The School Day
All Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 children must be brought to school and collected by a responsible adult.
Morning Session: 8:50am – 11:50am Afternoon Session: 12:10pm – 3:10pm
Reception, Key Stage One
Morning Session: 8:50pm – 11:40am Afternoon Session: 12:40pm – 3:10pm
Key Stage Two
Morning Session: 8:50pm – 12:10pm Afternoon Session: 1:10pm – 3:10pm
School doors open at 8:45am
In order to keep your children safe, we lock the school doors at 8:55am (the end of registration) and the only access to the school is then through the main entrance.
Lateness / Absences
School starts at 8:50am. If your child arrives after the register is taken by their teacher, they will be marked as late in the register. Mrs Edmondson monitors our registers on a monthly basis, and will follow up any frequent lates and absences, resulting in referral to the Educational Welfare Officer ultimately resulting in possible fines. If your child is poorly, please telephone the school office and let us know. If we have not heard from you by 10:00am the office staff will telephone you to ensure your child’s safety. Punctuality and regular attendance are important if your child is to make progress and develop friendships.
At Griffin Park we pride ourselves on the smart appearance of the children. We have a lovely, easy-to-wear uniform, which is available from Whittakers Schoolwear (Blackburn) at a fair price. Uniform is also available from Tesco online for schools. You can find the link to Tesco uniform below.
Sweatshirt / cardigan - burgundy
Skirt / trousers / shorts -grey
Polo shirt - white
Black school shoes are to be worn. Boots can be worn in winter months for outdoors yet children must change into pumps or school shoes inside school.
In the summer, girls may wear an alternative uniform of a striped or gingham red/white dress.
We also have for sale in school reversible coats with our school badge on; they are waterproof on one side and a warm fleece on the other. There are woolly hats for sale at the office too.
We expect all children to be dressed appropriately and to be clean and neat in appearance. Extreme hairstyles are not appropriate for school. Shoes should be suitable for the active times the children have in the playground (i.e. NOT with a high heel).
T-shirt - white
Shorts - black
Trainers for Games
Outdoor PE kits
Children are not allowed to wear jewellery at school.
The exceptions to this are a wristwatch and one pair of stud earrings which must be removed by the child during a Physical Education lesson, and kept in a safe place by them.
In the interests of health and safety, we strongly recommend that children do not wear any jewellery at all in school.
Additionally, we insist that children do not get their ears pierced during the school year – please do this at the beginning of the Summer holidays so that they can be removed for PE lessons in time for the start of the new term.
Children are encouraged to choose healthy playtime snacks. Younger children are provided with fruit at break, whilst the school kitchen provides snack for junior children such as fruit, toast, crumpets.
Please do not send chocolate or sweets into school.
Children can stay for a school lunch and have a choice of meal; there are always salads available as well as nutritious hot meals, for your child to choose from. Parents who receive certain support payments / benefits may be entitled to free school lunches for their children and need to speak to the Education Department about registering for this. Children in Key Stage 1 are provided with school lunches. Children may also bring a healthy, balanced packed lunch.
We have a school health adviser who carries out routine checks for hearing and eyesight, and is available for advice on a range of matters throughout your child’s school career. Parents / carers are always informed and asked to sign a permission slip to allow this to happen. Parents are always invited to attend. Dental inspections also take place regularly.
When your child is ill please do not send them to school. It is important that you telephone school to let us know about the absence on the first day as soon as possible in the morning. If we have not heard from you we will need to telephone you, to ensure the safety of your children at all times. On your child’s return to school please send a letter explaining the reason for their absence. It is very important that we are able to contact you during the school day in case your child becomes ill or has an accident. Please make sure you tell us if the phone numbers where you live or work change. If hospital treatment is necessary doctors will not give treatment without parents/carers permission.
It is really important we have emergency contact numbers for you, so please ensure you always update us on changes in telephone numbers.
If your child needs to take medicine, tablets, apply cream or drops, whilst at school you must fill in a form from the office to allow the teachers to do this. If it is an ongoing complaint a medical care plan will need to be completed alongside the School Nurse, the class teacher and our SENCo, Mrs Otter.
School - Home Communication
These take place regularly over the course of the year.
In Autumn and Spring terms, you will find out how your child/ren is getting on at school in a more formal discussion with their teacher(s), where you can see and contribute to the targets being set for your child/ren.
In the Summer term, after receiving your child/ren’s annual school report, there is a drop-in parents’ evening where teachers will be available after school for any discussions.
A full report is distributed once a year in the summer term, but you will also receive a Snapshot report at the end of Autumn and Spring terms, which give your child's levels and their current targets.
Other meetings with staff
Our teachers are always pleased to meet parents and carers, however they are busy people, so be sure of getting the time that you need it is best to make an appointment with the class teacher. Unless it is an emergency, if you need to see Mrs Clayton-Young, please make an appointment first to make sure she is available by calling in or telephoning the school office.
Parents and carers of new children, as well and the children and their teacher sign a Home-School Agreement, which clearly sets out what we can expect from one another.
At Griffin Park, we want homework to be meaningful and enjoyable. Through Key Stage 1 and 2, children are given a homework grid with various tasks to complete over a half term. Whilst some tasks can be completed independently, we expect a parent or carer to assist their child in completing the tasks in their homework grid. Homework remains an optional task for children at Griffin Park Primary School.
We ask for donations from parents on a weekly basis of 50p which goes into our school fund. This helps to pay for many of the more exciting opportunities we give to our children. We would be very grateful if you could help us by supporting this tradition.
We have school golden rules which everyone is school is expected to follow. Each class with their teacher then decides on their class rules.
Mobile phones are NOT allowed at school. If a child brings their phone into school by accident then they must give it to the school office for safe keeping until the end of the day.
We have a school council made up of children from each year group who meet to give their views and ideas to support the running of the school. We have elections each year to elect the members.