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Information

We welcome all children to Grendon and hope the information below helps them settle in.

If you change your phone number or email address, don't forget to let the office know ASAP so we are able to contact you in case of an emergency.

COVID19 UPDATE
Please note some of the information below may be subject to change due to Covid19 restrictions and guidance.

Primarily, this will impact on School Times and Office opening hours. Most of this information can be found on our Covid Update page. Please email enquiry@grendon.bham.sch.uk if you need further assistance.

 

School Time, Late Children and Absences

Our school site opens at 8.50am. Parents and children should not be on site before this time.

Children to be in their lines at 8.55am.

Late children should be brought to the School Office by an adult to provide a reason. If your children has a medical appointment please remember to bring in proof.

All absences have to be reported by 9.30am.  Please phone or call in to the School Office to provide a reason.

School finishes at 3.15pm. Please ensure children are collected promptly at the end of the day

9.00 am

School opens

10.30 - 10.45am

Mid-morning break

12.05 - 1.15pm

Reception – Year 2 dinner break

12.30 - 1.15pm

Year 3 – Year 6 dinner break

3.15pm

School closes

Children should arrive for school no more than 10 minutes before school (8:50am) and have left the premises by 3:25pm (10 minutes after the close of school).  Outside these times the site is only open for access. Please accompany your child at all times.

All visitors are asked to report to the Main Office.  All children, especially infants, should be accompanied by their parents or a responsible adult on their way to and from school.  Please let us know if somebody different is collecting your child, either on a short or long term basis.

What to bring to school

Children will need book bags and PE kits in school every day.

As with all clothing and personal items, please ensure they are clearly labelled with the child's name. PE kit should be brought in on the first day of each term and will stay in school until it is sent home to be washed (once a term).

Please send your child in with a drink of water in a named bottle. Water bottles are on sale for 40p from the School Office and can be refilled during the day from the plumbed in water coolers in school. Children have access to their drinks throughout the day - please ensure this is unflavoured, still water.

If your child has asthma, an inhaler must be kept in school at all times. Please speak to the class teacher or the School Office for details.

Please support school in ensuring the children have healthy choices in their lunch boxes by not sending chocolate or crisps.

Money & Consent Forms

Trip money and consent forms must be returned by the deadline given unless you have made arrangements with the School Office. Weekly payments can be made if this helps!

We have implemented a new online system for payments, please see the Online Payments section under the Our School tab.

School Dinners and Packed Lunches

If providing your child with a packed lunch, please ensure it is a healthy meal. Squash is allowed at lunchtime only.

Alternatively, a school dinner can be purchased for £2.40.

Changes to dinner arrangements need to be given two weeks in advance, in person, to the Office.

Dinner money should be paid on a Monday morning. This can be paid either weekly, monthly or even termly.

We can not extend credit and ask anyone who has outstanding dinner money to come and speak to us regarding repayment of this debt. We will follow our Debt Policy procedures and referring to Lovett's Solicitors for collection of outstanding monies if necessary.

Universal Free School Meals

Every pupil in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are now eligible for free school meals.

The Government has decided that schools must offer a healthy school lunch to all infant pupils in England from September this year. This is a vital and important change that will significantly improve children's health and their attainment.

For more information on this scheme, visit www.schoolfoodplan.com

We ask that all parents fill in the school meals registration form. This is important so that we can continue to register pupils who attract pupil premium, which is worth £1,300 a year per pupil for our school.

You can download the registration form for free school meals and information below.

The Menus (two-week rota):

Week ONE

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

Fish Fingers with tomato sauce
or
Cheese Pasty

Sausage Roll/ Cheese Roll

or

Cod Fish

Lamb Burger or Veggie burger

or

Cheese & Beans Jacket Potato

Four Cheese Quiche

or

Cod Fish

Margherita Pizza

or

Vegetable Samosa

Mashed Potato
Broccoli

Mashed Potato & Sweetcorn

Wedges & Coleslaw Garden Peas

New Potatoes & Carrot Batons

Chips & Baked Beans

Assorted Muffins

or

Fresh Fruit

Fruit Jelly (50% fruit)

