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Adults play a vital role in the life of the school, which is highly valued by the teachers. You will be required to complete an Application Form and DBS check, and can assist in school when this has cleared.
Please enquire at the School Office.
We have a Volunteer Application Form, and Volunteer Handbook. You may also be asked to read other Policies.
Allocation of places are handled by the Local Education Authority. See the LA website for further details: www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline.
The school has a policy of admitting rising fives in line with Devon’s regulations. Children begin their induction into school in September. Priority is given to children living in the school’s designated catchment area and those with a sibling who will be attending the school at the time of admission.
Starting school is one of the most important times of a child’s life and we aim to make this time as happy and as secure as possible. We therefore ease and support the transition from pre-school to school through a planned programme of entry. In addition to this, 'New Parents' meetings are held, during which the teachers explain the content and scope of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Our Breakfast Club runs daily from 7.30am until 8.40am. The club is excellent value for money at £3.20 per session including a healthy breakfast for children who arrive before 8.00am. Allergen information is available on the link above.
The Breakfast Club is very popular and numbers are limited. Booking is made via your ParentPay account and must be made two clear days in advance. Fees are non-refundable.
Children being dropped off for breakfast club can use the side gate to access the Hall. Please note that for security reasons this gate will be locked after 8.15am so any arrivals after this time will be via the school reception. Please advise the Breakfast Club Leader if your arrival will be after 8.15am.
It is vital that we have up-to-date contact details for the parents/carers of all children, in case of illness, accident or emergency during the school day. Please ensure that the School Office is advised of any change in contact details, including home address or mobile phone number. You can find a link to an contacts update form on the right hand side of this page.
We also encourage you to make sure the school is kept informed of any changes that might affect your child’s attitudes and behaviour in school, such as family bereavement.
A charge will be made for residential activities as permitted under legislation. Where parents are in receipt of Income Support, it may be possible to remit charges for aspects of residential activities. Please make any application for remission to the Headteacher.
Where parents/guardians are asked to make voluntary contributions, trips or events may not be able to take place if there are insufficient contributions. The total cost of Educational Trips and Visits is calculated then divided by the number of children taking part. Our trip information will be on ParentPay and we ask parents to make the payment using their account.
For school activities which require the purchase of materials where the finished article is to be taken home, a voluntary contribution may be requested after consultation with the Headteacher. It will be for the Headteacher to decide if any activity can or cannot take place if insufficient voluntary contributions are received for any particular event.
Parents may be asked to pay for breakages/damage casued as a result of their child’s behaviour. This will be dealt with by the Headteacher.
Did you know that WRPSchool operates a collection point for the Exmouth Community Larder?
This was instigated by one of our pupils who visited the organisation and was so impressed by the work they do that she wrote a letter to the School Council asking if they could help.
Mr Scudder, who leads the School Council, now oversees the collections. There is a box in the main entrance outside the hall doors, which is collected weekly by the volunteers at the Community Larder.
We also made donations following our Harvest Festival this year.
Thank you for your support.
The Exmouth Larder is a store of non-perishable food to help local individuals and families experiencing a food crisis, who have no food, and no money to buy food. You can find a list of products they collect on their website. Click here.
Cool Milk is the UK’s leading school milk supplier, working in partnership with local authorities to supply free and subsidised school milk to children in pre-schools, nurseries and primary schools.
If you would like your child to have milk at school, you can register and select the days you would like them to have this. Please visit the cool milk website for more information and to register.
The Education Inclusion Service provides a statutory, but impartial service for parents and carers, school governors, headteachers, school staff and other agencies about inclusion, reintegration and exclusion. Please see this link for more information: http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/learningschools/attendance/inclusion.htm
Homework is an important factor in the educational development of our students.
Homework contributes to the curriculum by:
Homework contributes to outstanding learning when:
Click here for the Foundation/Key Stage 1 Spellings and Topic Webs page
Click here for the Key Stage 2 Homework and Spellings page
Other home-learning resources:
Our Phonics Programme 'Letters and Sounds' aims to build children's speaking and listening skills.
