Pocklington C.E. Infant School

Happy Children Love Learning

Welcome to Our School 

We recognise that choosing a school for your child is a crucial decision, and we are delighted  that you have chosen Pocklington CE Infants for your child.

We are so glad to hear that you will be joining our Church School family. 

As a Church of England school, all that we do is underpinned by this phrase from Proverbs 8 " Now children, listen to me. If you follow my ways you will be happy too."  This helps to shape our vision and mission for education.  We live out this vision and mission through our Christian Values.

We are very lucky to have a dedicated, hardworking and talented staff who strive hard to ensure that all pupils at our school are 'happy children and love learning'. 

Normally, we would be sending out invitations for you and/or your child to join us at school for a whole variety of events and activities to support their transition into Nursery or Reception.  Sadly, because of the Coronavirus pandemic this doesn’t look like it will be possible this year, but we will contact you if the situation changes. 

If your child is joining us in Year 1 or 2 we hope that the information on this page is also helpful.

Please take the opportunity to download our school App, we use it to send out key information and messages as it saves letters being lost in book bags!  We also use Parentpay to book places for trips, clubs and to pay any fees - a letter about this will come home when your child starts school.

We hope this page will provide you information and answer any questions that you might have. There is alot of other useful information on other pages on this website, but if you can't find what you are looking for, please don't hesistate to contact the school office by emailing office@pocklington-infants.org.uk  or calling us on 01759302699.

 

Dr Lynn Bartram

Headteacher

Our Vision

Happy children loving learning

Our Mission

To provide quality  learning experiences that enable everyone to reach their potential within a stimulating, safe Christian ethos and environment.

Our Christian Values

At Pocklington CE Infant school we have four special Christian Values - Compassion, Perseverance, Truth and Respect.  These were decided upon by the pupils during the 2017-18 school year following a survey of pupils, parents and staff  and in consultation with governors. 

Meet key members of staff

Close partnership with our families are very important to us at Pocklington infants.  Apart from your child's class teacher, there are many team members who are always happy to help and sort out any questions or queries you may have.  These staff members include:

Mrs Husband (our school business manager) and Mrs Toes (our administrative officer) are oten a parent or carer's first point of contact with the school. They pride themsleves on the customer service they provide.  If they can't answer your questions, they can always direct you to someone who can!  

Mrs Smith offers support and advice to any familiy with children who have additional needs.  Mrs Saltmer is our emotional learning support assistant who can provide mental health support to children who need some extra TLC.

If your child has special dietary requirements or allergies, our cook Mrs Cornell is the person to contact.  

School Organisation

The school is comprised of two phases: Key Stage One (KS1) and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  In EYFS we have our Nursery class (Robins) and two Reception classes (Badgers and Squirrels).  In KS1 we have two Year One classes (Foxes and Hedgehogs) and two Year Two classes (Moles and Owls).  

Mrs Snowball is the lead teacher for EYFS.

Mrs Smith is the lead teacher for Year 1, and Dr Bartram is the lead teacher for Year 2.

Our school day

Please drop your children off for when our doors open at 8:45am, so we can start promptly at 8:55am. Come round to the back of the school and please wait for your class teacher in the playground and they will meet and bring your child into school. 

Lunch starts at 12 noon for EYFS, and 12:15pm for KS1.

School is dismissed at 3:15pm, again please wait for your class teacher on the playground and they will dismiss your child from the line. 

Nursery sessions

8:45am to 11:45am Morning Session

12:15pm to 3:15pm Afternoon Session

Each session is charged at £17/session.  There is a £4 charge for supervision over the lunch period a school meal is provided at no extra cost.  Children attending full day are charged £32.  We accept childcare vouchers as payment.

Important - if someone other than you is collecting your child, please let us know in advance.  Preferably IN WRITING or by calling the school office, it is not possible for us to take and remember verbal messages at the gate in a morning!

What happens if I am late to pick up my child? We know that occasionally in unforseen circumstances this can happen -  Don't worry.  If you know you are going to be late please telephone the school office.  After 3:30pm pupils will need to be collected from the school reception.

Our Curriculum

Information on our school curriculum can be found under the loving learning tab on our website.  For EYFS specific curriculum information click here. During the teaching of phonics children may be grouped according to their ability.  These groupings facilitiate personalised learning opportuntities, where teaching is matched to the needs of the individual.  If you have any questions about our curriculum, first speak to your child's class teacher if they are not able to help or it is a subject specific matter please contact the curriclum leaders

If  your child is in EYFS / Foundation stage (Nursery or Reception) their journey through school will be recorded using the development matters document (see file list below).  Their progress will be shared with you at our parent teacher meetings (usually in the Autumn and Spring terms) and in an end of year report.

Special Educational Needs

Our aim is to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential, are happy and love learning. The early identification and monitoring of chldren's special needs is a vital role undertaken by our Special Needs Team led by Mrs Smith.  

More information on our SEND offer can be found here.

Keeping your child safe

At Pocklington Infants safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our children is of paramount importance, and we expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this view and commitment.

Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils.  In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect of other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Local Authority Child Protection Proceedures.  Parents will not always be fully informed of concerns unless staff are certain that the safety of the child will not be prejudiced by their doing so.  The designated teacher for safeguarding is Dr Bartram and the deputy designated staff member is Mrs Smith. 

Accidents at school

With young children there are inevitably minor bumps and scrapes during playtimes, which are dealt with by our First Aiders.  In the even of a more serious injury we will send home either a BLUE or RED (Head injury) letter and we will try to contact you by phone.

Travelling to school safely

Please walk, cycle or scoot to school if possible, as parking on Maxwell road is limited.  Traffic wardens do patrol Maxwell road. We have a fabulous bike/scooter shed at the front of the school please contact the office for a bike/scooter label.

