We are very pleased to welcome and support all of our families at Hayfield Cross Church of England School.  Thank you for choosing to join us as part of Team Orange and hope you are proud to be a member of our of our school community.

You are a very important part of our team in supporting your child’s journey through school.  We believe that helping every child to be the best they can be starts with a strong partnership between school and home.  We pride ourselves in being a friendly and open school and we want our families to feel involved in their children’s school and education.

*You will also find additional information and policies under the ‘Information’ tab on the menu bar above.

 

Working Together

Parent partnership is something that we believe passionately in and is an integral part of the Hayfield Cross family ethos.  There are regular opportunities and events for you to join us in school, share in your children’s learning and celebrate their achievements through the year.  You can also stay up to date with our fortnightly Hayfield Herald newsletter, weekly notices and our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  We very much have an open door policy so please come and see us if there is anything that you aren’t sure or happy about so we can work together to put it right!

Please see the Home School Charter in the sidebar which provides information about how we work together between home and school.

 

Top Tips for Helping Your Child in School

  • You are on time each day so that children are ready to start their learning and collected on time at the end of the day.
  • Make sure they properly equipped and wear the correct school uniform and PE Kit and have suitable clothes in the winter (coats) and the summer (sun hats).
  • Ensure that children do not have piercings other than single stud earrings that should be done during the summer holidays so as not to interfere with PE.
  • Let the school know about any changes, concerns or problems that might affect your child’s work or behaviour.
  • Support them in homework and other opportunities for home learning.
  • Attend parents’ evenings and discussions about your child’s progress.
  • Attempt to take routine medical and dental appointments outside school time.
  • Avoid taking holidays in school time.
  • We do not encourage children to bring in toys from home unless it is for show and tell and agreed with the teacher.  This is because they can be easily lost or damaged and school cannot take any responsibility for these.

 

The School Day

Following the pandemic we have adjusted our school times to improve access at the begining and end of the day through staggered start and finish times:

Reception:                                8:50am to 3:10pm

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2):       8:40am to 3:10pm

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)        8:50am to 3:20pm

The day starts with children lining up outside prior to their start time when the bell will ring and they will go into their classrooms.  We do start the day prompt as children begin their learning activities as soon as they come in to school.  Please make sure that you have plenty of time in the morning to make sure the children are on the playground in plenty of time to line up and ready to start their day. 

At the end of the school day parents collect their children from the playground and children will only be allowed to go with their parents or known adults.  If there are any changes such as another family member collecting them or they are going home with someone else, please let us know.  Older chidren are allowed to walk home by themselves (or to the car) but we ask for written permission before we allow them to do this. 

The Drop-Off Zone:  At the front of the school there is a coned off area. Please do not park in this area as it provides a safe crossing point in the afternoon and is the drop off zone in the morning.  The drop-off zone allows parents to pull up and drop-off children.  This allows the traffic to flow and reduces the number of cars parking which is better for everyone.  We do not recommend that children in Reception or Year 1 use the drop-off zone and parents must decide if it is appropriate for their child to use it.  Parents are still responsible for their children until the school day starts and in the very unlikely event that we have conerns about a child's behaviour of safety after they have been dropped off we may contact parents and ask them not to use it.

 

Absence, Illness and Punctuality

If your child should be absent for any reason, you must inform the school either in writing or by telephone. It is a legal requirement that we record and monitor any absence not notified to us as ‘unauthorised’ and report these to parents annually.

School starts as soon as the children enter their classrooms at their start time.  Once the class is inside the doors are closed so if the children are late they must go to the school office (please do not knock on the classroom doors!).  We do undersand that occassionally children will be late however, we do not expect anyone to be regulary late as this means that children are missing out on their learning and it disturbs the other chldren.  If you are late parents must go to the office and complete a late form and children who are late more than twice in a half-term (after registers close) will receive a letter reminding them of school times.  If they are persistently late they will be referred to the local authority attendance officers who may take further action which could include issuing a fixed penalty notice.

