The School Day:
8:45am until 12:15pm Upper School
8:45am until 12:25pm Lower School
1:00pm until 3:00pm Upper School
1:10pm until 3:00pm Lower School
Morning break: 10.50am - 11.05am
Children are expected to be at school in good time for the bell at 8.45am. Please ensure that they do not arrive before 8.35am, as their supervision cannot be guaranteed before this time.
For security reasons, the gates at Bronte Close and at the end of the gulley leading to the Stratford Road, are closed between 9.15am and 2.45pm.
Pupils are not allowed to leave the school premises before 3.00pm except when permission is given by the Headteacher, or if they go home for lunch. Children may not remain on the premises after 3.00pm except when supervised by a teacher or by special permission of the Head.
Parents are requested to telephone or write to the school when permission for leaving school is required.
Shirley Heath is proud of its low rate of unauthorised absence and with your continued help we would like to improve this even further.
Due to changes in Government legislation all leave of absence requests will be unauthorised unless the circumstances are exceptional.
Any request which is received will be considered on its own merits.
Absences are very likely to be authorised for illness, an unavoidable medical appointment, a recognised religious festival, a funeral or a traumatic event.
Unauthorised absences are those where a child is absent from school without a valid reason, or if a parent is keeping a child at home without good reason. It is essential to inform school in writing, if you know in advance your child is to be away, or late to school for any reason. If your child is unwell and not able to attend school, please notify school before 10am. If you don’t do this, school will phone you to find out the reason for absence. In addition, please provide your child with an absence note on his/her return to school if the absence is for more than one day.
September 2016 - July 2017
Percentage of authorised absences: 2.4%
Percentage of unauthorised absences: 0.6%
Shirley Heath Junior School was judged by Ofsted to be an Outstanding School. Without very good attendance, this achievement is not possible. Below is what Shirley Heath believes:
Attendance = Attainment
= 19 days missed = ½ a day per week
= 29 days missed = 145 lessons
= 38 days missed = 190 lessons
Poor punctuality is unacceptable. If your child misses the start of the day they can miss work vital work. Late arriving pupils also disrupt lessons; it can be embarrassing for your child and can also encourage absence. Good time keeping is a vital life skill which will help your children as they progress through their life and out into the wider world.
School starts at 8.45am and we expect your child to be in the playground before this time ready to come into school when the whistle is blown. Registers are marked at 8.50am and your child will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time. I f your child is late they should enter the school through the main entrance; on their arrival the office staff will complete the late book asking them the reason why they are late. All pupils arriving late must register at the office for purposes of fire regulations.
At 9.15am the register will be closed. In accordance with regulations, if your child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence. This may mean that you could face the possibility of a Penalty Notice if the problem persists.
Lateness is monitored on a half termly basis and a letter will be sent to you if your child has been late twice or more each half term. If your child has a persistent late record you will be contacted by the Headteacher to try to resolve the problem, but you can approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your child to school on time.
For more information about attendance and punctuality, please see our Attendance Policy.
School meals are cooked on the premises. Meals are served in a cafeteria system and there is a choice of at least two separate menus. Payment for school meals should be made through ParentPay. You will need a User Name and Password which will be given to you by the school. The school also allows pupils to bring sandwiches.
If you are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits :
Income Support, Job Seekers’ Allowance - Income-Based (JSA(1B)), Income-Related Child Tax Credit, Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999, Income Related- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit, , free school meals may be available for your children. If you feel that one or more of your children may be entitled to free school meals please see the school secretary.
Mid Morning Break
In line with most primary schools in Solihull and Government thinking, we encourage good, healthy eating habits by operating a ‘fruit only’ system for morning break. You should send in a snack from home for your child to eat at morning break. However, we ask you to restrict this to healthy options only, e.g. fresh or dried fruit / vegetable slices.
Drinking Water in School
Research has identified the benefits of drinking water on a regular basis helps the working of the brain. Therefore the children are given the opportunity to have water available in their classrooms throughout the day. We would like you to help us by filling the drinks bottle daily with clean water. During the day, the bottle can be refilled from the filtered water dispensers that are in the corridors.
