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Facilities

The School is situated in its own grounds with access to green space at Pen Mill Academy and Fiveways Special School.  The school building provides high quality accommodation to meet the needs of our age range.

The inclusion of an internal lift and disabled access means that we are  able to develop our links with local special schools.

The main school buildings are of a high quality; they are double storey, housing 10 classrooms.  Specialist facilities include: hall, kitchen, art room, IT room, medical room, sports hall and resource library.

The landscaped grounds offer facilities for recreation and play. 

The school has it's own mini-bus to enable pupils to access the community and community events.

School Hours

Pupils are asked to arrive between 8.30 am and 8.40 am in the morning. Please send your child to school on time to avoid a late mark being recorded. Being punctual is very important and helps the day get off to a good start. Pupils arriving late must sign in at the office.

At the end of the school day pupils should be collected, or leave the school premises promptly at 3.20 pm unless involved in a supervised activity. Please note that, while we will obviously do all we can to ensure the safety of your child at all times, the school is not legally responsible for children 10 minutes before and after school.

Daily Timetable

  • Early Bird 08.30
  • Registration 08.50
  • Morning School 09:00 - 12:00
  • Snack Break (we would appreciate parental co-operation by providing a healthy snack - no crisps or chocolate please)
    • Lower School 10:15 - 10:35
    • Upper School 10:35 - 10:55
  • Lunch Break
    • Lunchtime Lower 12:00 - 12:50
    • Lunchtime Upper 12:30 - 13:20
  • Afternoon School Lower 12:50 - 15.20
  • Afternoon School Upper 13:20 - 15:20
  • Assembly 14:30 - 15:00
  • End of school 15:20

 

School Security

All visitors are asked to report to the school office at the reception window in the entrance hallway. This also applies to parents wishing to speak to their child's class teacher at the beginning or end of the day. Any visitors remaining on site will be issued with an identity badge. For security purposes all entrance doors are locked during school hours and can be opened only from the inside.

Absenses

It is a statutory requirement for the school to be informed of any absences from school. If your child is absent for any reason, please inform the school by telephone in the first instance. In the interest of safety, it is our policy to send a text or contact parents, wherever possible, when a child is absent and we have not been informed by 9.30 am.

The school must collect and report details of absences by law and so all absence levels are closely monitored. Any absence not accounted for or for a reason not accepted will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. A note or phone call does not necessarily mean that an absence will be authorised. 

Illness

If a child becomes ill at school, the parents will be contacted by telephone at home or at work. It is helpful to us if we can have an emergency contact number we can use in case the parent is not available.

If a child has an injury which may prevent participation in PE, a note should be sent to the class teacher.

Jewellery

No jewellery should be worn at school. Only ear studs are acceptable, but these should be covered during P.E. lessons. We do not encourage the use of repeated ear or body piercing and would respectfully request that parents refrain from such practices until their children are more mature.

Hair Cuts and Styles

  • Not cut shorter than Grade 3
  • Not dyed
  • No totemic patterns
  • All long hair to be tied back

Toys & Valuables

Mobile phones are not permitted in class and should your child bring one to school this must be held in the office until the end of the day.  Anything of value should not be brought into school.

Lost Property

Please note that we keep lost property. However it is very difficult to return clothing and property if it is not clearly labelled. Please ensure that property such as lunchboxes and all items of clothing, including coats are marked with your child's name and, if possible, class.

School Lunch

The children have a choice of:

  • Bringing their own packed lunch
  • Children entitled to a free school meal will receive a daily hot dinner/salad and desert.
  • Paid for hot dinner
  • Packed lunches brought from home must be brought in non-breakable containers.

Drinks should be in a plastic container that will fit into the box. Children should not bring sweets or fizzy drinks. Lunch boxes should be clearly named and include healthy food.  We actively encourage children to eat what has been put in their lunchboxes, so please ensure that what you send is what your child likes to eat and is a reasonable amount.  During the summer months, children will eat their lunches outside in the quad. 

Break Snacks

The children are allowed to bring a snack to school for their morning break. We welcome fruit or vegetables, but children are not permitted to bring sweets, chocolate, crisps or gum. We welcome your support in this initiative to encourage your child to eat a healthy diet.
 

Health School Awards

We are pleased to be designated a "Healthy School" and are in receipt of the "Healthy Schools Award".
Holding this award involves including in the children's school life activities to develop their physical, social and emotional, health and well being.
At our school this includes the use of consistent anti- bullying strategies which involve both the staff and the children, use of a "Friendship Bench" on the playground as well as an annual "Health Awareness" week.

Anti-Bullying

Sometimes people will use their power in an unpleasant way over others. This is BULLYING and it happens to children in all schools. Many children cope with falling out with other children, but when the problems continue and children are very unhappy we have to step in and help.
In school the children will learn that bullying other people is wrong. During PHSE they will listen to stories, act out situations, talk in class discussions and share experiences with others. We also operate a Bully Buster system and encourage the children to use the Bully Buster Box which is present at the front of the school. Please contact the Headteacher if you want to know more about the procedures.

Sun Protection

We strongly encourage the children to wear hats when in the playground during the warmer months. We also recommend the use of sun cream, applied before children come to school. School staff are not permitted to apply sun cream to children however children may bring named sun cream to have in class and apply to themselves during the day. 

Water Bottles

At St Michael's Academy, we encourage the use of water bottles in classrooms. Please provide your child with a suitable plastic drinking bottle, which should be washed and filled with fresh water daily from home. The bottles will be kept centrally in each classroom where they can be easily accessed. The bottles may be replenished with fresh drinking water during the course of the day

Head Lice

From time to time children can contract head lice, which spread very easily in the confines of a school community. If a child becomes infected, is our policy to telephone the parent or guardian to notify them that treatment is required which will therefore reduce the risk of further infection. Please help us to control head lice by checking your child's hair weekly and using the wet combing method to remove lice and eggs where present.

Accidents

Accidents unfortunately happen from time to time. In the case of a serious accident, we will attempt to contact you and arrange medical attention.  It is important that contact numbers are kept up to date at all times.

Severe Weather Procedures

Announcements will be made on:

 

  • Local radio Heart FM (95.5fm) and The Breeze (105.6fm)

  • On our Website

  • Message through Class Dojo 

  • Office to send a text message

It remains the policy of the school to open if at all possible.  The child's safety and well-being must be paramount.  More information can be found on our Home Page.

Safety on the School Site

In order to ensure the safety of all pedestrians on our school grounds, children and parents should not walk through our acr park unless the gates are locked. Please ensure that you use the footpath on the drive so there are no accidents with cars accessing our car park.

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted on the school grounds at any time.

Smoking

St Michael's Academy is a NO SMOKING area. Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the school grounds.

Medicines

If your child needs medication during the day, please ensure that these are brought to the office where a parental permission form is required to be completed.   All medicines must be clearly labelled with the full name of the child and their class. All medicines must be handed in at the office and will be kept in the medical room. 


Asthma inhalers must only be used by the person for whom they have been prescribed, but may be kept in the classroom and clearly labelled.

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