For academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21
Start: Wednesday 4th September 2019
Finish: Thursday 24th October 2019
Staff training days: Monday 2nd September, Tuesday 3rd September & Friday 25th October
Start: Tuesday 5th November 2019
Finish: Friday 20th December 2019
Staff training day: Monday 4th November WMAT conference
Start: Monday 6th January 2020
Finish: Friday 14th February 2020
Start: Tuesday 25th February 2020
Finish: Friday 3rd April 2020
Staff training day: Monday 24th February
Start: Monday 20th April 2020
Finish: Thursday 21st May 2020
Staff training day: Friday 22nd May
Start: Monday 1st June 2020
Finish: Friday 17th July 2020
Staff training day: Monday 20th July
A PDF document is available here if you would like to print the dates out.
Start: Thursday 3rd September 2020
Finish: Friday 23rd October 2020
Staff training days: Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Start: Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Finish: Friday 18th December 2020
Staff training day: Monday 2nd November 2020 WMAT conference
Start: Tuesday 5th January 2021
Finish: Friday 12th February 2021
Staff training day: Monday 4th January 2021
Start: Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Finish: Thursday 1st April 2021
Staff training day: Monday 22nd February 2021
Start: Monday 19th April 2021
Finish: Thursday 27th May 2021
Staff training day: Friday 28th May 2021
Start: Monday 7th June 2021
Finish: Wednesday 21st July 2021
A PDF document is available here if you would like to print the dates out.
Menu, free school meals and payment
Please have a look at the Saltford school menu here with your child when making your choices for the week ahead.
Our school kitchen has consistently achieved the top rating of 5 from the Food Standards Agency. This means the hygiene standards are very good and that they comply fully with the law.
Our school meals are provided by Zest Catering, Wellsway MAT's in-house catering service. The management team at Zest prides itself on a "fresh, healthy and tasty" ethos. They are happy to support children with food allergies or intolerancies. Please call in to the school office to discuss this. For full information on Zest's operations, please see our letter to parents here. To read about the use of processed meats in school meals, please click here.
Dinner money payment
Dinner money is £2.60 per dinner. It is Zest Catering policy for dinners to be paid in advance.
Dinner money payments should be made through the School Gateway website or app. This allows full management of your child's dinner money account. Please see the letter for full details of the School Gateway payment system and how to use it.
To read the letter we send to Year 2 when they move into Year 3 please click here.
Click here to read the letter sent to Year 6 parents during Term 6.
Free school meals
All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state funded schools in England qualify for Universal Free School Meals. If you qualify for some benefits, please register all your school aged children for free school meals, as doing so will attract significant additional funding for our school in the form of "pupil premium".
If you think you might be entitled to Free School Meals you can check the full information on the B&NES website: www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/schools-colleges-and-learning/school-meals-and-catering/free-school-meals
If you would like to register directly, you can download the Free School Meals registration form from the B&NES website, complete it and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can ask for a form from the school office.
Packed lunch guidelines
To read our guidelines for packed lunches, please click here.
Uniform guidance and ordering links
The school uniform colours are red and grey.
Please see the uniform guidelines and a useful powerpoint on our uniform guidelines for all requirements, including those for sports wear. It is essential that all items of uniform are clearly marked with your child’s name, even socks and shoes. However, lost items are placed in the lost property trunk which is in the infant corridor.
Our school uniform is available for direct ordering from Marks and Spencer, either by phone or online.
You can place phone orders for on 0333 0148414 (8.00am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday).
Please see the M&S information guide here. It contains all the information you need about ordering, delivery and sizes and measurement.
Please see the uniform guidelines for all requirements for sports wear. The red embroidered T shirts with our school logo can be either ordered online direct at harvemschoolwear.co.uk or by visiting the uniform shop Harvem, Bath Hill, Keynsham.
How to apply to Saltford School
Please use the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT) admissions policy for in-year admissions.
Please refer to Bath & North East Somerset schools admissions information for all other admissions information.
