Frequently Asked Questions
What are school opening and closing times?
During the day in order to ease congestion in the canteen for example there are slightly different timings for Reception/EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You can view detailed timings for each group on The School Day information page.
There are a few occasions such as end of term days where the pick up time maybe be earlier. All of these occasions are listed on our comprehensive events listings to be found on the Home page & also on the News & Events page.
What do I do if my child is late to school?
What do I do if I am going to late in collecting my child?
If a child is not collected and no reason is given they will go to Out of School Club and be charged in accordance with their charging policy.
If a child is still not collected, Children’s Social Care will be contacted.
Can I send someone else to pick up my child?
How do I report my child's absence from school?
When are the school holidays?
Can I take my child on holiday during term time?
The school has a policy around attendance where full details of the requirements and penalties can be found.
How will I be informed if there is an enforced school closure?
On the very rare occasion that the school needs to close we will inform all parents via text. Information will also be shared via text message and the Lancashire Unavoidable School Closure Site.
How long do the children get to eat lunch?
How much is a school dinner?
School dinners cost £2.30 per meal and can be paid weekly, monthly or by term. To see if you are eligible for Free School Meals please visit our School Meals information page for full details.
What is the number for claiming Free School Meals?
How much is milk?
£30 per year, this is only provided for KS1 and EYFS children.
Is drinking water available?
What should I put in my child's packed lunch?
We ask that children do not bring nuts to school as some children in school have allergies.
hot drinks and soup is not permitted.
Its my child birthday, can I send in sweets/treats?
Where can I buy branded school uniform from?
School uniform is available to buy from Jean Junction at Nelson https://www.jeanjunction.com/pages/colne-park-primary
Phone: 01282 616442
35 Scotland Road Nelson BB9 7UT
Can my child wear jewellery in school?
Small stud earrings can be worn but these must be removed by pupils on PE days. If your child can not remove their own earrings we ask that they do not wear them.
Schools are busy places and we find that jewellery can cause unnecessary accidents.
What do I do if my child is prescribed medication?
All medication held on school premises is kept locked and secure.
What happens if my child has a medical/dental appointment?
How long before my child can return to school after an illness?
Sickness and stomach bugs – we ask that children remain at home for 24 hours after their last bout of illness to ensure that infections do not spread.
What happens if my child has an accident at school?
If the injury is significant we would inform parents and appropriate first aid would be given and of course any serious injury we would involve the medical services as soon as possible.
What do I do if my child has headlice?
Can I park at the school?
Can my child cycle to school?
How much is after school club and how do I book it?
The number to book it is 07875 799595
More information about this service can be found on our Park Out Of School information page.
What do I do if I need to see a teacher?
An appointment can be made via the school office.
How can parents get involved?
We also ask that you familiarise yourself with your son or daughters class page where you can find all the information out about the class teacher and teaching assistant. Detailed information about what they are working on and you can also download the current terms curriculum & homework guides.
We welcome parent helpers in school (please speak to Mrs Greenwood if you are interesting in becoming a parent volunteer)
How do you communicate with parents?
In Y1 – Y6 we have DoJO points. Parents can message the teacher and share information about how well pupils are doing in class and at home.
We hold regular parent assemblies and have a drop in where parents can find out what pupils have been learning in class.
The weekly newsletter gives parents information about the school and what we are doing.
Our new website will soon start to enhance how we communicate with parents. We are going to start using Twitter to send out snippets of current/upcoming school information and we realise this may take time for us to get a strong following. We are also going to be writing blog articles as indeed are your children! We aim to share and celebrate as many of the varied activities that the children and staff engage in as we can.
We have also added a very informative calender event system to our website that will be populated with all major events from term times to day trips, parent evenings and any shows or events that pupils and or parents are going to be involved in.
Do you have a school council?
We also have members of the Pendle Pupil Parliament who meet at Nelson Council Chambers each half term and discuss issues that effect the Pendle area.
You can read more about the the activities of this group by visiting the School Council information page.
How will my child be able to contribute their views?
- School Council
- Pupil Voice interviews
- Pendle Pupil Parliament
- Class Council Meetings
To read more about this you can visit our School Council information page.
What should I do if I am worried about my child's progress?
What if my child can't speak English?
How is my child prepared for moving on to High School?
Please read our Transition information page for further details.
How can I protect my child when using new technology?
All children are educated in eSafety in school. We have produced an Internet Safety information page for parents/carers so that up to date facts can be found by visiting the links to extremely useful eSafety websites that will keep you informed and help you keep your child safe online.
We ask that parents are aware of online sites that their child is visiting and that they do not have access to social media accounts such as Facebook and Snap chat.
Is there a guide for the jargon used in Primary Schools?
Where do I go to locate lost Property?
Lost property is kept for a reasonable period of time after which it will be disposed of appropriately.
What clubs are there?
What does SEN / SENCo / IPP stand for?
If your child has Special Educational Needs they will be on the SEN register.
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator is Miss Warbrick (SENCo)
Children with special educational needs will have an IPP (Individual Pupil Plan)
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Park Primary School?
- Speech Therapist
- Family Support Worker
- ICT Technician
- Sports Coach
What do you charge for?
- School trips
- Visits and visitors
- School Uniform
- School meals
- Snack (KS2)