Further Information

 School Times

Morning Session   8.45 to 12.00/12.15
Afternoon Session   1.00 to 3.00
Morning Break   10.35 to 10.50

clock-20013_640This allows us 22.5 hours (23.75 in Key Stage 2) spent on teaching during a normal school week. This excludes the daily act of collective worship (15 minutes daily), registration (15 minutes daily) and break time (15 minutes daily).

Please do not allow your children to arrive before 8.30am as important preparations are being made for the day. Following 8.30am, as they arrive children come straight into school when the teachers will then be ready for them. From 9.00am each morning the only access to the school is via the main school entrance which is controlled. All other doors will only allow exit. This is all part of our school safety policy.

At the end of the day parents or other responsible adults are asked to collect their children from the classrooms. Please inform us if you arrange for someone different to collect your child.


Admission Arrangements

school-93200__180All children have a statutory right to be admitted to school at the beginning of the school term following their fifth birthday. In Dorset children may start school at the beginning of the school year in which they are five (the school year is from 1st September to 31st August). During the first term, parents can choose whether to send their children on a part-time or full-time basis. Normally children then attend on a full-time basis of five days a week from January.
At the end of Year 4 our children transfer to a middle school. For those living in our catchment area this is usually St Osmund’s CE (Aided) Middle School in Dorchester.

School Transport

The current qualifying distances for free school transport are as follows:

Under 8 years – Year 3 and younger 2 miles
Over 8 years – Year 4 and older 3 miles

k5553760Spare seats on regular school transport routes may be used on a concessionary basis.   Application forms are available from the Local Authority and a bus pass issued on payment of the appropriate amount. Children are escorted onto their bus by members of staff and unless the school has been told of any change in the way a child is to travel home on a particular day, the child will always travel in the usual way. This will prevent any unnecessary anxiety on everyone’s part. If you wish your child to be taken off the school bus list on occasions please inform the school office before the end of the day.

It is extremely important for parents to make sure that their children understand that they must remain seated and behave sensibly and quietly when using the school bus.

School Meals

Universal Free School Meals

imagesAll children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal (effective from September 2014).  Parents of children who might be entitled to Free School Meals because they are in receipt of qualifying benefits are still strongly encouraged to check eligibility, this is because, even though your child will automatically get a meal it enables the school to access additional funding for the Pupil Premium which is used to provide additional support for  your child.  You will also qualify for assistance with your child’s uniform.

If you are in receipt of Income Support, Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance or Child Tax Credit, please complete an on-line application form at Dorsetforyou.com or telephone Dorset County Council on   01305 22100 to check eligibility.

Absence from School

Close-up of a school attendance form with a red pencilRegular attendance is essential if children are to gain the fullest benefit from their education. Schools are required by law to keep a careful check on the attendance of all pupils. If your child is absent from school, or will be arriving late, we need to know the reason for the absence as soon as possible. A telephone message is sufficient if you do not have time to write a note. Your co-operation in this matter would be very much appreciated.

School UniformCharminster-School-Emblem

We have a policy for encouraging children to wear school uniform. We like our children to wear the following:

grey trousers
yellow polo shirt
green sweatshirt with school logo

grey pinafore/skirt/trousers in the winter
green and white or yellow and white check dress in the summer
yellow polo shirt
green sweatshirt with school logo

Children will also need a t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls in a named bag for PE. These need to be in school every day.

Uniform can be ordered directly from our supplier, Oak Apple Embroidery, either on-line or by telephone as follows:

  • Sweatshirts
  • Yellow polo shirts
  • PE t-shirts
  • Beanie hats
  • Book bags
  • Caps
 www.oakappledirect.com  Tel: 01963 251151

Naming everything is essential! Items of school clothing all look alike.

Any parents who have successfully applied for free school meals will qualify for an allowance for school clothing. Please contact the school office for an application form.

School Nurse & Medicines

School doctor Dr Summers (01305 255206)
School nurse Mrs Suzanne Osborne,   (01305 255215)

144_PSV_contentsAll children are medically examined during their first year in school. This includes hearing, height and weight checks.   You will be notified when this examination will take place, although it isn’t necessary for you to be present. If you are at all concerned with your child’s health and feel the school may be able to make arrangements to help please speak with your child’s class teacher or Claudia Carter, Parent Support Advisor. Our school nurse, Suzanne Osborne carries out half-termly drop-in sessions here in school for parents to seek advice confidentially. These are advertised in the regular newsletters.

The school health service no longer carries out regular inspections for head lice, so we advise parents to check their child’s hair each week.   Should you find any evidence of head lice we ask you to treat with lotion available from your doctor or chemist as soon as possible. Please feel free to ring Suzanne Osborne at any time for advice.

Please do not send your child to school if she/he has been unwell the previous night or prior to coming to school in the morning.   We have no facilities for looking after sick children and it is unfair to your child and the other children in the class. Likewise please encourage your child to have good attendance as missing school does impact upon their performance.  Children must not return to school for 48 hours after being sick or suffering from diarrhoea.

If your child has an accident or becomes unwell during school hours we shall contact you immediately.   Please ensure that we have your current emergency telephone number.

It may occasionally be necessary for children to receive medicine during the school day.   In the interests of safety the school must have a written request from the parents stating:

  1. the name of the medication
  2. the dose to be administered
  3. the time the drug needs to be administered.
  4. Our school welcomes children with asthma. Parents are asked to inform us on admission. We have a clear Asthma Policy and all our staff recognise the need for medication to be close to hand at all times. We fully support the integration of children affected by asthma into the full life of the school as far as they are able.
  5. The parent should take the medication to the office, clearly labelled with the child’s name and the dosage to be given and complete the appropriate form giving permission for a member of staff to administer. The medication should be in a child-proof container. Children should not be responsible for carrying medicines to school.

Links with Parents

All parents are welcome in school at any time. By coming into school and helping, or just observing, in the classroom you can find out what your child really does in school all day! This will help you when you try to support your child’s learning at home.

Newsletter: Regular newsletters provide information about the curriculum for each class and about special events, visits and activities during the term.

Parents Evenings: We believe it is important for teachers and parents to meet regularly in order to discuss children’s progress. In the Summer Term a written report forms the basis for the discussion at the Summer Term interviews.

Contact: We are always available to answer parents’ queries or to discuss concerns. Please do not hesitate to come and see us – we will do all we can to help.

School Association: We have an active School Association of which all parents are automatically a member. A variety of educational, social and fundraising events are organised during the year. Money raised from these events helps pay for extra things in school. If you would like more information please contact the office.

Links with Other Schools and Playgroups

We have pre-school links with several pre-school groups.

Our school is a member of the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership (DASP). All the First, Middle and Upper Schools in the Dorchester area belong to DASP. The aim of the partnership is to provide high quality education for all the children in the Dorchester area, enabling them to achieve their full potential as pupils and future citizens.

Within DASP the First Schools work together sharing experiences such as staff training and organising joint activities including a residential visit each year for Year 4 children to the Carey Outdoor Education Centre.
This group of schools is known as the DASP First Schools Cluster.