FAQs

Q/. What are the school day timings?

A/. Children go straight into class from 8.45am.  School runs from 8.55am - 3.15pm for Reception to Year Six children, 8.45am-11.45pm for Nursery children.

Q/.  What do I do if my child is late to school?

A/.  If your child is late for school, even by a few minutes, it is vital that you go to the School Office.  This is not just so that we can monitor punctuality, but is essential for fire safety and security.  You must take your child to the school office if you arrive at school after 8:55am.  Do not take them to class office if the gates are still open.

Q/. What are the new arrangements for Friday afternoons from September 2018?

A/. The new arrangements cover Y2-6 as EYFS and Y1 are not involved in the Friday afternoon provision. From September 2018 Friday children in Y2-6 should come into school in their PE kits, they will remain in their kit for the whole day.  On Friday afternoons every Y2-6 class will have one session of PE taken by an external provider - Kick London.  The other session will be covered by the school’s Teaching Assistants.  Children will be dismissed at the end of the day in the normal way.  Children without PE kit will still take part in the activities.

Q/. Who needs PE kit?

A/. All children in Y1-6 need PE kit.  From September 2018 children in EYFS will not need PE kit as they will not be changing for activities.  Children in Y1-6 have 2 PE sessions a week.  Y4 children swim and this counts for one of these sessions.  

Q/. How do I report my child's absence from school?

A/. You only need to inform us using one of these methods. Please either telephone the school on 020 8560 7166 as soon as possible and on each day of your child’s absence from school; we have a dedicated answering service where you can leave a message.  Or use the dedicated absence form on our homepage.  It is very important that you let us know your child’s symptoms so that we can monitor any possible epidemics.  Please send a letter of explanation to school on your child's return.

Q/. How do I go about arranging school dinners for my child?

A/. School meals are free and compulsory for Infant children.  All meals choices need to be booked via ParentPay.  For Junior children you will need to be pay for the meals via ParentPay when you book them. If you’ve forgotten your log on details please call into the school office.  If you don’t have internet access at home you can use one of the office computers to charge your account.

Q/.  How can I buy school uniform?

A/. Our main uniform supplier is School Days in Whitton High Street. You can order online here.  Details of other providers are available from the school office.

Q/. Can I take my child out of school for a holiday during term time?

A/. No.  Ordinarily no holiday will be authorised during term time.  The attendance trial will continue to run for the time being.  Ordinarily any absences (other than through illness) will be recorded as unauthorised and you may incur a fixed penalty fine and risk your child losing their place at our school.  The school is currently operating an attendance trial during which children with over 97% attendance can have 5 days authorised leave.  Contact the office for details.

Q/. How do I apply for a place in your school for my child?

A/. As we are a Voluntary Aided school Governors oversee admissions to the school.  Please look here and then contact the school office if you are interested in a place for your child.

Q/. How will I be informed if there is an enforced school closure?

A/. We have a text messaging service where we can text all parents who have a registered; please ensure you keep us informed if your number changes. You can also check our website for updates: www.smi.hounslow.sch.uk and the Hounslow website.

Q/. What do I do if my child is prescribed medication?

A/. Parents can arrange to come into school to administer medication to their own children if necessary.  Antibiotic doses that are administered 3 times a day should be given before and after school and at bedtime. If the medicine is required 4 times a day please ask in the office to arrange a time for you or another relative to give any additional required dose.  For long term or ongoing medication, parents are asked to complete and sign a School Health Care Plan. You do this by meeting with Mrs Squillaci.  Children with asthma, severe allergies, etc keep their medication in the Medical Room; these are given by a First Aid trained member of staff.

Q/. How long before my child can return to school after an illness?

A/. In the case of vomiting and diarrhoea your child should be well for 24-48 hours before they return to school.  If you are unsure please call us.

Q/. What do I do if I need to see a teacher?

A/. Teachers are normally available for brief enquiries before and after school. If you need a longer appointment, please contact your child's teacher or the office staff who will be happy to arrange this for you.  Parent teacher meetings are held once a term.  The summer session is a drop-in with no need to sign up.  Signing up is via an online system with links on the class pages.

Q/. Why does the school ask for contributions to a Sundries fund and a Maintenance fund?

A/. The maintenance fund is a long running, diocesan supported, system for gathering the remaining 10% of the funding needed to update and maintain the school buildings and fabric.  As a Voluntary Aided school St Mary’s receives 90% of these funds from the Government with the remaining 10% coming from contributions (in the form of standing orders) from parents.  These standing orders can be set to pay monthly (£8.50) or £102 yearly.  If you are a UK tax payer then the Diocese can reclaim the tax as Gift Aid.  For this reason UK tax payers are asked to pay their contributions into the Diocesan controlled account.

The Sundries fund was set up a couple of years ago on Parent Pay as a result of the on-going budget crisis.  This fund goes directly into the school’s curriculum budget allocation and provides classroom items and resources such as: books, pens, pencils, scissors, glue sticks, paint and maths resources.  You can make contributions to this fund via ParentPay monthly or as a one off payment.

Q/. How do are parents’ evening slots booked?

A/. We use a free website - doodle.com - the links for it are uploaded onto the class pages of our website in the week before parents’ evening.  Using your child’s name (and the correct link for the correct teacher) choose one time slot only.  Please only sign up for one slot and don’t choose a time that has already been taken.


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