This section includes information on the following subjects:-
The school gates remain locked from 9 a.m. until 3.15 p.m. All parents/carers collecting or bringing their children to school during this time are required to sign their children in/out of school. Visitors are asked to come to the main School Entrance if they arrive or leave during the time that the school is in session. All visitors during school hours are required to sign the Visitors' Book and to wear a visitor's badge at all times. Adults who are not wearing a clearly identifiable badge will be invited to identify themsleves by members of staff. Most areas of the school have an interconnecting telephone system and it is possible to telephone the emergency services from all telephones on site. We also have panic buttons in all areas of the school which are connected to the police station.
Children who arrive late for school or who are taken out of school during school time for medical reasons, have to be signed in and out of school by you. You must seek the Headteacher's permission to take children out of school prior to the appointment.
Food and Drink in School
Children have their school dinners in the hall which takes place in to two sittings. The children are supervised at lunchtime by Midday Supervisors assigned to each class and overseen by a senior member of staff.
There are four meal options available daily; main meal, vegetarian, pasta and jacket potato. A salad bar is available in addition and all children are encouraged to take salad with their meal. For more information on our school lunch menus, please click here.
If your child is allergic to a particular food, please notify us in writing so that we can make appropriate arrangements.
At Riverhead we have the Enhanced Healthy Schools Award and promote healthy eating habits. To maintain this children are not allowed to bring sweets to school.
Water fountains are provided in the playgrounds. All children are provided with a free water bottle and we ask parents to fill these on a daily basis.
If your child has a birthday and you wish to give other children in the class a birthday sweet/cake to celebrate, please could you remember that the class teacher is not able to distribute these. Please hand them to parents at the end of the day - so that the parents take responsibility for giving them to their children. A preferred alternative is to provide the class with a book or game for all to share and continue to enjoy over a period of time.
Children are offered a carton of school milk at morning break times if parents wish. Children under five receive free milk and for children of five or over, there is a small cost. If you wish to apply for your child to receive milk you are asked to complete the relevant forms. Please ask for a leaflet from the School Office for more details or visit www.coolmilk.com.
At morning break, every child is given fruit to eat to encourage healthy eating patterns and to ensure that they receive a daily intake of vitamins. The fruit is of good quality and is delivered twice or three times per week and stored in a refrigerator to ensure freshness. We have a team of volunteer parents who wash and prepare the fruit on a daily basis. If you would like to assist in this role, please contact the Office for further details. Your help would be appreciated.
We believe that the wearing of a school uniform promotes a sense of pride in the school and that wearing clothing that is appropriate to a task engenders an ethos of purposeful learning. All school uniform can be purchased direct from our supplier Your School Uniform www.YourSchoolUniform.com.
Our policy for children’s school uniform is based on the belief that a school uniform:
Our colours are red, grey and white and the uniform is as follows:
Please ensure that all items of clothing, including socks, shoes and underwear, are clearly named. There is a lost property area and you are welcome to look at the contents if your child has lost anything. All items unclaimed after one term will be given to charity.
Shoes Please ensure your children have sensible red, black or grey shoes (or sandals in the summer). Trainers are not permitted for everyday wear.
Sun Hats Children are encouraged to be aware of safety in the sun. In hot weather they are expected to wear hats. These hats can be red, white or made of straw.
Jewellery Children are not allowed to wear jewellery at school, even if it is not visible under their school uniform.
Earrings Children are not allowed to wear earrings or studs as they can suffer torn earlobes from accidents at playtimes or during physical education. If children arrive at school with an ear-ring or stud, the teacher will contact you to ask you to remove it. We will cover it with a micropore plaster for safety reasons for the remainder of the day.