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Parents’ information

Attendance

We ask Parents/Carers to kindly notify the school by email or parentmail. This should happen by 9am on the first day of absence, and we ask that you keep the school informed during any prolonged absence. Parents/Carers are asked to ensure that their children arrive at school promptly each day.  Late arrivals must be signed in at the School Office. 

Parents must complete an ‘absence request for exceptional circumstances’ form for any medical/dental appointments in school time, although this should be avoided where possible

Holidays during term time cannot be authorised by the Headteacher. Parents/Carers needing to take their child out of school during term time must complete an ‘absence request for exceptional circumstances’ form. Only exceptional absences will be authorised by the Headteacher.

What to Bring

Children should bring the following items, clearly named to school:

  • Book bag  with reading book and reading record book
  • PE bag with PE kit (this can stay in school on your child’s peg)
  • Water bottle

Home School Agreement

The staff and governing body at Benington encourage children to make the most of their time at school and ask for their co-operation. The Home School Agreement document is part of the New Pupil Information Pack you were sent and we ask parents/carers to read this with their child and return a signed copy.

Class Assemblies

We have a range of different assemblies each week:

  • Monday – Collective worship
  • Wednesday – Singing assembly
  • Thursday – Collective worship
  • Friday – Celebration assembly every 2 weeks

Parents/carers are invited to attend their child’s worship class assembly once a year. Details are published in the weekly school newsletter.

Harvest Assembly takes place in autumn within school. This is where we give thanks for our food and is also an opportunity to share food with others in our community by collecting food donations.

We have a Christmas Carol Service and an Easter service in St Peter’s Church, Benington, as well as a special service for our leavers in July.

Dietary Requirements/ Allergies

It is vital that the school is made aware of any dietary needs that your child may have, particularly if it is a food that the child is allergic to or must not eat for religious reasons.  You have been asked this information as part of the New Pupil Information Pack, but it is important to keep the school office informed of any changes.

If your child has a school meal, Hertfordshire Catering will require evidence from a medical professional so they can produce an allergy specific menu for your child.  Please visit their website www.hcl.co.uk and complete the online application.  If you have any questions please call HCL on 01707 292500.

Medication

Should your child require medication during the school day, please bring it to the School Office.  Parents/Carers must also complete a permission form to allow office staff to administer medicines in school.  Forms are available from the School Office or below.

Homework

Homework is set to support the children’s learning at Benington. For younger children, this is generally phonics and reading based tasks. As children progress through the school, the tasks support other areas of the curriculum and are designed to encourage good study skills, with emphasis on reading, spellings, multiplication tables and number facts.

Benington Bees

Each week children from Reception to Year 6 are chosen by their teacher to be a Bee. This links to our whole school values which include values such as  generosity, compassion, courage, forgiveness, friendship and respect  Whatever the reason, the children are always very proud to receive their sticker during Friday’s celebration assembly.  The ‘bees’ will also be listed in the weekly school newsletter and in the school hall.

Meeting with Teachers

The school has an ‘open door’ policy and the Head and class teachers are very approachable.  Class teachers are able to meet with parents by appointment. Likewise, the Head Teacher is always willing to meet with parents to discuss any concerns either before or after school by appointment.

Hot Weather

In the hotter weather it is important that all children bring in sunhats and water bottles every day. Sunscreen is to be applied before the start of school. (There are a variety of lotions available which are designed to last all day from one application.) In exceptional circumstances, if you require your child to reapply lotion during school hours, please send it into school in their bags (named) so that they can reapply it as necessary.

Lost Property

Lost property is located in the disabled toilet near to the school office. All lost property found in school will be put here. Parents/carers are welcome to come and look at the end of the day if they wish to.

Parking

Please park sensibly and with consideration to our neighbours and other pedestrians at both drop off and pick up times. If you do need to drive please consider arriving a few minutes earlier and parking in the carpark next to the parish hall, just a short walk from school.  Our pupils’ safety is our key priority; therefore, we would appreciate your co-operation in parking safely and sensibly. 

We would like to draw your attention to the Highway Code and the rules we should all be following:

  • Rule 191 – You MUST NOT park on a crossing or in the area covered by the zig-zag lines.
  • Rule 243 – DO NOT stop or park:
    – near a school entrance
    – anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
    – opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction
    – in front of an entrance to a property
    – on a bend

Walk to School

We encourage you to walk to school if at all possible, but if not, to park responsibly and not to block residents’ driveways. 

Partnership with Parents

We are proud to have been awarded the ‘Leading Parent Partnership  Award’,  awarded where there is an on-going commitment to developing and maintaining strong links with parents, so that they participate more fully in their child’s learning.  Please have a look at the following document outlining the work we have done.

We see education as a partnership between home and school.  To this end we very much welcome any parents who wish to play an active role in the school. The class teacher provides an outline of the curriculum their child will be studying at the beginning of each term so parents are aware of what is being taught and can, where possible, contribute in some way.  If you feel you have something to offer then please talk to your class teacher.

There are also opportunities to be involved by volunteering to hear readers, accompanying class trips, running clubs or joining the ‘Friends of Benington  School ‘ (FOBS) to help with fundraising.

Photography / Videoing

Please only Photograph or video your own children at sports events and performances. These photos or videos should be for personal use only.