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10th June 2022

Welcome to the St James Primary School's E-News, a weekly roundup of the latest goings on at the school.

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Dear Parents, 

I am sorry that it has taken a while for us to provide an update with regard to the provision of school meals.  We have been working hard behind the scenes to obtain a solution to the situation and we hope to be able to share more positive news with you very soon.  Please see our response to an enquiry by our MP Jeremy Hunt as well as responses from our caterers, Twelve15, and Strictly Education 4S on the Parent Portal.

Best wishes,

Valerie Elliott 

School Notices 

  • PTA Meeting Monday 13th June 8.00pm - the PTA are holding a meeting at The Royal British Legion to discuss the Summer Fair.  Please come if you can.
  • Plastic Free Shopping Service - Mrs Chambers and the Eco Team have been working hard to set up a shopping service at St James Primary. The first delivery took place this week. Please see the details on the Parent Portal.
  • Open Classrooms - these will take place at the end of the school day, from 3.10 until 3.30pm, giving parents an opportunity to view their child's work in their classroom.  Please see the dates for each individual class.  Please enter via the school gates in the usual way.    

Tuesday 14th June - Year 1
Wednesday 15th June - Year 2
Thursday 16th June - Year 3
Tuesday 21st June - Year 4
Thursday 23rd June - Year 5  and Year R
Friday 24th June - Year 6.

  • Sports Day - Sports Day will take place next Friday, 17th June and we are pleased to be able to invite parents once again for a picnic lunch from 12 noon and to watch the event in the afternoon.  Please see the letter on the Parent Portal for full details.
  • Swimming - We are delighted that the pool is open once again.  The Swimming Letter is now on the Parent Portal, please read and respond as soon as possible.  The children may get opportunities to use the pool unexpectedly so please ensure that they have clean and dry swimming kit in school every day. 
  • Drop in sessions with our Home School Link Worker, Helen Owen - The role of the Home School Link Worker (HSLW) is to support families with a range of issues at home or at school. 1:1 sessions are available on Wednesdays. To book an  appointment, email Helen on or ring the school office to request a call back.

Letters This Week 

The following classes have had letters uploaded to the Parent Portal this week.  Note: You will need to login to view this area.

  • Penguins
  • Kingfishers 
  • Kestrels
  • Eagles
  • Whole school  

PTA News

Please click on the link below to find out about activities planned for this term.

View the latest PTA News  

News Blogs

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Dates For Your Diary

 View the school calendar for the latest information

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School Meals

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Safeguarding Information


Keeping our children safe is a partnership between school and home, so if we have any worries or concerns about your child we will always speak to you first to see what we can do to help.  If you would like to speak to a member of staff, in confidence, about a safeguarding concern about a child at St James Primary, or seek help or advice, please contact either Mr McArthur or Mrs Elliott via the office, they are the school’s Senior Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL). 

If you would like to speak directly to Surrey Children’s Safeguarding Services, their contact details are 0300 470 9100 

There is also plenty of support and advice that parents, carers and families can access for further help and we’ve listed the main ones below. 

Helen Owen, our Home/School Link Worker, can signpost to further agencies who can support with a range of issues including financial hardship, housing issues or offer practical support with problems at school.  

The Surrey Family Information Service offer a free impartial information and signposting service on all aspects of family life for parents, including parenting advice and courses. 

Mental Health 

The Surrey website Mindworks offers a huge amount of advice for young adults and parents on a range of mental health issues. 

Online Safety 

The NSPCC website contains information and advice on many safeguarding issues, including keeping your child safe online. Information includes talking to your child about online safety, looking after your child’s online wellbeing and how to set up and manage parental controls.  

School Policy on Granting Leave of Absence

 Absences will be authorised for illness, and parents are requested not to send their child to school when they are unwell.  Apart from illness, absence will be authorised for medical appointments; attendance at religious festivals; visits to other schools at the age of transfer or when moving; and for exceptional circumstances.  

Absence will not be authorised for such reasons as looking after others at home, visiting friends or relatives, birthday treats or shopping trips. Unauthorised absence is also recorded if the child arrives after the close of registration at 9.15am unless for exceptional reasons. Parents are requested to arrange medical appointments out of school hours whenever possible.  

Parents should be aware that due to the pressure on the curriculum, absences may mean that children miss vital learning activities that will not be repeated.

Family Holidays 
There is a clear link between attendance at school and good progress.  

Children do not have a right to be withdrawn from school for holidays. School holiday dates are published a year in advance and parents should arrange their family holidays during these times. If an absence in term time is unavoidable, an Absence Authorisation form must be completed well in advance to gain prior authorisation. Forms are available from the school office and website.  

On submission of the form, the Headteacher will decide whether or not to authorise the absence having considered:  

· the child’s record of attendance  

· the ability of the child to catch up the work that they have missed  

· the reason why they are taking the time off during term time  

· the timing of the holiday, ensuring that it would not prevent the child from taking any important examinations or assessments.  

Leave may be requested in advance for attendance at religious festivals, visits to other schools at the age of transfer and for exceptional circumstances. Please note that Year 6 will not be granted leave of absence during the Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) week.  

The Headteacher reserves the right to issue parents with a Penalty Notice for unauthorised absence This can include parents who take their children on holiday during term time without getting authorisation from the school. The penalty is £60, rising to £120 if not paid within 28 days.   

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