School Office

This is the section of our website where you’ll find the answers to your questions and a wealth of information from the latest school newsletter and next week’s dinner menu to the Data Protection Policy. We have included general information about the school as well as documents and forms that you are able to download. The buttons above are to help you to navigate quickly down the page to the section you want. This website is being continually developed and updated, please let us know if there are any items that you would like included.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs Louisa Dennett or Mrs Sally Langley if you require any further information.

Our Headteacher is Marion Watson who can be contacted by email here.
Our Inclusion Leader (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Sarah Thornton who can be contacted by email here.

Telephone: (01522) 682689

Email: enquiries@st-lawrence.lincs.sch.uk

 

Useful information and documents:

News

In consultation with Lincolnshire County Council, we have taken the initiative to declare Lower Church Road a No Parking Zone from 8.30-9.30am and 2.30-3.30pm every school day. They have granted their approval of us using parking deterrent signs to keep the road clear. We strongly recommend that everyone uses the free Park & Stride facility at the Community Centre.

Dogs, except assistance dogs, are prohibited from the school premises which includes the driveway, car-park and playground. In order to ensure that the children are kept safe, we would further request that dogs are not tied up along the railings at the front of the school. We would like to thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

School Meals information and menus

Lunch with Leo

Hot meals are available at very reasonable costs and can be ordered on a week by week basis.  Each child is given a paper copy of the menu for the following week, giving a range of choices for each day.  The menu sheets must be returned to school by 10.30am on the Wednesday of each week, along with payment, so that food can be ordered for the following week. It is perfectly fine to email orders to enquiries@st-lawrence.lincs.sch.uk – simply e-mail the child’s name, class and option choices for each day by 10.30am on the Wednesday.  Since September 2014 pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been automatically entitled to free school meals, but you still need to let us know their preferences so that the correct meals can be ordered. Menus can be viewed and/or downloaded below which is particularly helpful if a child has been absent or the paper copy has been mislaid.

Some families will be eligible for the school to claim Pupil Premium, and forms to enable eligibility to be checked are provided by the school.   For each child who qualifies the school receives additional funding and the child receives free school meals.  See our ‘Reporting‘ page for further information on Pupil Premium.  Families who have free school meals save on average £400 per year not having to provide packed lunches.

Alternatively, the children bring their own packed lunches in plastic containers. Drinks may be brought in plastic flasks or containers, but not in glass bottles.  Also, no sweets in packed lunches please. Children may also go home for lunch. Please indicate to the class teacher in writing that this is to be the case and when there is to be any amendment to the arrangement.

It is important that children have enough to drink during the day. Each child has access to fresh drinking water at any part of the day. Water bottles with a sports top and replacement tops are available to purchase from the office.

Children may bring a snack for morning break which should be ‘healthy’ i.e. a piece of fruit or cereal bar. Please do not send your child with chocolate, crisps, biscuits or sweets! This should be packed separately from anything that has been brought for lunch. Children at Foundation Stage and Key Stage One are provided with fruit as part of the National Fruit in School scheme.

Could we also request that nuts are not brought into school for snack or lunch (including peanut butter), as we are aware of children with nut allergies. As we are sure you will be aware, exposure could result in a serious medical emergency for anyone who has an allergy to nuts/peanuts.

Letters

Letters to parents, both recent and useful older ones for reference.

Forms

Handy for when you need them.

School Uniform

sweatshirtOur School Uniform helps to promote a sense of identity.

We have a school uniform, which we ask all children to wear. We feel that this helps to promote a sense of identity and belonging.

The school colours are royal blue and white/light blue. Sweatshirts, cardigans, P.E. and book bags in the school colours and with the school badge are available for purchase from the school.

Other items of school uniform are a light blue or white polo shirt, white or light blue blouses or shirts, grey or black skirts, pinafores, trousers or shorts.

Please ensure all belongings and uniform are clearly labelled with your child’s name. ‘Lost property’ doesn’t happen if everything is labelled.

Children should not wear or bring anything into school that may be a danger to themselves or others.

School Admissions Arrangements

Includes the fundamental documents for prospective and existing parents.

The website required to apply online for a school place and all associated help and information can be found at Lincolnshire County Council School Admissions.

