The School Day

The school gates open at 8.45am and are supervised until 9.00am when a bell goes for registration. Pupils go straight to their classrooms to be met by their teachers. Parents are invited to accompany their child to his/her relevant cloakroom if they wish.

Please see that your child is at school for the beginning of each session. Children need to be in their classrooms ready to start work at 9.00am. They can be distressed as a result of a late or hurried start.

After the 9.00am bell, the only access into school is through the main entrance. Registration ceases at 9.15am. If a child is brought after this time, or is collected before 3.15p.m, the parent/carer must sign appropriately in the In/Out book, so that an accurate monitoring of attendance is in operation throughout the day.

At the end of the day parents are invited to wait on the playground to collect their children from the class teachers.

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Break times and lunch times

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All children have an outdoor break between 10.30am and 10.45am and 2.15pm and 2.30pm. Lunchtime is  between 12 noon and 1.15pm. Each class has a lunchtime supervisor assigned to them. Children can choose to have a cooked meal which includes a drink. These meals are served on a cafeteria basis and even the youngest children behave independently and manage very well. Payment for school dinners can be on a weekly or half-termly basis. All cooked meals are of a high standard, are nutritious and varied and very popular.

Alternatively children may bring a packed lunch from home. As a healthy school we do ask that packed lunches are balanced nutritionally and do not include sweets and/or fizzy drinks. Thank you.

All children are asked to bring a water bottle into school. These are stored so children can access them at any time and are taken home to be cleaned and refilled each night. We believe that maximizing the hydration of the brain is essential to enhance learning.

Useful information

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School uniform

School uniform

Wearing school uniform encourages children to have a sense of identity and a sense of pride in our school.  It also helps to foster a sense of community and the sense of responsibility this brings.  Our uniform consists of the colours grey and bottle green. Bottle green cardigans, jumpers and sweatshirts should be worn over a white or green shirt or polo shirt. Trousers, skirts and pinafore dresses are to be grey. Please can all shoes be sensible (no heels).

Please ensure that all items of clothing are labelled clearly with your child’s name and class.

Our school uniform can be purchased from the following companies:-

http://gooddies.co.uk/

http://www.wbglobaltrading.co.uk/

Pupil Schoolwear - 35 West St, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9DN  Phone:01283 224512

PE Kit

PE Kit

To participate fully in P.E we ask that a named bag containing a pair of pumps, a tee shirt (team colour) and a pair of shorts be brought to school.  Please ensure that all items in your child's PE bag (and their bag) are clearly labelled with their name.  For safety reasons children should not wear any articles of jewellery whilst doing PE because they may cause injury to themselves or fellow pupils. 

If your child has pierced ears then please ensure that they are able to remove them themselves or do not wear them on PE days (we are no longer able to cover over earrings with micropore tape, long hair should also be tied up).

 

Before and After School Care

Before and After School Care

Barton Badgers offer before and after school care at Thomas Russell Infants'. Please remember however that this is not a school organised activity.

Barton Badgers is managed and run by Humpty Dumpty Nursery to provide professional, high quality care for children at the beginning and end of the school day. The club is open daily in a safe and secure environment, right here on the school premises.  Whilst the emphasis is on relaxation, there is a carefully planned balance of activities with lots of choice including indoor games, art and craft, modelling and many other pursuits, when the weather is suitable there are many outdoor activities, all under the supervision of qualified staff. This means that not only can they enjoy what they choose to do but they will also gain in self-esteem and confidence and develop all kinds of new skills while being looked after.
Opening times are from 8.00 a.m. till the beginning of the school day and from the end of the school day until 6.00 p.m. each evening.
For information and booking contact: Humpty Dumpty Day Nurseries on 01543 473195.
There is very close liaison between Humpty Dumpty Day Nursery and the school and when children move up to Thomas Russell Junior School they will be able to attend the Barton Badgers Junior Club.

During all of the school holidays apart from at Christmas, parents can also take advantage of Barton Badgers Holiday Playscheme open every weekday throughout the holidays from 8.00 a.m. in the morning until 6.00 p.m. in the evening. If you would like to know more please speak with Badgers staff, contact the number above or click here to visit their website.

Absence from school

Absence from school

If your child is absent please notify the school as soon as possible by one of the following methods:

1. A phone call.

2. A written note handed in by another child/adult.

If we do not know why your child is absent from school this will be marked in the register as an unauthorised absence. School has a legal requirement to monitor absence rates and regular unauthorized absence could result in the involvement of the LEA’s Educational Welfare Officer.

After illness, please do not send your child back to school until he/she is fully recovered. The LEA guidelines state that after sickness or diarrhoea, children should not return to school until 48 hours after the last attack.

Children cannot stay indoors during playtimes unless authorization has been sought and special arrangements for supervision have been agreed between parent and class teacher.

Staff are not authorised to administer medicine. Any child with asthma tendencies, who needs immediate access to an inhaler, may have his/her medication in the classroom. As school needs to keep a record of all medications that are on the premises, you will need to complete a medical form if this is the case.

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School meals

School meals

Lunchtime is between 12 noon and 1.15pm.  Each class has a lunchtime supervisor assigned to them. From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been eligible for a free school meal.  These meals are served on a cafeteria basis and even the youngest children behave independently and manage very well.  Schools are legally required to provide meals that comply with the School Food Standards. These standards are intended to ensure that children get the nutrition they need across the whole school day. They govern all food and drink on offer within the school and apply across the school day. Alternatively children may bring a packed lunch from home. As a healthy school we do ask that packed lunches are balanced nutritionally and do not include sweets and/or fizzy drinks.
If you would like more information about the school dinners that are provided please ask at the office.

Term dates

Term dates

Click on this link to find information about Staffordshire County Council term dates.  Information about dates specific to the school can be found on the calendar.

Parent volunteers

Parent volunteers

We are very fortunate in having a large number of school volunteers made up of parents, grandparents and local residents who give up some of their spare time on a regular basis to help out in school. All are police checked and are a valuable asset to our school. If you are interested please contact us.

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