 

Medicine in school

We prefer not to have medicines in school. However if your child needs to take medicine either please make arrangements for an adult to come into school to administer it or school staff can administer prescribed mediced provided an authorisation form has been completed.

Children with asthma, allergies or a medical condition are recorded on a register.  Please ask for a form so that we can make necessary arrangements for your child. 

Helpful documents for Reception and Nursery parents

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 Development Matters.pdfDownload
 Parents guide to EYFS.pdfDownload
 Potty Training information.pdfDownload
 What to expect when.pdfDownload
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Admission Proceedures

Children are admitted into Nursery the term after they turn three.  Application for a place should be made via the school office.

Admission into Reception: children are admitted at the start of the academic year in which they have their 5th birthday.  A parent information evening for prospective starter is held in the Autumn Term.  Parents should apply online to ERYC admissions for a place, a paper application can also be collected from the school office.

If your child is transferring into our school mid way through the school year, or is joining us in Year 1 or 2 you will still need to contact ERYC admissions.

At the end of Year 2, most pupils transfer to Pocklington Junior School.

Attendance

Regular attendance at school is vital if your child is to truly succeed and reach their full potential.  If your child is absent, it is important that you notify school on the first day of the absence (01759302699).  If you can make medical appointments outside of school hours, please do so.  But we realise that this isn't always possile.

Holidays during term time will not be authorised, forms are available from the office.  Any unauthorised periods of absence could result in parents being issued with penalty notices resulting in a fine.

Healthy Eating

All chidren in the school get a free daily snack of fruit or vegetable mid morning.  Children in Foundation Stage (Reception and Nursery) also get offered a drink of milk at no charge.

All children from Reception through Year 2 are entitled to a universal infant free school meal. We encourage all pupils to have a school meal - this can be a hot meal (vegetarian option is available), a sandwich or a jacket potato with a range of fillings.  School funding is partly based on the number of children eating a school provided meal. 

Currently, pupils are not able to bring a packed lunch from home.

To support our school funding, we encourage all families who are elgible for certain benefits to apply for Pupil Premium (Free School meal) funding. The school receives an extra £1320 per pupil. You can check your eligibility here.

Happy Healthy Children

We work hard to protect the happiness and health of children at our school and we are commited to promoting children's physical and mental health.  We have alot of information on pupil health and wellbeing elsewhere on our website. Follow this link.

To help your child settle into school

To enable children to settle into school easily it is very important that they can manage a number of things for themselves. We have devised a list of the most important things which you can help your child to master before September:

  •  To be able to take off and put on their coat
  •  To be able to fasten and unfasten buttons/zips
  •  To be able to take off and put on their shoes
  •  To be able to dress and undress themselves
  •  To be able to use the toilet without help.

Breakfast Club

Children are able to join our popular Breakfast Club when they enter Reception.  Application forms are available from the school office.  The breakfast club is run by Mrs Mouland and is open from 7:30am to 8:45am.  Children receive a healthy breakfast and the opportunity to enjoy various activites and games with their friends. breakfast club costs £4.50/day.  Children who are eligible for additional Pupil Premium funding receive 2 free breakfast club places / week.

After School Clubs  / Care

We offer some after school clubs (for a small charge) to pupils in Year 1 and 2. These change each term.

For working parents or those looking for a regular after- school childcare there are a number of local providers.

School uniform

We have a small amount of school uniform available from the office, which we are currently selling with 50% off.   Please check with the office to see if we have the type/size you are wanting.  Otherwise school uniform can be purchased from schoolshop.

The school uniform is as follows:

  • Blue or red sweatshirts and cardigans with school logo,
  • Blue, red or white polo shirts
  • Black or grey trousers, skirts, pinafores or shorts,
  • Blue or red gingham or striped summer dresses,
  • Blue or red fleeces or waterproof reversible jackets with school logo
  • Shoes suitable for outdoor play. 
  • Pupils in Nursery are asked to wear a school uniform top. 

PE is an essential part of the curriculum and PE Kit should be kept in school in a PE bag (labelled with your child's name) at all times.All children are expected to change for PE).

  • PE uniform is white t-shirt with navy/black shorts and plimsolls

All clothing and shoes need to be very clearly labelled and your child needs to be able to recognise the labels.

Book bags and water bottles

We ask that children bring their labelled book bag to school each day. Please do not send your child to school with a rucksack/back pack our cloakroom pegs can't accomodate these!  

Pupils are encouraged to bring a named EMPTY water bottle to school each day.  

Jewellery

For health and safety reasons, jewellery is not permitted. Children may wear a sensible watch. Earrings should not be warn at school whereever possible, and if worn must be small studs and taped (by parent/child) before PE.

Educational Visits

Educational visits are a key part of the school experience and provide added value to classroom learning.  To help cover the costs of a visit (or a school visitor) we may ask you for a voluntary donation.  If we have insufficient funds to cover the cost of a trip/visitor we may have to cancel the event.  We try to keep the costs to a minimum, and are grateful to the Friends of Pocklington Infants who contribute to the cost of coach travel.

Getting involved

There are a number of ways parents can get involved:

The Friends of Pocklington Infants is our parent teacher organisation and do a fantastic job fundraising for the school and putting on events and activities for pupils.  

Our Governors play a key role in the work of the school, we have a number of parent governors and more information can be found here.

If you have time to volunteer in school, we are can always find jobs for helpers to do!  Some parents volunteer to hear children read or work in the classroom others help out in the office or at lunchtime.  All volunteers have to have a DBS check.  More information can be obtained from the school office.

Helpful documents for all parents

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 Friends of Pocklington Infants.docxDownload
 Home school agreement.docDownload
 Term Time Absence Leaflet.docxDownload
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