Dates for the term
School terms are planned in line with the policy of the Local Education Authority
Surrey County Council Term Dates
Times of the school day
The school day starts at 8.55 and ends at 3.30.
Lunchtime is between 12.15 and 1.20 for Key Stage One
Lunchtime is between 12.20 and 1.20 for Key Stage Two
Nursery times are 8.55 to 11.55.
During the year, five development (INSET) days take place, these are on:
4th September 2017, 20th October 2017, 19th February 2018, 4th June 2018 and 23rd July 2018
We are also closed on 29th June 2018 for a GLF Celebration Day
Absences and Lateness
If your child is absent from school telephone to give a reason before 9.30am. These messages are recorded and noted in the register. If you have been unable to contact us during your child’s absence, please send in a note on his/her return to school. For the children’s safety, it is our policy to contact parents on the first morning of any unexplained absence.
A prompt start to the school day helps us to establish good routines and make full use of time. Please help us by making sure that your child comes to school on time. Registers are marked as soon as the children arrive and teachers complete their registers before 9.05. If your child arrives after 9.00 please bring them in through the main entrance to the school office and sign in the late book
Please ensure medical appointments are made out of school hours if possible, advance warning for appointments during the school day must be given to the office and a copy of the appointment letter. Children leaving school early for appointments must be signed out by the adult collecting them and we will ask you to complete a form at this time.
The class teachers have primary responsibility for children’s welfare during the school day. Ultimate responsibility rests with the Headteacher and Governors.
Children who become unwell at school are monitored by staff. Should they need to return home, the school will contact parents. It is essential that we have accurate emergency contact details, including those of a close friend or family member if we are unable to reach parents.
Children who require medicine are usually too unwell to attend school. If children do need to have medicine administered during school hours, parents must provide written authorisation for this, the office can provide a permission form. Medicine must be in a measured dose in a named container. All medicines must be handed in at the office.
If a child is too unwell to attend school, parents should contact the school by 9.30. Prompt notification of absence is important, to account properly for children’s whereabouts.
The majority of school staff have first aid training. In the event of an accident or injury at school, first aid will be administered. If a child bumps his/ her head, he/ she will be monitored closely and given a special “head bump” note to take home.
Safety & Security
During school hours access to the school buildings and grounds is restricted. Any visitors to the school are required to report to the school office. The safety and security of the children is our first concern and so all gates are locked except at the start and end of sessions. We ask parents’ help in ensuring that children are safe in the school environment at all times. The school is a non-smoking site. Dogs are not allowed on the school premises.
- Parents are in particular asked to:
Be responsible for their children while in the playground before and after school
- Inform us promptly of any changes to arrangements for dropping off or collecting children as children will only be allowed to go with named adults
- Notify the school promptly of any absence and the reasons for it
- Ensure that we have up-to-date emergency contact details
- Use the main entrance to school, signing in for every visit beyond the entrance lobby
Children have the choice of bringing a packed lunch or eating a hot meal prepared by the school’s kitchen staff. At Merstham we are fortunate to have our own kitchen, providing freshly cooked, high quality meals each day. There is a choice of a meat meal, a vegetarian meal or a salad. School meal menus are available from the school office.
For children who wish to bring a packed lunch parents should ensure that items are packed to stay fresh, and that drinks are packed appropriately in plastic or cardboard containers. Glass containers or carbonated drinks must not be brought to school.
Nursery children are provided with free milk and fruit is available for a small charge . KS1 children are provided with free fruit. KS2 children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit in their school bag, to have as a snack during the morning break. We also ask all children to bring in a water bottle every day to encourage them to drink healthy amounts of water during the day. It is important that water bottles are labelled with the child’s name.
Children in Reception Class (Squirrels and Rabbits), Year 1 and Year 2 are all entitled to receive free school meals funded by the Government.
For children in Years 3 to 6 school meals are £2.25 per day. We require payment, in advance, on Monday mornings. You can use our online payment system and you will need to register to do this. Please let the office know if you have not yet registered as they will generate a letter with a unique code for your payments. All payments made via the Schools Cash Office website go directly to Surrey County Council. Please follow this link:
All children in school, including Nursery (Hedgehogs) and Reception Class (Rabbits), wear school uniform. In Early Years Foundation Stage, it is particularly important that children are dressed for active play, including coats and outdoor shoes as outdoor play goes on throughout the year. It is also helpful if these younger children have clothes which they are able to manage independently, for example, velcro shoe fastenings
Please click on the link below for a list of school uniform
School uniform can now be ordered from our online supplier and will be delivered to you at home.
Please go to www.tesco.com/ues to place your order. You will earn Clubcard points for every purchase made.