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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 1. What time does school start and finish?

    At Key Stage 1, the doors for each individual year group open at 8:45am until 8:55am. Children arriving after this time need to use the Year 1 door in the bottom playground. Learning time begins as soon as children enter the classroom in ‘Early Work’ time. The school day ends at 3:15pm for Key Stage 1, allowing parents who have children at both sites to collect them at the end of their respective school days.

    At Key Stage 2, the children are collected from the playground at 8:45am by their class teacher. As at Key Stage 1, there are ‘Early Work’ activities set up whilst registration is taking place. All children are expected to be in their classrooms by 8:55am. At Key Stage 2, we employ play leaders who are available to play games with the children before the start of the school day. The school day ends at 3:30pm for Key Stage 2 children.

    We operate a flexible start time due to being a split-site school. The Year 1 door at Key Stage 1 is manned until 9:05am and the gate at Key Stage 2 is manned until 8:55am. If children arrive after these times and the gates are locked, please use the main entrance at both sites where office staff will ensure children are taken to class. Children will not be given a late mark unless they arrive after registration closes at 9:05am. Additionally, there is a Breakfast Club at both sites, which opens from 8:00am at a cost of £2.00 per day. 

  • 2. Where can I buy uniform?

    Uniform can be purchased by credit/debit card on line by visiting our website: www.greetlandacademy.org.uk. Please click on the parents tab, then uniform, which will take you to the online shop. The order is received by the school office who will either send the order home with your child or ring you to arrange a collection.

    Alternatively uniform can also be purchased from either school office and paid for by cash or cheque.

  • 3. How do I make an application for a school place?

    When applying for a place to start Reception in September, parents must APPLY using the Common Application Form (CAF).

    Places in our Reception are offered as follows:

    • In September for children who reach their fifth birthday between 1st September and 31st August.

    The Greetland Academy operates priority criteria as listed below:

    • Children with special educational needs who have a Statement which names the Academy will be allocated a place. This is a statutory entitlement under the S.324 of the Education Act 1996.
    • Looked after children (including those who were in care but now adopted or subject to a residence or guardianship order) will be allocated a place.
    • Pupils who have a brother or sister (including step/half brothers and sisters) permanently resident in the same household and who will be at school at the start of the academic year.
    • Proximity of the pupil’s home address to the school. This will be calculated using a ‘straight line’ measure of distance from the front door of the child’s permanent home address to the front gate of our Key Stage 1 site. Proof of residence can be requested at any time throughout the admissions process and an offer withdrawn if misleading information is used to gain an advantage (The Local Authority GIS system (Geographical Information System) will be the system used in 2015)

    The number of places available at the school is published annually and the school cannot exceed that number, which is allocated with regards to available accommodation in the school. There are 60 main school places in each year group.

    Calderdale Council has an admission appeal procedure. For further details regarding school admissions and appeals please telephone: 01422 392617

    Further information can be obtained from the school office and also at http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/education/schools/admissions/

  • 4. How much is Dinner Money?

    Presently the daily cost is £2.20, payable from when your child begins their Key Stage 2 education (Year 3). All children in Key Stage 1 receive universal free school meals. Dinner money MUST be paid in advance and can be paid by sending an envelope with cash or cheque with your child or paid online via the parentpay facility. If you do not have a parentpay login, or you forget your password, please contact the school office who reissue a new password to you.

  • 5. Can I park at the school?

    We do not have car parking facilities for parents (with the exception of disabled parking) on either site. Both of our sites are situated on residential roads and we ask parents to park legally and with due consideration for our neighbours. We actively encourage parents with children at our Key Stage 2 site to utilise our ‘Park and Stride’ option – parking at the Greetland Community Centre and walking to the entrance gates on School Street.

  • 6. Can my child cycle to school?

    Yes, your child can cycle if they are accompanied by an adult. If you wish your child to cycle on their own we would need a permission letter from the parent with parental responsibility, and only after your child has passed their Level 2 Bikeability award.

  • 7. What should I put in my child’s packed lunch?

    We encourage healthy eating and expect parents to choose healthily when creating a packed lunch.

    A balanced packed lunch should contain:

    • starchy foods – these are bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, and others
    • protein foods – including meat, fish, eggs, beans, and others
    • a dairy item – this could be cheese or a yoghurt
    • vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit

    Healthy suggestions:

    • Instead of sandwiches, try bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.
    • Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers, and give them hummus or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in.
    • Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods that can be spread with low-fat soft cheese, or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.
    • Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit or dried fruit. Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, such as kiwi or melon, accompany this with yoghurt.
    • Children should use their water bottles to access water throughout the day.
  • 8. What do I do if my child has lost a piece of clothing?

