The Academy Day
our school day
Starting the day
School starts at 8:45am each morning and the children enter via the classroom doors. If you arrive late please enter through the main school entrance where you will need to register your reasons for the lateness.
Children need to bring their book bags everyday so that letters, pieces of classwork, homework, and for our older children, reading books can be taken home safely, ensuring that information is correctly given to the right person.
For our younger learners - As your child progresses in the Read Write Inc phonic programme, each week they will have a copy of words they will be seeing in the next weeks story book, please assist your child’s learning by practising with them.
We ask all children to have appropriate clothing suitable for the weather conditions each day. Many children have similar items so it is crucial for you to have all items labelled with names, as if they are not we can not guarantee they will be found. It would be ideal to have a set of wellies left at school so that we can explore the outdoor environment whatever the weather. On the occasion it may be hot enough, sun cream must be applied at home before school.
All children need a PE kit in school, you can leave all week and wash at the end of each half term or as and when you wish.
We supply water, milk and fruit during the day as well as lunch, unless you choose to provide a packed lunch. Please ensure you keep us informed of any changes in children’s dietary requirements. Our snack station is self service, this encourages the children to be independent and allowing them to choose when they need.
Ending the day
Children go home at 3:30pm and are collected from the school hall doors, which are on the other side of the school to the classrooms, accessible via the main playground. If you need before or after school care please contact the reception desk to book into Breakfast Club or Jesters. If someone other than yourself is collecting ensure you inform us prior to the event. We operate a password system so please ensure that the person collecting knows this.
Lunchtime is 12.00 – 1.00pm
Children often need time to get used to eating school meals. Universal Free School Meals are available to all pupils in YR, 1 and 2. In your welcome pack you will receive as part of a transition programme you will receive the schools meals offer and the vast select on offer to all our pupils. Our pupils and staff enjoy our select of tasty treats and many of our parents comment on how it has broadened and extended the foods their child will now happily eat. Please contact the school if you have any questions or for further details.
At The Rushmere Park Academy, we promote healthy eating. If your child has packed lunch it needs to be in a named bag or box (not a plastic bag). All children have water with their packed lunch or they may bring a carton of fruit juice. We also ask for support in not providing your child with sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks. We encourage your child to return all uneaten food in their lunch box, so you can monitor what they have eaten.
It is helpful if your child wears clothes that are easy for them to put on and take off. Please label all items of clothing with your child’s full name, and show your child where their name is on their clothes. Remember there will be up to 30 jumpers, cardigans and trousers that all look very similar!
It is also helpful if your child can:
- Dress and undress him/herself
- Use a tissue or handkerchief
- Use a knife and fork (if school dinners)
- Wash hands and dry carefully
- Tidy toys
- Share toys and take turns use the toilet independently
before they start school
Settling into School
Remember all children respond differently to starting school. As the practitioners working with your children, we endeavour to make their experience of school fun, familiar and secure. As a parent/carer you can help us by reassuring your child, being positive about school and being careful that your own anxieties do not influence your child. Remember some children will tell you every detail of their school day. Other children tell you nothing!
If you or your child has particular worries or concerns, just have a chat with the teacher (sometimes out of earshot of your child may be appropriate).
Remember your child is only four and may have ‘misread’ situations. Set your mind at rest and chat to the practitioners. On the other hand you’ll be surprised how independent your four year-old can be when allowed.
Welcome Evenings for Parents of Perspective Reception Children
We hope you will be able to attend some of our transition sessions during the summer term. Your enthusiasm and encouragement helps make the teacher’s task easier and more manageable. We hope that this information will be helpful in preparing your child for their time at The Rushmere Park Academy & Nursery.
no wheels zone
Can we remind you that children should not be riding their bikes in or around the school grounds. This enables all pupils, parents and carers to travel to the school in a safe environment and ensure the safety of cyclists whilst in the school parking area.
Some children have been riding their bikes in a very thoughtless and dangerous manner. Bikes and scooters should not be ridden in the school grounds and particular care should be taken near younger children.
When approaching the school area, please dismount from your bicycle, scooter and other wheeled forms of transport and walk to the school entrance.
Thank you for your support.
