Frequently asked questions - FAQ
How will I know if school is open or closed due to adverse weather conditions/snow?
All decisions regarding closure will be made in the morning and all parents will receive a notification on the school app (Piota) by 7:15am. Information will also be updated on the school website, local authority website and on our twitter feed @hmprimary.
What should I do if my child will be late for school?
Please bring your child to the offices at either site and ensure that you give your child’s name and class at the counter to ensure that your child has their mark for the day. If you will be more than 30 mins late, please telephone the school office to advise them. If your child is going to be late, and requires a school meal, you must let school know by 9:30am otherwise you will have to provide a packed lunch.
What should I do about appointments during the school day?
In order to minimise disruption please try and make GP, dental and other appointments outside of school time. If this is unavoidable then please ensure that you inform us of any appointments your child will be attending. You will be expected to provide an appointment card for any appointments your child may need to attend.
If your child attends an appointment during the day they will not be able to be admitted back into school during their lunch hour.
When do we get our child's report? School reports are issued annually to all the children at the end of the school year (July).
How do I give feedback about my child to teachers? There are three parent open evenings every year when you can make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns with their teacher(s). Attached to your child's report is a parent feedback form for you to complete and return to school.
In addition, teachers are always happy to talk briefly at the start or end of the school day. If you’d like to talk for a bit longer, then ask your child’s teacher if you can arrange a time that is convenient for you both. You can do this at any time of the year.
Can parents help in school as volunteers?
Yes! We value your help enormously. Parents regularly help in all Key Stages. We find that volunteering works best if you do not help in your own child’s class and also if you can help on a regular basis. We also ask for help with trips and school events. Please give your name to the office.
How will I know what is going on at school?
A newsletter is sent to parents with information about upcoming events and how to get involved. The calendar on our website is also a source of up to date information and is linked to our school app. Our school has a twitter account @hmprimary which tweets school and local community information, events and updates.
Parents are also sent app messages as reminders of key dates and events. Please make sure the school office has an up to date mobile phone number for you.
Our school app is free to download on IOS and android GooglePlay stores. The app sends out reminders of events and dates in school and provides parents and carers with important information which is updated on a regular basis.
Where do I collect my child/ren from at the end of the day?
School finishes at 3:10pm at Maynard Road - parents of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children should wait for children outside their classroom doors.
School finishes at 3:20pm at Addison Road - children in Years 3 and 4 must be collected from their classroom doors by an adult or a secondary aged pupil. Years 5 and 6 may go home on their own or be collected from classrooms.
Children collected late will be taken to the site school office and parents will have to collect their children from the office.
Will my child/ren have to wear a uniform?
No. At Henry Maynard we have no school uniform. Children should wear practical and comfortable clothes that are able to withstand wear and tear.
What do I do about my child/ren's dinner money?
Dinner money should be paid in advance. Please pay online using SIMS Pay. Children do not have to stick to one meal type during the week. School dinners for children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are free under the Universal Free School Meal scheme.
Who do I give my child's school trip and school music lesson money to?
Please pay online for school trip and music lessons.
What do I do if my child is absent?
If your child is absent you must phone the school before 9:30am.
All absences will be followed up by the school. All children should achieve at least 95% attendance and punctuality. Our school target is 96%. Holidays will not be authorized during term time.
At what age will my child start in primary school?
All children start Reception in September after their fourth birthday.
How do I apply for a school place?
Please view admissions key information on our website, click here admissions information
Is my child entitled to free school dinners?
Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
Support under VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit - provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and annual income does not exceed £14,495
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
How will I know how my child is doing at school?
In the Autumn Term a Parents' Evening enables parents to meet their child’s new teacher to discuss how their child is settling to work in their new class and their academic progress.
In the Spring term, parents are invited into school to discuss their child’s academic progress.
In the Summer Term every child will receive a written report of his/her year’s work along with the results of any statutory assessments. Parents will be given the opportunity to discuss this report towards the end of the Summer term.
How should my child search for lost property?
For general items, your child needs to first speak to the class teacher and check the classroom coat pegs. Unclaimed items are kept in the blue boxes at the office entrance at Maynard Road and in the playground at Addison Road.
Please ensure all clothing is marked with your child’s name and class.
Can I park in the car park?
Both site car parks have limited spaces and are for staff only.
The driveway at Maynard Road cannot be used as a drop off area. Please be aware of parking restrictions on Addison and Maynard Roads and both streets are part of the Safer School Street campaign, which means you will be fined for driving a vehicle down either road during school drop off/collection times, unless your vehicle is registered to the area as you live very close to the school .
If you are a visitor to our school you will need to organise with the school office for a parking permit or allocation.