Welcome to Mersham Primary School
You will find further information on this website and in the school prospectus. If you have any queries, please do contact the school office.
Mersham School provides a secure environment, which helps children to develop a positive self-image, independence, self-confidence and a concern for others.
We work in partnership with parents to ensure that each child’s particular needs are recognised and that starting school becomes a positive, pleasant experience.
If you are at all concerned about your child's progress or any other aspect of school life, please do not hesitate to come and talk to us about it. We do hold parents' consultation evenings each term, but we are more than willing to discuss any problems before or after school or at lunchtime. If you require a longer meeting then it is advisable to make an appointment through the school office to ensure that we are able to give you and your child the time that you need.
Classes R 9.00am - 3.05pm
Classes 1 and 2 9.00am – 3.10pm
Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 9.00am - 3.15pm
School begins at 9.00am and the children are supervised from 8.50am either in the playground or, in the event of bad weather, in their classroom. The security gate is not opened until 8.30am each morning.
The school day, for Classes R ends at 3:05 and for Classes 1 and 2 at 3.10pm. The children are collected from the gate By Class R. The school day for Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 ends at 3.15pm, and they are collected from the playground. The security gate is opened at 3pm each afternoon. Please let us know if your child is to go home with a different adult.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Please ensure that if your child arrives after registration or is taken out during the school day that he/she is signed in or out of school. This information is required to safeguard the children generally and particularly in the event of a fire or an emergency. The files are located in the school office.
MEDICAL & DENTAL APPOINTMENTS
Although we appreciate, that this is sometimes unavoidable, please, where possible, try to make appointments outside of school hours and during holidays, especially for routine check-ups.
Parents are able to park in Church Road or the Mountbatten Hall car park at the beginning and end of the school day.
Any parents who feel that they may be entitled to transport for their child to get to school should make enquiries to the Area Education Office.
Most children in school wear our uniform of a green sweatshirt with a red badge, white shirts, and grey skirts or trousers and black flat shoes. During the summer the girls may wish to wear red or green gingham dresses, sandals may also be worn. Although it is not compulsory, parents are encouraged to provide their children with a standard school uniform wherever possible. Parents wishing their children to wear alternative clothing must apply in writing to the Headteacher.
The school policy currently promotes the wearing of black, flat footwear, with a preference for black shoes, which are usually water resistant, more durable and can be easily cleaned.
Fleeces, sweatshirts, tee shirts, book bags and PE bags may be purchased online.
It would be appreciated if all the children's school clothing could be clearly marked with their names. A selection of anonymous sweatshirts at the end of a PE lesson causes considerable problems!
It would also be helpful if all children could be provided with an old shirt or apron to be used for painting, clay work etc.
Book bags, designed to protect and keep reading books clean, are available from the school.
PE & GAMES LESSONS
Your child will need a PE kit consisting of:
A green or white tee-shirt, black shorts and black plimsolls (not trainers). During cold weather children may wear a tracksuit or school sweatshirt for outside games. In order to assist with organisation and to ensure your child can take part in physical activities we recommend that their PE kit should be clearly labelled, kept in a separate bag - a drawstring bag is best as our hanging space is so limited - and be available at all times during the week. We also recommend that the children’s PE clothing is washed weekly, over the weekend, and returned to school on a Monday morning. For health and safety reasons tights or leggings may not be worn. If your daughter wears tights to school in winter then a pair of socks will be required for PE.
Gymnastics and dance are normally performed in bare feet in the hall unless there are medical reasons.
Swimming lessons take place in the Spring Terms 1 and 2 for Key Stage 2 pupils (Juniors).
School meals are cooked on the premises and a limited choice is available each day. The week's menus are displayed in the main entrance lobby. We use Caterlink as our provider.
Please see school dinners tab for more information.
SCHOOL FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SCHEME
The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme is a Government programme that entitles every child aged four to six in LEA-maintained schools to a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. The aim of the scheme is to increase fruit and vegetable consumption to help protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers. The scheme means that children receive additional fruit and it is not a replacement for the fruit normally brought to school as part of their lunch or break time snack. Children are offered just one type of fruit or vegetable per day, at morning break time, this helps ensure that the children are introduced to a range of different fruits and vegetables rather than picking the same one each day.
If you wish your child to receive a carton of milk at morning break, please register on the Cool Milk website - www.coolmilk.com, automated telephone line – 0800 321 3248, or complete the form included in the New Entrants Packand return it direct to the company, Cool Milk at School Ltd. The milk is available free of charge to children under 5 years of age and will stop the Friday before their 5 th birthday. A letter will be sent offering the option to continue on the parent payment scheme. For those children over 5 years of age the milk is currently 22p per day for a 189ml carton. A fridge is supplied by the company and a local dairy delivers the milk to school.
JEWELLERY IN SCHOOL
We strongly recommend that children do not wear jewellery to school. It is all too likely for treasured belongings to become lost or damaged, and we regret that we cannot take responsibility for them, or undertake to look for them during valuable teaching time.
The wearing of dangling earrings is strictly forbidden due to the high risk of personal injury. Small studs may be worn at the child's own risk, but we do ask that they are left at home on the days when the children have PE or swimming. If necessary we reserve the right to put tape over the ears of children wearing earrings for PE lessons to ensure that they do not scratch other children.
Children with long hair must wear their hair suitably fastened back for schoolwork and PE.
TOYS IN SCHOOL
We discourage children from bringing toys to school as they too may be lost or damaged. We do appreciate, however, that children starting school may wish to bring a loved teddy for a while, but please, no expensive or battery-controlled toys. They will have the chance to bring toys/special things in for ‘Show and Tell’ one day a week.
ILLNESS AND ABSENCE
We are required by law to keep a full record of all absences and the reasons for them, so please notify us either in writing, by telephone, or in person as soon as possible. Please do the same if your child has a dental or medical appointment in school time.
If your child becomes ill during school time we will get in touch with you and ask you to take him/her home. It is very important that we have up-to-date 'phone numbers both for your home and work-place and for a back-up in an emergency if we are unable to contact you.
Requests for the school to administer medication - see separate sheet.
In the case of minor injuries, we use only water and plasters in accordance with the county guidelines.
MEDICAL AND DENTAL INFORMATION
Health Assessment Screening for the Reception pupils will be undertaken during their first year at school, normally during the summer terms. This screening, undertaken by the School Nursing Service, takes the form of weight and height measurement, sight and hearing tests. Parents are given prior notice of the screening and are asked to complete a form, detailing medical history, in advance of the screening. Children in Year 6 are also weighed and measured during their final year at primary school.
The school dentist visits annually to screen particular year groups, and again parents are informed prior to his visit and his recommendations. Please inform the school office if you do not wish your child to be seen by the school dentist.