It is not the policy of the Governors of St. Luke and St. Philip's School to make charges for any educational activities undertaken on the school premises.
The Governors recognise the great value of educational visits for pupils and wish to support and encourage staff organising such events. However, with no funds available to support the costs of outings, parents will be requested to make voluntary contributions to cover the cost of any visits. Should the voluntary contributions be insufficient to pay for the trip then it will have to be cancelled. We also ask for a voluntary contribution of £1.00 per child for every after school club they attend.
These rules form the policy at St. Luke and St. Philip's for the maintenance of good order and safety within the school.
Children who keep these rules will be rewarded.
A record will be kept and should any children regularly break these rules and persistently misbehave, the pupil's parents will be invited to come into school in order to discuss the situation with the Headteacher.
We encourage children to STOP, THINK AND MAKE A GOOD CHOICE.
School doors open at 8.45am
School starts for all pupils at 8.55am
Reception and Year One - 11.45am-12.45pm
Years Two, Three and Four - 11.55am - 12.55pm
Years Five and Six - 12.15pm - 1.15pm
School closes for all pupils at 3.30 p.m.
Please make sure that your child is in the playground at least five minutes before the starting times, but not before 8.45am. Supervision by staff is not available before this time.
Details of term and holiday dates are given separately at the end of this booklet.
From 1st September 2017, school has introduced ParentPay which is a cashless system which we hope all parents will sign up to. Meals are charged at £2.00 per day. Once your child is admitted to school you will be given details on how to register for this e-payment system. If you feel that you might be entitled to Free Meals, because of low income, please enquire at the Rights, Advice and Entitlements Office at the Town Hall for advice.
Our uniform is based around Post Office red and grey.
Children are required to wear the following::
It is essential that all items of clothing are marked with the child’s name.
Red sweatshirts and white polo shirts, embroidered with the school's logo, are available from Whittaker's Schoolwear, Blackburn.
Girl’s hair should be tied back and secured with a plain bobble if it is long. No fancy hair accessories should be worn during school time. Boy’s hair should not be shaved with fancy patterns or track marks.
The school enjoys fine sporting facilities including a grassed area, an all weather pitch, a large tarmac playground and a well equipped hall. Every class is timetabled for at least one hour’s indoor P.E. lesson each week, and, weather permitting, this could be an outdoor games session.
Pupils are encouraged to fully participate to the best of their ability in all sporting activities and emphasis is placed upon the acquisition of skills and the enjoyment of the activities.
During the Summer term our Sports Day involves all pupils in four teams competing in a variety of events organised by all staff. Pupils are given the opportunity to participate in sporting clubs after school and matches are arranged against local schools in football, cricket, netball and rounders.
All children should have pumps, black shorts, and a white T-shirt which are kept in a PE bag. Again all items should be clearly named so that your child is not upset by the loss of their PE kit.
In line with Blackburn with Darwen’s policy, pupils taking part PE in the hall must wear pumps (not trainers) or go bare footed and all jewellery, watches and ear-rings removed. Trainers may be worn for outside P.E. lessons only. A child who has newly pierced ears must cover the studs with a plaster brought from home. This will be permitted for a maximum of six weeks. We encourage children who are having their ears pierced to have it done at the start of the six week summer holiday.
Every half term your child will be given a homework grid to complete at home. Please provide your child with a quiet area for them to work. It’s a good idea to switch off the television. Please remember to read with your child regularly and to complete the Home School Link Book. This helps your child’s teacher know how he/she is reading at home. Please help your child learn times tables and spellings. Please support your child with their homework by checking through it and offering support.
Pupils are not allowed to wear jewellery for reasons of safety and security. If earrings are worn they must be of the stud type (long dangling earrings are dangerous in a school situation) and your child must be able to remove/replace them unaided before/after PE lessons. Jewellery is not allowed for the following reasons: Necklaces pose a safety risk as they may catch on other children's clothes and cause serious injury to the wearer's neck. Rings may cause injury to other pupils, especially during playground games. Pupils can also get distressed when jewellery or watches are mislaid or go missing.
Make-Up (including nail varnish and nail art) is not permitted in school.
Swimming lessons are provided by the Local Education Authority as part of the curriculum. Children in Year 3 attend the swimming baths for a half hour session each week and our aim is to ensure that all pupils are able to swim before they move to their high schools. Please make sure that your child has a swimming costume. Pupils must wear a swimming cap.
Such activities may vary from year to year. At present they include ECO club, homework club, and multisports. It is possible that day trips, or visits for the older children requiring residence away from home for a few days, may be organised.
We have a Breakfast Club every morning starting at 7.50 until school time. The daily cost for Breakfast Club is 50p per day. Payments for Breakfast Club sessions need to be made through ParentPay.
