Parents

How can you help your child?

Parents often ask us how they can help their children with their school work. The most important thing is to show an interest in what they are learning and doing. Try to encourage them to get the most out of school life. Talk to your child about everyday things. Involve them in making family decisions where possible and listen to what they say.

Read stories to young children. Try to help them see reading as an enjoyable activity, not a chore.

Help children to understand numbers by letting them count things for you. This can be done during many everyday activities like laying the table, sharing out sweets or looking at pictures together.

There's no substitute for a happy, interesting home environment. Where children and parents do things together, the child's life is greatly enriched. Try to encourage good habits like regular bedtimes, personal tidiness and cleanliness, good manners and consideration for others. Its hard work, but it can be done. Your children can benefit from this help while they are young and they're only young once.

School Uniform

School uniform is not compulsory; however we do encourage our parents to send their child to school in the following:

  • White Polo Shirt/White Shirt or Blouse
  • Grey or Black Trousers/Skirt
  • Royal Blue Sweatshirt/Cardigan
  • School Shoes (NO TRAINERS PLEASE, trainers can be worn for P.E. only)
  • School uniform from your child's previous school can be worn.

e-Safety

The Internet is a fantastic learning resource, however; it can also be a dangerous place (we ask all parents/pupils to sign an Internet Agreement Form on admission to the Primrose Centre). We are all responsible for the safety of the children online.

If you would like more advice or information regarding E-Safety please do not hesitate to contact us.

Nothing is more important than knowing what your child is doing online and how they use chat, instant messaging, blogs, forums & social networking sites. A great idea is to get them to show you how it all works and you shouldn't be afraid to ask but don't panic if you're not quite sure, take a note of what programs and sites they use and do a bit of investigation later on. Try setting up some rules which you are all agreed on, make sure that your child is happy with how to protect themselves when online and what they should do if they feel at risk.
  • Think U Know - a great site for young people.
  • CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - a must read! Get Net Wise - get wise about staying safe.
  • Bullying Information - What's the Best Thing to Do About Bullies?
  • Stay Safe Online - General Internet usage tips.
  • Sorted - Keep your information secure online.
  • CBBC Newsround - a bit more information for children and parents.
The School Day
The School Day
We hope that all parents will encourage their child to arrive at school on time. Good time keeping at this stage in life will, we hope, lead to good habits. Do remember though, that it is better to arrive late than not at all.
School Times
School Times
The basic school day lasts for 5 ¾ hours for all the children, with breaks each morning and afternoon. All children and staff have breakfast together for which there is a charge of 20p daily. In an average school week the children spend 25 ½ hours in lessons. We class all of our breaks as lessons, this is because of the social skills they are learning whilst playing together.
Childhood Illnesses
Childhood Illnesses

Certain illnesses are particularly dangerous in schools where such large numbers of children are exposed to the risk of infection. In order to try to eliminate the possibility of "mini epidemics" in our school, parents are obliged to keep their child away as soon as they are known to be suffering from the most infectious illnesses. Here is a list of these illnesses, together with the minimum length of time from which the infected child must be kept at home.

Parents should remember that these are minimum times. A child could be infectious for even longer. Your doctor will be able to advise you and it's always a good idea to get the all-clear before sending your child back to school.

School and Beyond
School and Beyond

We try to make our school an interesting place in which our pupils can learn. Sometimes though, there is no substitute for going out of school to see something or somewhere, first hand.

This is when an Educational Visit may be planned. These may be quite local, such as a walk to the local shops, or something more distant like a visit to a specialised museum. In every case, parents are informed of our plans beforehand and asked to give their consent for their child to take part. The centre is not allowed to make a charge for educational visits, but where there are expenses, a coach trip to and from a place of study for example, or an admission fee; we do ask parents to make a voluntary contribution to cover costs.

Parents are not obliged to contribute, but we reserve the right to cancel proposed visits where support is poor. Our educational visits are an important part of the work planned for our children.

We are keen to ensure that no child should be prevented from taking part in any school visit because of hardship. Parents who are concerned about this can discuss the matter with the Head of Centre in complete confidence.

"To learn, to achieve, to grow!"

To encourage pupils to recognise and develop their talents to believe in their potential for success.