or

Fresh Fruit

Jam Doughnut

or

Fresh Fruit

Chocolate Cracknel

or

Fresh Fruit

Ice-Cream

or

Fresh Fruit

Week TWO

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

Chicken Curry

or

Cheese & Beans Jacket Potato

Fish Finger

or

Vegetable Samosa

Roast Chicken

or

Quorn Roast

Sausages

or

Quorn Sausages

or

Cheese and Bean Jacket Potato

Margherita Pizza

or

Chicken Nuggets

Rice & Naan

Broccoli

Mashed Potato & Sweetcorn

Roast Potatoes & Mixed Vegetables

Mashed Potato

Carrots

Chips & Baked Beans

Chocolate Mousse

or

Fresh Fruit

Assorted Muffins

or

Fresh Fruit

Fruit Jelly (50% fruit)

or

Fresh Fruit

Cookies

or

Fresh Fruit

Ice-Cream

or

Fresh Fruit

Snack and Drinks for Breaktime

Please be aware we have children in school who have allergies. Talk to your children about not sharing their snacks with other children as this could have serious consequences if they are allergic to the ingredients.

Children should bring a healthy snack (no chocolate or crisps) and all Infants are given free fruit. Squash is allowed at snack time but not during lesson time.

We have a selection of snacks which can be purchased in school each break time:

  Price
Coco Bars 30p
Biscuits 30p
Fruit Raisins 30p
Box Raisins 10p
Orange/ Apple Juice 30p
Milk 20p
Flavoured water 25p

Uniform

At Grendon school one of the ways we ensure equality for our children is by having a school uniform. We believe it helps to unify the children and shows our identity as a school.

Term Choose from the following
Autumn/Spring

Grey trousers

Grey skirt

Grey dress

Light blue or white polo shirt

Royal blue or school jumper

Royal blue or school cardigan

Black shoes

Summer

As above

Grey shorts

Blue check dress
Optional School fleece
Children will also need suitable clothing depending on the weather. Please ensure children have a coat available if there is a chance of cold or wet weather. In warmer months, children are permitted to bring in a hat/cap for protection from the sun.
PE Kit

White t-shirt

White t-shirt with school logo

Royal blue shorts

Black shorts

Black or white pumps

Children will need a suitable bag to keep their kit in

Earring tape to cover earrings (or earrings need to be removed)
Optional when it is cold; Plain blue, black or grey tracksuit bottoms

Please ensure that all items of school uniform are named.

Children are allowed to wear stud earrings only. No other types of jewellery should be worn.

Long hair should be tied back. Any hair accessories should be kept to a minimum and be of a reasonable size.  They should be blue, yellow, white, grey or black in colour.

Purchasing school uniform

We currently sell the following school branded items in school; School Fleece, sweatshirt, cardigan, P.E t-shirt, reversible fleece, book bag, P.E kit bag. As well as unbranded royal blue PE shorts.

Unfortunately, we are unable to sell school uniform in the mornings. The office is open Monday to Friday 3.00 - 3.30pm for uniform collections.

We have a small amount of second hand uniform available for a small donation, please ask the office staff.

Health Advice and School Nurse

Our School Nurse, Louise Proudlock, comes to school every Tuesday morning.  Parents are welcome to 'Drop In ' between 9-10 am.

If your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea then they must be kept at home for 48 hours.

Headlice

Anyone can catch head lice, but preschool children, primary school children and their families are most at risk.

Head lice are spread, most commonly, by close person-to-person contact.

For information on how to spot, treat and prevent head lice, visit NHS.UK

We ask that you check your children's hair on a regular basis, for example at bath time/shower time, and treat the inline with guidance if you need to.

Long hair should be tied up for school, reducing the risk of catching head lice. We ask that every parent helps us to prevent the spread of head lice.

Threadworm

They're common in children and spread easily but you can treat them without seeing your GP. You can buy medicine for threadworms from pharmacies. This is usually a chewable tablet or liquid you swallow.

Treat everyone in your household, even if they do not have symptoms.

Health Protection Agency advice is:

* Wash hands and scrub under fingernails, particularly before eating, after using the toilet or changing nappies.

* Encourage children to wash hands regularly

* Bathe or shower every morning

* Rinse toothbrushes before using them

* Keep fingernails short

* Wash sleepwear, sheets, towel and soft toys (at normal temperature)

You do not need to stay of school, nursery or work with threadworms.

e-Safety

What is E-Safety?
E-safety is an important part of modern life and it is everything that we do to keep ourselves and others safe when using technology. 

