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Frequently asked questions
What are INSET days?
INSET stands for In Service Training. All schools in England have five INSET days every year when they are closed to pupils to allow for staff training. They are an important part of staff training and development, ensuring that staff stay up to date with latest developments and so education in our school remains ‘cutting edge’.
What does EYFS stand for and what is the foundation stage?
EYFS stands for Early Years Foundation Stage.
The foundation stage is our Reception year (age 4-5)
What are Key Stage 1 and 2 (KS1 and KS2)?
Key Stage 1 is Years 1 and 2 (age 5-7)
Key Stage 2 is Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (age 7-11)
What is the National Curriculum?
The National Curriculum outlines what all children should be taught in each Key Stage. To find out more go to http://curriculum.qca.org.uk/
What are SATs?
They are Statutory Assessment Tasks. These are national tasks / tests which are used to assess all children at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6). The SATs results give a ‘snapshot’ of children’s attainment at Glebe; in other words how they achieved in particular tasks or tests taken on as specific day / week.
When will my child sit their SATS?
SATS are taken towards the end of Year 2 (throughout the month of May) and at the end of Year 6 (a specific SATs week is set nationally every year, usually the second or third week of May).
What is Teacher Assessment?
This is the teachers’ judgement about the progress and attainment of a child. This judgement will be made based on evidence gathered over a period of time and from a range of pieces of work, together with test results. It is usually a more reliable judgement of a child’s attainment than a test result alone.
For more information on how assessment works here at Glebe please visit our Performance Data section of the website.
What is PPA time?
This is Planning, Preparation and Assessment time; all teachers are entitled to PPA time each week.
What is a Golden Glebie?
Golden Glebie celebration assemblies are an opportunity to recognise and reward individual children’s achievements. Children receive a Golden Glebie cerficate for demonstrating one of our core values – Nurturing, Inspiring or Challenging themselves or others around them.
When do we get a school report for our child?
School reports are issued to all the children at the end of the school year, in July.
What is the best time to talk to my child's teacher if I have a question?
We discourage parents from trying to talk to a teacher in the morning as they are busy preparing for the school day. We would advise you to speak to the teacher at the end of the school day after all the children have been dismissed. Please try to avoid Mondays when the staff have meetings directly after school. We can also arrange appointments in the school office for parents to see the class teacher or another member of staff.
How frequently are Parents/Carers Evenings?
Parents/Carers Evenings are held twice a year. The first are in the autumn and the second in the spring.
How do I contact the Headteacher?
You can do one of a number of things.
1) Call in to the school office and make an appointment on 01273 592163
2) Email her direct firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Write a letter.
Our Headteacher is always happy to meet with you.
Do the children have swimming lessons?
Swimming is part of our Key Stage 2 PE curriculum. These sessions take place at Wadurs swimming pool https://impulseleisure.co.uk/centres/wadurs-pool . We will send further details to you nearer the time of your child's sessions.
Is a PE kit compulsory?
Yes. This is for health and safety reasons. Our PE kit consists of a house coloured T-shirt (KS1 and KS2), black shorts or track-suit bottoms and trainers/plimsols. No jewellery or watches can be worn and long hair needs to be tied back.
Where is the lost property kept?
Lost property is stored within each phase of the school. Please contact your class teacher or team leader for help locating this. All lost property is sorted clearly within labelled boxes. This lost property is also displayed in the playground at the end of each half term, where parents/carers are encouraged to check through for missing items. All remaining lost property is taken to a charity shop at the end of each term.
Please remember to always sew name labels or write your child's name in all their clothing.
Am I allowed to take my child out of school for a holiday or day off?
Regular attendance at school is essential. Only exceptional circumstances will be authorised. Holidays in term time are no longer able to be authorised. Please ask our school office for a Special Leave of Absence form
or click here to download the form.
If my child has sickness or diarrhoea, how long do they need to be off school for?
Our policy states that your child must be clear of sickness or diarrhoea for at least 48 hours before returning to school.
What time does school start?
We start school from 8.30am, gates will open at 8.30am. The gates close at 8.40am. If you arrive after this you should report to the school office and your child will be marked in as late.
What time does school finish?
Our school day finishes at 3.00pm. The school gates will open to parents at 2.45pm.
Where can I buy uniform from?
Our uniform can be purchased from Sussex Uniforms in Hove.
You can buy standard uniform items from most supermarkets and shops. For more information please see our Uniform section of our website.
Can I park at the school?
Unfortunately, we do not have car parking facilities on site for parents/carers. The school is situated around residential roads and becomes very congested at peak times. We ask parents to park and stride to avoid congestion. If you are parking in the local area please do so legally and with due consideration for our neighbours.
Can my child cycle/scooter to school?
Yes, your child can cycle/scooter to school (not within the school grounds though please). A secure cycle shed is provided on site.
Can my child bring toys into school?
No, we normally discourage toys or collectables (e.g. football cards) being brought to school, unless the class teacher has specifically requested that they do so for a class treat. Please always check with the class teacher.
How can parents/carers get involved with the school?
We encourage parents to get involved in various ways from attending trips, reading with individuals, being a member of Glebe’s PTA to becoming a school governor. If you are interested in the governance of the school, please call the school office to make an appointment with the Headteacher.
Safeguarding our children is our number one priority. If you are asked to help or you would like to help you will be asked to complete an induction process.
Any other questions? Please feel free to contact us