We are delighted to welcome you to The Spinney Primary School. Thank you for choosing our school.
Starting school is a very exciting time in a child's life and we are keen to make the experience as happy and as calm as possible. We want you and your child to feel confident and relaxed about starting school. We would normally, at this time, be inviting you to attend various induction sessions so we can meet you and introduce you to life in our school, however, in these strange times, we are unable to do this. We have therefore created this page, where we hope you will find the answer to some of the questions or concerns you may have.
We are unable to advise quite how school will look in September as Government guidance is changing frequently. We will keep you advised of all updates as soon as we are able to. Please bear with us by not calling school for Coronavirus updates - we will use this page and the email system to keep you informed. Thank you.
We are a school, with a very strong community and believe that communication is key. If you have any questions of concerns about starting school in September that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact the OPS team on the school phone number (01223) 568836, or on the office email address email@example.com if you would prefer. You are likely to have many questions, including 'Who do I speak to about ...?' We hope the attached document goes some way to helping you with that question.
As we are sure you can appreciate, there is a huge amount of information that we would like to share with you. We have tried to keep this page as simple as we can and to redirect you to other areas of this website where you will hopefully find the answers to some of your questions.
The admissions form will create the starting point of a confidential data base of information about your child, that will remain with us throughout their time with us at The Spinney. Please understand that the information you are providing us with is retained as outlined in our Privacy notice. Our Privacy Notices can be found below. When returning this document to us, please note that we also need to take a photocopy of your child's birth certificate which we will retain on your child's personnel file.
ARBOR - We use Arbor as a Management Information System in school. The system stores data on all pupils, parents and staff so that we can contact you should we need to at any point during the school day, maybe because your child is unwell, or have forgotten something. When completing the admissions form, you will be asked to provide contact information for the appropriate people to call should we need to get in touch. Could you please ensure that the people you detail on the form are local to school so that they are able to help as needed. A neighbour who lives next door would be more helpful than Grandma who lives in Kent for example.
The Arbor system also records dinners taken and records monies owed/paid for educational visits or similar activities. Parents/Carers will be emailed a link to the Arbor system in September allowing you to register and access such information.
We have a two week induction process for children joining Foundation stage. We expect that from Monday 21st September children will attend full time. Further information about the induction period will be released once we have a clearer position of how school will look in September. Please see below link to our Attendance page.
We use an exciting way to record, track and share your child's learning during their time in Foundation Stage. This system, called Tapestry, may have been used by your child's nursery and if so, we will be able to pick up their Learning Journey from that point onwards. Tapestry enables staff to take photographs, videos and add written observations of the activities that your child does at school. You will then have access to see this at home, and you will be able to add your own photos and comments to the journal. Please complete the attached Tapestry document to enable us to set up a Learning Journal for your child, or to allow us to contact your child's nursery/pre-school to adopt their current data.
On occasions throughout the school year, we are visited by The Medical Entomology Centre who anonymously comb the children for head lice. Head lice are a common problem in schools and are easily spread from person to person. We hope that these checks may help to reduce the number of cases we find in our school. We kindly ask you to complete the attached form to confirm your agreement to this check. Thank you