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Monksdown Primary School
Tel 0151 226 1606
Children’s Service Authority: Liverpool
Age Range: 3 to 11
Number of pupils: 476
Headteacher: Mrs S Gough
Chair of Governors: Mr M. Reynolds
The School Day
|Infants||8.55 – 12.00pm||12.55 – 3.00 pm|
|Juniors||8.55 – 12.35 am||1.30 – 3.00 pm|
|Nursery||8.30 – 11.30 am||12.15 – 3.15 pm|
It is essential that children arrive in school on time. No child should be kept away from school because the family overslept. Children do not like being late for school and if they arrive late they will miss valuable teaching input. They should be brought to school with a note, no matter how late they are. However, because persistent lateness is detrimental to a child’s education, it is monitored and could result in a letter from the headteacher who will also inform the local authority’s educational welfare officer.
Equally, please don’t arrive at school too early. The school cannot take legal responsibility for children before 8.45am, so it is important that children arrive no earlier than ten minutes before any session begins.
If your child is late (after 9am) an adult MUST come to the school office and register the child, manually, via the electronic system.
Leaving School Early
In exceptional circumstances a child will be allowed to leave school early if :
- A written request is received
- A parent visits the school to give a personal explanation
- An older brother or sister visits the school with a written request from parents. A child will not be allowed to leave the school on his or her verbal request.
- Children MUST be signed out, on the electronic system, by a responsible adult
The current cost for a school dinner is £2 (per day, this may be subject to change) £10.00 payable weekly. Children must pay for their week’s meals in advance on a Monday morning. Money or cheques (made payable to Monksdown Primary School) must be in a sealed envelope marked with your child’s name and class.
Children from Reception to Year 2 (KS1) are entitled to a Free School Meal regardless of their families financial situation. It is advisable that you still apply as other benefits may be available to your child. To apply please visit: http://liverpool.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/grants-and-funding/free-school-meals/
If you think your child is entitled to free school meals please visit: http://liverpool.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/grants-and-funding/free-school-meals/
Please provide the school with the entitlement reference number.
Please ensure you have your award notification when we return to school in September, if your child is entitled to Free School Meals. If we do not have your award number we cannot supply your child with a free school dinner.
School meals are provided in the dinner centre in the Junior department. There are several hot and cold alternatives to choose from for lunch and the children also have access to a salad bar.
All children are provided with a drink with their lunch, infant pupils are entitled to a carton of milk and a piece of fruit on a daily basis.
Children who Go Home for Dinner
Infant children leave at 12.00pm and should not return until 12.50pm
Junior children leave at 12.35pm and should not return until 1.25pm
Children may bring packed lunches which are eaten in the dining area. These should be in a plastic box with the child’s name on it. Drinks should be in plastic containers not glass bottles.
We always encourage children to adopt a healthy lifestyle and to support this we would ask you to provide a balanced lunch. Sweets and chocolates are not allowed at all in school, even as part of a packed lunch. A piece of fruit is a much healthier alternative.
Breakfast club starts at 8.10 am and is open to all children, providing a safe place where children can eat and play before school starts.
The price remains low at £2 per week and we insist that this is paid on a Monday morning. Porridge, bagels, toast, crumpets, cereals and juices are now on the menu.
Our breakfast club is kindly supported by Magic Breakfast. Magic Breakfast is a registered charity in the UK ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn through the provision of healthy breakfast food and expert support to schools.
After breakfast the children are taken by the staff, to their own class for registration at 8.55am. Please complete a registration form if you require a place at Breakfast Club.
We encourage all of our pupils to wear a school uniform to establish a corporate identity within the community; to ensure sensible, safe standards of dress for the children and to encourage a sense of both personal and school pride. We expect and encourage high standards of personal appearance at Monksdown.
General points on uniform and dress:
- Please mark all clothing clearly with your child’s name . Printed labels can be ordered on the internet however, handwritten names are perfectly acceptable (please regularly check that names are still visible throughout the year).
- Sturdy black shoes (training shoes are not suitable).
- Sweatshirts and t-shirts can be purchased from local
clothing stores located on Muirhead Avenue
|Red polo top with school logo|
|Grey skirt or Grey trousers|
|Navy sweatshirt/cardigan with school logo|
|Black sensible school shoes (no trainers)|
|Red/white checked dress or grey trousers/shorts|
|or grey skirt; navy sweatshirt/cardigan
with school logo
|Red polo shirt with school logo|
|Black sensible school shoes (no trainers)|
Girls – Hair should be tied up and tidy
Boys – Hair should be neat and tidy with no extreme hair cuts e.g. shaved patterns etc.
Small gold or silver stud earings may be worn. No other jewellery is allowed
Nail varnish is not allowed to be worn in school
A sensible school coat is also required.
Please do not send your child in expensive coats, hats, scarfs etc. Children are responsible for their own items of clothing. School accepts no responsibility for items that are misplaced.
Section 23 of the Education Reform Act makes provision for the consideration of complaints about the school curriculum and related matters. All schools are now required to inform parents of this provision and the procedure to be followed:
Contact the Headteacher
- The complaint will be dealt with as quickly as possible
- Complainants will be kept informed of progress
- Complainants will be informed of the outcome
Unless there are exceptional circumstances there should be a full discussion at the formal level.
Contact details for raising concerns with OFSTED: Telephone 0300 123 1231.
View information about reading at Monksdown here.
Please click this link to access our school performance table. https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/133331
These can be viewed by choosing the Results and School Performance Data option from the menu on the left hand side.
DfE Compare Schools
Visit the DfE Compare Schools website here.
Visit Parent View here. Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your child’s school. Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Have a look and add your opinions about our school.
Home School Agreement
Please click the link to view our home school agreement http://monksdownprimary.co.uk/information/home-school-agreement/
Pupils will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. The school is to serve principally those resident in the Norris Green locality.
Monksdown Primary School adheres to Liverpool Education Authority admissions policy. Our pupil admission number (PAN) is 90 pupils per year in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and 60 pupils in Years 3 – 6. Pupils may join our school mid year if places are available. On admission there will be a thorough induction for pupils and parents. Should the number of pupils wanting to join the school exceed our PAN, the authority appeal procedures should be followed. Admissions Policy 2018-19
Reception Class 2019
Children who wish to apply for a place in our Reception class in September 2019 must apply via Liverpool City Council. Visit http://liverpool.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-admissions/how-to-apply/.
Please click this link for information regarding bilingualism bilingualism
We have a dedicated School Counsellor – our counselling policy is available from the School Office upon request.