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School Uniform

School Meals 

The advantages of claiming Free School Meals

Assessment

 

If you would like a paper copy of the information on the school's website, this can be provided free of charge. Please contact the school office on 01304 822516 if you require this.

School Uniform

 

To give parents choice, we have two uniform suppliers. Both provide an online ordering system for parents and the links are shown below.

PMG Schoolwear hold a number of items in stock and ready for despatch; they will let you know how long delivery will take and how much the delivery charge will be when you place your order.

Tesco school wear items are embroidered on request; delivery will be within 14 days and is free of charge. Please note, unfortunately, the green PE T Shirt (Limekiln House) is not available via Tesco. It can be purchased at the school; please ask at the school office.

 

It is not necessary for the children to have all uniform with the school logo, but most parents prefer to have one jumper with the logo for special occasions and for school photographs. We strongly recommend that you shop locally for competitively priced non logo items.

 

River Primary School

School Uniform

Principles
It is our policy that all children should wear clothing that is in keeping with a purposeful learning ethos.  We believe that certain activities are facilitated by appropriate clothing whether in school, or when participating in a school-organised event. We provide a complete list of the items needed for our school uniform in this policy.

Aims
Our policy for school uniform is based on the belief that a school uniform:

  • promotes a sense of pride in the school
  • engenders a feeling of community and belonging
  • is practical and smart
  • identifies the children with the school
  • makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance
  • is regarded as suitable, and good value for money, by most parents
  • is designed with health and safety in mind.

Our main colour is navy blue, items listed below are embroidered or printed with the school logo

All Children require:

  • Navy sweatshirt with school logo
  • White polo shirt with school logo 
  • Shoes - black [no high heels, sling backs, open backs or platform shoes. No boots or boot style trainers]
  • White or grey socks

Boys:

  • Grey or black trousers
  • Grey or black shorts (summer uniform)

Girls:

  • Navy sweat cardigan with school logo
  • Grey or black skirt, trousers or pinafore dress 
  • Blue gingham dresses (summer uniform)
  • Grey or Black shorts (summer uniform)

For PE all children need:

  • House colour t-shirt with school logo
  • Black/navy  PE shorts or cycle shorts
  • A pair of plimsolls [Foundation and Key Stage 1] or trainers [Key Stage 2]
  • Plain navy tracksuit for outdoor P.E. in colder weather
  • Gym bag

Additional optional items:

  • Optional Navy reversible fleece jacket with school logo
  • Navy book bag with school logo
  • Backpack in 2 sizes for KS1 and 2 with school logo
  • Navy cap or sun hat with school logo  
  • Gym bag with school logo

Jewellery
For health and safety reasons we do not allow children to wear jewellery in school. If children have pierced ears a small pair of plain stud earrings may be worn. These must be removed for PE.

Note:  If you are considering ear piercing, please time this to coincide with a longer school break.  Children cannot take part in practical PE activities unless earrings are removed.

Make up, Cosmetics and Hairbands
Make up and cosmetics are not considered appropriate or consistent with our school uniform.  The school does not permit such products to be worn by any children.  Hair ties, bands etc essential for keeping longer hair tied back, must be modest in style and in uniform colours.

All clothing and footwear must be clearly labelled with your child’s name so that lost items may be returned.

School Meals

Our tasty meals are prepared and cooked on site by Mrs Inwood and her team. They are served in the main hall.

The school meal service is provided by Principals Catering. Please see their website below. 

Universal Free School Meals

All children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2, nationally are entitled to a free school meal each day. This is known as the Universal Free School Meal offer, which most parents are very happy to take up for their child.

We believe that the school lunchtime is a great opportunity for all our children to sit down together and enjoy their healthy and tasty meal, while developing their social skills.  We therefore hope that all parents will take up this offer of a free school meal for our infant pupils. When your child starts school, you will be asked for your meal preference. It is as simple as letting us know that you wish to take up the offer!

Paid Meals

Children wishing to have a school meal should bring the correct money for the week on Monday morning, or parents can pay online using the link above. If your child is bringing dinner money to school, please put each child’s money in a separate envelope marked with their name, class, the amount and date. In the event of absence, money is credited to the following week. Please pay for school meals in advance.

Packed Lunches

If you prefer, you can provide a packed lunch for your child. Food must be brought to school in a suitable container marked with your child’s name. No glass containers, cans or fizzy drinks should be brought to school; drinks should be in non-breakable plastic containers.

We promote a healthy lifestyle and ask that you provide a healthy balanced packed lunch, avoiding sweet items, such as chocolate. Please include a main savoury item, such as a sandwich, quiche or pasty, as well as fruit and a drink each day. Food that is not eaten during the mealtime and any wrappers will be packed back in the lunchbox and brought home. This gives you an indication of how well your child is eating and allows you to judge how much food you need to pack for your child.

 

Free School Meals – The Advantages to Your Family and The School.

 

Did you know… just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?

Register now so that your child gets the full advantage.

The Department for Education asks us to remind parents to apply for free school meals if they are eligible.  Since the introduction of Universal Free School Meals, many children are missing out because eligible families are not registering – Don’t let your child miss out. Even if your child is in Foundation Stage, Year 1 or Year 2, it is important to register. You only have to do this once and the school will be allocated Pupil Premium funding to provide additional opportunities for your child for the next 6 years.

 

You can register online, confidentially, here:

We know that more families are struggling to meet rising costs in challenging economic times, but our free school meals numbers are the lowest that they have been. This means that our families are likely to be missing out on a benefit that they are entitled to.

 

For every child registered, River Primary School gets an additional £1,320 per year. With this money we could provide additional one to one or small group tuition or subsidise other opportunities such as educational visits or wider learning opportunities.

 

How does it work?

 

1. First, you can check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.
 

2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, please apply online or pick up a form from the table outside the school office.  A member of office staff  would be happy to help you if you would like them to.


3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s  great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £400 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £1,320 extra.


4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they don’t have to; they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £1,320 extra.

 

No one will know you have registered [it is confidential] and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. All children taking meals simply answer the register – no one in class will know who pays and who does not.

 

Do you qualify?

You must receive one of these benefits to qualify:

·        Income Support

·        Income Based Jobseekers Allowance

·        Child Tax Credit (not including Working Tax Credit) - if the household income is below £16,190

·        Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit

·        an income-related Employment and Support Allowance

·        support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if you are an asylum seeker

ASSESSMENT

The national Standards and testing Agency set the tests to assess children in education from early years to the end of key stage 2.

Here you will find information for parents about the changes to end of key stage assessments in 2016. These assessments are undertaken in Year 2 and Year 6.

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