 1 and 2 (KS1 and KS2)?

Key Stage 1 is Years 1 and 2. Key Stage 2 Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

What is the national curriculum?

The national curriculum outlines what all children should be taught in each Key Stage. You can find out what your child's curriculum is by looking on our school website.

How frequently are parents’ evenings?

Parents’ evenings are held twice a year. The first are in the autumn, usually the end of October, and the second in the spring. If you would like to speak to your child’s teacher, they are always happy to talk briefly at the end of the school day. If you’d like to talk for a bit longer, then ask your child’s teacher if you can arrange a time that is convenient for you both. You can do this at any time of the year.

Is PE kit compulsory?

Yes. This is for health and safety reasons. No jewellery or watches can be worn and long hair needs to be tied back for Health & Safety reasons.