Information for parents & Guardians
Hello Parents & Guardians!
This section of our site is especially for the parents and guardians of pupils currently attending Shield Row Primary School.
Here you'll find a range of key information and downloads, from term times to uniforms.
If you have any questions or want further information, please contact us.
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After school clubs
We offer a range of free clubs after school.
Overseen by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff the clubs cover:
specific skills such as sign language.
All clubs run until 4:30pm.
If you require a later collection time, your child can access our Recharge club until 6pm. Recharge costs just £6 per session. See our clubs page for more information.
TERM DATES 2021 / 2022
Autumn Term 2021
Thursday 2nd September 2021 to Friday 22nd October 2021
Monday 1st November 2021 to Friday 17th December 2021
School will be closed on Friday 3rd December for teacher training.
Spring Term 2022
Tuesday 4th January 2022 to Friday 18th February 2022
Monday 28th February 2022 to Friday 8th April 2022
School will be closed on Friday 25th March for teacher training.
Tuesday 26th April 2022 to Friday 27th May 2022
Monday 6th June 2022 to Thursday 21st July 2022
School will be closed on Monday 2nd May 2022 for May Day
School will be closed on June 24th for teacher training
TERM DATES 2020 / 2021
Autumn Term 2020
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 to Friday 23rd October 2020
Monday 2nd November 2020 to Friday 18th December 2020
Please note school will be closed Friday 27th November 2020
Spring Term 2021
Tuesday 5th January 2021 to Friday 12th February 2021
Monday 22nd February 2021 to Friday 26th March
Please note school will be closed Friday 12th March 2021
Monday 12th April 2021 to Friday 28th May 2021
Monday 7th June 2021 to Tuesday 20th July 2021
Please note school will be closed on May Day Monday 3rd May 2021 and Friday 25th June 2021
The aim of our yearly planners is to give you an overview of as many upcoming events as we can, so you can make any necessary arrangements in advance.
Use the links below to download the planners.
UPDATE: Please note, due to the constantly changing guidance that school is working under due to COVID-19, the 2020/21 planner dates have been unable to be adhered to. Any upcoming events will be shared with parents/ carers via ParentMail.
We believe that a uniform is helpful in establishing good standards of appearance in school and that it helps our children to develop a sense of identity, pride and community.
We have a PE uniform, as children as asked to come to school in their PE kits on their PE day.
We ask that all clothing items are clearly marked with your child's name to ensure that they can be returned to you if they are mislaid.
Children are not permitted to wear makeup or nail varnish at school.
You can order school uniforms directly from our provider Border Embroideries by clicking here.
Download our school uniform guide here.
Attendance & Punctuality
There is an overwhelming connection between those pupils who are frequently absent from school and those who go on to underachieve.
Full attendance is therefore vital for your child’s educational progress and they are expected to attend for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence.
If absence is unavoidable, please ring the school office on the first day of absence by 9:30am, alternatively you can log their absence on Parent Mail.
If either the above steps have not been taken then a letter of explanation must be provided when your child returns to school. If a letter is not received the absence will be recorded as “unauthorised”.
In the event that your child has had symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, they should not be sent school until at least 24 hours after the last bout. The same procedure should be followed if your child is sent home from school for vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
If your child needs to leave school during school time for an appointment, a note must be sent beforehand. No child will be allowed to leave school during the school day unaccompanied.
School doors open at 8.45am and class registration is closed at 9.05am.
Please ensure that your child arrives at school on time.
Any child arriving later than 9am should enter school via the main entrance and report to the school office.
For more information download our
Leave of Absence During Term Time
Parents are strongly urged to avoid taking leave during term time. Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school. No requests for holidays will be authorised during term time.
In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to request leave of absence. All such cases should be applied for in writing on the schools Application For Request For Leave Of Absence During Term Time Form.
Parents should request leave of absence in advance and all requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence using the form.
Forms can be picked up from the school office or downloaded here.
Food in School
Children are welcome to choose between a packed lunch or a school meal for lunch.
All children in Reception and Years 1-2 are eligible for free school meals. From year 3 upwards children whose families meet the criteria are entitled to free school meals.
School meals are priced at £2.10 per day and children order their lunch choice every morning at registration.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for. We operate a zero nuts policy.
All children in school are provided with a water bottle and actively encouraged to drink water throughout the day.
Under the Fruit in School scheme, children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 will receive a piece of fruit each day free of charge.
Years 1-6 can purchase a fruit juice, yogurt or piece of fruit at morning break for 30p.
Sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks and energy drinks cannot be brought into school.
We use Parent Mail to send out letters, text messages and information to the parents and guardians of children at Shield Row Primary School.
It is important that you register for this service so that we can communicate with you in a timely manner
You will have received a registration email sent to your email account which the school has on file. Please use this email to verify your child's Parent Mail account
If you have not received the registration email, please get in touch to advise us of your current email address. You can do this via our contact form, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 01207 239 661.
For further help, support and information about Parent Mail, visit the Parent Mail website at www.parentmail.co.uk/support/parent-support
At Shield Row Primary School we use Seesaw to develop our home-school partnership and allow parents to communicate easily with their child's class teacher. There are two apps available to access SeeSaw - Seesaw Classroom and Seesaw Parent and Family - both have different purposes.
SeeSaw Classroom is an app to link home and school by establishing on online journal for your child. It can be used to share children’s school work with parents at home. More recently, it can be used to share home learning with your child’s teacher.
You can upload pictures, videos, PDF documents and notes. The app enables you to add captions and voice notes to work. As teachers, we can set assignments for your child to view and give feedback on work that has been submitted.
Seesaw Parent and Family is used for parents to view a child’s journal. If you have more than one child at Shield Row Primary, then you can view all your children's journals.
Through the Family app you can message your child’s teacher (once they have messaged you and established the contact chain) and comment on the journal entries. Once you have logged into this app, it will stay logged in. This app will not notify you of any assignments that have been set by teachers. When a teacher sends an announcement, you will receive an email notification sent to the account that you have used to link to SeeSaw.
When your child starts at Shield Row, you will be given a unique code to allow you to sign up!
We operate a cashless system in school, using ParentPay for all payments into school. When your child starts at Shield Row you will receive account activation details to allow you to set yourself up on Parent Pay.
Once you have your account details you can log in online at parentpay.com.
If you would like to use ParentPay on your smartphone, just bookmark the login page to your home screen for easy access.
ParentPay has been designed from the ground up to work great on tablets and phones as well as desktop computers.
Don’t worry about compatibility either. The vast majority of Android and IOS devices are able to run ParentPay.
COVID-19 info and contingency plan
Since school's re-opened in September 2020, we have followed the guidance set out by the Dfe and the Local Authority to ensure robust risk assessments and safety measures are in place. These risk assessments are reviewed regularly and updated in line with changes to government guidance. Please find our latest over-arching risk assessment here.
To prepare for partial or full school closure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all schools have been asked to create a remote learning plan. Read ours here.