Absences and Punctuality...
The morning gates close at 8.50am. For those that are Teddy super fans this means that he will not be around to greet you and your child after this time.
Please try to be prompt as it means we can all starting our learning together at 9am without any interruptions by late pupils. From Monday 13th September, the parents of children who arrive after the gates have closed at 8.50am will receive a text informing them of a late mark.
Please be aware If you arrive late after registration has closed (9.00am) your child will be coded ‘U’ which is Unauthorised Late and recorded as a half day absence.
Extra Curricular Clubs...
We have sent out an extra-curricular clubs email this week for Key Stage 2. Some of the clubs have a number limit so register quickly! Most clubs will commence on the week beginning Monday 20th September.
Clubs for Key Stage 1 will start in Term 2, look out for more information coming soon.
Updates for the New Academic Year...
Drop Off and Collection Arrangements
We are no longer staggering drop off and collection times for each individual year group unless guidance changes due to an increased infection rate.
Masks are no longer expected at drop off and collection but please be understanding of those who choose to wear a mask or wish to keep a bit of distance between themselves and others.
We will continue to santise hands as children enter and leave the school site.
All children can be dropped off between 8.30 – 8.50am. Gates will close promptly at 8.50am.
We expect children to be in school for registration by 8.50am so that we can start all lessons promptly by 9am.
Drop Off Gates remain the same:
YR & Y1 can be dropped off at the green EYFS gate. Parents/carers will continue to follow the one way system.
Y2 can be dropped off at the Main Entrance.
KS2 (Years 3 – 6) can be dropped off at the green Keeler side gate accessible through the Visitors’ carpark. Please drop your KS2 child off at the gate and do not enter the carpark.
Any messages for teachers can be given to Senior Staff on duty at the gates.
All children need to be collected between 3.10 – 3.30pm. Gates will open at 3.10pm from this term onwards. This and the additional 10 mins in the morning are to ensure we give our children as much learning time as possible. Please note: Children not collected by 3.30pm will be sent to After School Club and will be charged the £5 rate for the first session (3.30 – 4.30pm). If you are running late due to a specific reason please contact the school office on 01622 891289 or arrange for your child to be collected by someone on your Collection Permission list.
Children will only be released to a parent, carer, adult or sibling over 16 listed on their Collection Permission sheet. If you need to update this please email the school office: email@example.com
Year 6 can be given permission to walk home if the school has been informed in writing by a parent/carer. Permission forms will be sent to all Year 6 parents when we return to school.
Collection Gates remain the same:
YR & Y1 can be collected from the green EYFS gate following the one-way system.
Y2 can be collected from the Main Entrance.
KS2 (Years 3 – 6) can be collected from the KS2 playground: entrance via the Visitors carpark and exited through the far end of the site.
Please ensure your child is dropped off and collected on time. If for any reason you are running late for drop off or collection please contact the school off ice on 01622 891289.
Please ensure that your child comes to school in the correct school uniform. The up to date uniform list is attached. If for any reason your child is unable to wear the full and correct uniform, please inform the school in writing via firstname.lastname@example.org
Most items of school uniform can be purchased from any supermarket or high street retailer. Items that are specific to our school or with school logos can be purchased from our uniform supplier ‘Simmonds’ who have a shop at Newnham Court Shopping Village (Bearsted Road, Weavering, Maidstone ME14 5LH) or on-line using this link: https://simmonds-ltd.com/headcorn-primary-school/ .
PE Uniform & Allocated PE Days
At Headcorn Primary School we ask that our children wear their PE Uniform to school on their allocated PE days along with their purple jumper, cardigan or fleece. As this is in place of wearing their usual school uniform, we expect children to be smartly dressed in the correct PE uniform items.
Our PE Uniform consists of:
- Purple Cardigan / Jumper / Fleece
- School house colour T-shirt with school crest (House colour is assigned by the school)
- Black or navy shorts / skirt / skort
- Trainers – that your child can fasten independently (no Plimsolls please)
- Black or navy Track suit bottoms, leggings and sweatshirt, hoody or fleece for colder months
You’ll be relieved to hear that hopefully allocated PE Days this year will not be changing each term.
Please note that we will not be doing PE on the first 2 days back. The wearing of PE Uniform on allocated days will start the week beginning Monday 6th September 2021.
Allocated PE days:
YR – Tuesdays (but PE kit not needed until Term 2)
Y1 – Tuesdays & Thursdays
Y2 – Mondays & Thursdays
Y3 – Wednesdays & Thursdays
Y4 – Mondays & Thurdays
Y5 – Wednesdays & Fridays
Y6 – Wednesdays & Fridays
Nut Free Site
Please be aware that we are a nut free site as we have a growing number of children with significant nut allergies.
This includes food that contains traces of nuts. Please check the ingredients on snack or packed lunch items for information on nut or trace nut contents.
I understand that this is a controversial subject and that some children just do not like eating fruit. However, it is the school’s duty to encourage a healthy lifestyle which includes limiting what children are allowed to eat at break times. Please work with us to ensure that your child has something healthy to eat:
We can allow:
- Any fresh fruit
- Dried fruit e.g. raisins, apricots, etc
- Vegetables e.g. carrots, peppers, mini tomatoes
- Fruit alternatives such as fruit winders
- Bread Sticks
- Small cheese portion e.g. BabyBel
Please be aware: Fruit leathers, fruit strips, and fruit roll-ups are healthy sounding snacks. However, many of these contain too much added sugar and possibly even artificial ingredients. Please check the ingredients and sugar content of these items before selecting them. Fruit, in its whole, unprocessed form, is the healthiest fruit snack we can eat as it is a natural food item.
Unfortunately, we cannot allow the following as these are messy foods for carpeted classrooms:
- Crackers with or without toppings
- Houmous or other dips
- Contents of children’s packed lunch boxes
If for any reason your child has a dietary issue that means they cannot eat from the foods above, please contact me via email@example.com to discuss this. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.