Parent Handbook – F

Everyone in school is guarded against the risk of fire with a fire alarm system designed to detect smoke and heat. In the event of an alarm, everybody in the building evacuates to the back playground, well away from the school building.

We practise an emergency evacuation at least once per term to ensure that children and staff are used to the procedure. We do this at different times during the school day so we are as prepared as possible for any eventuality.

As with all aspects of Health and Safety we take fire safety very seriously and our fire equipment and emergency evacuation plans are checked and updated by an appropriately qualified and experienced professional.

We have a large number of trained first aiders (office staff, teachers, teaching assistants and lunchtime supervisors) at Grange Farm who are available to help as and when children need it.

We have two Paediatric First Aiders in school who are based in Reception classes but are available to support other year groups if required.

Instances of first aid treatment are logged in appropriate record books. We will inform parents and carers if children have had any type of injury to the head (in case of issues associated with concussion) or any other significant injury or occurrence that we feel parents would wish to be aware of.

If your child has any particular medical condition that we would need to be aware of (e.g. necessitating us contacting you in the event of any first aid treatment), please ensure you have made us aware of this.

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are currently eligible for a Free School Meal every day, funded by the government.

Some children in Year 3 and above are also entitled to a Free School Meal every day. This may be the case if you get any of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop receiving Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1st April 2018 your household income must be less than £7400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

All children who are eligible for Free School Meals attract additional funding to the school (called the Pupil Premium). Therefore, if you think your child is eligible we would ask you to make an application even if your child would not take up the free meal on offer each day.

Similarly, if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and would be eligible we would strongly encourage you to apply because, even though they will get a free meal anyway, the application (if successful) will attract much-needed additional funds for school.

If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, please ask at the school office for information on how to apply or click here to apply online.

Friends of Grange Farm (FGF) are our parent and teacher association and are a registered charity.

The FGF committee meet regularly to help organise a range of events during the year including:

  • Film Nights
  • Christmas Party
  • Summer Party
  • Mothers’ Day Sale
  • Fathers’ Day Sale
  • Spooky Disco

Although they raise important funds for additional projects at school, their main objective is to run events which bring the whole school community together.

If you are able and interested, they are always happy to meet new people who are willing to help!

You can find out more about them by clicking on this link.

Fun for Kids are an external company who provide wrap-around care based on the school site.

They provide care from 8am until the start of the school day and from the end of the school day until 6pm. Breakfast is available in the morning session and a snack is served for children in the after-school session.

Fun for Kids offer a range of opportunities and activities to keep children engaged and interested and are Ofsted registered meaning they comply with all safeguarding requirements.

They have also recently begun running holiday clubs on the school site during most holiday periods.

If you are interested in your child attending Fun for Kids, please contact Tracey Russell-Brookes on 07940 128172 who will provide further information including availability and pricing.

We are part of the national fruit scheme which means that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be able to have a free piece of fruit (or sometimes a vegetable) every day if they want to. Year 1 and 2 children will usually have these at break-time and Reception children sit together for theirs half-way through the morning.

Older children can bring a healthy snack (ideally fruit/veg – no biscuits) to have at morning break-time if they wish to.

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