Part of Bronte Academy Trust

General Information for Parents

How Parents Can Help

  • Read with your child everyday and help with looking after their book bag and reading book.
  • Support children with homework and looking after their homework.
  • Discuss behaviour expectations with your child and encourage them to behave at all times.
  • Engage in activities which will help support the child’s learning in all the curriculum areas.
  • Visit the local library regularly

 
School Reading
It is very important that your child reads regularly with you in order to become a confident reader. It is essential that children change their book regularly. Children should read for at least twenty minutes every day at home. Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 should read/share a book every day. Older children should read aloud to an adult at home regularly, as well as reading to themselves every day. Every child in the school is provided with a reading record. This is a booklet for parents to keep a record of when they read with their child. Please complete this record every time you read with your child and return it to school in the book bag along with the reading book.

 
Homework
Homework will be given at least once a week and will reinforce what is being taught in class. Please help your child with their homework and ensure that it is returned in their book bags.

 
PE
Please note that appropriate clothing i.e. shorts/tracksuit bottoms and T-shirt must be worn for PE. PE Kit should be bought in a separate bag on Monday and taken home on Friday to be washed. Please support your child by ensuring they have the correct P.E. kit for every P.E. lesson. (See school uniform list for correct P.E. kit.)

 
Personal Belonings
The school does not accept responsibility for personal belongings of any sort that are bought into the school. Therefore please name all clothing, PE kits, coats, hats and gloves. Children should wear school uniform at all times.

 
Jewellery
Our preference is that no jewellery is worn in school by any child, with the exception of watches.  However, if you feel it necessary we permit the children to wear plain stud earrings.  Ideally, no jewellery should be worn for any PE, games or swimming sessions, for safety reasons.  Please ensure that on PE/games days your child either does not wear stud earrings to school or that he/she can remove them him/herself. If it is not possible for earrings to be removed, they must be taped in school before a child is permitted to participate in an activity session.

Plain headbands and small bows, in school colours only may be worn.

 
School Opening Times
Nursery morning session: 8:45-11:45
Nursery afternoon session: 12:15-15:15
Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1: 8:55 (doors open at 8:45) to 15:15
Key Stage 2: 8:55 (doors open at 8:45) to 15:20
Children should be brought in and collected on time.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the school.
Thank you for your support and for being a partner in your child’s education.

FAQ

Q: How can I contact school?

A: The School Office can be telephoned on 01535 642309, contacted by post or emailed at office.oakworth@bronteacademytrust.org.uk  Unfortunately, our texting messaging service is only able to send messages, so it is not possible to contact us via text.

Q: Where can I find school session times and holiday dates?
A: Session times are published in the school prospectus, which is available on the website, along with holiday dates up to July.

Q: Who should I speak to if I have a question or problem regarding my child?
A: Please speak to your child’s teacher, in the first instance, who will be at the appropriate entrance door before and after school each day. If you require a longer or more private discussion, appointments with teachers can be made via the School Office.

Q: What support is available for my child in school?
A: As well as support with learning in the classroom, the school has a Nurture Room and a specialist Pastoral Support Worker to meet the emotional and social needs of pupils. Our Parental Involvement Worker (helen.scargill@bronteacademytrust.org.uk) also works closely with parents and children throughout the school.

Q: What should I do if my child is too ill to attend school?
A: Please ring the School Office on 01535 642309 from 8:00 AM, each day that the child is absent. A note, explaining the reason for the absence, should accompany the child on their return to school.

Q: How do I let school know about planned medical appointments?
A: Information regarding appointments can be emailed to the School Office, or parents and carers may prefer to telephone school; speak to the class teacher or send the child's appointment sheet into school for photocopying, so that their absence can be authorised.

Q: What is the school’s snow policy?
A: In the unlikely event that the school is closed, messages will be posted on our School and Bradford Council websites. A text message will also be sent to all families to inform them of the closure.

Q: What is the cost of a school dinner?
A: Dinners currently cost £1.65 per day. They are freshly cooked on the premises, by our own catering staff.

Q: When must dinner menus be handed in?
A: Dinner menus for the following week are distributed every Monday. These should be completed and returned to school by Thursday with the child’s name at the top of each day. If your child wishes to bring a packed lunch on certain days, these days should simply be crossed out on the completed menu.

Q: How should payments for dinners, trips, etc. be made?
A: Money should be sent to school in a clearly labelled envelope, which can be placed in the red register trays in each classroom or handed in at the School Office. Please note that amounts of money for different purposes should not be combined in one payment. All cheques should be made payable to Oakworth Primary School, unless stated otherwise.