What does it cover?
E-safety includes all technology such as computers, games consoles, tablets and mobile phones and the activities we do on these items.

Why is it important?
Nearly half of all children have their own tablets. This is great for entertainment and learning but it also exposes children to some online risks.  An understanding of E-safety minimises or removes these risks altogether. Your school and your family are important in protecting you from online dangers. It is adult’s responsibility to protect you from these online risks and teach you how to protect yourselves.   

Who can help?
You can get E-safety help from lots of different places. At school, you can talk to your class teacher or another member of staff you trust. At home, your parents, carers and older brothers and sisters can offer you help. There is also lots of online support and information about E-safety. Click on the images to visit these external sites;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most important thing to remember is that if you are unhappy about something or need some help, speak to a grownup that you trust.

Depending on your age, the things you do online and the risks you face change. Click the dropdowns below to find age-appropriate information and advice.

What do I do if...

I am in Reception or Year 1

What technology do I use?
I watch TV
I watch videos on websites such as YouTube.
I play games on a phone, tablet or console.

What is the risk?
I might see something scary.
I might see something that makes me upset.
Something might make me sad or worried.

How can I stay safe?
Only watch videos or play games when an adult is with you.
Tell a grownup you trust if you see or hear anything scary or upsetting.

My Questions

"I saw a scary video. Now I am sad. What should I do?"
Tell a grown up you trust so that they can help you.

More help and advice

       

I am in Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4

What technology do I use?
I watch TV
I watch videos on websites such as YouTube.
I play games on a tablet or console.
I use a mobile phone to take photos and share them with others.
I chat with other people using technology.

What is the risk?
I might see something that scares me or makes me upset.
Someone else might say something that I don’t understand or that makes me feel sad or worried.
I might share information or images that should be kept private.

How can I stay safe?

  • Don’t watch videos and play games by yourself. Only do these things when an adult is with you.
  • Only make online friends with people you know in real life. Remember the rules about stranger danger apply here too! Ask your parents before you accept any friends.
  • Speak to a grownup you trust. If you are upset or scared by something you see or hear you need to tell an adult.
  • Ask before you take a photo. If you want to take a photo of someone else or share a photo with other people, you must ask before you do.
  • Never share personal information. Information such as your name, your address, your phone number or your passwords are your personal information and should be kept private online. Tell a grown up straight away if someone asks you for it.

My Questions

"I was watching a scary video and now i'm sad. Mum has already told me off for watching scary videos so I don't want to talk to her. What should I do?"
We all make the wrong choice sometimes but the most important thing is that you tell someone how you are feeling so that they can help you. This might be your mum, dad, or another adult you trust.
"Someone was mean online and I'm feeling upset. I want to ask for help but I don't know what to say."
You need to say how you are feeling, explain what happened and ask for help. For example, "Dad, I'm upset because someone was mean to me. Can I talk to you?"

More help and advice

         

I am in Year 5 or Year 6

What technology do I use?
I watch TV
I watch videos on websites such as YouTube.
I play games on a phone, tablet or console.
I use a mobile phone to take photos and share them with others.
I chat with other people using technology.
I use social media to communicate with friends and family

What is the risk?
I might see something that scares me or makes me upset.
Someone else might say something that I don’t understand or that makes me feel sad or worried.
I might share information or images that should be kept private.

How can I stay safe?

  • Only watch videos, play games and join social media platforms that are suitable for your age group. Not all games, social media platforms and programmes are appropriate for everyone. For example, TikTok is aimed at teenagers and young adults but Spotlight is for children aged 8 or over. If you are unsure whether something is for you, ask an adult for some advice.
  • Think before you post. Once something has been put on the internet you can’t remove it – especially not if it has been copied or shared.
  • Only make online friends with people you know in real life. Remember the rules about stranger danger apply here too! Ask your parents before you accept any friends.
  • Speak to a grownup you trust. If you are upset or scared by something you see or hear you need to share those feelings with an adult.
  • Ask before you take a photo. If you want to take a photo of someone else or share a photo with other people, you must ask before you do. 
  • Do not share personal information. Information such as your name, your address, your phone number or your passwords are your personal information and should be kept private online. If anyone asks you for it you must tell a grown up straight away.

