WELCOME

Welcome to the website of Wickham Church of England Primary School; a window on life and learning at our school.

Wickham Primary School is a very special place, with its own unique sense of community and I am very proud to be the headteacher. Each child is valued as an individual and their talents and strengths are recognised, celebrated and developed further. Learning opportunities here are rich and exciting with children given every opportunity to be the best that they can be.

Wickham is a warm, happy and caring school community built on our core Christian values of Love, Courage and Respect and our children are rightfully very proud of their school.

You are very welcome to pay us a visit if you'd like to find out more. We are offering 'Covid-Secure' tours for parents considering us for Year R in September 2021. Further details can be found by clicking here and a short presentation, which gives you a taste of our school, is available in the Parent Portal section of our website. We can also offer you a personalised tour during the school day so please do get in touch - the staff and children would be delighted tell you more about life and learning at Wickham Primary School.

Graham Cutter

Headteacher

Prospective Parents Information

Hampshire guidance on starting school

Guide to the school menu

Invitation to new parents

Wickham CoE Primary School 20 307

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.

UNIFORM INFORMATION

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
  • purple 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

PE Kit

Every child needs a small drawstring bag to hang on their peg. This should contain:

  • white T-shirt
  • navy blue or black shorts
  • trainers/plimsolls

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.

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.

HC3S

Hampshire County Council Catering Service - HC3S is the largest provider of school meals in Hampshire. They supply hot and cold nutritional meals to 445 primary schools across the county and their staff provide an excellent service at our school.

Each day our children can choose from a meat/fish or vegetarian hot meal.

The menu is changed after Easter and October half term every year and is nut free. Click the link below to go to the hc3s primary school menu and you can even follow their page on Facebook to get updates: https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hc3s/primaryschools/menu

The school operates a No Debt Policy for school meals. Therefore, payment for school meals must be made in advance. The current meal price is £2.40 and parents can pay for school meals on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Dinner money can be paid in cash or by cheque, sent into school in an envelope labelled with the child/ren’s name/s. Alternatively parents can pay for school dinners using our online payment facility which can be accessed from the quick link on our website home page.

Free School Meals

Universal free school meals are available to all children in Years R, 1 and 2. In addition children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits can apply for Free School Meals:

  •  Income Support
  •  Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
  •  Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  •  Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  •  the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  •  Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

There is a new online service, which enables you to check your own eligibility for free school meals, or you can check on behalf of someone else. To complete a check you will need the following information for yourself, or the person you are checking on behalf of:

  •  Name, home address and email address
  •  National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number
  •  Child's name, date of birth and school

To use the online checking service, or to find out more about Free School Meals from the HC3S website, click here – https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/hants

TERM DATES

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. 

Our 2020-21 INSET days are: 4th January 2021, 22nd February 2021, 1st April 2021, 18th June 2021 and 21st June 2021.

Information about our current term dates and for future years in all Hampshire Schools can be found on their website Hampshire Term Dates 

SCHOOL TRAVEL

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.

ATTENDANCE

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.

Wickham Church of England Primary School, Buddens Road, Wickham Fareham, Hampshire PO17 5HU

01329 833065

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