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St Clement's and St John's

CofE Infant School

to inspire learning for life; to give you a future and a hope


Common Questions

Common Questions Answered


  • Do I need to buy my child books and pencils for school?

No you do not need to buy books or pencils. This is all provided by the school. We do ask however, that you buy your child a water bottle and a bookbag (on the school uniform list) and that they bring these to school each day.


  • Do I need to name label their uniform?

Yes yes yes!  Please put your child’s name in ALL their clothes. This includes coats, hats and shoes. Also please check regularly during the year that their names are still visible as sometimes labels fall out or handwritten names fade. Please also label your child's water bottle, book-bag and lunchbox if they have one. 


  • How long are they at school for each day?

The school day starts at 8.45am. The gates onto the playground are open from 8.30am. The school day finishes at 3.10pm. When your child first start in September they will initially be on a part-time timetable. More information will be given to you about this nearer the time.


  • Does my child have to go to school everyday?

Once the children are full-time the Government expectation is that children attend school for 96% of the time or more.


  • Can I come into school in the mornings and help my child settle into the classroom?

We want to develop your child’s independence and self-confidence. We ask that once the children are full-time into school that parents do not come into school or the classrooms in the mornings. Please trust that we will look after them and settle them into the classroom activities. If there was a problem, of course we would contact you. If you need to speak to the class teacher please catch them on the playground before the bell rings for the start of the day or make an appointment to meet them though the office. Teachers are also available at the end of the day if needed.


  • What happens at lunchtimes? What food will my child eat?

All children who are infant school age are entitled to ‘Universal Infant Free school meals’ (UIFSM) these are funded by the Government. We use ‘Chartwells’ as our school meal provider. Parents and Carers select and order their child’s meals online. (You will be given details about how to do this within your starting information pack). If you would prefer you can give your child a packed lunch to bring with them to school. Please use our ‘Healthy Lunchbox’ guidance to ensure your lunchbox meets school rules. (eg: No nuts). 


  • My child does not know any other children. Will they be ok?

Please do not worry. Children make friends very quickly! Our Early Years setting is planned to allow for lots of free flow opportunities so children will quickly make friends and learn to interact with others. Part of our initial transitional work is based around turn taking, communicating with each other and getting to know others. If you still have concerns after the first few weeks please just come and speak to your child’s teacher.