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General Information

  • Attendance

    All children on roll are expected to attend every day when school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy to do so. We believe that children need to be in school for all sessions so that they can make the most progress possible. However, we do understand that there are circumstances under which parents may legitimately request leave of absence for a child to attend. 

    If parents wish for their child to be absent from school they are requested to complete an 'Application for Leave of Absence during Term Time' form and return it to the school as soon as you are aware of the need to request absence. The decision to authorise any absence is taken by the Head teacher and will take into account the child's record of attendance.

    For further information please see the Rayne Primary and Nursery School's Attendance Policy

  • Communication

    The school uses ParentMail, a parent communication platform, for sending out correspondence/information regarding the school via email to parents and carers. ParentMail enables us to send weekly newsletters, trip letters, sports letters etc. electronically via email. If you haven't already registered for this service we recommend you do so as soon as possible - contact the school office for further information.

    ! Please remember to inform the school office of an changes to your email address and contact details.

  • Pupil Premium (Free School Meals) Eligibility

    Our funding is partly influenced by the number of families we have claiming free school meals. Even if you think your child will not want a school dinner every day or is currently in Key Stage 1 it is still worth claiming.  Parents and Guardians can check their eligibility here: LGfL Free School Meal Eligibility Checker.

    Any child receiving free school meals will be treated with complete confidentiality. Privacy Notice for FSM

    Pupil Premium leaflet: Additional funding can be claimed by the school based on the number of children registered for FSM. 

  • Late Arrival After Registration

    The school gate closes at 8.50am. The class registers are taken twice daily at 9.00am and 1.15pm for Key Stage 2 and at 9.00am and 1.00pm for Key Stage 1. If you are unable to get your child into school by these times please can you ensure that you bring them to the school office via the main entrance and sign them in to record that they are in school and also to advise what they will be having for dinner

  • Lost Property

    Lost property is located near the school office. It is cleared out regularly and all unnamed items, in good condition, are donated to charity. Parents are asked to ensure all items are clearly marked with their child's name and class to help us reunite lost property with its owners.

  • Medicines

    If your child needs medication given to them within school time can you please bring their medication to the school office and complete the Parent Consent Form for Administering Medicines so that staff can administer and record this accordingly.

  • Naming of School Uniform

    It is important that each item of your child's uniform, including their PE kit, has their name clearly marked on them. A large amount of unnamed uniform is handed into the school office on a daily basis.

  • Online Payment System

    The school has an online payment system which gives parents/carers the facility to pay for services, such as school trips, school dinners, music lessons etc., online. This is our preferred method of payment. If you haven't already registered please contact the school office for further information and your child's unique Sims Agora reference number.

  • School Closure

    In the event of school closure due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances we will do our best to notify parents and carers as soon as possible at the start of the day via ParentMail. If you are not registered for ParentMail please enquire at the school office.

    In the event that we are unable to send out a ParentMail notification, school closures are also updated on the school website.

  • Essex County Council Notification System

    Essex County Council has developed a new online notification system to keep parents up to date about unplanned closures. The system was introduced to allow parents and carers to access information about school closures faster and more effectively via the internet. All Essex schools will be able to complete a simple reporting process either on the day of the closure or the day before. A notification will then be added to a live feed on the emergency school closures page on the council's website.

  • Sickness Procedure

    If your child is unable to attend school due to ill health can you please ensure that the school office (01376 324 959) is informed by 9am every morning that your child is off sick. This will then be recorded in the register as an authorised absence

  • SIMS Parent App

    Further information on the SIMS Parent App is available from SIMS Parent Overview, SIMS Parent User Guide and SIMS Parent Usage Policy

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