Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN I TALK TO IF I HAVE A QUERY?
Of course, your first port of call should be your child's class teacher if your question/query is in respect of your child. If you are not satisfied with the response you can speak to the Headteacher; Mrs. Hamilton. At present the parent governors are Helen Giles and Andrew Robson. Mrs. Bell in the school office is always available for general enquiries and Mrs. Torkington the School's Business Manager is also available to help with your questions and queries. The Chair of governors is Martin Bourke.
WHAT TIME CAN I DROP MY CHILD OFF IN THE MORNING?
Breakfast club opens from 7.45 am
Children in Reception to Year 6 can be dropped off from 8.45 am in the school playground where a teacher will be on duty. The school bell for start of school rings at 8.55 where children line up in their respective classes and are met by their class teacher.
WHAT PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT THE SCHOOL?
The school/church does have a small car park that is used by staff and people going to Mass. Parents should not use this car park to drop off and pick up their children. However we do have an arrangement for parents to use the car park on Fletcher Street (Facing Stockport Village Nursery) for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon free of charge. Permits can be collected from the school office.
WHAT IF WE ARE LATE TO SCHOOL?
The usual entrance to school is via the gate beside the school office. This is locked at 9.05 am. After this time you should enter school via the school office where your child will receive their mark in the register.
DOES SCHOOL HAVE A BREAKFAST/AFTER SCHOOL CLUB?
St. Joseph's Before and After School Club is situated in the main school building and is managed by the Mrs. Wilkins. It is open every day. Details of times etc can be sought from them on 0161 480 5029.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I COLLECT MY CHILD AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY?
School finishes at 3.15pm. The gate beside the school office opens at.3.05 pm where parents/carers can wait in the playground for their children.
CAN MY CHILD WALK HOME WITHOUT AN ADULT?
Yes, as a parent/carer that is your decision. However it is on the understanding that they are of an appropriate age to walk home alone or with other children and also that you have notified school that this is the case. Please notify your child's teacher or the school office if you want you child to walk home alone.
CAN MY CHILD BRING A MOBILE PHONE INTO SCHOOL?
Mobile phones are not permitted in school at any time. The single exception to this rule is for those children who walk home without an adult. There are rules in place in relation to having a mobile phone in school for this single purpose and parents/carers of those children must read and sign an agreement. Please ask at the school office. Phones are kept in the Headteacher's office during the school day.
DOES THE SCHOOL RUN ANY EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
Yes this information will be posted on the CLUBS part of our website. Parents/carers need to complete a permission slip in order for their child to take part.
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING A SNACK FOR BREAK TIME?
Children in EYFS and KS1 receive a fruit snack every day free of charge.
Key Stage 2 children (years 3 to 6) are asked to bring a healthy snack from home from breaktime i.e. a piece of fruit.
CAN MY CHILD HAVE A SCHOOL DINNER?
All Reception and Key Stage One children are entitled to a free school dinner - Universal Free School Meals introduced by the government last year. Key Stage Two children can have a hot dinner at a cost of £12.00 per week payable in advance on the Parentpay app.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THINGS LIKE DINNER MONEY ETC?
Through the Parentpay app. All new parents will be given login details and instructions of how to use this cashless system.
WHAT IS PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING?
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of pupils from lower income families and to close the gap in achievement between them and their peers; Traditionally Pupil Premium funding has been received where a child is or has been in receipt of Free School Meals in the past six years. However Looked After Children and children of those in the services are elegible to receive Pupil Premium.
WILL MY CHILD RECEIVE HOMEWORK?
Yes, all children will receive homework. This will be set by their class teacher.
WHEN DOES MY CHILD DO PE?
All children do PE at least once per week. Please ask you child's teacher for their PE timetable.
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL UNIFORM AND WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
Green and Gold Jumper/cardigan
PE Kit - Navy shorts and a white T-shirt.
Optional - school fleece coat / waterproof coat
The uniform can be purchased from Monkhouse which is situated at 217 Chestergate Stockport. SK5 OAN
WHEN IS THE SCHOOL OFFICE OPEN?
From 8.45 am every day until 4.30 pm
HOW WILL I BE TOLD IF SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR ANY REASON I.E. BAD WEATHER?
We try to ensure that school remains open throughout the acaedemic year. Unfortunately there may be occasions where it is unsafe for the children to be in school e.g. snow, building issues and therefore school would have to be closed.
Should this happen we would telephone all parents/carers and display information on the school website. In addition if the school needs to close early the same method of notification would be used.
In bad weather wherever possible we follow the advice and guidelines of the local authority.
WHAT IF I NEED TO TAKE MY CHILD OUT OF SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY?
Please send a note in to say that you are taking your child out of school during the school day and why. All children must be signed out of school before they are taken. If they are returned to school this should be via the school office where they will be signed back in.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD IS TOO SICK TO GO TO SCHOOL?
Please telephone school at your earlist opportunity but before 9.30 am.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ON MEDICATION, CAN SCHOOL GIVE THIS TO THEM?
School will give your child prescribed medicine should they require this on a short term basis as long as it is a "four times per day" dosage. Parents/carers will need to fill in a form at the school office.
WHAT IF MY CHILD BECOMES UNWELL OR HAS AN ACCIDENT AT SCHOOL?
If your child is unwell in school we will contact you on the numbers you have provided that are stored in our SIMS system. Always remember to update your contact details if you move house or get a new phone number or new work details.
If your child has an accident they will be checked by one of the school's qualified first aiders who will adminster care, where necessary we will contact you to let you know of an accident. All accidents are recorded.
CAN YOU SUPPORT MY CHILD'S MEDICAL CONDITION WITHIN SCHOOL?
If your child has a specific medical condition a care plan would be drawn up by the school nurse and if necessary staff will be trained in management of the condition. Please let the school know as early as possible if your child has specific medical needs.
WHAT ARE INSET DAYS / TEACHER TRAINING DAYS?
INSET stands for In Service Training. All schools in England have five days every year when they are closed to pupils to allow for staff training. They are an important part of staff training and development, ensuring that staff stay up to date with latest developments. Our INSET days are linked to our school development plan.
WHAT IS KS1 AND KS2?
Key Stage 1 is Years 1 and 2. This department was previously called the infants.
Key Stage 2 Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. This department was previously called the juniors.
WHAT ARE SATS?
Statutory Assessment Tasks are national tasks / tests which are used to assess children at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6). The SATs results show how the children achieved in particular tasks or tests taken on as specific day / week therefore they are a snapshot and are looked at alongside teacher assessments.
SATS are taken towards the end of Year 2 (usually during April and May) and at the end of Year 6 (a national SATs week is published annually
WHERE IS LOST PROPERTY KEPT?
In a large tub at the back of the dining hall, we also lay out all lost property on tables at the end of term. please clearly mark your chids uniforms and coats so they can easily be located.