Starting School

At Priorslee Academy we aim to make the transition from home to school a smooth and enjoyable experience for all children. We aim to provide a warm and caring atmosphere in order that they may develop social and intellectual skills with confidence.

EARLY YEARS


At Priorslee Academy we aim to make the transition from home to school a smooth and enjoyable experience for all children.  We aim to provide a warm and caring atmosphere in order that they may develop social and intellectual skills with confidence.  We are committed to providing a framework, which enables and enhances purposeful learning through the Foundation Stage Curriculum, giving depth, breadth, balance and progression towards the Early Learning Goals.  The LA is responsible for the admission policy and procedures for the school.  At Priorslee, we invite parents into school to meet the Head teacher, Early Years Co-ordinator and class teacher.  This meeting will give parents the opportunity to give staff information about their children and for them to have an outline of the Early Years Curriculum.  The children are invited to spend some time in class during the term prior to entry.  Transition continues in September when children attend mornings only in the first week. We also have a policy for assessment in the Early Years.  This policy includes a Base Line Assessment, which is completed at the end of the children’s first six weeks in school.  The aim of this assessment is to record the teacher’s observations of the skills and attitudes of the children on entry into school.  These assessments will also inform teachers and parents of appropriate targets to set the children to ensure progress in Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, and also Mathematics.


EXTENDED SCHOOL


We operate a Breakfast Club daily from 7.45 am to the start of school and our after school clubs operate daily between 3.20 pm and 6.00 pm.  Further details are available on the web site or from the school office.


LUNCH TIME


The academy promotes a healthy eating policy.  A hot meal is available each day and usually includes fresh fruit and salads.  There is always a vegetarian option on the menu. Water is freely available on the tables.   Dinners cost £2.00 each.  Dinner money should be paid in advance, on a Monday, when the amount will be added to the child’s account.  Cheques are preferred please, and should be made payable to “The Borough of Telford & Wrekin” and crossed.  All dinner money must be put in a named envelope, which is forwarded to the kitchen staff after registration.  Catering staff are unable to handle cash during the lunch hour. Parents of children entitled to free school meals may collect an application form from the office.  All applications are treated in strictest confidence.


SANDWICHES


Children may bring a packed lunch from home. We ask parents to follow our packed lunch guidelines (available on our OLE) regarding healthy eating. We actively discourage the addition of chocolate, sweets and squash with packed lunches. Drinks must be in an unbreakable, leak proof container. Children must NOT bring drinks in any glass container, glass thermos flasks or push-on top plastic container, as these have caused problems with breakage and spillage causing damage to furniture and floors.  Children are asked to bring their own cutlery should they need any to eat items of their packed lunch.  Lunch boxes should be labelled with the child’s name.


HEALTHY EATING


Children are encouraged to bring in a piece of fruit to eat at break time.  However, free fruit is available daily to all children in KS1.  Chocolate, sweets and other snacks are not allowed in school and we ask that parents do not send in cakes and sweets as birthday or holiday treats.


Water is freely available throughout the day from the mains water coolers and children are encouraged to bring water bottles in to school to enable them to drink throughout the day.  Free school milk is available on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.


SICK CHILDREN


The academy has no facilities for the care of sick children.  Should your child be taken ill, you will be requested to collect them from school.  Children who have been absent from school due to a sickness bug must remain at home for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have subsided. Should a child have an accident at school then a parent will be contacted and medical help sought if necessary.  The school has 29 qualified First Aiders: – Children who feel unwell should not be sent to school.  It would be helpful if parents could notify the school of any infectious illnesses, whooping cough, measles etc.  This is because school has to notify Shropshire Health Authority of infectious illnesses. Should a parent require a child to remain indoors during school break-times for health reasons, then a request should be made in writing or by telephoning the school to inform the class teacher.


MEDICINES


Medicines, including cough sweets, must not be brought into school by children.  Should your child require medication prescribed by a doctor, then it should be brought to the school office by a parent, who is required to sign a permission slip for the school to administer the drug, with the understanding that the medicines are ultimately the responsibility of the parents.  NO OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES WILL BE ADMINISTERED TO CHILDREN.  Sun block may be brought into school during the summer providing it is clearly marked with the child’s name.  It must be handed to the class teacher, who will keep it in a safe place.   Staff are not allowed to apply the cream but the child may apply the cream themselves at lunchtime and must not allow others to use it.  Alternatively, arrangements can be made for a parent to return to school to apply the cream.  Only sun block on prescription will be administered by the school.


SCHOOL UNIFORM


To order school uniform go to School Trends online by clicking http://www.schooltrendsonline.com/schools/PriorsleeAcademyTF29RS/. The deadline for placing orders is on a Thursday on a weekly basis.  There  will be no deliveries to school during the school holidays.


Orders will be delivered, individually packed, to school 14 days after the deadline. Alternatively you can order online and choose the home delivery option for an extra fee. 


If for any reason you are not able to order online, you may complete a paper order form (available from the school office) and return it to school with your payment (cheques only) before the deadline date.


Items available to order are:


Embroidered boys’ blazers (Key Stage 2 only) Embroidered girls’ blazers (Key Stage 2 only) Clip on ties (Key Stage 2 only) Royal blue sweatshirts and cardigans Royal blue indoor and outdoor fleeces Royal blue T-shirts Royal blue PE shorts Baseball caps Knitted hats White polo shirts Book bags PE bags Other items may be purchased from most chain stores in Telford:


Grey trousers Grey shorts Grey skirts and pinafores White shirts and blouses Blue and white summer dresses (either checked or striped) Children are expected to wear appropriate footwear at all times.  Black school shoes are preferred: trainers are not to be worn in place of shoes.


Please ensure that all garments are clearly named.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION KIT


It is important that children are appropriately dressed for physical education, games, movement and drama.  We suggest that each child bring a pump bag which can be hung on their clothes peg.  In this way they can keep their P.E. kit.


INDOOR KIT


Blue shorts and uniform T-shirt (both items are available to order online)  Bare feet (pumps or trainers may be needed for particular indoor games)


OUTDOOR KIT


As above with blue or black track suit bottoms / leggings


Extra sweatshirt / jumper


For safety reasons, children are not allowed to take part in P.E. activities in their normal everyday clothing.  All physical education kits should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and taken home regularly to be laundered.


PAINTING OVERALLS


From our experience, we know that an ideal painting overall is an old adult shirt with the sleeves shortened and elasticated, which the child should wear back to front.  Each child should have his/her own overall, which should be kept in their pump bag.


INDOOR SHOES


In order to protect the floors and floor coverings, children will be expected to bring and change into indoor shoes during inclement weather.


JEWELLERY


The wearing of jewellery in school is an obvious danger especially in P.E., movement and games.  The Local Education Authority will not accept any liability for the loss of personal property and we therefore request that the children do not wear jewellery in school.  We strongly recommend on safety grounds that anyone with earrings must remove or cover them for P.E.


LOST PROPERTY


All lost property, which has no name on it, will be placed in a box in the store cupboard for a short period, before being distributed.

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