Home Connect / Accelerated Reader. Log in to check your child's reading progress at home.
Children will be assigned login details (sent home by letter) which they can also use to log in to take a quiz and find their next book, via a separate link on the 'Child' tab on this website.
Providing a link between school and home, with access available for parents to review your child’s progress.
For fun, engaging activities that help reinforce in-school learning. We subscribe to the Literacy and Numeracy modules.
Our series of articles aimed at parents gives advice on how you can help your child in positive ways and how to support them in their education: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Parents/
If you need help with accounts and login details please ask your class teacher.
We can return lost property to children as long as it has a name in.
Please name everything!
You can use permanent laundry markers, or name tapes and labels. Don't forget to name shoes, outdoor coats, gloves, trainers etc. Delicate items such as glasses will be handed into the school office.
Clothing which is not labelled will be put into the lost property box, and if it remains unclaimed, will be sold at one of the PTFA pre-loved uniform sales.
LEA guidelines on Medicines in school are as follows:
There are bound to be some exceptions to the above and each case will have to be judged on its merits, but may it be stated that in the case of short term illnesses, children must only return to school when completely fit. These regulations form part of the County Policy on Medicines in School. Please also see our Supporting Children with Medical Conditions Policy on the Policies page.
Please inform the School Office by 9.20 a.m. on the first day of absence with a courtesy note to the Class Teacher on your child’s return. Where your child has been unwell during the night, please keep him/her at home for at least 24 hours afterwards; any child who is not well is better off at home rather than trying to cope with schoolwork. If in doubt about your child’s fitness, please do not send them to school as this creates problems in providing adequate care on the school premises. In the event of sickness/upset tummy, a 48 hour period of absence is required.
In order to ensure the smooth running of the school, it would be greatly appreciated if parents could co-operate on various points:
In the 2016/17 Academic Year Withycombe Raleigh School supports 6 children with a Statement or Education, Health and Care Plan and 140 children identified as needing additional support.
We are a very inclusive school which values the individual and the ability of each child. We have extensive intervention to support learning and strong links with multi-agency services to support special needs. We have 2 named Educational Psychologists who regularly visit school to support children with their learning and emotional development.
Some of our children require a personalised alternative curriculum and this can include life skills and visits to the community to increase confidence and participation. It is our aim that all children progress academically against their targets whether these are individual or group based and effective monitoring ensures that these are regularly updated. We have strong links with specialist educational services and promote and reward achievement for all our children.
More about our SENCO here. Any queries please talk to our SENCO, Mrs Hollingsworth and/or our Assistant Headteacher Miss Lee and Deputy Headteacher Mrs Jones.
Link to Devon County Council's Education & Families "Support available in schools and settings" pages, explaining how parents gain access to help in Devon.
We have two libraries at Withycombe Raleigh.
Our Key Stage 1/Foundation Library, and our Key Stage 2 Library.
You can download an iMLS app so you can:-
Morning school 8.50 am - 12.10 pm.
Afternoon school 1.10 pm - 3.15 pm.
Children are supervised on the school premises from 8.40 am, unless they are booked into breakfast club.
The School bell is rung so children can be in their classroom for registration to commence at 8.50 am.
We encourage children to be punctual ensuring lessons can begin promptly at 8.55 am.
Most children normally transfer at 11+ to Exmouth Community College at the beginning of the Autumn Term, having reached their eleventh birthday by 31st August. Applications are encouraged online and must be made within a designated timeframe.
Should you have plans to send your child to an alternative secondary school, it would be helpful if you could inform the Headteacher.
Free Information sessions for Parents.
Each Friday we hold free sessions for parents, teachers, teaching assistants, carers and childminders in the community room. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other parents and carers and discuss relevant topics in an informal environment. To book a place please phone 01395-263397 ext 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Self help tools from the Virgin Care/Devon County Council Devon Integrated Children’s Services can be found here:
FREE 10 week course available for parents and carers: Understanding Your Child: The Solihull Approach. Come along on 15th January for an informal chat, coffee and cake, to find out what the course is about. There is no obligation to sign-up!
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