This page gives information about many practical aspects of school life. There are some useful links contained within it.
Children should arrive at about 8:45 (when classrooms open) and no earlier than 8:35 please. Registration is at 8:55. The morning session ends at 12.00 noon for children in the Reception and Key Stage 1 classes and at 12:15 for children in Key Stage 2. All children have a mid-morning break lasting 15 minutes.
1.00 p.m. to 3.15 p.m. for Reception and Key Stage 1 classes.
1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. for Key Stage 2 classes.
We welcome parents and carers as essential partners in the effective education of children. We hope parents, carers, grandparents and others will take the opportunity to become fully involved in, and supportive of, the school’s activities.
You can help by:
Communication between home and school is vital. We give you every opportunity to discuss your child's progress and we try to keep you fully informed of school events affecting you and your child.
‘Parents’ Consultation Evenings’ are held each term. These provide an opportunity for parents and carers to meet their child’s teacher and to discuss work and progress. These evenings are very important and greatly valued by members of the staff.
Teachers make themselves available at other times, typically at the end of the school day. Early in the morning is not ideal as teachers are usually busy preparing for the day's teaching (though a brief word is often possible). If you need time to discuss an issue properly it is much better to make an appointment at a convenient time for you.
In the summer your child's progress is summarised in an annual report. This shows you what your child has been taught during the year, achieved in the various subjects they have been taught, and achieved in the wider life of the school (personal and social skills, extra-curricular activities etc.).
A newsletter is published approximately monthly. This keeps you in touch with events in and around the school. One copy of the newsletter is sent to each family. It is also available on this website and you can receive it by email (see HomeContact, below).
Other notices about specific activities are also sent, usually with your child. Copies are always available in the school office or from your child's teacher and many appear on this website under the 'News' section. There is also a school notice board, used by parents (and others) to let you know about local events.
You can also receive information electronically by subscribing to HomeContact. This is a secure service which allows us to email information or send text messages when necessary. Follow the link immediately below for details and to register.
Look here to check term dates and other details of school life.
If you or your child is concerned about anything at school please come in to see us. Teachers are happy to see you after school, or before 8:40 am to arrange a mutually convenient time. If you need to see the head teacher please call in or telephone the school office to arrange a convenient time. He’s also usually available at the beginning of each day.
We value the voluntary efforts of parents, carers and friends who help in school. Our needs are varied, from helping with reading, computers, football or art and crafts to mending books and going on visits. Your involvement will be very welcome. Please do not hesitate to offer your services. (We will require you to complete a DBS check if you are going to work with children in school.)
The Friends of Nursteed School (FoNS) exists to promote co-operation between home and school. Please do give your association your full support. Every parent is automatically a member. Follow the link immediately below for more details.
If your child has a straightforward medical condition (e.g. asthma, temporary hearing loss) please let us know so that the appropriate members of staff can be informed. If your child has long-term or serious special medical needs we will draw up an individual health care plan with you (in partnership with the school nursing service, if necessary).
We need to know of all allergies.
Please do not send your child to school if he/she is unwell. If your child suffers a bout of diarrhoea or vomiting please do not send your child back to school until 48 hours after his/her last symptoms. This is to prevent the spread of infection.
We must know how to contact you. Because accidents can happen we must have a way to contact parents/guardians or a relative/friend during the day. Please ensure we always have up-to-date contact information. If your telephone number changes you must let the school know immediately.
There are trained first-aiders on the staff to deal with minor incidents. In non-urgent cases we will keep the affected child at school. If necessary we will contact a parent/guardian and ask that the child be collected as soon as possible.
In emergencies we will make every effort to contact named adults immediately. If contact proves impossible then the school will act on behalf of the parent and medical assistance will be sought.
Occasional medical checks (e.g. sight and hearing) are carried out in school by our school nurse or other health professionals. You will always be informed that these checks are going to happen.
