Parents/carers handbook

Payment On Line

We offer a facility for parents to make payments online for school meals, trips, clubs, uniform and fundraising activities organised by the school. This is a secure service provided by ParentPay Ltd to thousands of schools across the country and avoids long queues at the school. More details can be found at this link:ParentPay information. If you are not sure how much to pay, please request advice from the school using the contact service at the bottom of this site’s home page.

Ofsted information

All schools are inspected by Ofsted and copies of their reports are available on-line as follows:

Meaning of Collective Worship

According to legislation, all schools in England must provide a daily act of collective worship. This must reflect the traditions of this country which are, in the main, broadly Christian and represent something ‘Special’ or ‘Separate’ from ordinary school activities. As part of our collective worship in addition to Christmas and Easter, we celebrate other festivals such as;

  • Diwali
  • Eid
  • Hanukkah

Themes and festivals are systematically selected from the 6 major religions as set out in the Lewisham’s Agreed syllabus for Religious Education, click this link for more information .

Exercise of Right of Withdrawal

Parents have a right to withdraw their child/ren from collective worship.

The parental right to withdraw a child from attending collective worship should be freely exercisable and the school must give effect to any such request.

If, however, both parent and school agree that the pupil should be allowed to remain physically present during the collective worship but not take part in it, nothing in the law prevents this.

To avoid misunderstanding, the school will clarify with any parent wanting to exercise the right of withdrawal:

  • the elements of worship to which the parent objects; and
  • the practical implications of withdrawal.

Reading

Recommended reading lists are attached to the “classes” pages of this web site. These contain a range of books for different abilities. Books are not easily categorised by age, but by a child’s personal interests and ability to read. Therefore you will notice that some books may appear on more than one year group list.

The lists are to help you be aware of the variety of good books out there, however it is more important that the child is able to read and enjoy their book. I would also recommend looking at reading lists for the years above or below your child’s year group, especially if they are a strong reader or find reading difficult.

Please also look at:

School hours

Reception Year (25 hours a week)

  • 9.00am - 12.00noon
  • 1.15pm - 3.10pm

Years 1 & 2 (26 ¼ hours a week)

  • 9.00am – 12.00 noon
  • 1.00am – 3.15

Years 3 - 6 (26 ¼ hours a week)

  • 9.00am - 12.30 noon
  • 1.30pm - 3.15pm

Nursery (15 hours a week)

  • Mon & Tues 9.00am – 3.15pm

    Wed Morning 9.00am – 12.00am

OR

  • Wed Afternoon 12.15pm – 3.15pm

    Thurs & Fri 9.00am – 3.15pm

To and from school

The care and safety of children on the way to and from school is the responsibility of parents/carers. Infants should always be in the care of a responsible person when travelling to and from school. Class teachers will wish to know what arrangements you have made and any changes occurring.

If you are unavoidably delayed from meeting your child, try to contact the school. This saves worry by the child and the teacher. Children who have not been collected may be placed in the care of Social Services after 4.00pm.

In the morning, children should arrive in the playground between 8.45am and 8.55am and wait in the playground until the bell rings. In wet weather children can wait in/under the entrance porches.

There is no supervision before 8.45am.

The car park is for the use of staff and official vehicles only. We ask that parents and carers park/wait, away from school, clear of the yellow zigzag lines and away from residential driveways. Parked vehicles are a hazard to children entering or leaving the site.

Parents and children must not use the car park as an entrance or exit due to danger from moving cars and lorries.

Jewellery,Valuables and Nail Varnish / Decorations

Jewellery is not appropriate for Health & Safety reasons and should not be worn for school, unless for religious reasons. Small stud earrings can be worn, but children need to remove them for PE. The school does not accept any responsibility for damaged or lost jewellery. Children may wear a watch but the school similarly does not accept any responsibility for damage or loss.

No valuable items should be brought into school and if items related to school topics are required a member of staff must be notified immediately so that they can discuss how to keep things safe. Any mobile phones must be presented to the class teacher first thing in the morning and they will be kept safe until the end of the school day.

Nail varnish and nail decorations are not to be worn at school. Please ensure that all nail varnish is removed before coming to school.

Positive Parenting Programmes

“PPP” programmes for parents/carers who need support to manage their child’s behaviour are available at Torridon and Bellingham Children’s Centres. For more details ring 020 8695 6948 or email lewisham.secure@pre-school.org.uk

Procedures for complaints

Rushey Green School has adopted Lewisham Education’s complaints procedure.

If you wish to make a complaint on any matter to do with the school, it is advisable to discuss the matter with the Class Teacher first. Follow this link for details..of who is responsible for each class / subject area. If the matter is unresolved, please make an appointment with the Headteacher to see if it can be quickly resolved at an informal level.

If you are still dissatisfied, you can contact the Chair of Governors, c/o the school or c/o Lewisham Education, regarding your complaint.

If you need any advice on this procedure please contact: Lewisham Complaints Officer, Lewisham Education. (Telephone - 020 8314 6224).