It is really important that you keep the school informed and up to date with your correct contact details in case we need to contact you in an emergency. If you change your phone number or address please inform the office immediately.
We can only give medicine to your child if it is a long-term medicine prescribed by the doctor. (e.g. asthma pumps) or it is short term medication (e.g. antibiotics) that must be given four times a day. You must complete a medicine consent form to say the child can take it and the packaging must be clearly labelled with the chemists name, child’s name , dose and instructions for use. Forms are available from the office.
If your child is off sick please ring the office in the morning to let us know your child will not be attending that day.
If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they must be off at least 48 hours after the last episode. It is very important you do not allow your child to come back before this time because even though they may appear to be better, they can still be carrying the virus which can cause other children to catch the sickness.
Guidelines from the NHS
When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. A few simple guidelines can help.
Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence.
Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school.
Ask yourself the following questions.
Is your child well enough to do the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home.
Does your child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
Would you take a day off work if you had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.
If your child is ill, it’s likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions.
Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. This guidance can help you make that judgement.
Remember: if you’re concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.
Cough and cold.
A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP. They can give guidance on whether the child should stay off school. Get more information in Common cold.
If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn’t attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better. Learn more in Feverish illness in children.
Rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn’t attend school. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.
A child with a minor headache doesn’t usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult your GP.
Vomiting and diarrhoea.
Children with these conditions should be kept off school. They can return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear. Most cases of vomiting or diarrhoea get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP. Learn more in Rotavirus gastroenteritis.
A sore throat alone doesn’t have to keep a child from school. If it’s accompanied by a raised temperature, the child should stay at home.
Tell the school
It’s important to inform the school if your child is going to be absent. On the first day of your child’s illness, telephone the school to tell them that your child will be staying at home. The school may ask about the nature of the illness and how long you expect the absence to last.
If it becomes clear that your child will be away for longer than expected, phone the school as soon as possible to explain this. Mr Stevens monitors attendance along with Mrs Thomas in the school office and our EWO, he is more than happy to discuss any attendance issues you may be having with your child and help you find a way forward.
Once your child has enrolled you will automatically become members of our PTA, the Friends of Pot Kiln (FOPK).
The PTA includes staff and friends as well as parents and we work together to raise money for our school. The money raised goes towards school trips, theatre productions, play equip-ment, swimming for pupils and many other resources and events.
Some of the fundraising events over the year can include; sponsored walks, school discos, Christmas and summer fairs, penalty shoot outs. We meet regularly to discuss fundraising ideas and to decide where the money would be best spent. You are always welcome to join us. If you would like to know when the next meeting is or would just like further information, please contact us via the school office.
All children at Pot Kiln primary School wear school uniform. We believe that it creates an environment of equality and mutual respect, and we encourage the children to be proud of their identity as members of our community.
The children in KS1 wear:
Royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan
Gold polo shirt
Grey trousers / skirt / pinafore
Black flat shoes ( not boots)
The children in KS2 wear:
Royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan
White shirt and Pot Kiln Tie
Grey trousers / skirt
Black flat shoes ( not boots)
In the summer term, grey shorts or a blue and white checked dress may be worn.
The children need to have a suitable sunhat and suncream in school during the summer months. In the cooler months the children will need a suitable coat.
In PE children wear:
White t shirt
Royal blue or black shorts
We also ask that the children bring some spare jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt for Games lessons outside especially in the cooler months.
Children are not permitted to wear earrings of any description during PE lessons. Should you wish to have your child’s ears pierced, please do this at the beginning of the summer holidays so that they can be removed at the start of term.
Please help us by labelling all items of children’s clothing.
You can order uniform online here.
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