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Pre-School Liaison

We believe in close liaison with pre-school settings and have good links with Blakeney, Briston, Sharrington and Hempstead. All ‘new intake’ children have the opportunity to spend three sessions in school in the Summer Term to make the transition as smooth as possible. During the first visit the Reception teacher gives the parents an introductory/welcome talk about the school and is ready to answer any questions which may arise. Parents will be issued with a copy of:

  • Early Years Introduction booklet
  • Admission form
  • Uniform/Book Bag order form
  • School meals menu
  • Latest newsletter
  • Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy

A Teaching Assistant is employed, full time, to work alongside the Early Years teacher in a modern classroom designed for different work/play activities. We wish to provide support and resources to make initial school experiences as rich, varied and fulfilling as possible to create a productive passage through the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1.

Associated documents: A Parents’ guide to Primary Infant and First Schools in Norfolk School Years 2014-15

Making a Complaint

If, for any reason, you have a complaint that cannot be answered within the normal channels, County procedures have been set up that will ensure the matter is dealt with. Please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/Childrens_services/Schools/Complaints_about_schools for specific advice to any parent of a pupil who wishes to make a complaint.

Langham School Friends

Chair Ashton Vian
Secretary Harriet Clark
Treasurer Lisa Hiles

Other Useful Contacts

Northern Area Education Advice Centre
Market Street, North Walsham
Norfolk NR28 9BZ
Telephone: 01692 402894

Interim Director of Children’s Services
Sheila Lock and Assistant Director Education Strategy and Commissioning Gordon Boyd
County Education Office
County Hall
Martineau Lane, Norwich
Norfolk NR1 2DL
Telephone: 01603 222300

Catchment Area High School

Headteacher – Alastair Ogle
Alderman Peel High School
Market Lane, Wells-next-the-Sea
Norfolk NR23 1RB
Telephone: 01328 710476

Transfer to Secondary School

Children in our catchment area who leave school at the age of eleven years to transfer to secondary education will normally go to Alderman Peel High School, Wells-next-the-Sea. There is good liaison between Langham and the High School and our transfer pupils are given opportunities for viewing the school and meeting some of the teachers before they leave us in the form of ‘Taster Sessions’ in Year 5. Children transferring to Sheringham, Reepham and Fakenham also have the opportunity to experience their new school.

Medical

Periodical medical and dental checks take place during the year and parents are notified of these in advance. Children needing medication during the day can only receive it under specific circumstances, parents need to consult their child’s teacher. An asthma register is kept, please inform your teacher if your child takes medication.

Trips/Educational Visits

Coordinator: Polly Kossowicz
To support the work in school and provide first hand experience we organise trips to a wide variety of locations to stimulate questions and a sense of understanding of the world around them. These are often funded by voluntary parental contributions. We have a rolling programme of residential visits to the Brecon Beacons in Wales, Somerset’s Mendip Hills and various Norfolk sites including: How Hill, Horstead, Brancaster and Aylmerton. Each summer we have a whole school visit to a local area of interest.

School Meals

School lunches, consisting of two courses and a drink, are available for the children. These are prepared at Alderman Peel High School and are collected by Tracy Coll and Karen Edwards, our Dining Room Assistants.

We recognise that children do not like all food they are offered and they are therefore able to choose the size of the meal they want and are not expected to eat anything they really dislike. Those children who are not having school meals are able to bring packed lunches. Supervision takes place at all times.

If you wish your child to have a cooked meal, please send the money on Monday morning in a named purse or sealed envelope, meals at present cost £2.20 per day. Please make cheques payable to Langham Village Primary School. Children can have milk with their cooked meal or packed lunch which is at present 10p for a small plastic cup full and this money can be sent with dinner money.

From September 2014 the Government are proposing that all children in Years R,1 and 2 should be offered a free daily school lunch.

Free school meals are available if you are receiving Income Support or Job Seeker’s Allowance (Income Based), subject to the approval of the Area Advice Centre at North Walsham. Application forms are available at school.

As part of the Enhanced Healthy Schools Initiative we encourage children to bring a healthy lunch to school which represents a balanced diet.

Cycling to School

We do allow children to cycle to school but ask that parents are confident of their child’s ability on a bicycle. Every year we have an ‘On Road’ cycling course at school organised by the Road Safety Department for pupils of Year 5 and 6 and is run by our Vice Chair of Governors, Jeremy Bagnall-Oakeley. We provide road safety sessions for all other groups throughout the year including ‘Step on It’ pedestrian training for Years R and 1 and ‘Off Road Cycle Training’ for our Year 4 pupils..

Please note that children are not allowed to cycle in the playground (unless under instruction). Neither the school nor Norfolk County Council can accept responsibility for cycles left in school during the day.

After School Provision

Children are only allowed home when their parents/carers are on hand to collect. For older children we would expect a letter informing us of any changes of arrangements ie, cycling home. Children may play on the field after school until 4pm if they are closely supervised by their parents/carers.

Address changes

If your child’s address should change or any other details, even if only temporarily, please let us know. We will occasionally send out forms, which can be updated with any changes.

Langham Village School

International School AwardHealthy SchoolOfsted Outstanding 2011/2012International Primary Curriculum

Headteacher: Polly Kossowicz

Langham Village School, North Street, Langham, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7DG
Telephone/Fax: 01328 830377 • Email: office@langham.norfolk.sch.uk

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