My Questions

"I was watching a film with my older brother and now I'm scared. Dad has already told us off for watching 15 rated films so I don't want to tell him how I feel. What should I do?
We all make the wrong choice sometimes but the most important thing is that you tell someone how you are feeling so that they can help you. This might be your mum, dad, or another adult you trust.
"Someone was mean online and I'm feeling upset. I want to ask for help but I don't know what to say."
You need to say how you are feeling, explain what happened and ask for help. For example, "Dad, I'm upset because someone was mean to me. Can I talk to you?"
"All my friends are using TikTok and Facebook but I'm not allowed. Why are my parents being so mean?"
Your parents are following the rules of TikTok and Facebook. They say you must be 13 or over to have an account. If you want a social media account, apps like Spotlight and Popjam are suitable for children in Year 5 or Year 6.

More help and advice

         

I am a parent or carer

Why is this important?
The Internet is an amazing resource for both learning and entertainment. It is an important part of how we live our lives but it isn’t without risks.

When allowing children access to online resources, it is the responsibility of adults providing this access to be aware of what the risks are, to support children to use the resources safely and to gradually teach children to be more independent in managing their own online safety.

What can I do to keep my child safe online? 

Explore together: Ask your child to show you their favourite websites and apps, and talk about how they use them.

Chat little and often about online safety: If you’re introducing them to new websites and apps, talk about how to stay safe when using them. 

Help your child identify people who can help them if they are worried: This includes you and other adults at home, as well as adults from your wider family, school or other services. 

Don’t judge: Tell them that whatever might happen online, you will always support them.

Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in shared areas so you know what they are doing. 

Talk about the consequence of their online behaviour: If your child is chatting online, remind them to think about how someone else might feel before they say or do something.

Use ‘SafeSearch’: Most web search engines will have a ‘Safe Search’ function, which allows you to limit what your child can see. There are a number of Safe Search Engines in our Fun Zone.

Frequently asked questions

"My child is watching inappropriate things without my knowledge. How can I stop this happening?"
Internet and mobile phone providers offer parental controls to stop children viewing certain types of content. Individual apps also have settings to limit what children are able to see or do. However, these systems are not perfect or a substitute for parental supervision.
"My child wants to join a social media platform, should I let them?"
The terms and conditions of apps and social media platforms clearly state the age you have to be to have an account and this is a reflection of the content they contain. For example, TikTok and Facebook both require users to be 13 or over, whereas Spotlight (8+) and Popjam (9+) allow younger users. If you are unsure if something is suitable, the Net-Aware website offers a great deal of information and advice.
"Something has happened online and I need to tell the police. What should I do?"
If it is an emergency, this means someone is in immediate danger, then you should call 999. If it is a non-emergency, this means there is no immediate risk to anyone, you should call 101. If it relates to child sexual exploitation or abuse, you can make a report to CEOP. You can find the link below.

More help and advice

Do you want to find out more about an app? Net Aware from the NSPCC has information about social networks, games and apps.

Are you worried about something that happened online and need to report it to the police?

Would you like to find out more about social media apps for young people? This site includes a list of child friendly social media apps designed to help children learn to interact with each other and to share safely online.

There are many online sources of support and information about E-safety. Click on the images to visit these external sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a school we understand the importance of keeping our children safe online. There are many wonderful things children can learn using the Internet and lots of things online can help children with their education. It is important that children and parents are aware of the risks and dangers that come with the Internet.

The way in which we educate children and parents are set out in our e-safety policy. 

All children sign an e-safety agreement, which can be found below, so children know how to keep themselves safe.

You can find Safe Search Engines on any of these sites:

Online Learning

Internet Matters A site that gives lots of helpful guides to current issues as well as resources to help manage your child's use of the internet

Net Aware This gives an overview of e-safety and how to navigate Social Media and other online communications.

CEOP This site works to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. You can make an online report if you have concerns about a child or you are a child looking for help.

Childline Covers a range of issues that children may face and helps point them in the right direction for the appropriate support.

UK Safer Internet This site focuses on remembering your S.M.A.R.T. rules as well as being another very helpful bank of resources

Consent Forms

Consent forms for:

  • Groupcall (Phone number and Email communication)
  • Annual Medical Information (to ensure school knows of any medical needs)
  • Photos and Video (taking of, and use of, digital photos and videos)
  • Local walks (including swimming and Church visits)

can be found below. Please complete and return to the class teacher or the School Office.