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Welcome to Queens Park Academy

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Our schools hours are:

Early Years (Nursery)

9.00am-11.30am and 12.45pm-3.15pm

Early Years (Reception)

9.00am-3.15pm

 (on Wednesdays school ends at 2.15pm)

 

Years 4, 5 and 6 - 8.45am-12.15pm and 1.15pm-3.30pm

(on Wednesdays school ends at 2.00pm)

 

 Queens Park Academy Nursery

Nursery morning session

Start

Finish

Monday – Friday

9.00

11.30

 

Nursery afternoon session

Start

Finish

Monday – Friday

12.30

3.00

Please see paragraph on funding to further understand the hours your child can attend nursery

Queens Park Academy Marlborough Road site (Reception and year 1)

Reception and Year 1

Gates open

School Start

Lunch

Finish

Monday

8.40

8.50

12.00-1.00

3.15

Tuesday

8.40

8.50

12.00-1.00

3.15

Wednesday

8.40

8.50

12.00-1.00

2.15

Thursday

8.40

8.50

12.00-1.00

3.15

Friday

8.40

8.50

12.00-1.00

3.15

Queens Park Academy (Chestnut Avenue Site)

Years 2 and 3

Gates open

School Start

Lunch

Finish

Monday

8.35

8.45

12.00-1.00

3.30

Tuesday

8.35

8.45

12.00-1.00

3.30

Wednesday

8.35

8.45

12.00-1.00

2.00

Thursday

8.35

8.45

12.00-1.00

3.30

Friday

8.35

8.45

12.00-1.00

3.30

 

Years 4,5 and 6

Gates open

Start

Lunch

Finish

Monday

8.35

8.45

12.15-1.15

3.30

Tuesday

8.35

8.45

12.15-1.15

3.30

Wednesday

8.35

8.45

12.15-1.15

2.00

Thursday

8.35

8.45

12.15-1.15

3.30

Friday

8.35

8.45

12.15-1.15

3.30

Arriving at School

Children should arrive at school in plenty of time for morning (and afternoon) registration. In Early Years parents are invited to settle their children into the Nursery or Reception classes and may stay as long as is appropriate. (Staff are very happy to advise as to when to stay and when to leave.)

 

The gates on the Chestnut Avenue site are open from 8.35am to allow parents to escort their children onto the playground. Registration begins at 8.45am and parents are asked to leave their children at this time (unless advised by the class teacher). The school gates will remain open until 8.45am - children arriving late should report to the office. Children who miss the morning (or afternoon) register will receive a late mark.  We do encourage the children to be punctual so as to ensure a happy start to the day. Absence and lateness are reviewed on a regular basis by the Education Welfare Officer, who may visit families where attendance is poor. Our best learners attend every day and are on time!

 

Absences

If your child is ill or absent for other reasons, please ring the school before 9.00am in the morning so that the registers can be marked appropriately. The telephone number is 01234 352901.

Holiday Absence

From September 2011 the Governors of the school decided that all requests for holidays during term time will be denied. Any un-authorised absence will appear on your child's report and may trigger further action. There is a full copy of the school attendance policy in school for parents to read on the school website. If you are considering extended absence please see Mrs Anna Thwaites or Mrs Susan Kirby.

School Dinners

School lunches are cooked on the premises by our Kitchen Manager, Hayley Marshall, and her team. All of our menu choices include meat that is Halal. The menus are on the school notice boards as well as the school website.

As part of the Government’s Universal School Meal initiative all children from Reception to Year 2 will be provided a free school meal every day.

All money brought into school to pay for lunch should be placed in an envelope with the child’s name and class clearly marked on the front. These should then be posted in the boxes by the school entrances. The current cost for a school meal is £2.00 per day. A full week costs £10.00

The children may bring packed lunch to school although we do not have refrigerated storage for packed lunch so parents should be mindful of this when lunch is prepared.