See our Early Years section for an insight into your child's first experiences at Saltford School.
and leave of absence requests
As a school we place great value on attendance as it has a strong direct link with your child’s achievement and well-being.
We work alongside the Children Missing Education Service from Bath and North East Somerset Council who support our interventions and any legal action through penalty notices.
Penalty notices will be considered for:
- Accumulated unexplained or unauthorised absences
- Excessively delayed returns from holidays without prior agreement with the school
- Cases of persistent and regular late arrival, after the register has closed.
Please see our Attendance Diamond to the end of Term 2 2019-2020, our 'Absences add up poster and our Attendance Thermometer for the full picture. Please see the procedures we follow here when we have concerns about your child's attendance.
Leave of absence request and penalty notice information
Please download the request form, complete and return it to the school office. Please note this must be received no less than 2 weeks before the planned absence and an appointment made to discuss the request with the headteacher. A copy of the Attendance Guide Leaflet is also available.
Letters spring term 2020 terms 3 & 4
Letters autumn term 2019 terms 1 & 2
Support staff application form (MS Word format)
All payments into school are made through the School Gateway system
School Gateway makes it easy for parents to pay at any convenient time and reduces the amount of cash being carried by children at school. It saves the school time, and money, by cutting administration.
Parents can make online payments via the School Gateway smartphone app or website. You can also view school dinner balances and top them up at any time. We will notify you by text or email when new items such as school trips or events are available for payment. Go to School Gateway here, or see this letter for a full explanation of how to get set up. Details on how to track payments made via School Gateway can be found here. With effect from May 2018 the school will use School Gateway for non-payment activities and visits - please see the explanatory letter sent to parents here.
Useful tips for parents about school life
Absence through illness
If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please ensure you telephone and leave a message on the absence line before 8.45am on the first and each subsequent day your child will not be in school. This will ensure that the correct absence code is marked against the attendance register. Please do not report absences by email. If you are not sure whether or not to send your child to school, you can access expert support and guidance through the NHS HANDi app. See the B&NES CCG website for more information and to download the app. Please click here to read the B&NES advice on whether or not children can attend school with certain infections
Armed forces families
If you are a parent and a serving member of the Armed Forces, please ensure the school office is aware of this for our records.
We do not wish to spoil any child’s birthday happiness but at the same time we do not want to add to the issues that we all know sugar causes for children. School council’s presentation about the issues around sweets been sent in for birthdays can be found here and their presentations linked to our sugar smart campaign can be found here. We are introducing other ways of celebrating your child’s special day in school without cakes and sweets. We think these are choices for you to make for yourselves at home. So please do not send sweets, cakes or other treats into school when it is your child’s birthday. You may wish to consider an Amazon voucher so the class can buy a book or a game for wet play as an alternative.
Closure of school in the event of severe weather
A decision will be reached if the school is to close as soon after 7am as possible. All reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the school opens. The decision to close the school will be taken on the basis of the health and safety of the children and staff.
A text will be sent to all parents, and details of the closure will be posted on the News page of the school website.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TELEPHONE THE SCHOOL.
Should the school need to close during the school day all parents will be contacted by text message. Please ensure the school has the current mobile number for the main contact. Please ensure you collect your child, or make arrangements for another adult to collect your child, as soon as possible after receiving the text message.
Children can only be sent home if they are accompanied by an adult. Staff must be sure that parents of older children who come to school on their own will be at home before the children are allowed to leave school.
Collecting children from school in the afternoon
The front and back gate to the school will be opened at 3 pm. In order to keep the children safe, we cannot open the gates prior to this time. Thank you for your understanding.
If someone different is collecting your child, please ensure you advise the class teacher in the morning. If possible, please avoid calling the school office in the afternoon with a change to who will be collecting your child. The office is a very busy place all day and all changes to the usual routine have to be advised to the teachers via the intercom, which disrupts the learning of the whole class.
If your child is un Upper Key Stage 2 and walks home from school unaccompanied on a regular basis, the school will require your written permission - please see our arrivals and departures guidelines which contain a reply slip for written permission.
Contact details for parents
Please remember how important it is to advise the school if any of your emergency contact details change. It is vital that the school records are kept up to date in case of an emergency.
Consultation evenings & booking system
It is our policy to let parents know the levels that their children are working at for reading, writing and maths from Year 1 onwards. However, we know this can be a confusing area for parents. Please see our assessment information here.
We have introduced an online booking system for consultation evenings at saltford.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/. Parents are notified when bookings are open for the next consultation evenings. Please use the guide to using the online booking system.
Dogs on the school site
We have noticed that some parents are bringing dogs onto the school site. Dogs are not allowed on the school site. If you walk your child to school and bring the dog, please do not tie up your dog close to either the front or back gates. We have a number of children in the school who are afraid of dogs.
School nurses provide health-related support, advice and treatment to school age children and their families. For full information on the range of support available through school, please visit Bath and North East Somerset Community Health and Care Services » School Nursing.
As well as the school nursing service, there is a free mobile app for B&NES parents, called HANDi, that provides expert advice to parents, carers and health care professionals on common childhood illnesses. See the B&NES CCG website for more information and to download the app.
During the winter, we are particularly susceptible to outbreaks of norovirus (also known as the winter vomiting bug) and seasonal influenza. At school we follow Public Health England's advice on responding to these outbreaks. Please see their website for information about infection control and dealing with symptoms.
The School Letter Box (located to the right of the front door) is now in use. Please post forms, letters and reply slips in the box, which now has a cage fitted to collect the post. This will save you time queuing in the Reception area, which is always a busy place in the morning after drop off and in the afternoon before and after pick up. Please do make use of this facility.
Our Lost Property Box is a large wooden trunk located at the end of the Infant Corridor, just outside the Hall. Please encourage your children to take care of their possessions and ensure that they go home with exactly the same items that they came to school in. Please also ensure that items worn or brought into school are named.
Any unclaimed or unnamed items left in the box at the end of each term will be recycled.
Routine medical appointments should be arranged outside of school hours wherever possible. Where your child has an appointment other than a routine appointment, please ensure that you provide the office with a copy of the appointment letter in order that the correct absence code can be applied to your child’s attendance record.
Medication while at school
The WMAT guidance is that medicines can only be administered at school with medical approval. In the case of prescription medicine parents are required to sign the authority form found in the 'Supporting pupils with medical conditions' policy. The school is able to administer non-prescription medication with the authority of the parents and so school will contact parents before any medication is administered to avoid overdose. All medication must be brought to the school office. For asthma, the issue of inhalers is very important. All medication, including inhalers, is kept in the school office.
All pupils under the age of five are eligible for free school milk. This is arranged automatically by school.
After their fifth birthday and up to age eleven, we can offer fresh milk daily through a scheme set up jointly by the Local Education Authority and School Milk Services Limited. The cost is £1.30 per week for one child to receive a carton of semi-skimmed milk at the morning break. Please see this letter from School Milk Services for a full description and payment details and this letter regarding the development of paper straws for portion size cartons.
Nut and seed life-threatening allergy awareness
We have several children with severe life-threatening nut and sesame seed allergies and a reaction can be triggered by airborne contact.. For safety reasons, we must insist that parents/guardians do not send children to school with peanut butter sandwiches, Nutella, cereal bars containing nuts etc. or indeed anything containing nuts or sesame seeds (i.e. on buns or snack bars.) Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.
Parent helpers, application and DBS requirements
We always appreciate the help parents can give in the school day. Mrs Sage sends a letter to ask for help in the classroom each year. Please complete the form on the letter if you are able to hear children read, help with computers etc. Any offer of help is welcome. Please make it clear on the form which Key Stage you would prefer to work in. We will then try to arrange this if possible. We really need swimming helpers; the lists are outside each classroom. All swimming helpers and regular support for the school will need to apply for a DBS check through the school office. "Regular" support is defined as being more than once a month.
Parking outside school premises
Whilst the majority of parents and carers are aware of the importance of considerate parking, incidences of inconsiderate parking, putting the safety of our children at risk are frequently brought to the school's attention. Incidences include parking and waiting on the zig-zags, blocking the school entrance and reversing to turn in the school drive. Please do not park on the pavements and be aware of your speed on the roads surrounding the school. PARKING ON THE PAVEMENTS IS ILLEGAL.
The school appreciates that the roads around the school are busy at the beginning and end of school, but the safety of the children, indeed the safety of all, is paramount.
The school encourages walking to school. If you need to drive, please consider parking a little further away to help ease congestion. The landlord and landlady at The Crown on Bath Road have very kindly agreed that parents from Saltford Primary can park in their car park. This is at drop off and pick up times only please. This would certainly ease the pressure of traffic on Claverton Road and Montague Road.
The school will take details of cars which park illegally and these details will be passed to Keynsham police.
Pushchairs and buggies
Parents and carers are requested not to bring pushchairs or buggies into the school as the corridors are very narrow and busy at morning drop-off and afternoon collection times. Pushchairs and buggies may be left under the canopy outside Reception or under the canopy outside Class RH.
The school policy on snacks is to ensure that they should be a healthy option. If you would like your child to have a mid-morning snack, we encourage them to bring in fresh fruit or vegetables - you will find some great ideas for healthly snacks on the change4life website. The best snack for break time, are foods that they can eat outside and they can eat with their fingers. Chopped up, fruit or raw veggies such as carrots or peppers are ideal. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are also great finger foods that can be spread with low-fat soft cheese. Please note: that the most recent guidance is that dried fruit is no longer recommended as a between-meal snack as its high in sugar and can be bad for teeth. Parents have asked about various shop purchased snacks, such as fruit winders and various breakfast bars etc. Most of these snacks are usually high in sugar.
The PTA has signed up on cashback schemes with three labelling companies. Please support school fundraising by choosing one of the suppliers below.
With www.easy2name.com, when you get to the online basket, you can select Saltford School PTA in the drop down box in 'select fundraising group'.
If you wish to purchase any items from www.MyNametags.com please use the School ID 59657. The PTA will receive 20% on each order so please do use the School ID when ordering.
The other cash back company is www.stamptastic.co.uk. This company will provide you with a personalised stamp and ink pad that can be used on clothing and some plastics (see disclaimer). It can easily be stamped onto jumpers and polo tops as well as pencil cases and many more items. Use the code BS313DW online to earn up to 25% commission for the school. See their Facebook page for reviews of the product.
Staff will not apply sun screen to any child.
Sun screen use will be encouraged on educational visits and for outdoor PE.
If required at school children can bring their own sun screen and apply it themselves.
Children my only use their own sun screen.
Parents are asked to teach their children how to sensibly use and apply these screens and will clearly label them and put them in their child's bag for their own use.
Please see our Sun Protection Policy.
Children are encouraged to take responsiblity for the important items they need to bring to school in the morning from EYFS to Year 6. The office does not have the capacity to make telehpone calls home. Sometimes parents/carers return to school to drop off the forgotten items - these items will remain in the office until break or lunch time when the child can collect - we no longer buzz the classroom to advise that the missing item has been delivered as this disrupts the whole class learning.
Tattoos or any other skin markings on the arm or other parts of the body are not allowed.
Useful tips for new parents and frequently asked questions
In this section you will find lots of useful tips produced in conjunction with the PTA for parents new to the scdool.
Keep Saltford swimming
At Saltford we are lucky to have a swimming pool on site, enabling all our children to swim once a week from April to October. Our pool was built in response to the tragic drowning of a Saltford child at The Shallows more than fifty years ago. Since then countless children from our community have learned to swim here and there is no doubt that this has saved many lives over the years.
Swimming 2019 - 20
This academic year, swimming for Years 1 - 6 begins in the week commencing 9th September. EYFS lessons begin in the summer term 2020. Please see the current swimming timetable here.
We rely on the help of parents and related volunteers to enable the swimming lessons to go ahead at the lowest possible cost.