Illness and Medications
Our Illness and Medications Policy sets out in detail how we support children with medical needs.
First Aid – The majority of our staff have completed paediatric first aid course and are able to administer first aid. It is vital that parents let us know of any medical conditions and allergies that their child may have in order for us to provide the best first aid care as possible.
Medicines – It is our policy to administer only prescribed, oral medicines. School staff cannot take responsibility for the administration of ear and eye drops or any other form of medication. Only medicines prescribed by your GP will be administered.
Short Term Medication – All prescribed medicines must be handed in by the child’s parent to the school office, where they will be asked to complete a permission form. The parent must then collect medicines from the school office at the end of the day.
Long Term Medication – If a child requires medication for a long term medical conditions (eg asthma or allergies) parents must provide written consent (Long Term Medication Form) and staff who are happy to do so and who have had the appropriate training will administer the medication.
No medication can be administered without a completed administration of medicines form
We do not allow children to self-administer medicines such as Calpol or Nurofen. If your child requires pain relief during the day we ask that parents arrange for an adult to come to school at lunch or break times and administer it to their child.
Absence through Illness – If your child is unwell and unable to come to school we ask that for each day of your child’s illness you telephone the school office on 01525 372096 before 8:30am to notify the school of the absence. The Rushmere Park Academy operates a ‘Day to Day Call’ system and will investigate any un-notified absences.
Children should only return to school if they are fit to take part in school activities including playtime. Children who have suffered sickness and diarrhoea should not return to school until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.
The Rushmere Park Academy is confident that parents share our wish that all children make the most of their skills, talents and opportunities. Regular attendance at school is vital if we are to achieve this aim. Without regular attendance the learning process is disrupted and consequently children do not achieve their full potential.
When a child is absent through illness parents are asked to inform the academy as early as possible on the first day of absence, either by telephone or in writing. Please call the office (01525 372096) no later than 8:30 a.m. keeping us informed of the illness and the likely length of absence. If we are not informed of the reason for absence the register is marked as an ‘unauthorised absence’.
We strongly urge parents/carers to avoid booking holidays during term time as this significantly affects educational progress. The Principal will not authorise any holidays taken during term time unless it falls into the criteria of ‘exceptional circumstances’.
Unauthorised absence from school is monitored very carefully and if a child’s attendance falls below 95% and fails to improve, then the Education Welfare Officer will be notified and legal action may be taken. The school may also take action by restricting external activities, for example one-off trips or sports tournaments etc, this will only be considered if attendance is seen as significantly low and an attendance plan has been implemented in the best interest of the child’s well-being.
Late Arrivals – Classroom doors open at 8.45 am and morning registration closes at 8.55 am. Children arriving after 8.55 am MUST report to reception and your child will be recorded as late (L). Children who arrive after 9:30 am will receive an unauthorised absence for the morning session, these can lead to a fixed penalty notice from Central Bedfordshire.
Persistent lateness disrupts a child’s education and encourages poor attendance, leading to bad habits that can be hard to break. The school monitors regular lateness and letters are sent to families that have 5 or more lates. If this continues parents/carers are invited in for a meeting with the Pastoral Assistant to discuss the reason. A record of this meeting is kept whether attended or not. If lateness still continues to be an issue the EWO and Principal will then request a meeting with parent/carer(s) to discuss concerns.
Holidays During term time
If you take your child out of school for a family holiday without the school’s prior authorisation, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and noted in your child’s school records. Across Leighton Buzzard all headteacher’s have sign an agreement to up hold this policy, unless the request made falls under the ‘exceptional circumstances’ criteria. If a family has children at two different schools it is best practice for a conversation to take place between the schools before a decision is made and the parents are informed on whether the request will be authorised.
If your child goes on an authorised family holiday, yet fails to return by the agreed date any extra time absent from school will be counted as unauthorised.
If your child fails to return within 10 days of the expected date of return, then the school may remove your child from the school role and notify the council accordingly.
If your child is absent from school on a family holiday or has a track record of absences without authorisation, the school may ask the council to serve a Penalty Notice. This Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 per child per adult which, if not paid within 21 days, rises to £120 per child per adult. If you are issued with a Penalty Notice and you fail to pay it within 28 days you will be prosecuted in court.