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Illness at school
If your child is unwell, please inform the school office on the first day of illness. If children have vomiting and/or diarrhoea they need to stay at home for 48 hours following the last episode. This is to limit spread of infection to others. You may find information on the following website helpful.
Mrs C Harrison (DSL)
Mrs O Bates (Prevent Officer& DDSL)
Mrs S Cowell (DDSL)
Mrs G Riach (DDSL)
Mrs Cove (Pre school DDSL pending)
It is very important that children attend school regularly, are on time and ready to learn. When children are absent they miss a wide range of learning opportunities and this impacts on their progress and attainment.
The Local Authority has set us the attendance target of 97%.
Please read the attached brochure from the LA with how you can ensure good attendance at school. We can't reach our target without your support.
Kensworth CE Academy does not authorise holidays in term time. Further information on our attendance procedures can be found in our Attendance Policy.
Please note that children are not allowed to attend PTA events if they have been absent from school the same day.
To read Central Bedfordshire Council information for parents please click on the link below.
Holidays in term time
Parentmail, an electronic mailing system is used for most correspondence to parents. New parents need to ensure that you have shared your email details with School so that you do not miss any information sent out. If you are unable to access this system please let the office know and we will ensure you get paper copies of all information. With regard to regular communications please check your child's book bag each week as we are trying to work in collaboration with yourselves as parents/carers and we do send some information via the children's book bags. Unfortunately, we do, in some instances, find certificates and letters that have been left in book bags for many weeks. The children are proud of receiving school certificates and it seems a shame that their achievements are not also celebrated at home. You may also find that you have missed important information concerning your child, so do please keep checking.
PE Grants - Please see the PE and School Sports page
Healthy Snacks and Drinks
All children in Holly and Cherry classes are given a piece of fruit as part of the Government's School Fruit Scheme.
The children may also bring in a healthy snack for playtime. They may bring in a piece of fruit or vegetable in a named snack pot. Crisps, sweets and chocolate biscuits are not allowed.
The children are also able to have milk each day; it is free for the under-fives. Once your child reaches the age of 5 you again can pay for them to continue to have the school milk as a healthy drink during the school day. You will need to contact Cool Milk (http://www.coolmilk.com/) to register your child for free milk and paid milk. If you need further information or help please contact the school office.
The children should all have a named water bottle in the classroom. These are available to purchase from the school office. They need to be taken home to be washed daily.
We value your comments and always want to hear how you think we can make Kensworth the best we can be.
We hold Parent Forum termly with Mrs Bates / Mrs Harrison and discuss a range of topics from parking to packed lunches, the curriculum to school developments. The minutes of these meetings are published in the half termly newsletters.
There is a suggestion box in the foyer for working parents and carers, if you cannot make the meetings.
We also send email alerts to help parents.
We hold meet the new teacher meetings in the summer term and parents' evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms.
We also send out a yearly questionnaire and the results of this directly impact the School Development Plan.
OFSTED also want your views. Please click the title above to see the Parent View web page.
There is a leaflet here that gives you more information.
Ofsted Parent View
https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ - Tell Ofsted what you think of our school
We have carefully considered and analysed the impact of our policies on equality and the possible implications for pupils with protected characteristics, as part of our commitment to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) requirement to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. We make efforts to consult and involve those possibly affected by inequality in the decisions made by the school to promote equality and eliminate discrimination.
Admissions - please see the policies page
School day timings
Line up in the playground at 8:50 and lessons start at 9am
School closes at 3:30
KidZone runs from 8am - 8:50 and from 3:30 - 5:30.
All children in year R, 1 and 2 are entitled to a school meal under the governments 'Universal free School meals' scheme. This is NOT the same as Pupil Premium and we would recommend parents check with Mrs Fox if they think they might be entitled to extra funding for their child (It is very easy to check, and we can help with this).
School lunches are provided by Hobbs. Any child in the school can book a school dinner and Pre school can also book a hot lunch too!
For more details please speak to Mrs Fox.
School dinner menu Spring/Summer 2020
If you would like help with packing a lunch box or cooking at home with your child please take a look at the following links: