Parent and Carer Information
KEY INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & CARERS...
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Term and holiday dates for academic year 2021- 2022
These dates include 5 Professional Development Days that schools must assign
Autumn Term starts: Tuesday 7th September 2021 (Monday 6th is a professional development (PD) day for staff)
Autumn Half term holiday: Monday 25th – Tuesday 2nd November (Staff PD Days). Children return on Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Christmas holiday: Monday 20th December – Tuesday 4th January (Staff PD Day)
Children return on Wednesday 5th January 2022
Spring Half term holiday: Monday 21st February 2022 – Friday 25th February 2022
Easter holiday: Monday 11th April 2022 – Friday 22nd April 2022
May bank holiday: Monday 2nd May 2022
Summer Half term: Monday 30th May 2022 – Friday 3rd June 2022
Term ends: Friday 22nd July (Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July 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 1pm 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.
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.
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 to have PE kit always in school: A plain white PE t-shirt, black shorts, gym shoes or trainers (which can go outside) and a P.E. bag.
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’.
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
Towards the end of Year 2 - with the government SATs and aligned teacher assessments (reading, writing, mathematics, science)
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.
At Cambrai, we see the development of our children extending beyond the end of the school day. As such, we are committed to develop, over time, a comprehensive after school, extra-curricular offer for our children.
As the school grows, so will our offer. Initially, for our children, we will develop a rolling programme of activities, based on provision for one or two nights per week. This club will aim to begin to develop children’s ‘buy in’ to extra-curricular activities without overstretching children’s time limits; many of our children will not have attended full day provision prior to joining the reception class.
As such, we will offer clubs, each half term, which will be negotiated and voted for by the children further developing their understanding of the fundamental British value of democracy.
All clubs will be monitored carefully to ensure that they meet the needs of our children, and are attended by all groups within our care; no group will be discouraged from attending any club, and when we find uptake is low for a particular group – we will investigate why.
Over time, we would also aim to extend our extra-curricular activities to include:
Mixed age clubs – to further develop children’s social development
Child and adult sharing clubs – such as cooking together / fitness together
Utilising the building staff expertise – such as specific sporting or musical backgrounds
Provision running each evening – offering a range of activities and clubs
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.
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!
Summer Term 2020-21 Menu
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.
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.