If a child needs to take medicine at school we prefer a parent to administer it. Teachers are not required to administer medicines of any sort. However, if your child is fit enough to be in school, needs medication, and you are unable to administer it, we will usually do so on your instruction. You must complete a form giving consent and full details (available from the office and available to download, below). Please do not just send in medicine expecting school staff to administer it.
All medicines must be handed in to the school office where they will be kept securely.
Children needing inhalers are usually expected to be able to use them by themselves. Staff will store inhalers in a safe place when asked to do so.
We encourage everyone to walk or cycle to and from school. There is an underpass leading onto the school site which means there is no need for anyone to cross the road outside the school.
The school site is closed to parents’ cars both at the beginning and end of the school day. If you choose to drive please park carefully near the school, mindful of the presence of pedestrians (particularly children) and careful of the impact on local residents. Please do not block the entrance to the school.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the school site at any time.
All pupil absence must be explained.
If your child is absent and you have not told us why we will attempt to contact you to ensure that he/she is safe. It helps us a great deal therefore if you do contact us early in the day so we are fully informed. When your child returns to school we require a written note explaining the absence.
If your child has to attend an early medical appointment a telephone call will sort out lunch-time arrangements.
If you are considering requesting absence for a holiday during term time please see the advice available from the link below:
Free milk is available for children under 5. Please ask if you would like milk provided for your child.
A portion of fruit is provided free for children in Key Stage 1.
If you choose to provide a snack from home please limit this to healthy options such as a cereal bar. No chocolate, sweets or crisps please.
We recognise the valuable contribution that activities out of school make towards each pupil's education. We provide a range of such activities (including educational and residential visits). The school's 'Charging and Remissions Policy' enables all pupils to take part. Voluntary contributions are requested to cover the cost of some materials and for educational visits.
A copy of the 'Charging and Remissions' policy is available from the school office, and is available to download, below.
Children should look smart at school. The school uniform is:
School uniform and book bags may be purchased from local suppliers.
From time to time the Friends of Nursteed School run a ‘Nearly New’ sale of uniform items.
Children change into sports kit for P.E. lessons. They change in their own classroom under the supervision of their teacher. P.E. kit should be named and kept in a labelled bag. Please wash it regularly. T-shirts in house colours or white with the school logo are available locally.
Plimsolls or training shoes, according to the activity and weather. Ordinary shoes are not appropriate.
The responsibility for the strategic management of the school is shared between the head teacher and the school governors. Governing Bodies have a range of duties and powers including:
The Governing Body has a general responsibility for strategic management of the school. It is not expected to take detailed decisions about the day to day running of the school – that is the function of the head teacher and other staff. The Governing Body is a group: individual members have no power, except when the whole Governing Body has delegated a specific power to an individual. The Governing Body meets at least twice a term.
A lost property box is kept in cloakrooms and in the school hall. Every effort is made to return items to their owners. Please name all items of clothing. We retain items for one term, after which we dispose of them.
Children leave Nursteed Community Primary School at the end of Year 6 (when they are 11 years old). During their final year they are involved in a carefully planned liaison programme with the local secondary school of their choice. Many children transfer to Devizes School.
We hope that you will not need to complain. If it is necessary then we ask that you visit the school to discuss your concern. We will probably be able to resolve it quickly. If, for any reason, you remain dissatisfied an official complaints procedure exists. You would need to contact one of the school's governors at this point. Contact the school office to do this.
A copy of the 'Complaints Procedure' is available from the school office, and below.
Dogs are not allowed anywhere on the school premises with the exception of guide dogs when special arrangements are made.
The Education Welfare Officer is responsible for school attendance and liaison with Social Services. Advice about free school meals and transport arrangements can also be provided. Ask in the school office if you’d like contact details.
Clubs, run by teachers and other trusted adults, add important learning opportunities to those provided during the school day. Most older children take part in one or more clubs each week. Some are after school and some take place during the lunch hour.
Details of clubs are distributed near the beginning of each school term. Typically these include sports (football, netball and others), crafts (e.g. pottery) and others (e.g. gardening, computing).
Parents of prospective entrants are strongly encouraged to visit the school. Please contact the school office to arrange a suitable appointment.