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Parents’ Information

The Lea prides itself on being an inclusive school, where social and cultural diversity are celebrated. We aim to provide an educational environment that nurtures and challenges each child, enabling individuals to flourish and to achieve his or her highest possible potential.

We recognise that the partnership between home and school is one of the most important elements in ensuring that a child’s education is a successful, rewarding and happy experience.  For this reason, members of staff value the support and commitment which Parents/Carers offer both to the school as a whole and to their own child’s education.

Attendance

We ask Parents/Carers to kindly notify the school by calling the school office and selecting the absence line.  This must happen by 9am on the first day of absence, and we ask that you keep the school informed during any prolonged absence.  Parents/Carers are asked to ensure that their children arrive at school promptly each day.  Late arrivals must be signed in at the School Office. Parents must complete a form for any medical/dental appointments in school time, although this should be avoided where possible.  Forms are available from the School Office or on this website.

Holidays during term time cannot be authorised by the Headteacher.  Parents/Carers needing to take their child out of school during term time must complete a form.  Only exceptional absences will be authorised by the Headteacher.

Behaviour and Golden Rules

At The Lea we have high standards of how we expect our children to act. A core element of this is abiding by the school’s golden rules which are:

  • Do be gentle
  • Do be kind and helpful
  • Do be honest
  • Do work hard
  • Do look after property
  • Do listen to people

Please read our behaviour policy for more information.

Class Assemblies

We have a range of different assemblies each week:

  • Monday – Singing assembly
  • Tuesday – In class collective sharing time
  • Wednesday – Headteacher assembly
  • Thursday – Key stage assembly/Class assembly
  • Friday – Celebration assembly

Parents/carers are invited to attend their child’s class assembly, details of which will be published in the weekly school newsletter.
Harvest Assembly takes place in autumn and is led by the Year 2 class – this is where we give thanks for our food and is also an opportunity to share food with others in our community by collecting food donations.

Communication

School communication will come in a variety of ways:

  • The school emails a newsletter which is sent out on Friday each week.
  • Relevant letters / invoices will be emailed on an ad hoc basis.
  • The school will send important reminders via text and phone.
  • There are regular updates of what is going on day-to-day on our Twitter account (@Leaprimary), the PTA Facebook page (@LeaSchoolAssociation) and this school website.  See the Calendar section for a list of upcoming events.
  • The Headteacher hosts regular coffee mornings, to give parents and carers an opportunity to chat informally about any concerns or questions they may have about their child’s education.  Meetings are held half-termly in the staff room and will be notified via the Newsletter.

Dietary Requirements/ Allergies

It is vital that the school is made aware of any dietary needs that your child may have, particularly if it is a food that the child is allergic to or must not eat for religious reasons.  You have been asked this information as part of the New Pupil Information Pack, but it is important to keep the school office informed of any changes.

If your child has a school meal, Hertfordshire Catering will require evidence from a medical professional so they can produce an allergy specific menu for your child.  Please visit their website www.hcl.co.uk and complete the online application.  If you have any questions please call HCL on 01707 292500.

Donations and Fundraising

The PTA continue to work tirelessly to support the school and as many of you know the contributions from
PTA events make a big difference to the school being able to purchase a range of great resources and
experiences for the children.  With ever greater budget restrictions, the available funds for curriculum
resources is at its lowest point for a number of years.  See our Donations and Fundraising page for more information on how you can contribute.  We will be informing you regularly with how these funds are being spent.

Handwriting

From September there will be a drive to raise the standard of handwriting across the school. All children will be writing in pencil from the beginning of the school year and children will work towards having a pen license in Year 5 and 6.

Home School Agreement

The staff and governing body at The Lea encourage children to make the most of their time at school and ask for their co-operation. The Home School Agreement document is part of the New Pupil Information Pack you were sent and we ask parents/carers to read this with their child and return a signed copy.

Homework

Homework is set to support the children’s learning at The Lea. For younger children, this is generally tasks from our reading scheme. As children progress through the school, the tasks support other areas of the curriculum and are designed to encourage good study skills, with emphasis on reading, spellings, multiplication tables and number facts.

Hot Weather

In the hotter weather it is important that all children bring in sunhats and water bottles every day. Sunscreen is to be applied before the start of school. (There are a variety of lotions available which are designed to last all day from one application.) In exceptional circumstances, if you require your child to reapply lotion during school hours, please bring it in (labelled) to the school office in the morning.

House / Team Points

Each child belongs to one of four teams / house colours – Topaz (yellow)Sapphire (blue), Emerald (green) and Ruby (red).  Team points will be given to children for good work, good behaviour, courtesy and positive attitude.

Children will receive a certificate in celebration assembly when they hit certain milestones: bronze when they reach 25 team points; silver for 50 team points and gold for 100 team points.  When they reach 75 points a letter is sent home.

A running total of house points will be displayed on the team point board in the hall.  The winning team each term will receive an in-school prize (in the past teams have had a bouncy castle hired for them at playtime, a trampolining session, ice creams at break time, etc.).

Lost Property

Lost property is located in our reception area outside the school office. All lost property found in school will be put here. If your child has an item of clothing or footwear missing, please direct them to this unit. Alternatively, parents/carers are welcome to come and look at the end of the day if they wish to.

Medication

Should your child require medication during the school day, please bring it to the School Office.  Parents/Carers must also complete a permission form to allow office staff to administer medicines in school.  Forms are available from the School Office or on this website.

