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Everyday Information

Timings

Our day starts at 8:50am and finishes at 3:10pm. Registration is from 8:55am to 9:00am. Please try to ensure that your child arrives at school promptly. 

Morning Playtimes

From 10:45 - 11am all children have a break.

Our Key Stage 2 children (Years 3-6) go to the front playground whilst our Pre-School, Reception and Key Stage 1 children go to the smaller playground to the rear of the school.

Lunch

Pre-School, Reception and Key Stage 1 start their lunch break at 12 noon. Children in Years 3-6 begin their break at 12:15pm. Lunchtimes for all end at 1:15pm.
 
Drop off & Collection
 
At the beginning of the school day, parents/carers can leave their children at the gated entrance to the playground. There will always be member of staff on the playground from 8:40am (please don't leave your child on the school site before this time). This helps to leave you as the parent/carer safe in the knowledge that they are able to play amongst friends before the day starts. 
 
We have two morning bells. One at 8:50 am when we will bring the children into school and one at 8:55 am by which time we expect children to be in the classroom sat down ready for Registration. If your child is late to school (after the second bell has gone at 8:55 am) then please bring your child through the main entrance to ensure that they are registered as being in school.
 
All parents/carers must be off site by 9:05am so we are fully aware of who is on our school site and to allow vehicle access for deliveries. If the school gates are closed please ensure that you close them again behind you for the safety of our children. Please drop off and pick up with consideration for the safety of children and adults and other road users. Please also do not obstruct the school gates at any time, park in the taxi pick up area, or block the free flow of traffic moving.  
 
At the end of the day all children can be met at the gated entrance to the playground. Once you have collected your child/children please make space for those who have not yet collected. If normal arrangements have to be altered (e.g. you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know by ringing the office or informing a member of school staff in the morning. This helps to avoid any confusion or upset.
 
For Pre-School drop off and collection please see our  Penguins Pre-School  page.

Weather

Wet Weather

Please remember to send your child in with a waterproof coat and appropriate footwear. In the event of rain, the doors to school will open at 8.45 and children are welcome to come into school and into their classrooms from then onwards instead of waiting on the playground.

Hot Weather

Please remember to send your child into school with a bottle of water, sun hat and ensure that you have applied sun cream on before they come to school. Children can bring sun cream in to apply to themselves but we are not able to apply it to them in school.

Swimming

Children in KS2 go swimming at South Molton Pool throughout the year. They go once a week for 6 weeks and parents/guardians are asked for a voluntary contribution of £3.50 per week to help fund this activity. We group children of similar ability so that lessons are better catered to each group.

Uniform

We have a practical and smart uniform, easily obtainable locally or online, of black or grey trousers or knee length skirt/pinafore dress (no jeans,leggings or short shorts), white polo-shirt with collar and navy school sweatshirt with the school logo of a stag’s head. Footwear must be sensible black shoes or boots (no trainers, crocs or open toed sandals). In the summer Girls can also wear a blue and white checked school dress and Boys can wear black or grey knee length shorts.

No leggings or shorts must be worn underneath skirts or dresses.

The Penguins Pre-school have a red sweatshirt with penguin logo. Pre-School children must also wear practical clothing and sensible foorwear. Children can also bring in named wellies to wear outside in wet weather.

School age children also need to have a named PE kit in a PE bag consisting of a sky-blue polo shirt, black/blue sports shorts (they can wear tracksuit bottoms in the winter but not leggings) and either black plimsolls or trainers to change into for PE lessons. 

No jewellery is to be worn apart from a watch and one pair of discrete stud earrings which can be taken out or covered during PE lessons.

Long hair must be tied back (boys and girls). No extreme hair-styles or hair die. Children must also have no nail polish or make up.

Please ensure that all uniform, including PE kit, is clearly labelled with your child's or family's name so it can be returned to them. Lost property items are put in a basket in the cloakrooms at either end of the school.

Uniform can be brought from Tesco online via the link below....

http://www.clothingattesco.com/devon/north-molton-school/invt/113163

All of the embroidery is done right here in the UK. Tesco's F&F donates 5% of sales on all products bought from the schools web page directly back to the school.

Healthy Snack

We try to encourage healthy eating as a school. All children in Class 1 & Year 2 (including Pre-School) get a free fruit snack during the morning. Pre-School & Reception children have theirs at an allocated snack time within the classroom with a drink of Water or Milk (as part of the free milk funded for children under 5). Years 1 & 2 eat theirs during morning playtime.

Children in KS2 (Years 3-6) are allowed to bring in 'real' fruit and cereal bars containing fruit only for morning playtime. No cereal bars containing chocolate, fruit winders or similar processed fruit, crisps or chocolate bars etc are permitted. Please put this fruit snack into a separate container to their lunchbox in order to avoid children eating their lunches during morning playtimes.

 

Payments

The school office accepts cash or cheque payments for school lunches, trips and Penguin Pre-School fees but do now prefer you to use our online payment system.

Please make cheques payable to "Devon County Council".

Make online payments to school via credit or debit card

Use School Gateway to make online payments with a debit or credit card any time 24-7, via smartphone app or website.

To make things easy, we notify parents of new items for payment by text or email.

Aside from saving the school time and money on administration, School Gateway also makes paying for school items easier and more flexible for parents and reduces the amount of cash being carried by children on school premises. We would encourage you to use it as part of our move towards becoming a cashless school.

Not used School Gateway before?

Activating your School Gateway account is quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.

Download the app:

If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS it saves the school money when we send you a text message.

 

OR

Visit the website:

http://www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log in to School Gateway.

Trouble logging in? It may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please contact the school and we’ll update the details on our system.

We hope that you will find School Gateway to be a fast and easy way to pay for school items.

Book Bags

Children must bring their book bags to school with them every day along with their reading books and reading records.

Book bags can be purchased from the School Office.

 

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Reminders

No toys are to be brought into school from home.

No nail varnish,make up or temporary tattoos to be worn in school.

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