If a child is absent due to illness, parents should contact school on the first and each day of their child’s absence from school, before 9:30am. This can be done via ParentMail or by telephone (01283 239050, option 1 for the absence line). The reason for absence should be fully explained i.e. please give the details of the illness. School can then decide which code to enter in the register.
If an absence relates to a legal or educational matter, written details must be provided in advance in order for the absence to be recorded and a decision to be made whether the absence can be authorised. From 1st September 2013, the Department of Education made important changes to the law for families wanting to request leave of absence in term time. Holidays, extended trips to visit families abroad, day trips, visits to theme parks, birthdays and visits to the dentist (unless as an emergency) are not legitimate reasons for requesting exceptional leave of absence. The Local Authority and school governors support this; therefore students will only be given permission to take leave in term time if there are exceptional circumstances.
Planned medical appointments:
Medical appointments in school time should be avoided. This includes routine dental and medical appointments. Parents should, where possible, arrange all routine appointments to take place after school or during school holidays. If the appointment relates to ongoing medical or dental issues, parents are asked to provide proof by means of a medical appointment letter.
All requests to take children out of school, during the school day for medical appointments, should be made in writing or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the absence.
Drop off and Collection from School
At the start and end of the school day traffic flow and pedestrian activity around the school is particularly high. We recognise there will be high volumes of traffic, although we encourage children to walk, cycle or car share to school if possible. We are committed to keeping everyone safe during drop off and collection, and appreciate your co-operation with our systems.
When collecting and dropping off using a vehicle, we ask that you drive, park and turn considerately, taking care not to cause obstructions and keeping an eye out for pedestrians. Children are the responsibility of parents whilst they are in the drop off areas - before and after the school day.
Collection from class
We are require parents to complete an End of Day Procedure (EODP) form for each child. This is a procedure to further ensure the safety of all children when leaving school at the end of the school day. Class teachers will only release children once an adult listed on the EODP form has been seen. Children who usually walk home without an adult can do so only if this is indicated on the EODP form. This is also required for children who walk home with older siblings.
- All parents are asked to collect children from outside their classrooms.
- Where there are two or more children in one family, parents should go to the class of their youngest child.
For End of Day procedure forms, please find below.
Free School Meals
Did you know? - Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.
Infant free school meals in England
Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in:
- Reception class
- Year 1
- Year 2
If you think your child is eligible for Free School Meals please click below to complete the online application.
Help with Childcare Costs
Did you know that you may be able to get help with childcare costs at any OFSTED registered setting? For more information, take a look at the Government website:
Your voucher provider will require your childcare provider’s ID to be able to make payments by voucher.
Please ensure that you use the ID relevant to your voucher provider (from the following list) when setting up payment by childcare voucher to St Modwen’s Catholic Primary School.
Computer Share Voucher Services
St Modwen’s Childcare Provider ID: 0020227050
Busy Bees Childcare Vouchers
St Modwen’s Childcare Provider ID: 124326
Sodexo Childcare Vouchers
St Modwen’s Childcare Provider ID: 838191
St Modwen's Childcare Provider ID: 124326.
Edenred Childcare Vouchers
St Modwen's Childcare Provider ID: P20958101
St Modwen's is now a cashless school and we need all parents to start using ParentMail.
ParentMail can be used to;
- make online payments to pay for things like school dinners
- shop and pay for items, such as book bags and PE bags
- notify you of meetings and events
- complete and return forms, such as permission forms and surveys
- book slots for Parents' Afternoon as soon as they become available
- send you emails and text messages with important school information, keeping you as up to date as possible.
If you download the ParentMail app, you will receive instant updates and notifications from the school.