St Martin and St Mary Church of England Primary School

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does school start and end?

School starts at 8.55am however when the door opens at 8.45am children are allowed into the classrooms.  The doors are locked at 9am so after this children will need to come in via the front door of the school.

School finishes at 3.15pm unless after school clubs are attended.  Parents should remain outside the school and children will come out to find you.  This reduces the congestion in the corridor.  If parents are late to collect, children should return inside the school building.  Please let the school office know if you are going to be late.  Doors are re-locked and parents should then collect their children from the entrance hall.

What does my child need to bring to school?

All children need the basic equipment to prepare them for their day at school.  Please make sure all items are clearly labelled with their name.  Care of property is the responsibility of each child.  Children will need:

Outdoor shoes: Black shoes. 

Indoor shoes: most children wear black shoes or trainers, this helps to keep the school clean.

Games Kit: Tracksuit bottoms or leggings and sweatshirt, trainers, a t-shirt (not the house T-shirt).

PE Kit: Plain black shorts, coloured house T-shirt.

A Pencil Case: Pencil, rollerball pen, ruler, colouring pencils, pencil sharpener (pencil cases and contents are available to buy from the school office)

Book Bag (available to buy at the school office).

Art Shirt: an adult sized shirt or long sleeved T-shirt (named).

Named drinks bottle: filled with water, this can be refilled from the water dispenser.

Can I bring a snack?

Our school promotes healthy eating so no biscuits, crisps, cake, chocolate or fizzy drinks are allowed.  For Key stage 2 children there is a tuck shop where toast, crumpets and raisins can be purchased but children shouldn't bring in more than 40p to spend.  The infant and nursery children are provided with a piece of fruit at each morning break.

We encourage all children to bring a bottle of water which they can refill at school should they need to.

How much are school dinners?

School dinners are £2.20 per day and should be paid for in advance either weekly, termly or half termly, 2 weeks notice is required before any changes in days when a dinner is required.  Children entitled to free school meals are provided with a lunch across the school)

How do I pay for School dinners, trips, Pre-School sessions and School fund donations?

You can pay for school dinners and trips by cash or cheque, in a named and sealed envelope, via the school office.

Alternatively, you can ask the office for a unique online access code to enable you to pay for these things online. You would need to register with your e-mail address and this code on Once registered all you need to do is log on with your e-mail address and password, that you created whilst registering.Unfortunately we are unable to accept credit card payments.

From the 30th April 2018 you will be unable to make payments from computers that run on Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Vista due to changes being enforced by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this but it is outside of school’s control.

What are the house groups and colours?

Bowfell - Blue

Great Gable - Red

Helvellyn - Yellow

Skiddaw - Green

Is jewellery allowed?

A watch is allowed and any earrings must be small studs which should be taken out for games, PE and swimming.  No other jewellery is allowed.

What do I do if I think my child is being bullied?

From time to time children can act without the consideration we expect of them.  This can include bullying, which we are committed to responding to in a prompt and thorough manner.  Bullying is repeated unkindness that targets a particular person and may occur for a variety of reasons.

If you suspect your child is being bullied, give them the opportunity to talk about the issue in a relaxed way.  Although this may be stressful for you, it is importenat that the child is make to feel a solution to their problem can be easily found.  In the vast majority of situations this is the case.  Pleae do not approach parents yourself.  This rarely goes well and many times parents will find themselves at odds with each other long after their children have resumed their friendship.

Next, contact the school to arrange a meeting with the class teacher.  In emergencies, teachers can speak to parents before school, but it is not an ideal time for either party and a note explaining the situation may be better.  In most situations a meeting after school will be possible.  Please be aware that as teachers we cannot discuss the circumstances of other children or the details of any punishment that we may decide to impose.

If the problem is not resolved, parents can contact Mrs Gore (Head Teacher) by phone, email or a visit.  Finally, please impress on your child that the standards of kindness we expect of them, apply to others and they have a right to be free of fear.  If they are worried about anything there are adults in school who will want to help them.

How can I get more involved?

We actively welcome the support of parents to regularly help in school with a wide variety of activities including reading, numeracy, craft, outdoor activities and after school clubs.

We encourage parents to attend sports days, swimming galas and year group assemblies. 

How is my child doing at school?

Appointments with parents are arranged during the autumn and spring terms to discuss their child's progress and development.  A written report is sent to all parents in the summer term, which include personal comments on achievements and attainments in each curricular subject.

Children in KS1 and KS2 have learning targets which are shared with parents.  These are reviewed at parents evenings.

What if my child is ill?

Parents should contact the office before school on the first day of absence to explain why your child is not at school.  This is very important.  Children should not be at school if they have suffered from sickness or diarrhoea in the previous 48 hours.

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil premium is a grant available to school to support children who have been identified as having a need.  More details are available on our policy section, if parents have any questions they should contact Mrs Gore (Head Teacher).