At Bexton parents share our aspirations for their children. We aim to ensure all our children are happy in school and are making good progress. Working in close partnership is an essential part of achieving this aim.
There are many ways for parents to get involved with school, whether it is helping out each week or coming along on the occasional school trip, being part of the FOBs (Friends of Bexton) team or giving feedback through our annual questionairres.
If you have any concerns about your child please speak to your child's class teacher at the end of the school day. The school diary is also an excellent communication tool - if you have any questions or comments then please write them here for your child's teacher to see. Each year group also has an email address where you can contact the teachers.
New parents FAQ
Q- What do I label?
A – Everything!! Children frequently forget where they have put their coat, bag, jumper etc – if they are names we can return them quickly to the correct owner. Please label all of their PE kit, including pumps. It is even helpful to label socks and underwear!
Q- If I need to speak to a teacher in private, when is the best time?
A - At the end, rather than the start of the school day. You can also ring school to try to arrange a telephone conversation at a mutually convenient time.
Q- What is the behaviour system in Reception? What is the cloud?
A – We have a ‘cloud’ behaviour system in Reception. The children each have a hot air balloon with their name on which ‘fly’ around the sun. If your child misbehaves they will be asked to move their balloon onto a ‘cloud’ – the first cloud is a warning cloud. If they continue to misbehave they move along onto a ‘time out’ rain cloud where they have to sit in a quiet area and think about their behaviour. If the poor behaviour continues they will go onto the ‘lightning’ cloud which means they miss their playtime. Finally, if poor behaviour continues after this, they will be taken to see Mrs Armstrong. The children’s balloon will be moved back to the sun the following day.
Q – Are we informed if a child misbehaves?
A- If your child very occasionally misbehaves in a minor way, you will not be notified. However, if your child continually misbehaves, or the incident is more serious, you will be notified by the class teacher.
Q – When do children have fruit in school?
A- They have a free piece of fruit in the morning. If your child is a little bit fussy, you can send in a healthy snack.
Q – What are the children allowed to drink in school?
A – As we are a healthy school we ask that the children fill their water bottles with water only, no fizzy drinks or juice.
Q- Packed lunches – are there any restrictions in place (i.e. chocolate/crisps)?
A – It is not for us to dictate what you would choose to give your children for lunch. However, as we are a healthy school, we would encourage you choose healthy items for your child’s lunch. In the interests of health and safety we do not allow glass bottles or tins. We are a nut free school as we have children in school with severe nut allergies; therefore please DO NOT INCLUDE NUT-BASED products.
Q – Will staff remind children to go to the toilet?
A – Yes. The children in Foundation stage are encouraged to go to the toilet at break and lunch times and before assemblies. They are also allowed to go to the toilet during lesson time.
Q – Does anyone check if food is actually eaten?
A – Yes. Lunch time supervisors do monitor whether school meals have been eaten. They also encourage children to eat as much of their meal as possible and to eat their main course before their pudding! They will make the class teacher aware if they have any concerns.
Q- If parents want to help out at school, what do they have to do?
A – Reception love to have parent helpers in school; however we normally allow this after the first half term, once the children are fully settled in school. If you would like to help out on a regular basis, please contact the office who will advise whether you will require a DBS clearance and will guide you through the DBS process, if necessary. However, if you are only available to help occasionally, it is not necessary to have a DBS clearance. Any parent volunteering would work under the direction and supervision of the class teacher. (Due to Covid restrictions we can't currently allow any parent visitors into school).
Q – Do I need to provide spare underwear in case my child has an accident at school?
A – We do have some spare clothes and underwear in school; however it may be beneficial for your child to have a spare pair of underwear and socks/tights in their PE bag.
Q- Do I need to notify someone if my child is being picked up by someone else or going to a friend’s house?
A – Yes. Please inform your child’s teacher in the morning at drop off if they are being picked up by another person/parent. Alternatively, please inform the office and they can let the teacher know. Please do not write important messages in the diary as these are not checked on a daily basis.
Q – How will I know how my child is doing in class?
A – We have parent evenings in October and March, and a written report is sent home in July. If a teacher is concerned about your child, they will ask you to come in for a chat. Alternatively, we have an open door policy; therefore if you have any concerns or worries, please arrange to meet with the class teacher at a convenient time. Tapestry is also a great way to see what your child has been doing at school.
Top Attendance Tips for Parents
Attendance at school is vital to ensure your child achieves their full potential. When children have a lot of absences it can mean they have gaps in their knowledge which can lead to slower progress. At Bexton we encourage parents to ensure their children are in school, except for periods of illness.
If you are struggling with your child's attendance at school, here are some tried and tested tips to ensure good school attendance for your child:
1. Talk to your child about how important it is to attend school every day.
2. Show an interest in what your child has done at school each day.
3. If you think your child is trying to avoid school, try to find out why? Ask them, ask their friends, ask their teachers.
4. Help your child to keep to routines, going to bed and getting up at set times, completing homework on the night it is set etc.
5. Unless avoidable, please do not arrange medical or dental appointments during school hours.
6. Encourage after school and extra-curricular activities.
7. Talk to your child's teachers if you notice sudden changes in behaviour.
8. Remember that habits are formed early. It is much more difficult to get your child to school regularly if you have let them stay at home 'just this once'.
These tips have been provided by Cheshire East Education Welfare Service. You can call them on 01270 375277
- What a lovely surprise it was for us to receive the lovely school postcard in the post the other day! As a school you really do go that extra mile. Many, many thanks
- It's the little things in life that mean so much! Thank you Mrs Armstrong for taking time out to write to us to recognise our son's efforts- he is going to be so proud when he gets home from school!
- I just wanted to email in after meeting some of your children whilst they were on a visit to Chester. I wanted to let you know how well behaved and polite they were. A credit to the school! Well done to all their teachers.
- I just wanted to send an email to say thank you very much for showing me and my Husband around your wonderful school on Wednesday. We absolutely loved the school and everything it can offer our 2 children. We were so impressed with every aspect and felt that the school had such a wonderful warm and family friendly feel too it. The children seemed so happy and calm, which is a true reflection of the delightful environment that Bexton provides.