Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I apply for a primary school place for my child?

    Wednesday,17 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, they are due to start school in the school year beginning September 2018. Admission to a Year R class is not automatic. You can apply online via Hampshire County Council or call them on 0300 5551377 for an application form together with an admissions brochure and a directory of Hampshire schools. Application opens from 1st November 2017 to 15th January 2018.

    If you have moved house, are moving to a new area or wish to move your child to a different school, you may also apply online for an immediate place or contact the County Admissions Team. 

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  • How do I check that we live in the school's catchment area?

    Wednesday,17 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    Visit the Hampshire catchment area finder. Enter your postcode and click 'Search', select your address from the dropdown and then a 'Your School Catchments' list will appear. Here you can select the age of your child to find their current catchment school. The map on the right will show you, in pink the catchment area of the school selected. Please note that living in the catchment area does not necessarily guarantee a place at Wellstead Primary School.

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  • Can I take my child out of school for a family holiday?

    Thursday,28 April 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    From September 2015, Hampshire County Council’s Attendance Policy has been revised and this will have an impact on how unauthorised absence and lateness will be managed at Wellstead.

    From now on, if a child has unauthorised absence or is marked late in the register for 10 or more sessions, (equivalent of 5 school days), in any 100 day period, a fixed penalty notice will be issued, by the Local Authority, to each adult with parental responsibility for the child.

    Each fixed penalty notice will incur a £60 fine per parent/carer, per child (if paid in the first 21 days) or £120 fine per parent, per child if paid within 28 days. If unpaid, this will result in prosecution. Absence of any type will only be authorised in an exceptional circumstance or genuine illness.

    Exceptional circumstances can be defined as an event arising as a result of factors beyond a family’s control e.g. to attend a family funeral. Holidays will not be authorised during term time.

    Fixed penalty notices will also be issued to parents/carers of children who we are told were absent due to illness but subsequently discover to have been on holiday.

    You can access the 'Hampshire Possible penalties for non-attendance' and other related information here.

    Should you have any further question about requests for absence from school, then please contact Mr Robinson via the School Office.

     

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  • What options are available for school lunch?

    Wednesday,17 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    Children can either bring a packed lunch or have a hot school lunch, which from 1st April 2017 will cost £2.15 and is payable online or at the office.

    School lunches must be paid for on the day or ideally in advance for the week ahead.

    However since September 2014 ALL Keystage 1 children (years R, 1 & 2) are offered school lunch FREE OF CHARGE.

    If you prefer your child to have a packed lunch from home, please send it in a suitable lunch box, clearly marked with the child’s name. Parents are encouraged to pack a healthy meal for their child. We also ask parents not to include nuts in lunchboxes as they pose potential serious risks to health with a number of children in school having nut allergies.

    Children are allowed to bring squash or juice in a bottle or carton but this can only be drunk at lunchtime, childrens water bottes used in class should contain water.

    Please note that fizzy drinks, thermos flasks and glass bottles or containers of any kind are not allowed in school.

    School lunch menus, menus in other languages, information for parents and other food related information can be found on the Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S).

    In addition to this advertised menu, from Wednesday 3rd May to Friday 29th October 2017. Wellstead are offering in conjunction with HC3S a picnic option at the same cost of £2.15 a day, as follows:

    Day

    Picnic option

    Monday

    Tuna and lettuce sandwich. Selection of vegetable sticks. Fresh fruit. Muffin.

    Tuesday

    Cheese and mayonnaise sandwich. Selection of vegetable sticks. Fresh fruit. Homemade cookie.

    Wednesday

    Chicken, sweetcorn and mayonnaise sandwich. Selection of vegetable sticks. Fresh fruit. Today’s pudding (from weekly menu)

    Thursday

    Ham and lettuce sandwich. Selection of vegetable sticks. Fresh fruit. Homemade cookie.

    Friday

    Vegetarian sausage and tomato sauce sandwich. Selection of vegetable sticks. Fresh fruit. Sponge.

     

     

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  • How can I find out if my child is eligible for free school meals?

    Wednesday,17 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    Since September 2014 ALL Keystage 1 children (years R, 1 & 2) are offered school lunch FREE OF CHARGE.

    Free school meals in KS2 (years 3, 4, 5 & 6) are available only to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

    Income Support, Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190

    No other benefits qualify for free school meals.

    All new parents that become elligible for meals, will also be given a school uniform voucher.

    To find out if your child is eligible for free school dinners follow this link: Free School Dinners Eligibility or pop into the school office and speak to Mrs Hill or Mrs Taylor.

     

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  • What is the school's policy on snacks and water?

    Wednesday,17 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    We encourage children to bring only healthy snacks to school.

    As part of the Government's Healthy Eating campaign, all our KS1 children (years R, 1 & 2) are currently offered a piece of fruit or vegetable during the day. 

    The year 5 class also run a fairtrade tuckshop. If children would like to purchase something, they will need to bring their money in a named purse and take it out to the KS2 building entrance at morning break, where the older children will be happy to help.

    Water is the preferred drink and we ask that all children have a named plastic water bottle in school every day. 

     

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  • How do I order branded school uniform?

    Wednesday,17 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    We encourage all children to wear our school uniform and P.E. kit as it encourages a sense of community and develops a sense of “belonging”.

    All branded clothing can be ordered from MTS via their website at wellstead.morethansafety.co.uk

    All orders from MTS will be delivered to Wellstead Primary School each Friday. Orders received by Tuesday will usually arrive the same Friday, orders placed Wednesday onwards will not be available for collection until the following Friday. 