    Parents must either sew a name label into all clothing or write the child’s name in indelible ink. If an item goes missing your child must inform the class teacher, class teaching assistant or the member of staff on the door at Key Stage 1 and look in the lost property. We will do our utmost to find lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement.

  • 9. Can my child bring toys in to school?

    No, we normally discourage toys or collectables (e.g. football cards) being brought to school, unless the class teacher has specifically requested that they do. Please always check with the class teacher.

  • 10. When is the best time to talk to the teacher if I have a question?

    At Greetland Academy we promote an open door policy, however 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, or staff are happy to receive a short message in the morning via email, or take a phone call when not in class. We can also make appointments in the school office for parents to see the class teacher or another member of staff.

  • 11. Is there before and after school provision?

    Each of our sites offers a Breakfast Club which runs from 8.00 a.m. to 8. 45 a.m. and costs £2.00 per day. At Greetland Academy we offer a variety of clubs for different age groups. These may run before school from 8.15am (not including breakfast) or after school from 3.15-4.15pm at Key Stage 1 and 3.30 - 4.30pm at Key Stage 2. Clubs change every term and you will always be notified of the opportunities to join a club so you can apply for a place for your child.

  • 12. 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 “Friends of Greetland” 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 j.firth@greetlandacademy.org.uk subject: fundraising.

    If you are asked to help or you would like to help please see the school office to go through some paperwork!

  • 13. What happens if my child is ill or late?

    If your child is not well enough to come to school, you must call the office on 01422 372893 (choosing Option 1 and leave a message), or email either the ks1 or ks2 address to inform the school. Guidance on infection control and preventing the spread of infections can be found by visiting https://www.hpa.org.uk. If your child is late arriving at school, please come directly to the school office.

    Emergency Contact and First Day Calling Procedure:

    Following information sent to all Calderdale schools, the following procedure is in place when a child is absent from school:

    Once registration has closed, children who are late are checked against registers if recorded separately and absence calls are listened to/attendance emails checked. If your child has not been reported as absent, a text message is sent to the first name on your child’s contact list, within half an hour of school start time, asking for a response. If there is no response to the text message, school will start calling the first name on the contact list within 45 minutes of school start time.

    School will ring down the contact list until a reply is received, ensuring where possible that someone from outside of the family home has been contacted.

    In the extreme case of no reply from any of our contacts on your child’s records, the Principal/Designated Safeguarding Lead will be alerted that this child is absent and no contact has been made within an hour of school start time. A second text and email to the first and second contacts on the list will be sent, followed by a home visit if possible/appropriate by school, or other agency involved. If all other stages have been completed and there is still no contact regarding the absent child, the Police will be informed.

    This procedure is being followed by schools in Calderdale after being advised by the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board (CSCB).

    To help us to safeguard your family, please contact us as soon as possible if your child is absent from school and let us know of a reason for absence. Please also regularly keep us informed of any contact detail changes.

  • 14. What if my child needs medicine in school?

    If your child needs to take medicine in school you must complete a form - Request for School to Administer Medication, which can be obtained from the school office. This is a written request detailing the medication to be given along with the frequency, dosage and any other relevant information obtained from healthcare professionals.
    The medicine should be clearly labelled with:

    • the child’s name
    • the name of the medicine
    • the method, dosage and timing of administration (e.g. lunch time, between 12.00 and 13.00)
    • directions for use
    • the date of issue
    • the expiry date, if known
    • the length of treatment or stop date, where appropriate.
  • 15. Can my child be taken on holiday during term time?

    As a result of new government legislation, children will not be given permission for holidays during term time. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence/overview

  • 16. What should my child wear to school?

    The Greetland Academy prides itself on how our children look. School has a uniform for daily wear, along with a PE kit, which can be purchased from either site’s office. Further guidance can be found on our Academy website in the Academy tab – Academy Policies – Non-Curriculum Policies – School Uniform.

  • 17. Will my child be expected to do homework?

    Yes, your child’s teacher will inform parents of the days when homework will be given out and when it needs to be returned. Further guidance on our homework policy can be found on our Academy website in the Academy tab – Academy Policies – Curriculum Policies – Homework.

  • 18. How can I find out about my child’s progress at school?

    We will send you a written report at the end of every term, which will report on key areas of your child’s progress and development. There is a formal Parent’s Consultation evening in the spring term, and we offer informal open afternoons every half term (except for the half term in which Parent’s Consultation falls) where you can come into school, talk with the class teacher and celebrate work done with your child. You can make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher at other times, if you have concerns (see Question 10).

  • 19. How do I compare schools in my local area?

    The primary school performance tables provide information on the achievements of pupils in primary schools, how they compare with other schools in the local Authority (LA) area and in England as a whole. Please visithttp://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/index.html

  • 20. Is my child entitled to free school dinners?

