FAQs


We hope that the following will provide you with the information you are looking for. If you are not able to locate the information you need, please contact the school via the school office at the site your child/ren attends or by the office email.

Request for leave

If you need to take your child out of school for any reason you need to collect a form from the office.

You return this form to the school office as soon as possible.

We will write to you as soon as the request has been processed.

Please do not assume this request will be granted.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Government guidance on this matter is below…

“Amendments to the regulations remove reference to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances

We do not grant leave if:

* A child’s attendance record over the previous 20 week period is less than 95% (school average) – even if any previous absence was due to unavoidable causes such as illness;

* The period of leave coincides with the start of term, or is near to (or coincides with) school tests, SAT’s, exams or other significant events in the school calendar.

 

Please note:

When leave is granted, it will normally be for one period ONLY in any one school year.

 

Thank you.

Due to the current Covid risk assessment the times of the school day are staggered, please contact the school office for updated times.

The school gates open at 8:50am and your child/ren are expected to be in class by 9:00am. The specific timings for each year group is as follows:

  • Nursery am: 8.30 – 11.30
  • Nursery pm: 12.30 – 3.30
  • Reception: 8.50 – 3.10
  • Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2): 8.50 – 3.10
  • Key Stage 2 (year 3, 4, 5 and 6): 8.50 – 3.15

Please contact the site that your children attend. Site details are shown at the bottom of the front page of the website and on the Contact Details page. A link is given below:

https://www.rodingprimaryschool.co.uk/contact

In the first instance, always talk to your children’s teacher as in most circumstances this is sufficient. If you are not able to talk to your children’s teacher, please refer to the Year Group Leader. If you require an appointment to talk to another member of staff, please contact the site office who will be able to direct you to the appropriate person to talk to at the time or to book a future appointment.

The uniform for the school is as follows:

  • Navy jumper, cardigan or sweatshirt.
  • Navy shorts (not cycling shorts or pedal pushers), trouser, tracksuit bottoms, leggings, skirt, gingham dress or pinafore.
  • White polo shirt or blouse. If children wear additional layers under their school tops these should also be white.
  • Navy or white socks or tights.
  • Sensible low heeled shoes or plain black trainers – no visible logos.
  • Sun caps may be worn outside during the summer. Crop tops, bare shoulders and backless shoes are not allowed.
  • Headscarves should be navy or white.

* All of the above must be plain and without any logo other than school emblem.

This also applies to out of school visits unless decided otherwise by the lead teacher e.g. trainers for a visit to the farm.

Where can I buy the school uniform?

Plain navy and white clothes are available in most supermarket and clothes shop uniform departments. Alternatively you can use the uniform shop which is located at Castle Green, Gale Street, Dagenham Essex, RM9 4UN.

Information on the Castle Green Uniform Shop

Or you can purchase uniform online from SpeedStitch.

Please note that the wearing of jewellery is strongly discouraged in school and cannot be worn during any aspect of P.E. The only jewellery allowed is:

  • a simple stud earing;
  • a ‘non-beeping’ watch.

Children are totally responsible for the safe keeping of these items.

As a school we recognise that mobile phones are now an important part of everyday life and both children and adults use them constantly for a range of reasons. With this in mind, we are adapting our procedures as follows:

Only Children in Year 5 and 6 who are coming to school AND/OR walking home on their own, MAY bring their mobile to school. However, they MUST adhere to the strict guidance below OR they will lose this privilege either for a set period of time or permanently as decided by the Site Head.

  1. The phone must stay in their bag from the moment they enter the school premises UNTIL they leave it at the end of the day.
  2. The phone MUST be off at all times.
  3. The school will take no responsibility whatsoever for lost, stolen or damaged phones.

If a phone is seen or heard by a member of staff, they may confiscate it and will only return it to a parent/guardian.

If it becomes evident that a child is using or has used a mobile phone in school – either as a means of communication OR as a camera – they will no longer be allowed to bring their phone in to school.

Any child, in any other year group, must not have a phone.

Children are not allowed to bring personal stationery, toys (of any kind), books etc. into school unless requested by a teacher to support a specific learning objective. If an item is required to support a lesson a note will be sent home to parents.

Pupils may not bring prescribed medication, except asthma pumps, into school themselves. These should still be handed into the school office.

Where children have medical needs, parents must give the school details of the child’s condition and medication. Panel may decide that a Health Care Plan (HCP) is needed and will arrange for one to be drawn up if necessary.

If a child has a short term medical need parents are requested to ask GPs to prescribe medication that can be given before and after school. Parents or their representatives are permitted to attend school to give treatment at specified times if necessary. If parents have any questions about administering medicine to children they need to make an appointment with one of the school ECMs.

Parents of children with HCPs will bring any medication to school in a secure, labelled container. Records will be kept of all medication received and given. Emergency medication will be stored securely in designated places within the school; other drugs will be stored securely in the school office.

The breakfast club is open daily on both sites from 7:30am and provides your child/ren with a nutritious breakfast in a safe and comfortable environment. They will also be given the opportunity to interact with school friends, read books and play games, whilst being supervised by trained staff.

 

Children should be escorted by an adult to the school dining hall via the Junior Playground entrance from 7:30am, your child/ren should not be left unaccompanied before this time. Some other important points to note are:

  • Entry is not permitted after 8:15am.
  • A weekly fee of £15 is payable, regardless of the number of sessions attended (including if your child/ren are off sick).
  • One week’s fee is to be paid as a deposit to secure a place.
  • Fees are to be paid by Monday for the current week.
  • Payment of fees must be made using ParentPay online. PayPoint cannot be used.
  • One weeks’ notice to leave the club must be given in writing.
  • Non attendance and/or non payment will result in the place being offered to the next person on the waiting list and your deposit will be retained.
  • Breakfast club staff must be advised immediately of any changes to medical or contact details for you child/ren.

 

If you attend an Adult Learning Course, you may be eligible for assistance in paying for your child/ren to attend breakfast club. Please ask your Adult College for more information.

Always phone the site office as early as possible if your child/ren is going to be absent from school. If they are going to be off school for an extended period (i.e. you have visited the doctor who has given a length of time the child/ren has to stay off school for), please advise the school. If you have not visited the doctor, please contact the school each day your child/ren is absent from school.

To apply for a Nursery place, please contact the site office you would like your children to attend. They will ask you to complete a short form for your children to be placed on the waiting list. For a Reception place, please go to the Borough’s One Stop Shop to apply you can click here: School Admissions.

You should fill in the Transfer Request forms which are available online via your local authority.

If your children attend an after school club, please collect them from the sites main office entrance. Please ensure that you are on time to collect your children as it can be distressing for them if they are waiting.

The Borough runs a cashless catering service, all dinner monies are to be paid via Parentpay. Details for this can be found here: Parent Pay Information.

Specific information regarding the payment of any trip or activity money will be included within the letter which your children will bring home. Please follow these instructions carefully.

Money for trips etc. is the children’s responsibility. It should always be in an envelope with their name and class on it. Staff cannot take responsibility for looking after change, so please send in the correct amount whenever possible.

Please remember we cannot accept payment for school dinners in the office. School dinners must be paid for using your parent pay account.

School trip/photograph/sponsor money should be brought into school in an envelope with your child’s name and class on it.

On school trips if spending money is allowed this will be clearly stated on the trip information letter. Spending money and any goods bought will be the children’s responsibility.

Whenever possible please pay for Premier sports clubs online as this will guarantee a place, other money for clubs should be handed in at the school office in a named envelope.