St Michael’s CE Junior School is divided into six individual classes. The class teachers, along with their teaching assistants provide an excellent pastoral care system.
- Blythe Class – Year 3
- Townsend Class – Year 3/4
- Hazlitt Class – Year 4
- Brenchley Class – Year 5
- Goodwin Class – Year 5
- Culpepper Class – Year 6
Please follow this link to find out which teachers and teaching assistants are in what year group, and who else is part of the St Michael’s Family.
Click here to read our home-school agreement.
The school day
The Junior School opens its gates at 8.30am and children are encouraged to enter their classroom, although they can wait with their parents or carers until the bell rings at 8:40am as this indicates the start of the day. A member of staff will be on duty in the playground from 8:30am; however children must not be left unattended in the playground.
We ask that parents allow their children to come in to school by themselves, as our school corridors are not big enough to accommodate children and their parents!
All children are expected to be at school by 8.45am. If they are not present for the register they will be marked late.
Classes will be dismissed at 3.00pm. We ask that parents are prompt. The children are required to be picked up in person from their designated area by an adult, and not an older sibling currently in the school. Year 6 children are permitted to walk home as long as they have parental permission.
If you are unavoidably delayed, please can you contact the office as soon as possible, and you will find your child in the main entrance hall when you arrive.
Playtimes & Lunches
All pupils go out to play in the morning (from 10:15am to 10:30am). Year 6 pupils run a tuck shop where a piece of fruit or a healthy alternative can be purchased, otherwise children may bring in a healthy snack from home.
Lunchtime is from 12:00pm - 1pm. First sitting consists of years 3 & 4 , with a second sitting for the older pupils
Absences and illness
On the first morning of your child’s illness, please telephone the school office, preferably before 9.00am. Please state who you are, your child’s name and class, and the reason for absence. This should be confirmed in writing to your child’s class teacher, on their return.
If your child is suffering from either vomiting or diarrhoea, your child is required to stay off school until 48 hours after their last bout of illness.
If your child becomes ill at school, your child's teacher (on the advice of a registered First Aider, if necessary) will decide whether it is right to send your child home. We will ring your primary contact (or secondary number, if we cannot get hold of the first point of contact). When you (or a trusted adult) come to pick up your child, you must first come to the School Office before taking your child.
Absence for reasons other than illness should be rare. If you have a special and acceptable reason, please request permission in writing from the Headteacher. If your child needs to attend a medical appointment during school hours, please write to your child's teacher the day before (at the latest).
Medical conditions and medication
We ask that parents let us know of any illnesses or conditions their child may have (such as asthma and allergies). Pupils with prescribed medication for these conditions, for example an inhaler or an EpiPen, should have two permanently at school. Parents are required to fill out a medical form (available from the School Office), giving staff permission to administer these medications. We ask that the parents regularly check these, to ensure that they are in date and still working.
If your child is on prescribed medication, we ask that you fill out a medical form at the School Office so that a member of staff can give them the correct dose, at the correct time. Children are not permitted throat sweets at school, due to the potential choking hazard and we do not give out over-the-counter medication during the school day.
Communication between home and school
St Michaels operate an effective text message system to relate important messages and reminders. You will also receive letters via our email service Parent Mail. These letters range from weekly newsletters to permission forms for school trips, therefore please check your spam boxes regularly!
Every week, the Headteacher sends home newsletter containing information and achievements. Every term each class will create a class newsletter. This is to inform you of what your child has been learning and any important events that may be coming up in the future.
We also send home a contact book each evening with your child’s reading book. This book is to inform us when you have read with your child and for you to contact your child’s teacher with any important information.
We operate an open door policy at St Michaels. If you wish to speak to your child's class teacher or someone at school, please contact the School Office and a convenient appointment for both parties can be made. All teachers see their children out at the end of the day where minor subjects can be discussed. We also hold three parents’ evenings a year in October/November, February and July.