    All children in KS1 are entitled to a free school meal. However, it is vital that if you think you are eligible for free school meals you complete an application form as there are other benefits to being eligible e.g. free school uniform when starting school, funding for all school trips, funding for breakfast club.
    Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:
    Income Support
    Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
    Support under VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    Child Tax Credit - provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and annual income does not exceed £14,495
    The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

    Please request a form from either school office.

  • 21. Does the school close when it snows?

    Every effort will be made to keep the school open in adverse weather conditions. We would encourage parents to use local media channels to keep updated on school closures, as telephoning the school directly blocks up the phone lines. If the school takes the decision to close, we will notify parents via text message and on our school website. We also inform Calderdale Council, who post it on their website, as well as the Pulse Radio. We endeavour to keep our parents informed of the current situation regarding being open or closed on the Greetland Academy website. Please note that if school is open but parents feel that there is a Health and Safety risk in bringing your child to school in snowy/icy conditions this will not affect your child’s attendance as an authorised mark will be given.

  • 22. How does the school dinners system operate?

    Menus are on a 3 week rota and are sent home with your child for you to discuss and select options that your child likes. We do understand that children change their minds/preferences when it comes to school meals.  They might try a dish and then decide they do not like it.  Parents or children can come to the office and ask to change their menu choices at any time.

  • 23. Can my child wear jewellery?

    On health and safety grounds we do not allow children to wear jewellery in our academy; this includes watches. The exceptions to this rule are ear-ring studs in pierced ears, and small objects of religious significance. We ask the children to either remove these objects during PE and games, or cover them with a plaster (provide by the parent), to prevent them from causing injury. In addition, individuals become very upset if a treasured piece of jewellery goes missing. Please note that The Academy will be unable to take any responsibility for any jewellery that is lost.

  • 24. How do I keep up to date with the latest correspondence?

    All our correspondence to parents is published on our website.  We also regularly update the online calendar which lists all events for the academic year. If you’re not getting emails or text from the school, please ensure school has your most recent contact details and do let the school know if you change your email address or mobile number. If this should happen, please contact the school office who will check the information we are holding is correct.

  • 25. How can I best prepare my child for school in hot weather?

    We still expect children to wear appropriate school uniform for the conditions (i.e. shorts/sun dress). Could parents please ensure children bring a name-labelled hat to school to protect them from the sun during playtimes and at lunchtime. During hot periods sandals may be worn, but need to be robust enough for children to play out in.
    It is recommended that your child brings a water bottle to school each day, although water will be available in class as needed. Children can refill their bottles at any time during the day. If hot days fall when children are fasting we would ask permission that your child is still able to have water. Please inform us of your wishes in this situation.
    If you feel your child requires additional sun protection, in the form of sun cream, please apply this in the morning, before your child comes to school.
    If your child suffers from any pollen related ailments please ensure the correct name-labelled medication is in the school office with a signed parental consent form.
    We will encourage, and may insist, that the children seek shelter from the sun as needed, there will be the opportunity to come inside to stay cool.

  • 26. Termly Pupil Reports

    Helpful Hints - how to get the most from the termly reports:

    • Read the report carefully and note your child's strengths / areas of concern and work on any suggestions given.
    • Give plenty of praise when your child has done well. We try to give you specific examples to help you in this area including information from your child.
    • Don’t panic your child is working towards age related expectation. Children develop at different times and rates; it is often an indicator that a child requires additional encouragement. Your child’s teacher will be aware of their needs and will be working to support them.
    • If school has a worry about your child we will have already contacted you with details of how we will be supporting future progress.
    • In the summer term report, an attendance record for all children along with end of foundation stage/key stage assessments are reported for the following children:
      • End of Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception)
      • Phonics (Year 1 & 2)
      • End of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) - national curriculum teacher assessment
      • End of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) - SATS test results & teacher assessment

    Please note, the ‘Total Marks’ available in the Year 6 SATS tests are:

    English Reading:                                                  50 marks

    English Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling:              70 marks

    Mathematics:                                                       110 marks

    Children do develop at different rates at different times and final assessments for Reading, Writing and Mathematics cannot be attained until all work within each Key Stage has been completed (Year 2 is the end of Key Stage 1 and Year 6 is the end of Key Stage 2). If we are concerned, we will have already contacted you with details of how we are supporting your child. Do remember if you are at any time worried or wish to seek clarification, please make arrangements to see your child's class teacher or a member of senior staff.

    There are also links to Department for Education / Standards & Testing Agency information for parents regarding the testing arrangements at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6).

    End of Key Stage 1 (Year 2):


    End of Key Stage 2 (Year 6):


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