Parent and Carer Information
KEY INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & CARERS...
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Term and holiday dates for academic year 2023- 2024
These dates include Professional Development Days that schools must assign
Autumn Term starts: Wednesday 6th September 2023 (Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th are professional development (PD) days for staff)
Autumn Half term holiday: Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November. Children return on Monday 6th November 2023
Christmas holiday: Monday 25th December – Tuesday 9th January 2024 (Monday 8th January is a staff PD day).
Spring Half term holiday: Monday 12th February 2024 – Friday 16th February 2024
Easter holiday: Monday 25th March 2024 – Friday 5th April 2024
May bank holiday: Monday 6th May 2024
Summer Half term: Monday 27th May 2024 – Tuesday 4th June 2024 (Monday 3rd June is a staff PD Day)
Term ends: Friday 19th July 2023 (Monday 22nd July is a staff PD Day)
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, however non-branded items of clothing are equally fine – no branded items are compulsory in our school.
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.
all children need a waterproof coat - as a little bit of rain doesn't stop us enjoying our playtimes!
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, leggings or tracksuit bottoms (no stripes or other colours please)
Trainers (as plain as you can – no luminous colours). Black is ideal.
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! If you wish to purchase new book bags, you can use the links below.
We have two companies to supply our uniform - as different parents like different thicknesses of school jumper! We also have a uniform exchange in school, where families can purchase pre-loved uniform items. Please ask at the office to access this.
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
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.
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.
We are so excited to have launched our new school dinner system 'School Grid'. Families can log onto the website and choose their menu choices. 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!
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.
2023 March Parent and Carer full questionnaire download
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.