Should your child be away then you should contact school to inform us of the reason for the absence. A telephone call (54866), a written note or a personal word with your child's teacher will suffice. Please contact school before 9.30 a.m. We are required by law to mark in the register the reason for every absence.
We believe that it is vital for ever child to attend school as regularly as possible. From September 2013 the Local Authority guidance on holidays during term time changed. No holidays in term time will be permitted. Extended Leave, for emergency reasons only, may be permitted but a meeting must be arranged with the Headteacher to discuss this fully. Please try and make dental and medical appointments for after school. If your child has an appointment during the school day, please collect and return your child to school promptly.
During the year 2016-2017 the authorised absence rate of the 192 pupils on roll for at least one session was 2.7% This figure includes authorised absences associated with religious holidays celebrated by Muslim pupils, pupils on roll but attending other educational establishments and pupils making extended visits to see relatives in the Indian sub-continent. The unauthorized absence rate was 1.7%. Our Target for attendance is 96% for 2017-2018.
It is the policy of the school not to administer medicines or tablets during the day. Children who are taking medication are best kept at home where a close eye can be kept on them.
An exception to this is for asthma sufferers who need to use an inhaler during the school day. These children keep their medication in the classroom in clearly labelled bags.
Children who need to visit the dentist/clinic/hospital etc. during school hours should be collected from school by an adult.
The nurse regularly visits school and facilities are made available for them to undertake routine screening and medical examinations of pupils. Appointments are made for individual pupils and parents are invited to attend their children's medicals.
Parents/carers are our partners in educating the children in our care and we therefore encourage and maintain close links between home and school. Throughout the year there are opportunities for parents to become involved in many ways, such as assisting during visits, helping in the classroom or library, or attending one of our parent/pupil sessions.
Class teachers are always happy to meet with parents to discuss any matters of concern but we would ask that if at all possible you make an appointment. This enables the class teacher to address your problem without having to also supervise the class at the same time.
If a situation arises that is really urgent then please come into school and contact either the Head or Deputy Head and we will do our best to deal with the matter immediately.
Each year, on at least two occasions, you will be invited into school to discuss your child's progress and well being. Please remember that your child's teacher has up to thirty children to care for, so please make every effort to make an appointment to discuss your child's progress with their class teacher. You are welcome to contact school at any time.
Our Reception class teacher will organise an Induction meeting for new parents during the term before your child starts school. The School will contact the parents of children starting school in September and all parents and new children are welcome to join in the activities, and to meet the Reception class teacher and Support Staff.
Information regarding our school can be found on the school website at www.stlukesblackburn.co.uk. Up to date information regarding the curriculum, clubs and events are available for parents to look at. Newsletters and holiday lists will also be posted on the website. ou can also follow us on Facebook.
Smoking is not allowed on any part of the school site. It is hoped that parents will assist us by setting a good example to the children when coming onto the premises.
Parents are requested not to bring dogs onto the playground when dropping off or collecting their children. If you do bring your dog when dropping or collecting your child, please ensure that you tie them up away from the entrance gates.
We are very conscious of our responsibilities towards the safety of pupils and they are supervised by members of staff continuously from 8.45am until 3.30pm. No pupil is allowed to leave the safety of the premises unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
We ask that parents play their part in providing for their children's safety by making sure that pupils are adequately supervised on their way to and from school, and that they are picked up promptly at 3.30pm from the correct entrance.
Pupils whose parents arrive after 3.30pm wait inside school on the chairs by the main entrance until collected.
Parents arriving with pupils after 9.00am are asked to use the front entrance of the school and report to the Office and sign the late register. This helps us to keep a record of persons in the building. Similarly, parents collecting pupils during the day should first ask at the office.
Reports are written about each pupil at the end of the Summer Term. Parents have opportunity, when they have received their child’s report to meet the class teacher to discuss the report.
We seek the assistance of parents in respecting the yellow zig-zag markings outside the school entrances and parking away from them. Young children should always be accompanied to and from school.
Parents may at any time request a hard copy of any information or articles published on our website. Requests should be made to the school office.
Should you have a complaint or query concerning any aspect of the School you are invited to contact the Headteacher to discuss the matter. If the Head is unable to provide a satisfactory explanation you have the right under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1988 to address your complaint to either the Clerk to The Governors (Via the School) or the Local Authority, Children’s Services, The Exchange, Ainsworth Street, Blackburn.
We enjoy close links with local High Schools and we welcome their Staff into School to speak to our older pupils. On occasions we visit High Schools to enter sporting events, watch their plays or productions, and to use their facilities.
During June and July we liaise closely with the High School staff from the High Schools our pupils will be transferring to.