FAQ

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School Uniform and Equipment

What should my child wear for school and PE?

Girl’s school uniform

  • Royal blue crewneck sweatshirt or cardigan with school emblem
  • Sky blue polo shirt with schools emblem
  • Navy skirt, trousers or pinafore
  • Optional royal blue fleece or reversible fleece with school emblem.White socks or grey/black tights
  • Black school shoes
  • In the summer, girls can wear a blue checked school dress with / without school logo

Girl’s PE uniform

  • Royal blue T-shirt with school emblem
  • Navy PE shorts
  • Black pumps (KS1), Black pumps for indoor and trainers for outdoors (KS2)
  • During the cooler months, blue tracksuit bottoms/blue tracksuit

Boy’s school uniform

  • Royal blue crewneck sweatshirt with school emblem
  • Sky blue polo shirt with school emblem
  • Navy trousers / Shorts
  • Optional royal blue fleece or reversible fleece with school emblem
  • White/black/grey socks
  • Black school shoes

Boy’s PE uniform

  • Royal blue T-shirt with school emblem
  • Navy PE shorts
  • Black pumps (KS1), Black pumps for indoor and trainers for outdoors (KS2)
  • During the cooler months, blue tracksuit bottoms/blue tracksuit

All uniform is ordered via the My School Style website

All items of clothing should be labelled with your child’s name.

If you are unable to access the internet, or unable to pay via one of the accepted methods, please contact the school office.

Where else can I buy reasonably priced uniform?

Supermarkets are a good place to look for uniform such as trousers and skirts, plain polo shirts etc. Argos, Marks and Spencer and other department stores also stock similar items.

Is it OK for my child to wear a white plain collared t-shirt without the school logo?

Yes

Can my child wear formal shorts during the summer?

Yes.

Can my child wear sandals to school during the summer?

No, open toed sandals are not allowed for safety reasons.

What bags should I buy for my child?

Your child will need a school bookbag, and a PE bag. These are available via the My School Style website

What size of uniform should I buy for my child?

Details of the available sizes are available for each item of clothing, on the MySchoolStyle website. If in any doubt, and you know another parent, it may be worth seeing if your child can try any item of their uniform, so that you can more easily find the right size.

Any items can be refunded or exchanged via the My School Style website

Does my child need a tracksuit for PE?

No, it’s optional.

Can I buy second-hand uniform?

Yes, there are often second-hand uniform sales throughout the year run by the PTA.

Does my child need to take a book bag to school every day?

Yes. This is used to carry your child’s reading book and reading record, and sometimes letters, information flyers or leaflets will be put into the book bag for you to read.

Does my child need to take a PE bag to school everyday?

No. PE kit should be brought to school at the beginning of term and your child will have a coat peg on which they can store the bag. The kit will be returned to you for washing, usually every half term, but more frequently if needed. All bags and each item of PE kit should have some kind of name label or be marked with your child’s name.

Do I need to put spare uniform in my child’s book bag, in case they get wet?

No. Parents will be contacted in the rare event that a change of clothes is required. Parents are informed in advance if children are involved in a messy/art activity and advised to bring in an art shirt/old clothing.

Lunch at School

How will I know what my child has had to eat each day?

School lunch menus are provided to parents in advance and daily/weekly choices are available on the school website homepage. They usually follow a 4-week cycle. Two choices are provided, including a vegetarian option. Children are asked to confirm their choice with their class teacher, at registration each morning. Sometimes there will be special lunches on a "theme" such as Valentines Day or Bonfire Night. Meals cost £2.25 a day from September 2017 and need to be paid in advance weekly on a Monday.

Alternatively, you may prefer to send your child to school with a packed lunch.

Is my child entitled to free school meals?

All children in KS1 including Reception are entitled to a free school meal. Other children may be entitled to a free school meal. To find out if your child is eligible for Free School Meals, please speak to the school office or see link on the Cheshire West and Chester website for further information.

Are there any rules about what I can give my child for his/her packed lunch?

Yes, a balanced diet/healthy items are encouraged. Sweets/chocolate are not allowed.

Are snacks provided

Morning snack is available to buy in school for children in years 5 and 6 (toast, bagel, etc.) or children can bring their own.

Healthy options are encouraged; crisps and chocolate/sweets are not allowed.

KS1 children are provided with a fruit/vegetable option.

General

Do I need to check my child’s book bag each day?

You will need to read with your child regularly, and will need to make an entry in the reading record after each read. Also, it’s worth checking in the book bag for any communications from school or the PTA.

How do I find out about what is going on at school (e.g. dates for the diary)?

Events will be communicated to you via the school newsletter, which is sent out fortnightly during term time via e-mail and loaded onto the school website. This also includes any events organised by the PTA. Texts and emails are also sent to parents sometimes, with reminders.

It’s important that you make sure that the school office has a mobile phone number and an e-mail address for you, as many communications are sent via e-mail and/or text message.

The school Twitter account is also used to publicise events and share information and provide reminders with parents.

I have only just found out that my child has a place at Christleton, and I have missed the induction evening. What should I do?

Don’t panic! Lots of information can be found on this website under the admissions tab. If you have more questions, please just contact the school office, who will be happy to help.

Is there anyone that can help me if I have questions during the school holidays, and I can’t find the information I need on the school website?

Unfortunately school is closed during the school holidays so we would encourage parents to contact us during term time. However staff are usually in the office on INSET days.

Will there be extra-curricular activities available?

Yes, full details of the clubs available are normally provided by letter during the first week or two of each term.

Can my child have a mobile phone in school?

Children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 are not permitted to bring mobile phones into school.