Children should NOT be taken out of school for holidays during term time.  Any such incidents are recorded as ‘unauthorised’.  If the term of unauthorised absence exceeds 5 consecutive days’ parents will be reported to North Northamptonshire attendance officers and fines may be issued.  For more information regarding Fixed Penalty Notices for term time holidays please see the FPN leaflet download on this page. Time may be taken in ‘exceptional circumstances’ by completing an absence form available from the school office.  ‘Exceptional circumstances’ are defined as ‘unavoidable, necessary and short’.

Term dates for the following year are available on our website under the 'Information' drop down to enable parents to plan their holidays in advance.

 

Classroom Organisation

As a two form entry school both classes in each year group work closely together.  Although children have their own class base and teacher they will at times work across both classes with all members of staff from that year group team.  This has a huge benefit for foundation subjects where teachers can plan exciting lessons and opportunites and repeat them with both classes.  All 'Buzz Points' trips, vistors and events in the curriculum will be planned scross the year group and phase.

As the chiildren move through the school they will swap classes so that they aren't with the same group for their whole seven years at Hayfield Cross.  This will usually take place at the end of Reception, Year 2 and Year 4 so that they start each phase in new class groups.  However, there may be other times when we need to move classes for example if we feel the groups aren't working well or new children joining causes an imbalance in the two classes*   Wherever possible the children will have an input into who they would like to be with and we will consider carefully the new groupings based on our knowledge of the chldren.

* For example, at the end of 2020 during the pandemic we did not move the class groups so different groups may be swapped in the following year.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

In addition to the extended provision provided by LASK there are a range of before and after school clubs and activities that run throughout the year including a wide range of sports, Spanish, music and other activities, information for all our activities available from the school office.

During the school day we also offer peripatetic music teaching for woodwind, strings and guitar through the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.  They also undertake a project each year with Year 3 where all of the children learn to play the Ukulele.

Further music tuition is provided by a company called Rock Steady where the children have the opportunity to play a range of instruments and learn to play in a band.

 

Nut Free School

Please be aware that we are a nut free school so no foods or items containing nut oil should be brought into school or consumed on the premises.

 

Medicines and Medical Conditions

In general school cannot administer medicines but will do so for prescription medicines.  These will only be administered during the lunch hour as they need to be centrally stored and recorded.  Parents should ensure that they time the other doses so that this can happen (for example by giving a dose before school and on pick up if needed three or more times a day).

We keep a record of children with asthma or allergies and ongoing medical conditions and separate arrangements will be made individually for these children. If your child suffers from any medical condition, please let us know immediately.

 

Healthy Lifestyles and School Milk

We encourage healthy and active lifestyles and a healthy attitude to food.  Our hot meal providers provide a balanced meal each day and we encourage all children to have a healthy lunchbox.

At break-times children are allowed to bring in a snack but this must be a healthy choice (no chocolate or crisps).  In Reception and Key Stage 1 children are provided with a piece of fruit.  Milk is also available to all pupils on a daily basis through a scheme run by ‘Cool Milk at School’. This is free for under 5’s and then becomes payable on a termly basis.

 

Being Green

We try to be as paperless as possible to save costs and to be kind to the environment.  Most of our information is sent via text or email but paper copies can always be obtained from the school office if you need them.

 

Attending School Events

We love bringing our community together and have many evets for parents and families to join us in school.  These range from classroom showcases, parent workshops, Worship Wednesday, celebration assembly, class assemblies, school productions and many events by our parent’s association TOPS.

Whenever you are in school we ask that you ensure that you adhere to the following rules so that all of our events are safe and successful. 

  • All visitors must sign in on entering the school building.
  • Parents/ family members must understand that any photos taken in school are for personal use only and MUST NOT share or post on the internet any pictures including any other children.
  • Pushchairs/ buggies are not permitted in school as they pose a fire- evacuation risk.  They can be left securely behind the gate by the entrance if you ask a member of office staff to help you.
  • Younger siblings must be kept with parents at ALL TIMES. If they are unable to sit quietly with parents, they must be taken out immediately so as not to disrupt the activity for the children and other parents.

Home School Charter

Attendance Information