We ask parents to sign up to help with their class on a rota that is posted outside the classroom; parents who do not come in to school can volunteer by phoning the school office.
If you can help additionally on an ad-hoc basis with different classes, we would be most grateful. Please let the school know your availability by filling in this casual swimming helpers form and returning it to the office.
All volunteers are required to complete a number of forms in order that the school can undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you help in the classroom we will already have the necessary paperwork. All swimming helpers should please complete all of the following forms and return them to the office, together with passport or photo driving licence and utility bill or bank statement not more than 3 months old:
Before you can start your voluntary help at school, we will need to see your DBS certificate. This will be sent to your home address so please bring it in to the school office so that we can verify the certificate for our records.
Financing the pool
We try hard to keep this tremendous asset open for the current and for future generations.
The maintenance and running costs of the pool are high and sometimes unpredictable, and with the current educational funding crisis we have had to look seriously at how the costs can be met. In the 2017/18 school year, costs were approximately £7,000 and donations from parents were just under £6,200.
In evaluating all available options, the school researched the possibility of taking our children to a local leisure centre for swimming. This was not judged to be a viable option because it would mean:
- a significant increase in time spent away from the classroom, losing curriculum time. To take one year group to the local pool where each class (30 pupils) would swim for 30 minutes would take two hours minimum.
- we would only be able to offer swimming to one year group (60 pupils) per term, rather than to all 430 pupils.
- we would need significantly more helpers to accompany the children to meet the required ratio for coach trips. For a KS2 year group of 60 children, we would require at least 8 adult helpers, whereas if one KS2 class swims at school we only need 1 adult helper per class.
To cover the overall running costs and future maintenance, the potential for an outside contractor to take over the running of the pool was also considered.
If we are to keep all children at Saltford School swimming we have decided respectfully to ask parents for a voluntary contribution towards the repairs, running costs and lessons. As our EYFS children start swimming later, they will only swim for 12 weeks, so the suggested contribution per child is lower. Please see the letter to parents for details of suggested contributions and how to pay via School Gateway.
However, we would be very grateful for any donation, more or less than the suggested payment, from anyone who feels that they could support this facility.
Buy Wise Be Safe campaign
Please click on this link to read about the Buy Wise Be Safe campaign of 2018 launched by the RNLI, with water safety at the heart of their message.
FS/KS1 and KS2 each has their own sports day. Families are encouraged to watch and support, and the PTA is on hand with reasonably-priced refreshments.
Both events take place outside on the field and are weather dependent. In the event of poor weather causing postponement, we make every effort to advise parents as early as possible on the day of the event.
Children should come to school on their sports day with their PE kit (red school PE top if they have one), plenty of water, a sun hat and with sun cream applied. Please see our sun protection policy here.
A copy of the letter sent out regarding EYFS/KS1 Sports Day can be found here.
Details of Key Stage 2 Sports Day can be found here.
Good for us, good for you
Volunteer helpers are essential to the smooth running of some activities, especially those extra activities such as swimming and school trips that the children enjoy so much. The children benefit greatly from contact with a wide cross-section of our community and there are some activities that simply cannot go ahead if there are not enough volunteers to ensure safe numbers.
In the words of one helper, 'who knows? You may even enjoy yourself!'
We appreciate that not everyone can help every week, so we welcome any offers of help, no matter how frequent. Whatever your preference, there's a volunteering opportunity to suit you.
In addition to help in the classroom, we always appreciate help in the library, garden and pond area, to name a few areas. If you would like to come in and share a skill or interest, such as sewing, cooking or gardening, we would love to talk to you. This could be as a one-off session or to run a regular club.
Children also always enjoy hearing from people who come in to give a talk about their occupation. If you are a business that is looking for a link with a school then come and talk to us.
If you need a bit more encouragement to volunteer, please read this lovely account from one parent volunteer who, unprompted, wrote to us about her experience.
If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please pop in and have a chat to the staff in the school office, or contact us to find out more.