General Information

Newsletters

There is a weekly Newsletter that is sent home every Monday. There are extra copies available from the office along with other information about school and local activities. If you prefer to be sent an electronic copy of the newsletter, please let the school office know.

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club, Early LIANS, runs from 8.00am – 8.45am each day. It is held in the Reception dining room. Children should be signed into Breakfast Club by a parent or carer when they are dropped off. The cost of breakfast club is £2. Parents need to complete a slip and return it to the school office if they want their child to come to Breakfast Club.

Sending Money in to School

Any money coming in to school must be handed into the school office. Cheques should be made out to ‘Lionwood Infant School’.

Water

Every child can bring in a named water bottle which means they can have water at any time in the school day.

FAB (Fruit at Break)

Fruit is available for every child at break time and is free for all children.

Stationery

Children do not need to bring a pencil case and stationery in to school. The school will provide them with all the equipment they need.

Toys and Games

Children are not allowed to bring toys and games to school. They are very distracting and can cause upset when they are lost or broken. This includes trading cards and sports equipment, such as footballs. Equipment is provided for playtime and wet plays.

Lunch

All Key Stage 1 and EYFS children are entitled to a free school meal. Children may also choose to bring a packed lunch from home. There is a choice of a standard dinner, a vegetarian option, school packed lunch (ham, cheese or tuna) or jacket potato (with various toppings).

Arriving Late and Leaving Early

If a child arrives late for school, they must go to the office and sign in, letting the secretary know what they are having for lunch. Lunches can only be booked up until 11am. If a child needs to leave school before 3pm, they must be collected from school by an adult who needs to sign them out at the office.

Absence from school

It is very important that children attend school regularly and are on time. There is a clear pattern between under achievement and absence from school. If a child is ill, please let the school know that they will not be in school on the first morning they are away. This can be done by an adult in person, by phone, by e mail (officelians@istnorfolk.co.uk) or through another adult. If a child is sick, they should not come to school for 48 hours. If we do not get a message when a child is away, the secretary will phone or send a text to find out why the child is not in school. If a child needs time off from school for a medical appointment, please let the school know in advance.

From September 2013, the law has changed and does not allow for authorised time off school for any other reasons than illness or extreme circumstances. Schools cannot authorise absence for routine family holidays or any other avoidable reason for being off school. There is a new form to fill in if you think the absence is for exceptional circumstances.

Contact Numbers

It is vital that the school has up to date contact numbers for parents. There should also be at least one additional number listed at school in case of emergencies. If any contact details change, please let the school know immediately. If the care arrangements for a child change, eg if their parents are away on holiday, please let the school know who to make contact with. Any parents/carers wishing to receive text reminders of school events, must ensure the school office has their mobile number.

Medicines in School

If a child needs on-going prescription medication (eg an inhaler), their parent or carer needs to complete a form from the office for the staff to decide where best to keep the medication and who will administer it. Inhalers are kept in the child’s classroom. If a child brings in cough sweets or suntan lotion, they should hand these in to be looked after and given to them when needed. This makes sure they are not taken or used by the wrong person.

If a child is well enough to return to school but needs medication for a short amount of time, parents may come in to school to administer the medication at the right times or they may complete a form allowing staff to administer the medicine.

Allergies and other Medical Conditions

Please ensure that you have informed the school office if your child has any allergies and keep us up to date with any changes to health care plans. If your child has an ongoing condition for which they require additional support, please speak to the school SENCO.

Local Trips

Parents are asked to sign a form every year giving permission for children to go on trips in the local area. This stops us having to send out separate slips for each trip out of school. If the trip is further afield or involves an adventurous activity, an additional permission form will be sent out along with other essential information about the day.