    We have some items in school for size purposes so please pop into the school office should you need assistance.

    Visit our School Uniform page for more detailed information regarding our school uniform policy.

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  • My child has lost a piece of uniform, PE kit, water bottle etc. what do I do?

    Sunday,28 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    All items brought into school must have your child's name sewn or written in indelible ink. We provide hooks for coats, areas for PE kits, book bags and lunch boxes/bottles. All classrooms also have a box for children to place their jumpers during the school day, should they wish to remove them. However items do get mislaid although the majority of them make their way back to their owners. In the first instance ask your child to check these places, if they cannot find them then ask the class teacher or LSA. There are also lost-property boxes located in the reception area at the front of the school. If you find your child has come home with the property of another child, please return to school and hand in to the class teacher, LSA or school office as soon as possible.

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  • How do I pay for school trips?

    Sunday,28 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    When a trip is organised, your child will be sent home with a hard copy of the letter and a reply / permission slip detailing dates and payment details. Usually this requires a one-off payment in advance. Payment can be made at the school office either by cash, cheque (payable to Wellstead Primary School) or online via Scopay. If you send your reply slip / payment in with your child please ensure it is in a named envelope.

    Payment for the residential trip in year 6 can be made by installments, this will be explained to you in year 5 when we offer parents the chance to come in and learn more about this event.

    Please note that if we receive insuffient funding for these activites then school trips may be cancelled and payments will be refunded to those parents who have already paid. 

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  • Does my child need a rucksack, stationary or a pencil case?

    Sunday,28 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    No, we will provide your child with everything they need, please keep those fancy pens and rubbers at home where they will be safe.

    We encourage children to bring all their items to school in a Wellstead book bag. However, we do recognise that children  who cycle to school (without an adult) may need to carry their book bag in a rucksack. Rucksacks may also be used to carry sports kit to school for clubs.There is not the space on the coat pegs for rucksacks to be brought into school on a daily basis.

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  • Can my child bring their mobile phone to school?

    Sunday,28 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    We understand that in years 5 and 6 children become more independant and parents may give their children permission to walk to and from school on their own. In this case, children may bring a mobile phone with them however during school hours it must be turned off and given to the class teacher who will store it securely until the end of the school day.

    If you would like your child to walk home unattended please see the school office who will ask you to sign a pemission slip for us to release them at the end of the school day.

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  • What should I do if my child needs medication during the school day?

    Sunday,28 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    Should your child require medication during the school day, please bring it to the school office. Please ensure that the medication in its orginal packaging with the pharmacy label clearly attached as we are not able to administer medicine that has been put in any other container or packaging. You will asked to complete and sign a permission form detailing the medication, dosage etc. We will store the medication securely and in a fridge where required. It will be admisintered in accordance with these details.

    Please do not give your child any medication to adminster themselves during the school day, ALL medication must be held by the school office staff. 

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  • I would like to make an appointment with my child's teacher/head teacher/SENDCo

    Sunday,28 February 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    We are always happy to speak to parents and Mr Robinson and Miss Bourner are usually available immediately before school for quick, informal chats.

    Class teachers are usually available for quick, informal chats at the end of the school day. If you would like a longer time then please contact the school office and we will be happy to arrange a mutually convenient time.

    We also offer termly parents evenings, the fortnigtly newsletter and website will keep you informed of the date for the next one. 

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  • How can I order milk for my child?

    Thursday,28 April 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    School milk is free for all under 5's and is subsidised for all pupils aged 5 and over at around £15 per term.

    In conjunction with the Department of Education's new School Food Plan our school is able to provide a free 189ml portion of low-fat milk to children entitled to statatory free school meals. Should you wish to register your child for this service please contact the school office who will be happy to assist you.

    Each pupil that registers with Cool Milk will receive a carton of semi-skimmed milk everyday, which is delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom, ready to be drunk at morning break. Their milk will not only provide them with essentail nutrients but as it is rehydrating and energy boosting it also bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch to help the children stay focused. Find out the top 10 reasons to drink milk by visiting the Cool Milk website.

    How to register

    Milk is completely free for children aged under 5  and is subsidised for children aged 5 or older. Simply register on the Cool Milk Registration webpage.

    My child is under 5

    • Just register by 5pm Tuesday for your child's free milk to start the following week.
    • Free milk will continue until the Friday before you child's fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request three weeks before this time, if you wish your child to continue to receive school milk, simply make a payment.

    My child is 5 or older

    • Complete a registration form or register online as soon as possible. Shortly after registering you will receive a payment request.
    • You can pay Cool Milk either online, over the telephone, at a local PayPoint or by cheque in half termly, termly or annual instalments.
    • Please pay by 5pm Tuesday, for your child's milk to start the following week.
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  • Does my child come to school if it snows?

    Thursday,28 April 2016   charlotte.broomfield

    At Wellstead our overriding principle is to keep the children, staff and parents that use the school site as safe as possible.

    We will do everything we can to open the school in the event of a heavy snow fall, however we need to consider that this might not be possible.

    In the event of the school having to close we will inform you as soon as possible in several ways.

    • We will immediately contact the Local Authority to update their official list.
    • We will also contact the local radio stations.
    • We will put a message onto our school Twitter account @WellsteadPri
    • We will put a message on our Facebook page.
    • We will put a detailed message onto our school website.

    If you are unsure whether the school will be open, please contact the school office.

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