Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions Page
What time does school start and end?
School starts at 8:45am and the day ends at 3:05pm for children in the reception and key stage 1 classes. The day ends at 3:10 for children in the key stage 2 classes.
What do I need to do if my child is sick?
Please ring the school office as early as possible on the first day of sickness stating the child's name, class and reason for absence. Alternatively you are able to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I need to do if I am not able to collect my child as usual?
As soon as you are aware that you will not be able to collect you child as usual please telephone the office to advise. Please DO NOT email this information as it may not be checked in time.
Can I take my child on holiday during term time?
Please understand that parents do not have the right to take their children out of school during term time. Absence for anything other than through illness or medical reasons during term time is actively discouraged. Parents requesting time out of school for their child during term time should obtain a ‘Leave of absence’ request form from the school office before booking a family holiday.
The DfE has published new amendments to the Pupil Registration Regulations which come into force from September 2013 and relate to Holidays in Term Time, Penalty Notices and Deletions from the school register. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The Headteacher will define ‘exceptional circumstances’ and also determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Leave of absence will not be granted during September to ensure that pupils have a settled start to the new year nor in May when all classes have their annual assessments.
Can I opt my child out of any part of the curriculum?
With the exception of Sex Education and Religious Education, parents do not have the right to remove their children from any part of the curriculum. Our school strongly believes that it is every child's right to experience a broad and stimulating education.
How can I find out if the school is open during bad weather?
Check on the website. If you have not heard from us (school website, Warwickshire school closure website, local radio stations, school answer phone message) assume the school is open. In severe weather, when staff cannot get into school, the website will always display up to date information.
Who do I speak to if I have concerns about my child's progress?
The best person for you to speak to is the child's class teacher. Open communication between home and the class teacher always has a positive impact. If you have any further concerns, you may wish to make an appointment to see a senior member of staff.
What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?
Speak to the class teacher to discuss your concerns. They will be able to discuss what progress your child is making and any additional support that can be offered. The teacher will discuss this further and seek the advice from our Mrs Heath, our Special Needs Co-ordinator.
What should I do if I think my child is being bullied?
We take bullying very seriously at Southam Primary School. Immediately speak with your child's class teacher to discuss your concerns. If you believe that the situation is continuing, please book an appointment to see Miss Longworth. Most importantly, please encourage your child to speak to an adult at school whenever they feel in need of help.