Meeting with Teachers

The school has an ‘open door’ policy and the Head and class teachers are very approachable.  Class teachers are able to meet with parents briefly at the start or close of school, or by appointment if a longer meeting is needed.  Likewise, the Head Teacher is always willing to meet with parents to discuss any concerns either before or after school if he is available, or by appointment.  The Head Teacher can often be found on the playground at drop off / pick up time.

Paperless

In order to reduce our paper usage and become more environmentally friendly, from September 2019 the School Office will stop sending letters home via book bags.  All letters will be emailed to parents.  Please keep an eye on your inbox to ensure that you don’t miss anything, and make sure that we have your up to date details.  There will still be a list of ‘letters sent home this week’ on the Newsletter each week so please double check this to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

School reports will still be sent out as a paper copy in bookbags.

Parking

Please park sensibly and with consideration to our neighbours and other pedestrians at both drop off and pick up times.  We would like to draw your attention to the Highway Code and the rules we should all be following:

  • Rule 191 – You MUST NOT park on a crossing or in the area covered by the zig-zag lines.
  • Rule 243 – DO NOT stop or park:
    – near a school entrance
    – anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
    – opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction
    – in front of an entrance to a property
    – on a bend

To alleviate traffic congestion we have a self-imposed 1-way system that we would like you to adhere to at pick up and drop off times i.e. up Moorland Road, right into Rye Hill and right down Westfield Drive back to Westfield Road.

If you do need to drive please consider arriving a few minutes earlier and parking in one of the side roads (Hyde View Road, Masefield Road, northern end of Springfield Crescent) and walking.  Our pupils’ safety is our key priority; therefore, we would appreciate your co-operation in parking safely and sensibly.

Partnership with Parents

We see education as a partnership between home and school.  To this end we very much welcome any parents who wish to play an active role in the school. The class teacher provides an outline of the curriculum their child will be studying at the beginning of each term so parents are aware of what is being taught and can, where possible, contribute in some way.  If you feel you have something to offer then please talk to your class teacher.

There are also opportunities to be involved by reading with the children, accompanying class trips, running clubs or joining the Lea School Association to help with fundraising.

Payments – Cashless

From September 2019 the School Office will be moving towards being cashless with the aim that by January 2020 we will no longer be accepting cash or cheque payments.

A very high percentage of our parents and carers are already using the School Gateway as a convenient way to pay for school dinners, trips and other costs.  From September 2019 we will be insisting that all monies are received via the App.  There are a number of safety and logistical reasons for this change.  Any cash or cheques will be returned.

Over the course of the year we often run a couple of charity events such as Comic Relief or Sport Relief.  We will be happy to accept cash for these.  In addition, we will continue to offer children the opportunity to come in to school in non-uniform in exchange for £1 cash for PTA events.

Photography / Videoing

Photographing and / or videoing of children at sports events is strictly prohibited in accordance with Data Protection requirements.

Reception / Year 6 Buddy System

We pride ourselves on our happy school environment and the way in which we look after each other.  Each Year 6 pupil is ‘buddied up’ with a Reception pupil at the start of the academic year.  The buddies meet weekly where they can share stories, catch up on news from the week, do reading, play games or take part in some outdoor learning.

This allows our older children to grow in self-esteem and confidence by being positive roles model for the younger children and really helps ease the transition to ‘big school’ for our Reception children by making them feel valued and giving them a friendly face in the crowd.

“Children and pupils are respectful to one another and all adults; they care about their friends and look after each other.” OFSTED 2018

School Closure

If the school has to close due to severe weather conditions, we will notify parents and carers via:

If you do not receive notice from us, you should always assume that the school will be open as normal for all pupils.

School Post Box

I am sure you will appreciate that the office is a very busy place during the day, particularly at school drop off and pick up time! If you have any reply slips, payments or letters to bring in, we would very much appreciate you using the post box rather than coming into the school office if at all possible.  It is situated on the external wall to the right of the main entrance doors.

Secondary Schools

The vast majority of our pupils move on to Harpenden secondary schools when they leave Year 6.  In September 2018, 16 of our pupils went to St George’s, 9 to Sir John Lawes and 4 to Roundwood Park.

Distance from The Lea to:
~ St George’s School – 892m
~ Sir John Lawes School – 902m
~ Roundwood Park School – 1665m
~ Katherine Warington School – 1681m

Star of the Week

Each week children from Nursery to Year 6 are chosen by their teacher to be Star of the Week.  This can be for many different reasons – good behaviour; an excellent piece of work; understanding something tricky; kindness and lots more.  Whatever the reason, the children are always very proud to receive their certificate during Friday’s celebration assembly.  The ‘stars’ will also be listed in the weekly school newsletter and on a noticeboard in our reception area.

Walk to School

We encourage you to walk to school if at all possible, but if not, to park responsibly and not to block residents’ driveways.  Only Year 6 pupils are permitted to walk to school without an adult and we ask parents to put their permission in writing to the school.

What to Bring

Children should bring the following items to school:

  • Book bag  with reading book and reading record book
  • PE bag with PE kit (this can stay in school on your child’s peg)
  • Water bottle
  • Pencil case: children in Year 4-6 are welcome to bring a pencil case in to school each day.  We recommend that the pencil case must be clear plastic and should be clearly labelled with the child’s name.  We recommend this includes pencils (HB), a ruler, glue stick, pencil sharpener and rubber.  Any other stationary beyond this list is not required.