Parent and Carer Information


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Term and holiday dates for academic year 2022- 2023

These dates include Professional Development Days that schools must assign


Autumn Term starts: Wednesday 7th September 2022 (Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th are professional development (PD) days for staff)

Autumn Half term holiday: Monday 24th – Friday 28th October 2022. Children return on Monday 31st October 2022. 

Christmas holiday: Monday 19th December 2022 – Wednesday 4th January 2023 (Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th are staff PD days). Children return on Thursday 5th January 2023.

Spring Half term holiday: Monday 13th February 2023 – Friday 17th February 2023

Easter holiday: Monday3rd April 2023 – Friday 14th April 2023

May bank holiday: Monday 1st May 2023

Summer Half term: Monday 29th May 2023 – Friday 2nd June 2023

Term ends: Friday 21st July 2023 (Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July 2023 are PD Days)


We expect all children to be in school each day - unless they are poorly. As a school, we have a legal duty to know where our children are for each school day, so if you child is going to be absent, you MUST telephone the school by 9am to let us know. If we do not hear from you, we will call relevant contact numbers (and emergency contact numbers) to find out why your child is not in school. If we have no response, a member of staff may carry out a home visit. 

We would appreciate it, if a far as possible, appointments are made for outside of school times. 


Our doors open at 8.45am, All children must be in school by 9am, for registration. 
Registration is also at 1.15pm for the afternoon session. 

If a child arrives at school after 9am, they must enter school via the main entrance - and not the classroom doors. 


We expect all children, from the day they start school, to develop good attitudes to homework. The expectations will vary from year group to year group - but whatever the age of the child, we do expect children to read at least 4 times each week at home. Reading with, and to, children is the greatest gift parents can give their child in relation to long term academic success! 


School Uniform and Standards 

To wear a uniform with pride says something special about a child belonging to a school. As such, our children will be expected to wear a uniform throughout their time at Cambrai. The school colour is grey. Grey jumpers with an embroidered logo can be purchased by following the link below.


We expect... Normal School Uniform 

  • all children to wear black school shoes

  • in winter, children to wear: a school grey jumper or cardigan, black skirt, black pinafore or black school trousers, with white polo shirt or shirt.

  • in summer summer, children can choose to wear a green gingham dress, or black short trousers. 

  • junior children are able to wear the school tie, if they wish, as part of their uniform. These are provided free of charge to all children as they leave year 2.


We expect... 'PE Day'  Uniform

  • School jumper (they take this off for PE)

  • Plain or school logo white polo or scoop neck t-shirt

  • Plain black PE shorts or tracksuit bottoms (no stripes or other colours please)

  • Trainers (as plain as you can – no luminous colours). Black is ideal.  

General Presentation

  • children to have smart haircuts, and strongly discourage radical designs, such as tramlines, patterns, coloured dyes, ‘rats tails’ or ‘skinheads’. The Executive Headteacher reserves the right to decide if a haircut is ‘radical’.

  • Children are not allowed jewellery other than a watch and a single stud in each ear, which must be removed or covered for PE

  • Children are not allowed to wear make-up in school. This includes nail varnish. 

It is important that all items are clearly marked (and re-marked at intervals) with the child's name. A great effort is made to restore lost items, which proves difficult when not named.


All children receive a school book bag upon joining ‘Team Cambrai’. Please do not send children with other school bags - we simply do not have the space to store them! 


We have two companies to supply our uniform - as different parents like different thicknesses of school jumper! 

Brigade Uniform (Thicker Jumpers) 

MyClothing (Thinner Jumpers) 



School Performance - OFSTED 
As a new school, we will not usually be fully inspected by OFSTED (in order to receive a 'grade') until our third year of operation. As part of the pre-opening requirements for new schools, however, OFSTED must visit those responsible for opening the school to ensure that it is safe, and meets the appropriate standards. No formal 'report' is published for parents, but the school cannot open if these standards are not likely to be met. A copy of the report sent to school is available on the DFE website, here

School Performance - Results
Again, the requirements from the Department for Education to publish Key Stage 2 (Year 6) results cannot apply to Cambrai until our first cohort leave us after sitting their SATs in Year 6! We appreciate that this makes it difficult for parents to compare the performance of our school, with others locally or nationally. At open day events for parents and carers considering Cambrai, we will share current outcomes for our children (which do not need to be published online).


Children are assessed each term at Cambrai across the curriculum, as well as at key points as prescribed by the Department for Education. These points are currently: 

  • At the end of the reception class, against the national 'Early Learning Goals'. Download a copy here.  

  • Towards the end of Year 1 - with the government phonics test (In Autumn 2021, 100% of our Year 2 children passed this test and in June 2022, 89% of children passed - above the pre-pandemic national average!)

  • Towards the end of Year 2 - with the government SATs and aligned teacher assessments (reading, writing, mathematics, science). In 2022, our first cohort of Year 2 children met or exceeded all national averages set in 2019, prior to the pandemic!  

  • Towards the end of Year 4 - with the new government 'Times Tables Check' 

  • Towards the end of Year 6 - with the government SATs in: Reading; Mathematics; English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. There is additional teacher assessment for writing and science. 

Further information for parents can be sought at school, or here

Parents and Carers may also be interested in the positive performance of other schools in our Trust family, 'Lingfield Education Trust'. You can access the Department for Education Performance tables for our schools (and all schools nationally), here: Performance Tables for Lingfield Education Trust.  

Compliments and Complaints 
We all love to hear positive feedback - so please do not hesitate to pass on occasions when you are happy or impressed with our school. Similarly, we also want to hear when things haven't gone as planned, or of you wish to make a complaint. It is always best to approach your child's class teacher, or Mr. Dent, first to discuss your issue, but should you wish to move the complaint to a more formal process, please see our Trust Complaints Policy, here.  

Lunch Menu 

It's important you know what your little one has each day for lunch, so our termly menu is linked below. All meals are free for children in reception, year 1 and year 2. If you have any worries about your child's eating - please do get in touch. We work hard to ensure that children who are 'fussy eaters' become braver and more adventurous over the year - it's a key aim of our reception year! 

Autumn Term 2021-22 Menu

Spring Term 2021-22 Menu

Summer Term 2021-22 Menu

Parental Questionnaires

We take feedback seriously - and regularly seek the views of our
parents and carers. Below, are links to our latest questionnaire
analysis, completed in October 2019, February 2021 and July 2021. 

2022 March Parent and Carer full questionnaire download 

2021 July Parent and Carer full questionnaire download 

2021 February Parent and Carer Remote Education questionnaire download 

2019 Parent and Carer full questionnaire download

Opposite is a graphical representation of all of the words that families
used to describe our school... the exact words that we aim for our families
to feel about Cambrai... nurturing, warm, caring and friendly

For parents and carers wishing to submit feedback directly to OFSTED  - a link to their 'Parent View' system is here

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