Is PE kit compulsory?
Yes. Our PE kit consists of a white T-shirt, blue or black shorts or track-suit bottoms and black plimsoles. No jewellery or watches can be worn and long hair needs to be tied back.
How do I contact the Headteacher?
You can do one of a number of things.
1) Call in to the school office and make an appointment.
2) Email the school office or
3) Write a letter. Our Headteacher, Ms Rana is always happy to meet with you.
Do the children have swimming lessons?
Swimming is part of the Key Stage 2 PE curriculum. At Woodlands, swimming lessons happen in Year 4.
What is the school policy on jewellery?
All children are strongly discouraged from wearing any jewellery in school. If your child would like to wear jewellery, we do not take any responsibility for loss or damage.
What are the options available for school meals?
School meals are provided by Harrison’s catering service. Each week they provide a choice of freshly cooked healthy food that caters to a range of dietary needs. In order for your child to receive a hot meal we ask for dinner money to be paid in advance at the school office. This payment can either be paid weekly or termly. The cost of a school meal is £2.30 per day or £11.50 per week. School menus can be obtained from the school office. A Halal option is served twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
What can my child take for packed lunch?
Children may bring their own packed lunch each day if they prefer. However, sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks and crisps are not allowed in packed lunches. Packed lunches should be in a lunchbox or container that is clearly marked with your child’s name and class.
What happens if my child is ill or has an accident at school?
We have qualified first aid staff within the school and they will administer first aid for minor accidents and illnesses that happen during the school day. If your child has had a bump on the head or any injury that may need continuing care, parents will be notified by the school and the first aider involved. If your child needs to go to the hospital, the parent / guardian will be informed.
What is the schools policy on attendance and punctuality?
The highest levels of attendance and punctuality are expected at Woodlands. For children to progress they need to be in school on time every day. We believe regular attendance makes a big difference to a child’s learning and enjoyment at school; it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that their child attends school regularly. If your child will be absent for any reason, please inform the school, by phone, in person or writing. Each morning we expect the children to arrive at school before the lessons start, as late arrivals disrupt the rest of the class and can lead to the children missing vital instructions for the day. If your child does arrive late they must report to the main school office.
Can my child be taken on holiday during term time?
Children will not be given permission for holidays during term time. If an absence is not authorised, parents who take their children out of school during term time are reported to their local authorities and could face a fine.
What kind of rules will my child be expected to follow?
Woodlands Academy has a behaviour policy that all children and staff must follow. Children are expected to behave in a kind and respectful way to ensure that learning and enjoyment takes place at Woodlands.
What do I do if my child has lost a piece of clothing?
All children’s uniform should be clearly labelled. If an item goes missing your child must inform the class teacher and class teaching assistant and look in the lost property. We will do our utmost to find lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement.
Where is the lost property kept?
Lost property can be found in the cupboard in the school hall. This lost property will be taken out to the playground at 3pm at the end of each term where parents are encouraged to check through for their missing items. It is a really good idea to write children’s names in their clothing with a permanent marker.
When will my child start in Reception?
This will depend on their age and parental preference, usually children join Reception class in the September before their 5th birthday. Please contact the school office for more information.
What is the best time to talk to the teacher if I have a question?
We would discourage parents from trying to talk to a teacher in the morning as they are busy preparing for the school day. We would advise you to speak to the teacher at the end of the school day after all the children have been dismissed. We can also make appointments in the school office for parents to see the class teacher or another member of staff.
How can parents get involved?
We encourage parents to get involved in various ways from attending trips to individual reading. We have a small fundraising team “Woodlands Friends” and would welcome new members with new ideas and contacts. If you work for a company that is able to sponsor or donate to fundraising in the school please email email@example.com