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Information and resources for parents and carers

A handbook of day-to-day information, general guidance and other resources for parents and carers.

Starting school at St Mary & St John

Information booklets for your child when they start school in KS1 and KS2. These booklets will help them to get to know about each Key Stage building and times in every school day.

Year group information

Letters home from school

Letters we send out to parents and carers can now be found here on the website as well. This includes letters sent home in book bags and/or by ParentPay – so please look here if you think there may be something you’ve missed.

After school – PLUS

The school stays open after the end of the teaching day, with activities run by our after-school scheme PLUS.

School uniform

Our school uniform consists of navy school sweatshirt, cardigan or fleece (all with our school badge). The children wear white polo shirts, long sleeved plain white shirt with grey or black plain trousers, shorts or skirts and black shoes. All parents can buy our school uniform from the Brigade website. When you first register with the Brigade website you will need to enter "St Mary & St John" into the 'new customer' box.

Brigade website.

School lunches

School lunches are provided by Food With Thought.

Open Forum – for all parents

Every meeting of the Mary & John Parent Teacher Association (PTA) includes the Open Forum, attended by staff and governors of the school, at which parents are welcome to propose ideas, ask questions or raise issues about any aspect of school life.

Attendance

Good attendance at school really matters, for all our children.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship is an important part of our school day as it gives us the opportunity to come together as a school community to reflect and celebrate together. We celebrate the fact that our children and staff come from a variety of faith backgrounds by incorporating stories and festivals from different faiths.

E-Safety

Music at St Mary & St John

Music is an important part of the school curriculum, and all children take part in singing and general music sessions in school. Some children may also wish to join the Mary & John Orchestra, or sing with the Choir.

For children who would like to learn a musical instrument in school, Oxfordshire Music Service provide a range of lessons. For most instruments there need to be at least four students wishing to learn in a group.

Admissions

The Governors of St Mary & St John are responsible for admissions to the school, in consultation with the Local Authority (Oxfordshire County Council) and the Diocese.

Current admissions policies and procedures

Spelling at St Mary & St John

Our spelling booklet is to provide our parents with information about how their child progresses as a speller through our primary school.

Maths at St Mary & St John

Our maths calculation policy and resources are a guide to support our parents when working with their children at home. It shows methods which are currently taught in our school.

School rules

These are rules for every child and adult in our school. They go alongside our mission statement to help us to be a safe and happy place where we can all learn.

Sports Funding

We receive an extra £10000 from the Government every year to promote physical education. At St Mary & St John we are using this money in a variety of ways.

Sports & Outdoor Learning at St Mary & St John

We have a large range of sports from football to tag rugby, with an opportunity for all children to have a go. We have been involved in the Manor cup competition and had the opportunity to take some children to Lords Cricket Ground.

Lord's Cricket Ground

Every year our Year 6 children go on a fun filled residential trip to either the Woodlands Centre or Kilvrough Manor. When the children stay at the centre they enjoy several activities including Kayaking, Canoeing, Climbing, Abseiling and Caving.

Supporting children with SEN at St Mary & St John

Our school information report is a guide to the provision we offer for children with special educational needs and/or disability.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is an element of additional revenue, allocated to schools specifically to pay for additional help for disadvantaged groups of children.

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