Orchard Head Junior, Infant & Nursery School

General School Information


Absence/Attendance 

Any child's absence from school needs to be reported to the school office by text on the school sickness number 07733 304425, or you can call school on 01977 723495.  Any unreported absence from school will be classed as unauthorised and will be followed up by the Attendance Officer.

 

After-School Care 

Our After-School Care Club is open to pupils in Upper Foundation up to Year 6 at a cost of £4.00 per session, which includes a snack and a drink.(Payment should be made via the school office - it is not possible to pay via the online system).  In line with the school's Charging and Remissions Policy, the child(ren) of any parent/carer whose arrears amount to £20 (5 days After-School Care), will not be able to attend until the arrears are cleared.

The Club starts immediately at the end of the school day until 5.30pm, although parents are welcome to collect their child(ren) at any time before then.  Please note: Parents/carers must collect their child by 5.30pm at the latest and failure to do so may result in the facility being withdrawn for their child.

If a child already attends one of the existing after-school clubs (e.g. sports, drams, etc.), they are welcome to attend the After-School Care Club for the remainder of the session (i.e. until 5.30pm), in which case, the £4 fee will cover both after-school clubs and After-School Care sessions.

 

Free School Meals

Did you know just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school will get extra money?

There are many things to think about in preparation for your child starting a new school and what they are going to eat when they’re at school is likely to be one of them. As you may be aware (since September 2014), all children in Upper Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to have a free school meal.

What you may not know is if you are in receipt of certain types of benefits school can receive additional funding. This is called the Pupil Premium. For every child registered Orchard Head JI & N School receives £1,300 this year. In order for school to receive this money parents/carers still need to register with Wakefield Council for free school meals – forms are available from the school office.

To apply for Free School Meals, you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working tax credit ‘run on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

With this extra money we could provide more interventions to accelerate children’s progress as well as interventions to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and social and emotional skills.

No one will know that you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming, so please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

 

Cheque Payments for School Meals and Breakfast Club 

Please could parents/carers note that cheques for School Meals and Breakfast Club should be made out to:

ISSMEDICLEAN

 

Payment for School Trips, School Clubs and After-School Care Club 

Payment for school trips, school clubs and After-School Care Club should be made online at www.schoolmoney.co.uk.  Alternatively, payment may be made by credit or debit card at the school office.  

 

Early Years Unit - Start and End of Day Procedure

Due to the congestion at the entrance to the Early Years Unit at the start and end of the school day, please could parents/carers be aware of the procedure for entry and exit during those times: 

Children line up each morning in the playground at the back of school with the rest of school.  Should parents/carers wish to help their child to choose a dinner, they will be able to do so by lining up with their child in the playground and accompanying them into the Unit. 

At the end of the school day (3.15pm), the children in the unit will be split into two groups. Some children will leave via the main entrance and others from the fire exit at the side of the building. If parents/carers go to the main entrance each Monday at the end of school, a member of staff will direct them to the correct exit/entry point for their child.

Parent/carer support is much appreciated.

 

Holidays in term time

Parents and carers are legally responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and schools are responsible for making sure they receive a good education. It is important that children and young people regularly attend school because every school day counts.

Please note that holidays taken in term time will be classed as an unauthorised absence, whereby the Educational Welfare Service will be notified and may issue a fixed penalty notice in line with the school’s Attendance Policy.

To apply for holidays in term time, please complete the relevant form (see link below) and return to the school office.

Parents and carers are legally responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and schools are responsible for making sure they receive a good education. It is important that children and young people regularly attend school because every school day counts.

Please note that holidays taken in term time will be classed as an unauthorised absence, whereby the Educational Welfare Service will be notified and may issue a fixed penalty notice in line with the school’s Attendance Policy.

To apply for holidays in term time, please complete the relevant form (see link below) and return to the school office:

Request for Holidays in Term Time