If your child needs to take prescribed medicine while in school, a medical consent form needs to be completed, handed with the labelled bottle and given with dosage instructions to the school secretary. Medicine will not be given without written permission from the parent.
Communication by Text & Email
A texting service has been set up to notify you of an urgent message, eg club cancellation, late return from a trip. Some letters are also sent as emails if we hold your email address on our system.
Complaints made by parents or others regarding the curriculum, special needs or of a general nature should be discussed initially with the Class Teacher and, if the matter is not resolved, the Headteacher should be contacted. Most complaints can be dealt with satisfactorily on this informal basis. If satisfaction is not obtained, a formal complaint can be made in writing to the Governing Body. As a last resort, a formal complaint can be made to the Local Authority.
Policy on Charging for School Activities
When trips or visits are organised the school will ask for a voluntary contribution from you to cover the cost of your child taking part. Your child will not be excluded from the trip if you are unable to pay; however the trip may have to be cancelled if there are insufficient funds.
Parents & Cars
You are asked to exercise the utmost care when delivering your child to school. In particular you are asked to refrain from bringing your car on to school premises before and after school except in an emergency, or by prior arrangement.
A gate has been installed to keep cars out of the playground during school hours. Please leave space in front of the barrier in case an emergency vehicle has to get through.
Dogs are not permitted on school premises.
Shirley Heath Kids’ Club
Shirley Heath Kids’ Club is a school run before and after school club for children who attend Shirley Heath Junior School. Due to a high demand for places, the number of children we can provide this service for has increased by 50%.
The aim of the club is to provide the best possible childcare for children between 7 and 11 in a pleasant environment, which is safe, happy and secure.
A variety of interesting and age appropriate activities will be on offer during the sessions. These might include creative activities such as painting and drawing, a variety of board games, outside games and activities, television and videos, adult-led games, puzzles and quizzes etc. Children may also use the time to do homework if appropriate. The club provides a very popular breakfast and an afternoon snack.
It is operated between 7.30am – 8.35am in the morning and between 3.00pm – 6.00pm in the evening.
White blouse or polo shirt, school logo optional
Grey skirt, pinafore dress or black or grey school type trousers
Bright red cardigan or jumper or red sweatshirt or red cardigan sweatshirt, school logo optional
Summer dress (red check or striped)
Shoes – black or brown (not boots or trainers)
Socks any one colour, but not multi-coloured
White shirt or polo shirt, school logo optional
Grey or black trousers (not jeans)
Bright red jumper or red sweatshirt, school logo optional
Shoes – black or brown (not trainers)
Socks - any one colour, but not multi-coloured
PE Boys and Girls
White top school logo optional
Black leotard (girls) optional
All uniform is available from department stores and items with logos from Early Years in Shirley.
For safety and security reasons children should not wear jewellery in school. If children have had their ears pierced during the holiday and need to keep earrings in for a few more weeks, please send a note into their teacher. Tape must be provided at home before your child leaves for school and earring must be covered at all times while at school.
Tattoos & Nail Varnish are not considered appropriate for school.
Hairstyles & Hairbands#
Hair should be appropriate for school with no extreme styling. Shirley Heath considers this to be no decorative shaving and no use of gel to spike hair upwards. For health and safety reasons, long hair needs to be tied back during the school day. Hairbands can be worn by girls but please ensure they do not have large attachments to them as this can be a health and safety hazard.
No pencil cases will be allowed as all necessary equipment will be provided by school. An overall for painting is recommended. We would like to emphasise how important it is to name all your child’s belongings, e.g. clothing, coats, bag, pumps etc. so that property mislaid can be promptly returned to the rightful owners.
Bikes & Scooters
Children are allowed to cycle to school and we recommend all children wear a safety helmet. The school cannot be held responsible for bikes and scooters whilst in school. Bikes and scooters need to be secured with a lock in the racks to ensure their safety during the day.
Mobile phones are not allowed in school unless there are exceptional circumstances – please contact the Headteacher if you fall into this category. All equipment which is brought into school is at the owner’s risk.