Children in Years 5 and 6 are permitted to bring mobile phones into school, if they have written permission from a parent or carer. Their phone must be turned off and handed in at the start of the day. It will then be given out at the end of the day to take home.

What do I do if I have a complaint?

Please contact the school office and/or refer to the complaints policy which can be found on the school website.

What’s Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2?

Key Stage 1 (KS1) is the first three years of primary school. It includes:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage/Reception
  • Year 1 class
  • Year 2 class

Key Stage 2 (KS2) is the last four years in primary school it includes:

  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

Does school celebrate Christmas?

Yes, as part of the RE curriculum children learn about a variety of religions including Christianity. There is usually a key stage 1 nativity play and a carol performance each year.

What’s the best way to contact my child’s teacher? Do I need an appointment?

You are able to speak to your child’s teacher either before school or at home time for any quick queries but an appointment is advisable if you wish to discuss anything at length. Please contact the school office who will liaise with the teacher and arrange a mutually convenient time.

Does the School have a ‘reward’ system for continuous good behaviour?

All children are encouraged to behave well and follow the rules. Our behaviour policy is available on the school website. Rewards include verbal praise, stickers, team points and certificates.

When are parent’s evenings?

Progress evenings are held in the autumn and spring terms. Dates are communicated with as much notice as possible.

Is the e-mail address for the school office, monitored in the school holidays?

No.

Are there any school trips organised?

There are residential trips (overnight stays) in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Full details are provided to parents and carers in plenty of time beforehand.

There are also other opportunities for other day trips and visits, and again these will be communicated as and when those opportunities arise.

Learning

Will my child get homework, and if so how often? How long should it take to complete?

Yes, homework is set each week. This includes an expectation that the child will practise their reading regularly.

How often should I read with my child, and for how long?

If possible, daily for at least 10-15 minutes, especially in Reception and KS1. Whatever time you can spare, please make sure that it is quality time enjoying a book together.

During SATS and other testing, will my child know that they are being tested?

Yes in KS2. In Reception and KS1 this is done less formally when possible.

Do I need to prepare my child for SATS and other testing?

Regular support and monitoring with homework is really helpful but talking to them about their work and helping them with any revision or testing, for example, on their times tables should suffice.

Where can I get more information about SATS and other testing?

Ask your child’s class teacher or Mr Mitchell or look up SAT’s online where detailed information and sample tests are available.

Collecting children and Dropping them off

How do I contact a teacher if I don’t drop off or pick up?

You don’t need to inform school about dropping off however please contact the school office if someone different/unknown to your teacher is collecting your child. They will pass the information on to the class teacher.

What time can I leave my child in the morning in the playground? Is it different for infants and juniors?

The school gates are opened at 8.40am. KS1 children should not be left on their own. KS2 children can come into school on their own from 8.40am however please do not leave children unaccompanied before then as the school cannot be responsible for their safety and welfare. All children must be in school for 8.50am.

What should I do if I am stuck in traffic and cannot get to school on time to collect my child?

Please contact the school office and we’ll arrange for the children to be looked after until parents arrive.

Before and after school clubs

What is Link Club?

Wake up and Shake up Club is a privately run club which provides a before school facility each day of the week from 7.45-8.45.

A range of clubs run throughout the year after school.

PTA

Is the PTA open to any parent or carer?

Absolutely, yes!

When are PTA meetings and what are they like?

There is usually a PTA each term. They are friendly, open, informal meetings and all parents are welcome to come to express their views, make suggestions and/or help out!

Do I have to commit lots of time to help?

No. We would ask all parents and carers to do at least one thing during the school year, when it is convenient for them. We have a small band of willing parents who regularly help, but if every parent did one thing to help during the school year, it would be so much easier and the likelihood is that we would be able to raise more money. Details of any help needed for events is included in the fortnightly newsletter.

What can I do to help?

Details of help needed are always included on the fortnightly newsletter. We would encourage parents and carers to do whatever they feel comfortable with. We always need volunteers for manning cake sales and stalls, but sometimes we need volunteers for painting, or you may have a skill or trade that you think might be of use. All offers are very much appreciated!

Absence and School Policy

What is the School’s policy on bullying?

The school has a zero tolerance approach to bullying and, though rare at Hillside, any incidents are dealt with seriously and immediately. The school supports national anti-bullying week every November, including ‘Blue Friday’, an anti-bullying day. A copy of the anti-bullying policy can be found on the school website under the policies tab.

What is the school’s policy on absences?

Term time absence is strongly discouraged and holidays will not be authorised unless in exceptional circumstances. A copy of the attendance policy can be found on the website under the policies tab.

What is the school’s policy regarding unacceptable behaviour?

A copy of the behaviour policy can be found on the school website under the policies tab.

What should I do if my child tells me that another child or children has hurt him in the playground?

Please contact your class teacher or a member of staff as soon as possible.

If my child has a medical appointment at 11am, should they come to school beforehand, and should they come back to school afterwards?

It is preferable for appointments to not be booked during the school day/term time. However if it is unavoidable, ideally children should only miss school for the duration of the appointment and related travel time, depending on the time of the appointment. Where ever possible therefore, essential appointments should be made at the beginning or end of the school day to avoid disruption. Please let the class teacher or school office know in advance. Evidence of appointments may be requested.

Can I take my child on holiday during a school term?

Head teachers are unable to authorise leave during term time, unless for exceptional circumstances, which does not include family holidays. Parents are requested to complete a leave of absence request form in advance if they wish to take their child out of school for any period of time (excluding medical appointments). Parents may be liable for a fixed penalty notice, issued by Cheshire West and Chester Council.