FAQs

Where can I buy school uniform?

Our school uniform can be purchased from Gordon Ince, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket or by logging onto the Tesco school uniform web-site that offers a range of affordable school wear.  However, we do have a supply of book bags.   These can be purchased from the School Office at a cost of £2.50 each. 

How much are school dinners and how do I know what is going to be served?

School dinners are £2.30 (£11.50 per week).  If your child requires a school meal during the week, please put the money (correct if possible) in a named envelope so that your child can hand it to their teacher on Monday morning. All meals must be paid for in advance or on the day the meal is taken. The weekly menus are on show in the Kitchen window, but copies can also be obtained from the School Office. 

Free School Meals

All Year R, 1 and 2 children are entitled to take a free school meal each and we would encourage everybody to take up this offer.research has proved that when children eat a balanced meal they will be able to concentrate and continue learning well during the afternoon .

We still need your help to ensure that the school can also claim Pupil Premium monies for some of our pupils which helps us to provide them with additional support.  If you receive any of the benefits detailed below it is really important that you register with Suffolk County Council, so the school can receive the additional funding.

Your child may have free meals when they are at school full time if you receive:

Income Support

Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance

Employment Support Allowance (Income related)

Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have taxable income of less than £16,040 (from 6th April, 2009) as shown in your Tax Credit Award Summary

The Guarantee Element of the State Pension Credit or

Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If you are aged between 16 and 19 and you receive Income Support, you may also be entitled to free school meals.

To apply for free school meals you can request or download an application form  under Online Services

https:/www.csduk.com/CSD/EducationAndLearning/SchoolsSchoolMeals/Freeschoolmeals

You will need to sign and return the completed application form to your local Area Education Office, School or Customer Service Centre who will arrange for this to be processed as quickly as possible.

What is Breakfast club?

Breakfast club takes place every school day between 8:00 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at a cost of £2.00 per day.  The children can have a nutritious breakfast before playing with their friends under the supervision of experienced staff.

Can my child take a holiday during the school year?

From January 2015, we have agreed with the Gipping Valley Aliance that the school will follow a strict agreed attendance policy , we will not be allowed to authorise any holidays at all, as directed by the Government. Please look at the attendance policy to see how the school will act on absences and have to make referrals to the Education Welfare Officers when any child has more than 6 absences.

When are the term dates?

Term dates can be found on the calendar page and the term dates page

When does my child do P.E?

Please send your child's P.E. kit in each Monday, so that their kit is always in school.  This will allow your child to participate in all the P.E. lessons. Please also make sure that all items of the PE kit are named and in a draw string bag (PE kits can be purchased via the Tesco web -site).

What happens if it snows?

In the event of severe weather, we will text parents to let them know details of any school closure.  This information  will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk (95.5,95.9,103.9 and 104.6 FM) at 10 past the hour and 20 to the hour (www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk). Heart FM (97.1 and 96.4 FM) will also broadcast details of closures after the news, on the hour and on the half hour (www.musicradio.com); the web site will also be updated.  Please do not phone the school as our Office staff will be busy updating the systems.  Could you please ensure that your child has warm clothing and waterproof footwear as they will play outside in snowy weather.