Welcome to Wickham Church of England Primary School. We have created this page so that you can find answers to any questions you might have about starting school.
We have included a wealth of information and leaflets for you so if you do have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you soon.
Hampshire guidance on starting school
Guide to the school menu
Invitation to new parents
OUR SCHOOL DAY
Morning session: 8:55am – 12:00pm
Afternoon session: 12.50pm – 3:15pm (Year R 3:10pm)
At 8:45am our teachers open their classroom doors to welcome the children and any parents or carers who would like to talk to staff or help their child change their reading book. We believe this provides a positive and welcoming start for everyone and ensures that children and staff can engage in their learning more promptly.
It is important that all of our children attend school regularly and that they arrive promptly in order to be settled and ready to learn at the start of each school day. Parents should inform us at their earliest convenience if their child is unable to attend school for any reason.
Should you be unavoidably detained at 3:15pm please let the School Office know and arrangements will be made to care for your child until you arrive.
Wearing a school uniform enables our children to feel that they belong to our community and that they are proud members of our school.
Our uniform consists of:
- purple sweatshirt or cardigan with the school logo
- white polo shirt, preferably with the school logo
- charcoal grey trousers, tailored shorts, skirts or pinafore dresses
- black shoes with covered toes and black or grey socks
In the summer, girls may wear a purple and white gingham tennis-style dress
Every child needs a small drawstring bag to hang on their peg. This should contain:
- white T-shirt
- navy blue or black shorts
Children may wear a tracksuit in the winter for outdoor PE.
Swimming kit will be needed from May to October (one piece swimsuit or trunks – not shorts – swimming hat and towel).
It is essential that all items of uniform are clearly named.
Jewellery (apart from watches and one pair of plain studs in pierced ears) should not be worn to school. Watches and studs need to be removed for PE for safety reasons.
Items of school uniform with our logo are available from the school office or from Skoolkit in West Street, Fareham.
If you have any difficulty providing your child with essential items of clothing or footwear, the Education Welfare Service may be able to help. Please contact our school office if you would like further information.
If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find the web links below useful. Child Safety Online A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media.
CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
Pupils can take part in many extra curricular activities during lunch-times or after school. These include sporting, reading and writing, arts and music clubs such as football, netball, Lego creators and singing. No charge is made for clubs and activities provided by school staff.
Clubs start in the second week of each term and stop one week before half term (for Parents Evenings) and one week before the end of each term.
Pompey in the Community provide an after school club on Wednesdays which has a small charge.
We always publish our term dates, which include our 5 In-Service Training (INSET) days, at the end of the previous school year so that parents and carers can arrange holidays and childcare as appropriate. You can download our school's current term dates from the bottom of this page.
Our 2019-20 INSET days are: 4th September 2019, 4th November 2019, 6th January 2020, 14th February 2020 and 22 July 2020.
Information about term dates for future years in all Hampshire Schools can be found on their website Hampshire Term Dates and copies of those currently available for 2018-19 can also be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
The majority of our pupils live within easy walking distance of the school. Children and their parents are encouraged to walk or cycle to school and we have a large cycle and scooter shelter on our playground for their use.
Those parents who drive to school are encouraged to park at the Wickham Centre in Mill Lane. Large car parks are available both infront of and behind the community centre and a safe footpath leads directly from the car park to our school gate.
All families who live in Knowle Village are eligible for travel assistance. This is provided by the Local Authority and can take a variety of forms including:
- Free bus pass for use on a public service
(This option is currently provided and is used by a number of families as paying parents can also use the service)
- Dedicated school bus
(This option is currently provided and takes the form of a minibus, used solely by our school children, providing a private service between our school and Knowle)
- Parental petrol allowance
(This option is currently provided where special circumstances apply)
Parents are responsible for their child's attendance at school whether or not transport is provided.
All enquiries concerning eligibility for travel assistance should be made to the County Passenger Transport Group Tel: - 01962 845631.
Parents bringing children to school are requested not to drive into the school grounds as the footpath, used both by school children and families using the Pre-School and Children's Centre, crosses the driveway.
Please note that there is a parking restriction in Buddens Road at the school entrance. For reasons of safety this area should be kept clear at all times and may not be used for dropping off, waiting or parking. Vehicles in this area can cause obstruction and present a hazard for children crossing the road so we ask all drivers to adhere to the Highway Code regulations for the safety and security of all our children.
The Swanmore Pyramid of Schools have an agreed policy for the approval of absence from school which conforms with legal guidance from the Department for Education. The leaflet which you can download from the bottom of this page reinforces the message that “Every day counts” and we hope parents will support us in ensuring every child arrives at school promptly and that any absence is kept to a minimum.
If your child is ill, please notify the school on a daily basis by 10am. We have a dedicated answer machine for absences on 01329 833065.
An application form to request an absence due to exceptional circumstances can also be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM
Parents can now pay with a credit/debit card for school dinners, educational visits, residentials and music tuition online via our school website. You can still pay by cash or cheque but the online system gives you a more convenient flexible way to pay. By making online payments you know that your money has reached the school safely, you can view your account statement and history and check when payments need to be made.
To register to use Tucasi for the first time you will need your child’s unique registration code which has been sent home to every parent. If you would like another copy of your code or any other help using the system, please contact our Admin staff who will be pleased to help.
PARENT MAIL REQUEST
ParentMail is an environmentally friendly, convenient and cost effective way to receive information from our school. You can register to receive our regular newsletters and other information via email and any number of email addresses can be registered to each child. Why not add parents' and grandparents' email addresses to our list?
ParentMail also enables us to send emergency text messages to parents who have registered their mobile number with us. However we are only able to send messages to one mobile phone number per family so please let us know which number is best to use.
Please contact our Admin staff to create or edit your ParentMail details.