Day to Day Information
The School Day – Our Timetable
The school is open for parents and children early each morning and there is staff supervision on the playground from 8:40am onwards. The school bell is rung promptly at 8:50am when the children line up in classes before being led into their classrooms by their class teachers.
Assembly is at 10:20am every day apart from Friday when we have a special Family Assembly at 2:45pm to which parents, grandparents, carers, governors and friends are warmly invited. We offer a variety of collective worship opportunities during each week. This includes times when we meet as a whole school, Key Stage and in class groups. We also have choral worship. The vicar of our local parish church, the Rev. Tim Ward, regularly leads assemblies on a range of themes. Other spiritual leaders are also invited to lead assemblies from time to time.
Learning at Walberton and Binsted begins promptly. It is important that children are in school on time. Being punctual is a life skill. We do endeavour to encourage all children to be punctual for school so they can begin their learning on time. If, for whatever reason, your child is late for school, the side gate will be closed and you will need to use the main entrance to enter the school. You or your child must then inform the office staff that you have arrived at school before going to your classroom.
Morning break time runs from 10:40am until 10:55am, whilst afternoon break time runs from 2:00pm until 2:10pm. All the children play together on the main playground. There are always four adults on duty at each break time. The children enjoy using the field at break time in the summer months when it is dry.
For Early Years and KS1, lunchtime begins at 12:00pm. For KS2, lunchtime begins at 12:15pm. The children eat their lunch in the hall, under the supervision of the lunchtime supervisors. There are two sittings for lunch. The infants eat first, followed by the juniors. Children sit in friendship groups and enjoy this social time. After eating the children have time to play and relax before afternoon school begins at 1:00pm.
Absence and Holidays
Children are required to be in school every day as they have a right to their education. The only exception to this is if they are unwell. We request that all holidays are taken in school holiday periods so that your child’s learning is not disrupted. There is significant evidence to show that those children with poor attendance fall behind with their learning and have trouble catching up. It is therefore also important to book appointments with doctors and dentists either after school or in school holidays, again to avoid your child missing out on their learning.
Absence from school due to illness
If your child is poorly and has to be kept off school please telephone the school to let us know on the morning of the first and each day of their absence. On returning to school, please may you write a short note to the teacher dating it and stating the reason why your child had been absent. These forms are a written record which we are required to keep.
At Walberton and Binsted School, we encourage our children to wear their uniforms with pride. Click here for more information on School Uniform.
The children wear PE kits according to their House Colours: Blue, Green, Red and Yellow. Click here for more information on PE kits.
Driving, Parking and Road Safety
If you need to transport your children to and from school by car, please be aware of local residents, pedestrians and cyclists when driving and parking in our village. We have disabled parking access within our school car park, but please note that our car park is for staff and visitors only. There is pedestrian access to our school from the village car park via the village park just outside the school. Our Year 6 children participate in Cycling Proficiency training every September, and we do encourage older children to cycle to school if they are capable. If you do cycle with your child to school, we respectfully ask you to dismount from your bicycles and use the path next to the car park area. Please support us in ensuring everyone is safe on their journey to and from school.
Illness and Medication
If your child is ill they should remain off school until they are better. The advice is 48 hours at home if they are sick. However if they have a cough and cold they should still attend school.
Under most circumstances we do not administer medicines in school. If your child is given antibiotics please may you give them their doses at home. If your child has asthma and needs an inhaler or has an epi-pen for anaphylactic shock, then please speak to one of the office staff who will explain what you will need to do. This medication is kept in school and all staff are trained to administer these, however there are routines we need to follow to ensure your child remains safe and we would like to communicate with you clearly regarding these
Accidents at School
We have very few accidents in school. The most common incidents are children falling over their own feet or colliding with others, usually when they are tired! Should there be an accident in school which involves a child bumping their head you will receive a letter to inform you and the teacher will speak with you at the end of the day. Staff are highly vigilant regarding care of a child following a bump. If we have any level of concern regarding the health and well-being of your child we will contact you and speak with you immediately.
All children are expected to read regularly (we hope this is mainly for enjoyment). As the children get older a piece of English and Maths is set weekly for them to complete. Lately we have been reviewing our homework policy and have been experimenting with alternative styles of homework. These have included mini projects which proved to be extremely popular with the children.
Keeping your child safe is of utmost importance to us in Walberton and Binsted School. The school is surrounded by a tall fence and after the bell has been rung at 8.50am the school gates are all locked. The only entrance into school is via the front doors where everyone has to be given access by the school office staff.
We are also vigilant regarding the use of IT equipment and regarding any adults who have contact with our children. Child protection procedures are followed closely and we operate a ‘Whistle blowing’ policy to encourage people to be aware and speak out should they have concerns.
We believe that these are really important for our children, enriching learning. Each half term we have a topic focus and often there is a visit arranged to support this learning. Most are very local and you will be fully informed regarding each visit. Sometimes a voluntary contribution is requested towards the cost of the visit and transport.
Charging and Remissions Policy