 

Healthy Snacks

The children in Nursery to Year 2 are given a snack every day. Pupils in Key Stage 2 may bring a healthy snack to school to have during their break time. All children in the school at the Chestnut Avenue Site are offered toast in the mornings before school starts.

Medicines in School

Please see the school office if your child needs medicine at school. This is particularly important if your child is in Years 5 and 6 and walk to and from school themselves. In many cases medicine can be administered outside of school hours and we would ask that parents are mindful of this whenever possible. Please seek advice from your doctor if you are unsure.

Safeguarding Children

At Queens Park Academy the health, safety and well-being of all the children in our care are of paramount importance. We respect our children. They have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture and disability and a right to be safe in our school.

We ensure that all staff in our school are clear about the actions necessary with regard to any safeguarding issues.

School Uniform

All of our children wear the school colours of red, white and black. The children must also bring a change of clothing for PE. Please see the fliers included showing what we expect the children to wear.

School uniform can be purchased from Josens in Bedford town Centre. If you would prefer to do this online.

http://www.josens-schoolwear.co.uk/acatalog/Queens-Park-Academy.html

School uniform can also be purchased from Price and Buckland website

http://www.price-buckland.co.uk/primary-school/

There is no school uniform in Nursery but your child will need a book bag and a drawstring bag, both available from the above suppliers. Your child will need to wear clothes that are suitable for the weather and comfortable shoes for climbing and running.

ALL UNIFORM AND BELONGINGS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELLED

Home Activities

The children will bring a book home to share every day. We know that reading everyday does make a considerable difference to your child’s attainment and we appreciate your support in this. The children will also bring home other homework that might require your help. Please encourage your children to complete these home assignments as they can be a valuable practice aid. 

Additional Support.

Your child may need special help at some point in their school career. Sometimes physical, emotional, behaviour and learning difficulties may prove challenging for your child. Our special needs programme sets individual targets for the children who need extra help. We can provide 1:1 support for children with particular needs. Intervention programmes are also designed to give extra support. Parents are kept closely involved at each stage of the process. If you have any concerns about the progress of your child’s learning please speak to their class teacher who can liaise with the SENDCo. A meeting can be arranged to discuss these needs if required.

Visits

Our children go on many interesting and exciting visits linked to the curriculum. We take advantage of our local community, particularly the variety of places of worship and local shops available in Queens Park. When your child starts school we ask you to sign a general consent form for these. We always send you a letter when visits by bus, train or minibus are taking place and ask you to complete and return the permission slip.

Charging for visits

The governors’ policy on charging is to ask for a voluntary contribution from parents for school trips. However if we do need receive enough support the trip will not go ahead. We will engage in fund raising activities to support our visits.

Clubs and activities

We offer a large range of school clubs which take place on a termly basis. Many take place after school and parents are asked to give written permission for their children to attend these. Clubs are run on a termly basis. At the start of each new term you will receive a letter indicating what clubs and activities are on offer.

On a Wednesday we run Wednesday Club until 3.30 pm. This is open to all children, but working parents who are unable to pick their children up at 2.00pm will take precedent.

We also run a breakfast club every morning from 7.45am until school starts. This has a cost of £1.00 per session includes toast and a drink.

 

MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Please make sure that the school has your current mobile telephone number at all times as we send messages to parents to inform them of various school events and other events

It is very important that this information is kept up to date so if you change your mobile phone number

Please let the school office know immediately.

Our School
 

The principal aim of the school is

To help the children to develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed for living in the 21st Century

  • by offering the children first hand experiences that motivate and enthuse them - encouraging a love of learning
  • by ensuring the provision of good quality teaching through positive identification of indicators of good practice 

This is then realised by our school aims: 

  • To develop a curriculum that excites and motivates the learner and the teacher.
  • To promote high levels of self esteem in children and adults
  • To leave no-one behind
  • To promote a safe and healthy lifestyle
  • To promote community engagement and involvement
  • To continue to strive for improvement by critical self evaluation
  • To develop a team environment