Parents wishing to enrol their children for admission to Saint Lawrence should generally do so online. Information packs are available from Saint Lawrence in the November before your child would start in Reception Class. Applications must be submitted to the Local Authority (L.A.) by mid January. The School Admission Team then co-ordinates all admissions for schools in Lincolnshire. In January, allocations are made by the L.A.. Places at Saint Lawrence are allocated based on the criteria which can be viewed in the Admissions Policy below. By the end of February, the ranked order is returned to the L.A.. An offer of a place will then be formally made, by the L.A. in April.  The exact dates for the current admission period can be provided on request or found at Lincolnshire County Council School Admissions.

A meeting will subsequently be held for the parents of children starting school the following September where there will be the opportunity for you to meet teachers and ask any questions. We strongly encourage parents to attend this meeting if at all possible. It is not important for your child to come along to this meeting, as they will have the opportunity to attend school on some preliminary visits in order to meet their teacher and each other, spending some time in the school environment.

The Admissions Policy is reviewed annually and is the responsibility of the school’s Governing Body. It is the policy of the school to admit 30 children annually in September of the academic year in which they are 5 years of age. However there is also a mid-year admissions scheme for those needing admission outside the normal admissions round.

Children who are born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 are due to start Reception in September 2018. Lincolnshire parents can apply for a place from 13 November 2017 for the 2018 Reception intake.

Parents wishing to enrol their children mid-year can do so directly with the school or by completing a Mid-Year Common Application Form and returning it to the School Admissions Team at the L.A.  These forms are available from the L.A., go to Lincolnshire County Council School Admissions to make contact with them.

Places are allocated in accordance with County Guidelines, see below for downloads and useful information regarding Admissions.

Ofsted reports are available from this link and our most recent one is published below.

School Policies

For reference.

Kids Club Contact

The Village Kids Club (OfSTED Inspected and Registered) runs a pre-school and a before and after school club each day and throughout the school holidays, on the school premises though from an independent entrance point. The proprietor, Mrs Lynn Graham, can be contacted on 07986 225701.

Church Contact

Saint Lawrence’s Church is directly next to the school. Sunday services are held each week at 10.15am and 6.15pm – All are welcome. The church is open for coffee and a chat on Tuesdays between 10am and 12noon. During term time, members of the ministry team are there to speak to on a Wednesday and Friday between 9.45am and 10.45am. The church website can be found at www.skellingthorpe-church.org.uk.

Skellingthorpe Methodist Church also meets for Sunday worship at 10.30am each week. A range of other activities take place throughout the week – Parent and Toddler Group, Youth Groups, Craft Group and Coffee Mornings. More information can be obtained by emailing skellingthorpe@lincolnmethodist.co.uk or visiting http://lincolnmethodist.co.uk/churchfinder.

Health Services

The School Nurse visits the school on occasions. This is usually in relation to curriculum work being undertaken by particular classes.

Our School Nurse can be contacted at North Hykeham Health Centre (01522 502010) to advise and give guidance on any matters of concern relating to the health and hygiene of the pupils. You can also visit the School Nursing website.

Illness and Accidents in School

If a child is ill or has an accident during the school day, it may be necessary to contact the parents.

Where possible parents are asked to ensure that two telephone numbers are given to the school. A Student Contact Information form is completed by each family. These forms are available from the office or as a download in the forms section above.

Please ensure that the school is kept informed of any changes to this information, especially changes of phone numbers and email addresses; Simply print a new form and add any amended details or let us know in the School Office as a matter of priority.

Following illness, children should not return to school until 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting, in order to prevent the spread of illness around school. Thank you for adhering to this.

Medication in School

The school’s policy on Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions can be found above in the Policies section; please read this carefully.

Useful links:

Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on our school

Lincolnshire County Council

Department for Education

Performance Tables

Ofsted Reports

Family Services Directory for Lincolnshire

You may wonder where to get good reliable advice to keep children safe e.g. when you see scares and sometimes hoaxes about various e-safety issues. Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory multi-agency board made up of representatives from the Local Authority, Police, Health Service, Probation Trust, Youth Offending Service, the Voluntary Sector and others. It has a website with a page especially for parents: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lscb/parents

E-Safety information for Parents

Safer Internet: you can go to the parents/carers section to find out how to set up parental controls. Please also note that we regularly upload the latest Parents’ Online Safety Newsletter to the School Office>News section of our website which can be really helpful to keep on top of how technology moves on.