The Governors of the school are responsible for staffing, finance, premises, curriculum and the future planning of the school. The Governors work very closely with the Headteacher and Leadership Team in making decisions about the school and are jointly are responsible for upholding the Christian values and ethos within our school.
At Stone St. Mary's Church of England Primary School we have Governors from the following groups:
We are all here to do the very best we can for your child. If you have any concerns please contact your child's class teacher or make an appointment to see the Headteacher.
Children will normally start school in the September prior to their 5th birthday. When there are more requests for places than the number of places available, children are admitted in accordance with our Admissions Policy.
Prospective parents are always welcome to visit the school by appointment and we hold an introductory meeting for the parents of Reception children in the term before their child starts.
Parents of children with physical or sensory impairment are asked to inform the Headteacher of their child's needs as soon as a place at our school is offered.
The Headteacher will endeavour to make any arrangements necessary to enable the child to participate fully in lessons and activities. These may take time to put into place and may require advice and assistance from the education office or specialist agencies, so parents are urged to see the Headteacher as soon as possible so that everything can be ready for the child's first day at school.
The school day is from 8.50 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. in EYFS and KS1 and until 3.10 p.m. in KS2
Lunchtime: 12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.
Children should not arrive before 8.40 a.m. From that time the school playgrounds will be supervised. Children in Year R are welcome in their classroom at 8.45 a.m. The whistle is blown for KS1/KS2 at 8.45 a.m.
Lessons begin at 8.50 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. (EY/KS1)
Lessons begin at 8.50 a.m. until 3.10 p.m. (KS2)
It is important that children are not late for school. Late arrival in the classroom can be upsetting for your child and can be detrimental to his/her education as well as that of his/her peers.
School dinners are cooked on site and details of methods of payment, free meals and menus are available from the School Office.
Children may also bring a packed lunch but this should not include fizzy drinks, cans of drink, sweets or chocolate bars.
We have a lunchtime Code of Conduct, where we encourage everyone to say "PLEASE"and "THANK YOU" and to sit appropriately at the table! Prayers thanking God are said before eating.
We are proud of our Healthy School's Award and encourage children in KS2 to bring a piece of fresh fruit for a morning snack. Children in the EYFS and KS1 are provided with a piece of fruit as part of the "Free Fruit for Schools Scheme".
Children are allowed to bring a named water bottle, containing plain water only, into their classrooms. Water coolers are available in school to refill bottles.
We are also part of the "Cool Milk for Schools Scheme" and details can be obtained from the School Office.
The wearing of school uniform is firmly established at Stone St. Mary's Church of England Primary School.
Our uniform consists of:
Children must wear sensible shoes at all times and these should be black - trainers are not allowed.
Sweatshirts with the school logo on are available through the school. Please enquire at the School Office. We also sell school bags, baseball caps and fleece jackets.
Sensible hairstyles are expected in school - Excessive hair gel and patterns shaved in heads are not allowed. Long hair must be tied back or braided using simple black, brown, green or white hair bands.
For P.E. the children need black shorts, a plain white tee-shirt and black plimsolls. Trainers can be worn by Key Stage 2 children for outdoor P.E. lessons. Children may wear a tracksuit for outdoor PE in the winter months.
Children with pierced ears may wear studs in school. These must be removed or taped over during PE lessons for Health and Safety reasons. Parents should provide tape in their child's PE bag.
Uniform can be bought from most department stores.
We encourage all items of clothing, lunch boxes, water bottles, bags, etc. to be named so that we can return lost items to their rightful owners.
Lost property is stored in the Entrance Hall.
Every term Lost Property will be displayed in the playground before and after school to encourage items to be collected. If items remain they will be disposed of as we do not have the space to store them.
Children requiring an asthma inhaler should bring two pumps into school; one to be kept in the child's class and a spare in the School Office. Parents of children requiring long-term medication during school hours need to make an appointment to speak to the Headteacher so that arrangements can be made.
We have fully qualified first aiders on the staff who deal with minor injuries. If we are at all concerned about your child, either regarding an injury or illness, you will be contacted immediately. All parents are asked to complete an emergency form and to ensure we have other contact numbers so that someone else can be contacted if you are unavailable. Until we have contacted you, we will take any action required in the interests of the child. If your child is ill before school begins, please do not send them to school on that day.
Although we will always care for children who become ill at school, any necessary medical treatment or administering of medicines will be carried out in accordance with our School Medicines Policy. Parents naturally have responsibility for the care of their children, and from time to time may need to discuss medical matters with the Headteacher.
Whilst at school, school medical services give all children routine medical screening on a regular basis, including vision, height and weight.
All serious injuries are recorded and all bangs to the head are recorded and reported to parents.
At Stone St. Mary's Church of England Primary School we aim to promote a happy, secure and caring environment where children are loved and valued and are able to develop spiritually, morally and socially as well as acquire skills and knowledge in accordance with our Christian ethos.
We are Rights Respecting School and expect all members of our school community to act responsibly showing standards of behaviour at all times.
We have a clear policies on acceptable behaviour and bullying. Please see our Policies section.
Exclusion will be very rarely used and then only in the interests of the health and safety of the child concerned or others within the school. Parents will be notified in writing at the earliest possible moment of the reasons for the suspension or expulsion. All actions will follow the KCC guidelines.
All complaints should be addressed to the Headteacher. The following procedure will then be followed
If your complaint has not been resolved satisfactorily, the Headteacher will give you information on how to make a formal complaint to the Governing Body and/or the LA.
All complaints will be recorded and treated as strictly confidential.
Documents relating to the Education Acts, DfES information, LA documents and schemes of work and copies of the school's OFSTED report and action plan are available for you to see, by appointment, at the School Office.
To make sure we have consistency in the way we manage the school we have a range of policy documents.
The policies come in two groups: -
All parents are welcome to make an appointment to come into school to read our policies.